6:18am

Wed September 26, 2012
The Two-Way

Before U.N. Address, Ahmadinejad Talks Of New World Order

Originally published on Wed September 26, 2012 10:44 am

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad during his address today at the U.N.
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  • On 'Morning Edition': NPR's Michele Kelemen previews Day II at the U.N.

In something of a swan song, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad used his eighth — and likely final — appearance before the U.N. General Assembly to elaborate on his vision of a new world order and criticize what he calls the world's "hegemonic" and "expansionist" powers.

In general, the Iranian leader took a less confrontational tone than in previous years.

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5:43am

Wed September 26, 2012
KALW Almanac

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5:43am

Wed September 26, 2012
The Two-Way

After Uproar, No Signal That NFL Refs Will Be Back Soon

Originally published on Wed September 26, 2012 11:22 am

Things haven't been going well for these guys: Some of the NFL's replacement referees, during a Sept. 23 game between the New England Patriots and Baltimore Ravens.
Kevin Dietsch UPI /Landov
  • David Green and Tom Goldman talk on 'Morning Edition'

Though the nation's football fans — from President Obama and Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney to the average couch quarterback — are begging the two sides to settle their contract dispute so that regular NFL referees can come back to work, there seems to be no clear reason to think that's going to happen in time for this week's games.

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4:58am

Wed September 26, 2012
The Two-Way

Ahead Of Carmageddon II, Angelenos Fear Traffic Jams In ... The Sky?

Carmageddonin' It? In a photo from last year, a traffic signs alerts motorists on Interstate 405 that the freeway will be shut down for two days in July for demolition of the Mulholland Bridge. The city is bracing for Carmegeddon II, scheduled for this weekend.
Kevork Djansezian Getty Images

This weekend, a 10-mile stretch of heavily trafficked Interstate 405 in Los Angeles will be shut down for two days to demolish part of the Mulholland Drive bridge. Officials and residents are hoping for a repeat performance of a similar closure last year — known as Carmageddon — when much-hyped traffic woes never materialized.

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4:49am

Wed September 26, 2012
The Two-Way

Tear Gas, Rocks Fly At Anti-Austerity Protest In Athens

In Athens today, anti-austerity demonstrations began peacefully. Later, protesters threw rocks and petrol bombs. Police responded with tear gas.
John Kolesidis Reuters /Landov
  • On 'Morning Editon': Lauren Frayer reporting from Spain

Riot police in Athens have fired tear gas at protesters who in turn have been lobbing stones and petrol bombs in one of the largest anti-austerity demonstrations to hit the Greek capital in months.

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4:23am

Wed September 26, 2012
The Two-Way

U.S. Believes It Has Pakistan's 'Tacit Consent' For Drone Strikes, 'WSJ' Reports

February: A protest in Multan, Pakistan, over the drone attacks.
S.S. Mirza AFP/Getty Images

The CIA tells Pakistan in advance about "broad areas" where it intends to take aim at suspected terrorists with drone strikes and interprets the other government's silence and clearing of airspace as "tacit consent," The Wall Street Journal reports this morning.

Saying its sources are "U.S. officials" and "two senior [Obama] administration officials," the Journal adds that:

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4:13am

Wed September 26, 2012
Food

Cheap Cheese Smuggled Across Canadian Border

Originally published on Wed September 26, 2012 8:17 am

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4:06am

Wed September 26, 2012
Around the Nation

See You Later Alligator, At My Kid's Party

Originally published on Wed September 26, 2012 7:36 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

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4:03am

Wed September 26, 2012
Business

Joan Crawford's Oscar Sells At Auction

Originally published on Wed September 26, 2012 7:36 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Our last word today in business today is poison, as in box office poison. That's what John Crawford was once called by theater owners.

But she showed them, with her comeback movie, "Mildred Pierce."

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

When she was nominated for Best Actress, Crawford was so nervous, she skipped the Academy Award ceremony. Last night her Oscar from "Mildred Pierce" sold at auction for $426,732.

GREENE: And here's what John Crawford said about that Oscar: I deserved it.

INSKEEP: As do you, David.

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2:24am

Wed September 26, 2012
Africa

Liberia To Investigate Logging Of Rainforests

Originally published on Wed September 26, 2012 7:36 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

And let's go next to West Africa, where logging rights to more than 60 percent of Liberia's virgin rainforests have been granted to forestry companies since President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf came to power six years ago. A British advocacy group says the majority of those contracts are unregulated and warns of fraud and mismanagement. The government of Liberia says it is commissioning a full-scale investigation.

Tamasin Ford reports from Liberia.

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