12:11pm

Thu October 25, 2012
The Two-Way

NBA Commissioner David Stern Will Retire In 2014

Originally published on Thu October 25, 2012 12:15 pm

NBA Commisioner David Stern.
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David Stern said his 30-year run as the NBA's commissioner will come to an end Feb. 1, 2014.

ESPN reports the NBA Board of Governors tapped Adam Silver, Stern's deputy, as the successor.

ESPN adds:

"Stern, 70, has been the NBA's commissioner since Feb. 1, 1984. Last December, when a new collective bargaining agreement was announced, he predicted it would be the final labor deal before he steps down.

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12:08pm

Thu October 25, 2012
Book Reviews

Portis 'Miscellany' Makes A High-'Velocity' Collection

Originally published on Thu October 25, 2012 1:31 pm

Escape Velocity: book cover detail

Whenever I hear someone called a "cult writer," my hackles jump toward the ceiling. It's not only that the phrase calls up images of self-congratulatory hipsters, but that writers who become cultish tend to do so because their work is steeped in bizarro sex, graphic violence, trippy weirdness or half-baked philosophy.

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11:51am

Thu October 25, 2012
The Salt

Rooibos Tea Gets Its Own Sensory Wheel, Just Like Wine And Coffee

Originally published on Thu October 25, 2012 2:32 pm

Rooibos tea leaves
Wian Hattingh Wian Hattingh

Little rooibos, the humble red tea buttressing the "decaf" side of the after-dinner menu, must be growing up: First, featured in a Starbucks latte. Now, important enough to need its own gourmet lexicon.

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11:50am

Thu October 25, 2012
Shots - Health News

Study Results Linking Diet Soda To Cancer Fall Into The 'Gray Zone' Of Science

Originally published on Thu October 25, 2012 5:03 pm

The co-author of a controversial study on diet soda's link to blood cancers says his results fall into a gray zone between a clear relationship and no relationship at all.
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As Allison Aubrey reported on The Salt, a brouhaha has erupted in Cambridge, Ma., over a study published yesterday in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

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11:21am

Thu October 25, 2012
Humans

Decision Time: Why Do Some Leaders Leave A Mark?

Originally published on Fri October 26, 2012 10:56 am

Abraham Lincoln, circa 1850. Lincoln was a political non-entity before he was elected. Why is he more widely known to history than the presidents who came immediately before and after him?
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As part of NPR's coverage of this year's presidential election, All Things Considered asked three science reporters to weigh in on the race. The result is a three-part series on the science of leadership. In Part 1, Alix Spiegel looked at the personalities of American presidents. In Part 2, Jon Hamilton examined leadership in the animal kingdom.

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11:11am

Thu October 25, 2012
The Two-Way

Unclaimed Jobless Benefits Far Exceed Fraudulent Claims, Study Says

Two people check job listings at a New York State Department of Labor Employment Services office in Brooklyn. (March 2011 file photo.)
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Taxpayer-funded jobless benefits that shouldn't have been paid because of errors or fraudulent claims totaled about $11 billion in 2009, according to a new study published by the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis.

But the total amount of unclaimed benefits was nearly 10 times larger, economists estimate: $108 billion. They estimate that during the 2007-2009 recession, only about half of those eligible for them were collecting the benefits.

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10:49am

Thu October 25, 2012
It's All Politics

Women Seen As Key In N.H, Both As Voters And As Candidates

Originally published on Thu October 25, 2012 11:04 am

President Obama pauses for a photo with supporters after arriving for a campaign stop in Manchester, N.H., on Thursday.
Winslow Townson AP

The decisive role female voters may play in the key battleground state of New Hampshire hasn't been lost on President Obama and his political allies.

If Democrats sweep the swing state's major races on Election Day, New Hampshire would become the first state to have women hold its entire congressional delegation and the governor's office. Obama would also pick up four potentially crucial electoral votes.

"We have held hundreds of events targeting women voters," said Harrell Kirstein, a spokesman for the Obama campaign in New Hampshire.

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10:44am

Thu October 25, 2012
The Two-Way

Microsoft Introduces Windows 8, Marking A 'New Era'

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer during a press conference at Pier 57 to officially launch Windows 8 in New York.
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Steve Ballmer, the CEO of Microsoft, put the release of the company's new operating system in dramatic terms: "Windows 8 shatters perceptions of what a PC truly is," he said during an introductory event in New York.

Windows 8, Ballmer said, "marks a new era" for Microsoft.

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10:11am

Thu October 25, 2012
Solve This

Can A President Control Prices At The Pump?

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Michel Martin. Later in the program comedian DL Hughley stops by and gives us his - how shall we say it - unique take on politics. That's coming up later. But before we get to the laughs we're going to take a serious look at energy prices. The U.S. Energy Information Administration predicts that the average price at the pump for this year will be $3.65.

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10:03am

Thu October 25, 2012
The Two-Way

Will It Hold? Assad Regime Says It Agrees To Truce; Rebels Are Skeptical

Originally published on Thu October 25, 2012 11:21 am

A message has appeared on the website of Syria's SANA news agency saying that the country's armed forces will halt military operations for four days, starting tomorrow.

On its face, that would appear to be acceptance of U.N.-Arab League envoy Lakhdar Brahimi's plan for a truce during the Eid al-Adh holiday that Muslims begin observing on Friday.

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