4:51pm

Thu February 21, 2013
It's All Politics

The 'Line' For Legal Immigration Is Already About 4 Million People Long

Originally published on Fri February 22, 2013 9:26 am

Newly sworn-in U.S. citizens recite the Pledge of Allegiance during a naturalization ceremony in Baltimore in 2012.
Mandel Ngan AFP/Getty Images

In the back and forth between Congress and the White House over immigration, both sides seem to agree that people now in the U.S. illegally should wait at "the back of the line" for legal residency — meaning no green card until all other immigrants get theirs.

But that presents a problem, because the wait for a green card can take decades.

Maria has been waiting in line with her husband for 16 years and counting for what the government calls a priority date for legal residency. Because she is in the U.S. without documents, Maria asked NPR to use only her first name.

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4:47pm

Thu February 21, 2013
Africa

In Algeria, Sahara Attack Revives A Fear Of Renewed Terrorism

Originally published on Fri February 22, 2013 9:30 am

Algerian police stop cars at a checkpoint in In Amenas, deep in the Sahara near the Libyan border, on Jan. 18. Islamists took hostages at a nearby gas field in a major international incident.
Farouk Batiche AFP/Getty Images

When Muslim extremists overran an oil and gas facility in Algeria's Sahara desert last month, Algerians saw the drama through the lens of their own painful history.

The news that terrorists had seized the In Amenas oil and gas plant stunned people in Algiers, the Algerian capital, who thought they'd seen the last of such attacks.

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4:47pm

Thu February 21, 2013
Shots - Health News

Morning-After Pills Don't Cause Abortion, Studies Say

Originally published on Fri February 22, 2013 3:51 pm

Plan B is one of two emergency contraceptives available in the U.S.
UPI/Landov

The most heated part of the fight between the Obama administration and religious groups over new rules that require most health plans to cover contraception actually has nothing to do with birth control. It has to do with abortion.

Specifically, do emergency contraceptives interfere with a fertilized egg and cause what some consider to be abortion?

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4:29pm

Thu February 21, 2013
The Two-Way

Sept. 11 Trial Judge Gives Defense Attorneys Access To 'Camp 7'

This image reviewed by the U.S. military shows the front gate of "Camp Six" detention facility of the Joint Detention Group at the US Naval Station in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
Jim Watson AFP/Getty Images

Defense attorneys in the trial of the five men accused of orchestrating the terror attacks on September 11th will get to see for the first time where their clients are incarcerated.

The army judge presiding over the trial at Guantanamo Bay said today he will allow the lawyers to visit a secret section of the prison.

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3:54pm

Thu February 21, 2013
Shots - Health News

Flu Vaccine Has Been Feeble For Elderly This Season

Originally published on Fri February 22, 2013 12:25 pm

Kimberly Delp gives a flu shot to Carleen Matthews at the Homewood Senior Center in Pittsburgh, Pa., last September.
Andrew Rush AP

This year's flu vaccine appears to be doing a unusually poor job of protecting the elderly, federal health officials reported Thursday.

Overall, this year's flu vaccine appears to be only about 27 percent effective for people ages 65 and older, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports in this week's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

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3:45pm

Thu February 21, 2013
World Cafe

Camper Van Beethoven On World Cafe

Camper Van Beethoven.
Jason Thrasher Courtesy of the artist

After a nine-year hiatus, the venerable rock band Camper Van Beethoven has returned with its eighth studio album, La Costa Perdida. Thematically, the record revolves around midlife nostalgia and the group's California roots.

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3:45pm

Thu February 21, 2013
World Cafe

Latin Roots: Merengue

Merengue musician Wilfrido Vargas.
Courtesy of the artist

In this segment of Latin Roots from World Cafe, Grammy-winning Latin music producer Aaron Levinson and host David Dye ourney through the world of merengue music, starting with its roots in the Dominican Republic.

Largely influenced by the dictator Rafael Trujillo to celebrate his political agenda, merengue is a form of fast-paced, rhythmic music. Utilizing diatonic accordions, tamboras and the güira, traditional merengue bands have induced listeners around the world to move with the sounds of the tropical beat.

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3:24pm

Thu February 21, 2013
Around the Nation

Man's Ashes Take Trip Across The Country

Originally published on Fri February 22, 2013 9:26 am

Transcript

MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

And now, a story from Washington state; a story about one family's unexpected odyssey. Seventy-three-year-old Kevin O'Grady had recently died in Seattle, where one of his two daughters lives. She mailed her father's ashes across the state to her sister, Katy, in Spokane. That's where their father, an Air Force veteran, was to be buried with military honors.

But after several days, Katy had yet to receive the ashes.

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3:24pm

Thu February 21, 2013
Movie Interviews

'Inocente' Explores The Dark Side Of Childhood

Originally published on Fri February 22, 2013 9:26 am

Transcript

MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

Finally, this hour, have you ever heard a story about homeless children that wasn't a grim, dark bummer?

(SOUNDBITE OF MOVIE, "INOCENTE")

INOCENTE: (as herself) My name is Inocente. I'm 15 years old, and I live in San Diego, California. I pretty much grew up homeless. I never really had something to call home.

BLOCK: A great deal of Inocente's life has been grim and dark, but the teenager with her clothes, her makeup and most importantly her art lives almost exclusively in bright colors despite all of her hardships.

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3:19pm

Thu February 21, 2013
The Two-Way

Surely Congress Would Know Better Than to Hurt Airlines. No?

Originally published on Thu February 21, 2013 4:31 pm

Those baggage fees, cramped seats and tiny pretzel bags to the contrary and notwithstanding, airline passengers enjoyed good times in 2012, according to an annual recap from Airlines for America, the industry trade group.

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