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12:07 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

Did State Of The Union Hit The Mark — Or Not?

Originally published on Wed February 13, 2013 1:01 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Coming up, we will talk about why the government doesn't want to send you a Social Security or veterans' benefits check anymore. Don't panic. They're going to send you the money. They just don't want to send you a check. We'll tell you why in just a few minutes.

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The Salt
11:21 am
Wed February 13, 2013

Four Loko Cans Will Now Make Clear They're Loaded With Alcohol

Popular fruit-flavored malt liquor Four Loko
Haraz Ghanbari AP

Originally published on Fri February 15, 2013 12:32 pm

Cans of the popular flavored malt beverage Four Loko will soon sport an "Alcohol Facts" label to make it plain they pack a potent punch.

The changes are part of a final settlement announced Tuesday between the Federal Trade Commission and Phusion Projects, whose products have been blamed for hospitalizations and deaths among young people.

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The Two-Way
10:54 am
Wed February 13, 2013

Mali's Militants - Did They Really Just Vanish?

Soldiers secure the port in Gao, Mali on Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013.
Jerome Delay AP

An enormous cache of explosive material turned up this week in Gao, one of the northern Malian cities retaken by French and Malian troops. There are varying reports on its complexity and size, but the Associated Press reports the French military pulled about 1,700 pounds of explosive material out of a single building.

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Shots - Health News
10:36 am
Wed February 13, 2013

Born First And Headed For Health Trouble?

Firstborns have it good in many ways. But health may not be on the list.
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Originally published on Thu February 14, 2013 9:35 am

Firstborn children end up a little taller, smarter and richer than their younger siblings, on average.

But are the eldest kids more likely to develop diabetes and heart disease when they grow up, too?

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Monkey See
10:23 am
Wed February 13, 2013

Entirely Real Photos: Wax George Clooney As Indifferent To You As Real George Clooney

Madame Tussauds placed the new George Clooney waxwork out in the street Wednesday to be admired.
Tim Whitby Getty Images

Originally published on Wed February 13, 2013 2:08 pm

It might not be surprising that a recent poll revealed that George Clooney was the winner in a U.K. poll asking people who would make the best Valentine's Day date.

But things take a turn when you learn that the organization asking the question was Madame Tussauds. Yep — the "choose your dream date" question came straight from the wax museum people. The winner was George Clooney, so they stuck him out in the street, sitting on a sofa, so people could snuggle up to him.

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The Two-Way
10:04 am
Wed February 13, 2013

The State Of The Union In 10 Headlines

President Obama during Tuesday night's State of the Union address. Behind him: Vice President Biden (left) and House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio.
Pete Marovich EPA /LANDOV

Since what's said and written about a State of the Union address on the morning after can determine what's most remembered about such speeches, let's look at Wednesday's headlines:

-- NPR's It's All Politics: "Obama To Congress: With Or Without You."

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Books
10:03 am
Wed February 13, 2013

'Dry Bones'? Hardly — There's Still Life In Detroit

An image from "Detroit Disassembled," an exhibit on display at the National Building Museum. (Andrew Moore, The Aurora, Brush Park neighborhood, 2008)
Andrew Moore National Building Museum

"Girdles and red nail polish and intestinal cleansing and bar fights and sewer pipes and wiretaps and eternal life and decay all around. It was insanity. It was outrageous. It was a reporter's wet dream. Where the hell was I?

"I paid the bill and left.

"The sign outside said DETROIT CITY LIMITS."

The corrupt, crime-addled Detroit of Charlie LeDuff's new memoir, Detroit: An American Autopsy, isn't the same city that I left a month ago.

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The Two-Way
9:20 am
Wed February 13, 2013

President Pledges Transparency On Drone Strikes

A protest against drone strikes outside the Dirksen Senate Office Building in Washington last week.
Jewel Samad AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed February 13, 2013 1:22 pm

In an apparent reference to U.S. drone strikes, President Obama in his State of the Union speech defended the administration's continued use of "direct action" against terrorists and promised to work with Congress to ensure such targeting is lawful and transparent.

The president said that "where necessary, through a range of capabilities, we will continue to take direct action against those terrorists who pose the gravest threat to Americans."

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The Two-Way
9:19 am
Wed February 13, 2013

Rubio's Big Drink Gets Big Buzz

He needed to hydrate: Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., during his address Tuesday.
AP

Originally published on Wed February 13, 2013 3:29 pm

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Monkey See
9:10 am
Wed February 13, 2013

A New Vision Of Harry Potter Premieres With A Fresh Take On 'Sorcerer's Stone'

Scholastic

This fall, to mark the 15th anniversary of Harry Potter's arrival in the U.S., trade paperback versions of the Harry Potter series are getting new covers.

The art comes from Kazu Kibuishi, creator of the Amulet graphic novels and the comics anthology Flight. Scholastic rolled out the first cover today, for the first book, Harry Potter And The Sorcerer's Stone.

But don't fret — the original art from Mary GrandPre will still be on the hardcovers.

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The Two-Way
8:30 am
Wed February 13, 2013

Top Story: Calif. Manhunt May Be Over

Originally published on Wed February 13, 2013 8:58 am

Good morning, here are our top stories:

Single Gunshot Reportedly Ends Dramatic California Manhunt.

Rubio's Big Drink Gets Big Buzz.

And here are more early headlines:

Obama Travels To N.C. To Promote State Of The Union Themes. (CNN)

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Monkey See
8:24 am
Wed February 13, 2013

Morning Shots: I'm Sorry, But This Bathroom Is Now An Ice-Cream Parlor

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Ashley Fetters at The Atlantic has rounded up early reviews of Betty Friedan's The Feminine Mystique; it's a great read. [The Atlantic]

I'm not sure what to make of the fact that Sigur Ros is now selling a signature candle, but I feel like a #bandcandles hashtag can't be far behind. [Vulture]

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Around the Nation
7:58 am
Wed February 13, 2013

Sen. Rubio Parched By State Of The Union Response

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LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Linda Wertheimer. Republican Senator Marco Rubio delivered the Republican reply to the State of the Union. In mid-critique, Rubio wanted water but water was out of reach. The senator ducked down, reached off screen, found it, sipped it and resumed. But the Twittersphere had left the building. Water tweets flooded the nation. Rubio tweeted too - a picture of his water bottle. You're listening to MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

The Two-Way
7:45 am
Wed February 13, 2013

Book News: Disgraced 'New Yorker' Author Talks Plagiarism — For A $20,000 Fee

Jonah Lehrer attends a panel discussion for the World Science Festival in 2008.
Thos Robinson Getty Images

Originally published on Wed February 13, 2013 10:33 am

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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The Two-Way
7:42 am
Wed February 13, 2013

Single Gunshot Reportedly Ends Dramatic California Manhunt

Police blocked roads Tuesday leading to the mountains near San Bernardino, Calif., where accused killer Christopher Dorner was thought to be hiding.
Joe Klamar AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed February 13, 2013 2:47 pm

  • NPR's Kirk Siegler, reporting for the NPR Newscast

We most recently updated the top of this post at 1:25 p.m. ET.

While authorities have canceled the "tactical alert" that had been in place during the manhunt for accused killer Christopher Jordan Dorner, the case has not been closed because it's not absolutely certain that Dorner is dead, a Los Angeles Police Department spokesman just told reporters.

So, Los Angeles police officers and their families who have been under protection while Dorner was on the run will continue to get that protection until his death has been confirmed.

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