5:44am

Mon May 7, 2012
NPR Story

Hollande Defeats Sarkozy In French Presidential Election

Originally published on Mon May 7, 2012 6:34 am

In France Sunday, Socialist Francois Hollande defeated conservative incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy. Hollande has railed against austerity measures and urged national unity.

5:44am

Mon May 7, 2012
NPR Story

Politics In the News

Originally published on Mon May 7, 2012 7:26 am

Vice President Joe Biden said he is "absolutely comfortable" with gay couples who marry getting the same civil rights and liberties as heterosexual couples. President Obama does not publicly support gay marriage.

4:15am

Mon May 7, 2012
National Security

Sept. 11 Defendants Make Torture Focus Of Hearing

Originally published on Mon May 7, 2012 11:20 am

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four other defendants accused of the 9/11 attacks refused to cooperate when they went before a military commission in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, on Saturday.
AFP/Getty Images

The alleged mastermind of the Sept.11 attacks, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, and four other defendants appeared in a military courtroom at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, over the weekend to answer a roster of charges filed against them. The hearing was supposed to be a straightforward arraignment, but nothing went according to plan.

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2:52am

Mon May 7, 2012
Mitt Romney

Romney's 1994 Senate Loss Left Lasting Marks

Originally published on Mon May 7, 2012 8:29 pm

From now until November, President Obama and GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney will emphasize their differences. But the two men's lives actually coincide in a striking number of ways: Both attended Harvard. Both have been heavily influenced by their respective churches. Each descended from polygamists.

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2:49am

Mon May 7, 2012
Fine Art

The Serious Comic Art Of Daniel Clowes

Originally published on Tue May 8, 2012 11:09 am

Artist Daniel Clowes says Enid, the cantankerous heroine of Ghost World, would probably hate the book she stars in.
Daniel Clowes Oakland Museum of California

Comics used to be seen as cheap throwaway entertainment for children and teenagers. But over the last few decades, comics have grown up; they're even released in longer formats, on nice paper with hard covers, as graphic novels.

Daniel Clowes is one of the artists cited for turning the form into serious art — in fact, the art has gotten so serious that his work is now in a museum. Clowes is one of the best-known comic artists working today, with two of his books made into Hollywood films: the Academy Award-nominated Ghost World and Art School Confidential.

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2:49am

Mon May 7, 2012
Author Interviews

'Drift': Rachel Maddow On Why We Go To War

Originally published on Mon May 7, 2012 12:34 pm

Courtesy MSNBC

In past wars, the U.S. practically dismantled its military after the troops came home. But today, says MSNBC News anchor and writer Rachel Maddow, we find ourselves in a state of almost permanent war.

In her new book Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power, Maddow invokes Thomas Jefferson, pointing out that one of Jefferson's main concerns was the danger of having a large military.

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2:48am

Mon May 7, 2012
Around the Nation

Tornado Recovery Offers Joplin Students New Lessons

Originally published on Mon May 7, 2012 6:34 am

In this photo taken June 14, 2011, a damaged sign for Joplin High School (transformed into "hope" with tape) is seen in front of the school. The school was one of three in the city destroyed by an EF-5 tornado that wiped out much of the community.
Charlie Riedel AP

Graduation is supposed to in part be about celebrating the future, but last year in Joplin, Mo., shortly after the high school graduation ceremony, an EF-5 tornado — the highest-strength rating — destroyed one-third of the city and killed 161 people, including one teen who had received his diploma that day.

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2:47am

Mon May 7, 2012
Around the Nation

Never-Married Parents Get Help From Special Court

Originally published on Mon May 7, 2012 8:50 am

Joseph Arradondo assists his son Nasir, 2, on the sidelines of his daughter's soccer game in Brooklyn Park, Minn. Arradondo attended Co-Parent Court about a year ago and says the court helped with communication between him and Nasir's mother.
Jeffrey Thompson/MPR News

Across the U.S., 40 percent of children are now born to unmarried parents. This demographic shift, primarily among younger, low-income parents, can pose a challenge to a child support system designed chiefly to extract money from paychecks.

A court in Minneapolis is now trying a new approach, one that's about more than just the money as it attempts to keep both parents involved in the lives of their kids.

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2:46am

Mon May 7, 2012
Your Money

Before The IPO: A Private Market For Tech Shares

Originally published on Mon May 7, 2012 6:34 am

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg speaks in a video that is part of the company's prospectus for investors. By remaining a privately held company, Facebook has helped boost the popularity of secondary stock markets.
NPR

Very soon, Facebook will go public. That means anyone will be able to buy shares of the social networking giant on the Nasdaq exchange. But sophisticated investors have already been buying pieces of Facebook and many other hot tech stocks, on private exchanges.

And now it seems that trading in private company shares is poised to grow, thanks to recent changes in the law.

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2:38am

Mon May 7, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

'Wired To Run': Runner's High May Have Been Evolutionary Advantage

Originally published on Thu March 27, 2014 9:45 am

Researchers say our brains are probably wired from an evolutionary sense to encourage running and high aerobic activities. Above, a man runs past the Sydney Harbour Bridge on April 22.
Ryan Pierse Getty Images

Endurance athletes sometimes say they're "addicted" to exercise. In fact, scientists have shown that rhythmic, continuous exercise — aerobic exercise — can in fact produce narcoticlike chemicals in the body.

Now researchers suggest that those chemicals may have helped turn humans, as well as other animals, into long-distance runners.

The man behind the research is University of Arizona anthropologist David Raichlen, a runner himself. He does about 25 miles a week.

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