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Tuesday, August 11, 2009

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  • Productivity Surges In Second Quarter
    The Labor Department said Tuesday that U.S. productivity surged this past spring, rising at a 6.4 percent annual rate during the second quarter. That was the biggest leap in output per hour worked in years. Corporate profits rise when companies can produce with fewer workers. But the data suggest that companies have been very aggressive in cutting jobs and workers' hours.
  • Soros Uses Leverage To Aid New York Children
    George Soros said he would provide a $35 million gift to the state of New York as a way to leverage federal stimulus money to assist low-income children. The philanthropist said he expects the economy to remain "flat" for some time to come.
  • Myanmar Opposition Leader Sentenced
    In Myanmar on Tuesday, opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi was found guilty of violating the terms of her detention and sentenced to an additional 18 months, to be served at her home in Yangon. The sentence means Suu Kyi will not be able to participate in general elections scheduled for next year, even indirectly. Authorities in Myanmar put her on trial after an American swam across a lake and stayed in her compound uninvited overnight. That man, John Yettaw, was sentenced to seven years in prison.
  • Abortion In The Health Care Bills: What's True?
    Melissa Block speaks with Robert Farley, staff writer for, about what is being said regarding abortion in the health care bills before Congress, and whether the claims are true or not.
  • Passengers Stranded Overnight On The Tarmac
    What should have been a two-and-a-half-hour trip from Houston to Minneapolis took a very bad turn last Friday, when the plane was diverted to Rochester, Minnesota, and the 47 passengers on board were not allowed to disembark. The terminal was just 50 yards away, but it wasn't until 6 a.m. Saturday — six hours after landing — that the passengers were allowed out of the plane. While there have been longer tarmac waits, the Continental Flight 2816 delay gives the airline industry another black eye and could give a lift to legislation aimed at preventing a repeat of it.
  • Can Corals Survive In A Warming World?
    The world could lose all its coral reefs within the next century. As the Earth heats up, warming ocean waters could be deadly to these fragile ecosystems. On the Caribbean island of Bonaire, scientists are trying to figure out how to help coral reefs become more resilient.
  • Tiger Shark Rejects Aquarium's Gourmet Fillets
    Tiger sharks are known to be hard-core carnivores, but at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, Calif., one newcomer is turning up her nose to restaurant-quality offerings of ahi tuna and mahi-mahi.
  • Buying Autos Online Through EBay
    Starting Tuesday in California, people shopping for General Motors cars can either buy off of a dealer's lot, or they can buy online through the auction site eBay. California is a test market for this new strategy that G.M. hopes will revive its sales. Madeleine Brand talks with Los Angeles Times reporter W.J. Hennigan about the plan.
  • Festival Fun On The Cheap For Young And Old
    Cost of a Disney vacation makes you queasy? Why not opt instead for the nausea you get from the spinning rides at your neighborhood carnival? NPR's David Schaper found plenty to keep the kids happy at a local fair (and a beer tent for the grown-ups).
  • Obama Takes On Health Care Critics
    President Obama took his health care campaign to Portsmouth, N.H., where hundreds of supporters and opponents lined up to hear him and demonstrate.

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