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8:18 am
Wed September 11, 2013

Book News: Richard Dawkins Under Fire For Child Abuse Remarks

Author and evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins made a March 2012 visit to NPR headquarters in Washington, D.C.
Doriane Raiman NPR

Originally published on Wed September 11, 2013 10:57 am

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

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The Two-Way
7:03 am
Wed September 11, 2013

Kerry's Meeting With Russian Is Next Key Moment In Syria Crisis

Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday as he testified before the House Armed Services Committee.
Chip Somodevilla Getty Images

Originally published on Wed September 11, 2013 9:00 am

  • From the NPR Newscast: Jean Cochran rounds up the latest news about the crisis in Syria

Now that President Obama has made his case to the nation for holding Syrian President Bashar Assad responsible for a chemical weapons attack last month near Damascus, the next key moment in the quickly evolving crisis appears to be Thursday's meeting in Geneva between Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.

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The Two-Way
6:39 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

In Iowa, Blind People Can Carry Guns In Public; Not Everyone's A Fan

A debate is taking place in Iowa over the ability of people who are legally or completely blind to carry guns in public. The issue stems from a 2011 change in the state's gun permit rules, allowing visually impaired people to carry firearms in public.

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The Two-Way
6:32 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

Humberto Expected To Become First Hurricane Of Atlantic Season

Tropical Storms Humberto and Gabrielle. Humberto is expected to become the first hurricane of the Atlantic season.
National Hurricane Center

Originally published on Tue September 10, 2013 8:05 pm

Tropical Storm Humberto is poised to get a promotion, becoming the first hurricane of an otherwise lackluster Atlantic season to date.

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The Two-Way
6:02 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

Study Says America's Income Gap Widest Since Great Depression

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The gap between the 1 percent and the 99 percent is growing, according to an analysis of IRS figures by an international group of university economists, and it hasn't been so wide since 1928.

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The Salt
5:44 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

Small Plates To Join Olive Garden's Never-Ending Bowls

Olive Garden's chicken scampi dish is on the regular carb-heavy menu.
AnneCN Flickr

Originally published on Wed September 11, 2013 9:39 am

Should you want to super-size your meal (and boost your social status in the process), plenty of American restaurant chains would be more than happy to have you dine with them. Olive Garden, for one, is currently in the middle of a "Never Ending Pasta Bowl" promotion. According to the chain's Twitter feed, it has served more than 5.3 million bowls of "unlimited" pasta with soup and salad for $9.99 since Aug. 5.

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The Two-Way
5:03 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

Documents: NSA Phone Records Program Violated Court Rules

Originally published on Tue September 10, 2013 6:18 pm

The Director of National Intelligence declassified some 1,800 pages of documents today, that show that a U.S. spy program that collected the phone records of Americans ran afoul privacy rules for years.

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The Two-Way
4:54 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

In Argentina, A Winter Heat Wave Brings Record Highs

Temperatures have reached record highs in Buenos Aires this week. Here, the city's market of Plaza Dorrego in San Telmo is seen on Sunday.
Alexander Hassenstein Getty Images

Originally published on Tue September 10, 2013 5:31 pm

It's still officially wintertime in Buenos Aires, but the city is in a record heat wave. Tuesday's high was 34.4 degrees Celsius (94 degrees Fahrenheit), the hottest temperature recorded in September since 1940, La Nacion reports.

"The unusually high temperatures are expected until tomorrow and may reach the maximum of 40 degrees," the Buenos Aires Herald reports.

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The Two-Way
4:50 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

Beijing To Crack Down On Social Media 'Slanderous Rumors'

An Internet cafe in Beijing photographed last year.
Greg Baker dapd

Originally published on Tue September 10, 2013 8:15 pm

China will jail anyone caught using social media to spread "slanderous rumors" or "false information" for up to 10 years, according to a new legal interpretation of Internet restrictions, the official Xinhua news agency reports.

A court's interpretation says the spread of such rumors could automatically incur a three-year prison term, but if the post is read by 5,000 or more people and/or shared more than 500 times, the penalty could jump to 10 years in jail.

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Shots - Health News
4:18 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

Health Insurance Ads Range From Weighty To Whimsical

Covered California

Originally published on Tue September 10, 2013 6:05 pm

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Shots - Health News
3:24 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

FDA Ratchets Down On Prescribing Of OxyContin And Other Opioids

Drug overdose deaths have more than tripled in the U.S. since 1990. Opioid painkillers like OxyContin are the cause of three-quarters of those deaths.
Toby Talbot Associated Press

Originally published on Tue September 10, 2013 4:24 pm

The Food and Drug Administration today took another step toward restricting use of OxyContin and other powerful and often-abused prescription pain medications.

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13.7: Cosmos And Culture
3:08 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

Life Gives Sight To A Chaotic Universe

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Originally published on Tue September 10, 2013 5:10 pm

This is the latest installment of Adam Frank's series "How to See The Universe In A Grain of Sand: Working To See The Extraordinary In The Ordinary."


Everyone will tell you that time marches on. But no will ever tell you why. Well, on that point, I have good news and bad news.

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The Two-Way
2:46 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

Apple Unveils New iPhones — One Innovative, One Cheap

Phil Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of worldwide marketing, speaks about pricing for the new iPhone during an Apple product announcement on Tuesday.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

Originally published on Tue September 10, 2013 3:40 pm

Apple unveiled its replacement for the iPhone 5 — one for the top end of the market that features an innovative new fingerprint security device, a faster processor and longer battery life; and a second budget phone that will retail for as low as $99.

CEO Tim Cook was joined by other Apple executives at the Cupertino, Calif., headquarters for the long-anticipated and hyped announcement of the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c.

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Shots - Health News
2:40 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

Even When Told True Risks, Kids Often Misjudge Them

I told him he would break his arm if he did that. But he did it anyway.
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Originally published on Tue September 10, 2013 3:36 pm

Parents are forever warning children and teenagers that bad things will happen if they take big risks. But the kids never seem to listen. That may be because their brains just aren't properly processing the odds that they'll break an arm or be in a car crash.

To find this out, researchers at University College London asked 59 young people, ages 9 to 26, to guess the odds that particular bad things would happen to them. The list of 40 unfortunate events ranged from being seriously injured in a car crash to getting lice.

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The Two-Way
2:00 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

Used-Car Impresario Cal Worthington Dies At Age 92

Cal Worthington, who was a bomber pilot during World War II, flew his own private plane later in life.
Carrie Kahn NPR

Originally published on Tue September 10, 2013 5:21 pm

Cal Worthington, a man whose used-car ads rose to the level of a cultural phenomenon, died Sunday at age 92. He was a fixture on televisions in California for decades, with zany sales pitches that drew both customers and fame.

"I will stand upon my head to beat all deals," was Worthington's slogan, "until my ears are turning red."

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