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Thursday, May 30, 2013

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  • As The Clock Ticks, U.S. Forces Scale Back Afghan Goals
    The 12-year U.S. military effort in Afghanistan has sought to drive out extremists and help Afghans rebuild their country. As the American forces prepare to withdraw, the focus is on practical security measures and those ambitious nation-building goals seem to be fading away.
  • Kellogg's Agrees To Settlement In Frosted Mini-Wheats Suit
    Robert Siegel speaks with Tim Blood, managing partner of the law firm Blood, Hurst & O'Reardon, about the class-action suit accusing Kellogg's of making false claims in its Frosted Mini-Wheats advertisements, as well as other cases he's pursued. Blood talks about what kind of people file these suits, and why.
  • Retired Gen. David Petraeus Heads To Wall Street
    The former CIA director, who previously led U.S. forces in Iraq and Afghanistan, will join the private equity firm KKR. Petraeus is expected to help the firm identify and evaluate promising deals both in the U.S. and in emerging markets.
  • Online College Courses Get A Big Boost, But Doubts Persist
    Degree-granting institutions are responding to austere budgets by catapulting themselves into the world of online education. But some professors point to low online completion rates as evidence that these "massive open online courses" do a disservice to students.
  • Congress Poised To Make Crop Insurance Subsidies More Generous
    Farmers have been getting these government checks for years. Essentially, insurance allows farmers to lock in price guarantees — while taxpayers foot 60 percent of the premiums. Critics say such subsidies help the rich get richer and minimize risk so much, they incentivize farming on marginal lands.
  • Beets At The Root Of This Honey And Tarragon Cocktail
    Bartender Chad Phillips developed the "Beet Me in St. Louis" cocktail for his fiance. It combines two things they bonded over early in their relationship: Beefeater Gin and beets.
  • Will Ill. Legalize Gay Marriage Before Legislature Adjourns?
    The clock is ticking for those who hope Illinois becomes the 13th state to legalize same-sex marriage. After passing the Illinois Senate in February, a bill to legalize gay marriage has stalled in the House. Backers are trying to get it through before the Legislature adjourns Friday night.
  • Michael Caine: 'I Spent My Life Doing Something That I Love'
    At 80, Caine has no plans to slow down his decades-spanning acting career. He plays an investor in the new thriller Now You See Me and has plans for at least three more films. These days, he says, he's more a movie actor than a movie star, but he finds the smaller roles to be just as fascinating.
  • In Syrian City Of Homs, 'Utter Destruction'
    Many months ago, Homs, Syria, was the scene of intense clashes between government and rebel fighters. Melissa Block speaks with NPR's Steve Inskeep about the ongoing battle between Bashar Assad's Syrian army and rebel groups.
  • Syrian Forces, Opposition Battle For Qusair
    Melissa Block speaks with NPR's Kelly McEvers about the battle for Qusair. McEvers spent much of the day just across the Lebanese border from Qusair, talking with people who have fled the fighting there.

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