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10:47 am
Tue November 8, 2011

Herman Cain's Kimmel Show Allred Joke Was Odd Crisis Management

Herman Cain definitely doesn't seem to have this crisis-management thing down yet.

He presumably went on Jimmy Kimmel Live Monday evening to fight the latest charge of sexual misbehavior, this one from Sharon Bialek that he made a vulgar and unwanted sexual come-on to her in 1997 when she was seeking his help for reemployment at the National Restaurant Association.

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The Two-Way
10:30 am
Tue November 8, 2011

White House: Government Has No Evidence Of Extraterrestrial Life

We're pretty sure these guys are in costumes. (2004 file photo from Comic-Con Convention in San Diego.)
Sandy Huffaker Getty Images

This probably isn't going to satisfy many of those who think of The X-Files as a documentary series, but the Obama administration has now put the White House on record as saying the government doesn't have any evidence of life "out there."

And the Obama team doesn't believe anything's being hidden from us.

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Shots - Health Blog
10:22 am
Tue November 8, 2011

Clear The Air: Scented Candles, Air Fresheners Can Be Irritating

The fruity fragrance of some air fresheners can be a bother.
Busimarusi iStockphoto.com

Mary, a 46-year-old flight attendant, had a persistent runny nose that was sometimes so bad she had trouble doing her job.

She'd tried antihistamines, nasal sprays and "allergy drops" prescribed by a specialist. None of them helped.

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The Two-Way
9:30 am
Tue November 8, 2011

Reports: Sarkozy Heard Telling Obama That Netanyahu Is 'A Liar'

President Obama, right, and French President Nicolas Sarkozy last Thursday in Cannes, France.
Jewel Samad AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue November 8, 2011 9:33 am

French President Nicolas Sarkozy was overheard last week telling President Obama that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is "a liar," according to reports from Reuters, The Associated Press and other news outlets.

Sarkozy also said of Netanyahu that "I can't stand him," the stories say.

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The Two-Way
8:35 am
Tue November 8, 2011

Should Penn State Clean House, Including Paterno?

Penn State football coach Joe Paterno in 1997.
Rick Stewart Getty Images

The allegations that former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky sexually abused young boys and that university officials, including legendary coach Joe Paterno, had been warned years ago about what was supposedly happening and never informed police have raised an obvious question:

Is it time for the 84-year-old Paterno to step down and for a complete "house cleaning" of the school's football program?

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The Two-Way
7:45 am
Tue November 8, 2011

Boxer Joe Frazier, Who Beat Ali In The 'Fight Of The Century,' Has Died

Joe Frazier (left) hits Muhammad Ali during the 15th round of their heavyweight title bout — the "Fight of the Century" — at New York's Madison Square Garden in March 1971.
AP

Originally published on Tue November 8, 2011 8:02 am

A "sledgehammer left hook" that put Muhammad Ali on the canvas in 1971 pretty much tells the story of Joe Frazier's career, NPR's Tom Goldman says.

"It was as crushing and symbolic" as any of Frazier's punches over his long career, Tom said on Morning Edition. "It put his bitter rival, Muhammad Ali, on his 'float like a butterfly, sting like a bee' keister at Madison Square Garden in what came to be known as the "Fight of the Century."

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The Two-Way
7:22 am
Tue November 8, 2011

Cain: 'There's Not An Ounce Of Truth' In Latest Allegations

Sharon Bialek, left, aired her accusations against Herman Cain during a news conference Monday in New York City. The event was organized by lawyer Gloria Allred, right.
Timothy A. Clary AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue November 8, 2011 11:23 am

After watching a woman accuse him Monday of groping her and other inappropriate sexual behavior, "I says 'well, I know what we got to do,' because there's not a ounce of truth in all of these accusations," Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain said early today on ABC TV's Jimmy Kimmel Live!. Cain said he'll be holding a news conference this afternoon in Phoenix to address the allegations.

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Politics
4:00 am
Tue November 8, 2011

Tea Party Looks To Recapture Election Magic In 2012

Republican presidential candidates (from left) Jon Huntsman, Herman Cain, Rep. Michele Bachmann, Mitt Romney, Gov. Rick Perry, Rep. Ron Paul, Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum prepare to debate during the event sponsored by CNN and the Tea Party Express at the Florida state fairgrounds on Sept. 12 in Tampa.
Win McNamee Getty Images

It was one year ago that the Tea Party movement helped Republicans take control of the U.S. House of Representatives. With the presidential election a year away, the movement finds itself searching for ways to have the same kind of impact this time around.

The Tea Party celebrated on election night last year with candidates like Rand Paul, who captured a Senate seat in Kentucky.

"Tonight there's a Tea Party tidal wave, and we're sending a message to them," Paul said in his victory speech.

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Space
3:01 am
Tue November 8, 2011

The Plutonium Problem: Who Pays For Space Fuel?

NASA's next Mars rover, Curiosity, seen in this artist's rendering, will use 8 pounds of plutonium-238 as its power supply. That's a significant portion of the remaining space fuel. NASA and the Department of Energy have offered to split the costs of producing the fuel, but Congress has so far opposed that arrangement.
NASA

When NASA's next Mars rover blasts off later this month, the car-sized robot will carry with it nearly eight pounds of a special kind of plutonium fuel that's in short supply.

NASA has relied on that fuel, called plutonium-238, to power robotic missions for five decades.

But with supplies running low, scientists who want the government to make more are finding that it sometimes seems easier to chart a course across the solar system than to navigate the budget process inside Washington, D.C.

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Science
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.
AFP/Getty Images

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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