4:12pm

Wed August 15, 2012
Regional Coverage

State road delay info is a phone call away

Some states, like Oregon, already use the 511 system to monitor road delays.
Oregon Department of Transportation Flickr

While summer is winding down, it is still is a very busy construction season in New York state. Transportation officials want drivers to be aware of any construction delays that could come their way.

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3:55pm

Wed August 15, 2012
Politics

Do Voter ID Laws Prevent Fraud, Or Dampen Turnout?

Originally published on Fri September 7, 2012 1:36 pm

Pennsylvania voters show identification as they sign in to vote during the Republican primary in Philadelphia in April.
Jessica Kourkounis Getty Images

Ahead of the 2012 presidential election, key states have adopted voter ID laws and other measures that could affect voter turnout. It's created a national controversy about who will be most affected.

According to the New York Times, 33 states now have laws requiring identification for voting, and five require specific kinds of photo IDs to vote.

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3:51pm

Wed August 15, 2012
Music Reviews

How Jan Garbarek Came To Epitomize Nordic Jazz

Originally published on Wed August 22, 2012 3:22 pm

A new box set of early albums captures Jan Garbarek's forming saxophone sound — austere and astringent.
Roberto Massoti ECM Records

Saxophonist Jan Garbarek was a teenage protege of American composer George Russell in Norway in the 1960s and later played in Keith Jarrett's Scandinavian quartet. More recently, he has collaborated with the vocal quartet the Hilliard Ensemble, improvising as they sing medieval music.

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3:45pm

Wed August 15, 2012
It's All Politics

Ryan Role In Thompson Win Debated

Originally published on Wed August 15, 2012 4:47 pm

Former Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson at his primary election night party Tuesday in Waukesha, Wis.
Jeffrey Phelps AP

The question of whether GOP vice presidential pick Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin will ultimately help or hurt Mitt Romney's quest for the White House is the subject of fierce debate.

But some politicos are calling Ryan a kingmaker following former longtime Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson's slim victory Tuesday in the hotly contested, four-way Republican U.S Senate primary.

Why? Ryan gave Thompson a shout-out at a Badger State homecoming rally Sunday, and the former governor quickly incorporated the veep pick's endorsement-of-sorts into a campaign ad.

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3:34pm

Wed August 15, 2012
The Salt

Saving Lives In Africa With The Humble Sweet Potato

Originally published on Mon October 22, 2012 11:26 am

Sweet potato evangelist Maria Isabel Andrade from the International Potato Center drives around Mozambique in her orange Toyota Land Cruiser.
Dan Charles NPR

A regular old orange-colored sweet potato might not seem too exciting to many of us.

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3:11pm

Wed August 15, 2012
Middle East

From All Sides, Iran Under Siege

Originally published on Thu August 16, 2012 6:19 pm

Iranians walk through the main bazaar in Tehran in January. Sanctions by the EU and U.S., plus political woes related to the Syrian uprising, have created the most serious crisis faced by Tehran since the 1980s.
Vahid Salemi AP

Iran appears to be facing a crisis more serious than anything it has experienced since its war with Iraq in the 1980s.

Diplomatically, President Bashar Assad's regime is under threat from the widening war in Syria, Iran's sole ally in the Arab world. Domestically, the European oil embargo and U.S. banking sanctions are undermining the Iranian economy, bringing inflation, food shortages and unemployment.

Iran is trying to maintain a defiant posture, without much success.

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3:07pm

Wed August 15, 2012
The Two-Way

Giants' Melky Cabrera Suspended 50 Games For Failed Drug Test

Originally published on Wed August 15, 2012 3:36 pm

San Francisco Giants' Melky Cabrera high-fives teammates after scoring off a single by teammate Buster Posey in the third inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves in July.
David Goldman AP

The most valuable player of this year's All Star Game has been suspended for 50 games, Major League Baseball announced today.

Melky Cabrera, MLB tweeted, tested positive for testosterone and the suspension knocks him out for the rest of the season.

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2:58pm

Wed August 15, 2012
The Two-Way

Hypersonic 'WaveRider' Failed

An artist's rendition of an X-51A WaveRider (in white) attached to the wing of a B-52.
Pratt & Whitney

An experimental aircraft that designers hoped would hit 3,600 mph in a test flight over the Pacific on Tuesday "suffered a control failure" and failed in its attempt to go hypersonic, The Associated Press writes.

Its report follows earlier word from Wired magazine's Danger Room blog that it had been told by an "insider familiar with the test" that:

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2:51pm

Wed August 15, 2012
Planet Money

Everybody Always Thinks Inflation Is Higher Than It Really Is

Originally published on Thu August 16, 2012 10:30 am

Tony Gutierrez AP

The world is going to hell, and prices are going through the roof. This, more or less, seems to be the perpetual conventional wisdom.

The first half of the statement is debatable. But the second half is clearly wrong at the moment: Prices are not going through the roof.

Prices for U.S. consumers rose by just 1.4 percent over the past year, according to the consumer price index numbers released this morning. In other words, inflation is very low.

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2:32pm

Wed August 15, 2012
Around the Nation

Great Hikes And The Surprises Along The Paths

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