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11:40am

Mon May 14, 2012
Remembrances

Shooting Vietnam: Remembering Horst Faas

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 10:47 am

The sun breaks through dense jungle foliage as South Vietnamese troops, joined by U.S. advisers, rest after a cold, damp and tense night of waiting in an ambush position for a Viet Cong attack that didn't come, January 1965.
Horst Faas AP

Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Horst Faas, who captured several iconic moments during the Vietnam War, died May 10. He was 79.

Haas was the chief of The Associated Press' Southeast Asia bureau from 1962 to 1974, where he covered the fighting and mentored dozens of young photographers who were sent out across Vietnam to capture images of the war's terror and inhumanity.

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11:32am

Mon May 14, 2012
The Two-Way

Afghanistan: More Troubles, But U.S. Ambassador Sees Path Forward

Officials and mourners prepare to place the coffin of Afghanistan High Peace Council and former Taliban leader Arsala Rahmani in a grave earlier today, in Kabul.
Massoud Hossaini AFP/Getty Images

While U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan Ryan Crocker says there is a path toward relative stability in Afghanistan and away from a return to the kind of civil war that devastated the country in the early 1990s, the difficulties still facing that nation have been underscored by more violence:

-- CNN.com reports that "a bomb exploded inside a shop in the northern Afghanistan province of Faryab on Monday, killing nine people, according to the Afghan Interior Ministry."

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10:25am

Mon May 14, 2012
The Two-Way

Dozens More Murdered In Mexico; Count Of Headless Bodies May Near 70

Morgue employees take in some of the bodies that were found Sunday.
Moises Castillo AP

Few headlines are more horrific than this:

"49 Headless Bodies Dumped In Mexican Town."

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10:23am

Mon May 14, 2012
The Fracking Boom: Missing Answers

Science And The Fracking Boom: Missing Answers

Originally published on Mon May 14, 2012 2:27 pm

A technique called hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, has kicked off an energy boom in the United States. Fracking lets drillers unlock vast reservoirs of natural gas that were previously inaccessible. Over the past decade, about 200,000 gas wells have been drilled across the country.

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9:55am

Mon May 14, 2012
The Two-Way

Baby Names: The Latest Partisan Divide?

Originally published on Mon May 14, 2012 10:27 am

The percentage of newborns given the trendiest names is much smaller than it was a generation ago.
Andre Panneton iStockphoto.com

Evan, Elizabeth, Rachel, Abigail and John all have something in common. They were born this spring at Fletcher Allen hospital in Burlington, Vt.

Around the same time, a group of babies named Paislee, Liberty, Rykan and Scottlynn were all born in and around North Platte, Neb.

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9:47am

Mon May 14, 2012
The Two-Way

Sophia Is No. 1 Among Girls' Names; Mason Soars To Near Top Among Boys

Originally published on Mon May 14, 2012 12:53 pm

Sophia has pushed Isabella off the No. 1 spot among most popular names for girls born in the U.S., the Social Security Administration says.

Meanwhile, Jacob remained atop the list of boys' names, where it's been since 1999.

But Mason "rocketed to number two" last year from the No. 12 spot in 2010.

Here are the top 10 for each gender, from the agency's website:

Boys

1. Jacob
2. Mason
3. William
4. Jayden
5. Noah

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9:02am

Mon May 14, 2012

8:32am

Mon May 14, 2012
The Two-Way

Facebook's Zuckerberg Turns 28, With Billions Of Reasons To Celebrate

Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg, in black hoodie.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

Happy birthday, Mark Zuckerberg.

Not only do you turn 28 today, but at the end of the week Facebook stock is due to go public for the first time.

The social networking giant is expected to be valued around $100 billion and Zuckerberg's worth will then be around $18 billion, as Wired magazine's Steven Levy said earlier today on Morning Edition.

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7:52am

Mon May 14, 2012
Around the Nation

Pipe Shop Owner Fights For Free Expression

When Adam Spiegel rolls down the metal security doors at his Medford, Ore., store, a painting becomes visible. Officials told him to clean the graffiti or be fined. He tells the Mail-Tribune it's not graffiti: it's a mural. Some onlookers think the painting resembles a giant bong.

7:49am

Mon May 14, 2012
The Two-Way

Yahoo CEO's Ousting Is Victory For Hedge Fund Pushing Change At Company

Nicholas Kamm AFP/Getty Images

Sunday's news that Yahoo CEO Scott Thompson was stepping down in the wake of questions about his credibility is being followed this morning with accounts about how this is a victory for an activist hedge fund that's been pushing for changes at the Internet search giant.

As the Mercury News reports:

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7:34am

Mon May 14, 2012
Business

Yahoo CEO Out After Revelations Of Flawed Resume

Transcript

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

NPR's business news starts with a Mother's Day shakeup.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

INSKEEP: Yahoo says its CEO, Scott Thompson, is out, after a shareholder revealed an in accuracy on his resume. Mr. Thompson had claimed that he held two college degrees. In fact, he only had one. Thompson's resignation is a victory for an activist hedge fund that has been pressing for a shakeup in how Yahoo is run.

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7:29am

Mon May 14, 2012
Around the Nation

Columbia University Janitor Graduates With Honors

Originally published on Mon May 14, 2012 9:48 am

When Gac Filipaj fled war-torn Yugoslavia in 1992, he became a refugee in New York. He took a janitor's job at Columbia University because it included free tuition. But he first had to learn English. After a dozen years, he received a bachelor's degree in classics over the weekend.

6:49am

Mon May 14, 2012
The Two-Way

Reports: JPMorgan's Losses Could Top $4 Billion; Three Execs To Resign

Originally published on Mon May 14, 2012 9:17 am

Mark Lennihan AP

Three high-ranking executives, including one of the most powerful women on Wall Street, are expected to resign from JPMorgan Chase this week because of their roles in the $2.3 billion loss the bank recently suffered when some risky trades blew up in its face.

The Wall Street Journal, which broke that news, also reports that JPMorgan's losses from the "giant trading blunder" keep growing. It cites "people familiar with the situation," as its sources.

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4:51am

Mon May 14, 2012
Analysis

Polticis In The News

Originally published on Mon May 14, 2012 7:10 am

The head of JPMorgan Chase says the trading strategy that cost it $2 billion in a matter of weeks won't really affect the bank's bottom line. But the trade happened during a presidential campaign where the economy and Wall Street are major themes.

4:51am

Mon May 14, 2012
Middle East

Violence In Syria Has Not Abated

Originally published on Mon May 14, 2012 6:44 am

Transcript

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Syria's violence has not let up. Over the weekend, Syrian troops continued their campaign against those who opposed the regime of President Bashar al-Assad. Let's talk about this with NPR's Kelly McEvers, who's on the line from Beirut. And Kelly, what's the latest?

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4:51am

Mon May 14, 2012
Religion

Presbyterians' Views On Gay Marriage Vary

Originally published on Mon May 14, 2012 6:44 am

Twenty years ago, few Americans approved of homosexuality or thought gay marriage should be legal. Now, nearly half of all Americans support same-sex marriage, though most Christians are still opposed to it.

4:51am

Mon May 14, 2012
Business

Facebook's IPO Could Make Its CEO Worth $18B

Originally published on Mon May 14, 2012 7:37 am

Facebook is expected to start selling stock to the public this week. The social networking giant is expected to begin trading on the Nasdaq Stock Market on Friday. CEO Mark Zuckerberg will remain the company's biggest shareholder. Steven Levy, of Wired magazine, talks to Morning Edition's David Greene about what that means for the company and potential shareholders.

4:51am

Mon May 14, 2012
Business

The Last Word In Business

Originally published on Mon May 14, 2012 7:46 am

Transcript

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

You know, one of the benefits of starting your own company is that you can pretty much wear whatever you want - up to a point. Our last word in business today is: dress for success.

Just as Steve Jobs was known for his mock-turtleneck, Mark Zuckerberg has become known for his hoodie. Business blogs breathlessly chronicle Zuckerberg's dress decisions and note the fact that he sports the collegiate just-rolled-out-of-bed look, even at important business meetings.

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4:51am

Mon May 14, 2012
Afghanistan

Ambassador Crocker Focuses On Afghanistan's Future

Originally published on Mon May 14, 2012 7:56 am

Transcript

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Afghanistan's president, Hamid Karzai, travels soon to Chicago. He'll attend a summit of NATO, the North Atlantic Alliance, on whose troops Karzai's government depends. At that summit, NATO countries will be asked to pledge billions of dollars to support Afghanistan's security forces after NATO combat troops withdraw in the year 2014. The U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan will also attend that summit. And as he prepared to leave Kabul, he sat down with our own Renee Montagne.

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

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4:51am

Mon May 14, 2012
Education

Budget Woes Could Close Philly's Problem Schools

Originally published on Mon May 14, 2012 6:44 am

Philadelphia's school district plans to close a quarter of its school buildings in coming years to eliminate a huge budget hole. But parents and activists don't trust the decision-makers. Many of them suspect the plan is a ruse to force charter schools and privatization on the district.

4:51am

Mon May 14, 2012
Economy

Unmanned Aircraft Tests Could Revive Ohio City's Economy

Originally published on Mon May 14, 2012 6:44 am

Transcript

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

The economy of Wilmington, Ohio was devastated three years ago when the shipping company DHL left town, taking thousands of jobs with it. City leaders now want to embrace a rapidly growing industry - unmanned aerial vehicles, also known as UAVs. In popular culture, they're somewhat inaccurately called drones. The Federal Aviation Administration recently gave the Air Force permission to test UAVs at the now largely vacant Wilmington Air Park. Here's Ann Thompson of member station WVXU.

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4:47am

Mon May 14, 2012
Sports

NHL Action Moves On To Conference Finals

Originally published on Mon May 14, 2012 6:44 am

The conference finals are underway in the National Hockey League playoffs. In the East, the New York Rangers will face the New Jersey Devils Monday. In the West, the Los Angeles Kings have won Game 1 โ€” beating the Phoenix Coyotes 4-2.

3:53am

Mon May 14, 2012
Election 2012

Republicans Zero In On Nebraska's U.S. Senate Seat

Originally published on Mon May 14, 2012 9:24 am

The four top Republicans seeking the GOP nomination for the U.S. Senate in Nebraska รขย€ย” state Sen. Deb Fischer (from left), state Attorney General Jon Bruning, state Treasurer Don Stenberg and investment adviser Pat Flynn รขย€ย” recite the Pledge of Allegiance before a debate in Omaha last month.
Nati Harnik AP

Republicans hope to wrest control of the U.S. Senate in November from the majority Democrats, who have twice as many seats to defend this year. One state where the GOP has high hopes is Nebraska, where two-term incumbent Ben Nelson, a Democrat, is retiring. Voters from both parties will select their nominees Tuesday, and the Republican winner is likely to face a familiar face: former Democratic Sen. Bob Kerrey.

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3:29am

Mon May 14, 2012
The Picture Show

Dear Photograph: New-Age Nostalgia

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 10:47 am

Dear Photograph is a collection of photos that take us back to our early memories.
From the blog and book 'Dear Photograph'

You may have heard of Dear Photograph, a website that invites readers to submit photos of photos โ€” images from the past, set in the present. Over the past year, the website received thousands of submissions. In fact, enough for a book, also called Dear Photograph, which was released earlier this month.

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3:28am

Mon May 14, 2012
Fine Art

Even Under Threat, Syrian Artists Paint In Protest

Originally published on Mon May 14, 2012 6:44 am

"I cared about what was happening around me, so I went to be with the people," says Syrian artist Hiba Akkad. "Whatever the people were doing, I wanted to be with them." Above, Akkad's 2012 mixed media on canvas work, Untitled.
Courtesy Galerie Tanit

In Syria, anyone who speaks out against the regime of President Bashar Assad risks harassment, detention and sometimes worse. One famous cartoonist who'd lampooned Assad was pulled out of his car last summer by pro-regime thugs and had his hands broken.

Public figures like singers and actors are under much pressure to keep silent. Even a small and critically acclaimed group of Syrian painters is not immune โ€” but that might be attracting buyers outside Syria to their work.

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3:27am

Mon May 14, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Doctors' Due Diligence: Measuring Kids' Blood Pressure

Originally published on Mon May 14, 2012 8:37 am

Doctors often overlook taking a child's blood pressure during routine visits.
Sean Locke iStockphoto.com

There have been hints that the obesity epidemic's rise has slowed a bit among certain populations, but for the most part, it continues to dominate American health. One third of children and teenagers are now overweight or obese. And researchers forecast as many as half of our nation's population could be obese โ€” not overweight but obese โ€” by 2030.

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3:26am

Mon May 14, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Alzheimer's Patients Turn To Stories Instead Of Memories

Originally published on Mon May 14, 2012 6:44 am

TimeSlips is a program based on the idea that storytelling can be therapeutic for people with dementia.
Dick Blau TimeSlips

Ask family members of someone with Alzheimer's or another dementia: Trying to talk with a loved one who doesn't even remember exactly who they are can be very frustrating.

But here at a senior center in Seattle, things are different.

On one recent day, 15 elderly people were forming a circle. The room is typical โ€” linoleum floors, cellophane flowers on the windows, canes and wheelchairs, and walkers lined up against the wall.

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3:18am

Mon May 14, 2012
Election 2012

In Florida, Registering Voters A Whole New Game

Originally published on Mon May 14, 2012 8:05 am

Melli Romero (right), a canvasser with the National Council of La Raza, works outside La Mia Supermarket in Miami on May 9.
Greg Allen NPR

Six months before the presidential election, the Florida ground game is already under way.

In political terms, the ground game is the process of mobilizing voters and getting them to the polls. And the first step is registering people to vote.

But in Florida this year, there are tough new restrictions on groups that conduct voter registration drives. The restrictions already appear to be having an impact on the number of people who are registering to vote.

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3:17am

Mon May 14, 2012
Around the Nation

Santa Cruz Surfers Make Coastline A Reserve

Originally published on Mon May 14, 2012 6:44 am

A surfer rides a wave at Steamer Lane, with the Santa Cruz Wharf in the background. A long swath of Santa Cruz's coast has been designated a World Surfing Reserve.
Stephen Dunn Getty Images

You may think of surfers as slackers. But in Santa Cruz, Calif., they're city council members and business owners. And they're also conservationists โ€” who just got their piece of the central California coast named a World Surfing Reserve.

Long before surf music topped the charts and long before surfers had crazy nicknames, surfers have been riding the waves in Santa Cruz.

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5:49pm

Sun May 13, 2012
Television

Johnny Carson: 'King Of Late Night,' A Man Unknown

Originally published on Sun May 13, 2012 6:52 pm

The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962 - 1992 NBC) c. 1970's
NBC/Photofest

Fifty years ago, Johnny Carson became the host of The Tonight Show. During his 30 years as host, he reached a nightly audience of 15 million people and became one of the most trusted and famous men in America.

But Carson was intensely private off-screen, and very few people โ€” including members of his own family--really knew him. Documentary filmmaker Peter Jones wanted to try and change that. Once a year, for 15 years, Jones sent Carson a letter, begging him for permission to make a documentary on his life.

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