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Closing Walter Reed
1:12 pm
Fri September 2, 2011

'Change Is Hard': Army, Navy Hospitals Merge

Supporters from the D.C chapter of Free Republic send off the final patients from Walter Reed Army Medical Center on Saturday.
Maggie Starbard NPR

There's a lot of good sense behind closing two famous and nearby military hospitals and merging them into the new Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. But just looking at the name reveals both what's good about this merger and what makes it so tricky.

Walter Reed was a famous Army doctor, and for more than a century his name was on the Army's iconic hospital in Washington, D.C. Now that hospital is shutting its doors, and Reed's name will go onto the new hospital built on the Navy's flagship medical campus in Bethesda, Md., 6 miles away.

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Television
1:09 pm
Fri September 2, 2011

End Of An Era: A Telethon Without Jerry Lewis

Jerry Lewis, shown here in July, was dropped from the MDA Labor Day Telethon for reasons that are still unclear.
Frederick M. Brown Getty Images

For decades, Labor Day weekend has meant the Jerry Lewis telethon for muscular dystrophy. But this year, for the first time in 46 years, Jerry Lewis won't be on the show. The 85-year-old comedian has been dropped from the program for reasons that are still unclear.

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Sports
1:03 pm
Fri September 2, 2011

After Scandal, Ohio State To Hit Football Field

Ohio State's new head coach, Luke Fickell, says he wants the Buckeyes' performance to define the team.
Terry Gilliam AP

Originally published on Sat September 3, 2011 8:17 am

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Middle East
1:00 pm
Fri September 2, 2011

U.N. Review Of Israeli Flotilla Raid Reopens Wounds

The U.N.'s review of an Israeli commando raid on a Turkish flotilla last year was intended to help resolve the matter, but its release Friday only seemed to reopen the wound.

While Israel was pleased that the panel found its blockade of Gaza legitimate, Turkey has expelled Israel's ambassador and downgraded relations.

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The Two-Way
12:30 pm
Fri September 2, 2011

Nigeria: More Than 40 Killed In Religious Clashes

At least 42 people have died in the city Jos in Nigeria after clashes between Christians and Muslims. Bloomberg reports:

Twenty Christians were killed by gunshots and machetes, according to Abraham Hassan, a spokesman of the Christian Association of Nigeria, while the corpses of 22 Muslims are in the city's central mosque, Sabo Shuaib, spokesman for the Jama'tul Nasril Islam group, said today by phone.

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It's All Politics
12:25 pm
Fri September 2, 2011

Cheney: I'd Still Like To Know Why Palin Quit As Governor

Sarah Palin in Fairbanks on July 26, 2009, the day she delivered her farewell speech as Alaska governor.
Eric Engman Getty Images

"I've never gotten around the question of her having left the governorship of Alaska in mid-term," former Vice President Dick Cheney said today when asked about fellow Republican Sarah Palin and her suitability for national office.

"I've never heard that adequately explained. ... I'd like to know more about that," Cheney added.

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Reflecting On Sept. 11, 2001
12:22 pm
Fri September 2, 2011

Russian Ambassador To U.S.: Don't Flee Afghanistan

Andrei Avetisyan, Russia's ambassador to Afghanistan, first came to Kabul during the Soviet War.
Nishant Dahiya NPR

When the Soviet military occupied Afghanistan in the 1980s, Andrey Avetisyan served as a young diplomat in Kabul who witnessed a war that ultimately ended with a humiliating Soviet withdrawal.

Today, he is back in Kabul, this time as the Russian ambassador. And his advice to the United States is not to pull out of Afghanistan precipitously.

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The Two-Way
11:34 am
Fri September 2, 2011

Netflix Loses Contract With Starz; Stock Drops 9 Percent

Just as it had raised prices on its internet streaming customers, Netflix has lost a contract with one of its big content providers. The AP reports that Starz Entertainment, better known as a premium cable channel, announced it was walking away from a contract with Netflix that allowed it to stream Starz TV shows and movies over the internet.

The AP adds:

That means Starz content will be removed from Netflix's streaming service starting in March. Starz' library includes movies from Walt Disney Co.'s assorted studios and, until recently, Sony Corp.

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Business
11:25 am
Fri September 2, 2011

Why Stores Sell Halloween Stuff Before Labor Day

If you walk into the Safeway near Washington, D.C.'s Chinatown, you'll see a small display of Halloween decorations: witches hats, haunted houses, jack-o-lanterns — the works. That might not seem so strange if it were October or even late September. But it hasn't even hit Labor Day yet.

Safeway isn't the only retailer getting a jump on the holiday. Across the city, shoppers will find Halloween merchandise in Walgreens, Claire's Accessories, Target and Macy's.

The National Retail Federation doesn't have hard numbers on this trend, but the group does have anecdotal data.

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Shots - Health Blog
11:24 am
Fri September 2, 2011

Death Rate Surprisingly Low In Workers Exposed To Sept. 11 Dust

A fireman walks amongst the rubble and the smoldering wreckage of the World Trade Center in New York, Oct. 11, 2001.
Gary Friedman AFP/Getty Images

Rescue and recovery workers who toiled in the dust, smoke and fumes that engulfed Lower Manhattan after Sept. 11 were less likely to have died since the terrorist attacks of 2001 than colleagues who weren't exposed, according to new research. That also holds true for people who were exposed because they lived or worked in the area.

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It's All Politics
11:16 am
Fri September 2, 2011

Spin Machine Slips A Gear On Latest Jobs Report

The latest dismal employment report has thrown a monkey wrench in the White House spin machine ahead of President Obama's big jobs plan next week.

No net jobs were created in August, and the administration has acknowledged that the nation's unemployment rate — which stayed flat at 9.1 percent in Friday's Labor Department report — isn't likely to budge much before next year's presidential election.

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The Two-Way
11:05 am
Fri September 2, 2011

Gulf Coast Soaking Starts, Other States Still Recovering From Irene

A tropical storm that's expected to drench parts of Louisiana with as much as 20 inches of rain this weekend and could cause flooding along the Gulf coast has begun to soak southern Louisiana. Local authorities are beginning to declare states of emergency, as The Times-Picayune reports.

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The Two-Way
10:30 am
Fri September 2, 2011

Italy's Berlusconi: '... I'm Getting Out... Leaving This [Expletive] Country'

Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.
Jacopo Raule Getty Images

Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi just can't seem to get up from under controversy. Over the past few years, he's been marred by charges that he paid an underage prostitute and has also faced three other corruption trials.

The latest scandal comes in the form of a phone call recorded by police investigating claims that Berlusconi was being blackmailed about his sex life.

In the tape, Berlusconi talks to one of his alleged extortionists and vows to leave Italy, which he then describes using a scatological term.

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Economy
10:00 am
Fri September 2, 2011

Secretary Of Labor: On Getting Americans Back To Work

August job numbers are showing a stagnant 9.1 percent unemployment rate. Concern is growing over whether the government could do more to boost job growth. Host Michel Martin speaks with U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis about the administration's efforts to create new jobs and what can be expected from President Obama's jobs plan next week

Shots - Health Blog
10:00 am
Fri September 2, 2011

FDA Chides Pfizer For Omitting Drug Risks On Lipitor Website

iStockphoto.com

Somebody who didn't like the way Pfizer was promoting a bunch of its drugs on a website for cholesterol-fighter Lipitor tipped off the Food and Drug Administration about it. And the agency agreed.

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The Two-Way
9:15 am
Fri September 2, 2011

Obama Withdraws Proposed Regulation On Smog

Saying that "reducing regulatory burdens and regulatory uncertainty, particularly as our economy continues to recover" prompted his administration to rethink, President Obama just announced that he's withdrawing proposed regulations that would have tightened government smog standards in a bid to protect the ozone.

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The Two-Way
8:50 am
Fri September 2, 2011

Shark Or Surfer? Photo Taken Near San Diego Gets Attention

KFMB-TV

Along the Pacific coast near San Diego in recent days, lots of nature lovers have been gathering to watch for sharks — including great whites. Several sightings have experts saying that great white population in the waters off southern California may be on the rise, the Los Angeles Times says.

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The Two-Way
8:05 am
Fri September 2, 2011

GOP's Gun Raffle In Giffords' District Sparks Hot Debate

A Glock .40-caliber handgun.
Karen Bleier AFP/Getty Images

The Pima County (Arizona) Republican Party's decision to raffle off a Glock 23 .40-caliber handgun has generated some sharp criticism because not only is Pima County part of Democratic Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' district, but also because the gun used in January to kill six people and wound 13 others, including Giffords, was a Glock.

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Around the Nation
6:55 am
Fri September 2, 2011

Gulf Coast Braces For Major Drenching

A satellite image from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration showed the tropical low pressure system in the Gulf of Mexico on Thursday.
AP

Originally published on Fri September 2, 2011 4:00 pm

A slow-moving depression strengthened into a tropical storm as it slogged toward the Gulf Coast on Friday, packing walloping rains that could drench the region with up to 20 inches.

Tropical Storm Lee, the 12th named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season, was moving northwest at just 2 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center in Miami. The storm's center is expected to approach the Louisiana coast over the weekend.

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The Two-Way
6:32 am
Fri September 2, 2011

Job Growth Halts; Unemployment Rate Stays At 9.1 Percent

The economy officially slipped into recession in December 2007 and officially came out in mid-2009. Here's a look at the number of jobs from January 2007 through August of this year.
Bureau of Labor Statistics

Originally published on Fri September 2, 2011 8:18 am

There was no net growth in jobs in August and the nation's unemployment rate stayed at 9.1 percent, the Bureau of Labor Statistics just reported.

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The Two-Way
6:00 am
Fri September 2, 2011

Top Stories: Feds To Sue Banks; Gulf Coast To Get Drenched

In Graford, Texas, on Thursday: Longhorn cattle stood by as a wildfire burned in the distance.
Tom Pennington Getty Images

Good morning.

The most anticipated story of the day, which we reported about earlier, is the 8:30 a.m. ET release of the August employment report.

We've also already posted about a strong earthquake that was detected in the last hour off the Aleutian Islands.

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The Two-Way
5:20 am
Fri September 2, 2011

7.1 Magnitude Earthquake Felt Off Alaska; Local Tsunami Warning Issued

Where the quake occurred.
West Coast and Alaska Tsunami Warning Center

This just happened:

A strong earthquake (preliminary magnitude of 7.1 later revised to 6.8) has been detected in a remote area of the Aleutian Islands off Alaska, about 1,000 miles west southwest of Anchorage, the U.S. Geological Survey reports.

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The Two-Way
5:00 am
Fri September 2, 2011

Stocks Down In Anticipation Of Weak Jobs News

Originally published on Fri September 2, 2011 5:05 am

The August employment report, due for release at 8:30 a.m. ET, is expected to show that the jobless rate stayed at 9.1 percent, or ticked higher, and that fewer jobs were added to payrolls than in July, both Reuters and Bloomberg News are reporting.

Each news service is basing their forecasts on surveys of economist.

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Economy
10:01 pm
Thu September 1, 2011

Democrats Urge Obama To 'Go Big' With Jobs Package

When a president asks for a prime-time slot to address a joint session of Congress, he is signaling to the country that he has something very important to say. Next Thursday President Obama will once again try to make a hard political pivot to the issue of jobs.

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StoryCorps
10:01 pm
Thu September 1, 2011

A Father Reflects On Strength And Meeting His Match

Robert Stover, 83, with his daughter, Valerie Anderson, 56, in Howard, Pa.
StoryCorps

Robert Stover grew up in the late 1930s, and as he remembers, he never really had a hometown.

"My father was a salesman with the Hoover Vacuum Cleaner Company. He could move into a city and sell out its potential fairly rapidly. So I lived all over," Stover tells his daughter, Valerie Anderson.

Making friends wasn't easy.

"When I would get to a new town, everybody had to see who could whip the new boy," Robert says. "I was willing to stipulate that they all could — including the females. But it had to be proven."

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Around the Nation
10:01 pm
Thu September 1, 2011

Georgia Jobs Program, Lauded By Obama, Has Critics

During his three-day bus tour, President Obama discussed job creation. At one town hall, he mentioned a training program in Georgia that allows companies to train prospective employees temporarily while they still receive an unemployment check.
Joe Raedle Getty Images

President Obama is scheduled next week to announce a new federal jobs plan that could include some kind of worker training program. Among those programs the president is considering is one in Georgia, which has had mixed reviews.

At a recent town hall meeting in Illinois, Obama answered questions about the sagging economy, and mentioned Georgia Works, a job-training program that allows a company to try out a prospective employee for eight weeks while the worker still receives an unemployment check. He called it a smart program.

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Economy
10:01 pm
Thu September 1, 2011

In Jobless Data, Devil May Be In Details

The Labor Department releases its reports on August unemployment on Friday. What economists are expecting is by now a familiar story: That August did not generate enough job growth to move the needle on the jobless rate. But the most intractable part of the jobless problem might be the one that doesn't show up in the numbers.

The unemployment rate is expected to tick up slightly to 9.2 percent. Two years ago, the unemployment rate was 9.5 percent.

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Business
10:01 pm
Thu September 1, 2011

Surprising Areas See Growth In Green Jobs

When you think about Green Energy and its jobs, Albany, N.Y., probably wouldn't be the first city that pops into your head. But according to a report, the upstate New York region has the highest concentration of green jobs in the country. Another surprising area in the top 10: Cleveland and northeast Ohio.

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Latin America
10:01 pm
Thu September 1, 2011

In Cuba, Women Often Prefer Thumbing A Ride

Cuba's capital, Havana, has good public safety and terrible public transportation. That has led to a curious form of travel, especially for young women in the city: urban hitchhiking.

At major intersections, women climb in and out of strangers' cars, commuting to work or running errands in a way that would be almost unthinkable in any other Latin American capital.

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Reflecting On Sept. 11, 2001
10:01 pm
Thu September 1, 2011

In Afghanistan, Reviewing A Decade Of Promises

U.S. Marines patrol with Afghan forces through a harvested poppy field in Northern Marjah in southern Afghanistan's Helmand province. Ten years after the fall of the Taliban, progress on U.S. pledges to help Afghanistan is mixed.
David Gilkey NPR/Redux

People living in Afghanistan 10 years ago had little electricity, few radios and almost no televisions to alert them of the Sept. 11 attacks in New York and Washington. The news didn't really reach across the country until the American bombing campaign and invasion began a month later. The fall of the Taliban regime at the end of 2001 and the flood of international aid raised hope in Afghanistan.

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