11:26am

Thu January 10, 2013
The Two-Way

Study Of Junior Seau's Brain Finds Signs Of Neurodegenerative Disease

Originally published on Thu January 10, 2013 12:19 pm

Junior Seau, seen here playing for the New England Patriots toward the end of his career, suffered from a degenerative brain disease, scientists say.
Otto Greule Jr. Getty Images

Junior Seau, the former NFL linebacker whose suicide last May at age 43 shocked fans and former teammates, suffered from chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a neurodegenerative disease associated with repetitive head injuries, according to a study by the National Institutes of Health.

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11:24am

Thu January 10, 2013
The Two-Way

Reports: Two Hurt, One Suspect In Custody After Shooting At Calif. School

Originally published on Thu January 10, 2013 3:33 pm

An area is cordoned off outside Taft Union High School in Taft, Calif., Thursday. Authorities said a student was shot and wounded and another student was taken into custody.
Doug Keeler AP

There was a shooting incident at a high school in Taft, Calif., this morning. Now that many reports have come in from the scene, it appears that two people were injured and a shooter has been taken into custody.

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11:14am

Thu January 10, 2013
The Two-Way

Obama Taps Top Aide Lew For Treasury

Originally published on Thu January 10, 2013 11:57 am

Jack Lew has been nominated to be the next Treasury secretary.
Mandel Ngan AFP/Getty Images
  • President Obama announces nomination of Jack Lew for Treasury

Saying he "cannot think of a better person" to take the job, President Obama this afternoon formally announced he is nominating Jacob "Jack" Lew, his chief of staff, to be the next Treasury secretary.

Word of Obama's decision to tap Lew, who previously served as budget director in the Obama and Clinton administration, broke Wednesday.

"Jack has my complete trust," Obama said.

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11:11am

Thu January 10, 2013
The Salt

Moroccans Celebrate A Bountiful Year For Date Harvest

Originally published on Mon January 14, 2013 2:38 pm

A Moroccan date harvester sorts his yield, which was well above average this year.
Jeff Koehler for NPR

In the heart of the Moroccan oasis and palm grove of Skoura, west of Marrakesh, yellow and reddish dates dangled heavily from branches high above us. It's going to be a good year, a man harvesting dates said, offering me a handful of fresh, still-yellow fruit cut from the tree just moments before.

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10:50am

Thu January 10, 2013
The Two-Way

More Than 300 College Presidents Push For Changes In Gun Laws

Originally published on Thu January 10, 2013 12:24 pm

President Elizabeth Kiss, Agnes Scott College (Courtesy of Agnes Scott College, copyright 2012)
Caroline Joe Courtesy of Agnes Scott College, copyright 2012

As Vice President Joe Biden meets today with the NRA and other organizations, another group of American leaders is speaking out on the issue of gun safety.

More than 300 college and university presidents have signed an open letter to American lawmakers, urging immediate action to curb gun violence and reform gun safety laws.

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10:48am

Thu January 10, 2013
Afghanistan

Small Strike Against Corruption: Afghan Governors Chosen On Merit

Originally published on Thu January 10, 2013 3:26 pm

Deputy provincial governors and district governors selected under a new merit-based program are sworn in Tuesday in Kabul. The development is part of an effort to address rampant corruption in Afghanistan.
Sean Carberry NPR

Regularly ranked as one of the most corrupt countries in the world, Afghanistan has implemented what for it is a novel new program: selecting provincial and district officials on the basis of their skills, rather than connections.

By all accounts, Afghanistan's corruption is endemic at all levels of government. It's hoped the new effort will begin to curb graft, patronage and nepotism in the country's 34 provinces and roughly 360 districts.

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10:28am

Thu January 10, 2013
It's All Politics

What 'Lincoln' Says About Today's Congress

Daniel Day-Lewis takes on one of America's most famous presidents in Lincoln.
David James DreamWorks

Lincoln may not be a political film for the ages, but it's certainly a movie that speaks to our own time.

Although the movie centers on the abolition of slavery, Lincoln taps into one of the deepest desires of our historical moment — the desire for politicians in Washington to get their acts together and compromise to succeed in passing major legislation.

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10:25am

Thu January 10, 2013
Shots - Health News

Wake-Up Call: FDA Pushes Drugmakers To Weaken Sleeping Pills

Originally published on Thu January 10, 2013 3:26 pm

Tim Boyle Getty Images

The Food and Drug Administration announced Thursday that it was requiring companies that make Ambien and similar sleeping pills to sharply cut the doses of the drugs.

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10:11am

Thu January 10, 2013
The Two-Way

Couple's Tandem Bike Is Stolen, And Returned, After Thief Feels Guilty

Originally published on Thu January 10, 2013 12:22 pm

The thief who stole Harly and Courtney Forbes' tandem bicycle Monday returned it Wednesday, along with a note of apology. Police say they are still investigating the case.
Vancouver Police

The thief who stole Harly and Courtney Forbes' bicycle seemed not to know how important it is to their lives. Because after dashing off with the tandem bike early Monday, the bike was returned Wednesday. Police say the thief was apparently moved to remorse by the pair's story of how they were now without a way of getting around on their own.

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9:20am

Thu January 10, 2013
Latin America

Rebuilding Haiti: A Slow Process

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Michel Martin. Now, we want to return to a story we've visited many times before, especially in the last three years. That's when an earthquake devastated the nation of Haiti. It left tens of thousands of people dead - nobody's really sure how many - and tens of thousands of people displaced.

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