12:44pm

Tue December 18, 2012
Shootings In Newtown, Conn.

Officials In Newtown Follow A Well-Worn Media Script

Originally published on Tue December 18, 2012 1:04 pm

Lt. J. Paul Vance of the Connecticut State Police conducts a news briefing Saturday in Newtown, Conn. The strategy for dealing with the wave of news media in Newtown echoes that of some past tragedies, experts say.
Jason DeCrow AP

Fielding questions from reporters Friday in the first hours after the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, Connecticut State Police spokesman Lt. J. Paul Vance made one thing perfectly clear: The news media could consider him the one and only reliable source for information on the tragedy.

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12:36pm

Tue December 18, 2012
The Salt

One Airport's Trash Is 2 Million Worms' Treasure

Originally published on Thu December 20, 2012 1:16 pm

Charlotte Douglas International Airport has deployed an army of 1.9 million worms to eat through its organic waste. The airport has reduced the trash it sends to the landfill by 70 percent.
Julie Rose

Food waste is not just a problem for restaurants — airports also have to deal with piles of this kind of garbage.

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12:35pm

Tue December 18, 2012
The Two-Way

Coal May Pass Oil As World's No. 1 Energy Source By 2017, Study Says

Originally published on Mon March 25, 2013 12:49 pm

China and India are projected to propel coal's challenge of oil as the world's top energy source within the next five years, according to a new study. Here, a man rides a bicycle toward a coal-fired power station in China's Guangdong province last year.
Mark Ralston AFP/Getty Images

Despite a slowdown in U.S. consumption, coal is poised to replace oil as the world's top energy source — possibly in the next five years, according to the International Energy Agency. The rise will be driven almost entirely by new energy demands in China and India, the IEA says.

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11:59am

Tue December 18, 2012
The Two-Way

Latest Syrian Fighting Touches Off A New Exodus

The family of this Palestinian boy was among many that fled the Yarmuk refugee camp near the Syrian capital Damascus after fighting in recent days. The boy and his family are shown at another refugee camp, this one in the Lebanese city of Tripoli, on Tuesday.
AFP/Getty Images

NPR is not identifying the author, a Syrian citizen, for security reasons.

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11:54am

Tue December 18, 2012
The Two-Way

Obama Supports New Bid To Ban Assault Weapons, Close Gun Show 'Loophole'

Originally published on Tue December 18, 2012 11:59 am

At the Freddie Bear Sports shop in Tinley Park, Ill., Jason Zielinski shows AR-15 style rifles to a customer.
Scott Olson Getty Images

President Obama has thrown his support behind a leading Democratic senator's effort to reinstate a ban on assault weapons — another sign that Friday's mass shooting at an elementary school in Connecticut has put gun control back on Washington's political agenda.

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11:54am

Tue December 18, 2012
It's All Politics

Low-Profile Power Player Jack Lew May Be In Line For Treasury Post

Originally published on Thu December 20, 2012 1:16 pm

President Obama walks with White House Chief of Staff Jack Lew on March 2 on the South Lawn of the White House.
Mandel Ngan AFP/Getty Images

Ask the average person — even in Washington — who serves as President Obama's chief of staff and you'll probably get a blank stare.

Jack Lew hasn't been heard or seen in the "fiscal cliff" drama unfolding between the White House and Congress. But the former budget director, who took over the top White House job last January, has become a key player behind the scenes.

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11:50am

Tue December 18, 2012
Movie Interviews

'Unchained' Admiration Between Actor And Director

Originally published on Wed February 20, 2013 10:56 am

Christoph Waltz (right, with Jamie Foxx) stars in Quentin Tarantino's new film Django Unchained.
Andrew Cooper The Weinstein Company

When Christoph Waltz auditioned for the role of SS officer Hans Landa in Quentin Tarantino's 2009 film Inglourious Basterds, he read the passage assigned for the audition, then kept going until he had gone through the entire role as Tarantino himself filled in for the other parts.

"It was partly hilarious, partly just fabulous, partly scary," Waltz tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross. "And we arrived at the end and then we parted and I said to the casting director, 'If this should have been it, it was definitely worth it,' and, well, then they called me back."

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11:20am

Tue December 18, 2012
Shots - Health News

Dangers of 'Whoonga': Abuse Of AIDS Drugs Stokes Resistance

Originally published on Thu December 20, 2012 2:01 pm

A whoonga smoker near Durban, South Africa, shows a crushed AIDS pill in the palm of his hand before mixing the drug with marijuana.
John Robinson AP

Opportunists who market street drugs may be undermining the global struggle against AIDS.

In South Africa, two mainstay HIV drugs have found their way into recreational use. That may help explain why some HIV patients are resistant to these front-line medicines even if they've never been in treatment before.

It can happen in two ways.

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10:47am

Tue December 18, 2012
The Two-Way

Investment Firm Selling Stakes In Gun Makers

Originally published on Tue December 18, 2012 11:12 am

Freedom Group

The issue of gun control appears to have moved into business and finance. One of the largest private equity companies in the country is terminating its relationship with a firearms corporation associated with one of the weapons used in the Newtown school shooting.

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10:47am

Tue December 18, 2012
Shots - Health News

A View From The Ground: Thailand Confronts Drug-Resistant Malaria

Originally published on Thu December 20, 2012 1:16 pm

Dr. Aun Pyae Phyo examines a baby at the Whampa malaria clinic on the Thailand-Myanmar border.
Ben de la Cruz NPR

Global efforts to combat malaria are under threat from new strains of drug-resistant malaria, which are cropping up in Southeast Asia.

Over the last decade, the number of malaria deaths around the world has dropped sharply, from just over 1 million in 2000 to roughly 600,000 last year.

Much of that progress is due to the widespread use of drugs containing artemisinin. The new malaria drugs quickly kill the parasite.

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