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8:57 am
Thu September 22, 2011

End Is Nigh For Over-The-Counter Inhalers That Eat The Ozone Layer

Primatene Mist, a nonprescription inhaler, will no longer be available after December 31, 2011 because it contains chemicals that harm the environment.
David McNew Getty Images

People with asthma who've been relying on cheap, over-the-counter inhalers to get a soothing blast will have to look elsewhere for relief beginning in 2012.

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The Two-Way
8:50 am
Thu September 22, 2011

Fed's 'Twist' Not Enough To Keep Markets Happy

Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange during morning trading on Thursday.
Spencer Platt Getty Images

Originally published on Thu September 22, 2011 11:00 pm

The Federal Reserve can't seem to win.

Stocks around the world fell sharply Thursday, a day after Chairman Ben Bernanke and his Fed colleagues announced their latest plan to cut already-low interest rates in an effort to boost the economy. Analysts said the Fed's "Operation Twist" was actually a signal that the central bank is still extremely worried about the prospects for recovery.

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The Two-Way
8:35 am
Thu September 22, 2011

GOP Rep. Ryan On Obama's Plan: 'Why Would We Want To Do This Again?'

Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) at NPR headquarters in May.
Erin Schwartz NPR

Originally published on Thu September 22, 2011 4:01 pm

Earlier this month on Morning Edition, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner made the case for President Obama's latest jobs plan, saying it "would have a substantial, powerful effect on strengthening the economy." Click here to read and hear his conversation with host Steve Inskeep.

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Business
8:01 am
Thu September 22, 2011

Air Force And Navy Turn To Bio-Fuels

US airforce F16 jet fighters sit on the tarmac at the Aviano air base in Italy on March 25, 2011. It tested its jets on fuel made of 50 percent vegetable oil.
Giuseppe Cacace AFP/Getty Images

The Pentagon's hunt for an alternative to petroleum has turned a lowly weed and animal fat into something indistinguishable from jet fuel and now the military is trying to kick-start a new bio-fuel industry.

"To flip the line from 'Field of Dreams', if the Navy comes, they will build it," Navy Secretary Ray Mabus said in a recent speech.

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The Two-Way
7:00 am
Thu September 22, 2011

Diplomats Owe NYC $17.2M For Parking Tickets; DC Is Owed $340,000

A car with diplomat license plates near the United Nations in New York City.
Stephen Chernin Getty Images

There was outrage yesterday over the $16 muffins and $32 snack packs purchased by the Justice Department in recent years.

Today's this is outrageous news:

Diplomats owe the city of New York $17.2 million and owe Washington, D.C., more than $340,000 for unpaid parking tickets, Washington's WTOP-radio reports.

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