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Animals
6:00 am
Sat October 8, 2011

A Bird Flies Into A Hurricane. Does It Fly Out?

Many migratory birds travel thousands of miles every year, over land and sea and, sometimes, through hurricanes. Host Scott Simon talks to Dr. Bryan Watts from the College of William and Mary, who used satellite transmitters to track shorebirds as they flew through Hurricane Irene.

Middle East
6:00 am
Sat October 8, 2011

Mubarak's Trial No Longer A Symbol Of Justice

Egyptians were glued to their television screens when the trial of ousted leader Hosni Mubarak began late this summer. The trial has lost much of its appeal since then, and not just because it's no longer televised. Merritt Kennedy reports from Cairo.

Economy
6:00 am
Sat October 8, 2011

Hiring's Up, So Will Obama Keep His Job?

New jobs numbers came out Friday, reporting employers added more than 100,000 workers to their payrolls. That's better than many forecasters were expecting, but not good enough for the 14 million Americans who are still out of work. NPR's Scott Horsley reports on what the numbers tell us about the economy and what they mean for President Obama.

Politics
6:00 am
Sat October 8, 2011

Canada-Gulf Pipeline Pits Jobs Against Environment

The State Department is considering whether to issue a permit for a controversial oil pipeline from Canada to the Gulf Coast. Environmentalists oppose the project, but defenders say jobs are at stake. NPR's Jeff Brady reports.

The Impact of War
5:53 am
Sat October 8, 2011

Now Serving In Uniform, Teacher Seeks To Inspire

Darryl St. George was a high school teacher on Long Island before becoming a Navy corpsman. In June, he was serving in southern Afghanistan. He's back in the U.S. for the time being and has visited his former school.

David Gilkey NPR

Darryl St. George has served his country both in and out of uniform. He left his high school teaching job on Long Island in 2010 to become a U.S. Navy corpsman, a medic for the U.S. Marines.

"I loved teaching. It was a great job, but I felt like something was missing. I kind of — I felt compelled to serve," he told NPR's Tom Bowman in July.

At the time, he was at a dusty combat outpost in southern Afghanistan. St. George had one month left in his deployment to Afghanistan, and said that when he came home, he planned to visit the school where he had taught.

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Africa
2:22 am
Sat October 8, 2011

Dalai Lama's Absence Looms Large At Tutu's Birthday

Children help retired Archbishop Desmond Tutu blow out candles on a cake during a celebration of his 80th birthday in Stellenbosch, South Africa, on Friday.

Rodger Bosch AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sat October 8, 2011 8:20 pm

In downtown Cape Town, worshippers gathered Friday for a morning Mass at St. George's Cathedral. During apartheid, the massive stone church was an epicenter of resistance against the South African government. On Friday, a service was held to honor the man who led that resistance, Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu.

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National Security
10:00 pm
Fri October 7, 2011

Veterans, Civilians Don't See Eye To Eye On War

Saturday begins the 11th year in the war in Afghanistan, and a new poll shows that veterans and the general public have different views on war, the value of military service — and even patriotism.

David Gilkey NPR

Veterans and the general public have different views on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the value of military service, and even the subject of patriotism, according to a new survey by the Pew Research Center.

The United States has never seen a moment like this one, the Pew Center says. Sustained combat for a decade, and a small fraction of American men and women in uniform.

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The Two-Way
5:06 pm
Fri October 7, 2011

Looking Into The Galaxy's Heart (It's Red)

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This infrared mosaic image, taken by the Hubble telescope, represents the "sharpest survey of the Galactic Center to date," NASA says.

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For its popular "photo of the day" feature, NASA gives us a look at the center of the galaxy, in the form of an infrared image — because as I'm sure you already know, infrared can penetrate the dust clouds that obscure the core in the visible spectrum.

This is the area that NASA uses to form ideas about how massive stars are formed, and how they influence other objects.

The image above, taken by the Infrared Camera and Multi-Object Spectrometer, has a "false color," NASA says, in order to show "the glow of hot hydrogen in space."

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The Two-Way
3:52 pm
Fri October 7, 2011

U.S. Drone Controllers Said To Be Infected By Computer Virus

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

Let's say you have people using computers to control unmanned aircraft that are useful for both gathering information and destroying targets on other continents. If you had a choice, those would probably not be the computers you'd like to see infected by a virus — but that's what has happened to some U.S. systems that control Predator and Reaper drones, according to Wired's Danger Room blog.

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Shots - Health Blog
3:13 pm
Fri October 7, 2011

Feds Crack The Whip On California Marijuana Shops

In July, protesters rally in San Francisco against a Drug Enforcement Agency memo they believed would lead to prosecution of individuals in compliance with California medical marijuana laws.Â

Justin Sullivan Getty Images

Cue Tom Petty because this could be California's last (legal) dance with Mary Jane.

Federal prosecutors turned up the heat on owners of medical-marijuana dispensaries in California by issuing them a 45-day deadline to shut down their shops or face criminal charges or seizure of assets. The crackdown, announced Friday in Sacramento, Calif., comes 15 years after the Golden State started allowing marijuana as a doctor-prescribed treatment for a variety of illnesses.

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Shots - Health Blog
2:44 pm
Fri October 7, 2011

Impotence Drug Approved To Treat Enlarged Prostate Symptoms

The FDA says the same pill can be used to treat BPH and erectile dysfunction.

Eli Lilly

In other men's health news today, the Food and Drug Administration approved the use of Cialis as a once-a-day treatment for symptoms caused by an enlarged prostate.

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The Two-Way
2:40 pm
Fri October 7, 2011

1985 Chicago Bears Finally Get Their Due With White House Visit

President Barack Obama shakes hands with former Chicago Bears quarterback Jim McMahon as he hosts the 1985 Chicago Bears football team at the White House. The visit was a make-up trip for the Super Bowl XX champions, whose original reception was cancelled in 1986.

Charles Dharapak AP

Originally published on Fri October 7, 2011 3:54 pm

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Mitt Romney
2:09 pm
Fri October 7, 2011

Romney Calls For A Bigger, Stronger Military

Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney speaks to Citadel cadets and supporters on campus Friday in Charleston, S.C. The former Massachusetts governor, known more for his business acumen than his foreign-policy experience, sought to show he has what it takes to be commander in chief.

Mic Smith AP

There is a tradition of Republican presidential candidates laying out their foreign-policy views at The Citadel.

John McCain did it four years ago; George W. Bush did it eight years before that. On Friday, it was Mitt Romney's turn to speak at the South Carolina military academy.

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Afghanistan
2:06 pm
Fri October 7, 2011

In Afghanistan, Performance Artist Packs Up His Bling

Aman Mojedidi, who grew up in Jacksonville, Fla., moved to Afghanistan in 2003 because he thought his homeland was finally on the mend. The guerrilla artist is also known as the Jihadi Gangsta, and he has provoked controversy and laughter with his work.

Courtesy of Aman Mojedidi

Performance artist Aman Mojedidi moved from the U.S. to Afghanistan in 2003, as one of what he says were many Afghan-Americans and Afghan-Europeans who thought their homeland was finally on the mend.

"It was really part of that wave of hyphenated Afghans and internationals wanting to come to Afghanistan, post-Taliban, [to] do something, rebuild, reconstruct, that kind of thing," he says.

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World
1:37 pm
Fri October 7, 2011

Battles Against Oppressive Regimes Led To Nobel

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The Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to three women on Friday. From left: President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia, Liberian "peace warrior" Leymah Gbowee and Tawakkul Karman of Yemen.

AP

Originally published on Fri October 7, 2011 3:58 pm

The three women who won the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize were lauded for their courage in standing up to the violence and brutality of oppressive regimes in Liberia and Yemen.

The five-member Nobel Committee in Norway announced Friday that it would split the coveted award three ways, honoring Africa's first democratically elected female president, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf; Liberian campaigner Leymah Gbowee; and Yemeni democracy activist Tawakkul Karman.

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Middle East
1:00 pm
Fri October 7, 2011

In Syria, Focus Moves To Armed Deserters

Protesters opposed to Syrian President Bashar Assad burn an effigy of him Friday prayer in the northern city of Tripoli, Lebanon.

Bilal Hussein AP

Russia's President Dmitry Medvedev issued a blunt message to Syria's leadership on Friday, saying it should either reform or step down.

Medvedev's statement in Moscow was significant because Russia has been one of Syria's strongest allies. And just four days earlier, Russia and China used their U.N. vetoes to block a resolution that could have led to tougher diplomatic measures against Syria.

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Remembering Steve Jobs (1955-2011)
12:51 pm
Fri October 7, 2011

After Jobs, Who Will Be Next American Visionary?

Thomas Edison transformed American industry and culture with his inventions, such as the phonograph and the motion picture camera. He also developed a long-lasting electric light bulb and founded General Electric.

Hulton Archive Getty Images

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 9:20 am

Visionary. Uncompromising. Intuitive. Risk-taking. Steve Jobs — the man who helped build a company and used it to transform multiple industries and popular culture — could have been lifted from the pages of a college textbook on how to be a successful CEO.

He was "the most incredible businessperson in the world," Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak told CBS News on Thursday, a day after Jobs' death.

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Economy
11:53 am
Fri October 7, 2011

Thought The Economy Was Tanking? Not So Fast

The construction sector added 26,000 jobs in September, reversing a drop a month earlier.

Tom Pennington Getty Images

Originally published on Sun October 9, 2011 5:06 am

A few weeks ago, dismal economic reports seemed to be pointing to one conclusion: The economy was slipping into another recession. Investors fled the stock market, pundits predicted doom and political leaders pointed fingers, trying to fix blame for a faltering economy.

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The Two-Way
11:43 am
Fri October 7, 2011

Rallies Decry Death Sentence For Confessed Assassin In Pakistan

Protesters rally in support of Mumtaz Qadri, who was sentenced to death for the murder of Gov. Salman Taseer. Qadri appealed his sentence Thursday.

Sajid Mehmood NPR

Originally published on Fri October 7, 2011 11:44 am

Crowds protested in Pakistan's major cities Friday, against the death sentence handed down last week to the self-confessed killer of Punjab province's Gov. Salman Taseer. One of the governor's bodyguards, Mumtaz Qadri, shot him in cold blood outside a café in Islamabad in January.

Religious parties supporting Qadri rallied in solidarity one day after Qadri filed an appeal challenging the death sentence handed down by an anti-terror court.

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The Two-Way
11:13 am
Fri October 7, 2011

Berlusconi Raises Ire With Obscene Joke About His Party

Italy's Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, seen here in a file photo, has seen his approval rating hit record lows. And now he's angered many in his own party by jokingly suggesting a lewd name change.

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Italian leader Silvio Berlusconi is in trouble again, after making an obscene joke at his own ruling party's expense. The quip is the latest in a series of scandals that have nettled the prime minister. And it came at the end of a week that took a deep toll on Italy's economy.

From Italy, Sylvia Poggioli filed this report for our Newscast desk:

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Barack Obama
11:06 am
Fri October 7, 2011

One Term, Or Two? Obama Faces Season Of Doubt

Obama is surrounded by former presidents in the Oval Office in 2009. Two of his predecessors — George W. Bush and Bill Clinton — won two terms, while two others — George H.W. Bush and Jimmy Carter — left office after just one.

J. Scott Applewhite AP

Originally published on Fri October 7, 2011 12:56 pm

For President Obama, this is the Season of Doubt.

There is in the American air — some 13 months away from the 2012 election — a whiff of suggestion that Obama might not be re-elected. Or re-electable.

A recent poll reveals that most Americans — 55 percent — believe Obama will be a one-term president. On hearing the results, Obama told ABC News: "I'm used to being an underdog."

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The Two-Way
10:35 am
Fri October 7, 2011

In Sirte, Assault Seeking To Quell Loyalists Meets Fierce Resistance

On a morning of fierce street fighting, a wounded man is wheeled into a field hospital outside Sirte. The city was rocked by explosions, and Libyan National Transitional Council fighters were targeted by pro-Gadhafi snipers.

Aris Messinis AFP/Getty Images

In Libya, revolutionary fighters staged a full assault on Sirte early Friday, trying to subdue the town that now serves as a bastion for fighters loyal to Moammar Gadhafi. The coastal city, Gadhafi's hometown, was attacked from nearly all sides Friday, with many exchanges involving tanks, mortars, and rockets.

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Shots - Health Blog
10:23 am
Fri October 7, 2011

Influential Panel Giving Thumbs Down To Routine Prostate Cancer Test

Chicago attorney Tom Hayward suffered a raging infection after a prostate biopsy. He had to be hospitalized, but has since recovered.

Icoi Johnson for NPR

The same group that caused a ruckus by recommending against mammograms for women in their 40s is about to tell men that a routine blood test for prostate cancer does most of them more harm than good.

The problem is that the test doesn't do enough to save lives and subjects many men to additional tests and surgery. The side effects, including impotence and incontinence, outweigh the benefits for men in good heath, according to reports about the findings of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force.

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The Salt
10:01 am
Fri October 7, 2011

How That Food You Throw Out Is Linked To Global Warming

The greenhouse gas emissions associated with food waste amount to 135 million tons a year, a company has found.

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Originally published on Sat October 8, 2011 4:44 am

It's funny how some people are embarrassed by the state of their refrigerator – perhaps because it's full of beer and condiments and nothing else.

For me, it's the guilt of seeing off-color sausage or slimy lettuce disintegrating in my refrigerator drawer. Sadly, I am just another American prone to wasting food. Collectively, we waste about 55 million tons of the stuff a year, or 40 percent of the food supply, researchers estimate.

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News
10:00 am
Fri October 7, 2011

For Obama, Good News From New Jobs Report

The economy added 103,000 jobs last month, but the unemployment rate stayed at 9.1 percent. That's according to Friday's report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Friday also marks the 10-year anniversary of the war in Afghanistan. Meanwhile, Sarah Palin and Chris Christie recently announced they'd sit out of the GOP presidential race. Michel Martin talks politics with Cynthia Tucker, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, and Mindy Finn, former advisor for Mitt Romney's 2008 presidential campaign.

World
10:00 am
Fri October 7, 2011

Women's Rights Pioneers Win Nobel Peace Prize

The 2011 Nobel Peace Prize winners were named Friday: Yemeni activist Tawakkul Karman, Liberian president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Liberian activist and author Leymah Gbowee. Michel Martin discusses the winners and meaning of the prize with Kristian Berg Harpviken, who follows the Nobel Committee's process closely and directs the Peace Research Institute in Oslo.

The Two-Way
9:20 am
Fri October 7, 2011

Ten Years Ago Today, President Bush Announced Strikes On Afghanistan

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

Originally published on Fri October 7, 2011 9:25 am

At 1 p.m. ET on Oct. 7, 2001, President George W. Bush announced to the nation that "on my orders, the United States military has begun strikes against al-Qaida terrorist training camps and military installations of the Taliban regime in Afghanistan."

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The Salt
7:47 am
Fri October 7, 2011

Cantaloupe Recall Due To Listeria Expands To Pre-Cut Fruit Salads

A fast-growing segment of the fruit market, pre-cut salad, is getting caught up in the cantaloupe listeria recall

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Originally published on Sat October 8, 2011 11:02 am

The FDA just announced another recall in connection to the listeria outbreak in cantaloupes that has been blamed for at least 18 deaths and 100 illnesses since August.

This time the potential suspect is a growing segment of the grocery market — those pre-cut chunks of cantaloupe that get mixed in with various other fruits for ready made salads.

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The Two-Way
7:40 am
Fri October 7, 2011

Values Voter Summit Underway; GOP Contenders To Speak

The annual Values Voter Summit is happening now in Washington, and if you want to hear what most of the Republican presidential contenders are telling the conservative activists, it's all online for the watching.

Organizers are streaming the event here. It's also on C-SPAN.org.

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Shots - Health Blog
6:51 am
Fri October 7, 2011

To Keep Required Insurance Affordable, Start With Price

It may not be the sexiest piece of last year's health overhaul law, but it's one that has given small businesses and insurers a lot of heartburn. What exactly should be required when it comes to benefits?

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