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The Two-Way
9:16 am
Tue August 27, 2013

Latest Economic Signs Point To Slow, Steady Growth

A home construction site in Oceanside, Calif., earlier this month. Home prices continue to rise across the nation, though the pace appears to have slowed.
Mike Blake Reuters/Landov

Two key economic indicators — home prices and consumer confidence — both seem to signal that slow, steady economic growth lies ahead.

Tuesday's reports:

-- Confidence. The Conference Board's widely watched consumer confidence index increased only slightly in August, to 81.5 from 81 in July, the business research group says.

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Parallels
9:14 am
Tue August 27, 2013

Chemical Weapons Used Rarely — But With Deadly Effect

Subway passengers affected by the sarin gas attack on Tokyo's subway system are carried into St. Luke's International Hospital in Tokyo on March 20, 1995. Thirteen people were killed and more than 6,000 injured in the attack, which was carried out by the Aum Shinrikyo cult.
Chikumo Chiaki AP

Originally published on Tue August 27, 2013 11:42 am

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(Update at 12:32 p.m.: A new paragraph — second-to-last — was added to reflect sporadic uses of chemical weapons after World War I.)

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The use of chemicals weapons last week in Syria, if proved, would put the conflict there on a short list of occasions in which the deadly weapons have been used.

Here is a look at the previous times chemical weapons were deployed in modern times:

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The Two-Way
8:31 am
Tue August 27, 2013

Snowden's Flight To Russia May Not Have Been Such A Shock

Edward Snowden, seen during a video interview with The Guardian.
Glenn Greenwald/Laura Poitras EPA/LANDOV

Originally published on Tue August 27, 2013 11:33 am

Did "NSA leaker" Edward Snowden really surprise Russian officials when he showed up at Moscow's Sheremetyevo Airport on June 23?

Maybe not.

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The Two-Way
6:48 am
Tue August 27, 2013

STUNNING VIDEO: Pilots' View Of California's Rim Fire

A view of California's Rim Fire from the cockpit of a California Air National Guard tanker plane.
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Originally published on Tue August 27, 2013 1:05 pm

The view from space is amazing.

But perhaps even more impressive is the view from the cockpits of California Air National Guard as crews battle the huge Rim Fire burning near Yosemite National Park.

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Africa
6:14 am
Tue August 27, 2013

Woman In Kenya To Marry 2 Men

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Good morning. I'm David Greene. Polygamy is fairly common in Kenya, but one forthcoming marriage is turning that custom on its head. A Kenyan woman, not wanting to choose between the two men she loves, decided to marry both of them. The men have agreed, and the trio even signed a contract to, quote, "set boundaries and keep the peace."

As one of the men said of his soon-to-be-wife, she is the referee. She can say whether she wants me or my colleague. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

The Two-Way
6:13 am
Tue August 27, 2013

'Syrian Regime Is Responsible,' White House Says Of Attack

In Aleppo, Syria, on Monday, this Free Syrian Army fighter stood in the rubble of a building that has collapsed during fighting there.
Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Tue August 27, 2013 12:18 pm

  • From 'Morning Edition': Diplomat Frederic Hof speaks with David Greene about the crisis in Syria

(We added a new top to this post at 1:15 p.m. ET.)

"Anyone who approaches this logically" would conclude that the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad is responsible for last week's chemical weapons attack near Damascus that reportedly left hundreds dead and thousands more injured, White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters early Tuesday afternoon.

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New In Paperback
6:03 am
Tue August 27, 2013

Aug. 26-Sept. 1: Fashion, Family And David Foster Wallace

After struggling with depression for much of his adult life, writer David Foster Wallace committed suicide on Sept. 12, 2008.
Giovanni Giovannetti Effigie

Originally published on Tue August 27, 2013 7:30 pm

* Some of the language in the summaries above has been provided by publishers.

Copyright 2013 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

Book Reviews
6:03 am
Tue August 27, 2013

'Cancer Chronicles' Digs Into The Complex History Of A Devastating Disease

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Originally published on Tue August 27, 2013 10:03 am

The government's Surveillance, Epidemiology and End Results Program (SEER) tracks state cancer incidence and mortality rates. So it was only natural that George Johnson would pore over their latest data to gain some insight for his incisive new book, The Cancer Chronicles: Unlocking Medicine's Deepest Mystery. "Concentrating on overall cancer rates can smear over some interesting details," he writes, "and I wondered what might be lurking underneath."

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Around the Nation
5:52 am
Tue August 27, 2013

Cafe Customers Complain About Early Christmas Music

Shoppers always complain the Christmas season begins earlier every year. And this year, those lunching at Pret A Manger cafes in New York City were treated to Christmas carols starting last week. Only the location in Rockefeller Center managed to override the apparently mistaken holiday tunes coming from corporate headquarters.

Economy
4:10 am
Tue August 27, 2013

Why Aren't Wages Outstripping Inflation?

Things appear to be looing good on the economic front: The stock market is up over the past year, profits have been rising and the U.S. economy has been growing for four years. Yet, wages for many American workers have been stagnant. To find out why, Renee Montagne talks to David Wessel, economics editor of The Wall Street Journal.

Around the Nation
4:02 am
Tue August 27, 2013

Residents Of Hot Weather States Sweat Air Conditioning Bills

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Air conditioning is increasingly becoming a necessity, not a luxury, as the number of Americans living in the Sunbelt grows. In Arizona, many people are struggling to keep up with their utility bills. The federal government does have an energy assistance program, but funding is shrinking, and it favors cold weather states that need heating help.

From member station KJZZ in Phoenix, Jude Joffe-Block reports.

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Business
4:02 am
Tue August 27, 2013

Amgen To Buy Onyx In $10.4 Billion Deal

Originally published on Tue August 27, 2013 4:13 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

NPR's business news starts with a major biotech deal.

Amgen, the world's largest biotech company, is buying Onyx Pharmaceuticals for nearly $10.5 billion.

As NPR's Wendy Kaufman reports, Amgen has high hopes for Onyx's cancer drugs.

WENDY KAUFMAN, BYLINE: Amgen has cancer-related medicines, but for the most part they relieve side effects of chemotherapy, they don't act on the cancer itself.

And analyst Mark Schoenebaum of the stock research firm ISI Group says Amgen wanted a piece of that action.

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Business
4:02 am
Tue August 27, 2013

Cats Plus Online Videos Equal Precious

Originally published on Wed August 28, 2013 1:23 pm

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

And our Last Word In Business today is click catnip. Ten thousand people turned out at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis last summer for the first Internet Cat Video Festival.

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

It was such a success, they have brought it back. Scott Stulen runs it and thinks cats and online videos, they just work together.

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Latin America
4:02 am
Tue August 27, 2013

Thousands Of Striking Teachers Disrupt Mexico City

Originally published on Tue August 27, 2013 4:17 am

The teachers are protesting education changes that would institute evaluations and reduce the power of unions in hiring educators. It's common practice for teachers in Mexico to buy and sell tenured positions. The protests in Mexico City have caused traffic mayhem, and at one point blocked access to the international airport.

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