9:48am

Wed November 14, 2012
Shots - Health News

I, Robot: Paraplegics Get An Assist

Originally published on Wed November 14, 2012 11:41 am

Brian Shaffer tests an exoskeleton developed by researchers at Vanderbilt University at a rehabilitation center in Franklin, Tenn. The exoskeleton locks around the legs and feet. To stand up, a paralyzed person simply leans forward.
Joe Howell Vanderbilt University

A robotic suit that gives the wearer superhuman powers sounds like the stuff of science fiction. But technology like that is making the leap from fantasy to reality.

Though much of the gear is still experimental, the equipment is giving some paraplegics a chance to walk again.

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9:39am

Wed November 14, 2012
The Two-Way

Reports: Pelosi Wants To Remain Democratic Leader In House

Originally published on Wed November 14, 2012 10:31 am

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.
Chip Somodevilla Getty Images

Update at 10:25 a.m. ET. Pelosi Confirms:

Saying that she wants to work on "empowering women .... growing the economy ... [and] a healthy political climate," House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California just confirmed that she intends to remain as leader of the Democratic caucus in the House.

Pelosi, who was first elected to Congress in 1987, is the only woman to have served as speaker of the House (from 2007 to 2011).

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9:26am

Wed November 14, 2012
Education

New center bridges divide between man and machine

A new center dedicated to bridging the divide between man and machine was launched Tuesday at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy. The new Center for Cognition, Communication, and Culture (CCC) will focus on improving ways humans can interact with and learn from computers.

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9:23am

Wed November 14, 2012
Shots - Health News

Pakistan Reaches A Milestone In Ending Polio

A health worker in Pakistan marks a child's finger with ink after giving him the polio vaccine.
Jackie Northam NPR

There's some fresh progress in the battle against polio in one of the three countries where it remains endemic.

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9:19am

Wed November 14, 2012
Politics

NY Senate Republicans gain new recruit

Senate Republicans have gained one more member in the fight for control of the chamber. Newly elected Brooklyn Democrat Simcha Felder says he’ll sit with the GOP.

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8:52am

Wed November 14, 2012
It's All Politics

A Week Later, Pollster Says: 'I Was Drinking That Republican Kool-Aid'

Originally published on Wed November 14, 2012 9:02 am

Spectators react to Mitt Romney's concession speech early Nov. 7 in Boston. President Obama won virtually every swing state and comfortably won the electoral vote despite some polls projecting a Romney victory.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

If voters were surprised to watch TV networks call the election for President Obama over Republican Mitt Romney minutes after polls closed in California last week, perhaps it was because of earlier statements like these:

--"Romney has pretty much nailed down Florida."

--"I think in places like North Carolina, Virginia and Florida, we've already painted those red, we're not polling any of those states again."

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8:49am

Wed November 14, 2012
The Two-Way

Should Petraeus Scandal Be A Big Topic At Obama's News Conference Today?

President Obama at the White House last week.
Nicholas Kamm AFP/Getty Images

Eight days after his re-election, President Obama today holds his first full-scale news conference in the East Room of the White House since March.

It's safe to think that the White House had hoped the focus would be on subjects such as the fiscal cliff, taxes, the economy and the president's thoughts on what he can get accomplished in his second term.

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8:43am

Wed November 14, 2012
Regional Coverage

Affordable housing will replace old Syracuse north side brewery

A rendering of the housing project, called Otisca Commons, to be built at the old Ryan Brewery site.
Housing Visions

An affordable housing organization is moving forward with plans to build a mixed-use, low-income housing project on Syracuse's north side where a brewery once stood.

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7:47am

Wed November 14, 2012
The Two-Way

Panetta: Don't Leap To Conclusions About Gen. Allen

Originally published on Wed November 14, 2012 7:24 pm

Then-Army Gen. David Petraeus (left) and Marine Corps Gen. John Allen in August, 2011.
Chip Somodevilla Getty Images
  • Journalist Tom Ricks talks with NPR's Steve Inskeep on 'Morning Edition'

"No one should leap to any conclusions" about whether the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan did anything inappropriate when he was communicating with a Tampa socialite, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta told reporters today.

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7:35am

Wed November 14, 2012
Around the Nation

Airline Strips Cello Of Frequent Flyer Miles

Originally published on Wed November 14, 2012 8:06 am

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