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Wednesday, August 4, 2010

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  • BP Says 'Static Kill' Is Complete
    BP's blown-out well in the Gulf of Mexico is now filled with heavy fluid that has effectively blocked the flow of oil up from the reservoir, more than two miles beneath the seabed. Meanwhile, a government report claims that about 74 percent of the oil has been effectively dealt with by capture, burning, skimming, evaporation, dissolution or dispersion.
  • Gulf Residents Skeptical Of Federal Oil Report
    A federal report released Wednesday finds that most of the oil in the Gulf of Mexico poses little additional risk to people and the environment. It's a view not necessarily shared by people living in the affected area.
  • For-Profit Colleges Encouraged Fraud, Used Deceptive Marketing, GAO Reports
    At a hearing today, Senators saw evidence that prospective students at for-profit institutions were misled, forced to take out large loans.
  • Bible Of Mormonism Founder Selling For $1.5 Million
    The personal bible of Joseph Smith, the founder of Mormonism, has turned up for sale at a rare bookstore in Salt Lake City. This week, Utahns had a chance to look at the one-of-a-kind historical tome. Whoever buys the $1.5 million bible will also get genealogical notes about the Smith family not found anywhere else.
  • Wearing Flip-Flops? Watch Your Step
    Dr. Rock Positano says he's seen tendinitis, heel problems, Achilles tendon issues, ankle injuries -- all attributed to flip-flops. He tells NPR the risk comes from wearing flip-flops at times when the foot needs far more protection.
  • Rise In Foreclosures Burdens States, Economy
    The foreclosure crisis is deepening in Massachusetts, Florida, Nevada and other states. Some analysts say foreclosures are tied more closely to bad economic conditions than to the type of loan homeowners have. Many troubled homeowners still don't know where to turn for help.
  • States' Tax Holidays Are Irresponsible, Critics Say
    Nearly a dozen states will hold sales tax holidays this weekend, suspending taxes on back-to-school supplies, from notebooks and pens to new clothes and shoes. The holidays are popular with retailers, many of whom see a boost in sales without giving up any revenue. But many policy analysts say the tax holidays are ineffective and actually decrease state revenues.
  • Yankees' Alex Rodriguez Hits 600th Homer
    Michele Norris talks to NPR's Mike Pesca about Alex Rodriguez of the Yankees, who hit his 600th home run on Wednesday. But Rodriguez's accomplishment was greeted with muted enthusiasm because of his admission that he has taken performance enhancing drugs during his career.
  • Video Game Hall Of Fame To Open In Iowa
    The International Video Game Hall of Fame gets its kickoff this week in the town of Ottumwa, Iowa. Melissa Block talks to Mayor Dale Uehling about his hopes that the hall will grow into a Cooperstown-scale tourist attraction. There's no building for the Hall of Fame yet, but there is a four-day festival called Big Bang 2010. Organizers are expecting as many as 5,000 people to attend.
  • Kelis Shows True Colors On 'Flesh Tone'
    After a string of hits and misses, rapper Kelis dropped out of pop music. On her new album Flesh Tone, she returns as a disco diva and a new mom with something to prove -- to both listeners and herself.

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