5:46pm

Mon October 17, 2011
Business

Pipeline Powerhouse? Kinder Morgan To Buy El Paso

Texas-based energy company Kinder Morgan plans to buy El Paso Corp. in a $20.7 billion deal that's expected to create America's largest natural gas pipeline operator.

The deal would more than double the size of Kinder Morgan's existing pipeline network to 80,000 miles. The company's pipelines in Texas, the Midwest and the Rocky Mountains will be joined to El Paso's vast network which stretches from the Gulf Coast east to New England and west to California.

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Robert Benincasa is a computer-assisted reporting producer in NPR's Investigations Unit.

Since joining NPR in 2008, Benincasa has been reporting on NPR Investigations stories, analyzing data for investigations, and developing data visualizations and interactive applications for NPR.org. He has worked on numerous groundbreaking stories, including an exclusive on the independence level of nursing home residents, the safety of automated aircraft, and a government mandate to produce $1 coins that Americans don't want.

Prior to NPR, Benincasa served as the database editor for the Gannett News Service Washington Bureau for a decade. In 1995, he joined the Burlington VT Free Press as a staff writer.

5:45pm

Mon October 17, 2011
Three Books...

3 Extreme Tales Of Tribulation For The Apocalypse

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Have plans for this Friday? Harold Camping does.

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5:37pm

Mon October 17, 2011
Presidential Race

Interactive: 2012 Campaign Cash, Week By Week

Texas Gov. Rick Perry saw his fundraising numbers plummet after his September debate performances.

Jeff Swensen Getty Images

The latest batch of campaign finance reports adds a little clarity to the presidential race. For starters, President Obama's campaign reported a hefty $61 million on hand as of Sept. 30. But in the Republican primary race, things are in flux.

Five states — Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada, South Carolina and Florida — are trying to squeeze their contests into January. They all hope to boost their influence on the outcome.

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5:26pm

Mon October 17, 2011
Africa

Liberian President Confident Ahead Of Runoff

Originally published on Tue October 18, 2011 12:05 pm

Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf addresses a crowd of supporters on Saturday outside offices of her party on the outskirts of Monrovia, Liberia's capital. She faces Winston Tubman in a runoff election scheduled for Nov. 8.

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Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, fresh from winning the Nobel Peace Prize, was hoping for an outright re-election victory last week.

But Africa's first democratically elected female leader is facing a runoff election next month. She says she is confident Liberians will vote for her in big numbers, but the first-round voting last Tuesday shows she is facing stiff competition after six years in power.

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5:21pm

Mon October 17, 2011
The Two-Way

Was Van Gogh Murdered? A New Book Says Yes

A new book, written by Pulitzer winners, is raising eyebrows over how it says the great Dutch painter Vincent Van Gogh died. Van Gogh: The Life by Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith, posits that Van Gogh did not kill himself as is popularly believed.

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Alan Cheuse has been reviewing books on All Things Considered since the 1980s. His challenge is to make each two-minute review as fresh and interesting as possible while focusing on the essence of the book itself.

5:05pm

Mon October 17, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Vaccinations Can Be Money-Losers For Doctors

Originally published on Mon October 17, 2011 5:08 pm

A good deal for children's health can be a bad deal for doctors.

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Vaccines vanquished smallpox and have the polio virus on the run. And immunizations recommended routinely in the U.S. help protect people from chickenpox and cervical cancer.

But many doctors who administer the vaccinations lose money on them, according to new data from athenahealth, a company that helps doctors with electronic billing and medical records.

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4:26pm

Mon October 17, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Disease Detective Hot On The Trails Of Anthrax And Cholera

Paul Keim at work in his lab on the Northern Arizona University campus.

Charlie McCallie Northern Arizona University

Ten years after the anthrax attacks and three years after the FBI named a chief suspect in the case, speculation about the origin of the deadly letters hasn't completely died out.

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3:51pm

Mon October 17, 2011
The Two-Way

iPhone 4S Sales Top 4 Million In First Weekend

Originally published on Mon October 17, 2011 4:02 pm

An Apple Store customer looks at the new Apple iPhone 4S on Oct. 14 in San Francisco.

Justin Sullivan Getty Images

Apple announced today that its iPhone 4S has sold more than four million units in the three days after it went on sale.

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