Morning Edition for Thursday, May 22, 2014

VA's Health System: Some Love It, Some Hate It

Nearly 30 VA facilities are accused of falsifying statistics on how long veterans must wait for care. President Obama said the problems go back decades, but most veterans are satisfied with the care.
China's state-run news agency says more than two dozen people have been killed in an attack on a busy street market in the capital of the country's volatile northwestern region of Xinjiang.
The House Foreign Affairs Committee got a briefing on the threat from Boko Haram, a terrorist group that has kidnapped and is holding hundreds of Nigerian girls captive.
Stephen J. Rapp, the U.S. ambassador-at-large for war crimes issues, has seen photos obtained by Syria's opposition. A government photographer allegedly took them to document people killed in prisons.

Instant Cat Celebrity Declines First Pitch Honor

Tara the cat gained notoriety after saving a California boy from an attack by a dog. The boy Tara saved threw the first pitch instead.

'Foxcatcher' A Standout At Cannes Film Festival

Directed by Bennet Miller, Foxcatcher, starring Steve Carrell, is getting Oscar buzz. This is a straight dramatic role for Carrell. It tells the story of the murder of Olympic wrestler Dave Schultz.

Democratic Team Picked For Benghazi Panel

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has named Democrats to the special committee investigating the death of the U.S. ambassador in Libya in 2012. There have already been 8 probes into the attacks.
Brad Anderson helped the president in Iowa in 2008 and 2012, but he's never campaigned on his own behalf. He cites Obama as an inspiration, but others might not be as quick to start their own races.

Online Gambling Dealt A Blow To State Expansion

Citing a contentious split among the major casino operators over the issue of expansion, the group representing the U.S. casino industry has dropped its support for legalizing online gaming.
The annual Ramp Feed, which celebrates the ramp, or wild leek, gives the economically depressed mining town of Richwood, W.Va., a reason to celebrate. And you can smell those alliums for miles.
The CEO of Fiat-Chrysler says the automakers loses $14,000 each time his company sells the Fiat 500e. Even federal tax credits do not make it profitable.
Police in Albuquerque, N.M., have shown a pattern of excessive force that violates the Constitution, a federal report says. The department is changing policies; families are demanding accountability.

Scientists Discover Carbon Cycle Is Out Of Whack

Scientists who track carbon say the way it cycles from the atmosphere back to earth and into plants and animals has apparently changed. It could be the whole planetary carbon treadmill is speeding up.
The leading candidate in Sunday's presidential election is an oligarch. And the interim government is turning to other oligarchs to help restore calm in some crisis-plagued provinces.

Reporter Reveals He's Allergic To Newspaper Ink

Michael Dresser of the Baltimore Sun says he'll be wearing rubber gloves in the newsroom because the ink irritates his skin and eyes. He told The Wall Street Journal the irony is not lost on him.
Renee Montagne talks to Miami Herald reporter Carol Rosenberg about a federal judge's order that the Justice Department must release videotapes of force-feeding at the Guantanamo Bay prison camp.
The St. Petersburg International Economic Forum is seen as Russia's answer to the economic gathering in Davos, Switzerland. The Obama administration has been pressing U.S. corporations not to attend.

On The Internet, A Penny Is Nothing To Sneeze At

It's hard to find anything in a store that costs 1 penny. There is one place where people still dream of 1 cent sales: the Internet. NPR's planet money team reports on the value of the virtual penny.

Saturn Still Swings: Celebrating Sun Ra At 100

"In my music I speak of unknown things, impossible things, ancient things, potential things," the influential and eccentric jazz musician once said. "No two songs tell the same story."
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