4:18am

Wed February 27, 2013
The Two-Way

Book News: New Claims About Nixon In Posthumous Robert Bork Memoir

Originally published on Wed February 27, 2013 4:26 am

Judge Robert Bork in September 1987, at the Senate hearing on his nomination to the Supreme Court.
Charles Tasnadi AP

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

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3:58am

Wed February 27, 2013
The Two-Way

Sometimes 'The Lord Seemed To Sleep,' Pope Says In Farewell

Originally published on Wed February 27, 2013 8:37 am

Pope Benedict XVI as he arrived on the altar in St. Peter's Square Wednesday for his last general audience.
Gabriel Bouys AFP/Getty Images

Bidding an emotional farewell to a huge crowd gathered in The Vatican's St. Peter's Square, Pope Benedict XVI indirectly acknowledged Wednesday that his nearly 8 years as head of the Roman Catholic Church have not always been easy.

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3:13am

Wed February 27, 2013
Politics

Sequester Politics In The News

Originally published on Wed February 27, 2013 4:37 am

Usually when we come up to the edge of one of these deadlines there are 11th-hour negotiations, and the two parties manage to swerve away from the precipice at the last minute. What about this time?

3:13am

Wed February 27, 2013
Around the Nation

Sequester Cuts Free Some Immigration Detainees

Originally published on Wed February 27, 2013 4:37 am

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LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency has released hundreds of immigration detainees ahead of Friday's sequester deadline. The decision was made to help bring down the agency's budget, in light of the automatic spending cuts. ICE officials are getting both praise and a lot of heat for the unusual move. NPR's Ted Robbins has the story.

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3:13am

Wed February 27, 2013
Middle East

Talks On Iran's Nuclear Program To Resume In April

Originally published on Wed February 27, 2013 4:37 am

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LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

Iran now says compromise on its nuclear program may be possible. Of course, that comes with a number of ifs. Tehran says that's if international negotiators continue to take what it calls a more realistic approach. The big question, Western officials say, is whether Iran is willing to curb its nuclear activities. That is the message, after a two-day meeting between Iran and six world powers. NPR's Peter Kenyon joins us from Almaty, Kazakhstan where the talks just concluded.

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12:42am

Wed February 27, 2013
Middle East

Syrian Rebels, Secular And Islamist, Both Claim The Future

Originally published on Wed February 27, 2013 5:17 pm

Secular demonstrators, shown at a protest march this month in Aleppo, wave the old Syrian flag (green, white, black and red) that has become the symbol of their opposition movement.
Aamir Qureshi AFP/Getty Images

Syria's Islamists have grown in influence as the war against President Bashar Assad's government grinds on. They have proved to be effective fighters, well armed and funded.

But as Islamists have grown stronger on the battlefield, more Syrians are asking about their political ideas and what that will mean for the future of the country.

A recent confrontation between liberal protesters and Islamists in the northwestern Syrian city of Saraqeb, which was caught on video, set off a heated online debate.

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12:41am

Wed February 27, 2013
Your Money

Americans Earn More Than Their Parents (With A Caveat), Study Says

Originally published on Wed February 27, 2013 4:54 am

Most Americans are earning more money than their parents, according to a new study from Pew's Economic Mobility Project. But those gains don't tell the whole picture.

Let's start with the good news. The Pew Charitable Trust study looked at actual pairs of children and parents. Around age 40, 83 percent of the children were earning at least a thousand bucks more than their parents were when they were 40.

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12:35am

Wed February 27, 2013
Shots - Health News

Younger Women Have Rising Rate Of Advanced Breast Cancer, Study Says

Originally published on Wed February 27, 2013 5:19 am

Blend Images/Jon Feingersh Getty Images/iStockphoto.com

Researchers say more young American women are being diagnosed with advanced breast cancer.

It's a newly recognized trend. The numbers are small, but it's been going on for a generation. And the trend has accelerated in recent years.

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12:04am

Wed February 27, 2013
Shots - Health News

In Many Families, Exercise Is By Appointment Only

Originally published on Thu February 28, 2013 10:18 am

Yvonne Condes helps her son Alec get ready for baseball practice.
David Gilkey NPR

Most families know that their kids need to exercise. In a poll that NPR recently conducted with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard School of Public Health, practically all of the parents surveyed said it's important for their kids to exercise. But about one-third of them said that can be difficult.

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12:03am

Wed February 27, 2013
Law

Supreme Court Weighs Future Of Voting Rights Act

Originally published on Wed February 27, 2013 5:48 am

The Supreme Court on Wednesday weighs the future of a key provision of the landmark Voting Rights Act.
Carolyn Kaster AP

Once again, race is front and center at the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday. And once again, the bull's eye is the 1965 Voting Rights Act, widely viewed as the most effective and successful civil rights legislation in American history. Upheld five times by the court, the law now appears to be on life support.

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