4:03am

Sat October 20, 2012
Shots - Health News

CDC: Meningitis Mold In Tainted Drug Can Incubate For Months

Originally published on Mon October 22, 2012 9:38 am

Federal agents investigate the offices of the New England Compounding Center in Framingham, Mass., on Tuesday. The company's steroid medication has been linked to a deadly meningitis outbreak.
Barry Chin AP

As the caseload of fungal meningitis linked to a tainted steroid drug climbs, experts are learning more about this human-made epidemic. The signs indicate that cases could still be emerging until Thanksgiving or beyond.

The latest count is 268 cases of meningitis and three patients with fungal joint infections, spread across 16 states from New Hampshire to Texas and Idaho to Florida. Twenty-one people have died.

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3:37am

Sat October 20, 2012
World

Hopes Raised For Girl Shot By Taliban

Originally published on Mon October 22, 2012 1:21 pm

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

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3:37am

Sat October 20, 2012
Sports

Week In Sports: A Tough One For Lance Armstrong

Originally published on Mon October 22, 2012 1:21 pm

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

This is WEEKEND EDITION, from NPR News. I'm Scott Simon. Time for sports.

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SIMON: The San Francisco Giants live to play again, thanks to a pitcher thought to be past his prime. He was sure blue-ribbon last night. Lance Armstrong got a standing O last night but also heard from a few folks who might want their money back, just as major corporate sponsors might. And more NHL games are put on ice - or is that none are on the ice? NPR's Tom Goldman joins us. Morning, Tom.

TOM GOLDMAN, BYLINE: Hi, Scott.

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3:37am

Sat October 20, 2012
Strange News

Moose On The Loose? Here's A Survival Tip

Originally published on Mon October 22, 2012 1:21 pm

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

If you take a trip to see autumn foliage in Western Massachusetts this weekend, beware. Local moose do not offer photo ops. Pete Brown, who's a logger, learned this last month when he saw a moose while he worked in the woods. He tried to get a picture. Instead, Mr. Brown, who has two hip replacements, got the run of his life. Pete Brown joins us from his home in Belchertown, Massachusetts. Thanks for being with us.

PETE BROWN: Oh, it's my pleasure, Scott.

SIMON: So you saw a moose, and then what?

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3:37am

Sat October 20, 2012
Presidential Race

Social Media A New Layer For Campaign Messaging

Originally published on Mon October 22, 2012 1:21 pm

With the Obama and Romney campaigns blasting away on Twitter, Facebook and all kinds of social media, will their efforts to sway voters through the Internet really work? Weekend Edition host Scott Simon explores the issues with Daniel Sieberg from Google's politics and elections team.

3:37am

Sat October 20, 2012
Asia

Amid Calls For Reform, China Waits For New Leaders

Originally published on Mon October 22, 2012 1:21 pm

Guards stand outside the Xinhua Gate of the Zhongnanhai leadership compound in central Beijing earlier this year. China is preparing for a once-a-decade leadership change amid signs of growing public dissatisfaction.
David Gray Reuters/Landov

The slogan "Long Live the Great Communist Party of China" is emblazoned on the wall outside the Beijing compound where the country's leaders live and work.

But now that party is under pressure to change as it prepares for a once-in-a-decade transition of power, which starts at a party congress scheduled to begin Nov. 8.

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3:37am

Sat October 20, 2012
Religion

'Mother Of Outcasts' To Be A Saint For Leprosy Work

Originally published on Mon October 22, 2012 1:21 pm

Mother Marianne Cope (in wheelchair) with other nuns and the women and girls of Bishop Home in Kalaupapa, Hawaii, shortly before her death in 1918.
Sisters of St. Francis Archive

A German-American nun will become a saint Sunday, nearly a century after her death. Mother Marianne Cope is the second person to be honored in this way for caring for people in Hawaii with leprosy, now known as Hansen's disease.

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3:37am

Sat October 20, 2012
National Security

Wondering About The Cost Of War? We Have Answers

Originally published on Mon October 22, 2012 1:21 pm

Sgt. Ben Roberts (center), recently returned from Afghanistan, speaks with Chick-fil-A manager Michael Sims at a military job fair in Columbia, S.C., in January.
John Moore Getty Images

As we approach the presidential election in November, Weekend Edition is seeking your questions about issues and candidates in a segment called Reporter Hotline. This week, our focus is veterans affairs and defense spending.


Paying For War

Question from Sue Hoben of Canton, Conn.: "Why don't we increase taxes when we wage a war? For instance, Iraq and Afghanistan. Surely if national interest is at stake, then we should be willing to pay the price rather than add to the deficit."

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11:03pm

Fri October 19, 2012
Music Interviews

Placido Domingo On Pop Singers And Karaoke

Originally published on Mon October 22, 2012 1:21 pm

Placido Domingo's new album, Songs, is his first collection of pop music in more than 20 years.
Ruben Martin Courtesy of the artist

Placido Domingo is one of the most influential people in classical music. During a 50-year career, he's played more than 140 roles, conducted more than 450 operas, and won just about every award that a human being can win in opera and life.

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11:03pm

Fri October 19, 2012
Music Interviews

Brandy's 'Two Eleven' Is One For Whitney

Originally published on Mon October 22, 2012 1:21 pm

Brandy's latest studio album is called Two Eleven.
Gomillion & Leupold Courtesy of the artist

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