9:21am

Fri July 27, 2012
The Torch

London Olympics: Watching The Opening Ceremony, And This Weekend's Events

Originally published on Fri July 27, 2012 10:46 am

The Olympic torch is delivered by row boat to the royal barge, Gloriana, on the River Thames, near Tower Bridge in London ahead of the opening ceremony on Friday.
Kyodo/Landov

The London 2012 Summer Games are set to begin in earnest, with today's opening ceremony kicking off a weekend of gold-medal competitions. But if you're in America and you hope to watch the Opening Ceremony live, I'm afraid you'll be disappointed: NBC is tape-delaying its broadcast until Friday night.

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9:18am

Fri July 27, 2012
The Two-Way

CNN Chief Jim Walton Stepping Down

Saying that the cable news network "needs new thinking," CNN Worldwide President Jim Walton told his staff today that he's stepping down at the end of the year.

In a memo, he said:

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8:44am

Fri July 27, 2012
The Salt

McDonald's Food Has A Healthy Glow, At Least In China

Originally published on Mon October 22, 2012 8:34 am

Tomatoes getting a splash of water reinforces the notion that McDonald's food is wholesome in China, as seen in this video screengrab.
McDonald's China

Here in the U.S., McDonald's food is not usually considered all that healthy. But in China, it is.

That's because Chinese consumers trust American brands more than their own, says Shaun Rein, founder of China Market Research, who studies Chinese consumer behavior. Rein says that in China, McDonald's is seen as providing safe and wholesome food.

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8:37am

Fri July 27, 2012
'It's All Politics': NPR's Weekly News Roundup

It's All Politics, July 26, 2012

Charles Dharapak AP
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Mitt Romney figures, why just create gaffes in the United States when I can do the same in Europe? But before he leaves he socks it to the president at the VFW. Also, a look ahead to Tuesday's Republican Senate runoff in Texas. And Alaska Republican Don Young and Hawaii Democrat Mazie Hirono make nice in a most unusual commercial.

Join NPR's Ken Rudin and Ron Elving in the latest installment of the It's All Politics podcast.

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8:17am

Fri July 27, 2012
The Two-Way

Hubig Pies, Landmark New Orleans Bakery, Has Burned Down

Originally published on Fri July 27, 2012 8:39 am

Fresh Hubig pies read for delivery in 2007.
Alex Brandon AP

A bakery that's been producing hand-size, fried fruit pies for hungry folks in and around New Olreans since 1922 is "a total loss" after a blaze today, city fire officials tell The Times-Picayune.

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8:11am

Fri July 27, 2012
The Torch

'It's What We Have': Spain's Athletes Sigh, And Put On Olympic Uniforms

Originally published on Fri July 27, 2012 10:56 am

Taking One For The Team: Field hockey player Alex Fabregas modeled Spain's Olympic outfit in this photo he posted on Twitter. Athletes have been publicly stoic about the colorful clothing, which was provided for free.
Alex Fabregas/Twitter

Spanish Olympians are learning a painful lesson as they suit up for Friday's opening ceremony in London: You get what you pay for.

With Spain on the brink of bankruptcy, its Olympic committee decided to save money this year. It got its Olympic uniforms for free, from the Russian designer Bosco, which also provided kits for the Russian and Ukrainian teams.

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7:31am

Fri July 27, 2012
Author Interviews

In '1493,' Uncovering The World Columbus Discovered

Originally published on Fri July 27, 2012 9:47 am

Charles C. Mann is a journalist and contributing editor for Atlantic Monthly and Science.
J.D. Sloan

This interview was originally broadcast on August 8, 2011. 1493 is now available in paperback.

"In fourteen-hundred-and-ninety-two, Columbus sailed the ocean blue," goes the old elementary school rhyme.

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7:15am

Fri July 27, 2012
The Torch

Place All Metal Objects In The Tray, Please... Oh, Hi Kobe!

As Team USA basketball player Kobe Bryant passed through a security checkpoint Friday, British soldiers were moved to relax a ban on photography in the area.
Vickie Walton-James NPR

We ran into USA Men's basketball at the security sweep today. Yes, even big-time basketball players and coaches must suffer the indignity of the magnetometer. We were all making our way through security into the Main Press Center, where the team was about to meet journalists.

USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo, coach Mike Krzyzewski and much of the rest of the team seemed to have little trouble getting screened. Assistant coach Nate McMillan may have forgotten to empty his pockets, because he got the pat-down.

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6:54am

Fri July 27, 2012
The Two-Way

Stories Of The Colorado Victims: Young Artist Was 'Ball Of Joy'

Originally published on Fri July 27, 2012 3:02 pm

Alexander "AJ" Boik in an undated photo provided by his family.
AFP/Getty Images

As they're told, we're pointing to some of the stories about the 12 people who died and the 58 who were wounded when a gunman opened fire on July 20 at a movie theater in Aurora, Colo. Click here to see more. As you see others, please share the links in the comment threads.

-- "AJ" Boik, Wanted Everyone To Be Happy:

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6:25am

Fri July 27, 2012
The Torch

Let's Catch Up: Lighting The Olympic Cauldron, And Angry Fans

Originally published on Fri July 27, 2012 10:57 am

This sculpture of a skeletal gymnast stands in London's Olympic Village, where athletes are preparing for today's Opening Ceremony. If you think it's weird, you're not alone.
Alexander Hassenstein AFP/Getty Images

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