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4:02 pm
Mon January 9, 2012

Controversy Swirls Around Harsh Anti-Obesity Ads

In one of the print ads in Children's Healthcare of Atlanta's Strong4Life campaign, a young girl says she doesn't like going to school, because "all the other kids pick on me. It hurts my feelings."
Courtesy of Children's Healthcare of Atlanta

Originally published on Mon January 9, 2012 8:17 pm

Stark billboards and television commercials that feature overweight kids are part of a controversial anti-obesity campaign in Atlanta. The goal of the "Stop Sugarcoating It, Georgia" ads is to shock families into recognizing that obesity is a problem.

The campaign is making an impact, but the tactics are raising questions.

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Planet Money
4:01 pm
Mon January 9, 2012

People Want More Coins, That's A Good Sign For The Economy

Demand for quarter, dimes, nickels, and pennies was up this year.
AP

Originally published on Wed January 11, 2012 5:40 pm

All the instability in the global economy this year has been good for the United States Mint. People in search of a safe place to put their money have been buying gold and silver coins in record numbers.

"Precious metal coins were up $800 million dollars last year and that's approximately thirty some percent," says Richard Peterson, deputy director of the Mint.

According the the Mint's annual report, they sold 45.2 million ounces of gold and silver coins in 2011.

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It's All Politics
3:39 pm
Mon January 9, 2012

In New Hampshire, Serene Romney Rides Out Final Hours Before Primary

Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney talks to the press after speaking at Gilchrist Metal Fabricating in Hudson, N.H., on Jan. 9.
Emmanuel Dunand AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon January 9, 2012 7:00 pm

As Mount Washington calmly reigns over much of New Hampshire's geography, Mount Romney smiles down on the last day before the state holds the nation's first presidential primary.

The front-running former governor of neighboring Massachusetts spent the day getting chummy with crowds in Nashua and Hudson and Bedford, reciting his favorite lines from "America the Beautiful" and engaging in other behaviors just as risky. He came out in favor of free enterprise and job creation and got really cross with the Chinese for currency manipulation and intellectual property theft.

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World
3:39 pm
Mon January 9, 2012

Iran Cultivates Friends In Washington's Backyard

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad waves as he is welcomed by Venezuelan Vice President Elias Jaua (at right, wearing glasses and tie) at the airport in Caracas on Sunday. Ahmadinejad is on a five-day tour aimed at shoring up ties in Latin America.
Juan Barret AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon January 9, 2012 5:47 pm

Isolated by the West because of Iran's nuclear program, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is turning to close allies in the Americas for diplomatic support.

He kicked off his four-nation tour of Latin America on Monday in Venezuela, whose president, Hugo Chavez, accuses the U.S. of trying to dominate the world. Ahmadinejad's next stops are Nicaragua, Cuba and Ecuador — all sharply critical of Washington's foreign policy.

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Shots - Health Blog
3:25 pm
Mon January 9, 2012

Why Millions Of Prescriptions Will No Longer Be Filled At Walgreens

A customer walks out of a Walgreens store in New York City.
Adam Rountree Bloomberg via Getty Images

Originally published on Tue January 10, 2012 6:29 pm

To life's many small irritations, you might add filling prescriptions.

Starting this year, many Americans may be surprised to find that their local Walgreens pharmacy is no longer in their network. That's because of a contract dispute between the nation's largest drugstore chain and a company that manages prescriptions for health insurance companies.

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Middle East
3:19 pm
Mon January 9, 2012

Israel Cracks Down on Radical 'Hilltop Youth'

A Jewish settler wears his prayer shawl as he passes one of the structures demolished at the unauthorized Jewish settlement outpost in Ramat Migron, in the West Bank, on Sept. 5, 2011. Israel's radical Hilltop Youth have built numerous such outposts in recent years.
Abir Sultan EPA/Landov

Israel's Hilltop Youth movement has been active for years, establishing Jewish settlement outposts on barren West Bank hills without bothering to get permission from the Israeli government.

The Hilltop Youth occasionally received attention, usually when they damaged Palestinian property in the West Bank. But now they are in the headlines after a group of Hilltop Youth raided an Israeli military base.

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Shots - Health Blog
2:57 pm
Mon January 9, 2012

A Little Sugar And A Human Touch Can Ease Preemies' Pain

A little sugar can relieve preemies' pain in intensive care.
iStockphoto.com

Premature babies have to endure to a lot of painful medical procedures, from blood draws to throat suctioning. Something as simple as a few drops of sugar water can ease that pain, but many preemies don't get that help. And adding the comfort of touch helps, too.

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The Two-Way
2:38 pm
Mon January 9, 2012

LISTEN: Jay-Z Confirms Birth Of Daughter In Song

Jay-Z
Jay Mohegan via Random House

We're taking a break from the serious news for a bit of baby news: Hip-hop has a new princess. Blue Ivy Carter, the daughter of Jay-Z and Beyoncé Knowles, who are arguably the genre's king and queen.

Now, that was one of the worst kept secrets, since friends and family were tweeting about the birth over the weekend. But, as the AP reports, the couple's reps "repeatedly declined requests for comment."

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The Two-Way
2:24 pm
Mon January 9, 2012

White House Chief Of Staff Daley Stepping Down

White House Chief of Staff William Daley.
Win McNamee Getty Images

Originally published on Tue January 10, 2012 7:20 am

White House Chief of Staff William Daley is stepping down from his post and will be replaced by Budget Director Jack Lew, NPR's Scott Horsley has confirmed.

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The Two-Way
1:50 pm
Mon January 9, 2012

20-Year Ban Put On Mining Claims Near Grand Canyon

A view into the Grand Canyon from the South Rim in Arizona.
Robyn Beck AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon January 9, 2012 2:05 pm

The Obama administration just announced a 20-year federal ban "on new mining claims affecting a million acres near the Grand Canyon, an area known to be rich in high-grade uranium ore reserves," as The Associated Press writes.

And "in doing so," the wire service adds, "the administration brushed off pressure from congressional Republicans and mining industry figures who wanted a policy change."

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The Two-Way
1:45 pm
Mon January 9, 2012

Just How Much Did Clinton Eat As President?

If you're not a fan of a little White House gossip don't keep reading. But if you like reading about the every-day details a of a presidency, you'll like this bit Washingtonian magazine reports in its current issue.

The magazine said that pastry chef Roland Mesnier, who worked at the White House for 26 years beginning with the Carter administration, said when President Bill Clinton came into the White House in 1993 he had a "scary" appetite. "He could eat five or six pork chops."

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The Two-Way
1:11 pm
Mon January 9, 2012

Nigerians Stage Nationwide Strike After President Scraps Fuel Subsidies

A man carries a placard beside a bonfire during Monday's demonstration against soaring petrol prices following government's decision to abolish decades-old fuel subsidies.
Pius Utomi Ekpei AFP/Getty Images

Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan is facing a tumultuous backlash over his decision to scrap fuel subsidies. Reporting from Accra in Ghana, NPR's Ofeibea Quist-Arcton reports that major protests and a massive strike are putting pressure on him to reverse course. Nigeria is Africa's largest oil producer.

Ofeibea filed this report for our Newscast unit:

"Nigeria's capital, Abuja, and the commercial capital, Lagos, have come to a virtual standstill with similar reports of thousands joining the demonstrations in other parts of the country.

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Election 2012
1:00 pm
Mon January 9, 2012

Demystifying The Role Of Political Independents

Approximately 40 percent of U.S. voters identify as independents, giving them considerable clout with political candidates. Chicago Tribune columnist Clarence Page and George W. Bush campaign strategist Daron Shaw discuss who makes up the independent electorate, and if its influence is sometimes overstated.

Animals
1:00 pm
Mon January 9, 2012

FAA Rules May Interrupt Endangered Crane Migration

Operation Migration uses ultralight planes to guide whooping cranes in migration from Wisconsin to their winter home in Florida. But a Federal Aviation Administration investigation has grounded a flock of whooping cranes and an ultralight guiding plane.

National Security
1:00 pm
Mon January 9, 2012

Defense Cuts To Reshape U.S. Military Strategy

The Obama administration has laid out billions in cuts to the U.S. military over the next decade. Some say the cuts will weaken the armed forces, while others argue it's time to reconsider the type of military presence the U.S. should maintain. NPR's Tom Bowman describes the proposed cuts and their potential implications for future military operations.

Opinion
1:00 pm
Mon January 9, 2012

Op-Ed: For Candidates, Private-Public Line Blurry

Politicians often reveal personal stories on the campaign trail. But those revelations often draw criticism from opponents. New York Times columnist Ross Douthat says politicians can and should contest the critiques, but that many have lost the right to complain about them.

It's All Politics
12:35 pm
Mon January 9, 2012

Even Before N.H. Primary, Romney Seems To Be Looking Ahead To General Election

Mitt Romney speaks during a Chamber of Commerce breakfast Monday in Nashua, N.H.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

Originally published on Mon January 9, 2012 1:03 pm

On Tuesday night, New Hampshire voters could catapult Mitt Romney securely onto the path of the Republican nomination, or they could undercut the air of inevitability surrounding his campaign.

The former Massachusetts governor is clearly expecting the catapult. One indication? On Monday morning, the candidate changed his rhetoric to reposition himself even more squarely as a general election candidate.

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The Two-Way
12:12 pm
Mon January 9, 2012

In Alaska: Nome Waits For Fuel; Cordova Digs Out From 18-Feet Of Snow

They're running out of places to put the snow in Cordova, Alaska. This photo was taken on Saturday (Jan. 7, 2012).
Erv Petty/Alaska Div. of Homeland Security and Emergency Management AP

Winter continues to wallop Alaska with some weather and some challenges that even the seen-it-all locals seem to be amazed about.

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Music Reviews
12:08 pm
Mon January 9, 2012

Dore: The Little Studio That Could (Produce Hits)

Phil Spector.
Ace Records

Someday, some genius is going to do a Mad Men-type show about the little record labels of the late 1950s. Yes, I'll happily serve as a consultant.

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Author Interviews
11:42 am
Mon January 9, 2012

Rin Tin Tin: A Silent Film Star On Four Legs

Susan Orlean is a staff writer for the New Yorker and has contributed articles to Vogue, Rolling Stone and Esquire. She is the author of several books, including The Orchid Thief.
Gasper Tringale

Originally published on Mon January 9, 2012 12:13 pm

Members of the baby boomer generation might remember the old TV series The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin, about a German shepherd and a boy named Rusty who lived with a cavalry troop in the American West.

In 1954, Rin Tin Tin was even "interviewed" by a writer for The New Yorker who noted that he turned up his nose at roast beef and drank milk from a champagne glass.

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Shots - Health Blog
10:57 am
Mon January 9, 2012

Excedrin, Bufferin, NoDoz And Gas-X Recalled

Excedrin PM tablets are among the drugs being recalled by Novartis due to quality issues.
Scott Olson Getty Images

Originally published on Mon January 9, 2012 4:33 pm

It's enough to give you a headache. Some of the pills inside the bottle of Excedrin in your bathroom cabinet might be the wrong ones.

Drugmaker Novartis is recalling a slew of nonprescription medicines because of of quality issues at a factory in Lincoln, Neb.

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The Two-Way
10:45 am
Mon January 9, 2012

VIDEO: Bungee Cord Snaps; Woman Survives 365-Foot Plunge

Don't press play if you're don't like heights and scary thrills. But rest assured, 22-year-old Australian Erin Langworthy survived to tell the tale after her bungee cord broke on New Year's Eve during a jump from a bridge over the Zambezi River on the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe.

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The Two-Way
10:00 am
Mon January 9, 2012

Beer For Bowser? It's Been Around For A While

Our friends at Morning Edition picked up on the news from Newcastle, England, that The Branding Villa pub has created a non-alcoholic beer for dogs and is inviting its customers to bring their four-legged friends in to have a pint or two.

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It's All Politics
9:13 am
Mon January 9, 2012

Over Wine And Donuts, N.H. Women Get Heated Over Primary Vote

Elaine Sweeney of Derry, N.H. hosted a gathering of women voters to talk about Tuesday's primary.
Nicole Beemsterboer NPR

On Morning Edition Monday, Steve Inskeep spoke with six women in Derry, N.H. who all plan to vote in Tuesday's first presidential primary.

Inskeep dropped by the home of Elaine Sweeney, where the women gathered for coffee, donuts and wine on Sunday to talk politics. Her house in Derry overlooks Beaver Lake, covered this time of year with a thin film of ice.

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The Two-Way
8:15 am
Mon January 9, 2012

Steelers Dared Tebow To Beat Them, And He Did

Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow celebrates after beating the Pittsburgh Steelers 29-23 in overtime of an NFL wild card playoff football game on Sunday, (Jan. 8, 2012).
Chris Schneider AP

Originally published on Mon January 9, 2012 8:18 am

  • David Greene and Tom Goldman talk football

Just as football fans around the country (outside of Denver, that is) were thinking that Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow was out of miracles because he hadn't played well in recent weeks, he came through Sunday on the first play of overtime against the favored Pittsburgh Steelers.

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The Two-Way
7:30 am
Mon January 9, 2012

VIDEO: Rep. Giffords Leads Crowd In 'Pledge' At Tucson Memorial

One year to the day after a gunman opened fire during a Tucson meet-and-greet with her constituents — killing six people and wounding 13 — the still-recovering Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) on Sunday spoke for the first time since then at a public event.

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The Two-Way
7:00 am
Mon January 9, 2012

Iran Sentences Former U.S. Marine To Death, Accused Him Of Spying

An American man has been sentenced to death in Iran after a court there convicted him of working for the CIA and going to the Persian nation to spy.

The family of Amir Mirzaei Hekmati, a 28-year-old former U.S. Marine, says he was in Iran to visit his grandmothers.

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Political Junkie
6:45 am
Mon January 9, 2012

Mitt Romney, New Hampshire And The 'Expectations Game'

Romney's N.H. victory celebration four years ago was premature. But it may not be this time.
Ken Rudin collection

Originally published on Mon January 9, 2012 2:09 pm

A handful of new polls are out, all of which have Mitt Romney ahead in the Jan. 21 South Carolina primary by varying margins.

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Strange News
6:24 am
Mon January 9, 2012

English Pub Serves Non-Alcoholic Beer To Dogs

A pub in Newcastle, England, is taking its pet-friendly policy to new levels. It is serving dogs beer. The special brew is made of malt, hops and meat extract — it's non-alcoholic

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