2:00am

Fri October 19, 2012
Shots - Health News

Freezing Eggs To Make Babies Later Moves Toward Mainstream

Originally published on Tue October 23, 2012 10:03 am

Human embryos under a microscope at an IVF clinic in La Jolla, Calif.
Sandy Huffaker Getty Images

Doctors who specialize in treating infertility are making a big change in their position on a controversial practice. The American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) has concluded that freezing women's eggs to treat infertility should no longer be considered "experimental."

The group plans to officially announce the change on Monday.

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1:59am

Fri October 19, 2012
Business

Investors' Funds Are Recovering, But Not Their Nerves

Originally published on Fri October 19, 2012 7:14 am

Chicken Little was running wild 25 years ago today. But one could hardly blame the poultry for panicking.

On Oct. 19, 1987, the stock market plunged a record-setting 23 percent. The next day, the New York Daily News' front page screamed "Panic!" and a New York Times headline asked: "Does 1987 equal 1929?"

Turns out, the 1987 plunge was a mere stutter step. The Dow Jones industrial average, which closed at 1,739 that day, quickly bounced back. Within a decade, the stock-price average had nearly quintupled.

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12:05am

Fri October 19, 2012

11:55pm

Thu October 18, 2012
StoryCorps

'Black Monday' Plunge: From 'High Life' To Street Life

Originally published on Tue October 23, 2012 10:03 am

Robert Griffo, 57, was working on Wall Street when the market crashed on Black Monday.
StoryCorps

Robert Griffo was living the high life at an investment firm on Wall Street when the stock market crashed 25 years ago on Black Monday. Along with the Dow Jones industrial average, Griffo's life tumbled.

Griffo tells StoryCorps he worked with the investment company for 11 years.

"I was making a lot of money," he says. "I used to walk over homeless people at Grand Central Station when they were begging for money, and I'd say, 'You need to get a job.' But I lost myself on Wall Street."

When the market crashed on Oct. 19, 1987, Griffo thought he would be let go.

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11:54pm

Thu October 18, 2012
It's All Politics

The Third-Party Factor: Will 2012 Look Like 2000?

Originally published on Tue October 23, 2012 10:03 am

Libertarian Party presidential nominee Gary Johnson addresses students at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minn., in September.
Jim Mone AP

As the presidential race enters its final weeks, there are many factors that could affect the outcome: a great — or terrible — debate performance by one of the candidates on Monday in Florida; the next jobs report; or the presence of third-party candidates who are on the ballot in almost every state.

Gary Johnson, the former two-term governor of New Mexico who's running on the Libertarian ticket, is on the ballot in 48 states.

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11:53pm

Thu October 18, 2012
Middle East

In Syrian Conflict, Hezbollah Rears Its Head

Originally published on Tue October 23, 2012 10:03 am

Syrian children flash victory signs Oct. 2 as they stand in front of their tents at a refugee camp in Arsal, a Sunni Muslim town in eastern Lebanon near the Syrian border. The town has become a safe haven for war-weary Syrian rebels.
Bilal Hussein AP

We are standing on a roof, leaning back against the wall because of the snipers. We're right at the Syrian-Lebanese border, looking into the Syrian town of Jusiyah, standing with a rebel fighter who has his walkie-talkie going.

The rebel is part of a group fighting against the Syrian regime's army. The rebels have controlled a route into and out of Jusiyah for nearly a year.

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11:53pm

Thu October 18, 2012
Planet Money

The Candidate Is Fake; The Consultants Are Real

Originally published on Wed October 24, 2012 9:31 am

One consultant's vision for our political ad: "I see a horse."
iStockphoto.com

When our series began yesterday, we brought together five economists from across the political spectrum and had them create a platform for their dream presidential candidate. It's a platform — Get rid of a tax deduction for homeowners!

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11:51pm

Thu October 18, 2012
U.S.

With A Phone Call, Truckers Can Fight Sex Trafficking

Originally published on Tue October 23, 2012 10:03 am

Errol Giwa, en route to Washington, D.C., fuels up and wipes down his windshield at the truck stop in Jessup, Md. He says in his 34 years as a truck driver, he has heard of many instances of human trafficking at truck stops but hasn't seen it with his own eyes. "If you are looking for that sort of thing, it's not hard to find on the road," Giwa says.
Brakkton Booker NPR

Eight years ago, a truck driver parked at a travel center near Detroit made a phone call that changed a life.

"I pulled into a truck stop about midnight," Willis Wolfswinkel remembered. "Getting my log book done. Had two girls knock on my door. And I waved them on 'cause I knew what they were looking for."

Something about those girls bothered Wolfswinkel. They looked young, so he called 911.

When the girls went inside another truck in the same lot, he called again. Wolfswinkel kept watching as the police arrived.

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7:47pm

Thu October 18, 2012
Out In The Bay - 10/18/12 - Trebor Healy

Two New Novels from Trebor Healey

"Funny, poignant, and erotic," says one reviewer about "Faun," the new novel by Trebor Healey.   "A Horse Named Sorrow," his second new novel, has been called "sexy, cinematic." Marilyn talks with him about the new work, what drives his passion for writing sexy, emotional stories, and his San Francisco roots.

4:57pm

Thu October 18, 2012
Health, Science, Environment

A plan to drain Hetch Hetchy would drain city coffers, opponents say

Flickr user nicmcc

San Francisco Proposition F asks the city to consider draining the Hetch Hetchy reservoir, a source of 80 percent of San Francisco's water. KALW’s Ben Trefny talked with PJ Johnston, the spokesman for the No on Proposition F campaign, and asked him why passing Proposition F would be a bad idea. 

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