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  • Some Family Of Former Iranian President Detained
    The unrest in Iran took a new twist Sunday when several relatives of former Iranian president Hashemi Rafsanjani were briefly detained. His daughter Faezeh was among the family members detained. In 1998, Jacki Lyden spent two weeks with Faezeh and talks with Renee Montagne about the experience.
  • Online Music Proceeds Could Help Iraqi Refugees
    The Iraqi refugee crisis has been out of the headlines for awhile. But few of the more than two million people who fled the country have gone back. Aid agencies are looking for new ways to find money to support the refugees who are mostly living in Jordan and Syria.
  • Yampa River Runs With Possibility And Protest
    Tucked into the northwest corner of Colorado, the river flows freely today but is in hot demand. A powerful energy company, western cities and recreation advocates all want to lay claim to it.
  • Scandal Forces British MPs To Elect New Speaker
    Monday's election follows last month's resignation of Michael Martin, who became the first speaker in more than 300 years to step down. Martin took the fall after details were leaked to a national newspaper of a parliamentary expenses system that allowed MPs to claim an array of goods and services at taxpayers' expense.
  • Venus Seeks 3rd Straight Wimbledon Title
    Two weeks of Wimbledon tennis action gets underway Monday at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club. Two-time defending champion, Venus Williams, is seeking her sixth Wimbledon crown. And, Rafael Nadal, the top-seeded men's player, pulled out due to sore knees. Christopher Clarey, of The New York Times, talks with David Greene about what's expected at this year's tournament.
  • Advocates Help Patients Navigate Health Care Maze
    As health care becomes more and more complicated, some people are turning to patient advocates to help them get through the system. Advocates help coordinate care, accompany patients to doctors' appointments and help negotiate the increasingly complex world of medicine.
  • Oil Prices Drop To Near $68 A Barrels
    Prices fell on concerns over a weak U.S. economy and the dollar's rise, which tends to pull investors away from commodities. Analysts say the protests over the disputed presidential elections in Iran have not affected prices so far.
  • Iran Buying More From U.S. Despite Tensions
    A survey by the Associated Press indicates trade between the United States and Iran is very small. But the survey says American exports to Iran have nearly doubled since the beginning of the Obama Administration.
  • Bubble Bandits Defy Dishwashing Soap Ban
    Spokane County, Washington, became the first place in the country to ban the sale of high-phosphate dishwasher soap — which includes most popular brands. And that's meant a boom in trafficking of "illegal" diswasher soap from nearby Idaho.
  • County Prison Switching To Smaller Bars Of Soap
    The prison warden in Blair County, Pa., says the switch to smaller bar sizes is to cut down on waste. Inmates have been carving their soap into figurines. The switch may deny inmates an artistic escape but could save the county several thousand dollars.

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