From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Guy Raz.
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And I'm Robert Siegel. We've been hearing a lot lately about the gap between rich and poor in this country. Well, now a new angle on that gap between young and old. Research out today finds that older Americans are significantly better off than seniors a generation ago, but young adults have fallen dramatically behind.
Now, if anyone is doing well in this time of economic uncertainty, it is fair to say it is the banks. Wall Street firms earned more in the first two and a half years of the Obama administration than they did during the entire presidency of George W. Bush. That's according to a story today in the Washington Post by reporter Zach Goldfarb and he joins us now. Welcome to the program, Zach.
GOP presidential contender Herman Cain may have a difficult time getting his campaign back "on message" after a week spent responding to allegations of sexual harassment. Attorney Gloria Allred held a news conference in New York on Monday afternoon for a woman who says she was sexually harassed by Cain.
Career Education Corporation, a major for-profit post-secondary education provider, is facing trouble after it admitted to supplying misleading information on job placement rates. Other for-profit companies are struggling too, under pressure from new federal rules.
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More than a week after a freak October snowstorm, tens of thousands of Connecticut residents are still without power. Jeff Cohen reports that some roads remain blocked by downed trees and power lines, and anger is growing over the pace of the restoration effort.
JEFF COHEN, BYLINE: Walter Tobias came to Simsbury Town Hall to ask for help. The 78-year-old has no power at home, and his sick wife is stuck in a rehab center.
Supporters of Nicaraguan President and presidential candidate Daniel Ortega celebrate following the presidential election in Managua on Nov. 6.
After elections yesterday, Nicaragua's President Daniel Ortega looks set on serving a third term. La Prensa, one of the country's largest daily newspaper, reports with almost 39 percent of the precincts reporting, Ortega leads with close to 64 percent of the vote.
Sharon Bialek during her appearance before reporters today in New York City.
A Chicago woman just told reporters that in a 1997 encounter with 2012 Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain in Washington, D.C., he reached under her skirt and tried to pull her head toward his crotch.
A Cain spokesman calls the story "more false accusations."
Sharon Bialek, who said she had come to Cain for employment advice, claimed he took her out to dinner and then in his car "suddenly reached over and put his hand on my leg under my skirt and reached for my genitals." Then, she said, he "grabbed my head and brought it toward his crotch."
This is another story in the "Robbers In The Wrong Place, At The Wrong Time" category. This past Friday in Los Angeles, Luis Rosales walked into a Comfort Inn and police say he pulled a gun on the clerk.
What Rosales didn't know is that two mixed martial arts fighters were in town for the World Jiu-Jitsue No-Gi Championship in Long Beach.
For the first time in history two black candidates, President Barack Obama and Herman Cain, may run against each other for the presidency. As it did three years ago, discussions of race and racism continue to play out around both campaigns.
Libyan women at an Eid al-Fitr service in Tripoli in September. Many women played important roles in the rise against Moammar Gadhafi's regime.
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Young men in Tripoli. Many say they like the idea of laws being based on traditional Sharia concepts.
Mustafa Abdul Jalil's liberation speech on Oct. 23 raised eyebrows in the west with his comments that Sharia law would be the basis for a new Libya's legislation and that polygamy would therefore be allowed. People were quick to react and comment that he had let the cat out of the bag and that it would be impossible to backtrack.
Shopping online can be a real time-saver, and you can get some great deals. But skip lollipops that come with the virus that causes chickenpox.
This caution comes after a woman in Nashville, Tenn., advertised lollipops contaminated with the varicella virus on Facebook. The tainted pops were intended for parents who want to expose their children to the disease.
In 14 years on Saturday Night Live, Darrell Hammond did many impressions, including Bill Clinton, Al Gore and Sean Connery. Few of his cast members knew that Hammond struggled with drugs, alcohol and self-cutting as the result of childhood abuse.
In his memoir God, If You're Not Up There, I'm F-----: Tales of Stand-Up, 'Saturday Night Live' and Other Mind-Altering Mayhem, Hammond details the systematic brutality he suffered at the hands of his mother, who beat him, stabbed him and tortured him with a hammer and electrical outlet.
Kentucky's gubernatorial race and Mississippi's personhood amendment are gaining wide attention as some states are observing election day on Tuesday. Also, Herman Cain is continuing to defend himself against sexual harassment charges. And can President Obama rally young voter support like he did four years ago? Host Michel Martin hears from Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Cynthia Tucker and U.S. News and World Report Columnist Mary Kate Cary.
This year, seven states have passed new, tighter voter I.D. laws. Supporters say they protect the integrity of elections, but critics say they could keep minorities and poor people from voting. Host Michel Martin hears both sides of the issue with law professor Spencer Overton and the Heritage Foundation's Hans von Spakovsky.
On Tuesday, Ohioans will vote on a controversial law that limits collective bargaining rights for public employees. Signed earlier this year by the state's governor, the law also requires those employees to contribute more for their health and retirement benefits. Now union members are trying to repeal the law. Host Michel Martin speaks with Hiram College Professor of Political Science Jason Johnson.
When the Empire State Building was constructed in 1931, it stood 1,250 feet tall. The famous skyscraper was the world's tallest building — and held that title for more than 40 years.
Today the world's tallest building is the Burj Khalifa in Dubai. It stretches more than 1,000 feet above the Empire State Building — 2,717 feet into the air. The Burj Khalifa smashed the record held by Taiwan's Taipei 101, a landmark skyscraper with 101 floors. And at 1,666-feet, Taipei 101 tops the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur by 183 feet.
Attorney Gloria Allred's office just sent this message to reporters:
"A woman who alleges that she was sexually harassed by Presidential hopeful, Herman Cain, when she sought his help with an employment issue when he was President of the National Restaurant Association will hold a news conference with her Attorney, Gloria Allred on Monday, November 7th, at 1:30 p.m. (e.s.t.) at the Friars Club, 57 East 55th Street New York, NY 10022.
The mayor of Hattiesburg, Miss., Democrat Johnny DuPree, is the first black candidate to win a major party's nomination for governor in the state since Reconstruction. He's a long shot in the election against a well-funded lieutenant governor, Republican Phil Bryant. DuPree is not focusing on race, saying he'd rather talk about issues and his leadership skills.
You didn't have to be a boxing fan in the '70s to know the name Joe Frazier and to know that he'll forever be linked to Muhammad Ali.
Smokin' Joe was, as The Associated Press reminds us, the first man to beat Ali, "knocking him down and taking a decision in the so-called Fight of the Century at Madison Square Garden in 1971. He would go on to lose two more fights to Ali, including the epic 'Thrilla in Manila.' "
In Los Angeles: A man dressed as John Lennon at the "Move Your Money" protest on Saturday. He and others protested bank fees and pushed for "good jobs."
There's been a huge increase in the wealth gap between older Americans and those just entering adulthood, according to a new analysis of Census Bureau data done by the Pew Research Center.
According to Pew's study:
In 2009, "households headed by adults ages 65 and older ... had 47 times as much net wealth as the typical household headed by someone" under 35 years of age. Pew says that "back in 1984, this had been a less lopsided 10-to-1 ratio."
Aug. 6, 1999: Penn State head football coach Joe Paterno, right, with his then-defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky.
The alleged sexual abuse of children by a former assistant coach on the Penn State University football team was allowed to continue for at least a decade because of "a culture that did nothing to stop it" at the school, Pennsylvania State Police Commissioner Frank Noonan just told reporters in Harrisburg.