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2:46 pm
Mon November 28, 2011

Airstrike Puts New Strains On U.S.-Pakistan Alliance

A NATO airstrike that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers over the weekend has brought U.S.-Pakistani ties to a new level of strain, but experts say it's unlikely to produce a permanent rift in the relationship.

Barely a month ago, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton visited Islamabad hoping to cement greater Pakistani cooperation to eliminate Taliban safe havens inside its territory. After Saturday's attack, that kind of cooperation appeared to be on indefinite hold.

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The Two-Way
2:18 pm
Mon November 28, 2011

Lana Peters, Stalin's Last Surviving Child, Has Died

The Associated Press and The New York Times report that Lana Peters, Josef Stalin's only daughter and his last surviving child, died last week at age 85. Peters was mainly known as the daughter of the Soviet tyrant, but her life was anything but simple: The evolution of her name says much about her efforts to escape the ignominy of her father. Peters was born Svetlana Stalina then changed her last name to Alliluyeva and later became Lana Peters.

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Music News
1:23 pm
Mon November 28, 2011

A Carnegie Hall Debut, Inspired By Trout

Ellen Taaffe Zwilich took her inspiration for the piece from Franz Schubert's famous Trout Quintet.
Bill Keefrey

The Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio — pianist Joseph Kalichstein, violinist Jamie Laredo and cellist Sharon Robinson — will celebrate its 35th anniversary as one of the world's finest chamber-music ensembles this January. For the past 25 years, one of the group's frequent partners has been Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Ellen Taaffe Zwilich. She says it's always great fun to hand over a new piece.

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The Two-Way
1:22 pm
Mon November 28, 2011

A Kiss No More: Oscar Wilde's Tomb Will Be Protected From Smootches

Visitors to the grave of the Irish writer and poet Oscar Wilde won't be able to leave a permanent mark on his tomb anymore. Since the '90s, mostly women started leaving lipstick kisses on his tomb in Paris' Père Lachaise cemetery, a gentle memento for a writer who didn't show much regard for women.

The problem was that cleaning off those kisses was damaging the stone. The Guardian reports:

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Africa
1:22 pm
Mon November 28, 2011

In Egypt's Vote, Islamists Expect Strong Showing

Sobhi Saleh, right, a senior member of the Muslim Brotherhood and candidate for parliament, speaks to voters at a polling station in Alexandria, Egypt on Monday. The Brotherhood is expected to make a strong showing in the polls.
Tarek Fawzy AP

Dozens of veiled women tried to squeeze past each other Monday and into a polling station in the working-class neighborhood of Raml in the northern Egyptian city of Alexandria.

They were eager to cast ballots for a clean-shaven man in a crisp blue suit and matching tie.

His name is Sobhi Saleh and he heads the Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party ticket in three of Alexandria's districts. The party is considered the best organized in Egypt and is expected to do well in the country's first election since President Hosni Mubarak was toppled in February.

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All Tech Considered
1:16 pm
Mon November 28, 2011

Warmth In Winter: Smart Windows To Let Heat In

Researchers at the window testing facility at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory are developing nanocrystal technology. When activated by a small electrical current, it would allow light but not heat through.
Courtesy Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Originally published on Mon November 28, 2011 4:26 pm

When you think of high-tech gadgets that make us greener, you might picture solar panels or electric cars; windows may not seem as exciting. But buildings are responsible for 40 percent of the country's energy use, and researchers say they can lower that number by making windows smarter.

As someone who studies windows, Howdy Goudey isn't surprised that most of us find them a little boring.

"It's a pretty pedestrian object," he says. "You know, what's new to do with a window?"

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It's All Politics
1:11 pm
Mon November 28, 2011

Barney Frank, Congress' Gay-Rights Pioneer, 'Not Retiring From Advocacy'

Massachusetts Rep. Barney Frank, amid journalists in Newton, Mass., after announcing Monday he won't seek reelection next year.
Stephan Savoia AP

Originally published on Tue December 13, 2011 1:58 pm

Massachusetts Rep. Barney Frank says he decided not to seek re-election to a 17th term in 2012 because congressional redistricting would have given him a slew of new constituents and a difficult, expensive campaign.

"I think I would have won," Frank, 71, said during a Monday press conference in Massachusetts announcing his retirement. "But it would have been a tough campaign."

Added Frank, who has led financial reform efforts on Capitol Hill: "I don't like raising money."

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Technology
1:00 pm
Mon November 28, 2011

Some Oppose New Smart Electric Meters

Smart electric meters are being installed in homes across the country. The wireless devices replace old meters and transmit electricity usage data wirelessly to utilities. But there are concerns about accuracy and safety. Guy Raz talks to David Baker, energy reporter at the San Francisco Chronicle, for more.

Analysis
1:00 pm
Mon November 28, 2011

No Major Violence During Egyptian Elections

Egyptian voters in Cairo, Alexandria and several other major cities are voting Monday in the first stage of the country's parliamentary election. Turn out is heavy and so far there has been no major violence. Melissa Block talks to NPR's Lourdes Garcia-Navarro.

Sports
1:00 pm
Mon November 28, 2011

A Look At The Cult Of Tim Tebow

Originally published on Mon November 28, 2011 4:26 pm

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MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Melissa Block.

GUY RAZ, HOST:

And I'm Guy Raz.

Another win for Tim Tebow.

(SOUNDBITE OF FOOTBALL GAME)

UNIDENTIFIED MAN: Watch this. Tebow throws. Touchdown, Broncos. Eric Decker wide open and Tebow with a strike to put Denver right back in it.

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Presidential Race
1:00 pm
Mon November 28, 2011

DNC Launches Romney Attack Ad In Key States

Originally published on Mon November 28, 2011 4:26 pm

Transcript

MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

There's a new political ad out today from the Democratic National Committee. It highlights what Democrats consider Mitt Romney's greatest weakness: his inconsistency. NPR's Brian Naylor reports.

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The Two-Way
12:35 pm
Mon November 28, 2011

Reports: Urban Meyer Takes Ohio State Job

Urban Meyer: He won two football championships at Florida. Ohio State hopes he can bring more to Columbus.
Kevin C. Cox Getty Images

Urban Meyer, who led the Florida Gators to two national football championships, will indeed be taking the head coaching job at Ohio State, according to reports from The Columbus Dispatch, ESPN and several other news outlets. There's a news conference at the school scheduled for 5:15 p.m. ET.

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Mitt Romney
12:01 pm
Mon November 28, 2011

Five Things You May Not Know About Mitt Romney

A button from George Romney's 1968 Republican campaign for president.

Will the conventional take on Mitt Romney – that he aims to please everyone – take him to the convention in 2012 and on to the Republican presidential nomination?

Time will tell.

For now, the electorate is getting acquainted (and reacquainted) with the man who has seemingly been in the spotlight his whole life.

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The Two-Way
11:45 am
Mon November 28, 2011

Kansas Gov.: Teen Doesn't Need To Apologize For Tweet

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback (R).
John Hanna AP

Originally published on Mon November 28, 2011 12:41 pm

There's no need for 18-year-old Emma Sullivan to apologize and his staff overreacted by telling officials at her high school that the teen had tweeted about how the governor "sucked," Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback (R) said today.

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The Two-Way
11:28 am
Mon November 28, 2011

Judge Blocks Citigroup, SEC Settlement

A man walks by a Citibank branch at the U.S. bank Citigroup world headquarters on Park Avenue, in New York in 2008.
Emmanuel Dunand AFP/Getty Images

A United States District Court judge in Manhattan has thrown a wrench into the way the Security and Exchange Commission has been enforcing its fraud cases.

Judge Jed S. Rakoff threw out a $285 million settlement deal between the S.E.C. and Citigroup in which the bank would not admit nor deny wrongdoing in a mortgage derivatives deal.

Rakoff said he would not OK the settlement because he did not know the facts of the case and it was "neither fair, nor reasonable, nor adequate, nor in the public interest" for him to do so.

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Economy
11:23 am
Mon November 28, 2011

Black Friday Sales Suggest A Strong Cyber Monday

Workers process orders at an Amazon.com fulfillment center n Swansea, Wales, as they prepare for their busiest time of the year.
Matt Cardy Getty Images

Shoppers stormed retail stores this past weekend, and now on Cyber Monday, many are clicking their way to more purchases.

"I am definitely a price-based shopper," said Sarah Kelly, a 28-year-old Washington, D.C., resident who bought a KitchenAid mixer Monday morning as a holiday gift. She also bought shoes, clothes and other presents after waking early to search for online coupons and shipping offers. "I only purchase if the shipping is free," she said.

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Music Interviews
11:12 am
Mon November 28, 2011

'Moves Like Jagger': The Making Of Maroon 5's Mega-Hit

Adam Levine (center) and the rest of Maroon 5.
Matt Beard

The song "Moves Like Jagger" has been on the Billboard Hot 100 for five months — it peaked at No. 1 and is still holding on at No. 5. The band behind the song is Maroon 5, led by singer and songwriter Adam Levine, who also works as a coach on the TV singing competition The Voice.

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The Two-Way
11:08 am
Mon November 28, 2011

Report: Fed Committed $7.77 Trillion To Rescue Banks

Bloomberg ran quite a story, yesterday. It stems from a Freedom of Information Act Request that yielded the details of previously secret borrowing from the federal government to the biggest banks.

The bottom line, reports Bloomberg, by March of 2009, the Fed had committed $7.77 trillion "to rescuing the financial system, more than half the value of everything produced in the U.S. that year." The lending began in August of 2007.

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Around the Nation
10:22 am
Mon November 28, 2011

Feds Seize 150 Websites In Counterfeit Crackdown

Originally published on Mon November 28, 2011 12:21 pm

Federal authorities announced Monday that they have seized the domain names of 150 websites accused of selling counterfeit or pirated merchandise.

Agents from the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI coordinated the effort for "Cyber Monday," the day that for many shoppers kicks off the online holiday shopping season.

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Remembrances
10:03 am
Mon November 28, 2011

Controversial Film Director Ken Russell Dead At 84

Central Press Getty Images

The acclaimed, eccentric, and very polarizing British film director Ken Russell has died, after a series of strokes at the age of 84.

The director of Tommy, Women In Love and Altered States, Russell was known for a florid style and fascination with sadomasochism that earned him condemnations and a cult following. His adaptations of classic literature and over-the-top biopics ranged from perverse to merely provocative — and an indelible nickname: "Kinky Ken Russell."

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NPR Story
10:02 am
Mon November 28, 2011

Military's Brain-Testing Program A Debacle

Dr. Alex Dromerick co-directs the Brain Research Center at the National Rehabilitation Hospital. Here he observes Stephen Jones, a policeman who was involved in a motorcycle accident.
Becky Lettenberger NPR

Originally published on Fri December 2, 2011 2:20 pm

The U.S. military has spent more than $42 million to test every service member's brain to find out who suffered a traumatic brain injury, or TBI, during the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. But an investigation by NPR and ProPublica has found that military leaders are refusing to carry out the testing program as Congress ordered. Partly as a result, the program that was supposed to fix things has hardly helped any of the troops.

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The Two-Way
9:45 am
Mon November 28, 2011

Markets Rally On European Debt News, Black Friday Sales

At point today, the Dow Jones Industrial Average jumped 2.9 percent to 11,554. The rally comes after news that European leaders had made progress on a solution to the sovereign debt crisis and record sales this past Friday.

It also comes after a 4.8 percent downturn last week, the worst Thanksgiving week since the markets started observing the holiday in 1942.

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The Salt
9:45 am
Mon November 28, 2011

Soybeans May Have Fed Asia Earlier Than Thought

Soybean farmers in Xiangfan, in central China's Hubei province.
Reuters /Landov

Originally published on Tue November 29, 2011 12:39 pm

It's funny how the birthplace of one little bean can stir up a world of passions. But when it's the soybean, maybe it's not such a shocker.

Soy plays an outsized role in human history, serving as the primary source of protein in Asia for millennia. That can slip by people in the United States, where — until very recently — the super-nutritious bean was relegated to animal feed.

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Shots - Health Blog
9:41 am
Mon November 28, 2011

To Get Kids Vaccinated, Some Pediatricians OK With Delays

Anxious parents sometimes ask the pediatrician if they can postpone vaccines for young children. And a new survey suggests quite a few doctors go along with the requests, despite standing recommendations they stick to a strict schedule.

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Theater
9:01 am
Mon November 28, 2011

Danny Burstein On Living Up To Sondheim's 'Follies'

Danny Burstein, as Buddy Plummer, performs "Buddy's Blues," the high-energy song-and-dance number at the end of Follies, with Jenifer Foote (left) and Kiira Schmidt.
Joan Marcus

Before he was cast in the Broadway revival of Follies, actor Danny Burstein had never seen Stephen Sondheim's famous musical, which first hit the Broadway stage in 1971. And he didn't know much about the show, except that everyone in the theater world seemingly had an opinion about it.

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Book Reviews
8:55 am
Mon November 28, 2011

'Pride And Prejudice' Meets 'Clue' At 'Pemberley'

Originally published on Fri December 28, 2012 9:32 am

During the 50-plus years that Agatha Christie actively reigned as "The Queen of Crime," it became something of a tradition in England to give one of her novels as a holiday present; in fact, she and her publishers popularized the slogan "A Christie for Christmas." Dame Agatha died in 1976, but the association of murder most foul and the yuletide season lingers.

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The Two-Way
8:00 am
Mon November 28, 2011

Reports: Rep. Barney Frank Won't Seek Re-Election

Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.).
Mark Wilson Getty Images

WBUR in Boston reports it has confirmed that Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) will not seek re-election in 2012.

CNN says that "Frank, a 16-term Democrat, will announce Monday he does not intend to seek re-election in 2012, according to a statement from [his] office."

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The Two-Way
7:45 am
Mon November 28, 2011

At Occupy LA: Some Arrests, But 'Mostly Peaceful'

Earlier today in Los Angeles: An Occupy LA" protester on the street in front of city hall.
Michal Czerwonka Getty Images

"Police arrested several people early Monday at the Occupy L.A. demonstration outside City Hall, but then the commotion quickly died down," the Los Angeles Times reports.

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The Two-Way
7:00 am
Mon November 28, 2011

Holiday Sales Have Strong Start, Will The Trend Continue?

Black Friday at Macy's in Manhattan: Shoppers lined up.
Stan Honda AFP/Getty Images

The news that the holiday shopping season got a strong start on its unofficial launch day — Black Friday — has helped push stock index futures up sharply this morning.

After all, if American consumers are indeed feeling good this holiday season, that would be very welcome news for an economy still struggling to produce jobs. Stronger demand, in theory, should eventually put pressure on businesses to add to their workforces.

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