Fri January 4, 2013
The Two-Way

Update: Senate Joins House In Passing Sandy Aid Bill

Originally published on Fri January 4, 2013 12:27 pm

Superstorm Sandy swept through the Breezy Point neighborhood of Queens, N.Y., in late October. In late November, this sign symbolized the hope of homeowners that help would be coming soon.
Eric Thayer Reuters /Landov

Update at 2:17 p.m. ET. Passage In The Senate:

The Senate just passed, by unanimous agreement, a bill that injects more than $9 billion into the insurance program that will assist those hit hard by Superstorm Sandy last October.

President Obama had urged passage and is expected to quickly sign the bill.

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Fri January 4, 2013
The Salt

FDA Releases Rules To Strengthen Safety Of Food Supply

Originally published on Mon April 7, 2014 1:10 pm

Farmworkers like these in California picking produce may soon be required by the FDA to take more precautions against spreading foodborne illness.
Heather Craig iStockphoto.com

UPDATED: 4:50 p.m. Looking for a little weekend reading? The Food and Drug Administration has just the thing. On Friday, the agency released two proposed rules designed to boost the safety of the nation's food supply, encompassing hundreds of pages.

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Fri January 4, 2013
The Two-Way

Secretary Clinton Now Expected Back In Her Office Next Week

Originally published on Fri January 4, 2013 10:00 am

Wednesday: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (in sunglasses) as she left New York Presbyterian Hospital with her husband, former president Bill Clinton (top right), and their daughter, Chelsea.
Joshua Lott Reuters /Landov

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is "looking forward to coming back to work next week," spokeswoman Victoria Nuland says.

Clinton, 65, was discharged from New York Presbyterian Hospital on Wednesday.

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Fri January 4, 2013
Monkey See

In NFL Football, As In Hollywood, Does Anybody Know Anything?

Originally published on Fri January 4, 2013 11:30 am

Head coach Andy Reid of the Philadelphia Eagles looks on during a game against the Washington Redskins on Dec. 23, 2012 in Philadelphia.
Alex Trautwig Getty Images

Baseball: The San Francisco Giants, in winning the 2012 World Series, participated in 16 playoff games — and they'd have had more, had they not swept Detroit 4-0 in the World Series itself.

Football: The San Francisco 49ers played 16 games in their entire regular season. Three more wins would make them Super Bowl champions.

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Fri January 4, 2013
The Two-Way

155,000 Jobs Added In December, Jobless Rate At 7.8 Percent

Originally published on Fri January 4, 2013 10:00 am

Looking for work: The scene at a "diversity job fair" in Manhattan last month.
John Moore Getty Images

There were 155,000 jobs added to public and private payrolls in December, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday morning.

That's right in line with economists' expectations and is another sign of steady, though modest, growth in employment. In November, employers added an estimated 161,000 jobs. The average monthly gain in 2012 was 153,000 jobs, BLS says. That's the same average as in 2011.

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Fri January 4, 2013
The Two-Way

In War-Torn Northern Syria, Children 'Only Paint In Red'

Originally published on Fri January 4, 2013 7:18 am

Children often show signs of trauma from their experiences inside Syria. A U.N. team interviewing Syrian children in a refugee camp found that most lost a loved one in the fighting, and almost half have post-traumatic stress disorder.
Jodi Hilton for NPR
  • From 'Morning Edition': Deborah Amos on the children of Northern Syria

Shocking statistics, such as the U.N.'s estimate that more than 60,000 people have died in Syria since anti-regime protests and fighting began in March 2011, tell only part of the story.

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Fri January 4, 2013
The Two-Way

Malala Released From Hospital; Taliban's Attack On Teen Sparked Outrage

Originally published on Fri January 4, 2013 11:08 am

Malala Yousafzai waved earlier today as she was released from a hospital in Birmingham, England.
University Hospitals Birmingham EPA /Landov


Fri January 4, 2013
Around the Nation

Goodbye Casual Fridays Hello Formal Fridays

Originally published on Fri January 4, 2013 6:46 am



Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep.

First, people wore suits and ties, dresses or skirts to work. Then came casual Fridays. Then the tech industry destroyed dress codes. Congress is one of the last places people dress up, and we know how that's turned out.

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Fri January 4, 2013
The Two-Way

Did Hiring Pick Up As 2012 Ended? We'll Find Out Shortly

Originally published on Fri January 4, 2013 6:38 am

The scene at a job fair in San Mateo, Calif., earlier this year.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images
  • From 'Morning Edition': NPR's Yuki Noguchi previews the jobs report

8:35 a.m. ET. And the answer is: 155,000 jobs added to payrolls in December; the jobless rate held at 7.8 percent. (November's rate was revised up to 7.8 percent.)

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Here it comes — the always eagerly anticipated news about jobs and the nation's unemployment rate.

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Fri January 4, 2013

Drilling For Facts Under The 'Promised Land' Fiction

Originally published on Fri January 4, 2013 9:41 am

Matt Damon's character in the movie Promised Land comes to town to convince a landowner to allow a gas company to drill on his property.
Scott Green Focus Features

There is plenty in the movie Promised Land that will prompt energy industry insiders to roll their eyes. But the overall issues explored in the film, which is being widely released in theaters Friday, are very real.

A process called hydraulic fracturing has led to drilling booms that are transforming rural communities into industrial zones. Hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," makes it possible to tap into natural gas reservoirs deep underground. But first, gas companies have to convince landowners to allow them to drill.

The Natural Gas Pitch

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