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National Public Radio Stories
The Long, Hot Road To Modern Air Conditioning
As record heat waves sweep across America this summer, it's hard to imagine life without the cool breeze of air conditioning. Although it may be taken for granted now, the air conditioner as we know it now has hundreds of years of history behind it.
Egypt's Former President Stands Trial
Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak went on trial for his life in Cairo Wednesday, lying on a hospital gurney inside a steel cage in a makeshift courtroom at the police academy on the outskirts of the city. He spoke only briefly at the opening session, denying he ordered the killing of protesters at the height of the revolution that ousted him in February. Outside the court, pro- and anti-Mubarak demonstrators clashed in the street.
Egyptian Grad Student Follows Mubarak's Trial On TV
Melissa Block speaks with Sherif Aziz, a graduate student in information systems, about watching former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak's trial on TV. He said he watched with his family. His mom is pro-revolution and his dad is pro-Mubarak.
In L.A., Paying Red Light Camera Fines Now Optional
The city did away with its red light camera program, which sent photos of moving violations to drivers, along with fines of nearly $500. It turns out the courts weren't following up on the citations; the tickets don't show up at the DMV or on insurance or credit records. "If you don't pay it," one City Council member said, "nothing happens."
As Obama Returns, Chicagoans Discuss Debt Deal
With President Obama returning to Chicago for a fundraiser and his birthday, voters talk about how they feel about the debt ceiling deal — and the former Illinois senator's performance.
Garmin GPS Adds 'Star Wars' Character Voices
Garmin, a popular brand of personal navigation devices, released a new line of voices this week. Michele Norris and Melissa Block tell us about the two Stars Wars characters who to your destination, they will guide.
Amid Partial FAA Shutdown, Congress Goes On Recess
Melissa Block talks to NPR's Brian Naylor about the status of Capitol Hill's efforts to end the partial shutdown of the Federal Aviation Administration. Thousands of FAA employees are without a paycheck, probably until September at the earliest. More than 200 airport construction projects are on hold, worth $11 billion.
Airport Contractors Feel Sting Of FAA Shutdown
The stalemate in Congress over FAA funding has stalled more than 200 airport expansion and renovation projects across the country. And it's putting tens of thousands of contractors out of work.