8:30am

Fri October 12, 2012
The Two-Way

Panetta: 'Foreign Cyber-Actors Are Probing America's Critical Infrastructure'

Originally published on Fri October 12, 2012 11:14 am

U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta.
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Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta delivered a policy speech that he said was a "clarion call" for Americans to take cyber security seriously. Attacks that can cripple a country, he said, are no longer theoretical.

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8:11am

Fri October 12, 2012
The Picture Show

'Vintage Black Glamour' Exposes Little-Known Cultural History

Originally published on Fri October 12, 2012 3:03 pm

That's Bananas: "Whether [Josephine Baker's] getting a pedicure or she's walking down the street or she's relaxing in a yard somewhere, I just love the variety of pictures of her," Gainer says. "The banana skirt is a part of who she was, it's the most famous thing, but it just annoys me when that's just the only thing. ... There was a lot more to her than that."
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I was scrolling through my Tumblr feed a year or so ago, when I saw a photo of Joyce Bryant. The caption said she was once dubbed the "black Marilyn Monroe" and was mentioned many times in Walter Winchell's gossip column.

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7:36am

Fri October 12, 2012
The Two-Way

You Thought The VP Debate Was Feisty? Things Got Physical In California

Originally published on Fri October 12, 2012 8:25 am

Democratic Reps. Howard L. Berman and Brad Sherman face off in a debate.
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All eyes were on Vice President Joe Biden and Rep. Paul Ryan, last night. By all accounts, it was a political debate for the ages, full of barbs and fireworks.

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6:48am

Fri October 12, 2012
The Salt

The Secret To Genius? It Might Be More Chocolate

Originally published on Fri October 12, 2012 3:13 pm

A Swiss cardiologist plots a cheeky graph that shows a country's chocolate consumption may predict its chances of winning a Nobel.
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Nerds, rejoice! It's Nobel season — the Oscars for lab rats, peacemakers and cognoscenti alike. Every fall, big thinkers around the world wait for a middle-of-the-night phone call from Sweden, dreaming of what they might do with the $1.2 million prize.

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6:33am

Fri October 12, 2012
The Two-Way

Japanese Utility Admits For First Time That Nuclear Disaster Was Avoidable

Originally published on Fri October 12, 2012 11:14 am

Smoke rises from Unit No. 3 of the stricken Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant after the March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami.
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In a dramatic reversal, Tokyo Electric Power Co. admitted for the first time that if it had fixed known safety issues, Japan's nuclear disaster following the March 2011 tsunami could have been avoided.

The Associated Press says the utility company made the admission in a statement released Friday. The AP reports the company said it delayed implementing the safety measures because of political, economic and legal pressures.

The AP adds:

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6:18am

Fri October 12, 2012
The Two-Way

Pakistan Arrests Three Men In Taliban Shooting Of 15-Year-Old Girl

Malala Yousafzai in March 2012.
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Authorities have arrested three men suspected of having a role in the shooting of Malala Yousafzai, the 15-year-old activist who demanded an education for girls.

NBC News reports:

"Police said the suspects, aged between 17 and 22, had claimed the person who organized the attack Tuesday — in which two other young girls were shot and injured — was a man called Attaullah."

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5:06am

Fri October 12, 2012
Around the Nation

Endeavor Makes Its Way To Its New Home

Originally published on Sat October 13, 2012 2:28 pm

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne. The space shuttle Endeavor is on the road this morning here in L.A., traveling the streets from the airport to its new home at the California Science Center. Four hundred curbside trees were cut down so its massive wings could pass by. Hundreds of metal plates laid down to protect underground utilities from the shuttle's weight. And dozens of traffic signals removed to accommodate its height. Even for L.A., an epic commute. This is MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

5:02am

Fri October 12, 2012
Europe

French Woman Owed Huge Telephone Bill

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

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3:09am

Fri October 12, 2012
The Two-Way

The European Union Wins The 2012 Nobel Peace Prize

Originally published on Fri October 12, 2012 4:01 am

European Union flag and Greek flag wave in front of the Acropolis, in central Athens.
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The Norwegian Nobel Committee has bestowed its prestigious Peace Prize upon the European Union for what it says is a six decade contribution "to the advancement of peace and reconciliation, democracy and human rights in Europe"

In its press conference, the committee said the union cemented peace between France and Germany and shows that "through well-aimed efforts and by building up mutual confidence, historical enemies can become close partners."

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2:32am

Fri October 12, 2012
Business

Pentagon Revising Cyber Rules Of Engagement

Originally published on Fri October 12, 2012 3:36 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

NPR's business news starts with rules of engagement.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

INSKEEP: Last night, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta issued these words of warning: foreign cyber actors - he said - are probing America's critical infrastructure networks.

As NPR's Larry Abramson reports, Panetta says the Pentagon is revising its cyber rules of engagement, so it can respond to those attacks.

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