10:44am

Thu January 17, 2013
Politics

President Obama's Gun Control Plan 'Extreme?'

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

This is TELL ME MORE, from NPR News. I'm Michel Martin. Coming up, for years, we've been telling you about the tens of thousands of people who have been killed or kidnapped by the drug cartels in Mexico, but the truth is, nobody really knew how many there were because nobody kept track. This week, the new president of Mexico signed a new law to set up a national registry of victims and to compensate the families. We'll have more on that in just a few minutes.

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10:44am

Thu January 17, 2013
Latin America

Mexico: New President, New Drug Violence Plan

Mexico's new president, Enrique Peña Nieto, recently enacted a law to compensate victims of drug violence. It also sets up a national registry to record the crimes. Host Michel Martin discusses the new law with Nik Steinberg of Human Rights Watch.

10:44am

Thu January 17, 2013
Inauguration 2013

Designing Inaugural Dresses, Not All Roses

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Now, let's head back to events in this country. Thousands of Americans will be in Washington to watch history being made at the presidential inauguration, to hear President Obama's vision for the next four years.

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10:32am

Thu January 17, 2013
Shots - Health News

Obama's Plans For Guns Put Focus On Mental Health Of The Young

President Obama signs a series of executive orders Wednesday about the administration's gun law proposals as Vice President Biden and children who wrote letters to the White House about gun violence look on.
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If the National Rifle Association's plan to curb violence was, in part, arming school employees with guns, President Obama wants to arm them with something quite different: mental health training.

The president's plan centers largely on training teachers and others who work with children, teens and young adults to recognize mental illness as it's developing.

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10:04am

Thu January 17, 2013

9:24am

Thu January 17, 2013
The Salt

Yes, Virginia, Crabs Likely Feel Pain, But They're Still Delicious

Boiling is the easiest way to dispatch a crustacean, but there are some signs that the creatures can feel pain.
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Whether crustaceans feel pain is generally something people try not to think about while munching on a crab cake or a lobster roll. Few of us would like to think that our dinner suffered during preparation, but still, we can't help but be a little curious.

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8:35am

Thu January 17, 2013
Local

NSU professor: Wikipedia is a useful starting point for research

Northwestern State University assistant professor of English Thomas Reynolds recently presented a paper on Wikipedia at the South Central Modern Languages Conference in San Antonio.
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The head of the first-year writing program at Northwestern State University has designed a writing curriculum around Wikipedia. The site relies on volunteer contributors to write and edit articles. Some academics downplay its relevance as a research tool.

Assistant professor of English Thomas Reynolds is writing a book on how professors should use Wikipedia in academic research and writing classrooms. Reynolds says the ultimate goal is for his students to write an article that passes muster and gets published.

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8:31am

Thu January 17, 2013
The Two-Way

Manti Te'o: Story Attributed To Parents Hard To Reconcile With Hoax Report

Originally published on Thu January 17, 2013 1:53 pm

Manti T'eo.
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If you're trying to make sense of the news that Notre Dame football star Manti Te'o now says he was the victim of a hoax and that the woman he thought was his "girlfriend" never existed and never died, you'll want to read an Oct. 12 story published by the South Bend Tribune.

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7:53am

Thu January 17, 2013
The Two-Way

Jobless Claims At Five-Year Low; Home Building Hit Five-Year High In 2012

Originally published on Thu January 17, 2013 1:53 pm

Going up in Chicago: Row houses under construction.
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There were 335,000 first-time claims for unemployment insurance last week, down 37,000 from the week before, the Employment and Training Administration reports.

That's the lowest total for any one week since January 2008.

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7:35am

Thu January 17, 2013
Commentary

What Was I Thinking for January 17, 2013

Commentator Brian O'Nuanain revels in this year's Rider's Cup and an unexpected victory. 

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