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Tuesday, October 12, 2010

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  • White House Lifts Ban On Offshore Drilling
    The federal government lifted the moratorium seven weeks early after coming under pressure from the oil industry and its allies in the Gulf Coast. The ban was put in place after the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig exploded in April, killing 11 people and prompting a massive oil spill.
  • Google Invests In Wind Power Superhighway
    Large investors, including Google, have announced plans for a major project that will transmit energy from wind farms offshore along the Atlantic seaboard.
  • The Google Business Model
    NPR's Mary Louise Kelly talks to Ken Auletta, the author of Googled, for a look at the business of how Google plans and funds its ambitious new initiatives.
  • Study: Calif. Pot Measure May Not Hurt Drug Cartels
    Proposition 19, the California ballot measure that would legalize marijuana, has provoked debate on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border about how it would affect Mexico's drug cartels. A new study says it would do little to reduce cartel violence; supporters say it would slash cartel profits.
  • Obama Biz Chamber-Foreign Money Charge Questioned
    President Obama has shown no evidence the Chamber of Commerce is using foreign money to pay for anti-Democratic ads, which would be a violation of federal campaign laws.
  • A Closer Look At How U.S. Aid To Pakistan Is Spent
    NPR's Mary Louise Kelly talks to Alexander Thier, director for Afghanistan and Pakistan at USAID, about the U.S. aid package to Pakistan. For fiscal year 2010, the U.S. budgeted about $1.3 billion in economic assistance to Pakistan. Additional funds have been allocated for flood relief.
  • Friend Of Slain Aid Worker Discusses Her Life, Work
    U.S. and British military officials are investigating the death of British aid worker Linda Norgrove, who was being held by the Taliban in Afghanistan. Norgrove died last Friday after U.S. Special Forces stormed the compound where she was being held. The 36-year-old Scot was working in Afghanistan for the U.S.-based nonprofit group Development Alternatives Inc. She was an adventurer and a humanitarian. And according to her friend and colleague Alia Afshar-Gandhi, she was a remarkable and dedicated person who wanted to change people's lives. NPR's Melissa Block talks to Afshar-Gandhi about Norgrove's work.
  • Clinton Pushes Bosnia To Embrace Reforms, Europe
    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was in Bosnia on Tuesday, reaching out to Muslim, Serb and Croat politicians, as well as university students, to try to persuade them to put aside their past disputes and prepare the country to eventually join the European Union. With the EU closing off membership, it will be a hard sell to make. But Bosnia desperately needs to reform the constitution that was put in place to end the war -- it achieved that aim, but has since paralyzed the political system.
  • Rebuilding Haiti, One Sale At A Time
    Macy's will be showcasing and selling Haitian art in 25 of its stores around the country. It's part of an effort, backed by the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund, to help Haitian artists rebuild their studios and get back to work.
  • Joan Soriano: The Duke Of Bachata
    Bachata is guitar-based music born in the poor neighborhoods of the Dominican Republic. It emerged from the shadows in the 1960s, only to be derided as low-class. Today, bachata is one of the Caribbean's most popular music genres. And it has a new star in 36-year-old Joan Soriano. His debut CD is called El Duque de la Bachata, or The Duke of Bachata.

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