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1:54 pm
Fri November 11, 2011

Berlusconi's Days As 'Great Seducer' May Be At End

Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi delivers an address to Italy's Senate in December 2010. Berlusconi, whose political survival skills are legendary, promised to step down after the Senate approved an austerity package.
Alberto Pizzoli AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri November 11, 2011 3:10 pm

The man known as Italy's Great Seducer may have finally lost his charm.

Silvio Berlusconi, the country's scandal-plagued prime minister, survivor of some 50 confidence motions over the years and twice thrown out of office, says he will exit from the Italian political scene now that the nation's parliament has passed an austerity package.

That resignation could come as early as this weekend, although there has been speculation that Berlusconi could hang on until as late as February, when new elections are expected to be held.

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The Two-Way
1:42 pm
Fri November 11, 2011

Mexico's Second-Highest Official Killed In Helicopter Crash

Mexican Interior Secretary Francisco Blake Mora.
Mexican Interior Ministry AFP/Getty Images

Mexican authorities say Secretary of the Interior Francisco Blake Mora, "the highest ranking official in the country after the president" and the person in charge of the fight against drug cartels, has been killed in a helicopter crash, The Associated Press reports from Mexico City. Seven other people also died, according to the Mexican government.

Reuters says that local media are reporting that the minister's helicopter went down south of Mexico City.

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The Salt
1:33 pm
Fri November 11, 2011

Man On A Mission: Create The World's Hottest Chile

Ed Currie's chilis are not for the faint of heart, tongue or stomach.
Tanner Latham WFAE

Look out, heat fiends. A chili pepper so outrageously hot that it makes 2 in 3 people who eat it throw up is about to hit online stores.

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Shots - Health Blog
12:40 pm
Fri November 11, 2011

Tests Find Formaldehyde In More Hair Straighteners

A variety of hair-straightening products used in professional salons can expose both hairdressers and their customers to formaldehyde, an independent study finds. And the chemical can be really irritating, literally.

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The Two-Way
12:25 pm
Fri November 11, 2011

MF Global Fires All 1,066 Brokerage Employees

The spectacular collapse of the brokerage unit at MF Global has now cost all 1,066 employees their jobs.

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The Two-Way
12:23 pm
Fri November 11, 2011

Russia Running Out Of Time, As Mars Mission Seems Destined To Fail

The Zenit-2SB rocket with Phobos-Grunt (Phobos-Soil) craft blasts off from its launch pad at the Cosmodrome in Baikonur, Kazakhstan.
Oleg Urusov AP

Originally published on Fri November 11, 2011 3:58 pm

Russians are feeling pretty gloomy after spending days trying to contact a spacecraft aimlessly orbiting Earth.

The Phobos-Grunt spacecraft was destined for one of Mars' moons. As we reported earlier this week, it was supposed to scoop up some rocks and return home with its specimens, but one of its boosters failed to ignite and now it's stuck.

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The Impact of War
12:09 pm
Fri November 11, 2011

Treating Soldiers With Severe Combat Wounds

David Wood is the senior military correspondent for The Huffington Post. He was previously a staff correspondent for Time Magazine, The Los Angeles Times, and The Baltimore Sun.

courtesy of David Wood

This interview was originally broadcast on October 13, 2011.

Improvements in medical care and equipment mean fewer troops are dying on the battlefield. But more troops are returning home severely wounded, with injuries that require lifelong care and cost millions of dollars in medical bills.

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The Two-Way
11:30 am
Fri November 11, 2011

Rep. Giffords Speaks: Feels 'Pretty Good,' She Tells ABC

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) during her interview with ABC News.
ABC News

Originally published on Fri November 11, 2011 11:41 am

For the many Americans who have been following the story of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) as she recovers from being shot in the head last January, there's now a chance to briefly hear her voice.

She feels "pretty good," Giffords has told ABC News' Diane Sawyer, although things are still "difficult."

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It's All Politics
10:46 am
Fri November 11, 2011

Poll: Cain, Romney, Gingrich Tied; Most In GOP Unfazed By Harassment Charges

"Volatile" is one of the words that probably best describes the race for the Republican presidential nomination and a new CBS News poll captures that flux. The national poll indicates a three-way tie, showing Herman Cain at 18 percent and Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich at 15 percent each.

That's essentially a tie since the margin of error is plus or minus three percentage points.

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Shots - Health Blog
10:23 am
Fri November 11, 2011

Chew On This: Some Gum May Ward Off Ear Infections

Chewing gum containing the sugar substitute xylitol appears to reduce kids' risk for ear infections, but the protection doesn't come easily.
David Maixner iStockphoto.com

When young children get ear infections, parents face an unpleasant choice: dose them with antibiotics and pain relievers, or tough it out.

But certain kinds of chewing gum may help reduce the number of ear infections children get in the first place.

That's chewing gum with xylitol, a natural form of sugar sometimes used in gum and candies because it has fewer calories for its sweetness than table sugar, or sucrose.

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The Two-Way
10:05 am
Fri November 11, 2011

Penn State's Interim President: 'My Heart Aches'

"My heart aches for the victims and the families and my mind searches for answers," Penn State University's interim president, Rodney Erickson, just said at the opening of a meeting of the school's board of trustees.

WPVI-TV is streaming the meeting here.

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The Two-Way
9:50 am
Fri November 11, 2011

VIDEO: Gov. Perry's 'Top 10 Excuses'

It's become the formula.

1. Have an embarrassing gaffe, such as Texas Gov. Rick Perry did during Wednesday's Republican presidential debate, when he couldn't remember the third of three federal agencies he would eliminate.

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The Two-Way
8:55 am
Fri November 11, 2011

Media Blogger Romenesko Resigns After Questions About Attribution

Originally published on Fri November 11, 2011 9:02 am

Jim Romenesko, a blogger who pioneered online reporting about the news media, "has submitted his resignation" to the Poynter Institute "and I have accepted it," Poynter's online director Julie Moos writes.

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The Two-Way
8:30 am
Fri November 11, 2011

Penn State Scandal: Alleged Victim's Mother Was 'Horrified'

Penn State assistant football coach Mike McQueary.
Chris Gardner Getty Images

Here are some of the latest developments in the scandal at Penn State, where former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky has been charged with sexually abusing young boys for more than a decade (he says he's innocent) and head coach Joe Paterno has been fired after coming under withering criticism for not having done more to investigate the allegations:

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The Two-Way
8:02 am
Fri November 11, 2011

Turn It Up: 11-11-11 Is Here And Folks Are Overly Excited

Originally published on Fri November 11, 2011 8:00 am

There's so much that can be said about this day's date.

The arrival of Nov. 11, 2011, or 11-11-11, brings with it:

-- "Nigel Tufnel Day." Spinal Tap fans know: 11 is "one louder."

-- All Songs Considered's 11 songs you can turn up to 11.

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Around the Nation
7:40 am
Fri November 11, 2011

N.Y. Woman Sentenced To Jail For Using The F-Word

Angry that her daughter was eliminated from a 4-H competition, Jeannie Groat of upstate New York protested, using the F-word. According to the Walton Reporter, she was charged with disorderly conduct and sentenced to 15 days in jail. Even prosecutors say they didn't ask for such a harsh penalty. Another judge blocked the jail time.

Around the Nation
7:21 am
Fri November 11, 2011

Friday Is Corduroy Appreciation Day

Transcript

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep. You may think it's Veteran's Day, but that's not what one social club celebrates tonight. The Corduroy Appreciation Club loves this date because it's 11-11-11. They say it most resembles the fabric corduroy. I guess because of all the vertical lines. Anyway, this is a real club which denounces velvet as the poor man's corduroy and is meeting tonight in New York. In order to get in, you may wear at least three items made of corduroy. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

The Two-Way
7:00 am
Fri November 11, 2011

We Pause On Veterans Day To Reread 'In Flanders Fields'

At Arlington National Cemetery.
Alex Wong Getty Images

Originally published on Fri November 11, 2011 9:01 am

Before we move on to the day's news, serious and silly, we want to pause for a moment to note that it's Veterans Day.

As President Obama's declaration states, on this day Americans "pay tribute to our veterans, to the fallen, and to their families." And, the proclamation adds, "to honor their contributions to our Nation, let us strive with renewed determination to keep the promises we have made to all who have answered our country's call."

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Opinion
7:00 am
Fri November 11, 2011

Through The Lens: Seeing Veterans Up Close

Marvin is a great storyteller, which is at odds with his insistence that he can't be around people. A Mohawk from Canada, he thinks the war was responsible for his over-the-top temper.
Suzanne Opton

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 11:16 am

Suzanne Opton is the author of Soldier/Many Wars.

When the war in Iraq began, I worried there would be a draft. What if my son was called? How would he ever recover from going to war?

I decided that I wanted to meet the young men and women who voluntarily sign up. I began at Fort Drum in upstate New York where I photographed soldiers between tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan. There was little conversation as I asked each soldier to adopt a vulnerable, intimate position, and lay his or her head on a table. I did not give these images captions.

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Opinion
7:00 am
Fri November 11, 2011

Coming Home To Less Than A Hero's Welcome

Karl Marlantes receives the Navy Cross in the winter of 1969-70.
USMC

Originally published on Fri November 11, 2011 5:25 pm

Karl Marlantes is the author of What It Is Like To Go To War.

I returned to America in October of 1969 after 13 months as a Marine in Vietnam. While I was there, I would comfort myself by imagining all the girls I ever knew hugging me in a huge warm group embrace. Somehow, I thought something similar would be waiting for me when I came home.

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Politics
4:16 am
Fri November 11, 2011

Allegations Don't Hinder Cain's Tea Party Support

Originally published on Fri November 11, 2011 6:04 am

Transcript

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.

More than a week after presidential candidate Herman Cain was confronted with sexual harassment accusations, he appears to be holding on to his base of support. Most polls show him still leading the other Republican candidates.

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NPR Story
4:00 am
Fri November 11, 2011

Clint Eastwood Takes On FBI Legend 'J. Edgar'

Originally published on Fri November 11, 2011 6:08 am

Transcript

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

And let's talk now about a man who served his country out of uniform for generations. J. Edgar Hoover created the Federal Bureau of Investigation as we know it today. In his lifetime, he built up an image as a hero. His career went from the end of World War I to the 1970s. Since death in 1972, many have reevaluated Hoover as a menace. Now, Hoover is the subject of a movie in which he is played by Leonardo DiCaprio, in a film directed by Clint Eastwood. Kenneth Turan has a review.

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NPR Story
4:00 am
Fri November 11, 2011

Business News

The rating agency Standard and Poor's sent out an alert downgrading France's debt on Thursday. It turned out to be a false alarm, but it took nearly two hours for S&P to clarify that. S&P says it's investigating the mistake.

Around the Nation
4:00 am
Fri November 11, 2011

Veterans Day Conversation

On this Veterans Day, Steve Inskeep talks with General Eric Shinseki, Secretary of Veterans Affairs, about veterans returning from war and trying to find employment in a tough economy.

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