2:28pm

Mon May 20, 2013
Around the Nation

The Low-Tech Way Guns Get Traced

Originally published on Mon May 20, 2013 6:06 pm

ATF Special Agent Charles Houser runs the National Tracing Center in Martinsburg, W.Va.
Melissa Block NPR

Opponents of expanding background checks for gun sales often raise the fear that it would allow the government to create a national gun registry — a database of gun transactions. In fact, federal law already bans the creation of such a registry. And the reality of how gun sales records are accessed turns out to be surprisingly low-tech.

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2:28pm

Mon May 20, 2013
Parallels

An Ancient Religious Pilgrimage That Now Draws The Secular

Originally published on Mon May 20, 2013 6:00 pm

A pilgrim walks the Way of St. James outside Santiago de Compostela, northwestern Spain, on July 21, 2010. The ancient religious pilgrimage is also attracting the nonreligious these days.
Miguel Riopa AFP/Getty Images

A 1,200-year old European pilgrimage route is experiencing a revival. Last year alone, some 200,000 followed in the footsteps of their medieval forebears on the Way of St. James, making their way some 750 miles from Paris across France to the Spanish coastal city of Santiago de Compostela, and the relics of the eponymous apostle.

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2:28pm

Mon May 20, 2013
The Two-Way

Dozens Killed In Massive Tornado Near Oklahoma City

Originally published on Tue May 21, 2013 1:54 am

A woman carries her child through a field near the collapsed Plaza Towers Elementary School in Moore, Okla., on Monday A tornado as much as a mile wide with winds up to 200 mph roared through the Oklahoma City suburbs flattening entire neighborhoods, setting buildings on fire and landing a direct blow on an elementary school.
Sue Ogrocki AP
(This post was last updated at 11:45 p.m. ET.)

A massive tornado ripped through the southern suburbs of Oklahoma City, Monday afternoon, killing at least 51 people, according to the state medical examiner's office.

The death toll was expected to rise.

Helicopter images showed large tracts of Moore, Okla., completely leveled by what the National Weather Service says was at least an EF-4 tornado with winds in excess of 166 mph. The tornado stayed on the ground for 40 minutes and traveled 20 miles.

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2:23pm

Mon May 20, 2013
All Tech Considered

Yahoo's Other Billion-Dollar Bets: Where Are They Now?

Originally published on Mon May 20, 2013 2:57 pm

GeoCities employees pose for a picture in 1999 after the Yahoo acquisition was announced. Yahoo quietly shut down GeoCities a decade later.
Mark J. Terrill AP

Yahoo's $1.1 billion purchase of Tumblr could be considered a bargain compared with its other big-dollar bets. The company's history is dotted with pricey purchases of once-hot Web properties that had more promise than eventual purpose. A look back:

GeoCities, 1999: $3.7 Billion

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1:27pm

Mon May 20, 2013
Shots - Health News

Latest Health Hurdle: Buying Insurance Without A Bank Account

Originally published on Tue May 21, 2013 2:43 pm

Millions of people who rely on check-cashing stores, like this one in New York City, could run into trouble buying health insurance.
Mary Altaffer AP

When movie stars become unbankable, they're no longer a slam dunk at the box office. When investments become unbankable, they're relegated to the Wall Street's junk pile. For ordinary Americans deemed unbankablethose who don't have a traditional checking or savings account — it can be hard to simply pay bills.

And that absence of a bank account is about to become a big problem for those who also lack health coverage — and for the health insurance companies trying to sell them coverage. After all, how do you sell a product to a customer who has no easy way to pay you?

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1:19pm

Mon May 20, 2013
The Two-Way

Fox Calls U.S. Surveillance Of Its Reporter 'Downright Chilling'

Fox News said that it was "outraged," after learning that the Justice Department obtained the personal emails of one of its reporters during the course of a 2009 leak investigation.

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1:02pm

Mon May 20, 2013
Parallels

Iran's 'Zahra' Tells Alternate Tale Of Presidential Campaign

Originally published on Mon May 20, 2013 10:17 pm

A panel from Amir Soltani's Zahra on the Campaign Trail. Drawing by Khalil.
Amir Soltani

Iranians choose a new president next month, and one thing Iran's leaders are intent on avoiding is a repeat of the massive street protests that followed Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's controversial re-election in 2009.

The sponsors of those protests, known as the Green Movement, have been effectively silenced inside Iran, but not online. The heroine of a graphic novel about the violent suppression of dissent in 2009 is now launching a virtual campaign of her own.

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12:46pm

Mon May 20, 2013
The Two-Way

British Aircraft Carrier HMS Ark Royal Heads For Scrap Yard

Originally published on Mon May 20, 2013 2:22 pm

The HMS Ark Royal steams into Portsmouth, England, for the last time on Dec. 3, 2010, in preparation for decommissioning.
Kyle Heller AP

The people of Portsmouth, England, on Monday turned out to bid farewell to the aircraft carrier HMS Ark Royal, destined for a Turkish scrap yard after its decommissioning two years ago.

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12:27pm

Mon May 20, 2013
The Salt

Washington State Butcher Spikes Pig Feed With Weed

Originally published on Wed May 22, 2013 7:25 am

William von Schneidau, who owns the BB Ranch butcher shop at Pike Place Market in Seattle, has made prosciutto from pigs fed marijuana.
Courtesy of BB Ranch

William von Schneidau, an intrepid butcher in Seattle, is giving a whole new meaning to "potbelly pig." Lately, he's been feeding marijuana refuse to the pigs he turns into prosciutto for BB Ranch, his butcher shop in the city's famous Pike Place Marke

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12:04pm

Mon May 20, 2013
Thank You Gifts

A Free Pen for any Pledge Level - This hour only!

Give at any pledge level during today's episode of Chew on This and receive on of the show's new Chew on This float pen.

The radio truck takes a trip down the barrel of this "float" pen. Just think of all the good ideas you'll come up with using this pen, handcrafted in Denmark.

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