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Thursday, February 21, 2013

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  • Today's Developments In Syria
    All Things Considered interviewed a journalist working in Syria. We are not posting audio or a transcript from the interview out of consideration for the reporter's safety.
  • Sahara Attack Revives A Fear Of Renewed Terrorism In Algeria
    Algerians received a double blow when an oil and gas plant was taken over in the desert last month. Algerians thought those kinds of attacks were a thing of the past, and many were angry when Western countries criticized the way Algeria's security forces responded.
  • Winter Storm Hits Plains; Kansas Struck By 'Thundersnow'
    On Thursday, residents of parts of Kansas heard thunder and saw lightning as heavy snow fell. Laura Lorson of Kansas Public Radio describes the storm, while meteorologist Lee Grenci of the blog Weather Underground tells us that thundersnow is not rare. He points out that it just means that the snowflakes that always occur in the upper atmosphere during a storm reach the ground.
  • Morning-After Pills Don't Cause Abortion, Studies Say
    Emergency contraceptives like Plan B and ella are effective at preventing pregnancy after unprotected sex. Claims that the pills are tantamount to abortion, however, aren't supported by science, say researchers. The only way the drugs work is by stopping a woman's body from ovulating.
  • Former Peanut Firm Executives Indicted Over 2009 Salmonella Outbreak
    Federal officials say executives from the now-defunct Peanut Corp. of America knowingly distributed peanut products that were contaminated with salmonella. The charges stem from a 2009 salmonella outbreak that sickened more than 700 people.
  • 'Open Heart' Follows Plight Of Ill African Children
    Rheumatic heart disease, the No. 1 killer of American children a hundred years ago, is largely gone in this country now. But it's still wreaking havoc in Africa despite the fact it's preventable with antibiotics. Filmmaker Kief Davidson, in his film Open Heart, tells the story of eight Rwandan children who need life-saving cardiac surgery, and the one hospital that can help them. Audie Cornish speaks with Davidson about his Oscar-nominated short documentary.
  • Man's Ashes Take Trip Across The Country
    Washington state resident Kevin O'Grady always wanted to take a trip to the eastern U.S. Courtesy of a mailing mishap, he got it — posthumously. After recently passing away, his ashes accidentally traveled across the country to many of the places that he wanted to visit.
  • Native American Tribes Venture Out Of Casino Business
    As concerns grow over competition to Indian gambling, many tribal nations are putting casino profits into other business ventures. Native American tribes say diversifying their business is the only way to make sure they have a future.
  • CNBC Adopts Tougher Tactic In Booking Wars
    CNBC is far and away the ratings leader in the financial cable news business — and its executives, producers and reporters are working hard to keep it that way. They're telling some guests they can't appear on rival channels amid breaking news.
  • Corruption Reigns In Spain; King's Son-In-Law Accused Of Embezzling
    Spain has had more than its share of corruption stories, and they have the added sting of coming at a time of economic crisis. The king's son-in-law, accused of stealing millions in public funds, faces a judge this weekend.

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