The Two-Way
4:41 pm
Wed October 12, 2011

Amid Fresh Controversy, Dow Jones European Executive Steps Down

The hits keep coming for Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation: While the company is still dealing with the consequences of its phone hacking scandal in the U.K., yesterday the publisher of The Wall Street Journal's European edition stepped down.

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Monkey See
3:30 pm
Wed October 12, 2011

New Girl Scout Badges Offer Different Choices To Smart Cookies

The "Science Of Happiness" badge.

Girl Scouts of America

Today on All Things Considered, Alisha Niehaus of the Girl Scouts of America talks to host Guy Raz about a big update: for the first time in a quarter-century, they've updated the badges that Scouts can earn.

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The Two-Way
3:19 pm
Wed October 12, 2011

To Ease Budget Crunch, Topeka, Kan. Repeals Domestic Violence Law

A budget battle between the city of Topeka, Kan. and Shawnee County has led to the repeal of the city's domestic violence law and freed about 30 people charged with abuse.

Here's how the Kansas City Star tells the story:

It started when Shawnee County District Attorney Chad Taylor announced that a 10 percent budget cut would force him to end his office's prosecution of misdemeanor cases, almost half of which last year were domestic battery cases.

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National Security
3:00 pm
Wed October 12, 2011

White House Tries To Increase Pressure On Iran

A day after announcing they had uncovered an Iranian terror plot — the Obama administration is moving quickly to try to drum up more international pressure on the Iranian regime. But some Iran watchers are raising doubts about the US storyline — and wonder if the US can get the sort of diplomatic mileage it wants out of this case.

Remembrances
3:00 pm
Wed October 12, 2011

Gay Rights Movement Pioneer Dies

Frank Kameny, a pioneer in the gay rights movement, died Tuesday at 86. In 1957, Kameny was fired from his job as an astronomer for the U.S. government because he was homosexual. He fought his dismissal in court for years and in the 1960s, began picketing outside the White House, calling for equal rights for gays and lesbians. In 2009, the government issued him a formal apology for his firing.

Law
3:00 pm
Wed October 12, 2011

Topeka, Kan., Repeals Domestic Violence Law

Originally published on Wed October 12, 2011 6:27 pm

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The Record
3:00 pm
Wed October 12, 2011

Death Metal, Vernacular And Tradition: The Music Scene In Taiwan

A Moving Sound. YunYa Hsieh stands at the center, Scott Praire sits to the right.

Courtesy of the artists

Originally published on Wed October 12, 2011 6:27 pm

Taiwan might be known to most Americans for its export economy, but it's also been importing musical styles — from avant garde jazz to hip-hop. I first learned about Taiwan's thriving music scene from Joshua Samuel Brown. He's a travel writer who authored the last two editions of Lonely Planet: Taiwan.

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The Two-Way
2:50 pm
Wed October 12, 2011

National Book Awards Finalists Announced

National Book Awards finalist medal.

NationalBook.org

Originally published on Wed October 12, 2011 2:59 pm

Our colleagues at Oregon Public Broadcasting's Think Out Loud hosted today's announcement of the 20 finalists for this year's National Book Awards.

They report that the nominees are:

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Shots - Health Blog
2:43 pm
Wed October 12, 2011

Decoded DNA Reveals Details Of Black Death Germ

Victims of the plague are consigned to a communal burial during the Plague of London in 1665.

Universal Images Group Getty Images

Scientists have used DNA lurking inside the teeth of medieval Black Death victims to figure out the entire genetic code of the deadly bacterium that swept across Europe more than 600 years ago, killing an estimated half of the population.

The researchers didn't find any genetic feature that could explain why the plague was so virulent, according to a report just published in the journal Nature.

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The Two-Way
2:25 pm
Wed October 12, 2011

WikiLeaks: Japan Rebuffed Idea Of U.S. Apology For Hiroshima

A tiny portion of a secret cable released last month by WikiLeaks is just now making its way to the United States. In the Sept. 2009 cable, U.S. Ambassador to Japan John Roos tells the Obama administration that Japan doesn't think it's a good idea for President Obama to visit Hiroshima or to apologize for using an atomic bomb on two Japanese cities during World War II.

The contents of the cable were reported back in September by The Japan Times and ABC News picked it up, today.

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