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Newscast
5:07 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

Hubbard's Case Not About Politics And Birmingham Lands Another Business

Acting Attorney General W. Van Davis says he has no political allegiances to anyone, including Attorney General Luther Strange, who appointed him.

A state prosecutor says Alabama’s speaker of the house is going on trial for alleged crimes and not due to politics. Alabama Public Radio’s Pat Duggins has more on the case against Mike Hubbard.

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Author Interviews
2:35 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

Norman Lear Looks Back On His Long Life In 'Even This I Get To Experience'

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All Tech Considered
2:35 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

How A Feud Between Two Russian Companies Fueled A 'Spam Nation'

Don't install software from the Web unless it's directly from the company that made it. If you do install software, make sure you update it. And whatever you do, don't open attachments emailed to you by spammers.

These are just a few warnings from Brian Krebs, an investigative journalist and cybersecurity expert.

Krebs learned the ins and outs of how the spam industry works when he was given documents in the aftermath of a feud between two Russian companies — two of the largest sponsors of pharmaceutical spam.

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Monkey See
1:47 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

'MasterChef Junior': The Secret Ingredients Are Moppets And Empathy

Abby knows better than to lose her concentration while cooking.
Greg Gayne Fox

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The Salt
11:05 am
Tue November 18, 2014

As Espresso Rises, Will 'Greek Coffee' Be Left To The Turks?

"Greek coffee" may be a matter of national pride in the Mediterranean nation. But increasingly, Greeks are embracing espresso, an imported brew, as their cup of Joe of choice.
Pawel Loj Flickr

Originally published on Tue November 18, 2014 12:08 pm

Greeks have loved coffee for centuries. Today, they drink more per capita than even the French and Italians, and almost as much as Americans, and they may spend hours each week in cafes.

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The Two-Way
9:55 am
Tue November 18, 2014

Book News: Jonathan Franzen's New Novel Poised For September Release

Jonathan Franzen, pictured here at The New Yorker Festival Fiction Night in 2009, won the National Book Award for his third novel, The Corrections.
Joe Kohen Getty Images

Originally published on Tue November 18, 2014 10:02 am

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

Say one thing about Jonathan Franzen: He doesn't shy from an ambitious book title. Fresh off Freedom in 2010, Franzen plans to release a new novel next September — the modestly titled Purity.

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Newscast
6:45 am
Tue November 18, 2014

Frigid cold, Gulf restoration, Jobs announcement

State officials say they've gained approval for nearly $10 million in projects aimed at restoring Alabama's coastline. APR’s Stan Ingold reports, the restorations are needed after the 2010 gulf oil spill…

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Book Reviews
6:03 am
Tue November 18, 2014

A 'Garden' Full Of Dazzling, Whimsical Tales

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Small Beer Press

Originally published on Tue November 18, 2014 9:51 am

"Real magic, right next door," exclaims a character in "Walpurgis Afternoon," one of the short stories in Delia Sherman's stellar short-story collection, Young Woman in a Garden. In it, a family that's hyperconscious of zoning laws and what the neighbors think are faced with the unimaginable: A huge, elaborate Victorian house appears on their block overnight. Two women live in the house, and the secrets they hold will change everything.

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The Two-Way
6:29 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

Take It In: 'Vape' Is The Oxford Dictionaries Word Of The Year

Vape was chosen as the word of the year for 2014 in part because it provides a window "onto how we define ourselves," says Casper Grathwohl of the Oxford University Press. Here, women exhale vapor clouds during a competition at the Henley Vaporium in Manhattan.
Elizabeth Shafiroff Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Tue November 18, 2014 9:28 am

The growing popularity of electronic cigarettes has now sparked the notice of the estimable Oxford Dictionaries, which has chosen "vape" as the word of the year for 2014. The word can be a noun or a verb; it beat out contenders such as "bae" and "normcore."

Noting that e-cigarettes have come a long way since the early 1980s, when the "vape" was first breathed into life, the folks at Oxford Dictionaries say it took awhile for the new market, and the new word, to mature.

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Newscast
5:06 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

Snow Possible For North Alabama And Hubbard's Trial Delayed

Cold weather could bring snow to northeast Alabama tonight.
National Weather Service

Alabama is in the grip of more wintery weather. Lows tonight and Tuesday night are expected to be in the twenties with a slight warming trend in the forecast for Wednesday and Thursday. The chilly conditions will stretch from the Tennessee Valley all the way to the Gulf Coast. Stephen Latimer is a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Huntsville. He says residents throughout Alabama need to get ready for the cold temperatures…

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Monkey See
4:58 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

A Painful Hollywood Portrait Makes For Great TV On 'The Comeback'

Lisa Kudrow plays actress Valerie Cherish in The Comeback.
Colleen Hayes HBO

In 2005, Lisa Kudrow starred in a little HBO show called The Comeback, a show styled as — get ready for this — the raw footage for a (fictional) reality show about a (fictional) actress named Valerie Cherish, getting her big chance to come back in the (fictional) sitcom Room And Bored. The show was well reviewed but low-rated, and it was canceled after 13 episodes.

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Television
4:10 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

Bill Cosby's Silence On Rape Allegations Makes Huge Media Noise

Bill Cosby speaks at a press conference about African- American art on Nov. 6.
Evan Vucci AP

Originally published on Sat November 22, 2014 6:29 pm

This may be the first time in a long while that Bill Cosby can't control the public conversation about Bill Cosby.

Read the recent biography Cosby: His Life and Times, and you see a portrait of a talented performer who took control of his business and career interests early on, forever suspicious of journalists and industry executives who might try to interfere.

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Severe Weather-Alabama
4:08 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

Cold Blast Follows Strong Storms, Rain In Alabama

Cold temperatures gripped the state today with more on the way for Tuesday and Wednesday mornings.
Credit National Weather Service

Temperatures plummeted across Alabama after storms left flooding and scattered damage across the state.

Al.com reports that crews from the National Weather Service were being sent to Pike, Bullock and Russell counties to determine whether tornadoes snapped trees and caused other damage in those areas.

Weather service reports show temperatures fell as much as 15 degrees from midnight until morning rush hour Monday. And forecasters say overnight lows could drop to the mid-20s as far south as the coast.

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Gulf Restoration-Alabama
3:54 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

State Says $9.6 million Approved To Restore Gulf Coast

State officials say they've gained approval for nearly $10 million in projects aimed at restoring Alabama's coastline after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill.
Credit telegraph.uk

State officials say they've gained approval for nearly $10 million in projects aimed at restoring Alabama's coastline after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill.

Gov. Robert Bentley on Monday said $9.6 million for four Alabama projects has been approved by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. He said projects address conservation needs to restore some of Alabama's natural resources affected by the disaster.

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The Salt
2:43 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

Sandwich Monday: Papa John's Frito Chili Pizza

The Fritos Chili Pizza: blurring the line between "recipe" and "spilling your Fritos in exactly the right place."
NPR

The year is 2047. You're in a dining hall on the desolate comet on which we all now live. You look down at your food, sitting on your plate. The plate is, as always, a large cheese pizza. A painful memory flashes. You ask the child next to you, "Remember when plates weren't also made of food?" The child does not remember. The child was born after the Papa John's Fritos Chili Pizza, which served a pile of Fritos on a pizza, and changed the arc of humanity forever.

Ian: I look at this and half of me sees "pizza," half of me sees "place a hamster would live."

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