2:53pm

Wed November 28, 2012
Religion

Mormonism: A Scrutinized, Yet Evolving Faith

Originally published on Wed November 28, 2012 3:58 pm

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George Frey Reuters

Mitt Romney refused to mix religion with politics in this year's presidential campaign, but that didn't repress people's curiosity about Mormonism. His candidacy brought the homegrown faith into the spotlight.

Patrick Mason, a professor and chairman of the Mormon Studies program at Claremont Graduate University, says attention paid to his faith has been twofold. On one hand, it's been good for attracting new converts. On the other hand, it's turned Mormonism into something of a cultural punch line.

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2:47pm

Wed November 28, 2012
The Two-Way

Texas Moves To Seize Polygamous Leader Warren Jeffs' Ranch

Originally published on Wed November 28, 2012 5:09 pm

Boys walk through a potato field at the Yearning for Zion Ranch in Eldorado, Texas, in 2009.
Eric Gay AP

The office of the Texas attorney general announced today that it was taking steps to try to seize the ranch of polygamous leader Warren Jeffs.

Reporting from Dallas, NPR's Wade Goodwyn filed this report for our Newscast unit:

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2:33pm

Wed November 28, 2012
The Salt

No Simple Recipe For Weighing Food Waste At Mario Batali's Lupa

Originally published on Fri November 30, 2012 7:44 am

Glen Osterberg (right) and another line cook at Lupa learn how to use the LeanPath waste tracking software.
Eliza Barclay NPR

Every year, restaurants throw away as much as 10 percent of the food they buy, as we reported yesterday, yet food waste ranks low on most chefs' list of priorities. But some restaurants want to do something about food waste in their quest to go green. That includes Mario Batali's Lupa Osteria Romana, one of New York's trendiest restaurants.

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2:04pm

Wed November 28, 2012
The Two-Way

Syrian Rebels Claim They Shot Down Fighter Jet With A Missile

Originally published on Wed November 28, 2012 3:47 pm

Syrian rebels claim they shot down a MiG fighter jet not far from the Syrian-Turkish border on Wednesday. Along with the downing of a military helicopter on Tuesday, it would appear to be one of the first times rebels have successfully used a kind of weapon called a MANPAD, or portable, shoulder-fired, surface-to-air missile that can hit a plane in fight.

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1:39pm

Wed November 28, 2012
Shots - Health News

Evidence Mounts On Shortcomings In Whooping Cough Vaccine

Originally published on Thu November 29, 2012 2:00 pm

At a Los Angeles media briefing in 2010, Mariah Bianchi describes how her own case of whooping cough caused the death of her newborn son.
Reed Saxon AP

Whooping cough went on a tear in California back in 2010.

There were more than 9,000 pertussis infections in the state, a 60-year high. In recent years, there has been a resurgence of the disease across the country.

Why?

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1:26pm

Wed November 28, 2012
The Two-Way

Africa For Norway: Viral Video Pokes Fun At Stereotypes In Aid Efforts

Originally published on Wed November 28, 2012 9:50 pm

A screen shot of a parody aid video.
YouTube

A group of South African students and an aid agency in Norway are challenging the stereotypical image of Africa as a continent riddled with conflict, disease, corruption, poverty, and brutal dictatorships needing rescue from developed nations.

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1:13pm

Wed November 28, 2012
It's All Politics

Roughing Up Rice: GOP Senators Play The Personal And Political

Originally published on Wed November 28, 2012 3:30 pm

U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice leaves a meeting with Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, on Capitol Hill on Wednesday.
Evan Vucci AP

The GOP's roughing up of U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice, thought to be President Obama's top pick for his second-term secretary of state, brings to mind the last time the Senate rejected a commander in chief's choice for that most crucial position.

It was some six decades ago, and after bitter and tumultuous hearings — think allegations of communism and homosexuality, as well as a high-profile suicide — that senators dumped the president's nominee by a vote of 74-24.

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1:07pm

Wed November 28, 2012
Movie Interviews

Marion Cotillard, Diving Deep In 'Rust And Bone'

Originally published on Wed November 28, 2012 3:47 pm

In Rust and Bone, Academy Award winner Marion Cotillard plays an orca trainer who loses her legs in a freak accident.
Sony Pictures Classics

The latest film for Oscar-winning actress Marion Cotillard, Rust and Bone, is a French art film about two broken individuals who find love at the edge of the sea. It's poetic, lyrical — and not necessarily playing at a theater near you.

That was not the case earlier this summer, when Cotillard appeared as one of the central characters in the blockbuster Batman movie The Dark Knight Rises.

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12:55pm

Wed November 28, 2012
The Two-Way

Pelosi: The Fiscal Cliff Debate Is 'A Clear One; The People Have Spoken'

Originally published on Wed November 28, 2012 3:47 pm

House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi smiles while speaking to the media.
Mark Wilson Getty Images

Rep. Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic minority leader in the House, says she's optimistic that Democrats and Republicans will reach a deal that would avoid triggering a wide array of tax increases and spending cuts scheduled to take effect in the new year and that experts say could send the economy into a recession.

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12:48pm

Wed November 28, 2012
Politics

Who Is Susan Rice?

Originally published on Wed November 28, 2012 1:21 pm

Ambassador Susan Rice speaks at U.N. headquarters on April 14.
Craig Ruttle AP

Susan Rice is in many ways a prototypical Obama administration official: young, ambitious and accomplished, with a reputation for being direct and — at times — confrontational.

But unlike her colleagues, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations is embroiled in a lingering controversy, over what she knew and what she said in the days after September's attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya.

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