3:03am

Thu August 30, 2012
Election 2012

Ryan Tells GOP Delegates U.S. Needs A Turnaround

Originally published on Thu August 30, 2012 1:53 pm

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

But now to Tampa, where this evening Mitt Romney will formally accept his party's nomination for president.

Last night, though, the stage belonged to vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan. In a campaign, it often falls to the running mate to be the attack dog and Ryan sounded up for the job. It was also a chance for the rising GOP star to defend his own ideas.

Here's NPR's national correspondent Mara Liasson.

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2:56am

Thu August 30, 2012
Election 2012

Romney Courts Veterans At American Legion Convention

Originally published on Thu August 30, 2012 4:00 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Now, as Isaac moves north from Louisiana, it could affect other parts of the country, and we'll be following that story as it develops.

The other big story we have been following this week is the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida. Today is the final day, and it's an important one for GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney. He'll officially accept the nomination this evening. Yesterday, Romney took a break from the hubbub of the convention to do a little campaigning elsewhere. NPR's Ari Shapiro reports on his getaway.

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2:46am

Thu August 30, 2012
Business

Mortgage Settlement Overseer issues Report

Originally published on Thu August 30, 2012 4:42 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Let's follow up on another story. Earlier this year, five big banks settled the so-called robo-signing case, admitting they rushed the foreclosure processes for thousands of homeowners. Now, those banks are working to forgive and modify $20 billion worth of home loans.

As NPR's Yuki Noguchi reports, yesterday was the first chance to look at how banks are handling this part of the settlement.

YUKI NOGUCHI, BYLINE: Joseph Smith's first full report wasn't due until November, but he was eager to keep the issue top of mind.

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2:46am

Thu August 30, 2012
Election 2012

The Making Of Paul Ryan

Originally published on Thu August 30, 2012 2:56 am

Republican Vice Presidential nominee Paul Ryan addressed the Republican National Convention last night. Steve Inskeep talks with Politico's Jonathan Martin about how Congressman Ryan became Mitt Romney's choice for vice president.

2:46am

Thu August 30, 2012
Business

Business News

Originally published on Thu August 30, 2012 4:44 am

The more than $3.5 billion deal was signed during a visit to China by German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

12:21am

Thu August 30, 2012
Planet Money

What The Apollo Astronauts Did For Life Insurance

Originally published on Tue September 11, 2012 1:48 pm

A astronaut cover signed by Neil Armstrong.
via collectspace.com

This week, Americans have been remembering Neil Armstrong. But before he walked on the moon, he had to solve a much more prosaic problem.

"You're about to embark on a mission that's more dangerous than anything any human has ever done before," Robert Pearlman, a space historian and collector with collectspace.com, told me. "And you have a family that you're leaving behind on Earth, and there's a real chance you will not be returning."

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12:19am

Thu August 30, 2012
The Salt

Subtracting Calories May Not Add Years To Life

Originally published on Mon October 15, 2012 7:34 am

A rhesus monkey eats watermelon, provided by zookeepers, at the Kamla Nehru Zoological Gardens in India in May 2012.
Sam Panthaky AFP/Getty Images

Scientists have known for decades that lab rats and mice will live far longer than normal if they're fed a super-low-calorie diet, and that's led some people to eat a near-starvation diet in the hopes that it will extend the human life span, too.

But a new study in monkeys suggests they may be disappointed.

The long-awaited results of this study, which started back in 1987, show that rhesus monkeys fed a diet with 30 percent fewer calories than normal did not live unusually long lives.

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12:18am

Thu August 30, 2012
Sports

Doing It To Win: Veterans Raise Bar At Paralympics

Originally published on Thu August 30, 2012 8:22 am

U.S. rowers Rob Jones and Oksana Masters train at the Rivanna Reservoir in Charlottesville, Va. The pair will compete in adaptive rowing at the London Paralympics this week. Jones, a former U.S. Marine, lost both legs to an improvised land mine in southern Afghanistan.
David Gilkey NPR

On a placid summer morning last month, before the Virginia heat could hit them, a former U.S. Marine and his partner lifted their rowing scull into the glassy water of the Rivanna River, near Charlottesville.

"First thing I do is take these legs off," said Rob Jones, who like his rowing partner, Oksana Masters, is a double, above-the-knee amputee. They're the U.S. team for mixed-doubles rowing at the 2012 London Paralympics, which started Wednesday.

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12:15am

Thu August 30, 2012
Around the Nation

In Drought, Should Corn Be Food Or Fuel?

Originally published on Thu August 30, 2012 2:56 am

Drought has taken a toll on corn this year, and as a result, a growing number of ethanol plants have closed.
Saul Loeb AFP/Getty Images

Standing outside the Central Minnesota Ethanol Co-Op in Little Falls, Minn., there's not a lot going on. The pungent smell of fermentation that typically hangs in the air here is absent. And trucks piled high with corn are nowhere to be seen.

They're idled in part because of high corn prices. And it's unclear when that will change.

"Most of the industry is just breaking even in terms of profitability or actually running at slightly negative margins," says Geoff Cooper, vice president of research and analysis at the Renewable Fuels Association.

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12:00am

Thu August 30, 2012
Voting rights

Today on Your Call: What is the status of voter rights in the U.S.?

On today's Your Call, we’ll talk about the sudden proliferation of voter ID laws. Before 2006, no state had voter identification laws. But since 2011, 176 restrictive voting bills have been proposed in 41 states.  So what will this mean for November's election?  Join us at 10am PST or post a comment here. Are voter ID laws threatening our democracy?  Or are they preventing voter fraud? It’s Your Call with Rose Aguilar, and you.


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