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When This Oil Spills, It's 'A Whole New Monster'
What could be worse than a ruptured pipeline of crude oil? A ruptured pipeline of tar sands oil — a thick, sticky substance. Cleanup of a 2010 spill in Michigan's Kalamazoo River took much longer and was far harder than anyone had anticipated. It's now a cautionary tale for people in the middle of the new Keystone pipeline's path.
CDC Recommends Hepatitis C Testing For All Boomers
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention made a sweeping testing recommendation official amid growing concern about the estimated 2 million baby boomers infected with the virus, which can cause cirrhosis and liver cancer.
Recording Hepatitis C: A Patient's Treatment Journal
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now recommends all baby boomers get tested for Hepatitis C. The infection, which one in 30 boomers is expected to have, causes serious liver disease, including cancer. It's treatable, but even that is a serious endeavor, involving months of heavy medicines that are taxing on the body. Melissa Block talks with Ana Johnson of San Marcos, Texas, who kept a video journal of her experience with treatment.
Attack In Pakistan Puts Government On Defense
Taliban militants in suicide belts early Thursday attacked a Pakistani air base, where some of the country's nuclear weapons may possibly be kept. The home-turf assault comes as Pakistani forces prepare an operation in tribal areas and shows how militants remain on the offensive, able to attack the military even where it's most secure. NPR's Lauren Frayer reports from Islamabad.
Drivers Wonder Where Price Of Gas Will Go Next
The price of gas has been on a roller coaster this year. After a brief dip in early summer, the average price per gallon is back on the upswing. That's left many consumers wondering if prices will go even higher, but some analysts expect the most recent spike to be relatively short-lived.
Is 'Deferred Action' A Real Change For Ariz. Youth?
Wednesday, the U.S. government began a program to temporarily delay deportation for some undocumented youth. In response, Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer signed an executive order denying public benefits to those granted deferred action. Melissa Block talks with undocumented activist Daniel Rodriguez about what deferred-action status will actually change for young people like himself in Arizona.
Mariners Capture Coveted Picture-Perfect Game
Seattle Mariners pitcher Felix Hernandez threw a perfect game Wednesday in a 1 to 0 victory against the Tampa Bay Rays. That makes it the third perfect game this season. Melissa Block has more.
Beyond The Soundbite: Biden's 'Chains' Speech
Vice President Joe Biden has taken a lot of heat from the Romney campaign for telling a predominantly black audience that Romney would unchain Wall Street and put them back in chains. He made the remarks in Danville, Va., Tuesday. Here's a longer part of that speech that's gotten less airplay.
WikiLeaks Founder Caught In Diplomatic Standoff
The diplomatic duel over Australian WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange intensified with Britain and Ecuador battling over his future. Ecuador says it will give Assange asylum. For now, he's holed up in Ecuador's London embassy. Britain says it wants Assange extradited to Sweden, where he's wanted over a rape allegation.