NPR News

Pages

The Salt
10:27 am
Mon September 29, 2014

Everything But The Squeal: How The Hog Industry Cuts Food Waste

The rendering industry likes to call itself the world's oldest recycling system. Nearly 100 percent of processed pigs will eventually get used — as meat and in uses as varied as medicine and pet food.
iStockphoto

Originally published on Mon September 29, 2014 12:45 pm

A tour of a pork processing plant takes a hard hat, waterproof boots and a strong stomach.

Oh, and hairnets.

Americans eat just half of the meat produced by farm animals. So what happens to the rest of the animal? I arrive at the Farmland Food plant in Milan, a factory in northeast Missouri, for a tour.

Read more
The Two-Way
10:27 am
Mon September 29, 2014

California Enacts 'Yes Means Yes' Law, Defining Sexual Consent

California has become the first U.S. state to define when "yes means yes" in sexual assault cases on college campuses, after a bill sponsored by State Sen. Kevin de Leon was signed into law Sunday.
Rich Pedroncelli AP

Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill into law that makes California the first in the nation to have a clear definition of when people agree to sex. The law goes further than the common "no means no" standard, which has been blamed for bringing ambiguity into investigations of sexual assault cases.

Read more
The Two-Way
9:50 am
Mon September 29, 2014

Afghanistan's New President: 'Hold Me Accountable'

Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai (second from left) stands next to Afghanistan's Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah (left) and two deputy officials as he takes the oath during the inauguration ceremony at the presidential palace in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Monday.
Ahmad Massoud Xinhua/Landov

Originally published on Mon September 29, 2014 10:05 am

"Hold me accountable" is the message from Afghanistan's new president, Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, who took the oath of office today, succeeding Hamid Karzai, a leader many accused of lacking accountability.

Ahmadzai's accession to leadership in Afghanistan follows a protracted dispute with his rival in the presidential vote, former foreign minister Abdullah Abdullah, who accused his opponent of vote fraud but later agreed to a power-sharing arrangement.

Read more
The Protojournalist
9:35 am
Mon September 29, 2014

Should You Do The Do-Over If There's A Chance For A Second Chance?

istockphoto.com

It's not often that people get a second chance and in fact, for many people, there is no such thing as a second chance.

Read more
The Two-Way
8:36 am
Mon September 29, 2014

Germany Red-Faced Over Military Equipment Failures

A Sea Lynx helicopter is pictured on a frigate in Eckernfoerde, Germany, in 2010.
Andreas Rentz Getty Images

Germany's defense minister warns that her country currently can't meet its long-term NATO commitments because of a widespread grounding of German military planes and helicopters.

"At the moment, we are below the target numbers announced a year ago on airborne systems we would want to make available to NATO within 180 days in cases of emergency," Ursula von der Leyen told the German newspaper Bild am Sonntag over the weekend. "The reason is the delays in getting replacement parts" for planes and a recent grounding of German navy helicopters.

Read more

Pages