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The Two-Way
1:50 pm
Tue April 23, 2013

Suspect In Ricin Letters Is Released On Bond

An image from a video on a YouTube channel where Paul Kevin Curtis has posted clips of his performances — in this case, as Elvis.
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Originally published on Tue April 23, 2013 7:40 pm

Update at 6:02 p.m. ET. Charges Dropped:

Federal prosecutors have dropped charges against a Mississippi man they accused of sending ricin-laced letters to President Obama and two other public servants, according to a court order obtained by the AP.

"In a court order calling for the charges to be dismissed, prosecutors said the 'ongoing investigation has revealed new information' without providing any additional detail," Reuters reports.

Paul Kevin Curtis was released from custody earlier Tuesday.

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Remembrances
1:47 pm
Tue April 23, 2013

'Talk Of The Nation' Remembers Folk Singer Richie Havens

Originally published on Tue April 23, 2013 6:44 pm

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JENNIFER LUDDEN, HOST:

We've heard any number of remembrances today of legendary folk singer Richie Havens. He died yesterday of a heart attack. He was 72. The Brooklyn-born singer is perhaps best known as the opening act at Woodstock, for his unorthodox guitar style and his message of peace that helped define a generation. In 2004, Havens talked with Neal Conan on this program around the release of his album, "Grace of the Sun." We thought the most fitting way to remember Havens on this day is to let you hear from the man himself.

NEAL CONAN, HOST:

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Education
1:47 pm
Tue April 23, 2013

Making The Most Of MOOCs: The Ins And Outs Of E-Learning

Originally published on Tue April 23, 2013 4:30 pm

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JENNIFER LUDDEN, HOST:

This is TALK OF THE NATION. I'm Jennifer Ludden.

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Middle East
1:47 pm
Tue April 23, 2013

How Chemical Weapons Could Change Strategy For Syria

Originally published on Sun April 28, 2013 9:51 am

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JENNIFER LUDDEN, HOST:

This is TALK OF THE NATION. I'm Jennifer Ludden in Washington. Neal Conan is away. Accusations that the Syrian government has repeatedly used chemical weapons against its own people are piling up. First were British and French officials who say they have credible evidence. Today, an Israeli military official joined the chorus.

The U.S. says it's evaluating the allegations. The stakes are high. Last year the Obama administration said the use of chemical weapons would be a game-changer that could provoke a stronger U.S. response.

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The Two-Way
1:03 pm
Tue April 23, 2013

Court Approves Anheuser-Busch InBev Deal To Buy Grupo Modelo

Originally published on Tue April 23, 2013 2:10 pm

A federal court has approved a settlement agreement between the Department of Justice and Anheuser-Busch InBev that will allow the mammoth beer company to complete its purchase of Grupo Modelo, a Mexico-based brewer that produces Corona, Pacifico and other beers.

The deal, which requires AB InBev to sell all of Modelo's U.S. business, clears the way for the $20.1 billion acquisition of the remaining portion of Modelo that AB InBev did not yet own. Terms of the deal were announced Friday.

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Movie Interviews
12:43 pm
Tue April 23, 2013

Matthew McConaughey, Getting Serious Again

Matthew McConaughey stars as a man on the run from authorities in Jeff Nichols' Mud.
Jim Bridges Roadside Attractions Publicity

Originally published on Tue February 25, 2014 5:30 pm

Matthew McConaughey earned early attention as a sensitive actor with his turn in the 1996 legal drama A Time to Kill -- but since then he has mostly made a career with leading-man roles in romantic comedies like How to Lose a Guy In 10 Days, Failure to Launch and The Wedding Planner.

He calls these "tomorrow roles," and he tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross that he appreciates them for what they are: parts he could land one day and walk on set to film the next day.

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The Two-Way
12:33 pm
Tue April 23, 2013

Israel: Syria Has Been Using Chemical Weapons

A top Israeli military official on Tuesday accused Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime of using chemical weapons in recent fighting in Syria. Syria has denied using such weapons. Assad is shown here at the Opera House in Damascus in January.
Anonymous SANA/AP

Originally published on Sun April 28, 2013 9:51 am

Israel's top military intelligence official said Tuesday that the Syrian government has used chemical weapons repeatedly, and he criticized the international community for not taking tougher action against the Syrian leadership.

Israel and the Syrian opposition have on multiple occasions accused President Bashar Assad's government of using chemical weapons in the country's civil war, but have not offered much in the way of evidence.

Israeli Brig. Gen. Itai Brun, speaking at a security conference in Israel, gave the most definitive statement so far by an Israeli official.

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It's All Politics
12:27 pm
Tue April 23, 2013

Montana's Max Baucus To Retire; Republicans Eye 2014 Chances

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, a Montana Democrat, will not seek a seventh term in 2014.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

Originally published on Tue April 23, 2013 1:16 pm

Sen. Max Baucus of Montana, an influential red-state Democrat who helped craft Obamacare but bucked his party last week in voting against expanded background checks for gun sales, will retire in 2014, he announced Tuesday.

The chairman of the influential Senate Finance Committee, Baucus was expected to face a potentially tough race for a seventh term after four decades on Capitol Hill. He becomes the sixth Senate Democrat to announce his retirement, as Republicans look for an opportunity to retake Senate control in the midterm elections.

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Deceptive Cadence
12:22 pm
Tue April 23, 2013

Music We Love Now: Three Must-Hear Piano Albums

Ingolf Wunder pays tribute to 300 years of keyboard music on his new album 300.
Patrick Walter

The young Austrian pianist Ingolf Wunder shines in Mozart, Jorge Federico Osorio reintroduces an intoxicating Mexican concerto and Elisveta Blumina reveals the gentle side of Ukrainian composer Valentin Silvestrov.

The Two-Way
12:09 pm
Tue April 23, 2013

Hackers Tweak FIFA On Corruption, As Reform Advocate Quits

Even before FIFA President Joseph Blatter announced the 2018 and 2022 World Cup host countries in December, 2010, accusations of corruption were rampant. A panel meant to restore FIFA's image lost a member Monday, as Alexandra Wrage said it was accomplishing nothing.
Fabrice Coffrini AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue April 23, 2013 3:22 pm

FIFA's efforts to rehabilitate its tarnished public image were dealt twin setbacks Monday when the international soccer federation's Twitter account was hacked and used to send messages joking about corruption. And a member of its reform committee quit, saying they were making no progress.

Update at 3:20 p.m. ET. FIFA Executive Resigns:

Paraguay's Nicolas Leoz resigned from FIFA's executive committee Tuesday, the same week an extensive report on bribery from the group's ethics investigator is to be released.

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