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Y'all Keep Talking: Lab Scratches 'Southern Accent Reduction' Course  Tue, 29 Jul 2014 16:54:29 -0400
Having offended its own staff, Oak Ridge National Laboratory has canceled a course intended to help employees "speak with a more neutral American accent." 
Forget Tea Pot Dome: Harding's Love Letters Make For A New Steamy Scandal  Tue, 29 Jul 2014 16:09:09 -0400
The Library of Congress has released the rather racy love letters that former President Warren G. Harding sent to his mistress, Carrie Fulton Phillips. 
The Great Blue Hope: Michelle Nunn Tries The Improbable In Ga.  Tue, 29 Jul 2014 16:09:09 -0400
Georgia hasn't elected a Democrat to statewide office for over a decade, but Senate candidate Michelle Nunn is the most viable hope the party's had in a long time. While Nunn has a well-known name and a strong fundraising arm, analysts say she'll have to mobilize minority voters to have a chance. 
Coaches Help Released Inmates Step From The Cell Into A Job  Tue, 29 Jul 2014 16:09:09 -0400
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and Labor Secretary Tom Perez are traveling to Montgomery County, Md., to highlight workforce training for inmates about to leave prisons and jails. They plan to replicate the county's program around the U.S. by giving federal grant money. 
Former Va. Gov. McDonnell's Trial Opens With Claims Of 'Poisoned' Marriage  Tue, 29 Jul 2014 16:09:09 -0400
The public corruption trial is now underway for former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen. In dramatic opening arguments, lawyers described the McDonnells' marriage as a shambles. For more on the trial's start, Ari Shapiro turns to Jeff Schapiro, who is covering it for the Richmond Times-Dispatch
White House Widens Scope Of Russian Sanctions To Finance And Defense  Tue, 29 Jul 2014 16:09:08 -0400
The Obama administration is slapping stronger sanctions on Russia. The sanctions — which target key sectors of the Russian economy, including finance and defense — come as a response to Moscow's alleged involvement in Ukraine. The move comes on the same day that the European Union announced sanctions of its own. 
Leahy Aims To Patch Loopholes With A Revamp Of NSA's Data Collection  Tue, 29 Jul 2014 16:09:08 -0400
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy is introducing a bill to overhaul the way the National Security Agency collects telephone data under the Patriot Act. 
White House Accuses Moscow Of Violating Landmark Arms Control Deal  Tue, 29 Jul 2014 16:09:08 -0400
The Obama administration is accusing Russia of testing a banned cruise missile, thus violating a long-standing treaty that helped put an end to the Cold War. To learn more about the situation, Audie Cornish speaks with Steven Pifer, the director of the Arms Control and Non-Proliferation Initiative at the Brookings Institution. 
Welcome To The Nuclear Command Bunker  Tue, 29 Jul 2014 15:28:00 -0400
A small cadre of officers is responsible for keeping America's nukes on alert 24/7. Here's a peek into their world, and what it takes to do the job. 
Jury Awards Former Gov. Ventura Nearly $2 Million In Defamation Case  Tue, 29 Jul 2014 15:11:00 -0400
Former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura said his reputation had been damaged by an account of a fight in a book. In a split verdict, a federal jury agreed with him. 
Court Orders Seizure Of $100 Million Oil Shipment  Tue, 29 Jul 2014 14:32:00 -0400
A tanker carrying 1 million barrels of oil from Kurdistan was cleared by the U.S. Coast Guard to unload, but a judge has agreed with Iraq's central government that the oil belongs to them. 
Widely Used Insecticides Are Leaching Into Midwest Rivers  Tue, 29 Jul 2014 14:23:00 -0400
Researchers found that a class of chemicals similar to nicotine and used on corn and soy farms has run off into streams and rivers in the Midwest. There they may be harming aquatic life, like insects. 
Chances Are Pretty Good That's A Bill Collector Calling  Tue, 29 Jul 2014 14:11:00 -0400
About 77 million adults in the U.S. have at least one debt in the collection process, according to a study released by the Urban Institute. 
Report Says Big Changes Are Needed In How Doctors Are Trained  Tue, 29 Jul 2014 14:06:00 -0400
We spend $15 billion a year training doctors but end up with a medical workforce that doesn't meet the nation's health care needs, according to an Institute of Medicine Report. 
Poet Nikki Giovanni On Change: 'Approach It With A Smile'  Tue, 29 Jul 2014 13:56:21 -0400
Host Michel Martin speaks with poet Nikki Giovanni about the role art can play during major, often challenging, moments of transition.