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12:01 am
Tue November 8, 2011

For Copernicus, A 'Perfect Heaven' Put Sun At Center

Nicolaus Copernicus made the astounding claim that Earth revolves around the sun, not the other way around. He's seen here circa 1515.
Hulton Archive Getty Images

It doesn't happen often, but there are times when a single book turns the world on its head. Isaac Newton's Principia unraveled the mystery of gravity. Charles Darwin's On the Origin of Species explained how evolution worked.

But before either of these, there was On the Revolutions of the Heavenly Spheres by Nicolaus Copernicus. It was published in 1543. In it, Copernicus made the astounding claim that Earth revolves around the sun, not the other way around.

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Law
12:01 am
Tue November 8, 2011

Do Police Need Warrants For GPS Tracking Devices?

The Supreme Court considers whether GPS monitoring devices like this one may be affixed to suspects' cars without a warrant from a judge.
Yasir Afifi AP

Originally published on Tue November 8, 2011 11:52 am

The U.S. Supreme Court, an institution steeped in tradition, steps into the turbulent world of new technology Tuesday. At issue before the court is whether police must get a warrant from a judge before they can attach a GPS tracking device to a car so they can monitor a suspect's every movement for an indefinite period of time.

The case could have enormous implications for privacy rights in the information age.

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Sports
12:01 am
Tue November 8, 2011

Some Local Businesses Hurting Without NBA Assist

Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant (left) and Miami Heat forward LeBron James warm up before an NBA charity basketball invitational game in Oklahoma City on Oct. 23. The NBA had a series of exhibition games to keep players in the spotlight during the lockout. The lockout is hurting local businesses and arena employees in Oklahoma City.
Sue Ogrocki AP

Originally published on Tue November 8, 2011 9:22 am

From Los Angeles to New York City and Miami to Dallas, professional basketball fans face November without the NBA. The league keeps canceling games because of the ongoing lockout as players and owners squabble over future contracts.

Most NBA cities have other professional sports to turn to with hoops on hiatus. But some markets, like downtown Oklahoma City, only have one game in town.

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Europe
12:01 am
Tue November 8, 2011

In Spain, Low Wages Become Increasingly Common

David Horcajada fishes a beer can out of his backpack at a Madrid square.

"Five years ago, believe me, there were really few people drinking on the streets," he says. "Right now, everybody is drinking on the street because people cannot afford to pay for drinks at bars. So since we're Spanish and we do drink, we party a lot, so it doesn't matter if we don't have money. We'll keep doing it."

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The Two-Way
6:00 pm
Mon November 7, 2011

Syrian Government Steps Up Assaults Against Protesters

A frame grab from a video posted on YouTube on November 4, shows two young boys sitting next to the body of a dead man identified as Yahya Hamad from Baba Amer neighborhood in Homs, where a rights watchdog has said that several victims were killed by Syrian security forces despite a Damascus pledge to withdraw forces from protest hubs.
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More than 100 protesters have been killed in the past five days in clashes with government forces, Syrian activists said. Despite a ceasefire agreement with Arab League and despite protests from international governments, Bashar Asad's regime has continued its relentless assault against the opposition.

The New York Times reports on Homs, the country's third-largest city and the center of the uprising:

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The Salt
5:31 pm
Mon November 7, 2011

Organic Isn't Always Safer When It Comes To Botulism

Gourmet and organic, yes. But also a source of deadly botulism.
Food and Drug Administration

Organic Italian olives are the unlikely suspects in a new botulism outbreak, which has sickened two people in Europe. The Food and Drug Administration has urged people not to eat Bio Gaudiano organic olives stuffed with almonds, and the United States distributor has recalled the product.

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U.S.
5:15 pm
Mon November 7, 2011

New Measure Shows Higher Poverty Rate In U.S.

Joseph Byrd, unemployed and living on disability, prepares to pick up groceries at the Bed-Stuy Campaign Against Hunger food pantry in Brooklyn, N.Y., in 2010. The new experimental poverty measure takes into account cost of living associated with geographic differences.
Bebeto Matthews AP

Originally published on Mon November 7, 2011 8:04 pm

The government released a new experimental poverty measure Monday that found that the poverty rate was 16 percent last year — slightly higher than previously thought.

The new measure won't replace the official one, but it is an effort to get a more accurate picture of who is and isn't poor.

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The Salt
3:53 pm
Mon November 7, 2011

When Taking The Pollen Out Of Honey Makes A Sticky Mess

A report says that pollen is often filtered out of honey sold in the U.S., which could make it hard to determine if the honey came from a safe place.
Ellen Webber/NPR

Allegedly, there's a tsunami washing up on American shores. It originates in Chinese beehives and the American beekeepers who've spotted it are hopping mad.

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Book Reviews
3:52 pm
Mon November 7, 2011

Life Without Plot In 'Leaving The Atocha Station'

Ben Lerner's debut novel, Leaving the Atocha Station is one of the most compelling books about nothing I've ever read.

Ordinarily, I'm not a fan of this kind of spinning-one's-wheels-in-the-sand fiction. Austen and Dickens and Hammett got to me early and spoiled me: I like plot. But Lerner's offbeat little novel manages to convey what everyday life feels like before we impose the structure of plot on our experience.

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The Two-Way
3:47 pm
Mon November 7, 2011

President Clinton: 'There's Very Little Talk About What Actually Works'

Former President Clinton and President Obama at the White House; December 10, 2010.
Jim Watson AFP/Getty Images

As he listens to the current debate in Washington over the budget deficit, taxes and economic policy, former President Bill Clinton says the discussion lacks a lot.

"It's all about 'is the government good or bad or taxes always good or bad?' " he told Morning Edition co-host Steve Inskeep during an conversation that's scheduled to air Tuesday. "There's very little talk about what actually works."

That's why Clinton has a new book — Back to Work — with this subtitle: Why We Need Smart Government for a Strong Economy.

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Around the Nation
3:43 pm
Mon November 7, 2011

'Occupy' Presents Big Problems For Big-City Mayors

Amy Barnes protests as police move in to clear a downtown street during an Occupy Atlanta demonstration the first weekend in November.
David Goldman AP

Originally published on Mon November 7, 2011 8:06 pm

The nationwide Occupy movement might be targeting Wall Street, but it's arguably municipal governments that have felt the biggest impact so far.

Protesters have staged weeks-long sit-ins at public spaces in cities from New York to Atlanta to Pittsburgh to Oakland, Calif. Although the demonstrations have been largely peaceful, hundreds of protesters have been arrested and there have been a handful of violent clashes with law enforcement.

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The Two-Way
3:41 pm
Mon November 7, 2011

Verdict Expected In Trial Of Michael Jackson's Doctor Conrad Murray

Dr. Conrad Murray watches the testimony of paramedic Richard Senneff, during Murray's involuntary manslaughter trial at the Los Angeles Superior Court on Sept. 30 in Los Angeles.
Pool Getty Images

Update at 4:16 p.m. ET: A California jury has found Dr. Conrad Murray guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the 2009 death of pop icon Michael Jackson.

As the clerk read the verdict, Murray looked on with a blank stare. When the clerk said guilty, an emotional shriek was heard in the courtroom.

As the judge read the jury more instructions, the Houston cardiologist sat next to his counsel without any visible emotion. Television images showed that Jackson fans outside the court house rejoiced.

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Law
3:23 pm
Mon November 7, 2011

Can Passports List 'Jerusalem, Israel' As Birthplace?

The United States Supreme Court heard arguments on Monday in a case that combines the Middle East conflict with the dueling foreign policy roles of Congress and the president. Specifically, the question was whether Congress can force the executive branch to list Israel as the birthplace for United States citizens born in Jerusalem.

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The Two-Way
3:18 pm
Mon November 7, 2011

Barnes & Noble Introduces Nook Tablet

The Nook Tablet has a 7-inch color touchscreen and follows the introduction of Amazon.com's $199 Kindle Fire tablet.
barnesandnoble.com

Barnes & Noble announced today that it, too, was entering the tablet market. Its Nook Tablet aims to compete with Amazon's Kindle Fire and Apple's iPad.

The Wall Street Journal reports:

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Shots - Health Blog
2:55 pm
Mon November 7, 2011

Poor Economy May Be Coloring Views Of Nation's Health

Americans' glum mood about the economy appears to be coloring their views of health.
iStockphoto.com

Public skepticism about health isn't confined to doubts about last year's health care law.

Despite evidence to the contrary, most Americans also think the overall health of the public isn't improving, according to a new poll commissioned by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

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The Two-Way
2:17 pm
Mon November 7, 2011

Amid Reports Of Irregularities, Nicaragua's Ortega Poised For A Landslide

Supporters of Nicaraguan President and presidential candidate Daniel Ortega celebrate following the presidential election in Managua on Nov. 6.
Elmer Martinez AFP/Getty Images

After elections yesterday, Nicaragua's President Daniel Ortega looks set on serving a third term. La Prensa, one of the country's largest daily newspaper, reports with almost 39 percent of the precincts reporting, Ortega leads with close to 64 percent of the vote.

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The Two-Way
2:12 pm
Mon November 7, 2011

New Cain Accuser Steps Forward With Detailed Allegation

Sharon Bialek during her appearance before reporters today in New York City.
Spencer Platt Getty Images

A Chicago woman just told reporters that in a 1997 encounter with 2012 Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain in Washington, D.C., he reached under her skirt and tried to pull her head toward his crotch.

A Cain spokesman calls the story "more false accusations."

Sharon Bialek, who said she had come to Cain for employment advice, claimed he took her out to dinner and then in his car "suddenly reached over and put his hand on my leg under my skirt and reached for my genitals." Then, she said, he "grabbed my head and brought it toward his crotch."

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The Two-Way
1:01 pm
Mon November 7, 2011

VIDEO: Mixed Martial Arts Fighters Show A Robber Some Of Their Moves

MMA fighter subdue robber.
KABC

This is another story in the "Robbers In The Wrong Place, At The Wrong Time" category. This past Friday in Los Angeles, Luis Rosales walked into a Comfort Inn and police say he pulled a gun on the clerk.

What Rosales didn't know is that two mixed martial arts fighters were in town for the World Jiu-Jitsue No-Gi Championship in Long Beach.

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The Two-Way
12:50 pm
Mon November 7, 2011

In Libya, Often It's Young Men Who Don't Want Women Empowered

Libyan women at an Eid al-Fitr service in Tripoli in September. Many women played important roles in the rise against Moammar Gadhafi's regime.
Sean Carberry NPR

Originally published on Mon November 7, 2011 12:54 pm

Mustafa Abdul Jalil's liberation speech on Oct. 23 raised eyebrows in the west with his comments that Sharia law would be the basis for a new Libya's legislation and that polygamy would therefore be allowed. People were quick to react and comment that he had let the cat out of the bag and that it would be impossible to backtrack.

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Shots - Health Blog
12:18 pm
Mon November 7, 2011

What Not To Buy Online: Lollipops Laced With Chickenpox

Chickenpox virus not included.
iStockphoto.com

Shopping online can be a real time-saver, and you can get some great deals. But skip lollipops that come with the virus that causes chickenpox.

This caution comes after a woman in Nashville, Tenn., advertised lollipops contaminated with the varicella virus on Facebook. The tainted pops were intended for parents who want to expose their children to the disease.

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The Salt
12:07 pm
Mon November 7, 2011

Restaurant Grease As Good As Gold To Biofuel Thieves

A worker with cooking oil in a holding barrel behind an Ashton, Maryland restaurant.
TIM SLOAN AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon November 7, 2011 1:29 pm

Used restaurant grease has become a hot item for thieves, who siphon it from barrels behind restaurants to sell on the booming biofuels market.

Late last month, the California Department of Food and Agriculture said it would pay local police target the alleys and parking lots where restaurants typically park their barrels of used grease.

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The Two-Way
11:32 am
Mon November 7, 2011

New Cain Accuser Expected To Come Forward Today

Originally published on Mon November 7, 2011 12:58 pm

Attorney Gloria Allred's office just sent this message to reporters:

"A woman who alleges that she was sexually harassed by Presidential hopeful, Herman Cain, when she sought his help with an employment issue when he was President of the National Restaurant Association will hold a news conference with her Attorney, Gloria Allred on Monday, November 7th, at 1:30 p.m. (e.s.t.) at the Friars Club, 57 East 55th Street New York, NY 10022.

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Politics
10:16 am
Mon November 7, 2011

Win Or Lose, DuPree Makes History In Mississippi

The mayor of Hattiesburg, Miss., Democrat Johnny DuPree, is the first black candidate to win a major party's nomination for governor in the state since Reconstruction. He's a long shot in the election against a well-funded lieutenant governor, Republican Phil Bryant. DuPree is not focusing on race, saying he'd rather talk about issues and his leadership skills.

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The Two-Way
10:05 am
Mon November 7, 2011

Ali Has Frazier In His Prayers: Smokin' Joe Is In Hospice Care

You didn't have to be a boxing fan in the '70s to know the name Joe Frazier and to know that he'll forever be linked to Muhammad Ali.

Smokin' Joe was, as The Associated Press reminds us, the first man to beat Ali, "knocking him down and taking a decision in the so-called Fight of the Century at Madison Square Garden in 1971. He would go on to lose two more fights to Ali, including the epic 'Thrilla in Manila.' "

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The Two-Way
9:35 am
Mon November 7, 2011

Berlusconi: Resignation Rumors 'Are Groundless'

Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi during the G-20 summit last Friday in Cannes, France.
Michel Euler AP

Originally published on Mon November 7, 2011 9:42 am

It's never a good sign for a leader's longevity when he has to issue a statement like this:

"The rumors of my resignation are groundless."

That's from Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi this morning, on his official Facebook page.

As The Associated Press writes, earlier today:

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The Two-Way
9:10 am
Mon November 7, 2011

Older Adults Are Now 47 Times Richer Than Those Under 35

In Los Angeles: A man dressed as John Lennon at the "Move Your Money" protest on Saturday. He and others protested bank fees and pushed for "good jobs."
David McNew Getty Images

There's been a huge increase in the wealth gap between older Americans and those just entering adulthood, according to a new analysis of Census Bureau data done by the Pew Research Center.

According to Pew's study:

In 2009, "households headed by adults ages 65 and older ... had 47 times as much net wealth as the typical household headed by someone" under 35 years of age. Pew says that "back in 1984, this had been a less lopsided 10-to-1 ratio."

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The Two-Way
8:30 am
Mon November 7, 2011

Top Stories: Iran, Penn State, Greece

The Two-Way
7:55 am
Mon November 7, 2011

Penn State Abuse Allegations: 'A Culture That Did Nothing To Stop It'

Aug. 6, 1999: Penn State head football coach Joe Paterno, right, with his then-defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky.
Paul Vathis AP

Originally published on Mon November 7, 2011 1:18 pm

The alleged sexual abuse of children by a former assistant coach on the Penn State University football team was allowed to continue for at least a decade because of "a culture that did nothing to stop it" at the school, Pennsylvania State Police Commissioner Frank Noonan just told reporters in Harrisburg.

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

Report: Iran On 'Threshold Of Nuclear Capability'

April 2010: Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad unveils a sample of the third generation centrifuge for uranium enrichment during a ceremony in Tehran on April 9, 2010. Iran says its nuclear ambitions are peaceful.
Behrouz Mehri AFP/Getty Images

"Intelligence provided to U.N. nuclear officials shows that Iran's government has mastered the critical steps needed to build a nuclear weapon, receiving assistance from foreign scientists to overcome key technical hurdles," The Washington Post reports this morning.

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Political Junkie
6:45 am
Mon November 7, 2011

Obama To Dump Biden From The Ticket In Favor Of Hillary? Give Me A Break

Jeff Fusco Getty Images

This week's column was intended to focus on a primer for tomorrow's (Nov. 7) off-year elections. The election preview is below. But I wanted to get something out of the way first.

There still seems to be an idea out there that somehow Vice President Joe Biden is going to leave the 2012 Democratic ticket — by his own choice or otherwise — and be replaced by Hillary Clinton, the secretary of state who has long said she will depart the Cabinet after President Obama's first term.

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