8:00am

Wed August 3, 2011
U.S.

FAA Operations Up In The Air Amid Shutdown

Originally published on Wed August 3, 2011 11:42 am

A fence secures the perimeter of a half-completed 236-foot FAA control tower at Oakland International Airport. Construction has been halted because of the FAA shutdown.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

A partial shutdown of the Federal Aviation Administration, prompted by a political dispute, is adding to the country's debt. This month alone, that shutdown will cost the Treasury $1 billion in uncollected airline ticket taxes.

The shutdown is happening because of a labor dispute, a long-standing rivalry and a disagreement over subsidizing small airports. It's not clear when it will all be resolved now that members of Congress are leaving Washington, D.C., for their summer recess.

NPR's Renee Montagne talks to NPR's Brian Naylor about what's behind the standoff.

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7:46am

Wed August 3, 2011
Krulwich Wonders...

Living Very, Very Narrowly

Courtesy of Jakub Szczesny Centrala

There are two apartment buildings in my Manhattan neighborhood that share a block. They sit very close. One is about nine inches from the other. In the small vertical space between them, a horde of finches have built themselves nest upon nest upon nest rising for nine human floors. It's a finch skyscraper. In March and April you can see finches busily flying in and out of this vertical crack, bearing twigs, grasses and nest-building material.

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7:42am

Wed August 3, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

First Death In Mysterious Salmonella Outbreak Tied To Ground Turkey

Cases of salmonella linked to the Heidelberg strain of the bacterium.
CDC

Seventy-seven people have gotten sick and one has died in a salmonella outbreak that's appears to be caused by tainted ground turkey, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says.

And the bacterial strain investigators are closing in on — Salmonella Heidelberg — is potentially quite bad because it's resistant to a lot of common antibiotics. That complicates treatment for people who get sick from it.

So why hasn't the government issued any turkey recalls?

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7:22am

Wed August 3, 2011
Opinion

Foreign Policy: In China Apple's Got A Rotten Core

A man walks past Beijing's newly open Apple store Saturday, July 19, 2008. A chemical used on the glass screens of Apple products is causing health problems for employees.
Oded Balilty AP

Christina Larson is a contributing editor at Foreign Policy and a fellow at the New America Foundation.

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7:21am

Wed August 3, 2011
Africa

Mubarak Arrives In Cairo To Face Corruption Trial

Originally published on Wed August 3, 2011 12:17 pm

This video image taken from Egyptian state television shows former President Hosni Mubarak laying on a hospital bed inside a cage of mesh and iron bars in a Cairo courtroom as his trial began Wednesday.
AP

Hosni Mubarak, the man who ruled Egypt with an iron fist for nearly three decades, was wheeled into a Cairo courtroom on a hospital bed and placed in a metal cage as his trial opened Wednesday on charges of corruption and conspiracy in the killing of protesters who sought his ouster.

The ailing 83-year-old lay ashen-faced as he pleaded not guilty from inside the defendants' cage. His two sons, also on trial, stood beside him in white prison uniforms.

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7:15am

Wed August 3, 2011
Economy

Private Hiring Up, But So Are Layoffs

Two reports sent mixed signals about the job market Wednesday.

Companies added 114,000 jobs in July, but job cuts rose to a 16-month high, according to two private reports. The numbers come two days before Friday's official July jobs report from the Labor Department.

Payroll processor ADP said employment in the services sector rose 121,000 last month, but goods-producing jobs fell by 7,000. The report "suggests that employment continued to advance at a moderate pace in July," but employment is decelerating, ADP said.

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7:08am

Wed August 3, 2011
The Two-Way

ABC News: New D.B. Cooper Clues Come From 'Niece'

ABC News has a report out this morning that claims to name the source of the new information in the D.B. Cooper skyjacking. ABC says unnamed and unspecified sources have confirmed that a woman named Marla Cooper provided the FBI with a guitar strap for fingerprint testing.

NPR is trying to independently confirm ABC's claim. The FBI has yet to respond to a request for comment.

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6:48am

Wed August 3, 2011
The Two-Way

Mubarak Trial Begins; Tropical Storm Emily Threatens East Coast

Egyptians walk past a poster of Egypt's ousted president Hosni Mubarak shown behind a noose outside the court set up in the Cairo Police Academy, on August 3.
Marwan Naamani AFP/Getty Images

Good morning!

The story dominating the morning is that six months after his ouster, former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak is standing trial on charges of corruption and complicity in the deaths of protesters. The ailing 83-year-old was in a hospital bed inside a metal cage. The AP reports:

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6:41am

Wed August 3, 2011
Opinion

New Republic: For GOP It's A Far-Right Turn Only

As the Tea Party's presence in the political spectrum grows, some are wondering if the GOP will be forced away from the center.
iStockphoto.com

Ed Kilgore is a special correspondent for The New Republic.

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6:41am

Wed August 3, 2011
Opinion

Weekly Standard: Yes, He's The Great Disuader

President Barack Obama walks out to deliver a statement in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2011, following the Senate's passing of the debt ceiling agreement. The president's approval rating fell during this most recent economic debate.
Pablo Martinez Monsivais AP

Mathew Continetti is an opinion editor for The Weekly Standard.

The talks were going nowhere. It was July 13, the fifth straight day of negotiations between President Obama and congressional leaders over an agreement to increase the debt ceiling. The hour was late when House majority leader Eric Cantor repeated the Republican preference for a short-term increase. But the president wasn't having it. "Eric, don't call my bluff," Obama said. "I'm going to the American people on this."

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