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4:57pm

Thu March 17, 2011
Japan In Crisis

Japan's Quake May Result In Huge Insurance Claims

Insurance claims stemming from the earthquake, and its aftermath will likely total tens of billions of dollars — making this one of the worst natural disasters from a claims perspective. Much of the money will be paid by domestic Japanese companies — though global re-insurance firms are facing big payouts too.

4:29pm

Thu March 17, 2011
Sports

For Matadora, Bullfighting Is Her 'Absolute Truth'

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 10:06 am

Lupita Lopez poses for a portrait at the Santa Maria Bull Ring in La Gloria, Texas, Sunday, Jan. 23 2011.
Katie Hayes Luke for NPR

Last Sunday, a 32-year-old bullfighter named Lupita Lopez appeared in Mexico City's Plaza Mexico — the largest bullring in the world — and was inducted into the tiny sorority of matadoras, or professional female bullfighters. Lopez, 32, has wanted to be a bullfighter since she was 11.

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4:20pm

Thu March 17, 2011
Business

Detroit Markets Smaller Cars For High Gas Prices

The price of gas is rising rapidly: The national average for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline topped $3.55 this week, according to AAA.

Rising gas prices don't just affect how much Americans drive. As the cost to fill up rises, it could affect what vehicles Americans drive, which could have consequences for the recovering U.S. auto industry.

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3:28pm

Thu March 17, 2011
The Two-Way

House Votes To Cut NPR's Federal Funds

The House of Representatives just voted 228-192 to bar NPR from receiving any more federal funds. It was a partisan vote, with Republicans voting "aye" and Democrats voting "nay."

As NPR's Audie Cornish reported earlier:

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3:17pm

Thu March 17, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Decontamination After Radiation Exposure: Simpler Than You May Think

The Japanese government says 20 workers at the disabled Fukushima Dai-ichi power plant have been decontaminated after exposure to radioactive material.

Dozens more, at least, have reportedly been decontaminated within the 12-mile evacuation zone around the plant after Geiger counters picked up evidence of radiation exposure.

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