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CNN Radio News Day: May 29, 2013
(FILES) In this file picture taken on on June 13, 2010, a US Predator unmanned drone armed with a missile stands on the tarmac of Kandahar military airport
May 29th, 2013
04:22 PM ET

CNN Radio News Day: May 29, 2013

CNN Radio News Day is an evening news program providing an informative, thoughtful and creative look at the day's events. It's posted Monday through Friday at 4:30 pm ET.

You don’t have to be at this blog to listen, we want you to take us with you! Click the download button in the SoundCloud player and put us on your smart phone or tablet and bring us with you in the car, on the train or while you’re working out.

(CNN) – Welcome to CNN Radio News Day. Here are some of the stories we're covering in today's show:

  • Today a U.S. drone strike killed the Taliban's No. 2 leader in Pakistan, according to a local tribal official and intelligence official. Wali-Ur Rehman Mehsud was second in command to the militant group's leader. He was wanted by the U.S. for suspected involvement in the December 2009 suicide bomb attack that killed seven CIA employees at Forward Operating Base Chapman in Afghanistan. It follows what President Obama said less than a week ago:

"America does not take strikes when we have the ability to capture individual terrorists. Our preference is always to detain, interrogate." FULL POST

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Managing cruise ship mishaps
The Crown Princess, which had toilet trouble while on a Caribbean cruise, is shown here in Venice in 2009.
May 29th, 2013
08:58 AM ET

Managing cruise ship mishaps

By Barbara Hall, CNN

(CNN) – The "Dream," the "Legend," the "Triumph," the "Freedom..." All cruise ships with whimsical names turned distressingly ironic after the ships caught fire, clogged up, broke down or even sunk this past year.

Such incidents seem to be happening more frequently in the cruise ship industry. Spencer Aronfeld is a Florida trial lawyer who specializes in cruise ship injury cases:

[1:28] “In handling these kinds of cases for more than 20 years, I have never seen a series of botched cruises like I have in the last year – year and a half.”

But Memorial University of Newfoundland Sociology Professor Ross Klein, who operates the website, CruiseJunkie.com, says  it's unclear whether such incidents are actually happening more frequently than in years past:

[2:07] “I'm not sure that I could say that they're more common. Certainly when they occur they're more likely to be reported and make it into the media.”

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CNN Radio News Day: May 28, 2013
A Royal Caribbean International ship was diverted to a Bahamas port on May 27, 2013 after an early morning fire prompted the crew to send hundreds of guests to the decks with life jackets under the night sky.
May 28th, 2013
04:31 PM ET

CNN Radio News Day: May 28, 2013

CNN Radio News Day is an evening news program providing an informative, thoughtful and creative look at the day's events. It's posted Monday through Friday at 4:30 pm ET.

You don’t have to be at this blog to listen, we want you to take us with you! Click the download button in the SoundCloud player and put us on your smart phone or tablet and bring us with you in the car, on the train or while you’re working out.

(CNN) – Welcome to CNN Radio News Day. Here are some of the stories we're covering in today's show:

  • The Supreme Court has been busy since its term began in October. The U.S. high court has decided 49 cases, but a number of high-profile ones still await decisions. In the next four weeks, we'll hear about gay marriage, affirmative action and the Voting Rights Act. CNN Supreme Court producer Bill Mears says this is an interesting time for court watchers:

"It's really a furious time among the court, just as Ruth Bader Ginsberg calls it 'the flood season'." FULL POST

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Making life easier for transgender teens in school
California is considering a law allowing transgender teens to choose their preference in high school.
May 28th, 2013
12:53 PM ET

Making life easier for transgender teens in school

By Jim Roope,CNN

Follow on Twitter: @jimroopeCNN

(CNN) - Psychology over biology.  A proposed law making its way through the California legislature would allow transgender teens to choose the bathroom, locker room facilities and sports teams of the gender with which they identify.

[0:30] “It’s like you’re being trapped in a body that doesn’t fit you. And it hurts.”

Nineteen-year-old Darius was born a girl but always wanted to be a boy. He’s starting the process now, a year after graduating from high school. Although everyone knew he was born a girl, he tried to live as a boy throughout his four years in high school.

[2:54] “I mean sometimes when I would go into the male’s bathroom, I’d like wait there. I’d like wait in the stall until every guy was gone. It’s like you have to be overly careful about everything you do and that takes over a lot of your mind when you should be  focusing on education.” FULL POST

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Uncertainty, paperwork greet Oklahoma tornado victims
It will take a long time before insurance adjusters make their way through 12,000 damanged homes in Moore, Oklahoma.
May 27th, 2013
04:02 PM ET

Uncertainty, paperwork greet Oklahoma tornado victims

By Nova Safo, CNN

Follow on Twitter: @nova_safo

Moore, Oklahoma (CNN) - Homeowners in Moore, Oklahoma have begun facing the lengthy insurance claims process following the destruction of their homes by last week's deadly tornado that paved a 17-mile path of destruction.

Twenty-four people lost their lives, including children as young as four months old. More than 300 were injured. The estimates for the total cost of insurance claims range from $2 billion to $5 billion.

President Obama toured the area Sunday and pledged sustained support for the rebuilding effort. “It’s going to take a long time for this community to rebuild, so I want to urge every American to step up,” the president said.

For the thousands of homeowners who have already filed insurance claims, it’s becoming clear just how long "a long time" will be. Many, like Alberto Laija, still have multiple challenges ahead.

Laija’s house looks deceptively intact, at least from the outside. Inside, the ceiling is starting to bow in places – evidence of water seepage from a damaged roof. In some parts of the house, the ceiling has already given way. FULL POST

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