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2:58pm

Wed June 8, 2011
Japan In Crisis

Despite Radiation, Some Japanese Villagers Stay Put

Nisaka Mieko gathers chives, which have been contaminated by radiation from the Fukushima nuclear reactor accident. She says she may lose $25,000 in crops, and hopes to plant some of the seeds next year.
Louisa Lim/NPR

Japan has doubled its estimate for the amount of radiation leaked by the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant, but the process of evacuating the zone around the plant has not been smooth.

In some villages where evacuation orders have been issued, Japanese residents have stayed put.

The village of Iitate, about 20 miles from the plant, has radiation levels well above those considered safe. But it appears there are still quite a few people in the village, including one couple busy in their fields.

Salvaging Crops And Livestock

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2:30pm

Wed June 8, 2011
World Cafe

The Pinker Tones On World Cafe

Originally published on Wed June 8, 2011 2:29 pm

The Pinker Tones.
Courtesy of the band.

The Pinker Tones are the brainchild of Salvador Rey and Alex Llovet, perhaps better known by their stage names Mister Furia and Professor Manso. Since 2001, Furia, Manso and friends have wowed audiences worldwide with their infectiously catchy, multi-lingual electro-pop. The Spanish group's magpie sound combines elements of funk, soul, bossa, breakbeat, lounge and psychedelia with playful lyrics and an upbeat attitude.

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2:15pm

Wed June 8, 2011
The Two-Way

Fed: 'Some Deceleration' By Economy In Recent Weeks

"Economic activity generally continued to expand" in most parts of the country over the past six to seven weeks, "though a few districts indicated some deceleration," the Federal Reserve just reported in its latest Beige Book review of conditions around the nation.

According to the central bank:

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2:09pm

Wed June 8, 2011
The Two-Way

'Gay Girl In Damascus': Missing Or Mythical?

Originally published on Wed June 8, 2011 12:09 pm

We've been holding off on reporting about the mystery surrounding the blogger known as "Gay Girl in Damascus" and the reports that she was arrested by Syrian authorities.

There are a growing number of questions about who she may or may not be and even whether such a person is actually in the hands of the authorities.

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1:58pm

Wed June 8, 2011
The Two-Way

Blue Shield Of California Caps Its Income; Gives Back Millions To Customers

We've reported before on how health insurance company Blue Shield of California was met with opposition over its rate increases. So, it's only fair we report that, yesterday, the company said it would cap its income and return $180 million to its customers.

CNN reports:

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