Shots - Health Blog
11:39 am
Tue August 9, 2011

In Nigeria, Selling Men On Birth Control Is An Uphill Battle

Abubakar Rigasa, a peer educator, discusses family planning options with a group of men in Kaduna State, Nigeria.
Courtesy of PSI

Nigeria is a crowded place — it's the most populous nation in Africa, with about 155 million people. That huge population is a concern, and in the past 20 years, the birth rate has barely changed, according to the country's National Population Commission, with the average woman giving birth to five kids in 2010.

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The Two-Way
11:34 am
Tue August 9, 2011

Obama Arrives At Dover AFB To Pay His Respects To Fallen Troops

Originally published on Tue August 9, 2011 11:53 am

President Obama arrived unannounced at Dover Air Force base in Delaware, today. He was there to pay his respects to the 30 troops killed in Afghanistan over the weekend. The remains of the servicemen were brought home by two transport planes.

NPR's Ari Shapiro, who is traveling with the president, has this report:

The Chinook helicopter crash was the deadliest single incident for U.S. forces in Afghanistan since the war began a decade ago. 30 Americans were killed, almost two dozen of them Navy SEALS.

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The Two-Way
11:02 am
Tue August 9, 2011

In Wake Of Two Triathletes' Deaths, NYC Event May See Changes

Triathletes begin the 1,500-meter swim (just under 1 mile) in the Hudson River as part of last year's New York City Triathlon. Two race participants died during this year's swim portion.
Dario Cantatore Getty Images

The New York City Triathlon was the scene for an unprecedented tragedy Sunday, is considering changes to its screening process, after two competitors died during Sunday's race. Both Michael Kudryk, 64, and Amy Martich, 40, died during the swim portion of the event.

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The Two-Way
10:27 am
Tue August 9, 2011

Polygamist Leader Warren Jeffs Sentenced To Life In Prison

A jury has sentenced polygamist leader Warren Jeffs to life in prison. The AP reports from San Angelo, Texas:

The head of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints stood quietly as the decision of the Texas jury was read Tuesday. He received the maximum sentence on both counts.

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Your Money
10:00 am
Tue August 9, 2011

Protecting Your Money Amid U.S. Credit Downgrade

Dow Jones dropped more than 600 points Monday, and Wall Street's nerves are shaken by the risk of another recession. So what should ordinary Americans do with their stocks now, and what does the downgrade mean for savers, borrowers, retirees and job seekers? Guest host Allison Keyes speaks with NPR Senior Business Editor Marilyn Geewax and Wall Street Journal Economics Reporter Sudeep Reddy.

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The Two-Way
9:52 am
Tue August 9, 2011

A College Professor Wants To Name A Mountain Peak After John Denver

FILE - In this May 13, 2004 file photo, clouds swirl around Mount Sopris as the peak hangs over a subdivision south of Glenwood Springs, Colo. A movement to name a Colorado mountain peak after the late John Denver has hit a snag.
David Zalubowski ASSOCIATED PRESS

A college professor says she has collected a couple of thousand signatures to name the eastern peak of Mount Sopris after musician John Denver. The would mean the second peak of Sopris, which sits at the northwest end of the Elk Mountains in western Colorado, would be known as "John Denver Peak."

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Opinion
8:40 am
Tue August 9, 2011

The Nation: Gettin' Ready For Wisconsin Recalls

A voter in Glendale, Wis., casts a ballot in a Democratic primary on Thursday, July 12, 2011, as part of recall efforts against Republican state Sen. Alberta Darling. Darling is one of six Republican state senators being targeted for recall for supporting Republican Gov. Scott Walker's budget-repair bill this winter. The recall election is Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2011.
Dinesh Ramde AP

John Nichols, a pioneering political blogger, has written the Beat since 1999.

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Opinion
8:40 am
Tue August 9, 2011

Weekly Standard: The Reality Of The Recall

Republican Wisconsin Sens. Luther Olsen and Shelia Harsdorf leave the Senate chambers Wednesday, March 9, 2011, after Republicans in the Wisconsin Senate voted to strip nearly all collective bargaining rights from public workers after discovering a way to bypass the chamber's missing Democrats. On Tuesday Wisconsin will hold recall elections for state senators.
Andy Manis AP

John McCormack is a staff writer for The Weekly Standard.

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The Two-Way
7:54 am
Tue August 9, 2011

Alan Simpson: If Lawmakers Can't Compromise, They Should 'Go Home'

Former Sen. Alan Simpson spoke to NPR's Steve Inskeep this morning and the conversation was wide-ranging and spirited, but one thing was crystal clear: Simpson, who served as a Republican senator from Wyoming, was not happy about the Congressional "horror show" that lead to Standard & Poor's downgrade of U.S. debt.

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Since he joined NPR in 2000, Knox has covered a broad range of issues and events in public health, medicine, and science. His reports can be heard on NPR's Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Weekend Edition, Talk of the Nation, and newscasts.

Among other things, Knox's NPR reports have examined the impact of HIV/AIDS in Africa, North America, and the Caribbean; anthrax terrorism; smallpox and other bioterrorism preparedness issues; the rising cost of medical care; early detection of lung cancer; community caregiving; music and the brain; and the SARS epidemic.

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