The Two-Way
11:20 am
Fri September 30, 2011

On NPR: Al-Awlaki Talked Of Muslims Being Hurt In Post-Sept. 11World

Long before U.S. officials said he was one of the world's most-wanted terrorists, Anwar al-Awlaki was a Muslim cleric who U.S. media outlets would turn to during discussions about the post-Sept. 11 world.

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It's All Politics
10:53 am
Fri September 30, 2011

Florida's Move Means Primaries, Like Holiday Season, Will Start Ever Earlier

The decision by Florida's Republican officials to move the state's presidential primary into January from March will have a range of effects, some foreseeable, some not.

By advancing its primary date to Jan. 31, Florida makes it virtually certain the four traditional early states — Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada — will now move their caucuses and primaries to earlier in January to maintain their status as the earliest contests.

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Shots - Health Blog
10:26 am
Fri September 30, 2011

University Of New Hampshire Reverses Course On Ban Of Energy Drinks

A can of Red Bull, cracked and ready for consumption, on a table at the student union building at the University of New Hampshire in Durham.
Holly Ramer AP

Originally published on Mon April 30, 2012 7:11 am

In New Hampshire, where the state motto is "Live Free Or Die," college students don't take kindly to restrictions on their energy drinks.

After the food services folks at the University of New Hampshire moved to ban energy drinks as part of the school's drive to become the "healthiest campus community in the country by 2020," the president stepped in to reverse the decision.

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The Two-Way
9:59 am
Fri September 30, 2011

Ron Paul Condemns Al-Awlaki's Killing

U.S. Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX).
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GOP presidential candidate Ron Paul had some tough words for President Obama over what he said was the assassination of Anwar al-Awlaki.

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The Salt
9:49 am
Fri September 30, 2011

Vilsack: Not Done With Potatoes And School Lunch

Would your kids eat potatoes if they looked like this?
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Recently, The Salt had a chance to chat with Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. He's held the top post at USDA since January 2009. As a former Iowa governor, he knows a thing or two about farm country and he's been open about his struggles with weight.

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The Two-Way
9:45 am
Fri September 30, 2011

Bank Of America Is 'Sticking It' To Customers, Senator Says

A customer uses a Bank of America ATM in Los Angeles. The bank plans to start charging a $5 monthly fee for customers who use their debit card for purchases starting early in 2012. ATM transactions would still be free.
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There's no doubt how the No. 2 Democrat in the Senate feels about Bank of America's plan to charge most of its debit card users $5 a month if they use the cards to make purchases. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) has issued a statement that reads, in part:

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National Security
9:25 am
Fri September 30, 2011

Awlaki: From San Diego Cleric To Wanted Terrorist

U.S.-born cleric Anwar al-Awlaki was killed Friday in a U.S. airstrike in Yemen. U.S. officials say he was linked to several major terrorist plots in recent years.
Anonymous AP

Originally published on Fri September 30, 2011 4:13 pm

Anwar al-Awlaki was born in New Mexico, educated in Colorado and spent years as a cleric in San Diego and suburban Washington, D.C. But in the past several years, he became a master al-Qaida propagandist whose sermons inspired jihadists worldwide before his death Friday by a U.S. missile on a desert road in northern Yemen.

Awlaki's journey from a childhood in Las Cruces, N.M., to the Arabian Peninsula placed him in the cross hairs of U.S. intelligence after he was linked to the failed "underwear bomber," the Fort Hood shooter and the foiled plot to bomb New York's Times Square.

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Life In Retirement: The Not-So-Golden Years
8:25 am
Fri September 30, 2011

Facebook Fans Share Their Plans For Retirement

NPR's Facebook fans weigh in on how (and whether) they plan to retire.
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How are you preparing for retirement? If you're already retired, what kind of changes have you had to make? Do you think you'll ever be able to afford to retire?

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Shots - Health Blog
8:10 am
Fri September 30, 2011

Experimental Drug Reverses Effects Of Toxic Wild Mushrooms

Poisonous mushrooms in the Amanita genus have been sprouting up all over the East Coast thanks to the recent wet weather.
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Maybe it's something about this funky, rainy weather that has people chowing down on strange mushrooms. Regardless, for unlucky foragers who have consumed a poisonous mushroom, a drug still in clinical trials may avert potentially deadly consequences.

Doctors at Georgetown University Hospital have treated four people in the last month with the experimental drug silibinin after they ate toxic mushrooms picked in Virginia and Maryland. The first two men to check in for poisoning have recovered.

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The Two-Way
8:05 am
Fri September 30, 2011

Reports: Red Sox And Manager Francona Are Parting Ways

"The Boston Red Sox and manager Terry Francona "have decided to part ways after eight seasons and two World Series titles," Sports Illustrated is reporting.

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