11:58am

Tue November 20, 2012
World

Blasphemy Charges On The Rise In Pakistan

Originally published on Tue November 20, 2012 3:14 pm

Students demand the reopening of the Farooqi Girls High School in Lahore, Pakistan, in early November. A mob attacked the school in October, accusing a teacher of insulting the Prophet Muhammad. It takes just one accusation to lead to an arrest under Pakistan's stringent blasphemy laws.
Arif Ali AFP/Getty Images

Pakistan has had 27 blasphemy cases filed so far this year, a figure that alarms human rights groups, who say the law is frequently used to persecute religious minorities.

In a case that has drawn international attention, a judge on Tuesday dismissed blasphemy charges against a Christian girl, Rimsha Masih, ending a three-month order for her and her family.

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11:40am

Tue November 20, 2012
The Salt

Coconut Conservationist Seeks Pacific Islands For Fun And Palm Preservation

Originally published on Wed November 28, 2012 5:59 am

The diversity of coconut trees like these planted along the beach in the northern Philippines is in danger, but a French scientist has a plan.
Jay Directo AFP/Getty Images

French adventurer-scientist Roland Bourdeix has a grand, almost surreal, vision for how to preserve a thousand or more genetic varieties of coconut trees. Imagine, as he does, turning dozens or hundreds of remote Pacific islands into coconut sanctuaries. Each island would contain just a few varieties of these trees. No others would be allowed, because the whole point of this exercise is to prevent uncontrolled mixing of genes from different varieties.

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11:30am

Tue November 20, 2012
Author Interviews

A Model Career: 'Grace' Goes From Runway To Vogue

Originally published on Tue November 20, 2012 1:25 pm

Grace Coddington grew up on what she calls "an island off an island," far from the fashion industry. Her new memoir, Grace, chronicles her journey from a sleepy town on the coast of Wales to her current job as the creative director of Vogue magazine.

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11:05am

Tue November 20, 2012
The Two-Way

Church Of England Votes Against Introducing Female Bishops

Rev. Sally Hitchiner stands outside Church House during a lunch break on Tuesday.
Peter Macdiarmid Getty Images

The Guardian, which followed the vote live, says whether to allow female bishops was the Church of England's biggest decision in 20 years.

A majority of the House of Bishops voted yes. A majority of the House of Clergy voted yes. But about 36 percent of The House of Laity, members elected by lay members of the church, voted no.

The measure needed a two-thirds majority in all three houses to pass.

The Guardian writes:

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10:40am

Tue November 20, 2012
The Two-Way

Time Again To Talk Turkey, And Why Frying Can Be Fatal

Originally published on Wed November 21, 2012 5:22 am

Don't try this at home: A fryer that was put in a garage and into which a still-frozen bird was placed. Those are two common mistakes.
State Farm

10:20am

Tue November 20, 2012
The Picture Show

Rockets, Cigarettes And A Lion: Just A Few Of The Things Smuggled Into Gaza

Originally published on Sun November 25, 2012 6:54 am

A worker emerges from one of hundreds of smuggling tunnels that connect the Gaza Strip and Egypt.
Paolo Pellegrin National Geographic

Palestinian militants have fired hundreds of rockets from the Gaza Strip into Israel during the latest bloodletting, and are believed to have thousands more in stock. Where do all these rockets come from, when Gaza is a tiny sliver of land that has no major manufacturing and is constantly monitored by Israel's military?

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10:07am

Tue November 20, 2012
The Two-Way

Talks With Colombian Government Are On A Good Path, Says FARC Negotiator

Originally published on Tue November 20, 2012 11:53 am

Colombian members of FARC, commanders Ivan Marquez, center, and Rodrigo Granda, left, arrive at Convention Palace in Havana for the peace talks with the Colombian government on Monday.
Adalberto Roque AFP/Getty Images

We know all eyes are in Egypt today, where negotiations for a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas are ongoing.

But there is another set of talks happening in Havana, Cuba that is worth paying attention to. Those negotiations are happening between the government of Colombia and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, the country's Marxist guerilla.

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9:52am

Tue November 20, 2012
Music Reviews

The Insect Trust: An American Band Deconstructed

Originally published on Mon November 26, 2012 8:40 am

The Insect Trust.
Courtesy of the artist

9:52am

Tue November 20, 2012
Shots - Health News

Many Surgical Complications Show Up After Patients Get Home

Originally published on Tue November 20, 2012 10:59 am

Researchers find that more than 40 percent of surgical complications happen after patients leave the hospital.
iStockphoto.com

It's natural for patients returning home from the hospital after surgery to feel a sense of relief that the worst is over. But, research published this week suggests those patients and their doctors shouldn't let their guard down too soon.

More than 40 percent of all patients who experience complications after surgery experience them at home, according to a study in the journal Archives of Surgery. Half of those complications occur within nine days of patients leaving the hospital.

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9:41am

Tue November 20, 2012
Education

Future Of Cash-Strapped Historic Black Colleges

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CELESTE HEADLEE, HOST:

This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Celeste Headlee. Michel Martin is away. Coming up, short-term jitters are leading many small investors to pull their money off of Wall Street. We're going to ask what that could mean for them and the market in the long run. That's just ahead.

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