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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

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  • Employer Survey Shows Big Jump In Health Insurance Premiums
    Premiums jumped by 9 percent this year, with the average price for employer-provided family coverage topping the $15,000 mark for the first time.
  • Poll: Seniors Disappointed By Golden Years
    Florida has long sold itself as a destination for retirees looking for the good life — golfing, social activities and easy living in "active adult" communities. But, a new poll from NPR, the Harvard School of Public Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation finds that many retirees find retirement isn't living up to their expectations. A quarter of those surveyed says life is worse in retirement than it was before. Many say they're not able to travel and remain as active as they'd like, and major factors are finances and health.
  • Texas Turns Down Cook's Offer Of Free 'Last Meals'
    The state isn't ending the practice of granting a condemned prisoner basically anything he wants because of the cost. It's being done because it's no longer thought to be appropriate.
  • Wall Street Protest Continues This Week
    A protest on Wall Street is in its second week, with more people showing up every day. The group is still working on its message, and it doesn't really have any demands. But the protesters say they are tired of struggling to make a living while the big banks get help from the government.
  • Greeks Protest Austerity Measures
    Greeks have taken to the streets to protest the latest round of austerity measures there. The Greek parliament approved a new tax Tuesday — to be collected through every household's electricity bill. That allows the government to bypass its slow and inefficient tax system and meet the bar for a vital new injection of bailout money.
  • Toure Discusses What It Means To Be Post-Black
    Author and cultural critic Toure has written Who's Afraid of Post-Blackness: What It Means to be Black Now. He joins Michele Norris to discuss what it means to be post-black — as well as President Obama's interview with BET on Monday night.
  • Details Emerge On Pakistani Attack On U.S. Officers
    At a moment when the partnership between the United States and Pakistan is fraying, new details are emerging about an ambush where Pakistani troops attacked visiting U.S. officers. Michele Norris talks with New York Times reporter Carlotta Gall about her story on the attack.
  • Book Review: 'The Wandering Falcon'
    The Wandering Falcon is a collection of short fiction from Jamil Ahmad. Ahmad is an 80-year-old former Pakistani government official who is making his debut in fiction.
  • Earl Williams' Odd Baseball Career
    Earl Williams won baseball's National League Rookie of the Year award four decades ago. But when the Atlanta Braves traded Williams to the Baltimore Orioles, he clashed with his new manager. Just a few years later, he was out of baseball. Frustrated, he offered his skills in a New York Times ad.
  • DVD Picks: 'Ben-Hur'
    Bob Mondello looks at a new release of Ben-Hur and concludes that while a sparkly Blu-ray edition isn't as good as seeing this kind of spectacle on a big screen, it's a lot better than what's been available for years.

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