Thu October 25, 2012
The Two-Way

Will It Hold? Assad Regime Says It Agrees To Truce; Rebels Are Skeptical

Originally published on Thu October 25, 2012 10:21 am

A message has appeared on the website of Syria's SANA news agency saying that the country's armed forces will halt military operations for four days, starting tomorrow.

On its face, that would appear to be acceptance of U.N.-Arab League envoy Lakhdar Brahimi's plan for a truce during the Eid al-Adh holiday that Muslims begin observing on Friday.

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Thu October 25, 2012
It's All Politics

Down-Ballot Races Feel The Draft And Drag Of The Presidential Race

Originally published on Thu October 25, 2012 8:56 am

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney greets supporters at an Indiana campaign event with U.S. Senate candidate Richard Mourdock in August. Mourdock has come under fire for controversial comments about rape.
Scott Olson Getty Images

President Obama has been turning up in a lot of debates lately. Not just in his encounters with Mitt Romney, but as a talking point for Republican Senate candidates.

In an Indiana Senate debate Tuesday — the same one in which he made a controversial comment about pregnancy resulting from rape — Republican Richard Mourdock castigated Democratic Rep. Joe Donnelly for supporting Obama even though "60 percent" of Hoosiers oppose the president.

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Thu October 25, 2012
The Two-Way

Banned In China: Ai Weiwei's 'Gangnam Style' Video

Ai Weiwei, "Gannam style."


Thu October 25, 2012
The Two-Way

Afghan Insurgents Still Finding New Ways To Disguise Roadside Bombs

Originally published on Thu October 25, 2012 11:28 am

U.S. soldiers carry a comrade injured by an improvised explosive device, or IED, in Logar province, south of Kabul, on Oct. 13. Roadside bombs are one of the biggest threats facing U.S. and Afghan troops, and insurgents keeping finding inventive ways to disguise them.
Munir Uz Zaman AFP/Getty Images

Afghan troops south of Kabul last week discovered one of the most elaborate and frightening improvised explosive device (IED) traps that American troops have ever heard of or come across.

On the morning of Oct. 18, an Afghan National Army patrol received a tip that a body bag with human remains was lying near a graveyard in Pul-e Alam, the capital of Logar province.

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Thu October 25, 2012
Shots - Health News

Many Terminal Cancer Patients Mistakenly Believe A Cure Is Possible

Dr. Joel Policzer checks on his patient, Lillian Landry, in the hospice wing of an Florida hospital in 2009. A new study found that many terminally ill cancer patients don't fully understand their prognosis.
J. Pat Carter AP

Doctors are often called upon to deliver bad news to patients, and there isn't much that's worse than a diagnosis of an advanced-stage cancer for which there is no cure.

But there's new evidence that a surprisingly large majority of patients who receive this news don't fully comprehend it, or perhaps willfully choose to ignore it.

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Thu October 25, 2012
The Two-Way

Florida's 'Mystery Monkey' Captured After Three Years On The Lam

Originally published on Tue November 13, 2012 8:21 am

The "mystery monkey," now known as Cornelius, while he was on the loose in 2010.
Mystery Monkey of Tampa Bay Facebook page

The "mystery monkey" who had been on the loose in the Tampa Bay area for more than three years was captured Wednesday, our friends at WUSF report.

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Thu October 25, 2012
The Future Of Nonhuman Rights

Championing Life And Liberty For Animals

Originally published on Thu October 25, 2012 6:49 am

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A capuchin monkey riding a dog. Tim Lepard, owner and creator of the Monkey Rodeo, says his animals are treated humanely.
Courtesy of Tim Lepard

Before Sam, a white-throated capuchin monkey, threw out the first pitch at a minor league baseball game in Frederick, Md., on a midsummer Friday night, and before Sam and other monkeys — dressed as cowboys and riding shaggy dogs — rounded up longhorn sheep on the baseball diamond as part of Cowboy Monkey Rodeo promotion night, angry animal rights protesters gathered outside the front gate.

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Thu October 25, 2012
It's All Politics

Millennials Discuss Why They'll Vote, And Why They Won't

Originally published on Thu October 25, 2012 7:42 am

San Francisco State University student Dariel Maxwell discusses the election with KQED's Lillian Mongeau.
Ian Hill KQED

Reporters from four public media stations on the West Coast have been working on a project to find out what is — or isn't — motivating young voters to take part in the political process this year.

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Thu October 25, 2012
The Two-Way

Jobless Claims Fell By 23,000 Last Week; Orders For Durable Goods Rose

Originally published on Thu October 25, 2012 6:07 am

A Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft at the company's factory in Everett, Wash. Orders for aircraft drove the increase in demand for durable goods last month.
Saul Loeb AFP/Getty Images

The number of first-time claims for unemployment insurance fell by 23,000 last week from the week before, to 369,000, the Employment and Training Administration says.

Claims have bounced around in recent weeks, in part because of some changes in the way at least one state reports its figures.

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Thu October 25, 2012
KALW Almanac

Thursday October 25, 2012

1917 - Bolshevik Revolution (highlighted story below)
  • 299th Day of 2012 / 67 Remaining
  • 57 Days Until The First Day of Winter
  • Sunrise:7:28
  • Sunset:6:19
  • 10 Hours 51 Minutes of Daylight
  • Moon Rise: 4:04pm
  • Moon Set: 3:35am
  • Moon’s Phase: 85 %
  • The Next Full Moon
  • October 29 @ 12:50 pm
  • Full Hunter’s Moon
  • Full Harvest Moon

This full Moon is often referred to as the Full Hunter’s Moon, Blood Moon, or Sanguine Moon.

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