4:50pm

Wed July 10, 2013
Business

Lawmakers Express Concern About U.S.-Chinese Pork Deal

Originally published on Wed July 10, 2013 5:58 pm

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

You're listening to ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News.

Members of the Senate Agriculture Committee had a lot of questions today about the takeover of Smithfield Foods. That's because a Chinese company has offered to buy America's largest pork processor. Both Democratic and Republican senators have expressed concerns about the $4.7 billion deal and its potential effects on U.S. food safety and security.

NPR's John Ydstie has been following the testimony today and joins us now. Hi, John.

JOHN YDSTIE, BYLINE: Hi, Robert.

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4:38pm

Wed July 10, 2013
Shots - Health News

Bros Get Wasted; Girls Get Tipsy: Why Boozy Talk Matters

Originally published on Thu July 11, 2013 10:11 am

Man, you are going to get wasted. The words drinkers choose to describe their behavior may say a lot about the risks they face.
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Guys can really get hammered, can't they? I mean, totally trashed. Not me. I may have gotten a little buzzed at that birthday party, but that's it.

The words people use to describe their drinking behavior can say a lot about how they perceive drinking, a perception that may not match reality, researchers say.

And the language may also reveal risks that may not be obvious to the drinkers themselves.

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4:28pm

Wed July 10, 2013
The Salt

The Science Of Twinkies: How Do They Last So Darned Long?

Originally published on Fri July 12, 2013 12:56 pm

Unlike the dodo that sits next to it on an NPR Science Desk shelf, this year-and-a-half-old Twinkie is still around — but that doesn't mean you want to eat it.
Heather Rousseau NPR

We have to confess: When we heard that Twinkies will have nearly double the shelf life, 45 days, when they return to stores next week, our first reaction was — days? Not years?

Urban legend has long deemed Twinkies the cockroaches of the snack food world, a treat that can survive for decades, what humanity would have left to eat come the apocalypse. The true shelf life — which used to be 26 days — seems somewhat less impressive by comparison.

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4:27pm

Wed July 10, 2013
WVAS Local

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Montgomery Police are investigating the city's 30th homicide.  Police say 23-year-old Alicia Scott died of a gunshot wound Tuesday afternoon in the 900 block of Decatur Street.  Police say Scott was sitting outside an apartment when gunfire erupted between several men, killing her in the cross fire.  No arrests have been made.  Police are asking anyone with information about this case to call CrimeStoppers at 215-STOP or the Secret Witness Hotline at (334) 262-4000.

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4:10pm

Wed July 10, 2013
The Two-Way

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Pleads Not Guilty To 30 Federal Counts In Boston

Originally published on Wed August 28, 2013 9:47 am

MIT police officers stand at attention outside a federal courthouse where Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev pleaded not guilty to 30 counts today. He is also accused in the death of MIT officer Sean Collier.
Winslow Townson AP

Appearing in the same Boston federal courtroom as many of the victims of the bombings at the Boston Marathon, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev pleaded not guilty to 30 counts Wednesday, during an arraignment hearing.

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3:39pm

Wed July 10, 2013
The Two-Way

In A First, Unmanned Navy Jet Lands On Aircraft Carrier

Originally published on Thu July 11, 2013 12:10 pm

A Navy X-47B drone, seen here last month being launched off the aircraft carrier USS George H. W. Bush, successfully landed on the ship Wednesday, a first.
Steve Helber AP

3:35pm

Wed July 10, 2013
The Two-Way

Report: Upside-Down Sensors Toppled Russian Rocket

Originally published on Wed July 10, 2013 3:46 pm

The spectacular crash.
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3:15pm

Wed July 10, 2013
Shots - Health News

Mastermind Of 'Body Stealing' Scheme Dies

Originally published on Wed July 10, 2013 3:28 pm

In 2008, Michael Mastromarino was sentenced in a New York City courtroom for enterprise corruption, body stealing and reckless endangerment.
Jesse Ward AP

Dr. Michael Mastromarino died Sunday after battling liver and bone cancer. He was 49.

Mastromarino pleaded guilty to "body stealing." In 2008, he was sentenced to up to 58 years in prison.

But he continued to insist that he'd been misunderstood. He spoke to NPR, working with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, last year from a prison near Buffalo, N.Y.

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3:02pm

Wed July 10, 2013
The Two-Way

U.S. Job Market Seen As X Factor In Fed's Stimulus Plans

Traders work at the New York Stock Exchange Wednesday. Stocks rose in the moments after details of the Federal Reserve's latest policy meeting were released today.
Richard Drew AP

The Federal Reserve must ensure the U.S. job market is in full health before it begins to ease its aggressive bond-purchasing program, its top officials said at the Fed's latest policy meeting. This afternoon, the central bank released the minutes of the Federal Open Market Committee meeting of June 18 and 19.

In that session, the officials cited a moderate pace of economic expansion, but said it was coupled with an unemployment rate that remains high.

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2:59pm

Wed July 10, 2013
The Two-Way

Landmark Paris Mansion Is Damaged By Fire

Originally published on Sat July 13, 2013 11:06 am

Firemen battle flames at the 17th century Hotel Lambert early Wednesday in Paris.
Kenzo Tribouillard AFP/Getty Images

Paris' historic Hotel Lambert, once home to the likes of Voltaire and Chopin, was partly damaged by fire early Wednesday.

The BBC reports that the 17th-century structure lost a section of its roof and a central staircase and saw water and smoke damage to celebrated fresco paintings by Charles Le Brun, who also designed the Hall of Mirrors at Versailles.

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