Africa
2:36 am
Wed August 24, 2011

From Hiding, Gadhafi Tells Libyans To Free Tripoli

A Libyan rebel stands with his weapon at the Bab al-Aziziya compound in Tripoli a day after it was captured by rebel forces.
Patrick Baz AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 9:31 am

Libyan loyalists launched counteroffensives throughout the capital on Wednesday, seemingly taking their cues from leader Moammar Gadhafi, who called on them from hiding to drive the "devils and traitors" from Tripoli.

Clashes erupted in a neighborhood next to Gadhafi's Bab al-Aziziya compound a day after the sprawling command-and-control center was overrun by thousands of rebel fighters. Pro-regime fighters attacked with shells and assault rifles in the Abu Salim area, which is home to a notorious prison and thought to be one of the last remaining regime strongholds in Tripoli.

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Around the Nation
10:01 pm
Tue August 23, 2011

Ala. Businesses Riled By State's New Immigration Law

The dispute over immigration policy is being fought in an Alabama federal court Wednesday.

The state's Republican leaders say they passed the toughest immigration bill in the country to preserve jobs for Alabamians. But critics say the law goes too far, criminalizing all kinds of contact with undocumented residents and putting an extra burden on small business.

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Asia
10:01 pm
Tue August 23, 2011

After Quake, Japanese Fishing Port Remains At Risk

Most of Kesennuma's large fishing boats either survived the tsunami or have been repaired. But many do not move from the dock, because most of the city's fish-processing factories still lie in ruins.
Frank Langfitt NPR

At first glance, the Japanese fishing port of Kesennuma looks like it's making a comeback from last March's devastating tsunami. A half-dozen fishing boats arrive one morning in this city of 70,000 and unload tons of bonito onto a partially rebuilt port.

The fish roll down a conveyor, beneath a fresh-water shower, and splash into plastic bins filled with ice water. Mitsuo Iwabuchi, a wholesaler bidding on the catch, says the port is improving, but the infrastructure that drives it, including scores of fish-processing and ice-making factories, still lies in ruins.

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Planet Money
10:01 pm
Tue August 23, 2011

What Is Bitcoin?

The U.S. has the dollar. Japan has the yen. Now some people are trying to invent a new currency that's not tied to any country or government. It's called bitcoin.

Bitcoin is a lot like cash — for the online universe. It doesn't actually exist in the physical world. You can't hold bitcoins in your hand because they just live on computers and the Internet.

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Sweetness And Light
10:01 pm
Tue August 23, 2011

The Goal(post)-Oriented Pilgrimage

On his 56-year quest, Dick Wessels visited all the stadiums of all the Division One college football teams.
David Lee iStockphoto.com

All right, so the University of Miami's been caught in a humongous football scandal following Ohio State, North Carolina, Tennessee, Oregon, and, as the King of Siam used to say: "Etcetera, etcetera, etcetera."

What's more to add? The sport is totally out of control, and neither the college presidents nor the NCAA can do anything but make dopey, empty promises. So why bother? Let me, instead, tell you a nice college football story.

It is about a quest.

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Mead Wants jobs
6:45 pm
Tue August 23, 2011

Despite low unemployment, the governor wants more jobs created

Wyoming's July Unemployment rate is at five point eight percent, but Governor Matt Mead says the state still needs to create more jobs.

Mead notes that every county in July created new jobs, but he remains hopeful that sectors outside of energy and tourism also create more opportunities for workers. Mead says that he believes the state is positioned to do that.

Conant refusal
6:43 pm
Tue August 23, 2011

Man accused of murder is refusing evaluation

A psychologist at the Wyoming State Hospital says the Wheatland man charged with killing his three sons and his brother in a shooting spree last month has refused to cooperate in a court-ordered mental evaluation.

Psychologist Ronna Dillinger filed a report Tuesday with Platte County Circuit Court Judge Scott Cole. Dillinger states 35-year-old Everett Conant has refused to answer questions and says he plans to kill himself at the first opportunity.

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BLM suit
6:42 pm
Tue August 23, 2011

Groups sue BLM

Three environmental groups are hoping a lawsuit against the Bureau of Land Management could put a hold on some additional coal mining in the Powder River Basin.

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The Two-Way
5:07 pm
Tue August 23, 2011

Legendary Women's Basketball Coach Pat Summitt Diagnosed With Alzheimer's

Pat Summitt, college basketball's winningest coach, said in an interview that she had been diagnosed with early onset dementia, Alzheimer's type.

The legendary coach, who has 1,071 career victories and eight national championships as the University of Tennessee's women's basketball coach, also said she would continue coaching.

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Shots - Health Blog
4:08 pm
Tue August 23, 2011

Medicare Trying Bundled Payments To Save Money, Improve Care

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For all those who say there's nothing in the Affordable Care Act that could reduce health care spending, this one's for you.

Medicare officials have unveiled the latest initiative to spring from last year's overhaul, and it's one some health economists have been lusting after for years: Bundling payments so that hospitals, doctors, and even post-hospital caregivers all have the same financial incentive to both work together and provide cost-effective care.

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