5:33am

Wed October 24, 2012
KALW Almanac

Wednesday October 24, 2012

1901 - Niagara Falls (highlighted story below)
  • 298th Day of 2012 / 68 Remaining
  • 58 Days Until The First Day of Winter
  • Sunrise:7:27
  • Sunset:6:20
  • 10 Hours 53 Minutes of Daylight
  • Moon Rise:3:33om
  • Moon Set:2:34am
  • Moon’s Phase: 77 %
  • The Next Full Moon
  • October 29 @ 12:50 pm
  • Full Hunter’s Moon
  • Full Harvest Moon

This full Moon is often referred to as the Full Hunter’s Moon, Blood Moon, or Sanguine Moon.

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5:32am

Wed October 24, 2012
The Two-Way

Reports: Militants Quickly Claimed Responsibility For Benghazi Attack

A burned vehicle outside the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, after the Sept. 11 attack.
Esam Omran Al-Fetori Reuters /Landov

Reuters and Fox News have obtained copies of an email sent about two hours after the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, in which the White House, Pentagon and other agencies are told that the Islamist militant group Ansar al-Sharia had "claimed responsibility."

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4:47am

Wed October 24, 2012
The Two-Way

Developing: Four-Day Truce Coming In Syria, U.N. Envoy Says

Originally published on Wed October 24, 2012 9:30 am

In Aleppo, Syria, an opposition fighter shouted as he manned a position on Monday.
Fabio Bucciarelli AFP/Getty Images

Earlier ceasefire deals have quickly fallen apart in Syria this year, so this news should be viewed with some skepticism:

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4:30am

Wed October 24, 2012
U.S.

Ct. Town Makes Deal In Police Profiling Case

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

The Justice Department and the town of East Haven, Connecticut have reached an agreement to reform the city's police. This after an investigation unveiled a widespread pattern of police misconduct and discrimination against the Latino community. Diane Orson of member station WNPR reports.

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4:30am

Wed October 24, 2012
Strange News

Animal Law Student Aims To Fight Dog Discrimination

Originally published on Wed October 24, 2012 5:10 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

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4:30am

Wed October 24, 2012
Strange News

Superman's Alter Ego Quits 'The Daily Planet'

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne. Stop the presses. Clark Kent is quitting The Daily Planet. The mild-mannered reporter apparently decided to show a little steel after being scolded one time too many by Editor-in-Chief Perry White. Superman's alter ego goes out big. Before the entire staff, he rails against the newspaper's new emphasis on entertainment and scandals. After seven decades on the news desk, Clark is reportedly reinventing himself in new media. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

4:23am

Wed October 24, 2012
The Two-Way

'God Intended' A Pregnancy Caused By Rape, Indiana Candidate Says

Originally published on Wed October 24, 2012 8:57 am

Richard Mourdock, Republican candidate for Senate in Indiana.
Nick Carey Reuters /Landov

After saying during a debate Tuesday night that a pregnancy caused by rape is "something that God intended to happen," the Republican candidate for Senate in Indiana is arguing that it is "twisted" to suggest he thinks God wants some women to be raped.

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3:01am

Wed October 24, 2012
All Tech Considered

Google's Street View Goes Into The Wild

Originally published on Sat October 27, 2012 6:23 pm

Before Steve Silverman helped Google build its new Trekker, he built cameras for NASA to photograph the surface of Mars. Silverman says the Trekker is built to survive in intense conditions. It will boot up at 10 below zero Celsius or at 110 Fahrenheit. It will even work after being fully submerged in water.
Steve Henn NPR

Google's Street View maps are headed into the backcountry. Earlier this week, two teams from Google strapped on sophisticated backpacks jammed with cameras, gyroscopes and other gadgets, and descended to the bottom of the Grand Canyon. But this is just the first step in the search giant's plan to digitally map and photograph the world's wild places.

Luc Vincent — who runs Google's Street View — met up with a small group of reporters on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon this week.

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2:04am

Wed October 24, 2012
Afghanistan

U.S. Eager To Step Aside; Are Afghan Forces Ready?

Originally published on Wed October 24, 2012 4:30 am

Afghan soldiers stand at attention during a ceremony transferring authority from NATO-led troops to Afghan security forces in Afghanistan's Kunar province. The transfer of responsibility for security from NATO-led ISAF forces to Afghan troops is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2014.
Rahmat Gul AP

America's exit strategy in Afghanistan is to have Afghan forces take the lead in fighting for their country. But too often these days, the job still falls to U.S. troops.

A senior officer in Afghanistan tells NPR that Americans continue to coddle Afghan forces and that this must stop. Tough love is in, the officer says. He says the Afghan forces are far more capable than the U.S. estimates and have simply grown accustomed to the U.S. doing everything for them.

That pretty much sums up the situation in southern Afghanistan earlier this year.

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2:03am

Wed October 24, 2012
How We Watch What We Watch

So Many Screens, And So Little Time To Watch

Originally published on Wed October 24, 2012 4:30 am

A visitor looks at a bank of TV screens at a consumer electronics show in Berlin. While TV and movies are available on many devices, consumers often struggle to find exactly what they want, television critic Eric Deggans says.
Adam Berry Getty Images

While sitting on a couch and gazing at a 50-inch TV remains a popular pastime in America, smaller screens have also edged their way into our lives. Phones, tablets and video game devices crowd pockets and coffee tables, offering access to what used to be called "TV," at any time of the day.

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