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5:06 pm
Fri October 7, 2011

Looking Into The Galaxy's Heart (It's Red)

This infrared mosaic image, taken by the Hubble telescope, represents the "sharpest survey of the Galactic Center to date," NASA says.

NASA

For its popular "photo of the day" feature, NASA gives us a look at the center of the galaxy, in the form of an infrared image β€” because as I'm sure you already know, infrared can penetrate the dust clouds that obscure the core in the visible spectrum.

This is the area that NASA uses to form ideas about how massive stars are formed, and how they influence other objects.

The image above, taken by the Infrared Camera and Multi-Object Spectrometer, has a "false color," NASA says, in order to show "the glow of hot hydrogen in space."

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The Two-Way
3:52 pm
Fri October 7, 2011

U.S. Drone Controllers Said To Be Infected By Computer Virus

Some of the computers controlling America's fleet of drone aircraft are reportedly infected by a persistent virus. In this file photo, a senior airman remotely operates an MQ-9 Reaper during a training mission at Creech Air Force Base in Indian Springs, Nev.

Ethan Miller Getty Images

Let's say you have people using computers to control unmanned aircraft that are useful for both gathering information and destroying targets on other continents. If you had a choice, those would probably not be the computers you'd like to see infected by a virus β€” but that's what has happened to some U.S. systems that control Predator and Reaper drones, according to Wired's Danger Room blog.

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Shots - Health Blog
3:13 pm
Fri October 7, 2011

Feds Crack The Whip On California Marijuana Shops

In July, protesters rally inΓ‚ San Francisco against a Drug Enforcement Agency memo they believed would lead to prosecution of individuals in compliance with California medical marijuana laws.Γ‚

Justin Sullivan Getty Images

Cue Tom Petty because this could be California's last (legal) dance with Mary Jane.

Federal prosecutors turned up the heat on owners of medical-marijuana dispensaries in California by issuing them a 45-day deadline to shut down their shops or face criminal charges or seizure of assets. The crackdown, announced Friday in Sacramento, Calif., comes 15 years after the Golden State started allowing marijuana as a doctor-prescribed treatment for a variety of illnesses.

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Shots - Health Blog
2:44 pm
Fri October 7, 2011

Impotence Drug Approved To Treat Enlarged Prostate Symptoms

The FDA says the same pill can be used to treat BPH and erectile dysfunction.

Eli Lilly

In other men's health news today, the Food and Drug Administration approved the use of Cialis as a once-a-day treatment for symptoms caused by an enlarged prostate.

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The Two-Way
2:40 pm
Fri October 7, 2011

1985 Chicago Bears Finally Get Their Due With White House Visit

President Barack Obama shakes hands with former Chicago Bears quarterback Jim McMahon as he hosts the 1985 Chicago Bears football team at the White House. The visit was a make-up trip for the Super Bowl XX champions, whose original reception was cancelled in 1986.

Charles Dharapak AP

Originally published on Fri October 7, 2011 3:54 pm

The 1985 Chicago Bears team finished a dream season by winning the Super Bowl, 46-10, over the New England Patriots. But unlike recent championship teams, the Bears didn't make it to the White House β€” their trip was pre-empted by the Challenger shuttle disaster, which occurred on Jan. 28, 1986, two days after Super Bowl XX.

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Mitt Romney
2:09 pm
Fri October 7, 2011

Romney Calls For A Bigger, Stronger Military

Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney speaks to Citadel cadets and supporters on campus Friday in Charleston, S.C. The former Massachusetts governor, known more for his business acumen than his foreign-policy experience, sought to show he has what it takes to be commander in chief.

Mic Smith AP

There is a tradition of Republican presidential candidates laying out their foreign-policy views at The Citadel.

John McCain did it four years ago; George W. Bush did it eight years before that. On Friday, it was Mitt Romney's turn to speak at the South Carolina military academy.

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Afghanistan
2:06 pm
Fri October 7, 2011

In Afghanistan, Performance Artist Packs Up His Bling

Aman Mojedidi, who grew up in Jacksonville, Fla., moved to Afghanistan in 2003 because he thought his homeland was finally on the mend. The guerrilla artist is also known as the Jihadi Gangsta, and he has provoked controversy and laughter with his work.

Courtesy of Aman Mojedidi

Performance artist Aman Mojedidi moved from the U.S. to Afghanistan in 2003, as one of what he says were many Afghan-Americans and Afghan-Europeans who thought their homeland was finally on the mend.

"It was really part of that wave of hyphenated Afghans and internationals wanting to come to Afghanistan, post-Taliban, [to] do something, rebuild, reconstruct, that kind of thing," he says.

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World
1:37 pm
Fri October 7, 2011

Battles Against Oppressive Regimes Led To Nobel

The Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to three women on Friday. From left: President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia, Liberian "peace warrior" Leymah Gbowee and Tawakkul Karman of Yemen.

AP

Originally published on Fri October 7, 2011 3:58 pm

The three women who won the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize were lauded for their courage in standing up to the violence and brutality of oppressive regimes in Liberia and Yemen.

The five-member Nobel Committee in Norway announced Friday that it would split the coveted award three ways, honoring Africa's first democratically elected female president, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf; Liberian campaigner Leymah Gbowee; and Yemeni democracy activist Tawakkul Karman.

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Middle East
1:00 pm
Fri October 7, 2011

In Syria, Focus Moves To Armed Deserters

Protesters opposed to Syrian President Bashar Assad burn an effigy of him Friday prayer in the northern city of Tripoli, Lebanon.

Bilal Hussein AP

Russia's President Dmitry Medvedev issued a blunt message to Syria's leadership on Friday, saying it should either reform or step down.

Medvedev's statement in Moscow was significant because Russia has been one of Syria's strongest allies. And just four days earlier, Russia and China used their U.N. vetoes to block a resolution that could have led to tougher diplomatic measures against Syria.

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Remembering Steve Jobs (1955-2011)
12:51 pm
Fri October 7, 2011

After Jobs, Who Will Be Next American Visionary?

Thomas Edison transformed American industry and culture with his inventions, such as the phonograph and the motion picture camera. He also developed a long-lasting electric light bulb and founded General Electric.

Hulton Archive Getty Images

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 9:20 am

Visionary. Uncompromising. Intuitive. Risk-taking. Steve Jobs β€” the man who helped build a company and used it to transform multiple industries and popular culture β€” could have been lifted from the pages of a college textbook on how to be a successful CEO.

He was "the most incredible businessperson in the world," Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak told CBS News on Thursday, a day after Jobs' death.

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Economy
11:53 am
Fri October 7, 2011

Thought The Economy Was Tanking? Not So Fast

The construction sector added 26,000 jobs in September, reversing a drop a month earlier.

Tom Pennington Getty Images

Originally published on Sun October 9, 2011 5:06 am

A few weeks ago, dismal economic reports seemed to be pointing to one conclusion: The economy was slipping into another recession. Investors fled the stock market, pundits predicted doom and political leaders pointed fingers, trying to fix blame for a faltering economy.

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The Two-Way
11:43 am
Fri October 7, 2011

Rallies Decry Death Sentence For Confessed Assassin In Pakistan

Protesters rally in support of Mumtaz Qadri, who was sentenced to death for the murder of Gov. Salman Taseer. Qadri appealed his sentence Thursday.

Sajid Mehmood NPR

Originally published on Fri October 7, 2011 11:44 am

Crowds protested in Pakistan's major cities Friday, against the death sentence handed down last week to the self-confessed killer of Punjab province's Gov. Salman Taseer. One of the governor's bodyguards, Mumtaz Qadri, shot him in cold blood outside a cafΓ© in Islamabad in January.

Religious parties supporting Qadri rallied in solidarity one day after Qadri filed an appeal challenging the death sentence handed down by an anti-terror court.

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The Two-Way
11:13 am
Fri October 7, 2011

Berlusconi Raises Ire With Obscene Joke About His Party

Italy's Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, seen here in a file photo, has seen his approval rating hit record lows. And now he's angered many in his own party by jokingly suggesting a lewd name change.

Alberto Pizzoli AFP/Getty Images

Italian leader Silvio Berlusconi is in trouble again, after making an obscene joke at his own ruling party's expense. The quip is the latest in a series of scandals that have nettled the prime minister. And it came at the end of a week that took a deep toll on Italy's economy.

From Italy, Sylvia Poggioli filed this report for our Newscast desk:

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Barack Obama
11:06 am
Fri October 7, 2011

One Term, Or Two? Obama Faces Season Of Doubt

Obama is surrounded by former presidents in the Oval Office in 2009. Two of his predecessors β€” George W. Bush and Bill Clinton β€” won two terms, while two others β€” George H.W. Bush and Jimmy Carter β€” left office after just one.

J. Scott Applewhite AP

Originally published on Fri October 7, 2011 12:56 pm

For President Obama, this is the Season of Doubt.

There is in the American air β€” some 13 months away from the 2012 election β€” a whiff of suggestion that Obama might not be re-elected. Or re-electable.

A recent poll reveals that most Americans β€” 55 percent β€” believe Obama will be a one-term president. On hearing the results, Obama told ABC News: "I'm used to being an underdog."

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The Two-Way
10:35 am
Fri October 7, 2011

In Sirte, Assault Seeking To Quell Loyalists Meets Fierce Resistance

On a morning of fierce street fighting, a wounded man is wheeled into a field hospital outside Sirte. The city was rocked by explosions, and Libyan National Transitional Council fighters were targeted by pro-Gadhafi snipers.

Aris Messinis AFP/Getty Images

In Libya, revolutionary fighters staged a full assault on Sirte early Friday, trying to subdue the town that now serves as a bastion for fighters loyal to Moammar Gadhafi. The coastal city, Gadhafi's hometown, was attacked from nearly all sides Friday, with many exchanges involving tanks, mortars, and rockets.

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Shots - Health Blog
10:23 am
Fri October 7, 2011

Influential Panel Giving Thumbs Down To Routine Prostate Cancer Test

Chicago attorney Tom Hayward suffered a raging infection after a prostate biopsy. He had to be hospitalized, but has since recovered.

Icoi Johnson for NPR

The same group that caused a ruckus by recommending against mammograms for women in their 40s is about to tell men that a routine blood test for prostate cancer does most of them more harm than good.

The problem is that the test doesn't do enough to save lives and subjects many men to additional tests and surgery. The side effects, including impotence and incontinence, outweigh the benefits for men in good heath, according to reports about the findings of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force.

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The Salt
10:01 am
Fri October 7, 2011

How That Food You Throw Out Is Linked To Global Warming

The greenhouse gas emissions associated with food waste amount to 135 million tons a year, a company has found.

iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Sat October 8, 2011 4:44 am

It's funny how some people are embarrassed by the state of their refrigerator – perhaps because it's full of beer and condiments and nothing else.

For me, it's the guilt of seeing off-color sausage or slimy lettuce disintegrating in my refrigerator drawer. Sadly, I am just another American prone to wasting food. Collectively, we waste about 55 million tons of the stuff a year, or 40 percent of the food supply, researchers estimate.

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News
10:00 am
Fri October 7, 2011

For Obama, Good News From New Jobs Report

The economy added 103,000 jobs last month, but the unemployment rate stayed at 9.1 percent. That's according to Friday's report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Friday also marks the 10-year anniversary of the war in Afghanistan. Meanwhile, Sarah Palin and Chris Christie recently announced they'd sit out of the GOP presidential race. Michel Martin talks politics with Cynthia Tucker, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, and Mindy Finn, former advisor for Mitt Romney's 2008 presidential campaign.

World
10:00 am
Fri October 7, 2011

Women's Rights Pioneers Win Nobel Peace Prize

The 2011 Nobel Peace Prize winners were named Friday: Yemeni activist Tawakkul Karman, Liberian president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Liberian activist and author Leymah Gbowee. Michel Martin discusses the winners and meaning of the prize with Kristian Berg Harpviken, who follows the Nobel Committee's process closely and directs the Peace Research Institute in Oslo.

The Two-Way
9:20 am
Fri October 7, 2011

Ten Years Ago Today, President Bush Announced Strikes On Afghanistan

Oct. 7, 2001: President George W. Bush poses for a photo in the Treaty Room of the White House after announcing airstrikes on on Afghanistan.

Hillery Smith Garrison AP

Originally published on Fri October 7, 2011 9:25 am

At 1 p.m. ET on Oct. 7, 2001, President George W. Bush announced to the nation that "on my orders, the United States military has begun strikes against al-Qaida terrorist training camps and military installations of the Taliban regime in Afghanistan."

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The Salt
7:47 am
Fri October 7, 2011

Cantaloupe Recall Due To Listeria Expands To Pre-Cut Fruit Salads

A fast-growing segment of the fruit market, pre-cut salad, is getting caught up in the cantaloupe listeria recall

iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Sat October 8, 2011 11:02 am

The FDA just announced another recall in connection to the listeria outbreak in cantaloupes that has been blamed for at least 18 deaths and 100 illnesses since August.

This time the potential suspect is a growing segment of the grocery market β€” those pre-cut chunks of cantaloupe that get mixed in with various other fruits for ready made salads.

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The Two-Way
7:40 am
Fri October 7, 2011

Values Voter Summit Underway; GOP Contenders To Speak

The annual Values Voter Summit is happening now in Washington, and if you want to hear what most of the Republican presidential contenders are telling the conservative activists, it's all online for the watching.

Organizers are streaming the event here. It's also on C-SPAN.org.

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Shots - Health Blog
6:51 am
Fri October 7, 2011

To Keep Required Insurance Affordable, Start With Price

It may not be the sexiest piece of last year's health overhaul law, but it's one that has given small businesses and insurers a lot of heartburn. What exactly should be required when it comes to benefits?

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The Two-Way
6:15 am
Fri October 7, 2011

Coming Up: September Jobs Report

The Bureau of Labor Statistics is due to release figures on the September unemployment rate and the number of jobs on payrolls at 8:30 a.m. ET.

Economists are expecting to hear that the jobless rate stayed around 9.1 percent and that there was net job growth of only about 55,000 positions.

We'll update this post with highlights from the report shortly after its release. So check back or hit your "refresh" button to see our updates.

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The Two-Way
5:49 am
Fri October 7, 2011

Are You Among The '99 Percent?'

The scene at an Occupy Los Angeles demonstration earlier this month.

Kevork Djansezian Getty Images

Originally published on Fri October 7, 2011 1:05 pm

As the Occupy Wall Street movement continues to spread, one of its rallying cries is generating a fair amount of debate.

The protesters say they represent the "99 percent" β€” that is, everyone except the richest 1 percent of Americans or those who have been benefiting from the way things are going.

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The Two-Way
4:45 am
Fri October 7, 2011

Today's Top Stories: Nobel Peace Prize, September Jobs Report

Good morning.

We've already posted about the top story so far today:

Nobel Peace Prize Goes To Women Striving For Peace In Liberia And Yemen

And we're getting ready for what's expected to be the other major news of the morning β€” the 8:30 a.m. ET announcement from the Bureau of Labor Statistics about the September unemployment rate and how many jobs were or were not added to payrolls last month.

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The Two-Way
2:45 am
Fri October 7, 2011

Nobel Peace Prize About To Be Announced

Left to right: Nobel Peace Prize laureates President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia, Liberian "peace warrior" Leymah Gbowee and Tawakkul Karman of Yemen.

AP

Originally published on Fri October 7, 2011 9:54 am

Three women who have worked for peace and women's rights in Liberia and Yemen have been awarded the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize, it was just announced at the Norwegian Nobel Institute in Oslo.

Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Liberian peace activist Leymah Roberta Gbowee and Yemeni protest leader Tawakkul Karman are being honored.

This year's Nobels come with about $1.5 million. That amount will be divided between the three laureates.

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Middle East
1:55 am
Fri October 7, 2011

Palestinians Feel Effects Of Frozen U.S. Aid

Palestinian protesters hold anti-U.S. placards during a demonstration in the West Bank city of Ramallah on Oct. 4 following the U.S. decision to cut off aid funds to the Palestinian Authority.

Abbas Momani AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue October 18, 2011 9:45 am

The Obama administration is urging Congress to rescind a decision blocking some aid to the Palestinians.

The congressional decision to put a hold on $200 million of aid money was prompted by the Palestinian Authority's bid for statehood recognition at the United Nations β€” something both the administration and Congress oppose. The funding cut is already having an impact in the Palestinian territories.

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Middle East
10:01 pm
Thu October 6, 2011

Iran Charges Student Who Was In the U.S.

Omid Kokabee, an Iranian who was studying physics at the University of Texas, Austin, was arrested when he returned home to Iran for a family visit. He went on trial in Tehran this week on charges related to espionage.

Courtesy of The Daily Texan

An Iranian who was studying physics in Texas went on trial in Tehran this week on charges related to espionage.

Omid Kokabee, 29, a graduate student at the University of Texas, Austin, went home to Iran to visit his family back in February. When Kokabee failed to return to Austin, his friends discovered he had been jailed and charged in Iran with communicating with a hostile government and taking illegal funds.

His case is only now becoming public knowledge, just a few weeks after Iran released two young Americans accused of espionage and held for more than two years.

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Economy
10:01 pm
Thu October 6, 2011

Long-Term Unemployment's Strain On The Job Search

A job seeker makes a list of his skills during a workshop in Burlingame, Calif., targeted toward people who have been out of work for at least six months. According to the Labor Department, there are now more than 2 million people who have been jobless for at least two years.

Justin Sullivan Getty Images

Originally published on Fri October 7, 2011 10:05 am

Long-term joblessness is one of the unfortunate legacies of the recession. Earlier this year, the Labor Department started tracking longer periods of unemployment. According to that data, there are now more than 2 million people who have been jobless for at least two years, and 700,000 of those have been looking for work for at least three years.

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