Morning Edition for January 31, 2014
Jan 31, 2014 — President Obama hosts a gathering of corporate executives at the White House Friday. He'll be encouraging CEOs to offer a second chance to job applicants, especially if they've been out of work for six months or more. Opening doors for the long-term unemployed is one of the ideas the president talked about in his State of the Union speech this week.
Jan 31, 2014 — California Rep. Henry Waxman, elected in 1974 in Watergate's aftermath, has announced his retirement. The Democrat leaves behind one of the most substantive legislative records in the House's recent history, and was instrumental in the passage of the Affordable Care Act.
Jan 31, 2014 — An intense debate is underway in Pakistan over what to do about a surge of deadly Taliban attacks. The city's chief counterterrosim officer was killed a few weeks ago. Superintendent Chaudhry Aslam Khan was and remains a legendary figure.
Jan 31, 2014 — If Denver wins, the losers from Washington state will send apples, wine and smoked salmon from the Northwest. If Seattle wins, Colorado will send beer, steak and whiskey.
Jan 31, 2014 — China is greeting the Year of the Horse with a little less fanfare, noise and smoke, after severe air pollution choked scores of cities last year. Firework sales are down, and more people say they're forgoing the ancient and beloved good-luck tradition for the sake of their lungs and health.
Jan 31, 2014 — It's still unclear what spilled and how much, but state officials say the water supply is safe to use and drink. Other public health experts are skeptical — including a local doctor who says his water still has a chemical, licorice smell.
Jan 31, 2014 — The Mexican government has a new plan to control heavily armed vigilante groups fighting back against drug cartels. The government announced this week it is making the militias a legitimate part of the country's security forces and will allow them to help police the countryside.
Jan 31, 2014 — The Japanese automaker produced slightly more than 10 million cars in 2013. The record output was due largely to high demand from car dealers and showrooms in China and the U.S.
Jan 31, 2014 — Advertising during the big game is traditionally the realm of beer, chips and soda. But better-for-you foods will also make a play for viewers' wallets this year. Expect clever ads pitching nuts, yogurt and whole grain cereals.
Jan 31, 2014 — Animal Planet airs its 10th Puppy Bowl Sunday. The show and its kitten halftime program have attracted millions of viewers in recent years. The Puppy Bowl will have some extra star power this year.