Morning Edition for Monday, September 30, 2013

Clock Keeps Ticking Toward Government Shutdown

The government is expected to partially shutdown at midnight Monday night if Congress cannot agree on a spending plan. The Senate is expected to reject a House bill passed over the weekend. That bill funds the government, but delays the president's health care law by one year, and repeals a tax that helps pay for it.

Insurance Exchange 101: Here's What You Need To Know

If all goes as planned, people who don't have insurance will be able to shop for it on online insurance marketplaces starting Tuesday. As long as people sign up by Dec. 15, they'll be covered starting Jan. 1.
The lawsuit takes aim at provisions that limit early voting periods and require government photo ID as an illegal form of discrimination against minorities at the ballot box, according to a person briefed on the Justice Department's plans.

A Short History Of Government Shutdowns

Drawn-out fights over spending bills are nothing new for Congress. But before a 1980 ruling by President Carter's attorney general, the rest of the country might barely notice. That's because when lawmakers reached a budget stalemate back then, the federal workforce kept on working.

Yankees Say Goodbye To Rivera And His Cut Fastball

This was the final season for New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera. His number is being retired by the only team he has ever played for during his 19-year Major League Baseball career. Rivera with his signature pitch, the cut fastball, was one of the most successful closers in baseball history.

To Get The Benefits of Olive Oil, Fresh May Be Best

Increasingly, high quality oils have a harvest date stamped on the label. Why? Olive oil goes rancid and loses many of the beneficial compounds in just a few months. If the oil stings the back of your throat, the beneficial compounds are there, experts say.

Kombucha: Magical Health Elixir Or Just Funky Tea?

It smells like vinegar and tastes like spoiled cider. But fans of the fermented tea say that kombucha helps fight off diseases and aging. Sounds fantastical? Well, it probably is. At this point, scientists still know little about kombucha's health effects.

DirectTV Signs Movie-Financing Deal With A24

The satellite TV operator has signed a $40 million deal with independent film studio A24 Inc. to help finance new movies. In return, DirecTV gets exclusive rights to air the indie films on-demand for 30 days before they hit theaters.

Asian Investors Find Hot Market In U.S. Properties

Sales in commercial real estate here in the U.S. have soared over the past year. Asian nations, particularly China, are scooping up trophy properties and investing in some large, long-term development projects at a record pace.

Millions Of TV Viewers Say Goodbye To 'Breaking Bad'

The audience numbers aren't out yet, but viewership for the very last episode of AMC's Breaking Bad was expected to top 8 million Sunday night. Thirty second ad slots reportedly sold for $250,000, and a promise to buy more ads on other shows.

House, Senate Disagree On How To Keep Government Open

A partial government shutdown is looming. To discuss the situation, David Greene and Steve Inskeep talk to contributor Cokie Roberts, NPR's Mara Liasson, All Things Considered host Audie Cornish and Robert Costa, who covers Congress for the National Review.
With the city's parking meter lease making voters leery of new privatization deals, Mayor Rahm Emanuel called for too many public interest protections in the Midway Airport lease, and too few investors saw it as worth the risk. Increasingly, though, governments turn to private investors to run public assets like roads and prisons.

One Key Thing No One Knows About Obamacare

With online health-insurance markets set to open this week, it's still unclear whether healthy people will sign up. Yet the success of the program depends on them.

Forum Discusses Arctic Oil And Gas Searches

A protest in the Russian Arctic has dramatized growing problems with oil drilling there. Every country has a stake in the enormously lucrative search for oil and gas in the Arctic, says retired professor Lawton Brigham. But pollution from reckless attempts at development are evident on an island near the Polar circle.

Greece Cracks Down On Violent Golden Dawn Party

Over the weekend, Greek police arrested around two dozen party leaders, including members of parliament, from the Golden Dawn party — one of Europe's most violent political parties. Charges include murder and blackmail.
In the early 1860s, Napoleon III commissioned photographer Charles Marville to document the city's transformation from medieval architectural hodgepodge to modern metropolis. The results of that project, known as the Old Paris album, are now on display at the National Gallery of Art.

Paris, Texas, May Fulfill Years-Old City Services Promise

Some residents of Paris, Texas, have been fighting to secede. They say the city owes them water and sewer lines that were promised when their part of town was annexed 14 years ago. A resolution may be at hand.

Beer Promotion Fills Seats For Jaguar's Game

These are not the best of times for football fans in Jacksonville, Fla. The Jaguars are one of the worst teams in the NFL, regularly losing by double digits. On Sunday, the home stadium ran a promotion — free beer with a ticket. Eighty-nine percent of the stadium's seats were sold.

Wis. Rep. Moves To Legalize Plastic Duck Races

People in Sheboygan Falls, Wis., sponsor the Ducktona 500, floating hundreds of ducks downriver. They did it for years before learning the raffle based on the race is illegal gambling.A state representative is sponsoring a bill that would legalize duck races.
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