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Law
3:19 pm
Thu November 10, 2011

The Limits Of Confidentiality Agreements

When the Herman Cain harassment story broke, the accusers' names and their stories were blocked by confidentiality agreements. But one of those women has gone public, which raises questions about the purpose of confidentiality agreements, and how well they work.

NPR Story
3:00 pm
Thu November 10, 2011

Perry Campaign Tries To Right Debate 'Oops'

Texas Gov. Rick Perry drew a blank at last night's GOP presidential debate, forgetting one of three federal agencies he would eliminate if he becomes president.

NPR Story
3:00 pm
Thu November 10, 2011

Portland, Ore., Mayor Orders 'Occupiers' Out

Guy Raz speaks with Portland, Ore., Mayor Sam Adams who today ordered the Occupy protesters in his city out of their encampments by 12:01 a.m. Sunday. The move comes after he wrote an open letter to the protesters, saying their living conditions were unsustainable.

NPR Story
3:00 pm
Thu November 10, 2011

Interim Coach Has 'Mixed Emotions' Leading Penn

Defensive coordinator Tom Bradley held his first press conference Thursday as interim coach of Penn State's football team. Bradley was appointed after the board of trustees abruptly fired coach Joe Paterno on Wednesday night amid a child sex abuse scandal involving one of his former assistant coaches.

NPR Story
3:00 pm
Thu November 10, 2011

Major League Baseball Player Kidnapped In Venezuela

Washington Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos was abducted outside his home in Venezuela on Wednesday. Robert Siegel speaks with NPR's Juan Forero about the kidnapping.

NPR Story
3:00 pm
Thu November 10, 2011

Senate Panel Votes To Repeal Marriage Act

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ROBERT SIEGEL, host: Fifteen years ago, Congress overwhelmingly approved the Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA. It said, while each state could decide how to define marriage, the federal government would only recognize the legal union of a man and a woman.

Since then, more than 130,000 same-sex couples have legally married in the U.S. and today, a congressional committee passed the very first measure to repeal DOMA. NPR's David Welna reports.

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Europe
3:00 pm
Thu November 10, 2011

Greece Announces Interim Government

After keeping a nervous world waiting for days, the squabbling politicians of debt-ridden Greece finally announced a new interim government Thursday. It will be headed by a former European Central banker, Lucas Papademos, whose main task will be to ensure that Greece meets the conditions set by its European partners to receive new loan money and avoid default. That means showing that Greece will enforce austerity measures.

Environment
3:00 pm
Thu November 10, 2011

'Wind Chill' Gets A New Name

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Economy
3:00 pm
Thu November 10, 2011

Latest Economic News Sparks Optimism In U.S.

Originally published on Thu November 10, 2011 7:32 pm

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GUY RAZ, HOST:

It's ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Guy Raz.

ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

And I'm Robert Siegel.

Maybe it's not so bad. That seemed to be the read of investors when they saw today's economic numbers. Better than expected news about unemployment stoked some optimism that the U. S. will avoid a double-dip recession. And stock market recovered a bit from yesterday's drop.

But the news is not as good in Europe, as NPR's Chris Arnold reports

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Media
3:00 pm
Thu November 10, 2011

Murdoch Son Grilled Over Phone-Hacking Scandal

A steady drip of revelations in the News Corp. phone-hacking scandal has called into question James Murdoch's testimony before a parliamentary committee in July. Murdoch has been asked back to clarify the discrepancies.

Book Reviews
3:00 pm
Thu November 10, 2011

'Mrs. Nixon,' An Unexpected Gift

Alan Cheuse reviews a new book from Ann Beattie. Mrs. Nixon tells the story of an author as she tackles the challenge of writing a biography of former first lady Pat Nixon. Cheuse teaches writing at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va.

Energy
3:00 pm
Thu November 10, 2011

Feds Delay Decision On Pipeline Project

The State Department is delaying a decision for at least a year on whether to approve the Keystone pipeline. The $7 billion pipeline would carry oil from the tar sands of Alberta, Canada, through the U.S. to Gulf of Mexico refineries. Nebraska's state government and environmental groups have put intense pressure on the State Department and White House to reject the pipeline's proposed route. NPR's Richard Harris talks with Robert Siegel about the project.

Latin America
2:53 pm
Thu November 10, 2011

In Cuba, Door Opens To Residential Property Market

For the first time in 50 years, Cubans can now buy and sell homes. Here, a Cuban woman stands on the balcony of a dilapidated building earlier this month in Havana.
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First-time visitors to Havana immediately notice two things about the city: the graceful architecture of its buildings, and the fact that so many of them are in ruins.

But walking through the crumbling Centro Habana neighborhood this week, there was another sight: homeowners beating back the decay on nearly every block.

That's because a new law takes effect Thursday allowing Cubans to buy and sell residential property for the first time in 50 years.

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Environment
2:50 pm
Thu November 10, 2011

Final Keystone Pipeline Decision Delayed

The U.S. State Department is ordering the developer of a pipeline that would carry oil from western Canada to Texas to reroute it around environmentally sensitive areas of Nebraska.

That means possibly delaying a final U.S. decision until after the 2012 election.

The decision to order Calgary-based TransCanada Corp. to figure out a way around an area that supplies water to eight states will require an environmental review of the new section. That review probably would take at least a year.

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Planet Money
2:44 pm
Thu November 10, 2011

Leaving The Euro Is Hard To Do

A one-crown note from the Austro-Hungarian empire.
Wikimedia Commons

Originally published on Thu November 10, 2011 7:32 pm

"I don't want the euro to fall apart," says Simon Wolfson.

Lots of people don't want the euro to fall apart. But Wolfson feels compelled to say so because he's offering a $400,000 prize for figuring out how to dismantle the euro.

Wolfson — aka Lord Wolfson of Aspley Guise — is the CEO of a big retailer called NEXT. He has argued against the UK joining the euro, but his company has stores all around the euro zone.

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Environment
2:44 pm
Thu November 10, 2011

Air Pollution: Bad For Health, But Good For Planet?

Power plants that burn fossil fuels release carbon dioxide as well as a complex soup of chemicals, including nitrogen and sulfur. These chemicals in the air actually help keep global warming in check by reflecting sunlight back into space. Above, the Bruce Mansfield Power Plant in Shippingport, Pa.
Robert Nickelsberg Getty Images

Originally published on Wed March 26, 2014 12:44 pm

Cleaning up the air, while good for our lungs, could make global warming worse. That conclusion is underscored by a new study, which looks at the pollutants that go up smokestacks along with carbon dioxide.

These pollutants are called aerosols and they include soot as well as compounds of nitrogen and sulfur and other stuff into the air. Natalie Mahowald, a climate researcher at Cornell University, says so far, scientists have mostly tried to understand what those aerosols do while they're actually in the air.

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The Two-Way
2:29 pm
Thu November 10, 2011

PHOTO: Silvio Berlusconi's Notes

Italian Premier Silvio Belrlusconi holds a pen on a note he wrote during Democratic party leader Pierluigi Bersani's speech on Tuesday.
Andrew Medichini AP

Originally published on Thu November 10, 2011 2:42 pm

On Tuesday, Italy's Parliament cast a vote on a measure to approve the 2010 state finances. But it was no ordinary vote: It laid bare the fact that Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi had lost a majority. That vote would eventually lead to Berlusconi offering his resignation on Wednesday.

In all the news, we missed this interesting picture:

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The Two-Way
2:10 pm
Thu November 10, 2011

Kidnapping Of MLB's Wilson Ramos Part Of Trend In Venezuela

Wilson Ramos of the Washington Nationals during a game in Phoenix on June 2, 2011.
Christian Petersen Getty Images

Wilson Ramos of the Washington Nationals appears to be the first Major League Baseball player to have fallen victim to what's become an alarming trend in Venezuela: the kidnapping and holding for ransom of the rich. He was grabbed Wednesday by gunmen and hasn't been seen since.

But he's not the first major leaguer to have been touched by the epidemic of kidnappings-for-ransom in Venezuela.

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Food
1:45 pm
Thu November 10, 2011

From Chompsgiving to Chew Year's: Holiday Dishes

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'Tis almost the season, and what would the holidays be without our favorite foods?

There are the traditional standbys — like turkey and cranberry sauce at Thanksgiving, or latkes for Hanukkah. But many people also have a special dish they eat only during the holidays. For example, one NPR reader raves about lefse, which she says is a potato-based staple for any traditional Norwegian-American holiday dinner. It's "best served hot with butter. Or cold with butter and sugar. Butter is key," she writes.

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The Salt
1:05 pm
Thu November 10, 2011

How African-Americans Can Get Healthy With Big Helpings Of Soul Food

An illustration of a healthful meal drawing from the African Heritage Diet Pyramid and African culinary traditions.
Illustration by George Middleton

Soul food has become the comfort food for a lot of Americans – not just the African-Americans whose ancestors invented it.

Now, food educators are looking closely at soul food's culinary roots for inspiration on how to eat healthfully today.

A group of culinary historians, nutritionists and health experts have put together the Oldways African Heritage Diet Pyramid, a new model for healthful eating designed specifically for African-Americans and descendants of Africans everywhere.

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Movie Interviews
1:00 pm
Thu November 10, 2011

'Where Solders Come From' And What They Return To

Spc. Dom Fredianelli rests during a cache sweep in Afghan village.
Heather Courtney

Dominic Fredianelli and his buddies signed up for the National Guard in exchange for a signing bonus and help with college tuition. A new documentary, Where Soldiers Come From by Heather Courtney, follows their path from carefree teens in Michigan to combat veterans facing battle in Afghanistan.

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National Security
1:00 pm
Thu November 10, 2011

IAEA Review Raises New Questions About Iran

Originally published on Mon November 14, 2011 11:53 am

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NEAL CONAN, host: This is TALK OF THE NATION. I'm Neal Conan in Washington. This week's report from the U.N.'s nuclear watchdog bolsters beliefs that Iran continues work on nuclear weapons and ballistic missile delivery systems. The United States, Britain, France and Germany all expressed varying degrees of alarm and vowed to find ways to pressure Iran.

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Environment
1:00 pm
Thu November 10, 2011

'Epic' Storm Slams Alaskan Coast

A storm one National Weather Service meteorologist described as of "epic proportions" hammered the coast of Alaska Wednesday, knocking out power and forcing residents out of flooded areas. Carven Scott of the NWS talks about the storm and how residents are coping.

The Impact of War
1:00 pm
Thu November 10, 2011

Homelessness Harder On America's Veterans

As the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan wind down, many fear the rates of homeless vets could grow much worse. They tend to remain homeless longer than non-veterans and they're more likely to suffer from health conditions linked to early death, according to a recent survey by the 100,000 Homes Campaign.

The Two-Way
12:51 pm
Thu November 10, 2011

Now Public: Richard Nixon's Grand Jury Testimony

Originally published on Thu November 10, 2011 4:12 pm

The Nixon Library and National Archives have released a trove of documents (.pdf and a big file) relating to former President Richard Nixon's grand jury testimony. The testimony, taken after Nixon resigned, was the first by a president. Nixon was interviewed at his California home on June 23 and 24, 1975, after he had been pardoned by President Gerald Ford. The release of documents was ordered by a federal judge back in July.

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The Two-Way
12:38 pm
Thu November 10, 2011

Penn State Scandal: Families Of Alleged Victims Upset By Protests, Jokes

Police (center) had to move in to disperse the crowd in the streets of State College, Pa., Wednesday night after students and others gathered to protest the firing of football coach Joe Paterno.
Patrick Smith Getty Images

Originally published on Thu November 10, 2011 11:48 pm

With so much attention being given to the firing of football coach Joe Paterno and school President Graham Spanier, as well the long-term impact on the school from the sexual abuse scandal that came to light at Penn State this week, there's a danger of the alleged victims being forgotten.

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Shots - Health Blog
12:34 pm
Thu November 10, 2011

An Unorthodox Approach To Tricky Surgery

Striking a pose like Hamlet, Kofi Boahene, a surgeon at Johns Hopkins Hospital, peers through the natural opening under the cheekbone and above the jaw that he uses for surgery.
Keith Weller Courtesy of Johns Hopkins Medicine

Add minimally invasive surgery through an opening between the cheek and jaw to the list of procedures I'm happy exist and that I hope I'll never have to endure.

A Johns Hopkins surgeon who is pretty handy with an endoscope has figured out how to operate in some hard-to-reach spots at the base of the skull through a natural opening that's above the jawbone, behind the back teeth and just below the cheekbone.

It requires a small incision inside the cheek, sure, but that's no biggie, really.

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The Two-Way
12:03 pm
Thu November 10, 2011

After Uproar, Government Scraps 15-Cent Christmas Tree Fee

Forest worker Peter Otto carries two fir trees during the official opening of Christmas tree season in Stolpe, northern Germany.
Carsten Rehder AFP/Getty Images

It didn't take before the Obama administration backed down on a plan to tax Christmas trees this holiday season. Shortly after the USDA announced it had approved a 15-cent per tree fee, there was an uproar.

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The Two-Way
12:01 pm
Thu November 10, 2011

French Court Convicts Cyclist Floyd Landis In Hacking Of Doping Lab

Floyd Landis, left, and then-teammate Lance Armstrong during the 2004 Tour de France.
Bernard Papon AP

Disgraced American cyclist Floyd Landis, who was stripped of his 2006 Tour de France title, today was convicted in absentia by a French court "for his role in hacking into the computers of a French doping lab," The Associated Press reports. Landis was given a suspended sentence of 12 months.

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Poisoned Places: Toxic Air, Neglected Communities
12:00 pm
Thu November 10, 2011

N.Y. Plant's Neighbors Expose Regulatory Gaps

John W. Poole NPR

Originally published on Mon November 14, 2011 9:58 am

Part 4 of a four-part series, Poisoned Places: Toxic Air, Neglected Communities

Jeani Thomson has been pleading with New York state officials for more than 30 years to protect her neighborhood from the foul-smelling "blue fog" that settles in her yard. She has long suspected the source is an industrial facility about a mile from her house called Tonawanda Coke.

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