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Fri July 29, 2011
Strange News

Fugitive's Facebook Taunts Lead Police Right To Him

Victor Burgos fled because he faced criminal charges including domestic violence. He made the Ten Most Wanted list in Utica, N.Y. When he made it to New York City, he taunted police on Facebook, saying, "Catch me if you can. I'm in Brooklyn." According to the Daily News, police obliged.


Fri July 29, 2011
Movie Interviews

Favreau Tips His Hat To The Western — With 'Aliens'

Jon Favreau began his career as a comedic actor but has since directed box-office smashes like Elf, Iron Man and Iron Man 2.
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Set in the old West desert town of Absolution, Cowboys & Aliens has almost everything you'd expect to see in a classic Western: gunslingers, shoot-outs, saloons ... and aliens.

Just think of it as gourmet comfort food.

"Hopefully it's a really, really smart version of a very simplistic concept," actor-turned-director Jon Favreau tells NPR's Mary Louise Kelly.

As a director, Favreau is best known for his Iron Man mega-hits, but he says he was cautious not to let his latest film devolve into a sci-fi action popcorn movie.

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Fri July 29, 2011
Planet Money

Why Interest Payments Come First

At some point next week, if Congress doesn't agree to raise the debt ceiling, the U.S. government may have to decide which bills to pay. What comes first: Social Security checks? Military spending? Food stamps?

There's not even a choice, says Jerome Powell, a former Under Secretary of the Treasury for Finance.

"Interest will be paid first," he says. "There's really no thought process there, it just has to be that way."

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Thu July 28, 2011

EPA Moves to Crack Down on Oil and Gas Pollution

A drill rig at the Jonah Field in Wyoming.
Photo by Kirk Siegler

Conservationists are praising a slate of new air pollution regulations on oil and gas drilling proposed Thursday by the US Environmental Protection Agency.  The new rules stem from a lawsuit filed by a Colorado and New Mexico-based group.

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Thu July 28, 2011

Education Tax Initiative Faces Uphill Battle

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Supporters of an initiative that would increase Colorado sales and income taxes and earmark the money raised for education say they will have enough signatures to get the measure placed on the November election ballot. But as Daniel Costello reports, the backers will likely have an uphill battle convincing voters to pass the measure.