10:09am

Wed February 6, 2013
The Two-Way

Once-Secret 'Watch List' Of Alleged Polluters Under Review At EPA

"Poisoned Places," an NPR/Center for Public Integrity investigation.
NPR

The Environmental Protection Agency's once-secret "Watch List" of allegedly chronic polluters is under review by the EPA's inspector general.

The existence of the list was first disclosed by the Center for Public Integrity (CPI) and NPR in 2011 during a joint investigation of EPA's air pollution regulation. CPI's Jim Morris discovered the list and a CPI/NPR Freedom of Information Act request prompted its public release.

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9:53am

Wed February 6, 2013
Monkey See

Do Not Pass Go, Do Not Get Severance: Interview With An Iron

Originally published on Wed February 6, 2013 5:07 pm

The Monopoly iron token that was replaced by the new cat token.
Steven Senne AP

Wednesday, Hasbro announced that it was welcoming a new member of the Monopoly-token family. And because it asked the Internet, it wound up with a cat. (For whatever reason, the Internet was not offered Gotye or a bacon cupcake.)

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9:51am

Wed February 6, 2013
Business

In Cost-Saving Move, Post Office Cuts Saturday Delivery

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

NPR's business news begins with an ending.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

GREENE: The U.S. Postal Service has just announced the end of first class mail deliveries on Saturday. It is part of an effort to slow enormous financial losses. And NPR's Yuki Noguchi has come into the studio to tell us what all this means for customers and the Postal Service. And Yuki, so when will my Saturday deliveries stop?

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9:36am

Wed February 6, 2013
Shots - Health News

With Elbows, Cortisone Shots May Hurt More Than Help

Originally published on Wed February 6, 2013 12:17 pm

Thinking a cortisone shot would help? You might want to reconsider.
iStockphoto.com

Go to the doctor with an aching elbow, and the prescription may well be a cortisone shot. Ah, relief!

But that short-term gain may make for long-term pain. There's mounting evidence that cortisone shots, long the first response for the painful tendon problem known as tennis elbow, increases the risk of continued problems or relapse one year out.

That may come as a surprise to those who have availed themselves of this seemingly miraculous quick fix.

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8:43am

Wed February 6, 2013
The Two-Way

Two Days After Rescue From Bunker, Ethan Turns 6

Originally published on Wed February 6, 2013 10:24 am

Birthday cards for Ethan have been arriving at the town hall in Napier Field, Ala., where he lives.
Joe Songer AL.COM /Landov

8:11am

Wed February 6, 2013
The Two-Way

The Iron Is Out, A Cat Is In As 'Monopoly' Changes Game Pieces

Originally published on Wed February 6, 2013 2:33 pm

The newest Monopoly token: Cat.
Courtesy of Hasbro

Scottie the dog is not going to like this news:

Monopoly fans have voted to add a cat to the classic game's cast of eight playing pieces. Getting the boot: Well, it wasn't the boot. It's the iron that got flattened.

The results of Hasbro's Facebook vote were revealed on NBC-TV's Today Show.

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8:02am

Wed February 6, 2013
Business

Postal Service Plans To End Saturday Mail Delivery

Originally published on Wed February 6, 2013 9:51 am

Transcript

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

NPR's business news begins with an ending.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

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8:02am

Wed February 6, 2013
World

Tunisian Opposition Leader's Slaying Prompts Protests

Originally published on Wed February 6, 2013 9:51 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

A Tunisian politician received death threats in recent days. Chokri Belaid was in a high-profile position. He was among the leaders of a group of politicians urging Tunisia to remain a secular state. That brought him into conflict with religious parties. Despite the death threats, his family says Belaid refused to limit his activities, and as he left home this morning someone shot and killed him.

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7:53am

Wed February 6, 2013
The Two-Way

Reports: Postal Service Will Move To Halt Saturday Mail

Originally published on Wed February 6, 2013 2:57 pm

Letter carrier Raymond Hou delivering mail on his route in San Francisco (March 2010 file photo).
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

(We updated the top of this post at 10:37 a.m. ET.)

Calling it "absolutely necessary" if the U.S. Postal Service is going to stop losing billions of dollars a year and reach anything close to financial stability, Postmaster Gen. Patrick Donahoe confirmed Wednesday morning that USPS is moving to eliminate Saturday delivery of first-class mail.

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7:34am

Wed February 6, 2013
The Two-Way

Book News: Chick-Lit Icon Bridget Jones Returns

Originally published on Wed February 6, 2013 8:53 am

Renee Zellweger in a scene from Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason.
Universal Studios

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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