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12:10 pm
Thu September 13, 2012

Federal Reserve Announces New Round Of Economic Stimulus

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke arrives for a dinner at the Jackson Hole Economic Symposium on Thursday.
Ted S. Warren AP

Originally published on Thu September 13, 2012 1:22 pm

Update at 12:31 p.m. ET. Federal Reserve Announces QE3:

The Federal Reserve announced it would spend $40 billion a month on bond purchases in an effort to stimulate the economy and drive the the unemployment rate down.

The Wall Street Journal says that unlike the first two rounds of Quantitative Easing, this time the Fed will focus solely on buying mortgage-backed securities.

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The Two-Way
11:35 am
Thu September 13, 2012

'Missing' Chinese Leader Gets Official Mention

Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Aug. 29. He hasn't been seen or heard from since Sept. 1.
How Hwee Young AP

Originally published on Fri November 16, 2012 7:50 am

Twelve days is a long time to go without a mention — at least if you're China's president-in-waiting.

Xi Jinping, 59, the man tapped to succeed President Hu Jintao next month, hasn't been seen or heard from since Sept. 1, prompting intense speculation in the foreign media, among China watchers and in blogs, tweets and forums, as we reported earlier.

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Shots - Health Blog
11:23 am
Thu September 13, 2012

Whooping Cough Vaccine's Protection Fades Quickly

Nurse Fatima Guillen (left) gives 4-year-old Kimberly Magdeleno a whooping cough booster shot at a health clinic in Tacoma, Wash., in May.
Ted S. Warren AP

Originally published on Thu September 13, 2012 11:24 am

To protect children against whooping cough, doctors recommend five shots of vaccine before they turn 7.

But what happens after that? How long does the protection last?

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The Two-Way
10:35 am
Thu September 13, 2012

Director Of Anti-Islam Film Still A Mystery

Originally published on Thu September 13, 2012 4:19 pm

The past 24 hours have produced a few answers — but many more questions — about the anti-Islam film that became a flashpoint across North Africa and the Middle East this week.

NPR's Carrie Kahn reports on Morning Edition that The Innocence of Muslims was shot in Los Angeles County last August, under the title Desert Warriors. It's full of "choppy dialogue, bad acting and scenes of a buffoonish Muhammad," she says.

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The Two-Way
10:28 am
Thu September 13, 2012

Is There Progress In The Chicago Teachers' Strike?

A crowd of Chicago public school teachers marches past John Marshall Metropolitan High School on Wednesday, Sept. 12.
Sitthixay Ditthavong AP

Talks resume this morning between the striking Chicago teachers union and the city's public school system. After four days of a walkout, there's a hint of progress in contract talks. Union leader Karen Lewis and school board president David Vitale both indicated they had 'hope for Friday'.

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Tell Me More
10:08 am
Thu September 13, 2012

Tell Us More: Twitter Education Forum

Nkomo Morris, a teacher at Brooklyn's Art and Media High School, stays in touch with current and former students through social media.
Bebeto Matthews ASSOCIATED PRESS

Education has always played a key role in the American dream of advancement and opportunity. But, to this point, the issue has not been a major topic of discussion in this election season. On Wednesday, October 10th, NPR's Tell Me More with Michel Martin will host a LIVE radio broadcast and Twitter Education Forum, focusing on the education issues that matter.

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13.7: Cosmos And Culture
10:04 am
Thu September 13, 2012

For How Long Have We Been Human?

A piece of red ochre with a deliberately engraved design is pictured here at Cape Town's Iziko/South African Museum in 2002. The piece was discovered in Blombos Cave near Stilbaai, about 300 kilometers from Cape Town.
Anna Ziemenski AFP/Getty Images

This year I greeted my new Biological Anthropology students with a chalked timeline of some human-evolution highlights:

6-7 million years ago: Start of the human lineage, following a split with the lineage containing chimpanzees and gorillas

2.6 mya: Onset of large-scale making and use of stone tool technology

2.5 mya: First human ancestors in our own genus, Homo

200,000 years ago: First modern humans, Homo sapiens

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The Salt
9:38 am
Thu September 13, 2012

Freedom Soda: New York's Ban On Big Sodas Hits Us Where We're Human

Under New York Mayor Bloomberg's proposed big soda ban, soda sizes at the movies and elsewhere would have to shrink, and so would the fun, some people say.
iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 2:46 pm

UPDATE: 11:37 a.m. As expected, the New York Board of Health passed a rule banning sugary drinks like soda in sizes 16 oz. or larger at restaurants, concession stands and other eateries in an effort to combat obesity today. The ban is expected to take effect in March, but according to the Wall Street Journal, opponents are already considering a legal challenge to prevent that. It passed 8-0.

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Krulwich Wonders...
9:03 am
Thu September 13, 2012

Odd Things Happen When You Chop Up Cities and Stack Them Sideways

Berlin from above.
Armelle Caron

Originally published on Thu September 13, 2012 11:50 am

I don't know if it's fair to do this to a city, but let's start with Berlin. Here's Berlin as you'd see it from above.

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The Two-Way
8:30 am
Thu September 13, 2012

Mob Attacks U.S. Embassy In Yemen As Clashes Spread Over Anti-Islam Film

A mob in Yemen attacks the U.S. Embassy during a protest against a film they say insults the Prophet Muhammad, in the capital, Sanaa, on Thursday.
Yahya Arhab EPA/Landov

Originally published on Fri September 14, 2012 7:03 am

Update 8:21 ET. Two Slain Americans Identified:

Two of the security personnel who were killed Tuesday along with Ambassador Chris Stevens and Information Management Officer Sean Smith have been identified. They are Tyrone S. Woods and Glen A. Doherty, both security personnel who died helping protect their colleagues. Both men were former Navy SEALs, according to a statement from U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Here's more from the statement:

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The Two-Way
8:22 am
Thu September 13, 2012

Top Stories: Anti-U.S. Violence Spreads; Chicago Teachers' Strike Continues

Good morning, here are the stories we're following today:

Anti-U.S. Protests Spread; Attack Against U.S. Embassy In Yemen. (AP)

Hints Of Progress In Chicago Teachers' Strike. (AP)

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Around the Nation
6:28 am
Thu September 13, 2012

Man Tries To Pay For Beer With Bartender's Card

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Strange News
6:27 am
Thu September 13, 2012

A Hair-Raising World Record

Originally published on Thu September 13, 2012 8:26 am

A man in Japan wanted to make it into the Guinness book of world records. He considered trying to drink the most hot sauce, but settled on a spikier record. His hairdo — a mohawk — stands 3 feet, 8.6 inches high.

NPR Story
5:45 am
Thu September 13, 2012

Buddhist Meditation: A Management Skill?

Originally published on Thu September 13, 2012 2:07 pm

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Companies like Google, General Mills and insurance giant Aetna are teaching yoga and meditation in the workplace to help combat stress. Now some business schools are teaching aspiring MBAs the techniques, as well. Reporter Lisa Napoli visited one school in Southern California offering mindfulness as a management skill.

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NPR Story
5:45 am
Thu September 13, 2012

McDonald's To Post Calories On Menu Boards

Beginning next week, McDonald's plans to add calorie counts to its menu boards — both at drive-thrus and restaurant counters. Studies suggest that calorie boards alone don't change consumers' purchasing patterns. But consumers do seem to take note, and public health experts say it's one tangible step to helping consumers make healthier choices.

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