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Fri September 30, 2011
The Salt

Vilsack: Not Done With Potatoes And School Lunch

Would your kids eat potatoes if they looked like this?
Robyn Mackenzie

Recently, The Salt had a chance to chat with Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. He's held the top post at USDA since January 2009. As a former Iowa governor, he knows a thing or two about farm country and he's been open about his struggles with weight.

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Fri September 30, 2011
The Two-Way

Bank Of America Is 'Sticking It' To Customers, Senator Says

A customer uses a Bank of America ATM in Los Angeles. The bank plans to start charging a $5 monthly fee for customers who use their debit card for purchases starting early in 2012. ATM transactions would still be free.
Kevork Djansezian Getty Images

There's no doubt how the No. 2 Democrat in the Senate feels about Bank of America's plan to charge most of its debit card users $5 a month if they use the cards to make purchases. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) has issued a statement that reads, in part:

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Fri September 30, 2011
National Security

Awlaki: From San Diego Cleric To Wanted Terrorist

Originally published on Fri September 30, 2011 4:13 pm

U.S.-born cleric Anwar al-Awlaki was killed Friday in a U.S. airstrike in Yemen. U.S. officials say he was linked to several major terrorist plots in recent years.
Anonymous AP

Anwar al-Awlaki was born in New Mexico, educated in Colorado and spent years as a cleric in San Diego and suburban Washington, D.C. But in the past several years, he became a master al-Qaida propagandist whose sermons inspired jihadists worldwide before his death Friday by a U.S. missile on a desert road in northern Yemen.

Awlaki's journey from a childhood in Las Cruces, N.M., to the Arabian Peninsula placed him in the cross hairs of U.S. intelligence after he was linked to the failed "underwear bomber," the Fort Hood shooter and the foiled plot to bomb New York's Times Square.

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Fri September 30, 2011
Planet Money

How Much Your State's Population Grew (Or Shrank) In The Past Decade

Originally published on Fri September 30, 2011 8:15 am

Jess Jiang NPR

The U.S. population grew by nearly 10 percent between 2000 and 2010. But that varied widely from state to state. Here's a map, based on numbers from the Census Bureau.

As the map shows, the country continued its long shift to the South and West.

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Fri September 30, 2011
Life In Retirement: The Not-So-Golden Years

Facebook Fans Share Their Plans For Retirement

NPR's Facebook fans weigh in on how (and whether) they plan to retire.

How are you preparing for retirement? If you're already retired, what kind of changes have you had to make? Do you think you'll ever be able to afford to retire?

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