8:26am

Wed May 29, 2013
The Two-Way

Bomber Attacks International Red Cross's Afghan Compound

Originally published on Wed May 29, 2013 1:27 pm

A coordinated attack has struck the offices of the International Committee of the Red Cross in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, Gunmen reportedly assaulted the compound after a suicide bomber detonated a device at the entrance, where a guard was killed.

Update at 3:58 p.m. ET. Reaction From Red Cross:

"We condemn this attack in the strongest possible terms," ICRC's head of operations for South Asia, Jacques de Maio, says. "Right now, our thoughts go out to the family of our dead colleague."

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8:25am

Wed May 29, 2013
The Two-Way

VIDEO: Obama Explains How That Lipstick Got On His Collar

Originally published on Wed May 29, 2013 8:53 am

I can explain, the president said Tuesday.
Brendan Smialowski AFP/Getty Images

It was an "auntie" that left that lipstick mark on his collar, President Obama explained Tuesday evening at the start of a White House event marking Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month.

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7:49am

Wed May 29, 2013
The Salt

Personalized Coca-Colas, But Not If Your Name Is Mohammed Or Maria

Originally published on Thu May 30, 2013 8:53 am

Remember the disappointment you felt as a kid at the souvenir shop when that personalized key chain wasn't available in your name? For me, it was never finding "Allison" with two L's. My colleague Maria says she was always stuck with "Mary" as her only option.

Facebook fans of Coca-Cola's new "Share a Coke" campaign are having similar frustrations. As part of its new campaign, which recently launched in Europe, the soda giant is printing popular first names on labels of Coke, Diet Coke and Coke Zero.

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7:47am

Wed May 29, 2013
Business

China's Shuanghui Buys Pork Giant Smithfield For $4.7 Billion

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

NPR's business news begins with a meaty Chinese investment in the U.S.

A Chinese meat producer plans to buy the U.S. meat company Smithfield for $4.7 billion dollars. Smithfield is the world's largest pork producers, and by some estimates, if this deal is approved by regulators, it would be the biggest takeover of a U.S. company by a Chinese company.

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7:46am

Wed May 29, 2013
The Two-Way

Larry King Signs Up With The Russians

Larry King in April at a charity gala in Las Vegas.
Bryan Steffy Getty Images for Keep Memory Alive

Larry King, who signed off from CNN in December 2010, has signed on with the English-language arm of RT, the Russian TV channel that aims to cover "the major issues of our time for viewers wishing to question more and delivers stories often missed by the mainstream media."

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7:14am

Wed May 29, 2013
Shots - Health News

Health Differences May Explain Medicare Spending Variation

Where a person lives seems to have an effect on Medicare spending. But why?
iStockphoto.com

The idea that uneven Medicare health care spending around the country is caused by wasteful practices and overtreatment — a concept that has influenced portions of the federal health law — took another hit in a study published Tuesday.

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7:12am

Wed May 29, 2013
The Two-Way

6 Stories To Mark 60 Years Since First Summit Of Everest

Mount Everest.
AFP AFP/Getty Images

On this, the 60th anniversary of the first successful summit of the world's tallest mountain, there's plenty of news about Mount Everest. Here are six stories we found interesting:

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6:45am

Wed May 29, 2013
Dispatches from Kolkata for 5/29

The Great Bachchan

Amitabh Bachchan in The Great Gatsby
showbizbites.com

For most of the world, The Great Gatsby is a film by Baz Luhrmann starring Leonardo di Caprio. For  India, it’s the film that marks the Hollywood debut of Bollywood’s biggest superstar, the seventy-year old Amitabh Bachchan.

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6:27am

Wed May 29, 2013
The Two-Way

Smithfield Foods To Be Sold To Chinese Firm For $4.72 Billion

Originally published on Wed May 29, 2013 7:11 am

Smithfield Foods, makers of ham products under a variety of brand names, is being purchased by Chinese food maker Shuanghui International, for $4.72 billion in cash.
LM Otero AP

The makers of Smithfield Ham, an icon on America's culinary scene for decades, are selling the publicly traded company to China's Shuanghui International Holdings Limited for about $4.72 billion in cash. The deal also includes an exchange of debt.

The purchase values Smithfield Foods at $7.1 billion — a figure that would make the purchase "the largest Chinese takeover of a U.S. company," according to Bloomberg News.

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5:28am

Wed May 29, 2013
KALW Almanac

Wednesday May 29, 2013

1953
  • 149th Day of 2013 / 216 Remaining
  • 24 Days Until The First Day of Summer
  • Sunrise:5:50
  • Sunset:8:24
  • 14 Hours 34 Minutes of Daylight
  • Moon Rise:11:53pm
  • Moon Set:10:53am
  • Moon’s Phase:72 %
  • The Next Full Moon
  • June 23 @ 4:33am
  • Full Strawberry Moon
  • Full Rose Moon

This name was universal to every Algonquin tribe. However, in Europe they called it the Rose Moon.

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