2:23pm

Fri May 10, 2013
National Security

Benghazi Investigator Reacts To Criticism Of His Report

Originally published on Fri May 10, 2013 4:25 pm

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AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.

ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

And I'm Robert Siegel. At congressional hearings this week, three witnesses introduced as State Department whistleblowers criticized the administration's handling of last September's assault on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya. That attack claimed the life of United States Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans.

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2:11pm

Fri May 10, 2013
The Salt

How Swedish Malort Became Chicago's Mascot Bitter Drink

Originally published on Fri May 10, 2013 3:43 pm

World Shattered, a cocktail by Tyler Fry of the Chicago bar The Violet Hour. The drink includes R. Franklin's Original Recipe Malort, and tames the bitterness with lemon, honey syrup, raspberry and mint.
Courtesy of Eden Laurin

The people who make Jeppson's Malort, a harshly bitter spirit that's consumed in shots or cocktails, don't mind that their product makes people grimace. Instead, they celebrate it.

Carl Jeppson Co., a Chicago company, has built a minor social media empire around malort's "brutal" flavor; one winner of its slogan contest described the drink as "turning taste buds into taste foes for generations."

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1:48pm

Fri May 10, 2013
Politics

Cannabis News Roundup: May 10, 2013

Cannabis leaf
Portable Network Graphics

Court says counties can ban dispensaries… US Attorney targets Berkeley Patients Group… New research: cannabis smoke doesn’t increase cancer risks… and more!

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1:42pm

Fri May 10, 2013
It's All Politics

Benghazi Review Leader Offered To Testify On Capitol Hill

Originally published on Fri May 10, 2013 1:57 pm

When the House held its much-anticipated hearing on Benghazi Wednesday, one major figure not at the witness table was Thomas Pickering, the former ambassador and co-chair of the Accountability Review Board that reported on last September's attacks.

Why wasn't he there?

That's somewhat in dispute. California Republican Darrell Issa, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, put the blame squarely on the shoulders of Pickering and report co-author Adm. Mike Mullen.

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1:37pm

Fri May 10, 2013
The Two-Way

Celebrity Panda To Return To Thailand, For $1 Million A Year

The giant panda Lin Ping, a star in Thailand whose mandatory trip to China was due at the end of May, can spend up to 15 years in Thailand, under a deal announced this week. The 43-day-old Lin Ping was held by her mother, Lin Hui, in this 2009 photo.
Wichai Taprieu AP

The citizens of Thailand are breathing a sigh of relief, after a breakthrough moment in panda relations was reached with China Friday. After much negotiation, Lin Ping, a female giant panda who became a reality TV star after being born in Thailand's Chiang Mai Zoo, will be allowed to stay in Thailand for 15 years.

The pact comes just weeks before Lin Ping was to travel to China; under the terms of the deal that brought her parents to Thailand, zoo officials were obligated to send Lin Ping to China by her fourth birthday, on May 27.

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1:22pm

Fri May 10, 2013
It's All Politics

Benghazi Schools Obama In The Politics Of Scandal

Originally published on Fri May 10, 2013 1:45 pm

A burned vehicle outside the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, after the Sept. 11, 2012, attack.
Esam Omran Al-Fetori Reuters/Landov

President Obama has led an administration that so far has avoided a headline-grabbing, signature scandal. But now he's learning how one begins to take shape.

In many ways, the Benghazi story is following the arc of many Washington scandals of the past. It's rarely the initial incident that gets politicians in trouble. Instead, it's the way in which they respond to it.

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12:52pm

Fri May 10, 2013
Transportation

Bay Bridge bolt fix could cost $10 million, opening date still unclear

The new eastern span of the Bay Bridge (via flickr user tofuart)

California officials say they have a plan to stabilize bolts that failed earlier this year on the eastern span of the Bay Bridge.

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12:24pm

Fri May 10, 2013
Shots - Health News

Judge Denies Administration's Request To Delay Plan-B Ruling

Originally published on Mon May 13, 2013 4:36 am

U.S. District Judge Korman of New York is steamed about the administration's handling of the Plan B One-Step morning-after pill.
AP

The U.S. District Court judge who last month ordered the Food and Drug Administration to make the most popular forms of the emergency contraceptive pill available over-the-counter with no age restrictions has denied the government's request to stay his ruling while it's on appeal.

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12:17pm

Fri May 10, 2013
Environment

Atop A Hawaiian Mountain, A Constant Sniff For Carbon Dioxide

Originally published on Tue May 14, 2013 10:22 am

Researchers use the 120-foot tower atop Mauna Loa in Hawaii to collect air samples and measure the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Mauna Kea looms in the distance.
Forrest M. Mims III forrestmims.org

Climate scientists have a good reason to want to get away from it all. To get an accurate picture of the amount of carbon dioxide in the Earth's atmosphere, you have to find places where the numbers won't be distorted by cities or factories or even lots of vegetation that can have a major local impact on CO2 concentrations.

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11:41am

Fri May 10, 2013
The Two-Way

Boston Bombing Suspect Buried In Secret At Virginia Cemetery

Originally published on Fri May 10, 2013 12:07 pm

Bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, in a surveillance image taken shortly before the blasts that struck the Boston Marathon last month.
Bob Leonard Associated Press

Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev has been interred at a Muslim cemetery in central Virginia after a two-week ordeal in which a Massachusetts funeral director sought in vain to find a burial location.

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