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6:25 am
Wed February 22, 2012

White House Hosts Blues Night

Originally published on Wed February 22, 2012 9:49 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Now, to a less controversial collaboration. Last night, the president and first lady hosted a blues night at the White House. They were marking Black History Month, and guests included legends B.B. King, and also newcomers like Trombone Shorty.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Not to mention, Mick Jagger and Buddy Guy, who nudged the president to join the band for an impromptu guest vocal.

BUDDY GUY: I heard you singing Al Green. So you done started something. You gotta keep it up now.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

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Middle East
5:12 am
Wed February 22, 2012

Activist: 2 Foreign Journalists Killed In Syria

A Syrian activist said two foreign journalists were killed Wednesday by Syrian government forces shelling the restive central city of Homs. The report could not be immediately confirmed.

Omar Shaker said the two journalists were killed when several rockets hit a garden of a house used by activists and journalists in besieged Homs neighborhood of Baba Amr.

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4:00 am
Wed February 22, 2012

Greece Will Be Able To Pay March Bonds

With every announcement that Europe has finally dealt with its debt crisis there is a sigh of relief — and then reality sets in. There is a lot of skepticism this time because the Greek economy needs to start growing in order for it to make debt payments. And so far all the signs point toward a continuing contraction.

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4:00 am
Wed February 22, 2012

Police Question Strauss-Kahn In Prostitution Ring

Former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn is being questioned by French police for his alleged involvement in a hotel prostitution ring. A lawyer for Strauss-Kahn says the former French presidential hopeful never knew the women at orgies he attended were prostitutes.

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4:00 am
Wed February 22, 2012

Social Issues Matter In Mich. GOP Primary

One of the keys to success in next Tuesday's Michigan primary is appealing to blue-collar Republican voters. Jobs and the economy are important issues to those voters. But as Quinn Klinefelter of member station WDET reports, other issues are gaining traction too.

Author Interviews
2:58 am
Wed February 22, 2012

A 'Favored Daughter' Fights For Afghan Women

On the day she was born, Fawzia Koofi nearly died after being left outside in the unrelenting Afghan sun. But against all odds, Koofi survived and went on to become Afghanistan's first female deputy speaker of Parliament. Today, Koofi's name is floated in discussions about whether Afghanistan is ready for a first female president.

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The Record
12:01 am
Wed February 22, 2012

Rihanna And Chris Brown: The Saga Continues

Rihanna and Chris Brown perform together in December 2008.
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Originally published on Wed February 22, 2012 9:49 am

Just about three years after he violently assaulted her, R&B singer Chris Brown is back with pop star Rihanna — musically, at least. On Monday night, each released a new version of a previously released song. Both remixes feature the other party, and both are causing quite the stir.

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Business
12:01 am
Wed February 22, 2012

New Consumer Agency Eyes Bank Overdraft Fees

Customers use Bank of America ATMs in New York. The head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau says it is looking into ways to help consumers limit their exposure to banks' overdraft fees.
Mark Lennihan AP

Originally published on Wed February 22, 2012 9:49 am

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau says it's looking to overhaul rules on overdraft fees. The new agency will be seeking data from banks about how they handle overdrawn accounts, and how they assess fees. The agency plans to use this information to help consumers limit their exposure to these costly charges.

The CFPB estimates that last year, banks made between $15 billion and $22 billion from overdraft fees.

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Election 2012
12:01 am
Wed February 22, 2012

Protesters: GOP Candidates Don't DREAM Halfway

Protesters demonstrate as Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney attends a Get Out the Vote Rally in Mesa, Ariz.
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The run-up to Wednesday's Republican presidential debate in Arizona has highlighted immigration issues including the so-called DREAM Act, which proposes paths to citizenship for some undocumented children of immigrants. Three of the top candidates have said they support only part of the proposal — an unpopular stance among the Latino voters the candidates are courting in the border state.

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U.S.
12:01 am
Wed February 22, 2012

Should Valets Be Responsible For Drunk Drivers Too?

Bars and restaurants are already legally on the hook for stopping would-be drunken drivers. Some in Boston say valet parking attendants should be, too.
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That old public service announcement is pretty well ingrained these days: "Friends don't let friends drive drunk." But who else should be responsible for stopping would-be drunken drivers? Bars and restaurants are already legally on the hook. Some in Boston say valet parking attendants should be, too.

City Councilor Rob Consalvo says he decided something needed to be done after a 23-year-old on a scooter was mowed down by a drunken driver in Boston. The driver later said he was "blackout drunk" and couldn't believe that a valet guy actually handed him his car keys.

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