6:37am

Wed October 17, 2012
The Two-Way

Presidential Debate Spins 'Binders Full Of Women' Meme, Fact Checks

Originally published on Wed October 17, 2012 1:34 pm

This photo of Playboy's Hugh Hefner was published on a Tumblr blog devoted to poking fun at the "women full of binders" meme.
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Answering a question about pay equity for women during last night's presidential debate, Gov. Mitt Romney said something that has become the talk of the Web.

He said that when he became governor, few women applied for cabinet jobs.

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6:28am

Wed October 17, 2012
KALW Almanac

Wednesday October 17, 2012

1989 - Loma Prieta Earthquake (highlighted story below)
  • 291st Day of 2012 / 75 Remaining
  • 65 Days Until The First Day of Winter
  • Sunrise:7:21
  • Sunset:6:29
  • 11 Hours 8 Minutes of Daylight
  • Moon Rise:9:59am
  • Moon Set:8:15pm
  • Moon’s Phase: 8 %
  • The Next Full Moon
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  • 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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5:35am

Wed October 17, 2012
The Two-Way

Lance Armstrong Stepping Down As Livestrong Chairman

Originally published on Wed October 17, 2012 1:43 pm

Lance Armstrong competes in the Rev3 Half Full Triathalon Sunday in Ellicott City, Md. Armstrong joined other cancer survivors in the event, which raised funds for the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults.
Steve Ruark AP

Cyclist Lance Armstrong is stepping down from his role as chairman of the cancer-awareness charity Livestrong, the organization said in a press release today. (Update at 8:34 a.m. Separately, Nike dropped its sponsorship of Armstrong.)

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5:31am

Wed October 17, 2012
All Tech Considered

The Brain Of The Beast: Google Reveals The Computers Behind The Cloud

Originally published on Fri October 19, 2012 7:09 am

Google's data center in Council Bluffs, Iowa, houses servers in over 115,000 square feet of space.
Connie Zhou Google

Behind the ephemeral "cloud" of cloud computing, the network we use for everything from checking our email to streamlining our health care system, there lies a very tangible and very big computer infrastructure.

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4:59am

Wed October 17, 2012
The Two-Way

Rare Earthquake Rattles New England

Originally published on Wed October 17, 2012 5:37 am

A map from the USGS. The yellow represents the areas that felt the earthquake the most.
USGS

A rare 4.0 magnitude earthquake rattled New England, last night. While some of our readers on the West Coast would barely even blink with such a shake, it caused confusion and consternation for many around the epicenter about 30 miles outside of Portland, Maine.

The Bangor Daily News reports that the largest earthquake to strike the region measured 5.1 and it happened in 1904.

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4:49am

Wed October 17, 2012
It's All Politics

A Stronger Showing At Hofstra, But Ghost Of Denver Still Haunts Obama

Originally published on Wed October 17, 2012 9:42 am

President Obama and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney participate in the second presidential debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y., on Tuesday.
Charles Dharapak AP

President Obama beat at least one of his adversaries on the stage at Hofstra University last night. He easily outperformed that guy — whoever he was — who debated against former Gov. Mitt Romney two weeks ago in Denver.

That much was obvious — and necessary for the president. The question now is whether it will be sufficient to restore his momentum in the race itself.

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4:32am

Wed October 17, 2012
World

Mongolia To Sell Last Lenin Statue

Originally published on Wed October 17, 2012 5:31 am

In 1990, a bloodless revolution brought down the Communist government of Mongolia,and their memorials to communist heroes were destroyed or sold for scrap. But one remaining statue of Lenin is being sold at auction.

4:25am

Wed October 17, 2012
Around the Nation

Birth Control Pills For Squirrels?

Originally published on Wed October 17, 2012 5:31 am

Transcript

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

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1:47am

Wed October 17, 2012
Business

'Wired' Magazine Story

Originally published on Wed October 17, 2012 4:13 am

Google has nearly 20 data centers packed with computer servers that are huge consumers of energy. Google allowed technology writer Steven Levy of Wired magazine to see its facility in Lenoir, N.C. Levy talks to Steve Inskeep about what he saw while he was there.

1:47am

Wed October 17, 2012
Latin America

Cuba To Lift Travel Restrictions But Not For All

Originally published on Wed October 17, 2012 5:31 am

Transcript

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

After controlling the comings and goings of its citizens for 50 years, Cuba is relaxing its grip. The government announced it would eliminate the exit visa requirements. That announcement has been welcomed by many there, but as Nick Miroff reports from Havana, not all Cubans will be treated equally when the new immigration rules take effect in January.

NICK MIROFF, BYLINE: Cuban broadcasters read the announcement word-for-word on state television, just in case there were some who wouldn't have believed it otherwise.

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