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1:00 pm
Thu January 12, 2012

Gov. Barbour Faces Criticism After Pardons

In Mississippi, criticism continues to stream in after outgoing Gov. Haley Barbour pardoned more than 200 people. Some of those let go include murderers.

NPR Story
1:00 pm
Thu January 12, 2012

Letters: Weissenberg Remembrance; Twinkies

Originally published on Thu January 12, 2012 8:12 pm

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AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

It's time now for Letters.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

CORNISH: Earlier this week, we remembered the pianist Alexis Weissenberg, who died Sunday at the age of 82. He was known for the precision of his playing. One critic even called it chillingly scientific. But pianist Kirill Gerstein, who knew him well, told us that Weissenberg was just the opposite.

KIRILL GERSTEIN: I think he was not at all cold, neither as a person nor as a musician. I think there was a burning intensity that you could always sense.

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The Two-Way
12:40 pm
Thu January 12, 2012

In Alaska: Nome Still Waits For Fuel, Big Shovels Headed To Cordova

A member of the Alaska National Guard clearing a walkway in Cordova earlier this week.
Spc. Balinda O'Neal, Alaska National Guard AP

Originally published on Mon January 16, 2012 6:55 am

  • Tony Gorman, reporting from Valdez

It's hard to fathom from afar just how rough the weather has been in parts of Alaska for the past month or so. It's winter, sure. But things have been particularly brutal. And there seems to be no end in sight.

Here's some of the latest news about how thing are going:

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Environment
12:32 pm
Thu January 12, 2012

To Slow Climate Change, Cut Down On Soot, Ozone

An Indian street dweller prepares food on the streets of Kolkata. A growing number of scientists say that reducing black carbon — mostly soot from burning wood, charcoal and dung — would have an immediate and powerful impact on climate.
Deshakalyan Chowdhury AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu January 12, 2012 8:12 pm

Politically, climate change is off this year's campaign agenda. Jobs, the economy and social issues are front and center.

But scientists are working as hard as ever to figure out how much the Earth is warming and what to do about it. Some now say it's time for a new strategy, one that gets faster results.

Talk to Durwood Zaelke, for example. Zaelke is a grizzled veteran of the climate wars: He was in Kyoto in 1997 when the world's nations drafted a treaty promising to curb warming, and he has watched that promise fizzle while the planet's temperature continues to rise.

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The Two-Way
12:08 pm
Thu January 12, 2012

Bill Janklow, Former U.S. Rep and S.D. Gov., Has Died

Bill Janklow, an institution in South Dakota politics who was known for his brashness and pushing things to completion, has died at age 72.

The AP has the basics:

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The Two-Way
11:05 am
Thu January 12, 2012

After Monitor Quits, Arab League Defends Its Syrian Peace-Keeping Mission

In this frame grab from an amatuer video posted on YouTube, members of the Arab League monitor the recent violence in Syria.
YouTube

Originally published on Thu January 12, 2012 11:09 am

The Arab League defended the legitimacy of its mission in Syria, today, after one of its monitors quit, saying the peace mission was a "farce."

In an interview with Al-Jazeera, yesterday, Anwar Malek, who is Algerian, said that the observers had been fooled.

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It's All Politics
11:00 am
Thu January 12, 2012

U.S. Chamber President Criticizes GOP's 'Intramural' Battle Over Bain

U.S. Chamber of Commerce President Tom Donohue at a press conference Thursday in Washington.
Brendan Smialowski Getty Images

Originally published on Thu January 12, 2012 12:57 pm

The "Battle Over Bain" has become a hot topic at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, a key player in politics.

U.S. Chamber of Commerce President Tom Donohue says he is "disappointed" that some GOP presidential candidates are attacking front-runner and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney for his work at Bain Capital in the 1990s.

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Shots - Health Blog
10:48 am
Thu January 12, 2012

Researchers Say 3 Embryos Is Too Many For IVF

Less may be more when it comes to the number of embryos for in vitro fertilization.
iStockphoto.com

Only last week we reported on the explosion in the number of twins in this country, largely a result of women turning to fertility treatments.

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Politics
10:17 am
Thu January 12, 2012

Political Battle Brewing Over New Voter ID Laws

Verdell Winder of Washington holds up his driver's license showing his "I Voted" sticker after voting on Election Day on Nov. 4, 2008.
Jacquelyn Martin AP

Originally published on Thu January 12, 2012 7:58 pm

As the presidential campaign kicks into high gear, a fight is brewing over stricter voting laws that could affect turnout and influence general election results in battleground states.

New laws in several states will require millions of voters to show photo identification when they cast ballots this year, the result of a nationwide push mostly by Republicans who claim the measures will prevent election fraud. Democrats and voting rights activists oppose the laws, arguing that they are unnecessary because voter fraud is rare.

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