2:13pm

Tue September 18, 2012
Law

The Pros And Cons Of Gathering Biometric Data

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NEAL CONAN, HOST:

This is TALK OF THE NATION. I'm Neal Conan in Washington. Anybody who watches police procedurals on TV knows the term AFIS. That stands for the FBI's Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System. And over the next couple of years, it's being updated, and we're going to have to get used to a new acronym, NGIS, the Next-Generation Identification System, which incorporates an improved fingerprint system and all kinds of other biometric data, from face recognition to iris scans.

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2:04pm

Tue September 18, 2012
Politics

Full Romney Video Puts Comments In Context

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 4:14 pm

Mother Jones released the full video of Mitt Romney at a Florida fundraising event in May that included the clips they made public of Mitt Romney commenting on the "47 percent." NPR senior Washington editor Ron Elving talks about the tape and how it could affect the presidential campaign.

2:04pm

Tue September 18, 2012
Health Care

Hospitals Fight To Stop Superbugs' Spread

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 4:11 pm

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NEAL CONAN, HOST:

This is TALK OF THE NATION. I'm Neal Conan in Washington. The NIH superbug claimed its seventh victim last week, more than six months after specialists at one of the country's most prestigious hospitals thought they had the outbreak contained. The bug is called Klebsiella - I'll get it right - Klebsiella pneumoniae, or KPC for short, and most antibiotics can't kill it. It's one of several drug-resistant bacteria that many hospitals struggle to control. The best known is probably MRSA.

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1:55pm

Tue September 18, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Botswana Doctors Stop Cervical Cancer With A Vinegar Swab

Originally published on Fri November 9, 2012 1:56 pm

Doreen Ramogola-Masire, an obstetrician-gynecologist in Botswana, hopes that a simple, quick screen for cervical cancer with vinegar will catch the disease early and save women's lives.
Jason Beaubien NPR

In the U.S., the pap smear has become a routine part of women's health care, and it's dramatically reduced cervical cancer deaths. But in Africa and other impoverished regions, few women get pap smears because the countries lack the laboratories and other resources necessary to offer them.

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1:04pm

Tue September 18, 2012
The Two-Way

Egypt Issues Arrest Warrant For Americans Behind Muhammad Film

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 2:26 pm

Los Angles County Sheriff's officers escort an unidentified person out of Nakoula Basseley Nakoula's home in Cerritos, Calif., early Saturday.
Bret Hartman Reuters /Landov

Egypt's general prosecutor has issued an arrest warrant for eight Americans in relation to the anti-Muslim film that has sparked worldwide protests.

While it's not entirely clear who made the The Innocence of Muslims, a Coptic Christian from California named Nakoula Basseley Nakoula has admitted having a role in the film's making.

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1:00pm

Tue September 18, 2012
Music Reviews

Brad Mehldau: (Unlikely) Songs By Other People

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 7:23 pm

Brad Mehldau's latest covers project, Where Do You Start, came out Tuesday.
Michael Wilson Courtesy of the artist

At this point, there's nothing special about jazz musicians playing post-Beatles pop: It's just the new normal. But one of the trendsetters on that score was pianist Brad Mehldau and his versions of Radiohead and Nick Drake tunes. Now, Mehldau's trio has a new covers album out.

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12:42pm

Tue September 18, 2012
Asia

With Honors Awaiting, Aung San Suu Kyi Visits U.S.

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 2:00 pm

Myanmar's Member of Parliament and democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi speaks at the United States Institute of Peace in Washington, DC. The Nobel Peace Prize laureate is making her first visit to the U.S. in twenty years.
Mandel Ngan AFP/Getty Images

It's been a long time since Aung San Suu Kyi visited the U.S., but it's a homecoming nonetheless — and this time with star treatment.

Suu Kyi, the opposition leader from Myanmar, also known as Burma, lived in New York from 1969-1971, while working for the United Nations, and her eldest son, Alexander Aris, studied and settled in the U.S.

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12:21pm

Tue September 18, 2012
The Two-Way

After Seven Days, Chicago Teachers Vote To Suspend Strike

Originally published on Wed September 19, 2012 7:43 am

Teacher Patty Westcott pickets outside Clissold Elementary School in Chicago on Tuesday.
M. Spencer Green AP

Update at 6:15 p.m. ET. Strike Suspended:

Chicago teachers voted to suspend a strike that had gone into its seventh day today.

The Chicago Sun-Times reports that means that 350,000 students in the nation's third-largest school district will return to classrooms this week.

The AP reports:

"The union's House of Delegates voted Tuesday to suspend the strike after learning details of a tentative contract agreement.

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12:21pm

Tue September 18, 2012
The Salt

Fruit And Veggies Linked To Lower Obesity Rates In New State Fat Rankings

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 4:32 pm

Customers line up for farmers market produce on a corner in Washington, D.C., where people eat more fruits and veggies than in many states.
Dan Charles/NPR

Every year, we dutifully report on the annual Trust for America's Health and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation state obesity rankings, and every year, it's a similar story — a handful of southern states, on the whole, are the biggest. (It's Mississippi, Louisiana, and West Virginia in 2011, in case you were wondering.)

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12:19pm

Tue September 18, 2012
It's All Politics

Obama Backers More Nuanced Than '47 Percent' — And So Are Romney's

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 1:26 pm

President Obama after speaking Monday in Columbus, Ohio.
Tony Dejak AP

Mitt Romney has gotten into political hot water for asserting that "47 percent of the people" favor President Obama because they are "dependent upon government."

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