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Mon September 30, 2013

Here's Something Congress Can Agree On: Helium

Party On: Legislation passed last week allows the Federal Helium Reserve to continue selling the stockpiled gas. Above, Jonathan Trappe launches his 370-balloon craft from Caribou, Maine, in an attempt to cross the Atlantic Ocean on Sept. 12.
Alexandre Ayre Barcroft Media/Landov

Originally published on Tue October 1, 2013 4:03 pm

With the government on the brink of a shutdown, Republicans and Democrats in Congress have come together to compromise on helium. Legislation passed late last week will keep the gas used in party balloons flowing from a national reserve.

The helium bill's passage shows that compromise is still possible in the fractious political climate. But finding agreement over this inert gas was tough. The new law came after more than a year of intensive lobbying by some of America's largest businesses and academic institutions.

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All Tech Considered
2:29 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

Space's Wild: 5 Cool Happenings Along The Final Frontier

SpaceX launched an upgraded version of its Falcon 9 rocket Sept. 30 from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, northwest of Los Angeles.
SpaceX

Originally published on Mon September 30, 2013 3:29 pm

SpaceX hit a milestone in space exploration Sunday as it launched its most powerful rocket yet from California.

The unmanned nine-engine Falcon 9, which carried a small Canadian weather satellite called Cassiope, is an experiment in reusing rocket parts after they have fallen back to Earth. As the BBC reports:

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The Two-Way
2:24 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

The Looming Shutdown: Senate Rejects Second House Measure

Speaker of the House John Boehner, a Republican from Ohio, arrives for a Republican Conference meeting at the U.S. Capitol on Friday in Washington, D.C.
Chip Somodevilla Getty Images

Originally published on Mon September 30, 2013 10:56 pm

Not even an hour after the House voted in favor of a bill that would avert a shutdown of the federal government, but also delay a key part of President Obama's Affordable Care Act, the Senate rejected it with a vote of 54-46.

With less than an hour before the government runs out of authority to spend money, the ball is now back in the court of Speaker John Boehner in the House.

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The Salt
2:16 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

Remembering Marcella Hazan, Who Brought A Taste Of Italy To America

Marcella and Victor Hazan in the kitchen of their home in Longboat Key, Fla.
Laura Krantz NPR

Originally published on Mon September 30, 2013 9:09 pm

Marcella Hazan, whose cookbooks helped revolutionize Americans' conceptions of what real Italian cooking tastes like, died Sunday at her home in Longboat Key, Fla. She was 89.

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The Two-Way
2:04 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

Who's Likely To Lose The Shutdown 'Blame Game'?

Sign of the times? A room where the Senate Democratic caucus was meeting on Monday.
Evan Vucci AP

Originally published on Mon September 30, 2013 4:07 pm

With the seeming certainty of a federal shutdown at the stroke of midnight, there's been some polling in the past week or so aimed at divining the political fallout.

Who will be blamed?

Will it be House Republicans, with their unyielding efforts to defund and delay Obamacare, or Democrats (and President Obama) who will be viewed as unwilling to compromise?

Here's a short guide to some recent polling:

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Shots - Health News
1:27 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

How A Tax On Medical Devices United Political Rivals

U.S. House Majority Leader Rep. Eric Cantor (center) and colleagues gather before a Sunday vote on Capitol Hill. The House passed two new provisions to a federal spending bill to delay Obamacare for a year and to repeal the medical device tax.
Alex Wong Getty Images

Originally published on Tue October 1, 2013 4:26 pm

As the federal government lurches toward a shutdown, there's one thing a lot of people in Congress actually agree on.

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The Two-Way
12:28 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

Diesel Rebate Fraud: Truck-Stop Company Says It Is Repaying Millions

Jimmy Haslam, CEO of Pilot Flying J, discusses accusations of rebate fraud, in April. Today, Haslam said that an audit found problems with only a small number of the company's customers' accounts.
Wade Payne AP

Originally published on Mon September 30, 2013 5:20 pm

Months after federal agents raided its Knoxville, Tenn., headquarters over charges that it withheld millions in diesel fuel rebates from customers at its truck stops, Pilot Flying J says it is paying the companies that were cheated.

From Nashville, Blake Farmer of member station WPLN filed this report for our Newscast unit:

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The Salt
12:25 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

Sandwich Monday: McDonald's Mighty Wings

Mouth's eye view
NPR

Originally published on Mon September 30, 2013 3:10 pm

Chicken wing restaurants continue to pop up everywhere in this country — there are Wingstop, Buffalo Wild Wings, Aaron Sorkin's West Wings. Now, McDonald's is getting in on the act with Mighty Wings. They're available in three-piece, five-piece, and Who-Am-I-Kidding-I've-Got-Nothing-Left-To-Prove-piece.

Peter: I was as surprised to find an actual bone in this as I would be to find a bone in a banana.

Eva: How McDonald's got the bones in the nugget is the modern version of the classic ship in a bottle mystery.

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Movie Interviews
12:22 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

'Valentine Road': A Path To Teen Tragedy

Valentine Road is actress Marta Cunningham's directorial debut.
HBO

Originally published on Mon September 30, 2013 4:39 pm

In February 2008, 14-year-old Larry King walked up to fellow classmate Brandon McInerney and, as a dare, asked him to be his valentine.

A few days later, on Valentine's Day, McInerney shot King twice in the back of the head at school. McInerney is now serving a 21-year sentence.

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The Two-Way
11:48 am
Mon September 30, 2013

Claim: Leaks About Al-Qaida Do More 'Damage' Than Snowden's

Originally published on Mon September 30, 2013 1:10 pm

Leaks in August about plans al-Qaida leaders were supposedly making to attack American interests abroad have "caused more immediate damage to American counterterrorism efforts than the thousands of classified documents disclosed by Edward Snowden," some "government analysts and senior officials" tell The New York Times.

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