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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

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  • In U.N. Speech, Obama Calls For Diplomacy, U.S. Engagement
    President Barack Obama addressed the United Nations General Assembly today. In his annual speech to the U.N., he doubled down on the need for diplomacy and U.S. engagement in the world. The speech focused primarily on Syria and Iran's nuclear program.
  • Rouhani Addresses U.N. Amid Iranian Charm Offensive
    Tuesday was the opening day of the UN General Assembly in New York City. President Obama opened the session. His speech was followed by addresses from a number of foreign dignitaries, including Iranian president Hassan Rouhani.
  • Global Love Of Bananas May Be Hurting Costa Rica's Crocodiles
    Bananas are the most popular fruit in America, and demand is growing worldwide, too. But growing bananas requires a lot of pesticides. And a new study shows that some of those chemicals are ending up in caimans living downstream from banana plantations in Costa Rica, where many of the bananas that Americans eat are grown.
  • NFL's A Nonprofit? Author Says It's Time For Football Reform
    Despite pro football's sky-high profits, taxpayers subsidize the industry with $1 billion each year. In The King of Sports, Gregg Easterbrook argues for some serious reforms, including incentives for college graduation rates and a new approach to youth football leagues.
  • Kenyan President: Mall Attackers 'Defeated' After Four-Day Fight
    Kenyan security forces continue their work at the Nairobi mall where terrorists say they continue to hold hostages the fourth day of the siege. Officials say 67 people are known dead. Kenya's president Uhuru Kenyatta said the attack was over but added that three floors of the mall had collapsed and bodies remained trapped in the rubble.
  • As Artistic Freedoms Dwindle, A Tunisian Rapper Is On The Run
    Rapper Klay BBJ's mother says he was arrested and beaten over a song he performed that criticized police. Human Rights Watch says his case is one in a series of prosecutions targeting artists' freedom of speech.
  • New Army Tattoo Rules Won't Affect Already-Inked Soldiers
    The U.S. Army is about to have tighter restrictions on tattoos for new recruits and for current soldiers. Visible tattoos, ones below the knees, below the elbows, or above the neckline will not be permitted for enlistees, but soldiers with these kinds of tattoos are grandfathered in. Soldier will have to pay to have tattoos that are deemed racist, sexist, or extremist removed. Melissa Block speaks with Josh Smith, the Afghanistan correspondent for Stars and Stripes for more details.
  • States Ponder Costs, Benefits Of Film Incentives
    Targeted fiscal policies lure high-profile Hollywood productions — and the jobs and cash that come with them — to certain states. But in many cases, film companies get far more money from the state's coffers than they actually pay in sales and payroll taxes.
  • For Families In Crisis, A Songwriter Offers Humor And Empathy
    After his daughter Clio was diagnosed with leukemia last summer, Boston-based singer Alastair Moock turned to music. His latest album is called Singing Our Way Through: Songs for the World's Bravest Kids.
  • Obamacare Funding Fight Leaves Senate Republicans Split
    A Tea Party attempt to defund Obamacare has the Senate moving in slow motion toward a bill to fund the government beyond Sept. 30. Today, Senate Republicans met in a closed-door strategy session, where a number of them were expected to register their displeasure with the defund plan and its chief proponent, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz.

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