Regional
3:20 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

SpaceX Breaks Ground On Texas Rocket Launch Site

SpaceX founder Elon Musk says his company expects to spend $100 million in South Texas over the next three to four years on the first commercial orbital spaceport.

Musk was joined Monday by Gov. Rick Perry and other officials as SpaceX broke ground at the state's southernmost tip.

The ceremony marked the start of construction of the $85 million site at Boca Chica Beach, east of Brownsville, where commercial satellites will be launched.

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Regional
3:19 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

Perry Asks To Miss Court Date For European Trip

Credit Texas Governor Rick Perry (R)

  Indicted Texas Gov. Rick Perry wants to skip his next scheduled court appearance because he'll be out of the country.

In a motion Monday, Perry's attorneys asked the judge to let him miss an Oct. 13 pretrial hearing due to "long-standing plans to be in Europe" all that week.

The motion says that if Perry has to appear, the hearing should be delayed until at least a day after he returns on Oct 19.

An Austin grand jury indicted last month Perry on two felony counts of abuse of power for threatening to veto state funding for a public corruption investigative unit.

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Regional
3:17 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

El Paso Woman Dies After Accident During Flood

Authorities are investigating the death of a woman in El Paso after torrential rains from the remnants of Hurricane Odile battered West Texas.  Rainfall amounts across Texas in the past week have ranged from 2 inches to as much as 14 inches. The greatest amount was recorded over a four-day period in a community about 70 miles southeast of Lubbock.

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Monkey See
3:04 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

Mia Wasikowska On The Sounds Of Camels And The Lure Of Travel

Mia Wasikowska plays Robyn Davidson, a woman whose real-life journey across the Australian desert is depicted in Tracks.
Transmission Films

Originally published on Mon September 22, 2014 3:40 pm

Mia Wasikowska wants you to know that camels get kind of a bad rap.

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Sports
3:00 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

With Dark Humor, Anger And Empathy, Women Respond To The NFL

A Ravens fan trades in her Ray Rice jersey Friday after he was cut from the team over allegations of domestic abuse.
Patrick Semansky AP

Originally published on Tue September 23, 2014 8:21 am

As the National Football League scrambles to defend its actions in amid a series of domestic abuse allegations against players, some of its harshest critics have been women. Female fans are a key part of the league's business strategy — the NFL says that women make up 45 percent of its fan base — but they haven't reacted to the scandal with one voice.

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The Two-Way
2:59 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

Prosecutor Says White House Intruder Had 800 Rounds Of Ammunition In Car

A Secret Service police officer stands nears tourists outside the White House on Monday.
Evan Vucci AP

Originally published on Mon September 22, 2014 3:42 pm

The man who jumped a fence and made it past the White House's North Portico on Friday had 800 rounds of ammunition inside his vehicle, a prosecutor said on Monday.

Fox News reports:

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Goats and Soda
2:58 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

Why A Teenage Mom Was Jailed In El Salvador After A Stillbirth

Christina Quintanilla looks out at the lake near her hometown of San Miguel in eastern El Salvador.
John W. Poole NPR

Originally published on Tue September 23, 2014 9:23 am

Christina Quintanilla's nightmare with El Salvador's abortion law began on Oct. 26, 2004.

Quintanilla was 17 at the time, and seven months pregnant with her second child. She was living in her mother's apartment, and that night, she couldn't get comfortable. Her belly was bulging, her back was aching, and her stomach was upset.

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Planet Money
2:58 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

Why Raising Money To Fight Ebola Is Hard

Medical workers in Monrovia, Liberia, put on their protective suits before treating Ebola patients
Dominique Faget AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon September 22, 2014 3:40 pm

The response to the 2010 earthquake in Haiti was massive: Billions of dollars in donations poured in.

"It had everything," says Joel Charny, who works with InterAction, a group that coordinates disaster relief. "It had this element of being an act of God in one of the poorest countries on the planet that's very close to the United States. ... And the global public just mobilized tremendously."

People haven't responded to the Ebola outbreak in the same way; it just hasn't led to that kind of philanthropic response.

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Business
2:58 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

It's 10:10. Do You Know What Time That Is?

Originally published on Mon September 22, 2014 3:40 pm

Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

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MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

It's been about two weeks since Apple announced it was entering the watch industry. CEO Tim Cook slyly unveiled the new Apple Watch.

(SOUNDBITE OF SPEECH)

TIM COOK: We have one more thing.

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

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Technology
2:58 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

Some Tech Firms Capitalize On Privacy

Originally published on Mon September 22, 2014 3:40 pm

Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

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