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

FDA Chides Pfizer For Omitting Drug Risks On Lipitor Website

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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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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

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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