Tue November 1, 2011
The Two-Way

'Frustration Mounting' In New England States Still Without Power

As a million or two customers in towns and cities across much of New England begin another day without power since Saturday's "historic October snowstorm," frustration is growing, The Hartford Courant reports.

"The state's largest utility said Monday that it was stepping up its efforts to restore electricity to more than 700,000 customers still without power as of Monday evening," the Courant says.

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Tue November 1, 2011
The Two-Way

Chinese Authorities Send Outspoken Artist Ai Weiwei A $2.4 Million Tax Bill

Originally published on Tue November 1, 2011 9:36 am

Chinese artist Ai Weiwei in Beijing on June 23, 2011.

Peter Parks AFP/Getty Images

Artist Ai Weiwei, who earlier this year was jailed by Chinese authorities for nearly three months, said today that the government there has sent him a $2.4 million tax bill.

"His supporters," the BBC says, say the bill and accusations that he owes back taxes "are part of a plot to silence Mr. Ai, who is an outspoken critic of the government."

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Tue November 1, 2011

A Final Resting Place On The Green, But No Mulligans

Originally published on Fri November 18, 2011 6:13 pm

Grieving families may chip shots out of the rough, or the sand trap, as well as putter on the green.

Courtesy Sunset Hills Memorial Park

Americans aren't going for coffins like they used to. Cremation is becoming more popular and many families opt to dispose of the ashes somewhere other than a cemetery.

That's not good news for the funeral and cemetery business. Arne Swanson, market director for Dignity Memorial Service Corporation International, recalls watching a family spreading the ashes of a loved one on the fairway of a golf course.

"I thought, 'There must be a better way,' " he says. "There just simply was not a product to meet the needs of this family."

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Tue November 1, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

The Case For A 'Check In' Instead Of A Checkup

It can't hurt to ask if that blood test is really necessary.


People who visit their primary care doctors for routine care often find themselves poked, prodded and advised in all kinds of unnecessary and unhelpful ways.

Add it all up, and the cost of the dubious tests and medical interventions runs to about $6.8 billion a year. The annual checkup, an American medical tradition, is a prime offender.

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Tue November 1, 2011
The Two-Way

Stunned By Greek Plan For Bailout Referendum, Markets Drop

Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou.

Yiannis Liakos AFP/Getty Images

"Markets plunged Tuesday on fears that Europe's plan to save the euro was already unraveling after the shock decision by Greek Prime Minister to call a referendum on the country's latest rescue," The Associated Press writes.

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Tue November 1, 2011
The Two-Way

Hundreds Of Millions Missing From MF Global, 'New York Times' Reports

Originally published on Tue November 1, 2011 2:08 pm

Not only has MF Global had to file for bankruptcy protection, now there's this news about the securities firm run by former New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine (D):

The New York Times reports that:

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Tue November 1, 2011
The Two-Way

Herman Cain Now Recalls 'Settlement' With Accuser

Republican presidential contender Herman Cain during an appearance at the American Enterprise Institute on Monday.

Karen Bleier AFP/Getty Images

Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain was consistent Monday in saying he has "never sexually harassed anyone." But some parts of his response to a Politico report about past allegations had shifted by day's end.

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Tue November 1, 2011
Strange News

Liquor-Shop Shenanigans: A Nonagenarian And A Ghost

Originally published on Tue November 1, 2011 10:28 am



Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep with tales of British alcohol. The one stop shop in Essex refused to sell whiskey to Diane Taylor. She didn't have proper I.D., and the shop said rules are rules, even though she is 92. Ms. Taylor at least caused less trouble than the ghost supposedly inhabiting a pub in Birmingham, England. At Halloween, the ghost has smashed bottles of wine it didn't like. It's not clear why the staff thinks it's a ghost and not a customer. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.


Tue November 1, 2011