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12:55 pm
Mon April 30, 2012

In Cell Era, Timepieces Are Fashion Trend To Watch

Even as more people rely on cellphones to tell time, retailer American Apparel has found that novelty watches are selling well.
Kaomi Goetz for NPR

Originally published on Mon April 30, 2012 3:34 pm

Cellphones were once simple tools for making calls on the go. But the phones have quickly become all-purpose devices, used to send email, read articles, find restaurants — and tell time.

And as more people carry that tool in their pocket or purse, fewer are relying on wristwatches to keep on schedule.

Monica Espitia is one of them. "Since I've had a cellphone, I pretty much stopped wearing watches," she says. "Until I went on vacation and I didn't know what time it was."

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The Two-Way
12:46 pm
Mon April 30, 2012

Obama: U.S. Always Brings Up Human Rights With Chinese

U.S. President Barack Obama shakes hands with Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda during a joint press conference in the East Room at the White House in Washington, DC, on Monday.
Jewel Samad AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon April 30, 2012 1:17 pm

Although he did not directly address the whereabouts of blind human rights activist Chen Guangcheng, President Obama said when the United States talks to China, it always brings up "the issue of human rights."

"We think China will be stronger if it opens up and liberalizes its own system," the president said.

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It's All Politics
12:19 pm
Mon April 30, 2012

Romney Pulls Jimmy Carter Into His Bin Laden Fight With Obama

Mitt Romney fished for votes among fishermen in Portsmouth, NH, April 30, 2012.
Jim Cole AP

Former President Jimmy Carter was no doubt minding his own business, which these days usually means being some place in the world doing good works, when his name came up in the 2012 presidential campaign, and not in a good way.

Talking to reporters Monday in New Hampshire, the unofficial GOP presidential nominee, Mitt Romney, uttered Carter's name in defending himself against Democratic attempts to raise doubts about whether Romney, like President Obama, would have ordered the raid that killed Osama bin Laden.

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The Two-Way
11:49 am
Mon April 30, 2012

Crash That Killed Seven Was Along 'Cursed' Stretch Of Bronx River Parkway

This van plunged off the Bronx River Parkway on Sunday. All seven people inside were killed.
Louis Lanzano AP

Originally published on Mon April 30, 2012 11:50 am

A horrible car accident Sunday in the Bronx, which killed seven people from one family, happened on a "cursed" section of the Bronx River Parkway where six people died in a terrible 2006 accident, New York's Daily News reports.

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The Two-Way
11:46 am
Mon April 30, 2012

Venezuela's Chávez Seeks Permission To Return To Cuba For Treatment

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez speaking during a TV program in Havana on March 4.
AFP/Getty Images

Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez may be once again headed to Cuba for cancer treatment.

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Business
11:11 am
Mon April 30, 2012

Energy Transfer Partners To Buy Sunoco For $5.3B

Sunoco operates about 4,900 gasoline stations around the United States.
Alex Brandon AP

Natural gas pipeline company Energy Transfer Partners is buying Sunoco in a deal valued at about $5.3 billion.

The acquisition would give Energy Transfer the capability to transport crude and other liquid hydrocarbons that are being produced in greater quantities thanks to the boom in shale drilling. Sunoco's pipelines crisscross the country, connecting the Great Lakes and Northeast to America's refining center along the Gulf Coast.

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Around the Nation
11:09 am
Mon April 30, 2012

Identity Crisis: Your Name Is Famous But You Aren't

Pop singer Katy Perry became known for her song "I Kissed a Girl," and that became a problem for Katie Perry, a marketing manager at a New York advertising agency.
Aijaz Rahi AP

Originally published on Mon April 30, 2012 2:26 pm

Chris Brown is a "30-year-old white guy from Alabama who can't sing or dance to save his life," but he has gotten sick of all the Rihanna jokes.

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The Two-Way
11:05 am
Mon April 30, 2012

EPA Official Resigns For Saying EPA Should 'Crucify' Oil Companies

Al Armendariz.
EPA

One of the Environmental Protection Agency's top officials resigned yesterday.

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Music Reviews
10:45 am
Mon April 30, 2012

A Sure-Footed Collection Of 'African Blues'

Originally published on Mon April 30, 2012 4:18 pm

I have to hand it to the Putumayo label. Since it started as a soundtrack-provider to a clothing store in the early '90s, the operation has placed racks of CDs with friendly-primitivist art by Nicola Heindl into Starbucks and Whole Foods everywhere. Putumayo is as responsible as anything for making music buyers ask "Where's the world music section?" in shops or online.

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The Two-Way
10:42 am
Mon April 30, 2012

In 'Manchester Derby' Man City Comes Out On Top

Manchester United's Nani (in red) and Manchester City's Aleksandar Kolarov during a game last August in London.
Ian Kington AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon April 30, 2012 4:16 pm

Update at 6:08 p.m. ET. Man City Wins 1-0:

A header from Vincent Kompany was all it took for Manchester City to come out today against Manchester United.

As the AP reports, this match has been billed as the "biggest Manchester derby ever," and Kompany scored the winning goal during first-half stoppage time.

Our Original Post Continues:

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The Two-Way
10:22 am
Mon April 30, 2012

British High Court Order Big Internet Providers to Block The Pirate Bay

Supporters of the website The Pirate Bay, one of the world's top illegal file-sharing websites, demonstrate in Stockholm, Sweden, in 2009.
Fredrik Persson AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon April 30, 2012 12:03 pm

Britain's High Court has ordered the country's major Internet service providers to block one of the oldest and biggest file-sharing websites.

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Author Interviews
10:20 am
Mon April 30, 2012

Sissy Spacek's 'Extraordinary Ordinary Life'

Sissy Spacek received the Academy Award for Best Actress for her portrayal of Loretta Lynn in Coal Miner's Daughter.
Courtesy of the author

Originally published on Mon April 30, 2012 10:45 am

When Sissy Spacek started her film career, she was told to lose her heavy Texas accent. But her famous drawl became one of her greatest assets when Terrence Malick cast her in his 1973 crime drama Badlands.

Spacek played Holly, a teenage girl from South Dakota who became an accomplice on a cross-country murder spree. The film, which also starred Martin Sheen, was narrated in Spacek's distinctive Southern voice.

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Politics
10:03 am
Mon April 30, 2012

Political Chat: What A Difference 5 Years Makes

Host Michel Martin marks Tell Me More's 5th anniversary on NPR's airwaves by speaking with political strategists Donna Brazile and Ron Christie. They discuss the past five and next five years in politics. They examine the dividing lines of race, gender, and party, and what they mean for our political future.

Politics
10:03 am
Mon April 30, 2012

Twitter: From Infancy To Political Powerhouse

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

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Shots - Health Blog
9:50 am
Mon April 30, 2012

As Diabetes Rises In Kids, So Do Treatment Challenges

Pong, soda and junk food: the beginning of the end for health?
iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Mon April 30, 2012 9:54 am

More kids than ever have Type 2 diabetes, the kind that used to be referred to as the adult-onset variety.

It's a sign of our sedentary, calorie-rich times. Childhood obesity, a risk factor for Type 2 diabetes, is commonplace. For teens, about half of new cases of diabetes are now Type 2 compared with just 3 percent a few decades back.

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The Salt
9:47 am
Mon April 30, 2012

Cracking The Code: Making Vegan Cheese Taste Cheesier

Ready to swap these for the vegan kind?
istockphoto.com

Originally published on Mon April 30, 2012 11:37 am

Cheese is a staple of many diets and, let's face it, it makes us happy. But sometimes we worry about the fat and calories it contains. Add this little guilt trip, plus a rise in veganism over the past few years and an increase in reported allergies to milk and soy, and now you've got a ripening market for cheese alternatives.

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The Two-Way
8:54 am
Mon April 30, 2012

Five Surviving Exotic Animals To Be Given To Ohio Man's Widow

A sign warning motorists that exotic animals were on the loose near Zanesville, Ohio, last October.
Tony Dejak AP

Ohio officials have decided they will hand over five animals to the widow of a man who last October paralyzed a community by releasing 56 lions, tigers, bears and other exotic animals from his farm.

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The Two-Way
8:27 am
Mon April 30, 2012

1 World Trade Center Set To Claim Spot Atop NYC's Skyline Today

Rising above the Manhattan skyline: 1 World Trade Center.
Don Emmert AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon April 30, 2012 1:46 pm

(The milestone was reached at 2:14 p.m. ET.)

With the addition of some steel columns, 1 World Trade Center has reached a height of symbolic importance.

At 1,271 feet (and growing) it is 21 feet taller than the observation deck on the Empire State Building.

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The Two-Way
7:02 am
Mon April 30, 2012

After Big Gain In February, Consumer Spending Rose Less In March

A large 0.9 percent gain in consumer spending from January to February was followed by a more modest 0.3 percent increase from February to March, the Bureau of Economic Analysis says.

Personal income, meanwhile, was up 0.4 percent in March. It had risen 0.3 percent in February.

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The Two-Way
6:38 am
Mon April 30, 2012

China, U.S. Rushing To Resolve Crisis Over Blind Activist Chen

Chen Guangcheng, in an image from a YouTube video.
AP

With Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner due in China for economic talks that start on Thursday, the U.S. and China are rushing to avert a diplomatic crisis over the fate of blind human rights activist Chen Guangcheng.

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Business
6:01 am
Mon April 30, 2012

Barnes & Noble, Microsoft Team Up In E-Publishing

Microsoft is committing $300 million to the venture with Barnes & Noble. They are working to create a new subsidiary of the bookseller. The two companies are hoping to energize sales of the Nook tablet.

Asia
5:23 am
Mon April 30, 2012

Wealthy Australian To Build 21st Century Titanic

Clive Palmer says he wants to build Titanic II to sale from London to New York. Like the builder of the original, Palmer says, "It is going to be designed so it won't sink."

Europe
5:12 am
Mon April 30, 2012

Paragliding Centenarian Regains World Record

Peggy McAlpine wasn't happy when she lost her world record. The Scottish woman was 100 when she became the oldest person to paraglide. That title was recently taken away by an American woman. So at age 104, McAlpine took the the skies again and regained the record.

The Two-Way
5:06 am
Mon April 30, 2012

Over Pakistani Objections, U.S. Resumes Drone Strikes

April 13: In Karachi, activists from the Shabab-e-Milli group set fire to U.S. flags during a protest against the reopening of the NATO supply route to Afghanistan.
Asif Hassan AFP/Getty Images

"CIA drone missiles hit militant targets in Pakistan on Sunday for the first time in a month, as the United States ignored the Pakistani government's insistence that such attacks end as a condition for normalized relations between the two perpetually uneasy allies," The Washington Post writes.

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Asia
3:23 am
Mon April 30, 2012

Two Crises Highlight China's Social Media Struggles

Blind lawyer Chen Guangcheng, seen in this image from a YouTube video, escaped last week after 19 months under house arrest. Searches for his name are banned on China's Twitter-like services.
AP

Originally published on Mon April 30, 2012 7:13 am

China is clamping down on social media as it grapples with a crisis over the escape of a high-profile dissident, apparently to U.S. protection. The case presents new difficulties for a Chinese leadership already struggling to deal with the scandalous downfall of a powerful politician, and it complicates U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's visit to Beijing this week.

Yet China's use of social media in dealing with these two recent crises has been a study in contrasts.

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Analysis
3:18 am
Mon April 30, 2012

Politics In The News

Originally published on Mon April 30, 2012 4:26 am

Tuesday marks one year from the day President Obama announced to the nation that Osama bin Laden had been killed. To underline the significance of the anniversary, the administration sent its counter-terrorism expert out on the airwaves Sunday. It also launched a controversial campaign ad about the raid against the al-Qaida leader.

Africa
3:18 am
Mon April 30, 2012

Sudan Declares State Of Emergency

Originally published on Mon April 30, 2012 4:33 am

Transcript

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

And let's turn now to Africa and a story we'll be following this week. Sudan has declared a state of emergency along its border with South Sudan, the new country there, further raising fears that these two nations are heading toward all-out war. Earlier this month, South Sudan invaded and briefly occupied Sudan's main oil field. This followed aerial bombardments of South Sudan's border regions by the Sudanese air force.

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Sports
3:18 am
Mon April 30, 2012

NBA Playoffs: First Round Is Action Packed

Originally published on Mon April 30, 2012 4:45 am

Teams in the NBA playoff have begun their quest to be the champion. The headline story of the weekend: Chicago superstar Derrick Rose is out with a torn knee ligament.

Business
3:18 am
Mon April 30, 2012

Eurozone Residents Strike Back At Austerity Measures

Originally published on Mon April 30, 2012 5:52 am

Steve Inskeep talks to John Peet, Europe Editor of The Economist about eurozone economies, and the backlash against austerity measures.

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