9:38am

Tue January 15, 2013
The Two-Way

In War-Torn Aleppo, Old Doors That Reflect A Grand Tradition

Originally published on Tue January 15, 2013 10:37 am

Syria door
Kelly McEvers NPR

Aleppo's storied old city, which dates to the 12th century, has suffered much in the fighting between Syrian government forces and rebels over the past few months. But parts of the city remain intact, as I saw on a recent walk through the winding, stone alleys on the way to the front line.

Centuries ago, it took Muslims from this area months in a caravan to make the pilgrimage, or hajj, to Mecca, the holiest site in Islam, which is now part of Saudi Arabia.

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9:05am

Tue January 15, 2013
Shots - Health News

These Are The Tweets That Will Get A Doctor In Trouble

Originally published on Thu January 17, 2013 6:50 am

What's up, doc? How would you feel if your doctor shared a picture like this one?
Dr. Ryan Greysen

Is it OK for your doctor to tweet a drunken photo?

What if the photo shows the doctor drinking, say, at a staff holiday party, but not noticeably under the influence?

Or what if the festive physician is wearing scrubs in the photo, which might imply he was drinking on the job?

The answers to those questions, according to the people responsible for disciplining doctors: definitely not, probably and maybe.

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8:59am

Tue January 15, 2013
The Two-Way

Pakistan's Latest Political Crisis: Court Orders Arrest Of Prime Minister

Pakistani Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf.
Waqar Hussein EPA /LANDOV

"The news that the [country's] Supreme Court had called for the arrest of Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf ran through Pakistan like an electric current Tuesday afternoon," The Christian Science Monitor writes from Islamabad.

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8:34am

Tue January 15, 2013
U.S.

The Politics Of Disaster Aid Are Starting To Shift

Originally published on Tue January 15, 2013 10:11 am

A U.S. flag still hung on the remains of homes in the Breezy Point neighborhood of Queens, N.Y., in December, nearly two months after Superstorm Sandy tore through the area.
Spencer Platt Getty Images

House Republicans are taking a Solomonic approach to relief for areas ravaged by Superstorm Sandy.

Having already split financial aid for the Northeast into two votes, House leaders are now splitting the second package itself into two, giving conservatives the opportunity to oppose spending provisions they don't like.

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8:22am

Tue January 15, 2013
Movie Interviews

Affleck On 'Argo' And The 1979 Hostage Crisis

Originally published on Tue January 15, 2013 11:11 am

Ben Affleck as Tony Mendez in Argo. Affleck also directed the film, which is based on events surrounding the Iran hostage crisis of 1979.
Keith Bernstein Warner Brothers

At Sunday's Golden Globes, Ben Affleck looked genuinely surprised and delighted twice toward the end of the evening: first when he won best director for Argo, and then again when the film won for best motion picture/drama.

The film, which Affleck produced and in which he also stars, is the mostly true story of the CIA operative who helmed the rescue of six U.S. diplomats who managed to escape at the outset of the 1979 Iran crisis that held 52 Americans hostage for 444 days after militants took over the American Embassy in Tehran.

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8:07am

Tue January 15, 2013
The Two-Way

Wal-Mart Offers Veterans Jobs, Expects To Hire 100,000 Over Five Years

Originally published on Tue January 15, 2013 10:28 am

The scene in a Wal-Mart store in Alexandria, Va.
AP

Saying that "hiring a veteran can be one of the best business decisions you make," Wal-Mart U.S. CEO Bill Simon confirmed this morning that the retail giant is launching a plan to hire more than 100,000 recently discharged veterans over the next five years.

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8:04am

Tue January 15, 2013
The Salt

Monsanto Lawyer Suggests New Standard For Suing Farmers

Originally published on Thu January 17, 2013 9:08 am

A farmer holds Monsanto's Roundup Ready soybean seeds at his family farm in Bunceton, Mo.
Dan Gill AP

For years, the biotech giant Monsanto has provoked outrage among its critics for suing farmers who save and replant seeds, such as soybeans and canola, from the company's patented Roundup Ready crops.

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7:30am

Tue January 15, 2013

7:10am

Tue January 15, 2013
The Two-Way

Retail Sales Rose As 2012 Ended; Inflation Remained In Check

Originally published on Tue January 15, 2013 7:11 am

Shoppers in Manhattan on Christmas Eve last month.
Keith Bedford Reuters /Landov

Retail sales rose 0.5 percent in December from November, the Census Bureau says. That may be a sign that as 2012 ended consumers were still in a shopping mood even as lawmakers in Washington struggled to keep the federal government from going over the so-called fiscal cliff.

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6:44am

Tue January 15, 2013
The Two-Way

Justice Clarence Thomas Speaks, Many Listen; But What Was He Saying?

Originally published on Tue January 15, 2013 9:33 am

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.
Jim Lo Scalzo EPA /Landov

"Well — he did not --"

Just four words.

No one's sure what he meant.

But just the fact that Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas was heard saying them Monday is news. After all, the famously silent justice has not asked a question from the High Court's bench since Feb. 22, 2006.

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