All Things Considered for Thursday, November 14, 2013

Aid is beginning to move in the typhoon-hit regions of the Philippines, but many places have yet to be reached. In the city of Tacloban, authorities began burying many of the dead there.
Audie Cornish talks with Dr. Angelito Umali, maternal health officer for UNFPA Philippines, who's on the island province of Bohol. The UNFPA is addressing maternal health concerns following the Oct. 15 earthquake that destroyed much of Bohol, and added complications brought on by Typhoon Haiyan.

Saudi Arabia Cracks Down On Undocumented Workers

Saudi Arabia has millions of unemployed young people, and authorities in the kingdom have been cracking down on undocumented foreign workers in an effort to open up the jobs they hold to local labor. Many Africans who do the lowest wage jobs have been violently threatened and are trying to turn themselves in to leave Saudi Arabia. Robert Siegel talks with Ellen Knickmeyer, Saudi Arabia correspondent for The Wall Street Journal, about the crackdown on undocumented foreign laborers.
What does it mean to be enrolled in Obamacare? The administration says nearly 27,000 people signed up for coverage through HealthCare.gov in the first month. But that number includes people who picked a plan but haven't made a payment yet. The insurance industry says someone is enrolled only after the first premium payment. Using that standard, the enrollment numbers would be even lower. But the law's defenders say it's unrealistic to expect enrollees to pay three months before their coverage begins.

Oregon Shines On Medicaid, As Texas Stalls On Sign-Ups

In Oregon, the online health marketplace isn't working for people looking to buy individual policies. But the state has been rapidly expanding Medicaid anyway. In Texas, insurance helpers may face state regulations that would make it even harder to assist people seeking coverage.
President Obama's pick to run the Federal Reserve went to Capitol Hill Thursday for her confirmation hearing. Janet Yellen defended the Fed's ongoing stimulus programs. Critics say it's time for the Fed to start moving back to a more neutral approach.

Boeing Continues Showdown With Its Largest Union

Boeing's effort to move part of its workforce away from pensions and into a 401(k) retirement saving program was rejected by workers Wednesday. The machinists union rejected the new contract by a wide margin. Boeing has threatened to move some assembly work out of the Puget Sound area if the contract was voted down.

For Ridesharing Apps Like Lyft, Commerce Is A Community

Services where regular people use their cars to take passengers to their destinations have found a foothold in the smartphone age. And for many participating in this sharing economy, the appeal is in more than just the cost savings or convenience.
Seven score and ten years ago, a Pennsylvania newspaper described the Gettysburg Address as nothing more than the "silly remarks" of President Lincoln. Now, The Patriot-News of Harrisburg would like to take that back.
For many young readers, Dahl is a beloved author. But to Lucy Dahl, he's also Dad. "Matilda was one of the most difficult books for him to write," she says. "I think that there was a deep genuine fear within his heart that books were going to go away and he wanted to write about it."
President Obama took questions from reporters Thursday about the Affordable Care Act. He accepted blame for fumbling the rollout of the law and said he will work to regain the confidence of the American people.
Letting people keep their old health insurance policies might solve a political problem, but it will create major headaches for the insurance industry, state regulators say. It also could drain healthy people from the risk pool for Affordable Care Act coverage, increasing rates there.
Audie Cornish talks to Fla. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, about the latest numbers for people enrolled via HealthCare.gov, and President Obama's announcement for a "fix" to allow people who liked their plans to renew them for one year, despite the termination letters they received in the mail.
Unlike the technologies in laptops, smartphones and electric cars, the batteries inside them have been slow to evolve. In Silicon Valley, more than 40 companies are working on finding a battery breakthrough. And they're facing international competition.
A study of DNA extracted from wolf and dog fossils suggests that ancient wolf populations in Europe are the direct ancestors of most modern-day domestic dogs. The study suggests wolves became dogs between 18,800 and 32,100 years ago, before the start of agriculture.
Food labels have become battlegrounds. Government regulators, companies and food movement activists have been fighting over what belongs on the label. (GMOs? Trans fats? Claims that bran prevents heart disease?) We asked four big thinkers for their dream food label.
The hard yet fragrant quince cannot be eaten raw, but makes a delicious sauce when cooked down and spiced up. Tammy Donroe Inman, the author of the cookbook Wintersweet, shares her quest for a quince paste recipe — a quest that lead her instead to develop a recipe for a quince sauce.

Farm Bill Cuts Might Cut Conservation, Too

Farm programs will likely cost the government less under any new farm bill, but the policy could be bad for the environment. Both House and Senate versions would end a big subsidy, called direct payments, that has paid money to land owners — whether they needed it or not — if they complied with certain conservation regulations. The two chambers' versions of the bill differ on how, or even if, to incent farmers to take care of their land. But both versions would stop funding to keep at least five million acres of land out of production.
Convicted mobster James "Whitey" Bulger was sentenced Thursday to two life terms in prison plus five years for crimes he committed, which included 11 murders. The 84-year-old Bulger is expected to appeal, but it seems likely that he'll spend the rest of his life behind bars.
Combine the records of baseball legends Babe Ruth, Hank Aaron and Pete Rose, and that approximates what India's most revered sportsman, Sachin Tendulkar, achieved on the cricket field during his fabled 24-year career. The ascent of the sport's superstar coincided with the rise of the new India.
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