Europe
4:43 pm
Tue May 15, 2012

For New French President, Germany Is First Stop

Francois Hollande stands up in his car Tuesday as he rides up the Champs-Elysees after taking the oath of office as the new president of France. Shortly afterward, he flew to Germany to meet with Chancellor Angela Merkel and discuss the continent's economic woes.
Regis Duvignau AP

Originally published on Tue May 15, 2012 5:46 pm

As soon as new French President Francois Hollande was sworn in on Tuesday, he observed a postwar custom and reached out to Germany, in a move intended to underscore European solidarity and the importance of the alliance.

But it wasn't a relaxing social visit. Hollande's plane was struck by lightning en route to Berlin and had to return to Paris as a precaution. He then took another plane.

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Digital Life
4:36 pm
Tue May 15, 2012

No Signal? No Problem. States Push Tech-Free Escapes

Originally published on Tue May 15, 2012 5:46 pm

In parts of Wisconsin, Iowa and Illinois, broadband internet access and good cell phone reception are tough to come by. Robert Siegel talks with Dave Decker, executive Director of the Tri-State Tourism council, about his efforts to spin that potential nuisance into a positive, by pitching tech-free vacations.

NH News
4:25 pm
Tue May 15, 2012

Nashua Looks To Change Its Brand

The city of Nashua is spending a little more than $100,000 to figure out how to better brand itself. 

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Monkey See
4:16 pm
Tue May 15, 2012

Home Video Picks: 'Being John Malkovich'

John Cusack and Cameron Diaz in Being John Malkovich.
Criterion Collection

Originally published on Tue May 15, 2012 5:46 pm

Time now for a home viewing recommendation from our film critic Bob Mondello. This time Bob urges taking the plunge from the seven-and-a-half-th floor into the Criterion Collection's Blu-ray release of Being John Malkovich.

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Planet Money
4:01 pm
Tue May 15, 2012

Is Facebook Worth $100 Billion?

Paul Sakuma AP

Originally published on Thu May 17, 2012 12:56 pm

When Facebook goes public this week, the company will be valued at roughly $100 billion.

It will be the highest valuation ever for an initial public offering of a tech company. Is Facebook really worth this much money?

One way to frame the question is to consider a single fraction.

The number on top of the fraction is the total value of the company. The number on the bottom is the company's profits over the past year. This fraction is called the price-to-earnings ratio. It's widely used by investors in stocks.

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Shots - Health Blog
3:49 pm
Tue May 15, 2012

You May Be Among The Things That Go Bump In The Night

She's not alone.
iStockphoto.com

To be perfectly honest, I'm not sure I've ever walked in my sleep. There's a family story that I'd like to label fiction about a somnolent bathroom run that ended in a closet. But if it ever happened, I don't remember it.

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The Two-Way
3:45 pm
Tue May 15, 2012

Carlos Fuentes, Legendary Mexican Writer, Dies

Mexican writer Carlos Fuentes takes part in a tribute to Mexican writer and anthropologist Fernando Benitez in December 2011.
Alfredo Estrella AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue May 15, 2012 5:36 pm

Carlos Fuentes, one of the most prolific and best known Spanish-language authors, has died. His death was reported on Twitter by Mexican president Felipe Calderon. The Mexican daily Reforma, which Fuentes often wrote for, reports the author died after experiencing heart problems.

He was 83.

"I am profoundly sorry for the death our loved and admired Carlos Fuentes, writer and universal Mexican. Rest in peace," Calderon wrote on Twitter.

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The Fracking Boom: Missing Answers
3:33 pm
Tue May 15, 2012

'Close Encounters' With Gas Well Pollution

NPR

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 10:54 am

Living in the middle of a natural gas boom can be pretty unsettling. The area around the town of Silt, Colo., used to be the kind of sleepy rural place where the tweet of birds was the most you would hear. Now it's hard to make out the birds because of the rumbling of natural gas drilling rigs.

The land here is steep cliffs and valleys. But bare splotches of earth called well pads are all over the place.

"That's the one I'm worried about because it just went in," says Tim Ray.

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World Cafe
3:26 pm
Tue May 15, 2012

Loudon Wainwright III On World Cafe

Courtesy of Ross Halfin

Loudon Wainwright III has the makings of a great legacy many times over.

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NH News
3:23 pm
Tue May 15, 2012

Skeptical Senate Eyes Welfare Fraud

The New Hampshire Senate is expected to take up legislation Wednesday to curb welfare fraud.

Some state Senators aren’t convinced there is a problem worth solving.

Under the House-passed plan, the state would expand screening of low-income families before they can receive cash benefits.

Supporters say cheating the system erodes public support for programs like Temporary Assistance for Needy Families – the state’s welfare program.

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