1:24am

Mon July 16, 2012
NPR Story

Clinton Visits Israel On Mideast Tour

Originally published on Sun July 22, 2012 6:42 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

This is MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

And I'm Steve Inskeep.

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1:24am

Mon July 16, 2012
NPR Story

FDA Monitors Critical Scientists' Emails

Originally published on Mon July 16, 2012 4:00 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

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12:29am

Mon July 16, 2012
Business

In Bankruptcy, American Airlines Looks At All Options

Originally published on Tue July 17, 2012 4:30 am

Will American emerge from bankruptcy as a stand-alone airline, or will it merge with US Airways? An American spokesman says it's considering all options.
Matt Rourke AP

Imagine going into bankruptcy with billions of dollars in cash still in your bank account. That's what American Airlines did last November. The thinking was that management would gut the company's pensions and union contracts and emerge from bankruptcy ready to compete.

But then US Airways said it could take over American and be profitable, and it wouldn't have to hurt American's employees nearly as bad in the process. American's pilots, mechanics and flight attendants loved that idea.

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12:26am

Mon July 16, 2012
Business

Bucking Bulls Draw Crowds, And Dollars

Originally published on Mon July 16, 2012 2:04 pm

Bulls are judged with a "dummy" weight for four seconds to see how hard they will jump and twist to buck a rider. Bulls that do well can sell for up to $50,000.
Laura Ziegler KCUR

The bucking bull has long been the embodiment of the American rodeo, and it takes just four seconds for a strong young bull to reap its owner as much as $50,000 in prize money.

Four seconds is how long each 1- or 2-year-old bull will wear a weight strapped to its back as the massive animal is judged on how high it kicks and how much it twists.

In the past 10 years, bucking bulls have become a major industry. The price of the best bloodlines can soar to $250,000, and competitions take place everywhere from Madison Square Garden to Wyoming.

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12:25am

Mon July 16, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Is HIV Still A Death Sentence? Young People Weigh In

Originally published on Mon July 16, 2012 5:11 am

Young activists distribute condoms at an AIDS awareness event in Ashbury Park, N.J.
Charles Sykes AP

Think of this like a snapshot — a few perspectives of HIV-negative 20-somethings.

To start, we posted the following query on NPR's Facebook page:

"Thirty years ago, a positive HIV status was considered a death sentence. As treatments for the disease have advanced over the past three decades, we're wondering how younger people view the disease today."

Hundreds of people e-mailed and commented with their reactions. We also gathered reactions from young folks we met on the street.

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12:24am

Mon July 16, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Treatment Gives HIV's Long-Term Survivors Hope, But Takes A Toll

Originally published on Mon July 16, 2012 9:43 am

HIV treatment regimens, like the pills in this patient's hand, keep AIDS at bay, but can take a harsh physical toll over the course of many years.
Amy Sancetta AP

Crystal Roberts-Lee has lived a tough life, and her HIV has, in some ways, been the least of her worries.

She was addicted to heroin and cocaine. Her daughter went to prison. A scorpion tattoo crawling across her neck marks the day her husband died from AIDS. Now, at 59, Roberts-Lee is the healthiest she has ever been.

"After I take my medicine, it's just a normal day for me," she says. "I go on with whatever I have to do. If I'm just out and about, I feel like I'm just like the next person."

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11:56pm

Sun July 15, 2012
Politics

Today on Your Call: What’s the future of natural gas fracking in California?

Gasland

On the today’s Your Call, we’ll have a conversation about hydraulic fracturing, which involves blasting huge amounts of chemicals, sand and water into the ground, which enables trapped oil and gas to escape. How much fracking is happening in California? How should it be tracked and regulated?  Who is pushing for fracking in California? And how are communities organizing against it? It’s Your Call, with Rose Aguilar and you

Guests:

Dan Jacobson, legislative director for Environment California

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8:59pm

Sun July 15, 2012
Arts & Culture

Minds Over Matter 7/15/2012

with Dana Rodriguez, Gerry Nachman, Steve Rubenstein and Will Rubenstein on trumpet.

5:52pm

Sun July 15, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Thriving Gut Bacteria Linked To Good Health

Originally published on Tue July 17, 2012 7:19 am

Eating plenty of fruits and vegetables is important for gut health, especially in aging adults.
iStockphoto.com

There's no magic elixir for healthy aging, but here's one more thing to add to the list: good gut health.

A study published in the latest issue of Nature finds diet may be key to promoting diverse communities of beneficial bacteria in the guts of older people.

To evaluate this, researchers analyzed the microbiota, or gut bacteria, of 178 older folks, mostly in their 70s and 80s.

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2:18pm

Sun July 15, 2012
Environment

From Coal To Gas: The Potential Risks And Rewards

Originally published on Mon July 16, 2012 5:58 am

Oil field workers drill into the Gypsum Hills near Medicine Lodge, Kan. Hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," to coax out oil and gas has led to a natural gas boom, but some remain concerned of the potential environmental impact.
Orlin Wagner AP

This past week, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) released a report linking climate change to some of the extreme weather events of 2011, like the devastating drought in Texas and record high temperatures in Britain.

None of this bodes well for the future, but there is a glimmer of hope. It turns out that U.S. carbon emissions are down nearly 8 percent since 2006.

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