6:30am

Fri April 13, 2012
The Two-Way

It's Friday The 13th, So Say It All Together: 'Paraskevidekatriaphobia'

Originally published on Fri April 13, 2012 6:52 am

There's one more Friday the 13th this year, in July.
iStockphoto.com

You can't say we haven't warned you about Friday the 13ths, and offered a tip for how to get over any fear of such supposedly scary days.

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6:15am

Fri April 13, 2012
The Two-Way

Syrian Activists Claim Regime Is Using Force To Break Up Demonstrations

On Day Two of the fragile ceasefire in Syria, activists say that government forces have fired on some anti-Assad regime demonstrators in various parts of the nation.

Reporting from Beirut, NPR's Grant Clark tells our Newscast Desk that activists say security forces began massing outside mosques during Friday prayers, just before the start of protests.

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5:45am

Fri April 13, 2012
The Two-Way

Holy Hail! Photos, Videos Show Texas Storm's Fury; Drifts 4-Feet Deep

Originally published on Fri April 13, 2012 5:46 am

This photo provided by the Amarillo/Potter/Randall Office of Emergency Management shows Potter County firefighter Matt Dryden standing next to a wall of hail on Wednesday near Amarillo, Texas. The hail was pushed into drifts of up to 4-feet.
AP

Photos and videos from Wednesday's hail storm that hit part of the Texas panhandle tell a pretty amazing story.

Nickel-sized hailstones fell so fast and so furiously that they were pushed into drifts that in some places ended up about 4-feet high.

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5:39am

Fri April 13, 2012
History

Utah Man Has Titanic Interest In Ship's Sinking

Jeff Jensen got interested in the Titanic when he was just nine years old. Later, his father bought him a replica of the ship that was made from 50,000 matchsticks.

5:19am

Fri April 13, 2012
Around the Nation

La. Town Named 'Boudin Capital Of The World'

Boudin is a Cajun specialty — sausage filled with rice, pork and herbs. And since Scott, La., is starting a Boudin festival, the state legislature crowned it the "Boudin Capital of the World." Nevermind there are two other Boudin capitals of the world. But Jennings, La., trumps them all. Years ago, it was crowned the "Boudin Capital of the Universe."

5:00am

Fri April 13, 2012
The Two-Way

Failed Missile Test May Make North Korea More Belligerent

Prior to today's launch, a North Korean soldier stood guard.
Pedro Ugarte AFP/Getty Images
  • Louisa Lim on 'Morning Edition'

The disintegration of North Korea's latest long-range missile shortly after liftoff today may just make that communist nation even more belligerent and more likely to test a nuclear weapon or take other provocative actions, NPR's Louisa Lim reports from Seoul.

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5:00am

Fri April 13, 2012
It's All Politics

Voters Who Rejected Romney Now His Most Certain Votes

Mitt Romney must now appeal to voters beyond his party's base. On Wednesday, he criticized President Obama's record on women in the workforce during a campaign stop in Hartford, Conn.
Brian Snyder Reuters/Landov

Throughout the GOP primary season, Mitt Romney struggled among voters who make up many of the party's key constituencies, including Southerners, evangelicals, those living in rural areas and members of the white working class.

Now that he has the Republican presidential nomination all but sewn up, such voters are the least of Romney's worries.

In fact, the type of Republican voters who were most skeptical about the former Massachusetts governor may end up being among his most certain supporters.

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2:00am

Fri April 13, 2012
Around the Nation

Zimmerman's Attorney Is Respected By Prosecutors

George Zimmerman will remain in a Sanford, Fla., jail for at least several more weeks. The admitted killer of Trayvon Martin had his first appearance in court Thursday. Attorney Mark O'Mara declined to ask for bail citing the unprecedented public attention to the case. O'Mara was thrust into the spotlight when Zimmerman's original attorneys quit.

1:07am

Fri April 13, 2012
The Salt

Advice For Diet Soda Lovers: Skip The Chips

Originally published on Mon April 16, 2012 5:47 am

It's not clear if diet soft drinks are the healthiest choice.
ASSOCIATED PRESS

Got a Diet Coke or Diet Pepsi habit? Lots of Americans do. Consumption of all types of diet soft drinks has been on the rise. And as a nation, we drink an estimated 20 percent more of diet drinks now than we did 15 years ago.

So, is it good for us? A new study finds the answer to that question may depend a lot on, well, what you eat.

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1:06am

Fri April 13, 2012
StoryCorps

Colleagues Recall L.A. Riots Unfolding Like 'A Movie'

Originally published on Fri April 13, 2012 5:22 am

A store burns during the Los Angeles riots in April 1992. Three colleagues at a local radio station watched the riots from their studio on Crenshaw Boulevard, as listeners called in to share their own stories.
Douglas C. Pizac AP

It's been 20 years since the Los Angeles riots shook that city — and the nation. On April 29, 1992, several white Los Angeles police officers were acquitted in the beating of black motorist Rodney King during a traffic stop.

News of the acquittals sparked unrest across the city. The fires, looting and violence lasted for several days and devastated neighborhoods — many in the city's African-American communities.

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