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3:42 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

Shh! 400-Foot-Long Trailer Carrying Radioactive Material Is On Secret Mission

A screen image from a Mack Trucks video about one of the earlier hauls.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M1TBWJw4q50&feature=plcp

Originally published on Mon November 5, 2012 3:50 pm

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Shots - Health News
3:40 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

For Simple Care, Retail Clinics Are A Popular Choice

Nurse practitioner Leah Martin examines 13-month-old Mia Beavers at a CVS clinic in Chagrin Falls, Ohio, in early 2009. Mia's mother, Brittany, looks on.
Marvin Fong The Plain Dealer/Landov

Originally published on Mon November 5, 2012 4:01 pm

If you've got the sniffles or need a shot, do you go to the doctor or stop in at a clinic in a nearby drugstore?

Lots of people are opting for the clinics, which are springing up inside grocery stores, big-box retailers and chain drugstores across the country. There are already 1,388 clinics like these in the U.S., according to data from Merchant Medicine, a consulting firm.

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Middle East
3:40 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

In Syria's Biggest City, A Deadly Stalemate

A rebel fighter raises his weapon after firing a missile Sunday toward Syrian government troops in the northern city of Aleppo. Syria's largest city has been the scene of heavy fighting for the past three months. Both sides control part of the city, and the fight has been a stalemate recently.
Narciso Contreras AP

Originally published on Mon November 5, 2012 7:16 pm

Before the Syrian uprising, Aleppo was many things: Syria's largest city, its economic hub and cultural capital, one of the oldest, continuously occupied cities in the world.

Now, Aleppo has a more ominous distinction: a city that's seen some of the worst destruction, not only in Syria, but of any battleground in many years.

It's been more than three months since rebels in Syria launched an offensive to take Aleppo. In the early days of the offensive, the rebels were able to take about half the city.

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The Salt
3:21 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

Day Of The Dead, Decoded: A Joyful Celebration Of Life And Food

Skeletons: Skeleton imagery pervades this holiday. In pre-Columbian times, the Day of the Dead was celebrated in August. It now takes place on Nov. 1 and Nov. 2, coinciding with the Catholic holidays of All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day.
Karen Castillo Farfán NPR

Originally published on Thu November 8, 2012 2:19 pm

Sugar skulls, tamales, and spirits (the alcoholic kind) — these are things you might find on homemade altars to entice those who've passed to the other side back for a visit. The altars, built in homes and around tombstones, are for Day of the Dead, or Dia de los Muertos, a tradition originating in central Mexico on Nov. 1 and 2.

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Planet Money
3:20 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

The Robots Haven't Taken Over The Stock Market (Yet)

Sandbags protect an entrance of the New York Stock Exchange, Monday, Oct. 29, 2012.
Richard Drew AP

Originally published on Fri November 2, 2012 12:04 pm

Note: This story was originally published on Oct. 30. It was updated on Nov. 1 to include a radio version of the story.

The stock market, according to a popular narrative, is now just computers making superfast trades with other computers. Those pictures of traders getting emotional on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange are an anachronism. The real action flashes through fiber-optic cables headed for servers in places like Kansas City. It's algorithms all the way down.

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Books
3:20 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

'Smitten Kitchen' Takes The Fuss Out Of Cooking

Deb Perelman

Originally published on Thu November 1, 2012 2:26 pm

Think of the smallest kitchen you can imagine, and then take away a few square feet. That's Deb Perelman's New York kitchen. It's so small that the blogger, and now author, literally has to wedge herself between the stove and the refrigerator to cook.

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The Two-Way
3:19 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

Coal Mine Inspection Sweep Targets Cause Of Black Lung

Originally published on Thu November 1, 2012 4:59 am

Federal regulators have announced the results of a September inspection blitz targeting 13 coal mines in seven states "previously cited for violations regarding respirable dust sampling ... inadequate dust control ... and hazard complaints" involving excessive coal dust.

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This Is NPR
3:19 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

Just Treats: Pumpkins Heart NPR

Elise and Matt Stiles

Originally published on Wed October 31, 2012 5:25 pm

As trick-or-treaters put on their costumes and go from house-to-house tonight in search of treats, the goblins and fairy princesses might see some of these glowing gourds gracing front porches. With such a cheery message carved into their pumpkins, we are pretty sure these are the kind of houses that give out full-sized candy bars.

This Is NPR
3:18 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

NPR In The News: Comics Edition

Pearls Before Swine from Tuesday, October 30
gocomics.com

Originally published on Wed November 14, 2012 4:29 pm

You hear her almost every day, and she's also been featured in print and on TV and movie screens. Now, Fresh Air Host Terry Gross makes an appearance in a rather unexpected medium: comics.

In Tuesday's Pearls Before Swine, Terry conducts an embarrassing interview with the strip's characters Rat and Pig.

Election 2012
3:16 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

Spend Election Night With NPR, Wherever You Are

Katie Burk NPR

Originally published on Wed October 31, 2012 4:44 pm

Next Tuesday, as polls close and votes are counted to determine our next president, NPR will have correspondents stationed in 19 locations (including Washington, D.C.) across the country (charted on the map above) to cover key races from Arizona to Indiana to North Dakota. We will be reporting live from both campaigns' headquarters: Ari Shapiro with the Romney Campaign in Boston and Scott Horsely with President Obama's team in Chicago.

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