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4:12 pm
Tue August 30, 2011

8 Miami Hurricane Players Suspended, Must Repay Benefits

The NCAA has ruled that eight Miami Hurricane players will sit out games and repay benefits they received in order to entice them to play for the University of Miami.

The AP reports:

Starting quarterback Jacory Harris and four other players must sit out one game and make repayment.

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The Two-Way
3:48 pm
Tue August 30, 2011

Human Rights Group: Syria Is 'Persecuting Its Own People On A Vast Scale'

From a Facebook page created about Hamza.
Facebook.com/hamza.alshaheed

In a report released today by human rights group Amnesty International, Syria is described to be in the middle of a brutal crackdown. The report alleges that amid protests, more people are being detained and more people are dying behind bars.

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Shots - Health Blog
3:23 pm
Tue August 30, 2011

A Remnant From Algae In Malaria Parasite May Prove Its Weakness

An Anopheles albimanus mosquito, which is an important vector for malaria transmission in Central America.
James Gathany CDC

Scientists may have found a critical weakness in Plasmodium falciparum, the parasite that causes malaria. Researchers say the discovery provides a promising target for new malaria therapies.

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Africa
3:13 pm
Tue August 30, 2011

Libyan Rebels Set Deadline For Surrender

Libyan rebel fighters advance in their tank about 60 miles east of the town of Sirte on Tuesday, Aug. 30. Sirte is Moammar Gadhafi's hometown and the last bastion of his loyalist forces.
Eric Feferberg AFP/Getty Images

Libya's rebels say they have more than 10,000 fighters surrounding Moammar Gadhafi's hometown of Sirte and are waiting for the order to attack.

The rebel officials say that order will be given this Saturday. But over the next few days, they will try to negotiate the peaceful surrender of Sirte, the last major bastion of Gadhafi's forces.

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The Two-Way
2:23 pm
Tue August 30, 2011

When Is Eid? Muslims Can't Seem To Agree

An Indian Muslim woman poses showing her hands decorated with mehendi (henna) during 'Chand Raat' or 'Night of the Moon' in Hyderabad on August 30, 2011, traditionally held on the eve of the festival of Eid al-Fitr.
NOAH SEELAM AFP/Getty Images

Today is Eid al-Fitr, the Muslim holiday that marks the end of Ramadan, the holy month of fasting. Except that it isn't.

Today, many Muslims in the United States, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and Jordan are celebrating Eid. Meanwhile, many Muslims in Indonesia, South Africa, India and Oman are not celebrating Eid until Wednesday.

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The Two-Way
1:45 pm
Tue August 30, 2011

When It's Your Time, Would You Like To Be Liquefied?

We had to read on after spotting this line atop a BBC News story today:

"A Glasgow-based company has installed its first commercial 'alkaline hydrolysis' unit at a Florida funeral home."

And just what does that involve? As the St. Petersburg Times explained last October:

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The Two-Way
1:42 pm
Tue August 30, 2011

August Is Deadliest Month Ever In Afghan War

This month, 66 U.S. service members were killed in Afghanistan. According to The Associated Press that makes August the deadliest month in the nearly 10-year-old war. The previous record was in July 2010, when 65 service members were killed.

August's number includes the 30 American troops killed on Aug. 6, when insurgents shot down a Chinook helicopter.

The AP reports:

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The Record
1:30 pm
Tue August 30, 2011

Bluesman 'Honeyboy' Edwards Has Died

David "Honeyboy" Edwards in an undated photo.
Dave Peabody Redferns

David "Honeyboy" Edwards, considered to be the last of a generation of musicians who brought music from the rural Mississippi Delta to the rest of America, died at his home in Chicago early Monday morning. He was 96 years old.

Honeyboy Edwards was born in 1915. He grew up in segregated Mississippi during Jim Crow. Though his dad was a share-cropper, the young Edwards did not work in the fields.

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Politics
1:05 pm
Tue August 30, 2011

Libya Offers Obama Vindication, But Not Doctrine

President Barack Obama addresses the 93rd American Legion National Convention at the Minneapolis Convention Center on Tuesday.
Cory Ryan Getty Images

While Libya's ultimate fate is still unclear, the past week has marked a decisive change. In a speech to the American Legion in Minneapolis Tuesday, President Obama praised "our brave forces who helped the Libyan people finally break free from the grip of Moammar Gadhafi."

The last five months brought a great deal of controversy and criticism to the White House's handling of Libya. Now the administration is claiming some vindication.

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NPR Story
1:00 pm
Tue August 30, 2011

In Syria, Homs Emerges As Center Of Protest Movement

Now that Hama has been crushed and demoralized, Homs is emerging as the center of anti-government activity in Syria, as protesters have taken up arms to conduct targeted operations against security forces and the army.

Presidential Race
1:00 pm
Tue August 30, 2011

Perry, Romney Boost Military, Bash Obama In Texas

The two top leaders of the large field of Republican presidential hopefuls have gotten a warm welcome this week from the friendly crowd at the national convention of the Veterans of Foreign Wars in San Antonio.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney both boasted of their admiration and support for the military in their speeches, but they sidestepped attacks on each other, saving their vitriol for President Obama.

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Shots - Health Blog
12:51 pm
Tue August 30, 2011

Commission: Researchers Knew Of Ethical Problems In Guatemala STD Study

U.S. researchers knowingly breached medical ethics by infecting Guatemalans with venereal diseases in the 1940s without informing them of the risks, a presidential commission has found.

The Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues, which was asked by President Barack Obama to investigate the Guatemalan study in October 2010, came to the conclusion after learning that the researchers had conducted similar research with American prisoners in 1943 but had given them the chance to make informed consent.

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Around the Nation
12:16 pm
Tue August 30, 2011

Flooding From Irene Damages Roads, Strands Towns

Roaring Brook flows onto Route 73 in Keene, N.Y., on Tuesday.
Tom Woodman, Adirondack Explorer AP

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 9:28 am

Vermont's National Guard began mobilizing helicopters and heavy equipment Tuesday to airlift food, drinking water and other essentials to about a dozen towns cut off by flooding in the wake of Hurricane Irene.

Days after the massive storm cut a treacherous swath across 11 states, hundreds of roads and scores of bridges remained impassable in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast. In some cases, those roads and bridges were the sole access routes in and out of rural or coastal communities.

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Shots - Health Blog
11:49 am
Tue August 30, 2011

Taming High Health Costs Takes Taming High-Tech

Expensive technologies like proton beam therapy and hot chemo baths are among the reasons America's health care spending is rising at an unsustainable clip and making the federal deficit so hard to tame.

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The Two-Way
11:35 am
Tue August 30, 2011

$100 Million, Six-Year Deal For Michael Vick

Michael Vick, quarterback of the Philadelphia Eagles, earlier this month.
Jim McIsaac Getty Images

The six-year deal announced Monday night that will keep Michael Vick with the NFL's Philadelphia Eagles could be worth up to $100 million for the quarterback who just a little more than two years was finishing up an 18-month prison term after being convicted on charges related to dog fighting.

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The Two-Way
11:28 am
Tue August 30, 2011

Mexican Police Make 5 Arrests In Casino Arson; Say 7 More Still At Large

Mexican authorities say they have arrested five men in connection with a Casino arson that killed 52 people. As we reported, last week, witnesses say armed men walked into the Casino Royale in Monterrey, ordered everyone out, then poured gasoline all over the building and set it on fire.

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The Two-Way
10:36 am
Tue August 30, 2011

Under Scrutiny For 'Fast And Furious,' ATF Announces New Leader

Justice Department officials announced Tuesday that the troubled Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has a new leader. Officials handpicked Minnesota's top federal prosecutor, B. Todd Jones, to serve as the bureau's acting director.

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It's All Politics
10:25 am
Tue August 30, 2011

On Perry's Turf, Romney Aims Jab At 'Career Politicians'

Mitt Romney speaks during a town hall meeting in Keene, N.H., on Aug. 24.
Jim Cole AP

Originally published on Wed August 31, 2011 8:49 am

Deep in the heart of Texas, home to one of his toughest rivals for the Republican presidential nomination, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney declared today that:

"I have spent most of my life outside of politics, dealing with real problems in the real economy. Career politicians got us into this mess and they simply don't know how to get us out."

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World
10:00 am
Tue August 30, 2011

Understanding Syria Today: Country Of Conflict

On Monday, Syria's closest ally Iran called on President Bashar al-Assad to listen to the "legitimate demands" of demonstrators. But today, Syrian government forces reportedly opened fire on protesters as worshipers exited mosques, marking Ramadan's end. To learn about Syria, host Michel Martin speaks with members of Al Jazeera International and the Damascus Center for Human Rights Studies.

Economy
10:00 am
Tue August 30, 2011

Obama's New Economic Adviser A Promising Choice?

As jobs are among Americans' most pressing concerns now, President Obama announced Monday that he has picked Princeton labor economist Alan Kreuger to be the Chairman of the White House Council of Economic Advisers. To explore what Kreuger can do for the economy, Michel Martin speaks with University of Michigan Economics Professor Susan Collins.

The Two-Way
9:45 am
Tue August 30, 2011

Polygamist Leader Warren Jeffs Has Pneumonia, Is Not In Coma

This Texas Department of Corrections mug shot of Warren Jeffs was distributed to news outlets on Aug. 10, 2011.
AFP/Getty Images

Jailed polygamist leader Warren Jeffs is suffering from pneumonia and is not in a medically-induced coma, as has been widely reported, a source familiar with Jeffs' condition tells NPR.

According to the source, the 55-year-old leader of the nation's largest polygamist group was sedated, pharmacologically paralyzed and placed on a ventilator as part of his treatment for pneumonia. The source spoke on the condition of anonymity due to federal medical privacy laws that do not permit disclosure of medical treatment without permission of the patient or family.

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Monkey See
9:22 am
Tue August 30, 2011

Your Friends Are Not Your Audience: A Disturbing Internet Lesson In Perspective

iStockphoto.com

It's a piece of necessary wisdom that will be shared with countless college students this fall by nervous parents: Tell a story at a party, and it's heard by a handful of people, whose reactions you perhaps have some ability to predict. Tell it on the internet, and it will be heard by the people you know and the people you don't — and the latter outnumber the former by several orders of magnitude. Don't put your picture on Facebook flashing the camera or looking drunk or kissing someone you might later regret kissing.

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Education
9:20 am
Tue August 30, 2011

Former GM Exec Hopes To Kick-Start Detroit Schools

Roy Roberts, emergency manager of the Detroit Public Schools, speaks at Amelia Earhart Elementary-Middle School. Roberts, a former General Motors executive, came out of retirement to try to fix the school system.
Larry Abramson NPR

Originally published on Tue August 30, 2011 8:31 pm

If there were an award for the "most challenged" school district in the United States, the Detroit public school system would have good reason to claim the title.

The system is wrestling with crumbling buildings, low achievement and a decline in enrollment that just won't stop. But this year, the system has added some new faces and plans to the mix in an attempt to revive it.

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The Two-Way
9:00 am
Tue August 30, 2011

Cheney: Iraq War Did Not Hurt Reputation Of U.S.; Was Sound Policy

"Critics here at home" argue that the war in Iraq has hurt the reputation of the United States around the world, former Vice President Dick Cheney acknowledged this morning. But he doesn't believe that's true.

"In fact I think it was sound policy that dealt with a very serious problem" — then-Iraqi leader Sadaam Hussein — Cheney said on NBC-TV's The Today Show.

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Reflecting On Sept. 11, 2001
8:26 am
Tue August 30, 2011

The 'Top Secret America' Created After 9/11

A K-9 police officer and his partner "Bart" patrol New York's Grand Central Terminal in 2003. Less visible are the clandestine security measures the government has implemented since 2001.
Joe Kohen AP Photo

Thousands of government organizations and private companies work on programs related to counterterrorism, homeland security and intelligence. Last December, The Washington Post reported that this "top-secret world ... has become so large, so unwieldy and so secretive that no one knows how much money it costs, how many people it employs, how many programs exist within it or exactly how many agencies do the same work."

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The Two-Way
8:15 am
Tue August 30, 2011

Consumer Confidence 'Plummeted In August'

Blunt words from The Conference Board in its just-released report on how consumers are feeling:

"The Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index, which had improved slightly in July, plummeted in August."

The widely watched index now stands at 44.5, its lowest point in more than two years, vs. 59.2 in July. In good times, the index often stays well above 100.

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The Two-Way
7:50 am
Tue August 30, 2011

White House Counsels Officials On How To Commemorate Sept. 11 Attacks

The towers of the World Trade Center. Sept. 11, 2001.
Robert Giroux Getty Images

Guidelines sent by the White House to U.S. government officials around the world about how to commemorate the Sept. 11 attacks on their 10th anniversary focus on honoring the victims, stressing the need to be prepared for another attack and recognizing that other nations have also been targeted by terrorists, The New York Times reports this morning.

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The Two-Way
7:15 am
Tue August 30, 2011

Home Prices Rose Modestly In Second Quarter, But Still Below Year Ago

One widely watched measure of U.S. home prices rose 3.6 percent in the second quarter from first-quarter 2011.

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The Two-Way
6:45 am
Tue August 30, 2011

Top Stories: Irene Aftermath; Hunt For Gadhafi; New Leader In Japan

Good morning.

The death toll from Hurricane Irene and its aftermath continues to rise, as we reported earlier. There are now 40 confirmed deaths.

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The Two-Way
6:35 am
Tue August 30, 2011

In Libya: 'Biggest Fear' Is Gadhafi Disappearing, Continuing To Fight

The news that ousted Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi's wife and three of his children have fled to Algeria underscores "the biggest fear" for many Libyans, NPR's Lourdes Garcia-Navarro reports from Tripoli — that Gadhafi will elude capture and that his forces will continue to battle for weeks, months or perhaps years.

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