Tue October 2, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

How Some Parents Could Learn Adult Daughters' Birth Control Habits

Originally published on Thu October 4, 2012 6:53 am

An insurer's note could tip parents to their adult daughter's use of the pill.

The 2010 health law removes one of the big barriers to contraception for many young women: cost. But if they don't feel confident that the care they will receive is confidential, these women may not take advantage of it.

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Tue October 2, 2012
The Two-Way

Judge Puts Pennsylvania Voter ID Law On Hold Through Election

Originally published on Tue October 2, 2012 11:06 am

A judge is basically "postponing Pennsylvania's tough new voter identification requirement, ordering that it not be enforced in the presidential election," The Associated Press writes.

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Tue October 2, 2012
The Salt

High Food Prices Forecast More Global Riots Ahead, Researchers Say

Originally published on Thu October 11, 2012 7:34 am

A Tunisian protester holds a baguette while taking to riot police in January 2011.
Martin Bureau AFP/Getty Images

When French peasants stormed the Bastille on July 14, 1789, they weren't just revolting against the monarchy's policies. They were also hungry.

From the French Revolution to the Arab Spring, high food prices have been cited as a factor behind mass protest movements. But can food prices actually help predict when social unrest is likely to break out?

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Tue October 2, 2012
The Two-Way

Reports: One Border Patrol Agent Killed, Another Shot In Arizona

Originally published on Tue October 2, 2012 10:09 am

A U.S. Customs and Border Protection agent was shot and killed this morning while on duty near Bisbee, Ariz., the Department of Homeland Security tells The Associated Press and other news outlets.

Another agent was shot and wounded, AP says.

According to KPHO-TV in Phoenix, "both agents worked out of the Brian Terry station in the Tucson sector."

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Tue October 2, 2012
The Two-Way

Women Erased From Ikea's Saudi Catalog; Company Apologizes

Originally published on Tue October 2, 2012 5:54 am

She's gone: One example of how women disappeared from IKEA's catalog. In the U.S. version, she's standing at a sink. In the Saudi version, she's missing.

Click through Swedish furniture giant IKEA's U.S. (online here) and Saudi (online here) catalogs.

You'll find all the same stuff.

But you won't find women in the Saudi catalog.

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Tue October 2, 2012
KALW Almanac

Tuesday October 2, 2012

1950 --- Charles Schulz's "Peanuts" debuts (highlighted story below)
  • 276th Day of 2012 /90 Remaining
  • 80 Days Until The First Day of Winter
  • Sunrise:7:07
  • Sunset:6:51
  • 11 Hours 44 Minutes of Daylight
  • Moon Rise:8:10pm
  • Moon Set:9:37am
  • Moon’s Phase: 93 %
  • The Next Full Moon
  • October 29 @ 12:50 pm
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Tue October 2, 2012
Around the Nation

'Fearless Felix' To Try To Break Sound Barrier

Originally published on Tue October 2, 2012 10:08 am



Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep with best wishes to Felix Baumgartner. He plans to ride a balloon to an altitude of 23 miles over New Mexico and then he will step out into the void. Fearless Felix will be wearing a pressurized suit like an astronaut and expects to break the sound barrier as he falls. He's being advised by a former NASA flight surgeon who lost his wife in a shuttle crash and who wants to improve astronauts' odds of surviving a future disaster. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.


Tue October 2, 2012
Around the Nation

Survey: Bald Man Are Perceived As Manlier

Originally published on Tue October 2, 2012 10:08 am



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Tue October 2, 2012
The Two-Way

Report: U.S. Discussing 'Unilateral Strikes' On Terrorist Groups In Africa

Sept. 11, 2012: A blaze erupted during the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya.
AFP/Getty Images

During a "series of secret meetings in recent months," the White House began to "consider for the first time whether to prepare for unilateral strikes" aimed at terrorist groups operating in North Africa, The Washington Post writes this morning.

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Tue October 2, 2012

Okinawans Protest Deployment Of U.S. Osprey

Originally published on Wed October 3, 2012 5:21 pm

An Osprey arrives at U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma in Ginowan city on Japan's southern island of Okinawa on Monday. Six Ospreys were deployed in Okinawa, drawing sharp reactions from residents amid persistent concerns about the aircraft's safety.
JIJI Press AFP/Getty Images

A new deployment of U.S. military aircraft to Okinawa has sparked protests and reignited residents' long-simmering resentment of America's military presence there. Opponents say the vertical takeoff Osprey has a poor safety record and poses a danger to inhabitants of the densely populated Japanese island.

U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma is surrounded by the city of Ginowan. At Futenma No. 2 Elementary School, 200 yards outside the base, the roar of rotor blades can be so deafening that classes can't be held without keeping heavily reinforced windows shut.

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