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Sex trafficking wasn't a major concern in the early 1980s, when Beth Jacobs was a teenager. If you were a prostitute, the thinking went, it was your choice.

Jacobs thought that too, right up until she came to on the lot of a dark truck stop one night. She says she had asked a friendly-seeming man for a ride home that afternoon.

Jacobs says he gave her something in an old McDonald's cup — a drug — and as she was waking up the man announced that he was a pimp. Her pimp.

The Boston Citgo sign, all 3,600 square LED feet of which has served as the backdrop to Red Sox games since 1965, is now officially a "pending landmark."

Spanish Surrealist Salvador Dalí spent much of the 1940s in the U.S., avoiding World War II and its aftermath. He was a well-known fixture on the art scene in Monterey, Calif. — and that's where the largest collection of Dalí's work on the West Coast is now open to the public.

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Ryan's Budget Plan Leaves Obamacare Taxes Alone

Mar 12, 2013
Originally published on March 12, 2013 7:23 pm

As he has said many times in recent years, House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan is no fan of President Obama's health care law. The Republican repeated his view again Tuesday as he laid out the House Republicans' proposed budget:

"We don't like this law. This is why we're proposing to repeal this law in our budget. More importantly, we believe that this law is going to collapse under its own weight," he said. "So we will never be able to balance the budget if you keep Obamacare going, because Obamacare is a fiscal train wreck."

Yet the 2012 vice presidential nominee's dislike of Obamacare does not appear to extend to the $800 billion in new taxes it raises over the next decade. These include a new 3.8 percent tax on capital gains and dividends on households that earn more than $250,000 a year, 0.9 percent additional Medicare taxes on all household income over $250,000 a year, a new 2.3 percent tax on medical devices and a 10 percent tax on tanning salon services.

Ryan explained that he is not interested in re-litigating old battles over taxes.

"We are not going to refight the past, because we know that that's behind us," he said. "So what we're showing here is that with the fiscal cliff and all the other things that have occurred in the past — spending is going down in this baseline as well — that clearly makes it easier to balance the budget."

That fiscal cliff deal raised another $600 billion over 10 years with higher taxes on the wealthy. Ryan would also leave that alone.

S.V. Dáte is the congressional editor on NPR's Washington Desk

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