4:22pm

Thu May 16, 2013
The Two-Way

Report: Problems At Justice Allowed Terrorist Suspects To Fly

Officials at the Department of Justice didn't share crucial information on some terrorist suspects in the federal witness protection program with the agency that maintains the "no fly" list, allowing an unknown number of them to board commercial flights, a new report says.

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4:07pm

Thu May 16, 2013
World Cafe

Latin Roots: Son Jarocho

Originally published on Sun May 19, 2013 8:23 am

Los Angeles' Las Cafeteras recorded a version of the classic son jarocho song "La Bamba."
Courtesy of the artist
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4:04pm

Thu May 16, 2013
Parallels

Brazil Looks To Build A 10,000-Mile Virtual Fence

Originally published on Thu May 16, 2013 6:44 pm

A drug-sniffing dog checks bags at a Brazilian border crossing with Bolivia on April 3. With an increase in illegal immigration and drug smuggling, Brazil is planning to build a virtual fence along its 10,000-mile border.
Yasuyoshi Chiba AFP/Getty Images

Brazil's borders are so vast, and the terrain so inhospitable, that attempting to secure them has seemed a virtually impossible task.

But Brazil's rapidly expanding economy has made the country a magnet for illegal immigration, drug smuggling and other illicit activities, and now the country has announced its own border protection program.

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3:44pm

Thu May 16, 2013
Business

A 'Wake-Up Call' To Protect Vulnerable Workers From Abuse

Originally published on Fri May 17, 2013 12:35 pm

For decades, Hill County Farms, also known as Henry's Turkey Service, housed a group of mentally disabled men in squalor in this former schoolhouse in Atalissa, Iowa. The EEOC won a judgment against the company for exploiting the men.
John Schultz/Quad-City Times ZUMAPRESS.com

Four years ago, 21 men with intellectual disabilities were emancipated from a bright blue, century-old schoolhouse in Atalissa, Iowa. They ranged in age from their 40s to their 60s, and for most of their adult lives they had worked for next to nothing and lived in dangerously unsanitary conditions.

Earlier this month, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission won a massive judgment against the turkey-processing company at which the men worked. The civil suit involved severe physical and emotional abuse of men with intellectual disabilities.

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3:42pm

Thu May 16, 2013
Music Interviews

Daft Punk On 'The Soul That A Musician Can Bring'

Originally published on Mon January 27, 2014 11:00 am

In spite of the robotic persona they've cultivated for years, Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo elected to make the latest Daft Punk album in a real studio, with real musicians.
David Black Courtesy of the artist

3:38pm

Thu May 16, 2013
The Salt

No More Smuggling: Many Cured Italian Meats Coming To America

Originally published on Fri May 17, 2013 10:36 am

Even Sophia Loren felt compelled to smuggle mortadella, despite a U.S. ban — well, her character did, anyway, in the 1971 film Lady Liberty.
Warner Bros/The Kobal Collection

American gourmets and lovers of Italian food products, your days as food smugglers are over.

No more stuffing your suitcases with delicacies bought in Italy, hoping the sniffer dogs at JFK or other American airports won't detect the banned-in-the-USA foodstuffs inside your luggage.

In the U.S., they're called cured meats, the French say charcuterie and in Italy, the word for cured-pork products is salumi.

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3:29pm

Thu May 16, 2013
World Cafe

Sallie Ford & The Sound Outside On World Cafe

Originally published on Thu May 16, 2013 4:07 pm

Sallie Ford & The Sound Outside.
Liz Devin Courtesy of the artist
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Sallie Ford & The Sound Outside's music was raw and forthright from the beginning, when its album Dirty Radio came out in 2011. The Portland band captures the energy of early-'50s music, with blues and country influences that earned it a rockabilly designation early in its career.

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3:14pm

Thu May 16, 2013
Shots - Health News

A Small Shock To The System May Help Brain With Math

Originally published on Fri May 17, 2013 9:59 am

Ever get stuck on these?
iStockphoto.com

Stimulating the brain with a very small electrical current through the forehead could boost a student's ability to learn and remember basic mathematics, a provocative experiment suggests.

The work, published online Thursday by the journal Current Biology, could help those who struggle with mental arithmetic. But the study was small and the long-term effect wasn't profound.

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2:51pm

Thu May 16, 2013
Parallels

Underground Tunnels Feed Gaza's Hankering For KFC

Originally published on Sun May 19, 2013 9:38 am

KFC is delivered in one of the many underground smuggling tunnels connecting Egypt to the Gaza Strip city of Rafah.
Wissam Nassar Xinhua /Landov

Hundreds of underground passageways wind like a maze beneath the Egypt-Gaza border, providing a way for Gazans to maneuver around the 2007 Israeli-led economic blockade that took effect after Hamas took control of the Gaza Strip.

And while subterranean tunnels may seem like something out of a thrilling spy movie, the reality and practicality of these channels is somehow not surprising.

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2:40pm

Thu May 16, 2013
The Two-Way

Pope Francis Denounces 'Cult Of Money'

Originally published on Thu May 16, 2013 4:05 pm

Pope Francis adjusts his pellegrina during his weekly general audience in St Peter's Square at the Vatican on Wednesday.
Vincenzo Pinto AFP/Getty Images

Pope Francis has demanded that financial and political leaders reform the global money system to make it more equitable.

"Money has to serve, not to rule!" the pontiff declared.

As The Associated Press writes:

"It's a message Francis delivered on many occasions when he was archbishop of Buenos Aires, and it's one that was frequently stressed by retired Pope Benedict XVI.

"Francis, who has made clear the poor are his priority, made the comments as he greeted his first group of new ambassadors accredited to the Holy See."

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