Fri October 7, 2011

Battles Against Oppressive Regimes Led To Nobel

Originally published on Fri October 7, 2011 5:58 pm

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The Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to three women on Friday. From left: President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia, Liberian "peace warrior" Leymah Gbowee and Tawakkul Karman of Yemen.


The three women who won the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize were lauded for their courage in standing up to the violence and brutality of oppressive regimes in Liberia and Yemen.

The five-member Nobel Committee in Norway announced Friday that it would split the coveted award three ways, honoring Africa's first democratically elected female president, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf; Liberian campaigner Leymah Gbowee; and Yemeni democracy activist Tawakkul Karman.

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Fri October 7, 2011
The Record

Sloan: How To Make A Band Last 20 Years

Sloan, in a recent press shot. The band is, from left to right, Chris Murphy (bass), Andrew Scott (drums), Patrick Pentland and Jay Ferguson (both guitarists).

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Four guys. Ten albums. 20 years.

The unlikely story of the band Sloan starts in Halifax, Nova Scotia, a college city in eastern Canada's Maritime provinces. It was there where four young musicians — Jay Ferguson, Chris Murphy, Patrick Pentland and Andrew Scott — met and started playing together.

"We played our very first show at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in Halifax, Nova Scotia, February 1991," Ferguson, one of the guitarists, remembers. "We played in the cafeteria."

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Fri October 7, 2011
Around the Nation

John Wayne Fans Go On Pilgrimage For Memorabilia

Bill Atkins, 80, holds a blurry photo of himself at age 19 with John Wayne during the filming of Flying Leathernecks. Atkins came from Bowie, Md., to view the auction.

Courtesy of Shereen Marisol Meraji

John Wayne's family auctioned off hundreds of the actor's personal belongings this week at a hotel in Los Angeles. The items had been in storage since Wayne's death 32 years ago.

The display brought collectors and brokers and plenty of fans, who came from across the country to pay tribute to the Duke.

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Fri October 7, 2011
Middle East

In Syria, Focus Moves To Armed Deserters

Protesters opposed to Syrian President Bashar Assad burn an effigy of him Friday prayer in the northern city of Tripoli, Lebanon.

Bilal Hussein AP

Russia's President Dmitry Medvedev issued a blunt message to Syria's leadership on Friday, saying it should either reform or step down.

Medvedev's statement in Moscow was significant because Russia has been one of Syria's strongest allies. And just four days earlier, Russia and China used their U.N. vetoes to block a resolution that could have led to tougher diplomatic measures against Syria.

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Fri October 7, 2011
Remembering Steve Jobs (1955-2011)

After Jobs, Who Will Be Next American Visionary?

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 11:20 am

Thomas Edison transformed American industry and culture with his inventions, such as the phonograph and the motion picture camera. He also developed a long-lasting electric light bulb and founded General Electric.

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Visionary. Uncompromising. Intuitive. Risk-taking. Steve Jobs — the man who helped build a company and used it to transform multiple industries and popular culture — could have been lifted from the pages of a college textbook on how to be a successful CEO.

He was "the most incredible businessperson in the world," Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak told CBS News on Thursday, a day after Jobs' death.

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Fri October 7, 2011

Thought The Economy Was Tanking? Not So Fast

Originally published on Sun October 9, 2011 7:06 am

The construction sector added 26,000 jobs in September, reversing a drop a month earlier.

Tom Pennington Getty Images

A few weeks ago, dismal economic reports seemed to be pointing to one conclusion: The economy was slipping into another recession. Investors fled the stock market, pundits predicted doom and political leaders pointed fingers, trying to fix blame for a faltering economy.

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Fri October 7, 2011
The Two-Way

Rallies Decry Death Sentence For Confessed Assassin In Pakistan

Originally published on Fri October 7, 2011 1:44 pm

Protesters rally in support of Mumtaz Qadri, who was sentenced to death for the murder of Gov. Salman Taseer. Qadri appealed his sentence Thursday.

Sajid Mehmood NPR

Crowds protested in Pakistan's major cities Friday, against the death sentence handed down last week to the self-confessed killer of Punjab province's Gov. Salman Taseer. One of the governor's bodyguards, Mumtaz Qadri, shot him in cold blood outside a café in Islamabad in January.

Religious parties supporting Qadri rallied in solidarity one day after Qadri filed an appeal challenging the death sentence handed down by an anti-terror court.

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Fri October 7, 2011
The Two-Way

Berlusconi Raises Ire With Obscene Joke About His Party

Italy's Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, seen here in a file photo, has seen his approval rating hit record lows. And now he's angered many in his own party by jokingly suggesting a lewd name change.

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Italian leader Silvio Berlusconi is in trouble again, after making an obscene joke at his own ruling party's expense. The quip is the latest in a series of scandals that have nettled the prime minister. And it came at the end of a week that took a deep toll on Italy's economy.

From Italy, Sylvia Poggioli filed this report for our Newscast desk:

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Fri October 7, 2011
Barack Obama

One Term, Or Two? Obama Faces Season Of Doubt

Originally published on Fri October 7, 2011 2:56 pm

Obama is surrounded by former presidents in the Oval Office in 2009. Two of his predecessors — George W. Bush and Bill Clinton — won two terms, while two others — George H.W. Bush and Jimmy Carter — left office after just one.

J. Scott Applewhite AP

For President Obama, this is the Season of Doubt.

There is in the American air — some 13 months away from the 2012 election — a whiff of suggestion that Obama might not be re-elected. Or re-electable.

A recent poll reveals that most Americans — 55 percent — believe Obama will be a one-term president. On hearing the results, Obama told ABC News: "I'm used to being an underdog."

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Fri October 7, 2011
Research News

Video Pick: Mapping Flames

Tadd Truscott and Dale Tree, engineers at Brigham Young University, are videoing fire with high speed cameras to try to make a 3D reconstruction of a flame. Poetic and practical, they say: quantifying flames could help us burn fuel more cleanly and efficiently.