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12:46 pm
Mon September 19, 2011

Pediatricians Play Beat The Clock During Checkups

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Originally published on Mon September 19, 2011 12:48 pm

Feeling rushed at the doctor's office? No wonder, if you're there with an infant or toddler.

A third of parents say the last well-child visit with the doctor lasted 10 minutes or less. About half said the checkup lasted 11 to 20 minutes. That leaves about 20 percent who say the visit took longer than 20 minutes. The findings appear in the latest issue of Pediatrics.

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Youth Radio
12:36 pm
Mon September 19, 2011

Calif. Community Takes Action Against Sex Trafficking

High-heel shoes hang from a gated window in an empty alley behind the National Lodge Motel. The Oakland city attorney has filed suit against the motel, arguing that it knowingly facilitates child sex trafficking.
Denise Tejada

In the San Antonio neighborhood in Oakland, Calif., sex trafficking has been a problem since several motels moved into the community decades ago attracting pimps.

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The Two-Way
12:30 pm
Mon September 19, 2011

In Their Words: Obama, Boehner On Taxes

Far apart: House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and President Obama in July.
Jewel Samad AFP/Getty Images

For comparison purposes, here's a look at the latest words about taxes from President Obama (D) and House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH). As NPR's Mara Liasson said earlier, "yes, we're at a stalemate."

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The Two-Way
12:18 pm
Mon September 19, 2011

Abbas: 'Matters Will Be Bad' For Palestinian Authority After Statehood Move

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas sounded a defiant note, today, while still recognizing the consequences of asking the United Nations to grant Palestinians statehood.

Abbas said he planned on presenting a formal request to the U.N. during his speech on Friday. As Reuters reports, Abbas also said "all hell has broken out" against them because of the decision.

Reuters adds:

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Afghanistan
12:12 pm
Mon September 19, 2011

Afghan Parliament Still Stymied By Election Dispute

Protesters in Kabul, Afghanistan, demonstrate against the results of last September's parliamentary poll, Jan. 23, 2011. A year after the elections were held, Afghan President Hamid Karzai and lawmakers are still fighting over the results, and the Parliament has accomplished very little.
Musadeq Sadeq AP

Last weekend marked a milestone for Afghanistan's Parliament that should have been cause for celebration: It's been a year since Afghans braved the threat of insurgent violence to go to the polls to pick a new legislature.

But a dispute over election results has smoldered between President Hamid Karzai and lawmakers ever since. And the resulting gridlock has prevented the new parliament from passing a single notable law, confirming any of the president's ministers, or giving any oversight to the president or his cabinet.

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The Two-Way
11:05 am
Mon September 19, 2011

Welcome To The List: Italian Sparrow Is A Species, Researchers Say

An Italian sparrow.
L. B. Tettenborn

Bird watchers, and other nature lovers, take note:

"Scientists in Norway say they have conclusive genetic evidence that sparrows recently evolved a third species," the BBC reports. "The Italian sparrow, they argue, is a cross between the ubiquitous house sparrow and the Spanish sparrow."

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The Two-Way
10:59 am
Mon September 19, 2011

UBS Ups Estimate On Rogue Trader Loss

UBS equities trader Kweku Adoboli (L) is led into a prison van as he leaves City of London Magistrates Court in central London on Friday.
Adrian Dennis AFP/Getty Images

The Swiss bank UBS announced last night that a rogue trader lost more money than it originally announced. UBS said the total loss is $2.3 billion. In a statement, the bank also gave some detail about the alleged actions of Kwaku Adoboli, who was arrested and charged in London on Friday.

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It's All Politics
10:50 am
Mon September 19, 2011

Obama Signals GOP 2012 Election To Be Referendum On Rich's Taxes

President Obama gives a White House Rose Garden speech on his deficit reduction plan. Sept. 19, 2011.
Susan Walsh AP

Originally published on Tue September 20, 2011 11:45 am

President Obama's re-election may all come down to whether voters mainly view the 2012 race seen as a referendum on his presidency or a choice between competing Democratic and Republican prescriptions for how to best address the nation's economic and fiscal challenges.

If it's a referendum, it could well be curtains for his hopes of a second term because the economy is clearly making too many voters unhappy and scared.

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Economy
10:00 am
Mon September 19, 2011

President Obama's Blueprint For Slashing Deficit

On Monday, the president released a plan on how to pay for his $447 billion jobs bill and reduce the nation's deficit. The plan aims to slash $3 trillion from the debt over the next decade, which involves Medicare and Social Security cuts and tax increases for the wealthy. Host Michel Martin speaks with NPR's Senior Washington Editor Ron Elving about the plan.

Economy
10:00 am
Mon September 19, 2011

White House Senior Advisor Talks Debt

Valerie Jarrett discusses the viability of President Obama's new debt plan, including cuts to entitlement spending and proposed tax increases to Americans who make more than $1 million. She speaks with host Michel Martin.

The Two-Way
9:20 am
Mon September 19, 2011

Obama: I'll Veto A 'One-Sided Deal,' It's Time 'To Do What's Right'

President Obama at the White House, talking about his deficit-reduction plan.
Chip Somodevilla Getty Images

Saying that "Washington has to live within its means" and that lawmakers must "cut what we can't afford to pay for what really matters," President Obama just introduced what he says is a plan to cut an additional $3 trillion from budget deficits over the next decade.

And he vowed to veto any legislation that puts all the burden of deficit reduction on those who rely on Medicare and other social programs. "It will not happen on my watch," declared Obama, in making the case that the wealthy and corporations must also be asked to pay more in taxes.

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Politics
8:22 am
Mon September 19, 2011

Details Of Obama's Debt Plan

President Obama recently announced his plan to bring down the federal deficit. For the details, David Greene talks with NPR's Mara Liasson.

The Two-Way
8:00 am
Mon September 19, 2011

Some Spectators Think Reno Pilot Was Trying To Steer Clear Of Fans

(Note at 12:10 p.m. ET: A 10th person has died, according to officials in Washoe County, Nev. We've updated the post to reflect that news.)

As investigators search for clues into the cause of Friday's deadly accident at a Reno air race, in which 10 people were killed and dozens more injured when a plane crashed into a V.I.P. tent, there are reports that some who were there think 74-year-old pilot Jimmy Leeward did his best to prevent an even worse tragedy.

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The Two-Way
7:10 am
Mon September 19, 2011

Netflix Is Splitting: DVD Service To Be Called Qwikster

The red Netflix envelope is due to be replaced by Qwikster.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

Saying that "I messed up," Netflix CEO Reed Hastings announced late Sunday evening that after many complaints from its customers about a 60 percent increase in its fees, the company is splitting its services.

Soon, if you just want DVDs-by-mail, you'll be dealing with Qwikster (Hastings says the name "refers to quick delivery).

If you want to stream movies and other content, the company you'll be using will still be called Netflix.

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The Two-Way
6:42 am
Mon September 19, 2011

Investigation Continues Into Reno Air Crash; Iran Still Holds 2 Americans

Good morning.

President Obama this morning lays out what his aides say is a plan to reduce projected budget deficits by about $4 trillion over the decade. Earlier, we posted about "Five Things To Know About Obama's Deficit Plan."

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Monkey See
6:33 am
Mon September 19, 2011

Netflix Won't Send You DVDs Anymore; Now They'll Come From 'Qwikster'

Say goodbye to the red Netflix envelope, which the company is phasing out in favor of a new DVD delivery service called "Qwikster."
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

Originally published on Mon September 19, 2011 11:37 am

Netflix has figured out that people are very upset about its decision to split streaming video and DVD delivery — a decision that got it in huge hot water earlier this year. Customers who had previously gotten both streaming and DVDs for a single price would now have to pay separately. If you only use one or the other, you could pay less, but if you still wanted both, you'd pay more.

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The Two-Way
6:10 am
Mon September 19, 2011

Strauss-Kahn: No Apology; Concedes 'Grave Moral Mistake'

Dominique Strauss-Kahn in the studio of the French TV network TF1.
Francois Guillot AFP/Getty Images

While saying there was no violence involved in the May incident at a New York City hotel that led to his arrest on a sexual assault charge, former International Monetary Fund managing director Dominique Strauss-Kahn has admitted making a "grave moral mistake" during what he says was a consensual encounter with a maid.

"I regret it infinitely," he said.

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Monkey See
6:08 am
Mon September 19, 2011

The Emmys: Satisfying Winners Elevate A Sloppy Show

Melissa McCarthy accepts the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series award onstage with Amy Poehler, Tina Fey, Martha Plimpton, Edie Falco, and presenters Rob Lowe and Sofia Vergara.
Kevin Winter Getty Images

Originally published on Mon September 19, 2011 6:51 am

Watching Sunday night's Emmy Awards was a little bit like going to the very bad wedding of people you really love: the happiness you feel for the people involved almost makes up for how otherwise unremarkable the experience is.

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The Two-Way
5:35 am
Mon September 19, 2011

Five Things To Know About Obama's Deficit Plan

President Obama last week.
Jim Watson AFP/Getty Images

President Obama this morning outlines a deficit-reduction plan that his economists say would reduce anticipated federal budget deficits by about $4 trillion over the next decade.

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Middle East
2:47 am
Mon September 19, 2011

Obama Pressured At Home To Do More For Israel

Originally published on Mon September 26, 2011 11:35 am

Israel's most vocal supporters in the U.S. have long complained that the United Nations is a bastion of anti-Israeli sentiment, and this year's General Assembly debate could be worse than ever.

Palestinians are seeking U.N. membership as a state even though there's no peace deal with Israel. Israel is also under diplomatic pressure from regional powers Turkey and Egypt.

Gabriela Shalev was Israel's ambassador to the United Nations until last year, and as world leaders start gathering for this high-level General Assembly debate, she's sounding quite nervous.

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Europe
2:00 am
Mon September 19, 2011

Greece Scrambles To Show It Can Cut Budget Deficit

A woman walks past an advertisement of the national lottery in Athens. Public outrage over austerity measures is intense, and a new levy on real estate has been dubbed the "monster tax."
Louisa Gouliamaki AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue August 7, 2012 1:43 pm

It's a critical period for Greece: It has to convince international lenders that it can slash its budget deficit before getting a vital $11 billion installment of last year's $150 billion bailout deal.

Prime Minister George Papandreou canceled a trip to the U.S. to hold an emergency Cabinet meeting Sunday on finding more cuts to plug this year's budget shortfall. Greece has blamed the shortfall on a deeper-than-expected recession — the unintended effect of a year and a half of draconian austerity measures.

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Your Health
10:01 pm
Sun September 18, 2011

HPV Vaccine: The Science Behind The Controversy

Experts disagree about whether girls as young as 11 should get the HPV vaccine.
Mike Kemp iStockphoto.com

The first vaccine against human papillomavirus, or HPV, which causes cervical cancer, came out five years ago. But now it's become a hot political topic, thanks to a Republican presidential debate in which candidate Michelle Bachmann inveighed against "innocent little 12-year-old girls" being "forced to have a government injection."

Behind the political fireworks is a quieter backlash against a public health strategy that's won powerful advocates in the medical and public health community.

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The Evolution Of A Startup
10:01 pm
Sun September 18, 2011

The Ups And Downs Of A Tech Startup Rollercoaster

Craig Guenther-Lee (from left), Chad Reed and Naresh Dhiman co-founded Bluebox Now, a startup that links business' data about customers with information they posted online.
Wendy Kaufman NPR

Bluebox Now is an aspiring, young startup that aims to revolutionize how companies market to their customers. Like entrepreneurs everywhere, the trio who founded the firm dream of making it big.

Now, they're trying to perfect their product, garner customers, bring in revenue and — they hope — profits.

Earlier this year, the founders of Bluebox Now, all in their 30s and 40s, were faced with a choice. The company they were working for was bought out, and they had to decide what to do next.

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Around the Nation
10:01 pm
Sun September 18, 2011

Man's Call To America: Turn Off That Air Conditioner

Stan Cox has air conditioning in his Kansas house — but he only runs the unit about once a year, he says.
Bryan Thompson Kansas Public Radio

Originally published on Wed September 21, 2011 10:01 pm

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, this summer has been the second-hottest ever recorded in the United States, helping to push power demand in homes to record levels. As some worry that the growing use of fossil fuels to produce electricity for cooling is unsustainable, one man is urging Americans to live without air conditioning.

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Law
10:01 pm
Sun September 18, 2011

Could Texas' Redistricting Leave Latinos Behind?

The Texas State Capitol is seen late Jan. 18, in Austin.
Eric Gay AP

Originally published on Mon September 19, 2011 3:25 am

Political experts are keeping a close eye on Texas because it will pick up four new seats in the U.S. House of Representatives next year, thanks to a soaring Latino population. But civil rights groups and the U.S. Justice Department are signaling they may have some concerns about the redistricting process in Texas and whether it could put Latino voters at a disadvantage.

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Europe
10:01 pm
Sun September 18, 2011

Europe's Dilemma: More Integration Or Less?

European governments seem to be having a hard time deciding whether to come together or drift apart at a time of economic uncertainty.

Years from now, historians will no doubt say this was a crisis waiting to happen. The people who came up with the idea of a eurozone stopped halfway. The participating countries would use a common currency, but they wouldn't have common tax and spending policies — a monetary union but not a fiscal union.

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Shots - Health Blog
9:00 pm
Sun September 18, 2011

Teens And Tweens Find They Too Need Vaccines To Attend School

Trevor Reese, 13, gets his diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis booster shot from pediatric nurse practitioner Jenny Lu in Tustin, Calif., in August.
Jae C. Hong AP

Parents used to think that once their kids were out of elementary school, they were done with vaccines. But the rules are changing.

In California, middle schoolers and high schoolers now have to prove that they're immunized against pertussis, or whooping cough, in order to attend school. It's one of dozens of states that have recently passed laws requiring vaccines for teens and tweens.

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Middle East
2:15 pm
Sun September 18, 2011

American Presidents On Palestine

In 1948, President Truman endorsed the creation of an Israeli state. Nearly three decades later, before finalizing the Camp David accords, Jimmy Carter became the first U.S. president to call for the creation of a Palestinian "homeland." Presidents have put their own spins on that effort ever since. Here's a sampling:

March 16, 1977 — Carter, at a town hall meeting in Massachusetts, said that after Palestinians recognize Israel's right to exist, "There has to be a homeland provided for the Palestinian refugees who have suffered for many, many years."

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Television
1:34 pm
Sun September 18, 2011

'Mad Men's' Blankenship: Dying To Go To The Emmys

Actress Randee Heller (right) toasts Miss Ida Blankenship, the character that earned her an Emmy nomination for Mad Men.
Bobby Quillard

AMC's Mad Men is one of the big favorites at Sunday night's Emmy Awards — and this past season's most memorable character may have been Don Draper's new secretary, Miss Ida Blankenship.

Played by Randee Heller, Miss Blankenship was a departure from the attractive, attentive young girls that usually wait on Draper. She stole every scene she was in, even in death. Her passing was both shocking and comical and became one of the most talked-about moments of the TV season.

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Middle East
12:33 pm
Sun September 18, 2011

Jimmy Carter: 'No Downside' To Palestinian Statehood

A Palestinian flag is raised in front of European Union headquarters in Brussels on Monday, September 12th. The Palestinians are expected to seek statehood at the United Nations next week.
John Thys AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sun September 18, 2011 2:21 pm

Former President Jimmy Carter urges the United States to not veto the Security Council vote for Palestinian statehood anticipated to take place next week.

"If I were president, I'd be very glad to see the Palestinians have a nation recognized by the United Nations," Carter tells Guy Raz, host of weekends on All Things Considered. "There's no downside to it."

Carter admits that for President Obama, failure to veto "would have some adverse effects perhaps on his political future."

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