3:44pm

Wed April 24, 2013
The Two-Way

Redesigned $100 Bill To Go Into Circulation After Long Delay

Originally published on Wed April 24, 2013 7:30 pm

The new Ben Franklin.
Newmoney.gov

The redesigned U.S. $100 bill will begin appearing after October with new security features that will make it "easier for the public to authenticate but more difficult for counterfeiters to replicate," the U.S. Federal Reserve said Wednesday.

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3:42pm

Wed April 24, 2013
World

As Myanmar Reforms, Old Tensions Rise To The Surface

Originally published on Thu April 25, 2013 3:57 pm

A Myanmarese girl carries away a tin roof in Meiktila, Myanmar. Violence between Buddhists and Muslims in March destroyed large areas of the town and left thousands of Muslims homeless.
Paula Bronstein Getty Images

The town of Meiktila in central Myanmar presents a tranquil scene on a hot April day: A woman presses juice from sugar cane while customers loll around in the midday heat. The town is right in the center of the country, on a broad and arid plain where white cows graze among palm trees and pointy pagodas. It's a bustling trading post on the road between the capital, Naypyidaw, and the country's second-largest city, Mandalay.

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3:12pm

Wed April 24, 2013
It's All Politics

Rand Paul Elaborates: Armed Drones Not OK For 'Normal Crime'

Remember when Rand Paul held the Senate floor for 13 hours last month because of his concern that President Obama would use drones to target alleged terrorists on American soil?

That concern, apparently, does not always extend to alleged common criminals on American soil.

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3:12pm

Wed April 24, 2013
Shots - Health News

Philadelphia Case Exposes Deep Rift In Abortion Debate

Originally published on Fri April 26, 2013 11:15 am

Dr. Kermit Gosnell is an abortion provider who was charged with killing a patient and seven babies.
AP

This is the sixth week of the trial of Dr. Kermit Gosnell, the physician charged with five counts of murder in the deaths of a woman and infants at the Philadelphia abortion clinic he owned and operated.

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3:09pm

Wed April 24, 2013
It's All Politics

How Obama's Response To Terrorism Has Shifted

Originally published on Thu April 25, 2013 3:57 pm

President Obama makes a statement in the White House briefing room just a few hours after the bombings at the Boston Marathon on April 15.
Win McNamee Getty Images

President Obama's time in office has not been defined by terrorism as President George W. Bush's was. Yet incidents like the one in Boston have been a regular, painful through line of his presidency.

When a new administration walks into the White House, nobody provides a handbook on how to respond to a terrorist attack. So the Obama administration has been on a steady learning curve.

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2:33pm

Wed April 24, 2013
Code Switch

Home Sweet Home Costs More For Blacks And Latinos

A "sold" sign is posted outside a home in Carmel, Ind. Black and Latino homebuyers pay about 3.5 percent more for housing than whites and Asians, according to a study released this week by Duke University.
Michael Conroy AP

Black and Latino homebuyers pay more for housing than whites and Asians, according to a study released this week by Duke University. The price difference is about 3.5 percent.

That may not sound like a lot. But Patrick Bayer, a Duke economics professor who led the study, says when you do the math, that percentage can translate to about $5,000 or $10,000 per housing sale.

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2:18pm

Wed April 24, 2013
The Two-Way

Another Boston Bombing Mystery: Who Is @Al_FirdausiA?

Originally published on Wed April 24, 2013 7:31 pm

The twitter account of @Al_firdausiA
Twitter

(Andy Carvin, NPR's senior strategist for social media, sends us this dispatch about a Twitter account that may hold clues in understanding the surviving Boston bombing suspect.)

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2:11pm

Wed April 24, 2013
The Two-Way

1960s Satellite Images Add To Evidence Of Shrinking Sea Ice

Originally published on Thu April 25, 2013 6:30 am

An artist's rendering of the Nimbus 1.
NASA

Scientists have digitized and analyzed imagery taken by one of the first U.S. weather satellites to create a montage showing the extent of polar sea ice in 1964 so they can compare it to more recent satellite photos.

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1:49pm

Wed April 24, 2013
The Two-Way

WATCH: Nevada Lawmaker Comes Out During Gay Marriage Debate

Originally published on Wed April 24, 2013 3:19 pm

Democrat Kelvin Atkinson represents North Las Vegas in the Nevada Senate.
Cathleen Allison AP

With all the other news demanding our attention in the past week, we missed an interesting dispatch from Nevada: Just as the state Senate began moving toward repealing a ban on same-sex marriage, a state senator surprised his colleagues with an announcement.

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1:43pm

Wed April 24, 2013
Shots - Health News

The DEA Wants Your Old Meds, No Questions Asked

Originally published on Thu April 25, 2013 10:40 am

Layton, Utah police department employees Holly Plotnick and Shanae Perez pack discarded medications from a collection bin in the lobby in January 2010.
Mike Stark AP

Now that it's spring, maybe you've decided it's time to clean out the medicine cabinet. Maybe you'd rather your teenagers not be tempted by those dusty bottles of Vicodin or other forgotten prescription drugs.

But we're told not to flush medications down the toilet because the drugs can taint rivers and lakes. Traces can also get into drinking water.

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