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3:40 pm
Thu October 13, 2011

Herman Cain Tells NPR's Scott Simon Surge In Polls Means He's Hiring

Herman Cain.

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Originally published on Thu October 13, 2011 4:31 pm

Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain, who has surged to the top of some national presidential preference polls, told NPR's Scott Simon, host of Weekend Edition Saturday, that his fundraising has increased 20-fold in the past few weeks, and he is hiring more, much-needed staff.

In fact, he told Scott in an interview Thursday that will air on NPR Saturday, that he just "brought on an entire team" of about 10 new people to help his campaign ramp up.

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Economy
3:36 pm
Thu October 13, 2011

Silence Of Super(secret)committee May Be Progress

The debt reduction supercommittee had its first public meeting three weeks ago. The committee has been largely silent since then and this may be a sign of progress.

J. Scott Applewhite AP

On Capitol Hill, the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction has been very quiet. Also known as the supercommittee, it was created by Congress this summer and is tasked with finding at least 1.2 trillion dollars in cuts over the coming decade. But, so far, its members are keeping their ideas for doing that on the down-low — and that may be a good sign.

It's been weeks since the committee had an open hearing. In fact, it's only had three meetings total — the first of which was to set up its rules.

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The Two-Way
3:30 pm
Thu October 13, 2011

U.S. Says Top Haqqani Leader Was Killed In Drone Strike

The Associated Press along with other news organizations are reporting that a top leader of the Haqqani network has been killed in a drone strike in North Waziristan, Pakistan.

The AP pins the news of Janbaz Zadran's death on a "senior American official," and MSNBC reports that "local intelligence officials" also confirmed the news.

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The Two-Way
2:33 pm
Thu October 13, 2011

Gulf States Call Arab League Meeting On 'Dire' Situation In Syria

The Gulf Cooperation Council called for a meeting of the Arab League on what it termed the "dire" situation in Syria. Reuters and Al Arabiya report the GCC issued a statement with the announcement.

Al Arabiya adds:

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The Two-Way
2:01 pm
Thu October 13, 2011

Link Between Iran's Quds Force And Bomb Plot 'Doesn't Seem To Fit'

As details emerge about the alleged Iranian plot to assassinate Saudi Arabia's ambassador to the U.S., some experts say the plan is uncharacteristic of Iran's Quds Force, which is said to be behind the plans. So what is known about this elite unit of Iran's Revolutionary Guards?

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Shots - Health Blog
1:17 pm
Thu October 13, 2011

Private Medicare Plans Use Stars To Navigate For Profits

Just three stars could be enough to put health plans in the money.

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The latest edition of the federal government's annual reviews of private Medicare health plans came out Wednesday, just in time to help seniors choose plans during this year's open enrollment period that starts Saturday and runs through Dec. 7.

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The Two-Way
1:14 pm
Thu October 13, 2011

Cain's 9-9-9 Plan: Just Like SimCity?

A framegrab from the Cain campaign's video about its 9-9-9 tax plan.

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One rival said he thought it was "the price of a pizza" (Jon Huntsman's quip). Another said you need to turn it upside down because "the devil's in the details" (Rep. Michele Bachmann's 6-6-6 reference).

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Middle East
1:00 pm
Thu October 13, 2011

Saudi Arabia's Delicate Dance On The Fate Of Yemen

Thousands of anti-government protesters in Yemen demonstrate against President Ali Abdullah Saleh last month. Saudi Arabia wants Saleh to step down, but also worries that his departure could lead to chaos.

Mohammed Huwais AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu October 13, 2011 8:25 pm

Saudi Arabia, which places a premium on stability, appears to be sending mixed messages these days on what it wants from its volatile southern neighbor, Yemen.

On one hand, the kingdom is demanding that Yemen's President Ali Abdullah Saleh step aside after months of protests against his more than 30 years of rule.

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Africa
1:00 pm
Thu October 13, 2011

In Gadhafi's Birthplace, Loyalists Find Shaky Refuge

Anti-Gadhafi fighters point their guns at a carpet depicting Moammar Gadhafi after taking the village of Abu Hadi, the deposed Libyan leader's birthplace, on Oct. 3. Regime loyalists who fled to the village find themselves grappling with the realities of a new nation.

Bela Szandelszky AP

Originally published on Thu October 13, 2011 8:25 pm

Many civilians have fled the fighting in the besieged Libyan city of Sirte in recent days and have ended up in a nearby village, which has one distinction: It's where deposed Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi was born. But Sirte residents are not the only ones finding shelter there.

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The Two-Way
12:58 pm
Thu October 13, 2011

Man Celebrates 26-Year Reunion — With His Old Racing Bike

Michael Gill was 21 when he sold his Peugeot racing bike in 1985.

Michael Gill

Michael Gill is the proud owner of a bicycle. It's not new, and it's not flashy — in fact, right now, it's just a frame. But it's tied to Gill's past, when he rode the Peugeot bike for thousands of miles in the 1980s. That's when he had to part with the elite machine — until last month, when he found it again.

Back in the early 1980s, Gill trained on the Peugeot PX-10 and rode it in races. He calls it "my first serious racing bike." On it, he covered an average of 200-300 miles each week.

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The Two-Way
12:52 pm
Thu October 13, 2011

ArtReview Names China's Ai Weiwei Most Powerful Person In The Art World

Outspoken Chinese artist Ai Weiwei arrives to speak to reporters outside his studio in Beijing in June of 2011.

Peter Parks AFP/Getty Images

The magazine ArtReview has named the dissident Chinese artist Ai Weiwei "the contemporary art world's most powerful player" in 2011.

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Economy
12:16 pm
Thu October 13, 2011

A Labor Mismatch Means Trucking Jobs Go Unfilled

A truck stop near Hesperia, Calif. To address a shortage of truck drivers resulting from a mismatch of skills in the labor market, some trucking companies have started free driving schools with the promise of a job upon completion.

David McNew Getty Images

Originally published on Thu October 13, 2011 8:25 pm

The job market is barely treading water. The Labor Department reported Thursday that 404,000 more people filed for unemployment benefits last week, a number that's essentially unchanged from the week before.

Overall, there are 14 million people looking for work in the U.S., but at the same time there are still job openings around the country.

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The Two-Way
12:05 pm
Thu October 13, 2011

AP: Drone Virus Could Have Come From Games Like 'Mafia Wars'

Some of the computers controlling America's fleet of drone aircraft are reportedly infected by a persistent virus. In this file photo, a senior airman remotely operates an MQ-9 Reaper during a training mission at Creech Air Force Base in Indian Springs, Nev.

Ethan Miller Getty Images

Originally published on Thu October 13, 2011 12:06 pm

In a story today, the Associated Press talks to an anonymous Air Force official, who said the virus that attacked the Pentagon's drone program last month was common malware and wasn't designed to specifically infect the aircraft.

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The Salt
11:31 am
Thu October 13, 2011

A Legal Loophole For Raw Milk Lovers: Call It 'Pet Food'

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"Not for human consumption?" Sources tell us this raw milk yogurt was delicious.

Richard Knox NPR

Originally published on Wed May 22, 2013 3:49 pm

Food fresh from the farm is undeniably appealing. Raw milk enthusiasts take it one step further: They like their milk fresh from the cow — skipping pasteurization.

But it's illegal to sell raw milk in stores in most U.S. states, and fans have been known to go to great lengths to buy dairy in its purest form. Last year, we told you about one Maryland mom who regularly drives almost two hours to a farm in Pennsylvania to buy unpasteurized milk for her family — paying $5 to $7 per gallon.

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The Two-Way
11:03 am
Thu October 13, 2011

Human Rights Groups Ask Canada To Arrest President George W. Bush

Oct. 7, 2001: President George W. Bush poses for a photo in the Treaty Room of the White House after announcing airstrikes on on Afghanistan.

Hillery Smith Garrison AP

Ahead of an appearance at an economic summit in British Columbia, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch called on Canada to "arrest and prosecute" former President George W. Bush.

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The Two-Way
10:59 am
Thu October 13, 2011

Plot Was 'Directed By Individuals In The Iranian Government,' Obama Says

"What we know is that an individual of Iranian-American descent was involved in a plot to assassinate the ambassador to the United States from Saudi Arabia, and we also know that he had direct links, was paid by and directed by individuals in the Iranian government," President Obama just said.

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Economy
10:51 am
Thu October 13, 2011

Land Rush In Eastern Ohio A Boon For The Economy

T.J. Turner stands in his yard in Yellow Springs, Ohio, on May 27 near a sign protesting the practice of fracking, a process used to extract oil or natural gas from hard rock formations. Turner was approached by a salesman for an energy exploration company to lease rights for drilling on his property.

Jay LaPrete AP

Originally published on Fri October 14, 2011 5:28 pm

The latest hot spot for oil and natural gas is in eastern Ohio.

Some analysts say energy companies haven't been this interested in the Buckeye State since John D. Rockefeller opened Standard Oil in Cleveland in the late 19th century.

Now there's a land rush for drilling rights in what is called the Utica Shale.

Chasing Leasing Rights

Columbiana County Recorder Craig Brown has little privacy at his desk. His offices are packed with workers preparing oil and gas leases and researching the mineral rights of local homeowners.

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Shots - Health Blog
10:30 am
Thu October 13, 2011

Teens Use Condoms More Often During First Sex

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Originally published on Thu October 13, 2011 1:12 pm

Teenagers can, in fact, make some mature decisions when it comes to sex.

The latest government data show that 8 of 10 teen males used a condom the first time they had sex, an increase of 9 percentage points since 2002.

The findings, released yesterday, come from the National Survey of Family Growth, conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention between 2006 and 2010. The data were gathered from in-person interviews with 4,600 teenagers across the country.

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The Two-Way
10:10 am
Thu October 13, 2011

Dennis Ritchie, C Programmer And Unix Co-Creator, Has Died

Dennis Ritchie at the 1999 ceremony when he received the National Medal of Technology from President Clinton.

Bell Labs.

Dennis Ritchie is being remembered today as a pioneering computer scientist, the "father of [the] C programming language," co-creator of the Unix operating system and "a 'titan' of the [computer] industry whose influence was largely unknown."

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The Two-Way
9:31 am
Thu October 13, 2011

11-Year Sentence For Hedge Fund Boss Rajaratnam

Raj Rajaratnam, billionaire co-founder of Galleon Group, entering Manhattan federal court in May.

Louis Lanzano AP

Originally published on Thu October 13, 2011 11:10 am

Raj Rajaratnam, the hedge-fund billionaire convicted of insider trading, has just been given what's said to be the longest-ever prison sentence in the U.S. for that crime.

He's due to spend 11 years behind bars, The New York Times' DealBook blog and other news outlets are reporting. And he's been fined $10 million.

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The Salt
9:30 am
Thu October 13, 2011

'Better For You' Foods May Be Better For Company Profits

We are choosing among a dizzying array of low-fat, low-salt, and low-calorie products

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Originally published on Thu October 13, 2011 2:28 pm

Processed foods that are low in calories, salt, fat or sugar are too expensive. And we won't buy them if we think they won't taste good — or so the conventional wisdom goes.

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The Two-Way
9:17 am
Thu October 13, 2011

Slovak Parliament OKs Eurozone Bailout Fund

As expected, "Slovakia's Parliament has approved expanding the powers of the European Union bailout fund," The Associated Press reports from Bratislava.

The wire service adds that:

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The Two-Way
8:41 am
Thu October 13, 2011

French Prosecutors Drop Strauss-Kahn Sex Assault Inquiry

Originally published on Thu October 13, 2011 9:22 am

"French prosecutors have suspended the investigation into sexual assault claims against former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn," France 24 reports. "French journalist Tristane Banon has accused Strauss-Kahn of attempting to rape her in 2003."

The Associated Press writes that "the prosecutor's office said Thursday that Strauss-Kahn admitted to sexual aggression against writer Tristane Banon but that it is too late to prosecute for that charge, because the incident in question happened in 2003."

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Shots - Health Blog
8:27 am
Thu October 13, 2011

Avastin For Breast Cancer: Hope Versus False Hope

The Food and Drug Administration regularly courts controversy. But the regulator is treading new and particularly emotional territory as it has moved to revoke approval of the drug Avastin to treat breast cancer.

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Animals
8:03 am
Thu October 13, 2011

Naked Mole Rat's Genetic Code Laid Bare

Naked mole rats are becoming more popular in research laboratories, The rodents have surprised scientists with their ability to live up to 30 years and their potential to offer insights into human health.

Eric Gay AP

Originally published on Fri October 14, 2011 5:15 am

Lists of the world's ugliest animals sometimes include the naked mole rat. But scientists who have just analyzed its entire genetic code say this bizarre little creature has an inner beauty — unique traits that could aid research on cancer and aging.

Naked mole rats are neither moles nor rats, although they are naked. They have tiny eyes and piggy noses and have been described as looking like sausages with teeth.

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Africa
8:00 am
Thu October 13, 2011

Libyan Arms Flow Into Egypt Across Northern Sinai

Ali Madaan, 45, is one of the Bedouin guards protecting the al-Midan station in Egypt's northern Sinai. The natural gas pipeline there has come under repeated attacks.

Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson NPR

Originally published on Thu October 13, 2011 12:04 pm

The Sinai Peninsula has proven a major security headache for Egypt's military rulers since a popular uprising ousted President Hosni Mubarak eight months ago.

Gunmen who crossed over the border into Israel from southern Sinai killed eight civilians in August. In northern Sinai, unknown assailants have repeatedly attacked a natural gas pipeline feeding Israel and Jordan.

But what ultimately may prove more problematic for Egyptian authorities is the growing number of northern Sinai residents who are arming themselves with heavy weapons coming in from Libya.

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The Two-Way
7:55 am
Thu October 13, 2011

VIDEO: In Bhutan, Land That Measures Happiness, A Royal Wedding

Just for the beautiful colors and relative simplicity of the ceremony, it's worth noting and taking a look at today's wedding in Bhutan of King Jigme Khesar Namgyal Wangchuck to "commoner bride" Jetsun Pema.

The Associated Press has video.

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The Two-Way
6:54 am
Thu October 13, 2011

Top Stories: BlackBerry, Cain, Iran, Trade Deals, Listeria

Originally published on Thu October 13, 2011 7:03 am

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The Two-Way
6:35 am
Thu October 13, 2011

Jobless Claims Nearly Unchanged

Originally published on Thu October 13, 2011 6:38 am

The number of Americans filing first-time claims for jobless benefits last week was basically the same as the week before, the Employment and Training Administration just reported.

It says 404,000 such claims were submitted, vs. 405,000 the week before (a number that was revised up slightly from the previous estimate of 401,000).

As we wrote last week:

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The Two-Way
6:03 am
Thu October 13, 2011

GOP Presidential Contender Herman Cain Takes Lead In Second Poll

"Fueled by Tea Party supporters, conservatives and high-interest GOP primary voters, former Godfather's Pizza CEO Herman Cain now leads the race for the Republican presidential nomination, according to the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll," NBC News deputy political director Mark Murry reports.

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