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All Things Considered
Monday, April 6, 2009

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  • Government Cracks Down On Foreclosure Scams
    The surge in foreclosures has been accompanied by another distressing trend: scam artists who take advantage of struggling borrowers by promising to save their homes. State and federal officials Monday announced a coordinated crackdown on phony foreclosure rescue schemes.
  • Mediation Courts May Ease Foreclosure Backlog
    The rate of foreclosures is slowing down in many markets. But millions of properties remain in foreclosure, creating a backlog that has overwhelmed the courts in many states. Judges in Florida and elsewhere see mediation as a potential fix.
  • Secret Dirt's Pivotal Role In Baseball
    Major League Baseball teams rub Lena Blackburne Baseball Rubbing Mud into their new baseballs to break them in. The mud comes from a secret location along the Delaware River in New Jersey. Company owner Jim Bintliff says the dirt is among the cheapest items on a team's budget.
  • Across The Country, First Pitches At Ballgames
    As the Major League Baseball season gets under way Monday, Vice President Joe Biden and former President George W. Bush are among the long list of people throwing the first pitch at opening games. Politicians aren't the only ones throwing the first pitch, however.
  • Data Mine Is Latest Tool In Spam Arms Race
    Researchers estimate that about 90 percent of e-mail is spam. Deleting them may be a nuisance, but the unwanted messages can spread viruses and lead to identity theft. The common defense against spam is to block it. But researchers are developing a tool to go after the spammers themselves.
  • Obama Works To Repair Turkey Ties
    President Obama spoke to Turkey's parliament Monday, praising the country's commitment to secular democracy and supporting its bid for EU membership. Obama also told the overwhelmingly Muslim country that the U.S. is not an enemy of Islam.
  • Deadly Blasts Target Shiites In Baghdad
    More than 30 people were killed Monday after six blasts across the Iraq capital, Baghdad. More than 100 were wounded in the attacks on the city's mainly Shiite neighborhoods.
  • Tear Down Caribbean Berlin Wall: End Cuba Embargo
    President Obama has a historic opportunity to erase the unfair division of our Caribbean Berlin Wall. Lifting the travel ban is a good first step, but let's get rid of the whole embargo. It's time for real people to come first, politics second.
  • Micro-Hotels Offer NYC Visitors Cheap, Chic Digs
    In Manhattan, where a night at a hotel can easily cost $300, micro-hotels have become draws for budget travelers. For less than $100 a night, guests can find trendy — if tiny — rooms in the center of midtown.
  • Italy Quake Toll At 150
    At least 150 people were killed Monday when a powerful earthquake hit central Italy. Whole blocks of buildings were knocked down and more than 1,500 people wounded in the quake.

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