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3:26 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

Rape Comments Complicate But Don't End GOP Senate Takeover Chances

Indiana Republican Senate candidate Richard Mourdock holds a news conference Wednesday in Indianapolis to address his comments about rape and abortion.
Michael Conroy AP

Originally published on Thu October 25, 2012 4:00 pm

The enthusiasm with which Democrats seized upon Senate candidate Richard Mourdock's philosophizing about God's plan for unborn children of women impregnated by rape may have suggested the Indiana Republican's election chances had just ended.

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Arts & Life
3:25 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

A Journalist Chronicles Lives After Guantanamo Bay

Journalist Michelle Shephard has been covering stories from the U.S. detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, for the Toronto Star.
Michelle Shephard AP

Originally published on Mon March 25, 2013 1:45 pm

The presidential candidates may not be talking much about Guantanamo Bay, but the U.S. detention center there has been at the forefront of Michelle Shephard's mind for the last decade. The national security correspondent for the Toronto Star has traveled to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, more than two dozen times; she even got enough stamps on her Guantanamo Starbucks card for a free latte.

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Arts & Life
3:17 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

Gary Clark Jr.: A Blues Wunderkind Grows Up, Breaks Out

Gary Clark Jr.'s new album is called Blak and Blu.
Frank Maddocks Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri October 26, 2012 8:05 am

It's been a while since pop-music writers have heaped praise on a blues guitarist as the next big thing. But that's what's happened with Gary Clark Jr., who's just put out his first full-length album on a major label. It's called Blak and Blu.

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Arts & Life
3:13 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

In A Tanzanian Village, Elephant Poachers Thrive

Poaching is rife in Tanzania game reserves. This elephant was killed, and its tusks taken, at the Lake Chala Safari Camp, a small, private reserve near Mount Kilimanjaro in northern Tanzania.
John Burnett NPR

Originally published on Thu October 25, 2012 7:16 pm

An insatiable demand for ivory in Asia is fueling a massive slaughter of elephants across Africa. As NPR's John Burnett reports, one of the worst poaching hot spots is Tanzania. In this story, he visits an ivory poacher's town that sits next to a major game reserve.

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Politics & Government
3:06 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

Ad Watch Rematch: 6 Swing States, 1 Half-Hour, 87 Political Ads

Originally published on Fri October 26, 2012 10:12 am

In recent days, we've been reading about some unusual ways people are trying to get their political messages across in the feverish lead-up to Election Day: Political blimps. Conspiracy-laden DVDs.

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Arts & Life
2:15 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

While Spain Struggles, The Basque Region Shines

The Basque region has a long and rich industrial tradition. Here is a CAF factory in Beasain, Spain.
Lauren Frayer for NPR

Originally published on Thu October 25, 2012 5:51 pm

For decades, most of the news out of Basque country was horrible. Since the late 1960s, this region in northern Spain has been infamous as home to the ETA separatist group, which killed more than 800 people while fighting for Basque independence from Madrid.

But two years ago, the separatist group declared a final cease-fire and the attacks have stopped. Now the country is becoming known for something else: its booming economy.

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Arts & Life
2:05 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

Barbara Walters To Donald Trump: 'You're Making A Fool Of Yourself'

The Donald: His old friend Barbara isn't happy.
Slaven Vlasic Getty Images

From one friend to another:

TV icon Barbara Walters turned to the camera on ABC's The View this morning to tell developer/reality TV star/birther conspirator Donald Trump that "you're making a fool of yourself."

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Politics & Government
1:48 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

Obama Will Become First President To Cast His Ballot Early

First Lady Michelle Obama prepares her absentee ballot for the upcoming elections.
Jocelyn Augustino Obama For America

Originally published on Thu October 25, 2012 4:34 pm

Update at 5:19 p.m. ET. Obama Votes In Chicago:

After joking with some of the poll workers in Chicago, President Obama cast his ballot today, becoming the first president in history to vote early.

When Obama handed his license to the poll worker, he joked that they should ignore the fact that he has no grey hair in the picture. The poll worker actually checked if the picture on his ID matched the face.

After geting a little help to finalize his electronic vote, Obama said his vote showed just how easy and convenient the process was.

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Arts & Life
1:15 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

NBA Commissioner David Stern Will Retire In 2014

NBA Commisioner David Stern.
Roberto Serra Getty Images/Iguana Press

David Stern said his 30-year run as the NBA's commissioner will come to an end Feb. 1, 2014.

ESPN reports the NBA Board of Governors tapped Adam Silver, Stern's deputy, as the successor.

ESPN adds:

"Stern, 70, has been the NBA's commissioner since Feb. 1, 1984. Last December, when a new collective bargaining agreement was announced, he predicted it would be the final labor deal before he steps down.

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Arts & Life
1:08 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

Portis 'Miscellany' Makes A High-'Velocity' Collection

Escape Velocity: book cover detail

Originally published on Thu October 25, 2012 2:31 pm

Whenever I hear someone called a "cult writer," my hackles jump toward the ceiling. It's not only that the phrase calls up images of self-congratulatory hipsters, but that writers who become cultish tend to do so because their work is steeped in bizarro sex, graphic violence, trippy weirdness or half-baked philosophy.

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Arts & Life
12:51 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

Rooibos Tea Gets Its Own Sensory Wheel, Just Like Wine And Coffee

Rooibos tea leaves
Wian Hattingh Wian Hattingh

Originally published on Thu October 25, 2012 3:32 pm

Little rooibos, the humble red tea buttressing the "decaf" side of the after-dinner menu, must be growing up: First, featured in a Starbucks latte. Now, important enough to need its own gourmet lexicon.

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Science & Health
12:50 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

Study Results Linking Diet Soda To Cancer Fall Into The 'Gray Zone' Of Science

The co-author of a controversial study on diet soda's link to blood cancers says his results fall into a gray zone between a clear relationship and no relationship at all.
iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Thu October 25, 2012 6:03 pm

As Allison Aubrey reported on The Salt, a brouhaha has erupted in Cambridge, Ma., over a study published yesterday in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

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Politics & Government
12:21 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

Decision Time: Why Do Some Leaders Leave A Mark?

Abraham Lincoln, circa 1850. Lincoln was a political non-entity before he was elected. Why is he more widely known to history than the presidents who came immediately before and after him?
Hulton Archive Getty Images

Originally published on Fri October 26, 2012 11:56 am

As part of NPR's coverage of this year's presidential election, All Things Considered asked three science reporters to weigh in on the race. The result is a three-part series on the science of leadership. In Part 1, Alix Spiegel looked at the personalities of American presidents. In Part 2, Jon Hamilton examined leadership in the animal kingdom.

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Arts & Life
12:11 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

Unclaimed Jobless Benefits Far Exceed Fraudulent Claims, Study Says

Two people check job listings at a New York State Department of Labor Employment Services office in Brooklyn. (March 2011 file photo.)
Chris Hondros Getty Images

Taxpayer-funded jobless benefits that shouldn't have been paid because of errors or fraudulent claims totaled about $11 billion in 2009, according to a new study published by the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis.

But the total amount of unclaimed benefits was nearly 10 times larger, economists estimate: $108 billion. They estimate that during the 2007-2009 recession, only about half of those eligible for them were collecting the benefits.

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Arts & Life
11:44 am
Thu October 25, 2012

Microsoft Introduces Windows 8, Marking A 'New Era'

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer during a press conference at Pier 57 to officially launch Windows 8 in New York.
Timothy A. Clary AFP/Getty Images

Steve Ballmer, the CEO of Microsoft, put the release of the company's new operating system in dramatic terms: "Windows 8 shatters perceptions of what a PC truly is," he said during an introductory event in New York.

Windows 8, Ballmer said, "marks a new era" for Microsoft.

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