4:02pm

Fri November 16, 2012
NPR Story

Congressional Leaders Optimistic On Budget Deal

Originally published on Fri November 16, 2012 8:07 pm

Transcript

AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.

MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

And I'm Melissa Block. For the first time since the election, Republican and Democratic congressional leaders came together at the White House and by all accounts, it was time well spent.

REPRESENTATIVE JOHN BOEHNER: We had a very constructive meeting with the president.

SENATOR HARRY REID: So I think it was a very constructive meeting.

UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN: It was a very constructive meeting.

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3:56pm

Fri November 16, 2012
The Salt

Beer, Wine And Spirits: When Counting Our Liquid Calories, Are We Honest?

Originally published on Fri November 16, 2012 8:07 pm

Not surprisingly, men like these guys cheering Sam Adams love beer. But more women than you might expect do too, according to a new study.
Sarah Conard AP

When it comes to tallying our liquid calories, we're not always so accurate. Does that tiny 5-ounce serving of wine really count as a glass of wine? (The answer is yes.)

So as the season of celebrations heats up, and holiday cheer is delivered in the form of bubbly, beer or booze, just how many calories are we consuming from alcohol on a random Tuesday night?

Almost as much as we get from soda, apparently — an average of about 100 calories a day. That may not sound like a lot, but it can add up.

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3:21pm

Fri November 16, 2012
The Two-Way

'Call Of Duty: Black Ops II' Sells $500 Million In First 24 Hours

A screen shot of the video game "Call Of Duty: Black Ops II."
Call of Duty

Here's a big number for you today: $500 million.

That's how much the latest installment of the "Call Of Duty" video game, "Black Ops II," raked in the 24 hours following its release.

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2:58pm

Fri November 16, 2012
It's All Politics

Republican Lock On Florida's Cuban-American Vote May Be Over

Originally published on Fri November 16, 2012 8:07 pm

American and Cuban flags in the Little Havana neighborhood of Miami.
Shannon Stapleton Reuters /Landov

For Republicans ruminating over why their party lost the presidential election, here's something else to digest from the swing state of Florida. Cuban-Americans — long a reliable Republican voting bloc — split almost evenly between Mitt Romney and President Obama, according to at least one group's exit polls.

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2:52pm

Fri November 16, 2012
The Record

Jesse & Joy, Juanes Win Big At Latin Grammys

Originally published on Fri November 16, 2012 4:31 pm

Jesse & Joy accept one of their four awards during the Latin Grammy Awards in Las Vegas on Thursday.
Robyn Beck AFP/Getty Images

Click the audio link to hear Alt.Latino's Felix Contreras and Jasmine Garsd discuss the Latin Grammy Awards with Tell Me More's Michel Martin.

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2:12pm

Fri November 16, 2012
The Salt

Pig Genome Project May Pave The Way For Better Bacon

Tenderness, fat content and meat color are targets for breeders hoping to improve the pork on our plates.
iStockphoto.com

Could bacon get any tastier?

Pig scientists and breeders say indeed it could, now that the pig genome has been sequenced and a trove of new genetic information is available.

The Swine Genome Sequencing Consortium, an international group of researchers, published their analysis of the genome this week in Nature.

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1:55pm

Fri November 16, 2012
Author Interviews

Finding 'Life, Death And Hope' In A Mumbai Slum

Courtesy of Random House

This interview was originally broadcast on Feb. 8, 2012. On Wednesday, Katherine Boo won the National Book Award for nonfiction for Behind the Beautiful Forevers.

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1:48pm

Fri November 16, 2012
Politics and Government

Leading Democratic state Senator says party should unite

A leading Democratic Senator says wayward Democrats should get in line with the others in their party, and form a majority to run the Senate when the new session starts in January. 

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1:48pm

Fri November 16, 2012
The Two-Way

For The First Time, Palestinians Rocket Jerusalem

Originally published on Sun November 18, 2012 9:26 am

Palestinian militants fire a rocket from the northern Gaza Strip toward southern Israel on Thursday. For the past decade, Palestinians in Gaza have been shooting short-range rockets into southern Israel. But Palestinians fired a much longer range rocket that landed just outside Jerusalem on Friday, a move seen as a major escalation.
Oliver Weiken EPA /LANDOV

Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip have fired thousands of rockets into southern Israel over the past decade. Yet the one that landed harmlessly in an empty field south of Jerusalem on Friday could be as significant as all of the rockets that came before.

With that lone launch, the Palestinians demonstrated for the first time that they now have the capability to send a weapon the roughly 50 miles from the Gaza border north to Jerusalem.

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1:45pm

Fri November 16, 2012
Shots - Health News

Mental Disorders And Evolution: What Would Darwin Say About Schizophrenia?

Originally published on Sat November 17, 2012 6:36 am

Charles Darwin
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It's a question that's baffled evolutionary theorists for decades: if survival of the fittest is the rule, how have the genes that contribute to serious, debilitating mental disorders survived?

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