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Melissa Block

Melissa Block appears in the following:

Letters: Jim DeMint And Kenny G

Friday, March 07, 2014

Audie Cornish and Melissa Block read letters from listeners about Tea Party conservative Jim DeMint and a sneaky commentary on Kenny G.

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Fake Chef, Real Recipes โ€” And The Food's Disgusting

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Nick Preuher is no chef; he only plays one on TV. More accurately, he has pretended to be one, appearing on various local morning television shows as a prank.

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Putin Speaks, Decries U.S. For 'Experimenting On Rats' In Ukraine

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

In Moscow, Russian President Vladimir Putin defended his position on Ukraine. In a news conference, Putin denied that Russian troops are in Crimea but reserved the right to use force in Ukraine.

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Letters: Genetic Experiments And Hopes For Saving Voices

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Audie Cornish and Melissa Block read letters from listeners about genetic experiments and the tenuous hopes for voice-banking.

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After Days Of Deliberation, Controversial Ariz. Bill Is Vetoed

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

A bill passed last week by Arizona lawmakers would have allowed business owners to refuse service to gays and lesbians on the basis of religious beliefs. Gov. Jan Brewer vetoed the bill on Wednesday.

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Fla. Prosecutor: No Sexual Assault Charges For FSU Football Star

Thursday, December 05, 2013

Florida State Quarterback Jameis Winston will not be charged in connection with an alleged sexual assault. That decision was announced Thursday in Talahassee.

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Obama: World Lost A Profoundly Good Man In Nelson Mandela's Death

Thursday, December 05, 2013

President Obama addressed the nation Thursday after news that former South African president and anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela died, saying the world lost an influential, courageous and "profoundly good" man.

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Add This To The Fiscal Cliff: Congress Faces Milk Cliff Too

Thursday, December 05, 2013

Congress still has a long to-do list and not much time left. The House hopes to wrap it up next week โ€” just as the Senate returns from a Thanksgiving break. On many lawmakers' lists are efforts to complete a farm bill before milk prices go off the "dairy cliff." That on top of tough budget negotiations.

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Nigeria Steps Up Security In Northeast After Boko Haram Attacks

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

Nigerian authorities have increased security patrols around the northeastern city of Maiduguri after Islamist militants attacked military bases there. The unrest comes after Nigerian troops reportedly had pushed the militants, Boko Haram, out of the the city. This comes as the U.S. undersecretary for Africa is in Nigeria to discuss security concerns, and Nigeria's president is attending a security conference in Europe.

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Federal Bench Could See New Faces After Senate Rules Change

Thursday, November 21, 2013

The Senate voted Thursday to change its rules to make it easier to approve judicial and executive branch nominees by curbing filibusters. This so-called nuclear option represents a radical shift in Senate procedure. Democrats had threatened to use after Senate Republicans upheld the confirmation of three judges to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, and the action could have a huge impact on the federal bench.

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Bullying Scandal Continues To Embroil Miami Dolphins

Friday, November 08, 2013

The Miami Dolphins remain at the center of a scandal over allegations that Richie Incognito bullied fellow teammate Jonathan Martin. Martin walked away from the team last weekend citing harassment from Incognito, and Incognito was suspended from the team while the NFL investigates.

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Twitter Goes Public And Its Stock Price Soars

Thursday, November 07, 2013

Trading in shares of the social-networking site Twitter began Thursday on the New York Stock Exchange. It's been the best year for initial public offerings since 2007. And the Twitter IPO was the most eagerly awaited of the year.

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What's In A (Panda Cub's) Name?

Wednesday, November 06, 2013

The Smithsonian's National Zoo has put forward five names for the new panda cub. The zoo is asking the public to vote on the names, which are: Bao Bao, Ling Hua, Long Yun, Mulan, and Zhen Bao.

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LGBT Workplace Protections Move Forward In Senate

Monday, November 04, 2013

The Senate voted Monday to move ahead on legislation that would prohibit workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. The bill won the approval of enough Republican senators late Monday to cross the 60-vote threshold and move onto a floor vote. Such a thing would have been impossible even a few years ago.

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Miami Suspends Player As NFL Investigates Bullying Allegations

Monday, November 04, 2013

Miami Dolphins linebacker Richie Incognito was suspended Sunday after the team and the NFL said they were investigating bullying and abuse allegations made by his teammate. Dolphins offensive tackle Jonathan Martin left the team last week on a leave of absence.

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JPMorgan Chase Agrees To Pay $5.1 Billion To Feds

Friday, October 25, 2013

JPMorgan Chase agreed pay $5.1 billion to settle litigation over mortgage assets sold during the housing bubble. The deal, announced late Friday afternoon, is to resolve claims the company misled Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac before the housing market crashed. It is part of a tentative $13 billion deal the company is trying to reach with federal and state agencies over its mortgage liabilities.

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Remembering Uncle Allan And His Folk-Filled Sandal Shop

Friday, October 25, 2013

Melissa Block remembers her Uncle Allan. He died this week at the age of 90. Allan Block was a self-taught leather worker and old-time fiddle player who owned a small sandal shop in Greenwich Village during the heyday of the folk music scene in the 1950s and 60s. Folk musicians such as Joan Baez and Bob Dylan were known to stop by. Business would stop, as Allan and other musicians would have a free-wheeling folk music jam. As the late folksinger Dave Van Ronk once told a writer: "God help you, if you wanted to buy a pair of sandals."

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U.S. Spying Takes Center Stage At EU Summit

Thursday, October 24, 2013

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is furious about the U.S. eavesdropping on her calls. She is the latest to protest loudly to the U.S. as the EU gathers for a regular summit. The meeting should have focused on immigration and the economy, but will be sidetracked by the continued NSA spying anger.

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E-Cigarettes: A Nearly $2bn Industry, A Regulatory Wild West

Monday, October 21, 2013

Electronic cigarettes are popping up in more and more stores around the country and consumers are "vaping" in bars and restaurants with gusto. Sales of the devices are expected to reach nearly $2 billion this year. Until now, the top tobacco companies have been out of the game, but both Altria, which owns Phillip Morris, and R.J. Reynolds are now launching their own brands. Back in 2009, the FDA warned that e-cigarettes could pose health risks. This month, the agency is expected to release a set of proposed regulations on the devices.

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Court Says West Los Angeles VA Rental Deals Were Illegal

Wednesday, September 04, 2013

A federal judge has stepped in to push the Veterans Administration to do more to help homeless veterans at its massive West Los Angeles campus.

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