11:50am

Thu February 14, 2013
Politics

Anti-Affirmative Action Bill Stalls in Tenn. Senate

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A proposal to eliminate affirmative action initiatives from higher education institutions has stalled in the Tennessee Senate.

The measure sponsored by Republican Sen. Jim Summerville of Dickson was deferred in the Senate Education Committee after committee members expressed concern with the bill's language.

As written, the legislation would prohibit colleges and universities from granting preference "based on race, gender or ethnicity ... to any student or employee of the public institution."

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11:47am

Thu February 14, 2013
Politics

Tenn. House Panel Advances Guns Bill in 6 Minutes

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A bill to keep businesses, schools and colleges from banning firearms in their parking lots has been approved by a House subcommittee after a six-minute hearing.

The measure sponsored by Republican Rep. Jeremy Faison of Cosby was advanced to the full House Civil Justice Committee by voice vote on Wednesday.

The Nashville Chamber of Commerce was a vocal opponent of the bill last year, and the Chamber’s Michelle Lacewell says they’re not any happier with this year’s version.

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11:20am

Thu February 14, 2013
Around the Nation

Chicago Youth Hopeful, Cautious Ahead of President's Visit

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

We are going to continue our conversation about gun violence. We're focusing on Chicago. President Obama is heading there tomorrow and our next guests say it's really about time that the violence in Chicago receives this kind of high level attention and response. They're both young people living in Chicago and they've both been directly affected by violence. They say that voices like theirs are not being heard in the national gun control debates, so we are going to bring them to you now.

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11:20am

Thu February 14, 2013
Around the Nation

Pendleton's Mother: 'It's My Job' To Keep Talking

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Michel Martin. Just ahead, President Obama will be speaking on gun violence in Chicago tomorrow. Some feel this visit is long overdue. We'll speak with two young people who have been working to get the president to come to Chicago. We'll ask them why and what they hope to hear from him in just a few minutes.

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11:20am

Thu February 14, 2013
Around the Nation

Pain Is 'Deep,' 'Indescribable' For Gun Victim Pendleton's Mother

Originally published on Thu February 14, 2013 1:24 pm

Cleopatra Pendleton (left) is consoled by her sister Kimiko Pettis on Jan. 30.
Charles Rex Arbogast AP

Cleopatra Cowley-Pendleton was leading a meeting at work last month when she got a phone call any mother would call horrific. Her 15-year-old daughter, Hadiya Pendleton, had been shot while with friends on Chicago's South Side.

"I went into temporary shock, I grabbed my nearest coworker ... [and said] 'Help me understand what they're saying, because clearly they're not talking about my baby,'" she tells Michel Martin, host of NPR's Tell Me More. When she got to the hospital, a nurse told her Pendleton had died.

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11:01am

Thu February 14, 2013
The Two-Way

'It Could Be A Lot Worse,' Triumph Passenger Says; Cruise Ship Docking At Ala. Port

Originally published on Fri February 15, 2013 1:21 am

Makeshift tents are seen on the deck of the Carnival cruise ship Triumph, in a photo taken Sunday, the first day it spent without engine power. The image was provided by Kalin Hill of Houston.
Kalin Hill AP

The Carnival cruise ship Triumph docked in Mobile, Ala., late Thursday night, as the job of towing the stricken 100,000-ton ship hundreds of miles across the Gulf of Mexico took longer than expected. The ship's 3,143 passengers had coped with sewage problems and a lack of ventilation since Sunday, when the Triumph was crippled by an engine room fire.

Updated 2:15 a.m. ET Friday: All Passengers Disembarked

A spokesman for Carnival says all passengers have left the cruise ship that was stranded for days without power and running water.

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10:56am

Thu February 14, 2013
Shots - Health News

More Women Turn To Morning-After Pill

The Plan B pill, one version of the morning-after pill, is available without a prescription, except for women 17 and younger.
Joe Raedle Getty Images

The number of women who have used emergency contraceptive pills has increased dramatically in the past decade, according to the latest government data.

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10:23am

Thu February 14, 2013
The Salt

Bean-To-Bar Chocolate Makers Dare To Bare How It's Done

Originally published on Fri February 15, 2013 1:11 pm

Askinosie buys beans directly from small farmers. The goal: better quality control, and more cash to the growers.
Bob Linder Courtesy of Askinosie Chocolate

If you're looking to buy chocolate in San Francisco this Valentine's Day, just follow your nose down Valencia Street. "A lot of people walk in [and say], 'Oh, my gosh, the smell!" says Cameron Ring, co-owner of Dandelion Chocolate.

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10:15am

Thu February 14, 2013
Business

How The American-US Airways Merger Might Affect You

Originally published on Thu February 14, 2013 4:24 pm

A US Airways plane rests near two American Airlines jets at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport last year. The combined carrier would be named American Airlines.
Jim Watson AFP/Getty Images

American Airlines and US Airways on Thursday announced they plan to merge to create the country's largest airline, with a route network stretching from coast to coast, and covering large swaths of Latin America, Europe, Canada, the Caribbean and Africa.

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10:14am

Thu February 14, 2013
The Two-Way

'Prisoner X' Mystery Puts Spotlight On Israel's Spy Agency

Originally published on Thu February 21, 2013 8:40 am

The "prisoner x" story is front page news in Australia.
William West AFP/Getty Images

This sounds like something from a spy novel, but it's the top of a real-life Associated Press story today:

"He was known as Prisoner X, his crimes unknown. For months he languished in an Israeli prison until he was he was found dead in his cell in an apparent suicide. Later, rumors would swirl that he was an Australian-Israeli who worked for the Israeli secret service Mossad.

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