1:24pm

Wed October 24, 2012
The Two-Way

More Than 700 Kurdish Prisoners Now on Hunger Strike in Turkey

Originally published on Wed October 24, 2012 1:44 pm

Turkish soldiers block a street as Kurds demonstrate on September 3 in the center of Beytussebap, about 25 miles from the Iraqi border.
AFP/Getty Images

As the war in Syria rages unabated and Turkey struggles to manage an increasingly dire refugee situation and cross-border retaliations, another conflict simmers.

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12:54pm

Wed October 24, 2012
It's All Politics

Political Memes: Fast, Cheap And Out Of Control?

Originally published on Thu October 25, 2012 7:49 am

DailyKos.com

Even if you didn't watch any of the three presidential debates, chances are you're familiar with Big Bird, binders and bayonets.

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12:37pm

Wed October 24, 2012
The Two-Way

Texas Attorney General Sends Warning To International Election Observers

Originally published on Thu October 25, 2012 7:47 am

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott speaks to reporters 2011.
Brendan Smialowski Getty Images

The Texas attorney general is warning international election observers not to mess with Texas.

"Your opinion is legally irrelevant in the United States, where the Supreme Court has already determined that Voter ID laws are constitutional," Greg Abbott wrote in a letter sent to the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, which monitors elections across the world.

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12:34pm

Wed October 24, 2012
It's All Politics

Florida Republican Rep. David Rivera Charged In Ethics Probe

Originally published on Wed October 24, 2012 12:46 pm

Rep. David Rivera, R-Fla., talks during a freedom for Cuba march in Miami on Feb. 24, 2011.
Alan Diaz AP

Rep. David Rivera, R-Fla., was charged Wednesday by Florida authorities with alleged ethics violations while he was in the state Legislature, perhaps imperiling his bid for re-election to the House in an already tight contest.

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12:09pm

Wed October 24, 2012
Author Interviews

Tom Wolfe Takes Miami's Pulse In 'Back To Blood'

Originally published on Thu October 25, 2012 6:37 am

Author and journalist Tom Wolfe's books include The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, The Bonfire of the Vanities and I Am Charlotte Simmons, among others.
Jim Cooper AP

Tom Wolfe wrote his new novel, Back to Blood, entirely by hand. But the author of The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test and The Bonfire of the Vanities also says that wasn't entirely by choice — he'd rather have used a typewriter.

"Unfortunately, you can't keep typewriters going today — you have to take the ribbons back to be re-inked," Wolfe tells Fresh Air's Dave Davies. "There's a horrible search to try to find missing parts."

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11:05am

Wed October 24, 2012
Music Interviews

Stephen Colbert's Most Meaningful Musical Moments

Originally published on Fri December 7, 2012 7:12 am

Stephen Colbert (right) performs with Ben Folds on the set of his TV show, The Colbert Report.
Kris Long

Stephen Colbert loves music and loves to sing. That's why Fresh Air's Terry Gross asked him to bring a few songs that mean a lot to him and tell her why. For example, as a kid, Colbert discovered his first lesson about character acting through "King Herod's Song" from Jesus Christ Superstar, even though he thought the words were scandalous at first: "Oh, so you are the Christ? You're the great Jesus Christ. Prove to me that you're no fool. Walk across my swimming pool."

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11:05am

Wed October 24, 2012
Shots - Health News

Geneticists Breach Ethical Taboo By Changing Genes Across Generations

Originally published on Thu October 25, 2012 11:21 am

An image of researchers at Oregon Health & Science University removing the nucleus from the mother's cell before it's inserted into the donor's egg cell.
Courtesty of Oregon Health & Science University

Geneticist reported Wednesday that they had crossed a threshold long considered off-limits: They have made changes in human DNA that can be passed down from one generation to the next.

The researchers at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland say they took the step to try to prevent women from giving birth to babies with genetic diseases. But the research is raising a host of ethical, social and moral questions.

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11:00am

Wed October 24, 2012
The Two-Way

Boeing Successfully Tests Electronics-Frying, Microwave Missile

Computers fried by CHAMP.
U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory

It's not the sexiest of weapons, because it doesn't cause big explosions, or fly around the world in minutes. But the effect is huge and could cripple a modern military without causing any casualties.

This week, Boeing announced that it has successfully tested a missile that can send out targeted, high-power microwaves that fry electronics without actually causing an explosion.

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10:46am

Wed October 24, 2012
The Two-Way

Here's The List: 63 Barnes & Noble Stores Where Crooks Hacked PIN Pads

Originally published on Thu October 25, 2012 6:41 am

A Barnes & Noble store in San Bruno, Calif. It's on the list.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

If you shopped recently at 63 Barnes & Noble stores in nine states and used a credit or debit card there's a chance that thieves got hold of data about your accounts and your PIN.

As the company has announced:

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10:36am

Wed October 24, 2012
Business

Mortgage Interest Deduction Could Be In Play

Originally published on Wed October 24, 2012 3:23 pm

About 34 million taxpayers take the mortgage interest deduction, for a typical savings of approximately $600 a year.
iStockphoto.com

In coming months, Congress will begin an epic struggle to get the federal budget deficit under control. One tax break almost certain to come into play is the mortgage interest deduction.

Both President Obama and his Republican rival, Mitt Romney, have suggested ways to scale back the deduction's value for wealthy taxpayers. And many economists are cheering them on, saying that now — when interest rates are low — would be a great time to reduce or even phase out the deduction.

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