Oil Cleanup; National Security Policy Updates; Jamaican Drug Lord; Energy Costs; Best Graphic Novels

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Thursday, May 27, 2010

Oil cleanup workers say they're getting sick around the crude oil; President Obama updates national security policy from 2002; the U.S. pursues a drug kingpin in Kingston, Jamaica; military technology and how it will filter down to civilians; calculating the true cost of energy; best graphic novels at the BookExpo America.

Top of the Hour: Oil Cleanup Crews Get Sick, Headlines

Louisiana Rep. Charlie Melancon talks about the latest struggles for his state's fishermen; headlines.

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Without Protective Gear, Oil Cleanup Crews Say They’re Getting Sick

Some of the workers who have been hired by BP to help clean up the massive Gulf oil spill say they’re getting headaches, dizziness and nausea after coming in close contact with oil and other chemicals from the spill.

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Team USA Roster Set For World Cup

The last seven players were cut from Team USA's soccer team yesterday, and the final 23 man roster is now set. With the FIFA World Cup just over two weeks away, Takeaway's sports contributor, Ibrahim Abdul-Matin sees if Team USA stands a chance. He also recaps last night's NBA Eastern Conference finals between the Boston Celtics and the Orlando Magic, who are trying to become the first team to come back and win from a 3-0 deficit. Did they succeed? Ibrahim has the answers.

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Remembering Art Linkletter

"Kids Say the Darndest Things" host, Art Linkletter died yesterday at age 97. He made a career out of being easy to talk to, and was especially good at putting kids to ease. Born in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, he was abandoned as an infant and then adopted by a one-legged cobbler. His autobiography paints a happy life; he was married to the same woman for 75 years, and had 15 grandchildren.

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Who is Christopher Coke and Why Does the U.S. Care?

The United States is attempting to have alleged drug lord and gang leader, Christopher "Dudus" Coke, extradited from Jamaica. The announcement by the Jamaican government, Sunday, that they will cooperate with the U.S. has ignited a huge storm of violence that has left a reported 49 dead in Jamaica's capital city of Kingston. 

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Saying Goodbye to Simon Cowell, a (Painful) Truth Teller

On Wednesday night, another season of American Idol ended and a new star was born. To make it to the top they all had to accept the hard showbiz truth from the Darth Vader of entertainment, Simon Cowell. As Simon Cowell leaves "American Idol," John Hockenberry looks at why, despite his cruel truth-telling, Cowell is so beloved.

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Telepathic Helmets! Power-Generating Pants! How Will Military Technology Change the Way We Live?

The American love affair with military technology has stretched out for decades - from the walkie talkies of the post-WWII era to the GPS systems that are used in our cars today. But as military technologies become more sophisticated and information technologies grow more complex, will we continue to love the high tech gizmos the military invents, or want to escape them?  

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Top of the Hour: New National Security Team, Headlines

Chief Washington correspondent for The New York Times, David Sanger, on President Obama's National Security Strategy; headlines.

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The Obama Doctrine: The White House Releases a New National Security Strategy

The Obama administration is set to release its National Security Strategy today. It is expected to take a sharp turn away from the doctrines President George W. Bush, which focused security on fighting terrorism, even if that meant acting unilaterality. According to The New York Times, the strategy says that "preserving American leadership in the world hinges on learning to accept and manage the rise of many competitors." 

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House Expected to Vote on Repeal of 'Don't Ask Don't Tell'

Today or tomorrow, the House is expected to vote on a repeal of the Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy, preventing gays and lesbians from serving openly in the military. It will be a close vote on a divisive issue. Nancy Pelosi has said that she would only bring the repeal to the floor if it had the votes necessary to pass. Todd Zwillich has been trying his best to count heads to see just how much support there is.

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Dow Closes Below 10,000; Apple Closes Above Microsoft

Even on a bad day, when the Dow closed below 10,000 for the first time since February 8, Apple Inc. managed to have a good one.  

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Facebook's New Privacy Settings, Sharing Information

Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook's CEO, has announced new privacy settings after growing criticism that the social networlk has been insufficiently protective of user's personal informaton. Zuckerberg is a secretive figure who rarely gives interviews, but the BBCs technology correspoondent, Rory Cellen-Jones scored one yesterday and asked him about the privacy issue and some of the things he did in college.

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With Oil Spill, Calculating True Costs of Energy

The Deepwater Horizon oil spill may very well become the most costly environmental disaster in history. The total costs are still unknown but some estimate it could be in the billions of dollars. BP is already spending between $6 and $7 million a day on efforts to cap the leak and cleanup the spill. By comparison, the Exxon Valdez spill — which was less damaging than the Deepwater Horizon — cost Exxon $3.8 million in clean up and damage costs, and $500 million in punitive damages.

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The Best Graphic Novels Right Now

This week, thousands of book industry retailers, agents, authors, and hangers-on have been gathering in New York for the annual BookExpo America conference.

Patrik Henry Bass, senior editor of Essence magazine, is among those attending the show. And what he’s noticed is that the enormous popularity of graphic novels is continuing to grow even bigger.

He explains why graphic novels are so huge right now, and walks us through some of his favorite titles from the past year.

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North Korea to Destroy Military Pact With South Korea

The BBC's John Sudsworth reports from South Korea on the latest in the growing escalation between North and South Korea. As tensions mount, the South has said they will reinstall loudspeakers to broadcast propaganda, prompting the North to declare they will fire at any loudspeakers. The North also said they will tear up a military pact between the two countries. However, South Korea has made it clear that they do not want to pursue military action.

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