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5:30 am
Tue October 4, 2011

As Amanda Knox Heads Home, Murdered Girl's Family Seeks Answers

Arline Kercher and Lyle Kercher, the mother and brother of murder victim Meredith Kercher, on Monday in Perugia, Italy.

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Originally published on Tue October 4, 2011 5:39 am

Her murder conviction overturned by an Italian appeals court, American Amanda Knox has left Italy and is making her way home to Seattle, The Associated Press reports.

Now, the BCC writes:

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The Two-Way
5:00 am
Tue October 4, 2011

Nobel Prize In Physics Honors Work On Expanding Universe

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Three U.S.-born scientists whose work indicates that the universe is expanding at an accelerating rate have been awarded the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics.

American Saul Perlmutter will share the $1.5 million award with U.S.-Australian Brian Schmidt and U.S. scientist Adam Riess, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences announced this morning.

In its statement announcing the honors, the academy writes that

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Politics
12:49 am
Tue October 4, 2011

Activists Press Obama To Renew Progressive Stand

Originally published on Tue October 4, 2011 7:52 am

Progressive activists played a big role in helping President Obama get elected. But in the years since, the big story of political activism has been the conservative Tea Party movement.

Hoping to reverse that trend, 2,000 people have registered for the annual "Take Back the American Dream Conference" this week in Washington, D.C. That's more than double the number at the 2010 event.

Shamako Noble, 31, of San Jose, Calif., comes every year and says he has learned that work can't stop, even after the election is over.

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Media
10:01 pm
Mon October 3, 2011

NPR's New Chief Faces Tough Choices On Funding

Incoming NPR CEO and President Gary Knell.

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On Sunday, former NPR CEO Vivian Schiller tweeted a strong endorsement for the choice of Gary Knell to replace her. In the same 140 characters, however, Schiller characterized continued federal funding of public radio as "untenable."

Schiller has told associates the subsidy allows lawmakers to use NPR unfairly as a political punching bag.

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Business
10:01 pm
Mon October 3, 2011

Design, Price Are Keys To Success For Hyundai

A Hyundai Genesis Coupe is on display in a showroom in Glendale, Calif., last January.

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Despite a sluggish economy in the U.S., it's been a really good year for Hyundai. The Korean automaker is on track to sell more cars this year than ever before, and it has seen its share of the U.S. market more than double in the past decade.

At first glance, Hyundai may appear to be resorting to slick marketing gimmicks. For instance, the company will guarantee the price of your car, not now but when you trade it in.

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World
10:01 pm
Mon October 3, 2011

Tough Choices For Greece's Youth In Economic Crisis

Stella Kasdagli, 30, and her husband Alexandros Karamalikis, 35, are trying to make ends meet. Karamalikis lost his job and and is now a stay-at-home father, raising their 13-month-old daughter

Sylvia Poggioli NPR

Originally published on Tue October 4, 2011 6:19 pm

The financial crisis gripping Greece is having a major impact on the country's young people. A two-tier labor market that favors the older generation and draconian austerity measures have triggered a record high jobless rate among those under 35.

And now, the economic upheaval is undermining the traditional family structure and pushing the young to leave their homeland for better prospects.

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The Salt
10:01 pm
Mon October 3, 2011

Eating Meals With Men May Mean Eating Less

It turns out that the gender of your dining companions makes a big difference in what you eat and how much you eat. The new research on dining habits — although small — adds a new dimension to the study of risk factors for obesity, and could also shed new light on eating disorders such as anorexia.

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Politics
10:01 pm
Mon October 3, 2011

Running The Government On Temporary Extensions

Originally published on Sat December 15, 2012 11:54 am

The U.S. House of Representatives is scheduled to vote Tuesday on a temporary measure — passed by the Senate last week — to keep the government funded through mid-November.

"Hopefully, we can certainly avoid any shutdown talk this time," said House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va. "Get it done and continue along our mission to try and change the way spending occurs in this town."

These temporary funding extensions, lasting a few days or a few weeks, are pretty standard in Washington. Called "continuing resolutions," they go all the way back to 1876.

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The Two-Way
5:26 pm
Mon October 3, 2011

Cities Win Dubious Prize: Most Stuffy Noses

Mowing his lawn, Shane Nantz kicks up a cloud of pollen at his Charlotte, N.C., home, in this file photo from April, 2010. The city is No. 8 on a recent America's Most Congested list.

Todd Sumlin AP

Originally published on Mon October 3, 2011 5:28 pm

If mold, dust and other culprits are shutting down your nasal passages, you might find it useful to know which U.S. cities' residents have it even worse. It turns out that people living in Oklahoma City, Okla., suffer the most nasal congestion of any metropolitan area in America.

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The Two-Way
4:16 pm
Mon October 3, 2011

Shares In American Airlines' Parent Company Sink

As fears spread that American Airlines may be headed for bankruptcy proceedings, shares in the airline's parent company, AMR Corp., plummeted by 41 percent before closing at $1.98 Monday — a 33 percent drop in its value.

The stock hadn't closed below $2 since 2003, according to the Associated Press.

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Middle East
3:47 pm
Mon October 3, 2011

Hostile Crowd Forces Libyan Jew Out Of Synagogue

David Gerbi stands in front of the main synagogue in Tripoli, Libya, on Sunday. An exiled Libyan Jew, he has returned after being away for more than 40 years. He hopes to restore the synagogue and create an atmosphere of tolerance following the ouster of Moammar Gadhafi.

Abdel Magid al-Fergany AP

David Gerbi, a Jew whose family fled Libya more than four decades ago, visited Tripoli's old Jewish synagogue on Monday with big plans. He went to pray and to clean up garbage from a building long empty, though still grand with its soaring arches and butter-colored walls.

Gerbi, a 56-year-old psychoanalyst who has lived in Italy, said he had permission for the restoration from the local Muslim cleric and members of the Transitional National Council, the force that ousted Moammar Gadhafi back in August.

But two days into his effort, it came to an abrupt end.

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It's All Politics
3:34 pm
Mon October 3, 2011

What Chris Christie Can Learn From Rick Perry's Latest Travails

If he decides to enter the GOP presidential race, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie could learn a few things from fellow Gov. Rick Perry's troubles on the campaign trail.

Jae C. Hong AP

Originally published on Tue October 4, 2011 1:47 am

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie doesn't have to look far for a cautionary tale about the pitfalls of jumping into the presidential contest late, with great expectations, but little vetting beyond the relatively comfortable confines of one's home state.

As Christie continues to deliberate about entering the Republican presidential nomination fray, he has no doubt followed the supremely lousy weeks Texas Gov. Rick Perry has had since he got in, relatively late, with great fanfare, and largely untested on a national stage.

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Technology
3:34 pm
Mon October 3, 2011

Microsoft, Google Tussle Over Android Phone Patents

The Galaxy S II is a Samsung smartphone that runs on Android. Analysts say Microsoft could be getting as much as $15 for each phone Samsung sells.

Jin Sung-chul AP

Originally published on Mon October 3, 2011 4:15 pm

Apple's iPhone may be the most talked about smartphone on the market, but there are far more phones using Google's Android operating system — 40 percent of the U.S. market. Microsoft's Windows for Mobile comes in near the bottom, with around 5 percent.

But Microsoft says Android steps all over its patents.

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Middle East
3:16 pm
Mon October 3, 2011

Syrian Exiles Fear Long Reach Of Secret Police

Protesters shout slogans against the Syrian government in front of the White House in July. A new report from Amnesty International documents more than 30 cases of Syrian activists living overseas whose activities have been monitored and whose families in Syria have been threatened.

Jewel Samad AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon October 3, 2011 3:51 pm

Syrian exiles have been harassed and monitored at anti-government protests abroad, and their families back home have been threatened, according to a new report by Amnesty International.

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Shots - Health Blog
3:15 pm
Mon October 3, 2011

More Than 1 In 10 Parents Delay Or Skip Vaccinations For Their Kids

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Sometimes when parents skip vaccinations for their kids, it's more a matter of delay than total refusal, a new survey finds.

More than 1 in 10 parent parents of young kids follow an alternative schedule of vaccinations that doesn't fit with the recommendations of doctors and public health officials. The results published in Pediatrics come from a national survey conducted online.

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Politics
2:48 pm
Mon October 3, 2011

What Motivated Oregon Voters To Raise Taxes?

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Originally published on Mon October 3, 2011 4:04 pm

The Obama administration is floating the idea of increasing taxes on families earning more than $250,000 a year.

Last year, the state of Oregon did something similar.

It didn't generate quite as much money as expected — but it did generate plenty of resentment.

'A Pretty Historic Win'

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The Two-Way
2:25 pm
Mon October 3, 2011

Incoming NPR CEO Makes Case For Public Funding, Will Look At All Sources

Incoming NPR CEO and President Gary Knell.

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"Public radio needs to do a better job of making the case" for public funding as one of its revenue sources, the incoming CEO and president of NPR said this afternoon.

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Europe
2:17 pm
Mon October 3, 2011

Greece's Woes Deliver Fresh Blow To World Markets

High school students protesting austerity measures clash with riot police in front of the Greek Parliament on Monday. Also Monday, the Greek government announced that it would not meet its targets for reducing the budget deficit.

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Originally published on Mon October 3, 2011 4:04 pm

Financial markets in Europe and the United States slumped badly Monday after Greece conceded it will not meet its deficit reduction goals for this year — or next — despite its austerity measures.

Stocks indexes in the U.S., France, Germany and Spain all fell about 2 percent.

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The Two-Way
1:57 pm
Mon October 3, 2011

Who Are The Haqqanis?

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In this archive photo from October 21, 2001, Jalaluddin Haqqani smiles as he leaves after a meeting with Jama"at-i-Islami leaders in Islamabad, Pakistan.

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Many U.S. officials have believed for years that Pakistan protects and supports terrorist groups to use as proxies against India, in Kashmir, and against the U.S. and NATO in Afghanistan. When Adm. Michael Mullen went before Congress last month and described the Haqqani network as a "veritable arm" of Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence agency (ISI), he was gave voice to those concerns. Pakistani officials were outraged.

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The Two-Way
1:55 pm
Mon October 3, 2011

Amanda Knox Wins Appeal, As Italian Court Overturns Murder Conviction

Amanda Knox weeps in an Italian appeals court as her murder verdict is overturned. In 2009, Knox was found guilty of charges stemming from the stabbing death of fellow student Meredith Kercher in Perugia, Italy.

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Originally published on Mon October 3, 2011 4:19 pm

Amanda Knox has won her freedom after appealing her murder conviction, for which the American had been serving a 26-year prison sentence. In 2009, Knox, who came to Perugia, Italy, as an exchange student, was found guilty in the November 2007 murder of British student Meredith Kercher.

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It's All Politics
1:43 pm
Mon October 3, 2011

How Many Small Businesses Would Be Hit By New Taxes On The Rich?

One key Republican criticism of President Obama's proposal to raise taxes on the wealthy is that it would harm small businesses whose owners who make over $250,000 in taxable income. Rep. Paul Ryan put it this way last week in an interview with NPR's Michele Norris:

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The Salt
1:30 pm
Mon October 3, 2011

Denmark Taxes Butter And Fat, But Will It Work?

Butter - it's going to cost you in Denmark.

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Denmark, the land of luscious lardy pork ribs and those famous blue butter cookie tins, is not known for having a major obesity problem.

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The Two-Way
1:00 pm
Mon October 3, 2011

White House Knew Solyndra Was In Trouble, Emails Indicate

May 26, 2010: President Obama tours the Solyndra solar panel company with Executive VP of Engineering Ben Bierman.
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"E-Mails Reveal Early White House Worries Over Solyndra," reads the headline on the lead story at NYTimes.com this hour.

"Donor, Officials Warned Obama Not To Visit Solyndra After Financial Warnings," says WashingtonPost.com.

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Shots - Health Blog
11:56 am
Mon October 3, 2011

Four Loko Maker To Make Alcohol Content More Prominent

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New text box on label says: "This can has as much alcohol as 4 1/2 regular (12 oz, 5% alc/vol) beers."

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The maker of Four Loko has agreed to make the alcohol content of its big cans a lot easier to figure out.

Soon the alcohol inside will be expressed in the equivalent number of regular beers. The equation: A 23 1/2 ounce cans of Four Loko = 4 1/2 beers.

The new labels, plus a resealable opening so the alcohol-laced drink doesn't have to be consumed in one sitting, came as the Federal Trade Commission alleged that Phusion Projects had understated the amount of alcohol in some of its products.

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The Two-Way
11:50 am
Mon October 3, 2011

VIDEO: Comet Hits Sun; Is Brilliant Explosion Related?

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SpaceWeather.com says most solar physicists would likely say that a "puny comet" couldn't set off a "coronal mass ejection" of solar particles.

But check out this video from over the weekend, when a comet struck the sun. The images were animated by Helioviewer.org, "an open-source project for the visualization of solar and heliospheric data" that is funded by the European Space Agency and NASA.

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The Two-Way
11:27 am
Mon October 3, 2011

Town Of Canmore Says 'No More' To Wild Rabbits

Wild rabbits are seen on a lawn in Canmore, Canada. The town is weighing options to cut down the population.

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Some 2,000 rabbits have "overrun" the Canadian town of Canmore, in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. The bunnies are believed to be the progeny of pets — and their number has doubled in the past four years, according to Canada's CTV.

"There's often about eight on our lawn," one Canmore resident tells CTV. "They're everywhere."

But the same woman also added, "We think they're cute."

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The Salt
10:54 am
Mon October 3, 2011

Cheap Marketing Techniques Help Kids Choose More Fruit

If you want kids to eat it, make it pretty.

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Kids will choose to take a step towards healthier eating by choosing fresh fruit — if you give them a little nudge.

Researchers at Cornell's Center for Behavioral Economics in Child Nutrition Programs went into three school cafeterias that had been keeping their fruit in stainless-steel bins behind sneeze guards in the lunch line where kids could barely see it. And they did some strategic rearranging. They moved the fruit into colorful bowls or attractive baskets, and placed them near the cash register.

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The Two-Way
10:34 am
Mon October 3, 2011

GM, Chrysler Posted Sharp Sales Gains In September; Ford's Rose Too

"General Motors Co. and Chrysler Group LLC posted double-digit sales increases in September, defying the prevailing malaise in the economy," The Detroit News reports. "GM reported U.S. sales of 207,145 vehicles last month, a 20 percent increase over September 2010. Chrysler's domestic sales were up 27 percent."

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Law
10:00 am
Mon October 3, 2011

SCOTUS Cases Could Affect Presidential Race

The U.S. Supreme Court opens its 2011-2012 session Monday, in what could prove to be one of the most notable terms in years. The court is expected to hear cases about immigration, Medicaid and President Obama's landmark health care law. Michel Martin discusses the cases with George Washington University Law Professor Paul Butler and Eva Rodriguez, a Washington Post editorial writer who specializes in legal affairs.

It's All Politics
9:39 am
Mon October 3, 2011

S. Carolina To Hold Primary Jan. 21

Originally published on Fri October 7, 2011 4:36 pm

South Carolina will hold its Republican presidential primary Jan. 21, moving the date forward to stay ahead of Florida.

Iowa, New Hampshire and Nevada are all expected to now move their caucuses and primaries up as well to maintain their traditional early spots in the presidential-nominee selection process calendar.

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