7:30am

Tue September 13, 2011
Books

Ikea Changes Design Of Popular Bookcase

According to The Economist magazine, Ikea is changing the design of its popular Billy Bookcases to make the shelves deeper. The magazine asserts that's because Ikea thinks its customers will use the shelves for ornaments and tchotchkees – not books. But an Ikea spokesman insists "Billy is best for books."

7:25am

Tue September 13, 2011
Sports

Whatever Happened to Sportsmanship?

Serena Williams reacts during the women's championship match against Samantha Stosur of Australia at the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York on Sunday.
Elise Amendola AP

In 2009, Serena Williams threatened to shove a racket down a referee's throat during a semifinal. Two years later, she's calmer, but still shouting at umpires, most recently at the U.S. Open on Sept. 11. With higher salaries and more on the line, it's not surprising that more and more athletes are making headlines for unsportsmanlike conduct.

After losing the final game 6-2, 6-3 to Australian Samantha Stosur on Sunday, Williams told reporters that she didn't remember what she said.

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7:20am

Tue September 13, 2011
The Two-Way

RPGs, Gunfire 'Raining Down' On Diplomatic District In Kabul

Attackers set off at least three explosions in the center of Kabul's diplomatic district today and were "raining down rocket-propelled grenades and automatic weapons fire across both the U.S. embassy compound" and the headquarters of the international security force, NPR's Quil Lawrence reports from the Afghan capital.

The BBC says "gunmen are holed up in a partly-built high-rise building nearby, exchanging sporadic gunfire with police."

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7:00am

Tue September 13, 2011
You Must Read This

In Wordless Imagery, An Immigrant's Timeless Tale

A few years ago, I had a work assignment in central Malaysia. When I returned home, I lamented to a friend that I was constantly lost, never knew if I had enough ringgits for a meal, and was unable to communicate with anyone. I felt like a confused child.

My friend laughed. "Now you know how your father felt when he arrived in this country," she said.

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7:00am

Tue September 13, 2011
The Two-Way

American Hikers Held By Iran To Be Freed 'In Two Days,' Ahmadinejad Says

Two Americans who have been held in Iran since July 2009 will be released "in two days," President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has told NBC News.

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6:34am

Tue September 13, 2011
Afghanistan

Rockets Fired Toward U.S. Embassy In Afghanistan

Originally published on Tue September 13, 2011 6:07 pm

Afghan security officials carry the body of a fallen comrade after several armed Taliban militants launched attacks in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Tuesday.
S. Sabawoon EPA /Landov

Insurgents rained a barrage of rockets and gunfire on the U.S. Embassy and NATO headquarters Tuesday in a brazen attack in Afghanistan's capital that underscores their ability to stage operations even as coalition forces hand over security to Afghan troops.

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6:30am

Tue September 13, 2011
Afghanistan

Rockets Fired At U.S. Embassy In Kabul

Originally published on Tue September 13, 2011 8:47 am

Transcript

STEVE INSKEEP, Host:

President Obama left behind the debate in Washington yesterday to campaign for his jobs bill, which includes money to upgrade infrastructure. He visited the Brent Spence Bridge in Cincinnati, which is considered obsolete. NPR's Ari Shapiro reports.

ARI SHAPIRO: Gerardo Claudio lives in Augusta, Georgia, and works all over the country. He spends about three weeks out of every month on the road, which gives him a good look at the nation's infrastructure.

GERARDO CLAUDIO: The roads are in real, real awful condition, should I say.

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Philip Reeves is an award-winning veteran international correspondent based in Islamabad, Pakistan. Previous to his current role, he covered Europe out of NPR's bureau in London.

Reeves has spent two decades working as a journalist overseas, reporting from a wide range of places including the former Soviet Union, the Middle East and Asia.

A member of the NPR team that won highly prestigious Alfred I. duPont–Columbia University and George Foster Peabody awards for coverage of the conflict in Iraq, Reeves has been honored several times by the South Asian Journalists Association.

4:00am

Tue September 13, 2011
Election 2012

7 GOP Presidential Candidates Gang Up Against Perry

Eight Republican presidential candidates gathered Monday night in Tampa, Fla., for a debate sponsored by CNN and the Tea Party Express. The event marked the first time The Tea Party Express has been an official sponsor of a presidential debate. Texas Governor Rick Perry was the center of attention.

4:00am

Tue September 13, 2011
Europe

Sex-Abuse Victims Want Hague Tribunal To Investigate Vatican

Originally published on Tue September 13, 2011 12:44 pm

Members of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests pose in front of the International Criminal Court in The Hague, Netherlands, Tuesday. A group representing the victims is asking the world court to investigate top Vatican officials over the clerical sex abuse scandal.
Rob Keeris AP

The international tribunals at The Hague have dealt with horrific war crimes and brought Balkan war criminals and African warlords to trial.

Now, the tribunal is being asked to investigate top Vatican officials over the global clerical sex abuse scandal, and victims say these offenses meet the legal definition of crimes against humanity.

Pope Benedict XVI has repeatedly apologized for crimes committed by priests.

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