U.S.
4:43 pm
Mon August 22, 2011

Off The Ground: Creating The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial

The memorial to the Rev. Martin Luther King opens on the National Mall this week after 25 years of planning and more than $100 million.
Allison Keyes NPR

The new Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial is scheduled to be dedicated on Aug. 28 — the anniversary of the civil rights leader's "I Have A Dream" speech. The memorial, located on the Tidal Basin in Washington, D.C., was several decades in the making. Here's a brief look at how the idea for a memorial came to fruition.

News
4:27 pm
Mon August 22, 2011

Laramie kicks off curbside recycling program

Laramie kicked off its residential curbside recycling program today by distributing new bins with blue lids. City and Albany County residents can put all their recyclable materials in the bins, which will be picked up twice a month.

Solid Waste Director Tyler Bandemer says there's been a demand for recycling in Laramie, but high costs have made it impossible for the city to continue sending everything to the county landfill, which has a finite amount of space.

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News
4:19 pm
Mon August 22, 2011

Buffalo Bill center to tighten its belt

Officials at the Buffalo Bill Historical Center say low attendance and stock market jitters are pushing the Center to reduce expenditures and possibly cut jobs.

Executive director Bruce Eldridge says weather in May and June brought historically low numbers of visitors to the center, and over the last few months, he believes aftershocks from the recession have stopped people from taking vacations.

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Space
3:58 pm
Mon August 22, 2011

Giant Camera Will Hunt For Signs Of Dark Energy

A look inside the Dark Energy Camera shows the 74 blue-tinged sensors that detect light. The camera will survey distant, faint galaxies to learn more about dark energy.
Reidar Hahn Fermilab

Originally published on Mon August 22, 2011 4:54 pm

A giant and powerful digital camera is about to be shipped from a lab near Chicago to a telescope in Chile to study a mysterious part of the universe called dark energy.

Dark energy makes up most of our universe, but scientists currently know almost nothing about it except that it seems to be making the expansion of our universe speed up.

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Africa
3:51 pm
Mon August 22, 2011

The Scene In Tripoli: Rebels, Snipers, Chaos

Rebel fighters drive through western Tripoli, Libya, on Monday. Large numbers of rebels have entered the capital, but Moammar Gadhafi's loyalists are putting up stiff resistance.
Sean Carberry NPR

The Libyan rebels may have stormed into Tripoli on a wave of euphoria Sunday. But they were watchful and deliberate Monday as they realized that Moammar Gadhafi's armed loyalists were still a dangerous presence in many parts of the Libyan capital.

In one contested area, a rebel with a megaphone shouted warnings to his comrades: "Be careful of snipers. The city is not clear yet. Be alert."

But most rebels didn't need to be told. They were already jumpy coming into Tripoli, the grand prize in the rebels' six-month uprising against Gadhafi and his 42 years of rule.

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Shots - Health Blog
3:37 pm
Mon August 22, 2011

Proportion Of OB-GYNs Offering Abortions May Be Lower Than Thought

For women seeking an abortion, finding a doctor willing to offer one is easier said than done.

Ninety-seven percent of OB-GYNs have encountered patients wanting an abortion, but only 14 percent of the doctors perform them, according to a study published today in the journal Obstetrics and Gynecology. That finding suggests a smaller percentage of OB-GYNs may be offering abortion services than previous studies have estimated.

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Middle East
3:01 pm
Mon August 22, 2011

A Controlled Glimpse Of A Restive Syrian Town

Syrian soldiers shout slogans in support of President Bashar Assad Aug. 10 as they withdraw from the city of Hama after a 10-day military operation to quell pro-democracy protests. This photo was taken during a government-guided tour.
AFP/Getty Images

NPR's Kelly McEvers is in Syria on a tour organized by a youth group aligned with the government of President Bashar Assad. Most foreign journalists are barred from entering the country otherwise. The tour's theme is "Syria Is Fine." Most of the reporters are from countries that have a history of supporting the Syrian regime — Russia and Iran among them. McEvers is the only American reporter in the group, which also includes some European journalists.

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Shots - Health Blog
2:59 pm
Mon August 22, 2011

Why Drug Companies Are Shy About Sharing On Facebook

Drug firms fear that being "liked" on Facebook could get them in trouble with the FDA.
iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Mon August 22, 2011 5:05 pm

People love how Facebook lets them comment on and share other people's posts. But the idea of sharing on social media has got drug companies scared. When Facebook told drugmakers that they had to start allowing comments on their Facebook pages, some of those pages started disappearing.

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The Two-Way
1:58 pm
Mon August 22, 2011

United States Says No To 2020 Olympic Bid

American fans of the Olympics will have to travel abroad for at least another decade if they want to cheer from the stands at one of the world's biggest sporting events. The U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) announced today that there will be no American bid to host the 2020 Summer Olympics.

Actually, the news was Tweeted by USOC spokesman Patrick Sandusky. "I can confirm the US will not be bidding for 2020 Olympic Games," Sandusky wrote to his Twitter followers.

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The Two-Way
1:55 pm
Mon August 22, 2011

Gadhafi's Weapons Of Concern: Shoulder-Fired Missiles

As opposition forces have moved into Tripoli, they've gotten into some of the Iraqi military's weapons depots. But they haven't necessarily secured all the military hardware, leaving some of it vulnerable to those who might try to sell it on the black market.

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