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  • Finish Line Still Out Of Reach In Budget Talks
    Budget negotiations continue on Capitol Hill as a government shutdown looms. Many seem to agree that House and Senate leaders are close on numbers but cannot agree on policy riders.
  • Looking Back To 1995 For Shutdown Guidance
    To learn about the decision making behind what stays open and what closes during a government shutdown, Renee Montagne talks to John Koskinen. He managed the 1995 government shutdown as deputy director for management of the Office of Management and Budget.
  • Violence Surges At Hospital For Mentally Ill Criminals
    Atascadero State Hospital in central California was built to treat criminals who are mentally ill. But since 2006, assaults on staff have risen markedly. Employees blame the increase on a federally enforced plan that they say requires them to spend more time on paperwork than treating patients.
  • For Afghans, Wedding Costs Put Marriage On Hold
    Afghan culture places a high value on marriage and family life — but also favors big, expensive weddings that most young people can't afford. The Afghan government says that leads to frustration and instability. But so far, its efforts to remedy the problem are going nowhere.
  • Japan's Latest Quake: How Did Nuclear Plant Fare?
    Renee Montagne talks with NPR science correspondent Joe Palca in Tokyo about the latest developments at the crippled nuclear power plant in Japan. They discuss possible damage from a strong aftershock that hit the area Thursday, and possible repercussions of dumping radioactive water into the ocean.
  • Nuclear Woes Could Propel Quest For Natural Gas
    The ongoing nuclear disaster in Japan may undermine support for nuclear power in the U.S. But it could accelerate the natural gas boom already under way in the Marcellus basin — a 400-million-year-old shale formation stretching from New York to Kentucky.
  • EU Weighs Financial Bailout For Portugal
    European Union officials have told Portugal to enact tougher austerity measures and more economic reforms if it wants a financial bailout. EU officials are meeting in Budapest on Friday, a day after Portugal formally submitted its request for a rescue. It's the third EU member state to require international help managing its finances. The EU is now discussing the size and conditions of the rescue.
  • The Return Of Luxury Retail
    Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue and other luxury retailers were hit hard during the recession but made money in the first quarter of 2011. Contrast that with the chains owned by Gap Inc, which were down by 10 percent.
  • Help Wanted: References Fill Jobs And Pockets
    Even though millions of Americans are looking for work, many employers say it's too hard to find good help. So, many companies and organizations are encouraging employees to be on the lookout for talent and are offering cash bonuses for referrals that lead to a hire.
  • George Takei, Patty Duke Star In Social Security Ad
    The Social Security Administration wants to boost the speed at which people are signing up online for benefits. So it's featuring a silver-haired celebrity duo in a new public service announcement. George Takei, 73, reprises his television role as Sulu on Star Trek, and he's coached by actress Patty Duke, 64.

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