3:30pm

Fri September 14, 2012
It's All Politics

What's Behind That White House Door? Just Ask Ann Romney

Originally published on Fri September 14, 2012 4:11 pm

Ann Romney in New York on Friday tapes an interview with Fox's Neil Cavuto. She also spoke with ABC's Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan.
Richard Drew AP

Along with political agendas and visions for the future, every once in a while along the campaign trail there are potential TMI moments.

Arguably, one occurred Friday when Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney and his wife, Ann, were taping ABC's Live! With Kelly and Michael in New York.

The interview is scheduled to air Tuesday. But notes from a pool reporter traveling with Romney show what happens when an invited White House guest — in this case Ann Romney — decides to do some poking around 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.

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3:27pm

Fri September 14, 2012
The Salt

Penn State's Latest Woes: There's Something In The Ice Cream

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 2:44 pm

An ice cream recall is the latest in a line of Penn State's woes.
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As if Penn State didn't have enough problems these days, it looks like someone may be spiking its famous ice cream.

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3:02pm

Fri September 14, 2012
It's All Politics

Romney Struggles To Find Foreign Policy Footing

Originally published on Fri September 14, 2012 4:32 pm

Mitt Romney speaks at a campaign rally Thursday in Fairfax, Va.
Nicholas Kamm AFP/Getty Images

Mitt Romney has sought to distinguish his views on foreign policy and the world from positions held by President Obama. So far, it hasn't gained him much traction.

The Republican presidential nominee has insisted that Obama has not done enough to promote America's values and interests, instead "apologizing" and appeasing the nation's enemies.

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2:50pm

Fri September 14, 2012
Planet Money

Even If You're All-Powerful, It's Hard To Fix The Economy

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 2:43 pm

This guy lives in a computer. Can you get him a job?
Walt Disney Pictures The Kobal Collection

The world inside Mark Zandi's computer model feels pretty familiar. It's full of people who are worried about the economy. Their homes are being foreclosed on. They're paying more for gas. Something like 13 million of them can't find jobs.

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2:31pm

Fri September 14, 2012
It's All Politics

Ryan Slams Obama On Social Issues And Foreign Policy

Originally published on Fri September 14, 2012 4:31 pm

Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan speaks Friday at the Values Voter Summit in Washington, D.C.
Mandel Ngan AFP/Getty Images

Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan used an appearance at an annual gathering of his party's social conservatives Friday to pointedly criticize President Obama's foreign policy record and to testify to his own Catholic faith and opposition to abortion.

"We're all in this together," said Ryan, a representative from Wisconsin, echoing a theme of Obama's convention speech. "It has a nice ring."

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2:15pm

Fri September 14, 2012
The Two-Way

Britain's Royals Sue Magazine Over Topless Photos Of Kate Middleton

Originally published on Fri September 14, 2012 3:45 pm

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge during their visit to Singapore Botanical Gardens on Tuesday.
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The Brits are in the middle of another scandal involving a semi-nude royal: After issuing a strong condemnation, the royal family said it would sue a French magazine for publishing photos of a topless Duchess of Cambridge.

The Duchess, if you're not a royal watcher, is Kate Middleton, Prince William's wife and ostensible the future queen of England.

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2:04pm

Fri September 14, 2012
Space

Mars Rover May Be Contaminated with Earth Microbes

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IRA FLATOW, HOST:

This is SCIENCE FRIDAY. I'm Ira Flatow.

In a few weeks, NASA's Curiosity rover may use its powerful drill for the first time on Mars, and that has been a cause of a concern - not because the drill may be malfunctioning, but because the drill bit might be contaminated with germs from Earth.

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2:00pm

Fri September 14, 2012
The Two-Way

Chinese Patrol Boats Stand Down In Islands Row With Japan

Originally published on Fri September 14, 2012 2:51 pm

A squadron of Chinese patrol vessels has turned back from a tense standoff with the Japanese coast guard near a small group of islands claimed by both countries.

The uninhabited islands in the East China Sea, known to Japan as Senkaku and to China as Diaoyu, have been the subject of a decades-long dispute between Tokyo and Beijing.

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1:59pm

Fri September 14, 2012
Space

Amateur Astronomers Spot A Jupiter Explosion

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IRA FLATOW, HOST:

Last Monday, an amateur astronomer in Wisconsin, Dan Peterson, was gazing through his telescope when he caught sight of a flash of white light in Jupiter's gassy atmosphere. Lucky for him, someone else also had a scope trained on Jupiter that night. George Hall, an amateur astronomer in Dallas caught that flash on video, hard evidence that an explosion had indeed happened on the giant planet.

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1:55pm

Fri September 14, 2012
Energy

Wind Power Plentiful, Study Says

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IRA FLATOW, HOST:

This is SCIENCE FRIDAY, I'm Ira Flatow. How much of the world's energy needs could be met by wind power alone? Energy analysts are always quick to point out that the wind doesn't blow all the time, but it turns out that if you look worldwide, and you look up at the sky and not just at ground level, there's a lot of wind available, and that wind carries a lot of energy.

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