Morning Edition for Wednesday, August 21, 2013

The government says phone and email traffic is not protected by the Fourth Amendment, and does not require a court warrant to search. The logic is based on a 1978 case that has been hauled out regularly to justify acquisition of third-party information. But does that logic apply to bulk collection of the sort that's at the heart of the debate over NSA surveillance?
Britain's The Guardian was one of the newspapers that first published classified material from the NSA leaked by former contractor Edward Snowden. The controversy over the leaks took a new turn when the partner of the reporter who helped break the story was detained at London's Heathrow Airport.

Crime Novelist Elmore Leonard Dies At 87

Elmore Leonard was a prolific writer, and was often referred to as the "Dickens of Detroit." The legendary crime writer published 46 novels, including Get Shorty and Out of Sight. Several of his novels were made into popular movie and TV adaptations.
A Michigan aviation museum has until Oct. 1 to save a historic factory from the wrecking ball. The Yankee Air Museum still needs to raise more than $3 million to rebuild part of the huge Willow Run bomber plant, where Rosie the Riveter worked during World War II. (This piece initially aired on Aug, 4. 2013, on All Things Considered)

U.S. Discusses What To Do With Aid To Egypt

President Obama's national security team met Tuesday to talk about policy options on Egypt. The country's military-backed government has been cracking down on Islamist protesters. The U.S. seems to have little influence or leverage over the situation. But it does give Egypt $1.5 billion a year — most of it to the military.
The crisis in Egypt is hitting businesses. Shops usually open late into the night are closing early because of the curfew, and some foreign companies stopped operations for much of last week. Economists say Egypt will be able to avoid a total collapse due to a $12 billion aid package from Gulf countries. But the interim government is unlikely to tackle Egypt's bigger economic problems because it is focused on the security situation.
In Seoul, the U.N. is holding a hearing on human rights abuses in North Korean labor camps. North Koreans who have escaped the prison camps are telling their stories of torture and starvation. For more on the hearing, David Greene talks to Alastair Gale, Korea bureau chief of The Wall Street Journal.

Earnings Report On Home Depot And J.C. Penney

Home Depot says it had "one of the best quarters in recent history." It credited the recovery in the housing market. Retailer J.C. Penney's quarterly revenue tumbled 12 percent.
U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Allan Gropper has approved Kodak's plan to emerge from court oversight. That paves the way for it to be a much smaller company focused on commercial and packaging printing.
A group of 20 companies, meeting in Chicago Tuesday, announced steps to implement a safety plan for factories in Bangladesh. The companies, including Wal-Mart, Costco and Gap, formed the Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety, which promises to have fire and building safety standards in place by mid-September.

Math Class: Oreo's Double Stuf Doesn't Measure Up

According to Dan Anderson's math class in Queensbury, N.Y., the Double Stuf Oreo is not quite double the size of the regular chocolate and cream version of the cookie. It's actually just 1.86 the size. He said the students were surprised with the result.
In Egypt, the Muslim Brotherhood seems to be losing control. Planned marches aren't materializing, as the state continues to kill and arrest its members. The government is mulling dissolving the organization and some groups are calling for it to be listed as a terrorist organization. Under the intense pressure, analysts wonder if this means more extreme groups will reign and encourage violence.

Al Jazeera Offers Americans An Alternative For News

The cable news channel Al Jazeera America launched on Tuesday, and is now available in more than 40 million households. But there are many people inside the industry skeptical that its promise of thoughtful and serious news coverage can convince Americans to tune in.
San Diego Mayor Bob Filner is back on the job after a three-week absence — during which time he reportedly sought intensive therapy following accusations of sexual harassment from more than a dozen women. The City Council and others have called on him to resign.
Young people are interested to get involved with both the local food movement and more conventional forms of agriculture. But many of them are finding their options limited. Ranch and farmland across the plains is going for several thousand dollars an acre, keeping many aspiring farmers out of the market.

Colorado Gold Mine Bucks Closing Trend

Colorado's largest gold mine is expanding despite a 20 percent decline in gold prices this year. The precipitous fall in gold has forced many miners to shutter higher cost operations around the globe.

Marian McPartland, 'Piano Jazz' Host, Has Died

As the host of a weekly public radio program pairing conversation and duet performances, McPartland brought many jazz greats to an audience of millions. For more than 40 years, she offered an intimate perspective on the elusive topic of improvisation.

Lowes Reports Earnings On The Heels Of Home Depot

Home Depot says it has had "one of the best quarters in its recent history." It credits the recovery in the housing market. Main rival Lowes also benefited from the housing recovery, and strong demand for home refurbishings.

Supreme Court Justices Aren't Email Savy

A lot of us will admit we're not up on the latest tech trend. Among this group, nine very powerful men and women. Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan told a crowd Tuesday, "The court hasn't really gotten into email."

Donated Dog Blood Helps Give Cat Another Life

In New Zealand last week, Rory the cat was brought to the vet after eating rat poison. He needed a blood transfusion fast. There was no time to get a donor match, so the vet took a risk and used blood from a dog donor instead. The inter-species gamble paid off.
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