Tue June 28, 2011
NPR Story

Syria Lets Western Journalists Return

A small group of Western journalists entered Syria this weekend for the first time since the government banned them after protests began in March. NPR's Deborah Amos, who drove into the Syrian capital from neighboring Lebanon, talks with guest host Susan Stamberg about the mood there and what she observed along the road in.


Tue June 28, 2011
Around the Nation

Flooding Won't Overcome Nuclear Plants, Officials Say

Two nuclear power plants in Nebraska, 100 miles apart, are completely surrounded by water. The head of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission visited each Monday for a firsthand inspection. While officials at both plants assure area residents they are safe, critics point to a history of problems and wonder if the facilities are prepared for Missouri floodwaters that have not yet peaked.

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Tue June 28, 2011

Americans Remain Unsure Of Economy's Future

Although the recession ended two years ago, Americans are still feeling the effects. Consumers are continuing to rely on thrifty measures to push their money further.
Chris Hondros Getty Images

Nearly two years after the official end of the recession, Americans still remain unconvinced.

Consumer confidence has hit an eight-month low, according to a Conference Board report released Tuesday. The group studies how Americans feel about business conditions and the job market.

It turns out consumers aren't feeling so hot about the prospects for the future, which economists say could be a self-fulfilling prophecy.

This can be seen in any parking lot of a big-box store.

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Tue June 28, 2011
Colorado Wildfires

Crews Close to Containing Boulder County Fire

Crews are making good progress battling a wildfire burning near a popular recreation area and scores of homes in the foothills near Boulder.  Fire officials said Tuesday afternoon they expect the Maxwell Fire to be 70% contained by the end of the day.

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Tue June 28, 2011
The Two-Way

In Honor Of His 100th, Ronald Reagan To Get Statues In Budapest, London

On Wednesday, Budapest, Hungary will unveil a second statue of Ronald Reagan, the nation's 40th president. As the AP reports, Reagan never visited the country, but his efforts against communism have endeared him to its citizens. The AP adds:

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Tue June 28, 2011
World Cafe

Eilen Jewell On World Cafe

Idaho singer-songwriter Eilen Jewell performs live on this episode of World Cafe.
Courtesy of the artist

Eilen Jewell's latest album, Queen of the Minor Key, is a contemporary update on the classic sounds of roots rock, R&B and girl-group pop.

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Tue June 28, 2011

Poudre Rafting Outfits Report Less Business

Mountain Whitewater Descents in North Fort Collins is sending fewer customers up the Poudre Canyon this year for rafting adventures. Owner Brad Modesitt says business has decreased at least 25 percent,
Grace Hood

Some rafting companies along the Poudre River in Fort Collins say business is down. That’s despite having some of the best water in years.

Mountain Whitewater Descents in North Fort Collins is sending fewer customers up the Poudre Canyon this year for rafting adventures. Owner Brad Modesitt says business has decreased at least 25 percent this year. He says media coverage over high runoff and last week’s downing death has led some customers to believe the river is too dangerous to float.

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Tue June 28, 2011
The Two-Way

U.S. Gets First Goal Of 2011 Women's World Cup Against N. Korea

Lauren Cheney, left, and Carli Lloyd, right, of the U.S. battle for the ball with Yun Mi Jo of Korea DPR in their opening Group C match of the FIFA Women's World Cup at Rudolf-Harbig-Stadion in Dresden, Germany.
Boris Streubel Getty Images

The U.S. women started group play in the FIFA Women's World Cup with a tight, tense game against North Korea Tuesday in Dresden, Germany. Lauren Cheney shattered a 0-0 tie with a header that found the corner of the goal, nearly 10 minutes into the second half. The ball was delivered from deep in the left corner by Abby Wambach.

With the U.S. women in all white and the Korean women in all red, the game was scoreless in the first half, with the North Koreans often dropping a defender into the midfield to frustrate the U.S. offense.

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Tue June 28, 2011
The Two-Way

Texas Legislature Approves Anti-Pat-Down Bill

A Transportation Security Administration agent performs a pat-down check on an airline passenger at a security checkpoint at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.
Jeff Topping Getty Images

Today both the Texas House and Senate approved a bill that prohibits invasive airport security pat-downs. The version of the bill that passed in the Senate is watered-down to include changes that the Texas attorney general's office said should be made in order to ease the bill's constitutional issues.

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Tue June 28, 2011
The Two-Way

'Riot Dog' Is Back In Athens

Originally published on Tue June 28, 2011 11:05 am

Loukanikos paused in front of riot police in central Athens on December 8, 2010.
Aris Messinis AFP/Getty Images

As protests shake Athens again, "riot dog" is back in the news.

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