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4:13pm

Wed November 16, 2011
The Two-Way

New Judge Named To Handle Penn State Scandal Case

A judge from a different Pennsylvania county who "has no known connections with Pennsylvania State University, the Second Mile charity, nor any officers or representatives of any of those entities," will handle the Dec. 7 preliminary hearing of the case against accused child sex abuser Jerry Sandusky, The Patriot-News of Harrisburg reports.

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3:51pm

Wed November 16, 2011
Books News & Features

Ann Patchett Opens Parnassus Books In Nashville

The world of independent bookstores has a new member: Parnassus Books in Nashville, Tenn., opened its doors on Wednesday. The store has a marquee name behind it — best-selling novelist Ann Patchett, author of Bel Canto and State of Wonder, is the co-owner.

3:50pm

Wed November 16, 2011
The Two-Way

Benetton Drops Image Of Pope Kissing Imam After Vatican Objects

Reacting to sharp objections from the Vatican over a digitally created ad image showing Pope Benedict XVI kissing an Egyptian imam, Benetton has quickly agreed to drop the photo illustration from its new "Unhate" campaign.

The company just posted this statement:

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3:43pm

Wed November 16, 2011
Asia

Cambodia Tries To Curb Foreign Men Seeking Wives

On any given night, foreign visitors throng the many bars, restaurants and hotels overlooking the Tonle Sap River on bustling Sisowath Quay in Phnom Penh, the Cambodian capital. Among them, foreign men accompanied with Cambodian women are a common sight.

Just up the street is Rory's Pub, where a Celtic cross and a Bushmills whiskey sign hang on the wall.

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3:31pm

Wed November 16, 2011
The Two-Way

Other Victims Of Arizona Rampage Move On Without Letting Go

Suzi Hileman inspects an aloe on her front porch on Wednesday, Aug. 24.
Ron Medvescek Courtesy Arizona Daily Star

We've heard from Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) in recent days about her slow recovery from being shot in the head on Jan. 8.

There were 18 other victims of that day's shooting rampage in Tucson — six of whom died. And beyond them, there are dozens of family members and loved ones in pain about what happened.

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3:19pm

Wed November 16, 2011
The Two-Way

Mongolian City Hopes To Cool Off With Huge, 'Artificial Ice Shields'

How do you keep a cold city cool during the summer? Mongolia's capital city — , its average temperature at the peak of summer is 72 degrees Fahrenheit — has an idea that sounds adventurous.

During the cold months, the city of Ulan Bator wants to create artificial glaciers that will then melt slowly during summer, absorbing some of the heat and helping to keep the temperatures down. Here's how Wired explains the process in their piece today:

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2:56pm

Wed November 16, 2011
Europe

Europe's Debt Crisis Moves Toward Bigger Economies

Originally published on Wed November 16, 2011 6:02 pm

With every day that passes, the troubles in Europe seem to grow bigger, and leaders are still at odds over how to contain the crisis. On Wednesday, just about every country in Europe saw borrowing costs rise.

For a long time the crisis was limited to small peripheral countries like Ireland and Greece, but no longer. Now, countries like Italy, Austria and the Netherlands have seen their borrowing costs rise as well.

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2:49pm

Wed November 16, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Geckos Threatened By Booming Demand For Traditional Medicines

An Asian lizard that likes to come out at night has become a prime target for hunters looking to make a quick ringgit, dong or Philippine peso.

The tokay gecko is reputed to have HIV-fighting properties, though there is no scientific evidence to support that notion. And it's been an ingredient in Asian traditional medicines for lots of other uses, including cancer.

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2:27pm

Wed November 16, 2011
NPR Story

'Small-Press Author' After Winning The Book Award

Originally published on Fri August 3, 2012 12:39 pm

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NEAL CONAN, HOST:

Tonight, the American literary establishment gathers here in New York for the National Book Awards. It's not quite the Oscars, but the honor can change the career of a novelist, historian or poet and vault a book to the top of the best-seller lists. Last year, the fiction award went to a little known author for her novel "Lord of Misrule," which had an initial press run of 2,000 copies. They've had to reprint. Jaimy Gordon joins us in just a moment. We'd like to hear from you too.

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2:24pm

Wed November 16, 2011
NPR Story

Binges Of 'High-Beta Rich' Shake Up U.S. Economy

"The rich are not only getting richer, they are becoming more dangerous," Robert Frank writes in his new book The High-Beta Rich: How the Manic Wealthy Will Take Us to the Next Boom, Bubble and Bust.

The spending binges of the top 1%, he says, are "the most unstable force in the economy."

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1:44pm

Wed November 16, 2011
The Two-Way

Proposed Piracy Legislation Puts Internet Giants On Defensive

This is what a Tumblr news feed looks like today.
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The biggest names on the Internet — Google, Facebook, Twitter, AOL and eBay — are banding together to urge Congress to scrap the Stop Online Piracy Act, which they say poses a huge threat to the Internet. The House is set to debate the measure today.

The Christian Science Monitor reports on what Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt had to say about the bill:

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1:15pm

Wed November 16, 2011
The Salt

A Clothing Company Goes Fishing For Change With Salmon Jerky

Patagonia Provisions salmon jerky will be available sometime this winter.
Patagonia

What does a clothing company that sells high-end products with names like Nano Puff know about the fish business?

"It is a big jump," Yvon Chouinard, the storied founder of Patagonia, admits to The Salt. He's talking about the company's new plan to sell fish — salmon jerky to be exact — at his retail shops around the world.

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1:12pm

Wed November 16, 2011
Politics

Did U.S. Tax Policies Increase Economic Inequality?

Originally published on Wed November 16, 2011 9:54 pm

The eight Republican presidential candidates sitting at the table listen as a video of former President Ronald Reagan is played during a debate at Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H., on Oct. 11.
Jim Cole AP

The Occupy Wall Street movement continues to protest policies that have made the top 1 percent of income earners richer, while about 14 million Americans are out of work.

Meanwhile, the Congressional supercommittee only has one week left to come up with a plan that will cut more than $1 trillion from the deficit. Republicans are opposed to raising revenues by raising taxes, even on the wealthiest Americans, who have seen their taxes dramatically cut over the past 14 years.

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1:00pm

Wed November 16, 2011
Politics

Candidates Sink Or Swim In Numerous Debates

Originally published on Wed November 16, 2011 2:28 pm

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NEAL CONAN, HOST:

This is TALK OF THE NATION. I'm Neal Conan in New York. The Supreme Court puts health care on the docket for the presidential campaign. The supercommittee can't move off the dime, while Cain and Perry suffer forgettable moments.

It's Wednesday and time for a...

GOVERNOR RICK PERRY: I stepped in it.

CONAN: ...edition of the Political Junkie.

PRESIDENT RONALD REAGAN: There you go again.

VICE PRESIDENT WALTER MONDALE: When I hear your new ideas, I'm reminded of that ad, where's the beef?

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1:00pm

Wed November 16, 2011
Opinion

Protesters' Eviction: The End, Or An Opportunity?

Originally published on Fri August 3, 2012 2:20 pm

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NEAL CONAN, HOST:

Yesterday, New York City Police evicted hundreds of Occupy Wall Street protesters from privately owned Zuccotti Park in New York, on the orders of Mayor Michael Bloomberg. A judge in New York ruled that the removal was legal and protesters could use the park, but their free speech rights did not extend to putting up tents or staying overnight. Similar evictions in other cities have raised serious questions about the future of the Occupy movement.

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12:49pm

Wed November 16, 2011
Book Reviews

A Quaint, Compelling 'Pilgrim' Tale In The New World

I'll admit, it's kind of hokey to be talking about a novel called The Pilgrim right before Thanksgiving. What's even more quaint is the fact that The Pilgrim is one of those straightforward works of historical fiction the likes of which we don't see so much anymore.

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12:48pm

Wed November 16, 2011
The Two-Way

Head-On Collision Kills 18 Kindergarteners In China, Prompting Outcry

Originally published on Wed November 16, 2011 2:12 pm

Chinese police stand beside a damaged school bus after it collided with a red truck on a road in the Yulinzi township in northwest China's Gansu province.
AFP/Getty Images

A truck carrying coal slammed into a overcrowded bus this morning in the Northwest Chinese township of Yulinzi, killing 18 children and two adults. According to China's official news agency Xinhua, 44 other children were injured. Xinhua reports that "a van with nine seats was carrying 64 people."

Reuters reports that the accident has prompted anger toward the government:

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12:31pm

Wed November 16, 2011
It's All Politics

Wisconsin's Governor: Recall Drive Is About Unions Seeking 'Power'

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, March 7, 2011.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

Many of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's citizens may be signing petitions for his recall in reaction to the battle he led earlier in the year to weaken his state's public-employee unions.

But Walker doesn't appear to be backing off one inch from his stance that he did what was right for his state.

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12:00pm

Wed November 16, 2011
Politics

Gov. Walker: Recall Effort Wastes Time, Resources

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is fighting back opponents who want him out of office. If organizers gather more than 500,000 signatures in 60 days, a new election will be held in 2012. Host Michel Martin speaks with Gov. Walker, who defends his record and criticizes the recall effort that began Tuesday.

12:00pm

Wed November 16, 2011
Beauty Shop

Beauty Shop: Role Of Media In GOP Primary Race

Sexual harassment allegations against Herman Cain are still dominating headlines, but many political commentators are calling it a distraction. In this week's Beauty Shop, host Michel Martin hears from a panel of politically savvy women who weigh in on this and other political news.

12:00pm

Wed November 16, 2011
Politics

Small Business Owner On Why Walker Must Go

Host Michel Martin continues the conversation surrounding the effort to recall Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker. He is under fire after pushing through legislation that stripped most public employees of their collective bargaining rights. Martin speaks with Lynn Freeman of United Wisconsin, a group leading the recall effort.

12:00pm

Wed November 16, 2011
Movies

Documentary Shows Language Saved From Extinction

Originally published on Wed November 16, 2011 11:45 am

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

The Thanksgiving holiday is next week and while many hosts are still refining their menus or planning their travel, many school children are probably learning the legend of the first Thanksgiving. A feast of thanks held after the native people of the area taught the English Pilgrims to survive in a world that was new to them.

The irony of course is that the holiday survived, while the language and the culture of the people who made it all possible seem to be on the verge of extinction.

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11:29am

Wed November 16, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

A Texas-Size Health Insurance Mandate For Heart Tests

Everything's big in Texas. Even health insurance mandates, it seems.

The Center for Public Integrity is out with a story about a Texas law that made it mandatory for health insurers to reimburse patients up to $200 for CT scans and ultrasound tests to look for heart trouble.

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11:15am

Wed November 16, 2011
The Two-Way

Bullets Found At White House, One Struck A Window

Originally published on Wed November 16, 2011 2:27 pm

The "Israel" tattoo on Ortega-Herndandez's neck.
U.S. Park Police
(New top to this post added at 2:20 p.m. ET)

The U.S. Secret Service just confirmed that Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez has been arrested in connection with the gunshots fired Friday night in Washington — one of which apparently hit a window at the White House.

In a statement sent to reporters, the agency says:

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9:40am

Wed November 16, 2011
The Two-Way

Manufacturing Output Up For Fourth Straight Month

Though the U.S. economy faces lots of problems, as we said yesterday, there are some encouraging signs out there too.

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9:19am

Wed November 16, 2011
The Two-Way

Syrian Defectors Attack Military Sites, Opposition Groups Say

"Syrian activists say that army defectors have attacked an intelligence complex in the Damascus suburbs in what appears to be one of their boldest assaults so far against government security forces," al-Jazeera reports.

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8:50am

Wed November 16, 2011
The Two-Way

Consumer Prices Ticked Down In October

There was a scant 0.1 percent dip in the consumer price index in October from September, the Bureau of Labor Statistics just reported.

The major reason for the dip: "The energy index turned down in October after increasing in each of the three previous months as the gasoline and household energy indexes declined after a series of seasonally adjusted increases."

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8:46am

Wed November 16, 2011

8:30am

Wed November 16, 2011
The Two-Way

Zuccotti Park 'Unoccupied And Quiet' As Day Begins

After yesterday's drama — the move by police to clear lower Manhattan's Zuccotti Park of the Occupy Wall Street protesters who had been camping there for nearly two months — things are much different today.

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8:00am

Wed November 16, 2011
The Two-Way

Penn State Scandal: Key Witness Says He Did Talk With University Police

Originally published on Wed November 16, 2011 8:08 am

Mike McQueary during a Penn State football game in 2009.
Tony Ding AP

In an email to a friend, Mike McQueary says he did speak with Penn State University police after seeing what he says was former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky sexually assaulting a young boy in the team's locker room.

Harrisburg's Patriot-News writes that McQueary, who at the time of the 2002 incident was a graduate assistant with the football team and later became an assistant coach, says in the email that:

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