4:02pm

Wed October 17, 2012
It's All Politics

Obama, Romney Reprise Their Greatest Debate Hits On Campaign Trail

President Obama campaigned at Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa, on Wednesday.
Carolyn Kaster AP

A day after their second presidential debate, President Obama and GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney were in different swing states, reprising some of their greatest hits from Tuesday night.

And "hits" is the exactly the right word because each man energetically repeated attacks he made on his rival.

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2:55pm

Wed October 17, 2012
It's All Politics

Want Thousands Of Twitter Followers? Put A Meme On It

Originally published on Thu October 18, 2012 10:23 am

An image from the Binders Full of Women Tumblr.
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It is now clear that we are living in a world of viral memes that take no sides when it comes to spoofing politicians or debate moderators.

So what's a politician to do as the target of a social media parody?

Run with it.

"By kind of winking along with the electorate, you're humanizing, personalizing yourself, authenticating yourself," says Rory O'Connor, author of Friends, Followers and the Future. O'Connor argues that social media will be critical to deciding who is elected as the next president.

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2:41pm

Wed October 17, 2012
The Two-Way

Billy Graham's Website Stops Saying Directly That Mormons Are In A 'Cult'

Oct. 11: Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney visited the Rev. Billy Graham at the evangelist's home in Montreat, N.C.
Jim Watson AFP/Getty Images

Just days after Rev. Billy Graham endorsed Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney's bid for the White House, the website of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association has stopped overtly listing the candidate's religion among what it says are "cults."

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2:24pm

Wed October 17, 2012
Shots - Health News

How The Taliban Is Thwarting The War On Polio

Originally published on Wed October 17, 2012 5:26 pm

Children in a Lahore slum after heavy rains. The slum has a large population of Pashtuns who came from Pakistan's lawless tribal regions; many carry the polio virus with them.
Jackie Northam NPR

Pakistan is one of the remaining corners of the world where polio still lingers. Last year, the government declared a national emergency, and with the help of international institutions, embarked on an aggressive vaccination campaign.

So far, the results have been promising. The number of new polio cases is about a third of last year's total of 198.

But the new campaign, like previous efforts, hasn't been able to overcome one critical problem: getting into parts of Pakistan's lawless tribal regions along the border with Afghanistan to vaccinate the children there.

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1:36pm

Wed October 17, 2012
The Two-Way

Guilty Plea In Plot To Murder Saudi Ambassador

Manssor Arbabsiar (front, right) in court last October.
Shirley Shepard AFP/Getty Images

Manssor Arbabsiar, an Iranian-born naturalized American citizen, has pleaded guilty to conspiring with Iranian military officials in a plot to kill the Saudi ambassador to the United States, the Justice Department says.

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1:17pm

Wed October 17, 2012
Arts & Culture

Today's Local Music: Bells

Today we are featuring the sound of Bells. Not literally “bells,” of course. That’s the name of the group. This East Bay band blends dreamy harmonies and a wide range of percussion to create a unique sound. You can hear them for yourself on Friday, October 19, at the New Parish in Oakland. Music starts at about 9pm.

 

1:10pm

Wed October 17, 2012
Middle East

In A Ravaged Syrian Village, Planning For The Future

Originally published on Thu October 18, 2012 5:00 pm

Rebels of the Free Syrian Army sit on top of a military truck captured from the Syrian army in the village of Khirbet al-Joz along the Turkish border in northern Syria on Oct. 7, in this photo provided by the Edlib News Network, ENN. The rebels hope to put a civilian council in charge and believe such moves could help pave the way for a secular, democratic Syria.
AP

The rebels of the Free Syrian Army recently retook the small farming village of Khirbet al-Joz, just across the border from Turkey. Soon after, Syrian men who had been in Turkish refugee camps returned to the village to see what had happened to their homes.

Activists from a group called the Syrian Emergency Task Force also visited Khirbet al-Joz and filmed video of villagers as they toured the charred ruins.

One man points to a hole in the wall: "Look, this is where the rocket entered. These are Bashar's reforms," he says, referring to Syrian President Bashar Assad.

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1:05pm

Wed October 17, 2012
The Two-Way

Man Arrested For Allegedly Trying To Bomb N.Y. Federal Reserve

Originally published on Wed October 17, 2012 2:50 pm

A cornerstone at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York in Manhattan.
Andrew Burton Getty Images

"Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis, 21, was arrested this morning in downtown Manhattan after he allegedly attempted to detonate what he believed to be a 1,000-pound bomb at the New York Federal Reserve Bank on Liberty Street in lower Manhattan's financial district," the FBI confirms an email just sent to reporters.

It adds that:

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1:00pm

Wed October 17, 2012
The Salt

Test Your Food IQ: Do We Need More Farms To Grow Fruits And Veggies For All?

Orchards like this one in Adams County, PA, and other U.S. farms face worldwide competition for their apples and apple products due to imports.
Brad C. Bower AP

Think you're part of the food-literati? True or false: 13 million more acres of farmland would be required to produce enough fruit and vegetables for the daily diets of all Americans to meet U.S. Department of Agriculture nutrition guidelines.

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12:32pm

Wed October 17, 2012
Shots - Health News

Loss Of Balance Is Leading Cause Of Elderly Falls

Originally published on Wed October 17, 2012 3:19 pm

A recent study of people in a nursing home found that only 20 percent of falls occurred while the patient was using a walker or wheelchair.
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Accidental falls are one of the leading causes of injury death in people over 65 worldwide, but for a long time researchers have struggled to understand just how they happen.

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