10:52am

Thu November 8, 2012
Asia

Highly Scripted, China Moves Toward New Leaders

Originally published on Thu November 8, 2012 5:31 pm

Chinese Communist Party leaders attend the opening session of the 18th Communist Party Congress at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, on Thursday. The meeting marks the beginning of a once-in-a-decade transfer of power.
Alexander F. Yuan AP

Two days after the U.S. election, another major political development is unfolding on the other side of the world. China began its once-in-a-decade transition of power on Thursday with the opening of its 18th Communist Party Congress.

With its lack of personalities or political platforms, it is almost diametrically opposed to the hurly-burly of U.S. elections. In Beijing, the message was about fighting corruption and keeping the Communist Party in power.

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10:13am

Thu November 8, 2012
It's All Politics

Once Again, Florida's Voting Doesn't Add Up

Originally published on Thu November 8, 2012 3:43 pm

A Miami-Dade Elections Department employee tallies absentee ballot reports in Doral, Fla., on Thursday.
Alan Diaz AP

Florida is again having problems determining the winner of its presidential vote. But its difficulties are entirely different from the ones that kept the nation in suspense for more than a month back in 2000.

"It was just a convergence of things that were an embarrassment to Florida," says Susan MacManus, a political scientist at the University of South Florida in Tampa.

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9:34am

Thu November 8, 2012
Music Reviews

Samuel Yirga Ushers In A Golden Age Of Ethiopian Music

Originally published on Fri November 9, 2012 9:09 am

Samuel Yirga plays Ethiopian standards with a voracious talent that helps him savor each musical flavor.
Courtesy of the artist

9:22am

Thu November 8, 2012
The Two-Way

With Giffords In Courtroom, Loughner Will Sentenced For Shooting Spree

Originally published on Thu November 8, 2012 3:02 pm

In this artist rendering, Jared Lee Loughner, right, makes a court appearance with his lawyer, Judy Clarke, at the Sandra Day O'Connor United States Courthouse in Phoenix, Ariz. in January.
Anonymous AP

Update at 2:13 p.m. ET. Life In Prison:

Jared Loughner, the 24-year-old who pleaded guilty to killing six people and wounding 13 others during a shooting spree at a congressional meet-and-greet in Tucson, Ariz., will spend the rest of his life in prison.

Loughner was sentenced today as a U.S. District Court in Tucson, Ariz.

Before the judge handed down his punishment, victims and their families addressed Loughner and the court.

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9:10am

Thu November 8, 2012
Education

Challenges Of Going From War Zone To The Classroom

Hundreds of thousands of service members are transitioning from bases to college campuses. As Americans get ready for Veterans Day, host Michel Martin discusses the challenges veterans face, and the programs that help them succeed. She talks with Meg Mitcham, a veteran and the head of veterans programs for the American Council on Education.

9:06am

Thu November 8, 2012
Economy

Can Bipartisanship Save Us From The Fiscal Cliff?

The election is over and the deadline for the so-called "fiscal cliff" is drawing closer. Host Michel Martin speaks with NPR Senior Business Editor Marilyn Geewax about how the two relate, and what it could mean for America's economic future.

8:57am

Thu November 8, 2012
The Two-Way

7.2 Magnitude Earthquake Kills At Least 52 In Guatemala

Originally published on Thu November 8, 2012 12:50 pm

A relative mourns the ten members of the Vasquez family who died in the earthquake in the San Cristobal Cuchu municipality in San Marcos, Guatemala.
Johan Ordonez AFP/Getty Images

Guatemalans are picking up the pieces of a massive 7.2 magnitude earthquake that struck the country's Pacific coast on Wednesday.

According to Guatemala's Prensa Libre, the temblor left 52 dead and 22 others are missing.

The BBC reports that this is the strongest quake to hit the country since 1976.

The BBC adds:

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8:51am

Thu November 8, 2012
It's All Politics

5 Foul-Ups In The Romney Campaign

Originally published on Thu November 8, 2012 9:37 am

Mitt Romney talks to reporters on his campaign plane on Election Day. "I'm very proud of the campaign we've run," he said. "No campaign is perfect."
Emmanuel Dunand AFP/Getty Images

File this under the Strange Case of the 2012 Presidential Campaign. It was a long, tortuous trip that ended up at a very familiar destination: the re-election of President Obama.

But along the way, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney did garner more electoral votes than a lot of losers, including John McCain in 2008, Bob Dole in 1996 or Jimmy Carter in 1980.

Romney must have done some things right. And he must have done some things wrong.

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7:19am

Thu November 8, 2012
The Two-Way

Word To The Wise: Change Your Twitter Password

Originally published on Thu November 8, 2012 9:23 am

Twitter.com

The news is spreading that Twitter is warning quite a few users that their accounts may have been compromised and that they should immediately change their passwords.

TechCrunch says, "keep your eyes peeled Twitter users: Twitter is sending out emails to some of its users telling them it has reset their password and asking them to create a new one."

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6:46am

Thu November 8, 2012
The Two-Way

McDonald's Has First Drop In Key Sales Figure Since 2003

Originally published on Sun November 11, 2012 6:50 pm

The golden arches at a McDonald's restaurant in Miami.
Joe Raedle Getty Images

Fast-food giant McDonald's said today that revenue at its restaurants that have been open at least 13 months fell 1.8 percent in October — the first time it has suffered a month-to-month decline in that key indicator since April 2008, according to BloombergBusinessweek.

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