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All Things Considered
Monday, August 20, 2007

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National Public Radio Stories

  • France Moves Ahead With Nuclear Waste Project
    France has finally settled on a place to put the nuclear waste from all of its power plants, even though the country is still uncomfortable with its dependence on nuclear reactors, which provide 80 percent of the nation's electricity.
  • China Reports Few Details on 180 Trapped Miners
    In Xintai, China, 180 miners have been trapped underground for two days in two separate shafts, both flooded with water. Media coverage has been limited, and the mining company is giving no indication about the miners' condition.
  • Credit Squeeze May Stall Recent Takeovers, Deals
    Some big deals for major American companies could be on ice now because of the credit crisis. Chief among them are real estate magnate Sam Zell's takeover of the Tribune Co. and deals for Clear Channel Communications and Hilton Hotels.
  • The Adverse Effects of High-Risk Investments
    Chriss Street, treasurer and tax collector for Orange County, Calif., talks with Robert Siegel about pension funds and dangerous investment vehicles such as Collateralized Debt Obligations and Mortgage-Backed Securities.
  • State Plans GPS Tracking for Violent Burglars
    One month after two paroled burglars were arrested for a brutal home invasion in Cheshire, Conn., state officials announce plans to crack down on violent burglars by requiring them to wear GPS tracking devices. Most states use the devices to keep tabs on sex offenders.
  • Oakland Drummer Aims to Help Kids Beat Violence
    Last week, a prominent journalist was gunned down in broad daylight, steps away from the city courthouse and a cultural center where Tacuma King teaches drumming. He believes the discipline and rhythms of music can help lift kids out of the violence that surrounds them.
  • Foreign Minister Poised to Become Turkish President
    A moderate Islamist politician whose candidacy triggered a political crisis last April stands poised to become Turkey's next head of state. However, Abdullah Gul failed to gain enough support in the first round of voting.
  • Billionaire Helmsley Dies of Heart Failure at 87
    Hotel magnate Leona Helmsley has died of heart failure at the age of 87. Helmsley was widely known as the "queen of mean" for her mistreatment of employees. She also served 21 months in prison for tax evasion.
  • Joe Engressia, Expert 'Phone Phreak,' Dies
    An article in Esquire in 1971 revealed the world of "phone phreaking," with a young man named Joe Engressia — who later changed his name to Joybubbles — at the center. Born blind, he used his auditory gifts to pioneer the practice of manipulating telephone networks.
  • U.S.-Afghan Forces Try to Stabilize Lawless Region
    A monthlong U.S.-Afghan military operation is under way to rid Kapisa province near Kabul of Taliban and other Islamist fighters. Fighting insurgents is only half the battle, as the troops try to strengthen ties with locals.

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