The Two-Way
11:24 am
Fri January 13, 2012

U.S. To Exchange Ambassadors With Myanmar

Zaw Thet Htway, center, a journalist who was arrested during the 2007 Saffron Revolution is welcomed by his colleagues as he arrives at Yangon airport after being released from prison on Friday in Yangon, Myanmar.
Khin Maung Win AP

Originally published on Fri January 13, 2012 11:33 am

Secretary of State Hilary Clinton said her office will start the process of exchanging ambassadors with Myanmar. The announcement comes hours after Myanmar released 651 political prisoners.

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The Two-Way
11:20 am
Fri January 13, 2012

Suspect In Natalee Holloway Case Gets 28-Year Sentence For Murder In Peru

Joran van der Sloot, the 24-year-old Dutchman who remains the prime suspect in the still-unsolved 2005 disappearance of Alabama teen Natalee Holloway in Aruba, was just sentenced to 28 years in prison for the 2010 murder of a woman in Peru.

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10:44 am
Fri January 13, 2012

Obama Seeks Power To 'Streamline' Government



NPR's business news starts with efforts to streamline the federal government.


GREENE: President Obama is asking Congress, today, to give him the power to consolidate certain U.S. agencies. Doing that, he says, will reduce the number of federal jobs and make government more efficient.

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: The government we have is not the government that we need. We live in a 21st Century economy, but we've still got a government organized for the 20th Century.


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The Lead
10:39 am
Fri January 13, 2012

The Lead for Friday, January 13

Chris Van Deusen, assistant press officer with the Texas Department of State Health Services, joins the program to address the new law now in effect that requires meningitis vaccines for new college students.

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The Salt
10:04 am
Fri January 13, 2012

Sick From The Stick: When Teens Cook Venison Kabobs

Epidemiologists say venison kabobs should be cooked carefully so that no harmful bacteria lingers.

It's not every day that you hear about teenagers getting terribly ill from the deer they killed and cooked for a high school class. But that's what happened to 29 teenagers in Minnesota, who got sick after they helped hunt, process and cook seven white-tailed deer for an outdoor recreation and environmental science class.

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It's All Politics
9:40 am
Fri January 13, 2012

Obama Government-Streamlining Offer Creates GOP Dilemma

President Obama proposal to streamline government will be challenging for the GOP to counter.
Ann Heisenfelt AP

Originally published on Fri January 13, 2012 11:54 am

Maybe even if it weren't a general-election year, President Obama would still be proposing that Congress give him the power to merge federal agencies to make the government smaller and more efficient.

But the fact is it is the year in which the president is seeking re-election, a year in which both the eventual Republican presidential nominee and Obama's GOP opponents in Congress will assert hundreds of times before it's over that he is a big-government Democrat.

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High speed chase
8:45 am
Fri January 13, 2012

Drugs found after police stop vehicle in high speed chase

HUNT COUNTY - Two East Texas men are in custody following a chase Thursday through Hunt County where speeds topped 100 mph.

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Drought-related funds
8:13 am
Fri January 13, 2012

Ag Commish announces water relief funds

2011 saw the worst Texas drought in 100 years.

AUSTIN — With an historic drought threatening to deplete entire water supplies in some rural Texas communities, Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples today announced the availability of funding to sustain and enhance water resources. 

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The Two-Way
8:05 am
Fri January 13, 2012

VIDEO: Eggs Fly As Apple Cancels Store Sales Of iPhone 4S In Beijing

Police tried to seal off the area as thousands of customers gathered outside an Apple store in Beijing's upmarket Sanlitun shopping district today.
AFP/Getty Images

Everybody knows things can get a little crazy at Apple stores in the U.S. when the company unveils a new product.

But things got extra crazy in Beijing today when a thousand or more would-be iPhone 4S customers gathered outside Apple's store. They got rather angry when they learned that the company was postponing its plan to start selling the new phone there.

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