8:46am

Fri September 28, 2012
The Two-Way

Apple Is 'Extremely Sorry' For Its Much-Maligned Maps, CEO Tim Cook Says

Will it take you where you want to go? A new iPhone 5 and Apple's new mapping software.
Beck Diefenbach Reuters /Landov

How much of a "public relations disaster" has Apple's new mapping software been?

Big enough that the famously proud company has apologized — and suggested that users can turn to arch rival Google Maps instead.

In a message "to our customers" posted this morning, CEO Tim Cook says:

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8:08am

Fri September 28, 2012
The Salt

Some Grumble About Change As School Lunches Get Leaner And Greener

Originally published on Tue October 2, 2012 11:16 am

Michelle Kloser, School Nutrition Director for the West Salem School District in Wisconsin took this picture of Thursday's lunch, which includes baked chicken and rosemary potatoes.
Michelle Kloser for NPR

7:50am

Fri September 28, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

'Cocaine For Snowblindness': What Polar Explorers Packed For First Aid

Originally published on Tue October 2, 2012 9:12 am

From left: Frank Wild, Ernest Shackleton, Dr. Eric Marshall and Jameson Adams head back to base camp after getting within 97 miles of the South Pole — closer than anyone had gotten before them — in January 1909.
Getty Images

So you're headed out to explore the frozen wilderness of the Antarctic, facing one of the most punishing climates on Earth. What kind of medical supplies do you strap onto your sledge in case of emergency, miles from any sign of civilization?

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7:33am

Fri September 28, 2012
The Two-Way

Bank Of America To Pay $2.43 Billion To Settle Class Action Lawsuit

Bank of America's corporate center in Charlotte, N.C.
Scott Olson Getty Images

While denying it did anything wrong, Bank of America announced this morning it will pay "$2.43 billion and institute certain corporate governance policies ... to settle a class action lawsuit brought in 2009 on behalf of investors who purchased or held Bank of America securities at the time the company announced plans to acquire Merrill Lynch."

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6:54am

Fri September 28, 2012
The Two-Way

Income And Spending Both Basically Flat In August

Higher prices at the pump meant the amount of money consumers spent went up last month.
Kevork Djansezian Getty Images

Americans' personal income grew by just 0.1 percent in August from July and consumer spending would have been basically flat as well if it hadn't been for higher gasoline prices, the Bureau of Economic Analysis reported this morning.

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6:29am

Fri September 28, 2012
Asia

China's Communist Party Expells Disgraced Politician

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

A sensational political scandal in China involves murder, abuse of power, and an attempted defection. And the case of senior politician Bo Xilai took another twist today. After months of speculation, it has just been announced that he has been expelled from the Communist Party and will face criminal charges. NPR's Louisa Lim is on the line with us from Beijing, and Louisa, what kind of charges is Bo Xilai going to face?

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6:22am

Fri September 28, 2012
The Two-Way

After Further Review, Having Regular Refs Back Made It 'A Real NFL Game'

In Baltimore, fans made their feelings clear Thursday night.
Larry French Getty Images

Friday morning quarterbacks seem to be unanimous in saying that having a "regular" crew of officials back on the field for Thursday night's NFL game between the Baltimore Ravens and Cleveland Browns made an immediate — and positive — difference.

"It felt like a real NFL game because the real NFL refs were back," writes ESPN's Jamison Hensley.

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5:48am

Fri September 28, 2012
The Two-Way

Once Prominent Politician Bo Xilai Expelled From China's Communist Party

Originally published on Fri September 28, 2012 12:34 pm

Bo Xilai in 2004.
Jim Watson AFP/Getty Images

Citing "severe disciplinary violations" connected to his wife's murder of a British businessman and other allegations of corruption, the Communist Party of China today expelled once prominent politician Bo Xilai and turned him over to "judicial organs" for prosecution, the state-controlled Xinhua News Agency reports.

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5:44am

Fri September 28, 2012
Movies

'Flight': A Few Million Little Creatures That Could

Originally published on Thu October 4, 2012 8:19 am

"Supergenerations" of monarch butterflies migrate over 2000 miles from Canada to Mexico.
SK Films

A young boy in Canada wondered where butterflies go in the winter — and spent 40 years trying to answer that question.

In 1973, Dr. Fred Urquhart — all grown up by then — placed an ad in a newspaper in Mexico looking for volunteers to tag and observe butterflies and find their destination. A woman named Catalina Aguado and her American husband, Kenneth Brugger, answered that ad. They spent two years searching in remote parts of Mexico.

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5:14am

Fri September 28, 2012
The Two-Way

'It's Insane. It's Crazy:' Gunman Kills Four, Then Himself, In Minneapolis

Originally published on Fri September 28, 2012 7:03 am

In shock: The scene outside a Minneapolis business Thursday. A gunman killed four people, wounded four others and then killed himself.
Richard Tsong-Taatarii Minneapolis Star Tribune/MCT /Landov

"This is something we see on the news in other parts of the country, not here," Minneapolis Deputy Police Chief Kris Arneson said Thursday night as her department began investigating why a man apparently walked into a sign company, killed at least four people and then took his own life.

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