10:28am

Fri April 12, 2013
The Two-Way

Funny Man Jonathan Winters Dies

Originally published on Fri April 12, 2013 2:20 pm

Jonathan Winters on The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour in 1969.
CBS /Landov

Jonathan Winters, known to one generation for his 1960s comedy albums, frequent Tonight Show with Johnny Carson appearances and comic movie characters, and to another generation as Robin Williams' baby on Mork & Mindy, has died. The news is coming from The Associated Press, TMZ, the NPR Arts Desk and other news outlets.

Winters was 87. TMZ says he died Thursday night "of natural causes in Montecito, Calif. ... surrounded by friends and family.

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9:23am

Fri April 12, 2013
The Two-Way

Russia's Putin Announces $50 Billion In New Space Spending

Originally published on Fri April 12, 2013 9:52 am

A Soyuz capsule touches down in Kazakhstan in September, but by 2020, Russian cosmonauts might be splashing down instead.
Pool AFP/Getty Images

Moscow will spend $52 billion on its space program through 2020, including money for completion of a new launch facility on Russian soil.

The announcement came from President Vladimir Putin as he spoke to orbiting astronauts aboard the International Space Station on Cosmonaut's Day, the 52nd anniversary of the first manned space flight by Russian spacefarer Yuri Gagarin.

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9:17am

Fri April 12, 2013
The Two-Way

Toy Or Trouble? 'Mexico Barbie' Has Passport, Chihuahua

Originally published on Fri April 12, 2013 9:35 am

Mexico Barbie.
BarbieCollector.com

Mattel says its "Dolls of the World" line of Barbies come with passports, stamps and, with many of the toys, an "animal friend."

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8:48am

Fri April 12, 2013
Movie Reviews

Terrence Malick And Every Man's Journey 'To The Wonder'

Originally published on Fri April 12, 2013 10:17 am

Olga Kurylenko and Ben Affleck play two lovers in Terence Malick's latest film, To The Wonder.
Mary Cybulski Courtesy Magnolia Pictures

The voiceovers from Terrence Malick's To the Wonder, which has a lot of them, are intoned on the soundtrack while the characters stare into sunrises or sunsets — whenever the light is right, what cinematographers call, "the magic hour." This film and Malick's last, The Tree of Life, suggest that he's evolved into a blend of director and Christian minister: These are psalms writ on film.

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8:48am

Fri April 12, 2013
Author Interviews

Lemony Snicket Dons A Trenchcoat

Originally published on Fri April 12, 2013 10:17 am

Meredith Heuer Courtesy of Little, Brown & Co.

This interview was originally broadcast on Dec. 10, 2012.

It has been more than six years since Daniel Handler, aka Lemony Snicket, concluded his enormously popular 13-volume young adult series, A Series of Unfortunate Events. Handler recently revived the Snicket narrator, however, in his YA novel Who Could That Be at This Hour?

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8:03am

Fri April 12, 2013
The Two-Way

Second Rape Case To Draw Social Media Buzz Will Be Reviewed

A few days after Rehtaeh Parsons' mother turned off the hospital life support systems and allowed her daughter to die, computer activists claiming to be affiliated with the hacker group Anonymous are threatening to reveal the identities of Parsons' alleged rapists.

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7:55am

Fri April 12, 2013
NPR Story

Consumers Cut Back, Sales Reports Show

Transcript

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

NPR's business news starts with less shopping.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

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7:19am

Fri April 12, 2013
Shots - Health News

Annals Of The Obvious: Women Way More Tired Than Men

Originally published on Mon April 15, 2013 6:00 am

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Feeling run down? Dog-tired?

Who isn't, right?

But who's more exhausted: men or women?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has the answer, though it's one that you probably could have arrived at without a second's thought.

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7:15am

Fri April 12, 2013
The Two-Way

Update: BBC Will Play Clip Of 'Ding Dong The Witch Is Dead'

Originally published on Fri April 12, 2013 11:31 am

Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in 1996.
PA Photos /Landov

Update at 11:50 a.m. ET. Radio 1 Will Play A Snippet:

There's word from NPR's Philip Reeves in London that BBC's Radio 1 now says its weekend Official Chart show will play "a clip in a journalistic environment" of "Ding Dong The Witch Is Dead," which critics of former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher pushed up the British charts this week after the Iron Lady's death.

The BBC has more:

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7:01am

Fri April 12, 2013
The Two-Way

Judge Rejects $20-Million Severance For American Airlines CEO

Originally published on Fri April 12, 2013 9:56 am

American Airlines CEO Tom Horton stands next to a control tower at Berlin Brandenburg Airport in March 2012.
Sean Gallup Getty Images

A severance package of $20 million might have seemed reasonable to American Airlines CEO Tom Horton, but a U.S. bankruptcy judge says it's too much.

The proposed payout, part of a deal that would merge American parent AMR and US Airways Group, first caught the attention of U.S. Trustee Tracy Hope Davis, a Department of Justice official monitoring AMR's Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

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