8:04am

Thu September 20, 2012
Planet Money

The Fiscal Cliff, In Three And A Half Graphics

Originally published on Tue November 6, 2012 8:50 am

Lam Thuy Vo / NPR

For more, see this story from NPR's Marilyn Geewax on how Congress might pass some stopgap measures to blunt the effect of the fiscal cliff.

A bunch of federal tax increases and spending cuts are scheduled to kick in around Jan. 1, 2013. This is what people are talking about when they talk about the "fiscal cliff."

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7:22am

Thu September 20, 2012
The Two-Way

Colorado's 'Deeply Spiritual' Chimney Rock To Be A National Monument

Chimney Rock, in southwestern Colorado.
National Trust for Historic Preservation Sen. Michael Bennet's Flickr photostream

Southwestern Colorado's 4,700-acre Chimney Rock Archaeological Area will on Friday be designated a national monument, according to Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo.

The designation, which President Obama will approve and that has bipartisan support, will help preserve the site.

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7:16am

Thu September 20, 2012
The Salt

As Scientists Question New Rat Study, GMO Debate Rages On

Italian farmer Giorgio Fidenato picks up what's left of his genetically altered corn after anti-GMO activists trampled it, back in 2010.
Paolo Giovannini AP

The headlines on the press releases that started showing up yesterday, here at The Salt certainly got our attention. Just one sample: "BREAKING NEWS: New Study Links Genetically Engineered Food to Tumors."

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6:10am

Thu September 20, 2012
The Two-Way

Woman Who Ruined Fresco Of Jesus Now Wants To Be Paid

Originally published on Thu September 20, 2012 7:44 am

Three images: How the fresco should look (left); how it looked before the "restoration" (center); and what it looked like after Cecilia Gimenez was done.
Centre de Estudios Borjanos AFP/Getty Images

Cecilia Giménez, the Spanish woman who really messed up when she tried to restore a 19th-century fresco of Jesus, now wants a piece of the action from the 2,000 or so euros ($2,600) her church has collected from tourists coming to see the ruined artwork.

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5:45am

Thu September 20, 2012
The Two-Way

Jobless Claims Changed Little Last Week

There were 382,000 first-time claims for unemployment benefits last week, down by just 3,000 from the week before, the Employment and Training Administration says.

Meanwhile, "the 4-week moving average was 377,750, an increase of 2,000 from the previous week's revised average of 375,750." That figure offers a slightly better look at the trend.

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5:33am

Thu September 20, 2012
KALW Almanac

Thursday September 20, 2012

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4:18am

Thu September 20, 2012
The Two-Way

Pakistani Students Burst Barricades In Latest Protest Linked To Anti-Islam Video

Originally published on Thu September 20, 2012 5:19 am

One scene from the site of today's protest in Islamabad, where men identified as students got through police barricades and into the diplomatic enclave.
Sajid Mehmood NPR

More than 500 people presumed to be university students today broke through police barricades and got into Islamabad's diplomatic enclave as they protested against the anti-Islam video that has sparked sometimes deadly demonstrations in many Muslim nations, NPR's Jackie Northam reports from the Pakistani capital.

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4:10am

Thu September 20, 2012
The Two-Way

Census: In 2011, Number Of Poor Americans Increased

Originally published on Thu September 20, 2012 6:21 am

  • Richard Gonzales on 'Morning Edition'
(We retopped this post at 8 a.m. ET.)

Though fresh data from the Census Bureau show that the number of Americans living in poverty edged higher in 2011, its latest American Community Survey also signals that after a Great Recession and a painfully slow recovery the U.S. economy may finally be bottoming out.

The Associated Press leads its report on the news this way:

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3:53am

Thu September 20, 2012
Afghanistan

British Soldier Gives Birth In Afghanistan

The new mother is a gunner at a NATO base in Helmand Provence which came under attack just days before Tuesday's birth. Britain's Ministry of Defense says the baby was conceived before the soldier deployed, and that she didn't realize she was pregnant. Mother and baby are now headed home.

3:47am

Thu September 20, 2012
Around the Nation

President Obama Crashes Iowa Wedding

Originally published on Thu September 20, 2012 4:53 am

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