May 31, 2010 No oil has yet been found on any Florida beaches. But the huge spill in the Gulf of Mexico is taking a toll on tourism and the seafood business. Concerns are rising in Apalachicola, a fishing town on Florida's Panhandle, just as the summer vacation season begins.
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Teens who bum cigarettes every now and then find that addiction can happen before they know it.
May 31, 2010 Occasional smoking among middle-schoolers can lead to tobacco addiction, according to a study in the journal Pediatrics. Of the young people in the study who said they had inhaled from a cigarette, nearly two-thirds said they smoked at least once a month. Half experienced symptoms of dependence.
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New research finds that socializing kids to drink at the family table -- often referred to as the "European drinking model" -- doesn't necessarily translate to more responsible drinking patterns.
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May 31, 2010 Research suggests that parents have a great deal of influence over when and how their teens start drinking alcohol. Parents who disapproved completely of underage drinking tended to have students who drank less.
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May 30, 2010 Saturday, oil giant BP gave up on its latest attempt stop the leak spewing millions of gallons of crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico. It was just the most recent in a series of disappointments for southern Louisiana as residents watch mushrooming and shifting columns of oil march against their coastline.
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May 30, 2010 The national debate over illegal immigration is heating up. It's been fueled by Arizona's passage of a controversial law, which allows police to question people suspected of being undocumented. This past week, President Obama announced his plan to send 1,200 National Guard troops to help secure the U.S.-Mexico border, a plan that some say is inadequate. Host Liane Hansen talks with Rick Nelson, director of the Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.
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May 30, 2010 Oil will continue gushing into the Gulf of Mexico until later this week at the very least. That's because BP's "top kill" strategy for stopping the leak didn't work. Host Liane Hansen talks with NPR Science correspondent Richard Harris.
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May 29, 2010 President Barack Obama visited Louisiana Friday for a first-hand look at the oil-soaked Gulf of Mexico waters. He toured the command center and met with Gulf state governors and a number of local officials.
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May 29, 2010 Rep. Ed Markey, who chairs House committees on energy, says BP is vastly understating the amount of oil flowing into the Gulf in order to decrease fines, which are based on the number of barrels leaked per day. Host Scott Simon talks with Markey about his criticism of the oil company and its efforts to contain the oil spreading in the Gulf of Mexico.
May 29, 2010 Oil giant BP says it won't know for another day or two whether its effort to stop the flow of oil in the Gulf of Mexico has succeeded. While the company works on a plan referred to as the “Top Kill,” oil continues to spread across the water and into fragile coastal areas. On Friday, President Obama got a first-hand look at the damage and said his administration will do whatever it takes to end the disaster. But an aerial view of the contaminated water shows what a challenge that is.
May 29, 2010 Driving a Prius and putting up solar panels aren't the only options for cooling the earth's climate. More radical ideas include brightening clouds, creating giant algae blooms in the ocean and launching spacecraft to deploy giant sunshades. It might sound a bit far-fetched, but scientists are considering ideas like these — known as geoengineering — to alter the climate.
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May 28, 2010 If you poke submerged great pond snails a few times, you can teach them to keep their snorkel-like breathing tubes closed. Methamphetamine helps snails learn and remember the task better.
May 28, 2010 Think we've never heard from an alien? A radio transmission recorded in Ohio and translated into six little numbers and letters suggests there's a chance we have.
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For the third time, Congress is going to miss a deadline to avert a cut in payments to Medicare docs.
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May 28, 2010 As Memorial Day approaches, Congress will adjourn without resolving a glitch in how much Medicare pays doctors.
May 28, 2010 Cyclist Floyd Landis sent the sports world buzzing last week with his admission that he used performance-enhancing drugs and his accusations that other top-flight cyclists did the same. But while the attention is focus on WHO engaged in doping, investigators are focusing on Landis' description of HOW they did it.
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May 28, 2010 BP says it could taken another day or two before engineers know whether their "top kill" approach to stopping the gusher in the Gulf has worked. NPR's Richard Harris talks with Michele Norris about the latest fix attempt.
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