7:48am

Wed October 24, 2012
The Salt

When Fire Met Food, The Brains Of Early Humans Grew Bigger

Originally published on Wed October 24, 2012 10:08 am

Actors Stan Laurel and Edna Marlon play at socializing around the campfire. It turns out that early man's brain developed in part thanks to cooking.
Hulton Archive Getty

If you're reading this blog, you're probably into food. Perhaps you're even one of those people whose world revolves around your Viking stove and who believes that cooking defines us as civilized creatures.

Well, on the latter part, you'd be right. At least according to some neuroscientists from Brazil.

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7:45am

Wed October 24, 2012
Shots - Health News

The Sick Turn To Crowdfunding To Pay Medical Bills

Originally published on Tue October 30, 2012 10:14 am

Fundraising for medical causes is getting easier with sites like GoFundMe.
iStockphoto.com

Surely you've heard of crowd funding sites like Kickstarter that have helped thousands of filmmakers, musicians and painters leverage Facebook and Twitter to raise money for creative projects.

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7:45am

Wed October 24, 2012
Dispatches from Kolkata

Happy Puja!

Durga Puja is the highest of high holidays for Bengalis when the mother Goddess comes home for five days every year. Bengalis abroad get very nostalgic at the mention of Durga Puja. The Bay Area hosts about half a dozen alone. But back in the Puja's home territory there's much grousing that the grand puja has become too tacky, too commercialized and too nouveaux riche. 

7:21am

Wed October 24, 2012
The Two-Way

Sales Of New Homes Hit Fastest Pace In 2 1/2 years

A sign of the times at a building site in Ohio earlier this year.
John Kuntz The Plain Dealer /Landov

Sales of new single-family homes rose 5.7 percent in September from August and at an annual rate of 389,000 hit the fastest pace since April 2010, the Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development say.

Sales were up 27.1 percent from September 2011.

Reuters calls the news "further evidence the housing market recovery is gaining steam."

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6:51am

Wed October 24, 2012

5:58am

Wed October 24, 2012
The Two-Way

After Shark Kills Surfer, Central California Beach Closed

The beach is closed near Vandenberg Air Force Base after Tuesday's shark attack.
U.S. Air Force photo Reuters /Landov

Surf Beach near Vandenberg Air Force Base along California's central coast is closed after the death of a 39-year-old man who was attacked by a shark Tuesday while surfing.

The man's death came two years and a day after a shark killed a 19-year-old man along the same stretch of the coast.

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5:33am

Wed October 24, 2012
KALW Almanac

Wednesday October 24, 2012

1901 - Niagara Falls (highlighted story below)
  • 298th Day of 2012 / 68 Remaining
  • 58 Days Until The First Day of Winter
  • Sunrise:7:27
  • Sunset:6:20
  • 10 Hours 53 Minutes of Daylight
  • Moon Rise:3:33om
  • Moon Set:2:34am
  • Moon’s Phase: 77 %
  • 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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5:32am

Wed October 24, 2012
The Two-Way

Reports: Militants Quickly Claimed Responsibility For Benghazi Attack

A burned vehicle outside the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, after the Sept. 11 attack.
Esam Omran Al-Fetori Reuters /Landov

Reuters and Fox News have obtained copies of an email sent about two hours after the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, in which the White House, Pentagon and other agencies are told that the Islamist militant group Ansar al-Sharia had "claimed responsibility."

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4:47am

Wed October 24, 2012
The Two-Way

Developing: Four-Day Truce Coming In Syria, U.N. Envoy Says

Originally published on Wed October 24, 2012 9:30 am

In Aleppo, Syria, an opposition fighter shouted as he manned a position on Monday.
Fabio Bucciarelli AFP/Getty Images

Earlier ceasefire deals have quickly fallen apart in Syria this year, so this news should be viewed with some skepticism:

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4:30am

Wed October 24, 2012
U.S.

Ct. Town Makes Deal In Police Profiling Case

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

The Justice Department and the town of East Haven, Connecticut have reached an agreement to reform the city's police. This after an investigation unveiled a widespread pattern of police misconduct and discrimination against the Latino community. Diane Orson of member station WNPR reports.

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