2:30pm

Thu August 9, 2012
Movie Interviews

Chris Rock On The Funny Business Of Finding Success

Originally published on Thu August 9, 2012 3:01 pm

"I don't believe I can offend you in a comedy club," Rock says. Star comedians use comedy clubs to try out new material. "I think that's the deal that's made when you see a famous guy in one of these clubs."
Michael Parmelee Magnolia Pictures

How much funny family dysfunction can you pack into two days? Plenty, if you're Mingus and Marion (Chris Rock and Julie Delpy) an interracial, multinational Manhattan couple — each with kids from previous relationships — hosting Marion's family visiting from France. The film, 2 Days in New York, is a sequel to Delpy's 2007 film, 2 Days in Paris.

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2:30pm

Thu August 9, 2012
The Two-Way

After Tragedy For Sikhs, A Glimpse Into 'The Sunshine of Their Minds'

Sikhs and others who wanted to show support gathered Wednesday night for a vigil in Manhattan.
Mario Tama Getty Images
  • Ambassador Nirupama Rao on 'Tell Me More'

Out of the horror of Sunday's shooting at a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wis., has come a window into "the sunshine of their minds," India's ambassador to the U.S. says about faithful Sikhs.

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2:24pm

Thu August 9, 2012
The Two-Way

Shannon Eastin Set To Become First Female To Officiate NFL Game

In this photo taken on Saturday, Aug. 4, 2012, and provided by the Seattle Seahawks, NFL official Shannon Eastin works during the Seahawks NFL football training camp in Renton, Wash.
Rod Mar AP

Tonight, Shannon Eastin will break a gender barrier: The line judge will become the first woman to officiate an NFL game.

In a conference call today, she told the AP she wasn't intimidated.

"I want to encourage women: Don't be afraid," Eastin said. "Pursue and have dreams. This is my dream. With very step I hope to show it really doesn't matter if you are male or female."

The thing is that Eastin is stepping into the role during a difficult time. She is a replacement official because the regular officials are currently locked out because of a labor dispute.

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2:14pm

Thu August 9, 2012
Around the Nation

Weighing The Benefits Of Studying Abroad

Originally published on Fri August 10, 2012 1:33 pm

Though many colleges and universities urge their students to study abroad, there is little research on the actual benefits.
iStockphoto.com

In our increasingly interconnected world and global economy, the opportunity to study abroad seems like a particularly valuable experience. College students are urged to take advantage of study abroad programs to expand horizons and gain enriching cross-cultural experiences.

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2:00pm

Thu August 9, 2012
The Salt

Maryland Dairy Farmers Scoop Up A Sweet New Source Of Income

Originally published on Mon October 15, 2012 11:06 am

A girl checks out the options at Rocky Point Creamery in Tuscarora, Md., one of seven farms on the state's ice cream trail.
Ebony Bailey NPR

Some enterprising dairy farmers in rural Maryland have found a new source of income — opening ice cream shops on their farms. This summer, seven of them have come together to form Maryland's Best Ice Cream Trail, the nation's first farm-based ice cream trail. And the results so far seem pretty sweet.

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1:46pm

Thu August 9, 2012
Latin America

What The Future Holds For Cuba's Economy

Originally published on Thu August 9, 2012 2:08 pm

In Cuba, President Raul Castro has plans to reform the economy, but many challenges lie ahead before the country can move forward. Many of the changes are being implemented slowly because of resistance from within the Communist Party.

1:46pm

Thu August 9, 2012
Science

Paleontologists Unearth Possible Pre-Human Fossils

Originally published on Thu August 9, 2012 2:30 pm

Fossils discovered in East Africa suggest that Homo erectus, the species believed to be humans' direct ancestor, may have shared Earth with two genetically distinct but similar species. Some paleontologists believe that these species may be distant relatives to modern humans, while others need more evidence.

1:46pm

Thu August 9, 2012
National Security

The Media, National Security And Leaks

Originally published on Thu August 9, 2012 2:19 pm

Bipartisan legislation approved in late July by the Senate Intelligence Committee includes anti-leak provisions designed to curb disclosure of national security information. This legislation, and an ongoing FBI inquiry into U.S. intelligence leaks, have raised questions about the relationship between reporters and sources.

1:45pm

Thu August 9, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Justice Department Looks For Ways To Recruit Forensic Pathologists

Dr. Amy Tharp, a forensic pathologist, explains gun shot wounds on an anatomical model during her testimony in Bedford, Va. in March 2010.
Kim Raff AP

Television crime dramas may draw big audiences, but they don't seem to work as a recruiting tool for forensic pathologists.

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1:29pm

Thu August 9, 2012
The Torch

Teenager Claressa Shields Wins Historic Gold Medal In Women's Boxing

Originally published on Tue August 14, 2012 3:59 pm

U.S. boxer Claressa Shields (left) lands a punch on Nadezda Torlopova of Russia during the women's boxing middleweight final at the ExCel Arena in London. Shields, 17, won the first-ever gold medal in the event.
Jack Guez AFP/Getty Images

She's still in high school, but boxer Claressa Shields, 17, is also an Olympic gold medalist, after she won her middleweight final Thursday. She defeated Russia's Nadezda Torlopova by a score of 19-12.

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