7:30am

Tue July 10, 2012
The Two-Way

Wildfire In Southern Idaho Is Growing Quickly

The view from above: A satellite image of Idaho and western Montana, taken Monday and posted by the USDA Forest Services's Active Fire Mapping website, showing smoke and clouds.
USDA Forest Service

Though firefighters have "gained ground on a number of wildfires across the West," they're having trouble in southern Idaho, The Associated Press reports.

There, winds have "fanned a fast-moving blaze across nearly 300 square miles of sagebrush and dry grass," the wire service says. The fire began Saturday. It was apparently sparked by a lightning strike.

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7:21am

Tue July 10, 2012
Black Lung Returns To Coal Country

Black-Lung Rule Loopholes Leave Miners Vulnerable

Originally published on Tue July 10, 2012 10:41 pm

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Coal miners rally for black lung law reform on the steps of the U.S. Capitol in 1975. (See more from Earl Dotter's "Quiet Sickness" series here.)
Courtesy of Earl Dotter

Part two of a two-part series.

Thousands of coal miners continued to suffer and die from black lung during the 40 years that tough new limits on exposure to coal dust were supposed to provide protection.

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7:03am

Tue July 10, 2012
Book Reviews

'Witches' Sequel Casts A Complex Spell

Shadow of Night book cover

The first book in the All Souls trilogy, A Discovery of Witches, was a tour de force, an artful and unusually skilled blending of hard science, history and the supernatural. Deborah Harkness, a historian of science at the University of Southern California, was the perfect person to pull off a mix that some readers called "Harry Potter for intellectuals."

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7:03am

Tue July 10, 2012
Critics' Lists: Summer 2012

What's The Big Idea? 5 Books To Inspire Innovation

Originally published on Tue July 10, 2012 1:33 pm

Harriet Russell

The human brain is a piece of meat, a few pounds of pale pink jello inside the skull. It's also the wondrous source of consciousness and creativity, the place from which our emotions and insights emerge.

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6:48am

Tue July 10, 2012
Political Junkie

It's ScuttleButton Time!

. Ken Rudin's ScuttleButton 071012

Two things you never thought would happen:

The Washington Nationals are in first place at the All-Star break. And ScuttleButton remains America's favorite button puzzle.

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6:20am

Tue July 10, 2012
Business

Patriot Coal Files For Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

Originally published on Tue July 10, 2012 7:52 am

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LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

Coal demand is at its lowest in more than two decades. That's, in part, because of milder winters and a shift to cheaper natural gas. Coal companies are also facing tough new rules proposals from the Environmental Protection Agency for building new coal-fired power plants. Shares for most coal producers have taken a big hit because of these factors and the slow global economy.

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

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6:00am

Tue July 10, 2012
Business

The Last Word In Business

Originally published on Tue July 10, 2012 7:52 am

Over a decade ago, Britton Nicholas Newlife bet with a bookmaker that Roger Federer would win Wimbledon seven times. The bet was for $2,300 and the odds were 66-1. Newlife died three years ago, but he left his betting ticket to the international charity Oxfam. On Sunday, Federer won his seventh Wimbledon title. Oxfam will receive more than $150,000 in winnings.

6:00am

Tue July 10, 2012
Business

Business News

Originally published on Tue July 10, 2012 7:52 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

NPR's business news starts with a record find for Google.

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MONTAGNE: Google is reportedly set to pay a 22 and a half million dollar settlement. That fine would resolve charges that Google snuck past Apple's privacy settings for users of Apple's Safari browser.

According to The Wall Street Journal, this would be the highest fine ever imposed on a single company by the Federal Trade Commission. Google has not admitted to any wrongdoing. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright National Public Radio.

6:00am

Tue July 10, 2012
Sports

Sports Tax Man Advises Athletes

Originally published on Tue July 10, 2012 7:52 am

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LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

Turning, now, to professional sports. It's the off season for basketball and hockey and teams are wheeling and dealing, making trades, hoping to land star players. The athletes want the best deal too, and some of these very young millionaires clearly need advice.

NPR's Kevin Leahy consulted an accountant who calls himself the Sports Tax Man.

KEVIN LEAHY, BYLINE: Last week, point guard Steve Nash was on the market. Nash is Canadian, beloved in his home country. And the Toronto Raptors wanted him badly.

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