2:02pm

Wed November 21, 2012
The Two-Way

Judge Approves Hostess' Plan To Liquidate

The big name in the Hostess lineup.
Scott Olson Getty Images

Maybe the end is nigh, after all.

A judge has approved Hostess' plan to liquidate the company, all but assuring that the maker of Twinkies, Ding Dongs, Donettes and Wonder Bread will cease to exist.

The New York Times reports:

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1:38pm

Wed November 21, 2012
Middle East

What Gaza Says About Possible Iran-Israel Showdown

Originally published on Sun November 25, 2012 7:01 am

An Israeli missile is launched from the Iron Dome defense system, designed to intercept incoming rockets. This missile was fired from the southern Israeli city of Ashdod in response to a rocket launched from the nearby Palestinian Gaza Strip on Nov. 18.
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In the Gaza Strip fighting, where a cease-fire was reached Wednesday, the Israeli military pounded Gaza with hundreds of airstrikes. Hamas, the militant Palestinian group that rules Gaza, launched hundreds of rocket attacks on Israel.

The weeklong battle temporarily diverted attention from Iran, the archenemy of Israel and a key ally of Hamas. Israeli leaders have threatened to strike Iran over its nuclear program.

Yet the Gaza fight may offer insights into what a possible confrontation between Israel and Iran would look like.

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1:25pm

Wed November 21, 2012
'It's All Politics': NPR's Weekly News Roundup

It's All Politics, November 20, 2012

Originally published on Fri November 30, 2012 9:50 am

Alex Brandon AP

The election may be over, but the bickering continues, and not just between NPR's Ron Elving and Ken Rudin. As President Obama defends his United Nations ambassador, Republicans on Capitol Hill continue to lambast her for "misleading" reports about what happened in the aftermath of the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya. Plus: Mitt Romney's "gifts" that keep on giving. And Rep. Allen West concedes in Florida.

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1:03pm

Wed November 21, 2012
Education

On-campus health centers aim to make Oakland schools safer

Photo courtesy of Urban Ecology

Many public schools are coping with constant and deep funding cuts to education, and neighborhood schools are looking for creative ways to serve the needs of their students. Six public schools in Oakland now house on-site health centers for just that reason. The newest – a state of the art clinic at Roosevelt Middle School – helps kids who are struggling with the twin traumas of violence and poverty.

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12:57pm

Wed November 21, 2012
All Tech Considered

Parent Over Shoulder: Apps Help Mom Snoop Online, But Should She?

Originally published on Wed November 21, 2012 2:57 pm

As more teens get mobile devices, parents are using apps to track their every tweet and post.
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When his teenage son ventured into social media, Virginia father Mike Robinson wanted to make sure he could keep tabs on him. Robinson works in IT, so he rigged a surveillance system that works no matter what kind of device either of them is on.

"It's sort of like a version of remote desktop that enables you to run the program kind of silently in the background," Robinson says.

One day, checking in from his iPhone, Robinson discovered that his son had come across an adult meet-up site on Facebook.

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12:55pm

Wed November 21, 2012
The Two-Way

VIDEO: Maine Newscasters Quit On Live TV

Originally published on Wed November 21, 2012 1:13 pm

A screen shot of the Bangor, Maine newscast.
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12:33pm

Wed November 21, 2012
StoryCorps' National Day Of Listening

Remembering A Father And Connecting Generations

Gary Knell with his father, David.
Courtesy of Gary Knell

12:24pm

Wed November 21, 2012
Religion

Cartoonist On Sikh Superhero Who Fights Prejudice

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CELESTE HEADLEE, HOST:

We want to go now to a place where art and culture intersect. We've heard a lot about the shooting that took place at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin over the summer, and the questions and the soul-searching over that tragedy are still going on, both inside and outside the Sikh community. One man, though, says he has an idea to make the country a more tolerant place for Sikhs and everybody else, actually, and it comes in the form of comic strips.

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11:54am

Wed November 21, 2012
The Two-Way

Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. Will Announce Resignation

Originally published on Wed November 21, 2012 12:09 pm

Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-IL) in 2009.
Scott Olson Getty Images

Update at 3:02 p.m. ET. Jackson Resigns:

After much controversy over an extended medical leave and facing an ethics investigation, Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., a Democrat from Chicago, resigned from Congress today.

In a letter to House Speaker John Boehner, Jackson said he resigning effective immediately so he can "focus on restoring my health."

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11:51am

Wed November 21, 2012
Shots - Health News

World AIDS Epidemic Slows, But Fight Stalls In Parts Of Asia

Originally published on Wed November 21, 2012 12:10 pm

Students paste red ribbons on a window to mark World AIDS Day in Nanjing, China, in 2006. Between 2007 and 2011, the number of newly diagnosed HIV cases in China has nearly quadrupled to 40,000.
AP

New HIV infections have dropped more than 50 percent across 25 developing countries since 2001, the Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS reported on Tuesday. And, transmission of the virus from mothers to infants has decreased by 24 percent in just the past two years.

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