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White House Economics: Growing 'From The Middle Class Out'

President Obama is putting out a message of economic revitalization, starting with the middle class. Cecilia Munoz, Director of the White House Domestic Policy Council, explains why the executive branch is pushing the message now. She speaks with guest host Celeste Headleee.

White House Talks Income Gap: New Ideas About Old Problems?

President Obama's economic speaking tour seems reminiscent of campaign speeches in 2008. Guest host Celeste Headlee asks NPR's Ron Elving why the White House is sending this message again.

Heads Roll At TV Station That Broadcast Bogus Pilots Names

The Bay Area's KTVU-TV broadcast obviously made-up and offensive names of what it said were the pilots on board Asiana Flight 214, which crashed on July 6. Now it has reportedly taken action against some of the staffers who were at the station that day.

House Republicans Back End To Door-Side Mail Service

The plan would keep cheaper curbside and cluster box delivery, but eliminate door-to-door mail delivery.

Fire Going Out, Gas Leak Blocked At Gulf Of Mexico Rig

No one was hurt when the crew lost control of the rig on Tuesday and a fire followed. It looks like sediment and sand helped stop gas from escaping, robbing fuel from the fire in the process.

Reports: Virginia Johnson, Of 'Masters & Johnson' Fame, Dies

With William Masters, she studied human sexual behavior. They spent decades trying to demystify sex and make it better for couples. Johnson was 88. Masters, who was her husband for more than 20 years, died in 2001.

Feds Charge SAC Capital In Insider Trading Case

But billionaire hedge fund owner Steven Cohen was not hit with criminal charges. SAC is charged with one count of wire fraud and four counts of securities fraud in connection with alleged insider trading by "numerous employees."

Collecting Taxes Among Detroit's Financial Troubles

As Detroit grapples with the largest municipal bankruptcy in the nation's history, city officials are dealing with a long-standing financial problem — collecting taxes. In recent years, only about half of the property taxes in Detroit have been paid in full. But some officials say the city's government has grown so dysfunctional, people who want to pay taxes sometimes have no place to do it.

La. Flood Board Sues Oil Industry For Destroying Wetlands

Since the 1930s, Louisiana has steadily been losing land that protects the city from hurricanes and other disasters. So the government group charged with shielding New Orleans from flooding sued about 100 oil and gas companies on Wednesday for their role in damaging coastal wetlands.

After Years Of Violence, L.A.'s Watts Sees Crime Subside

For decades, the Watts neighborhood has been notorious for gang violence and strained relations between residents and police. But violent crime and homicide have fallen dramatically in recent years and a community policing effort is helping to ease tensions between cops and the community.