9:52am

Thu November 17, 2011
The Two-Way

Occupy Wall Street: As Morning Rush Ends, Things Settle Down

A couple of protesters dance on Wall St.
Eyder Peralta NPR

I took a walk up and down the main arteries into Wall Street and things seem to be settling down. As the protesters dispersed this morning, they made the decision to leave large groups of people at different intersections in New York's Financial District.

What police have done to control the crowds is block access to certain blocks and they've also barricaded protesters in sidewalks. So what you have now is a fractured protest with, for example, 30 protesters at one intersection and 15 at another.

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9:10am

Thu November 17, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Bird Flu Research Rattles Bioterrorism Field

Originally published on Sun November 20, 2011 9:23 am

H5N1 avian flu viruses (seen in gold) grow inside canine kidney cells (seen in green).
Cynthia Goldsmith CDC

Scientists and security specialists are in the midst of a fierce debate over recent experiments on a strain of bird flu virus that made it more contagious.

The big question: Should the results be made public?

Critics say doing so could potentially reveal how to make powerful new bioweapons.

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8:51am

Thu November 17, 2011
Music Reviews

Miles Davis' Great, Often Bizarre 1967 Quintet

Miles Davis performs at the 1967 Newport Jazz Festival.
New York Daily News Archive Getty Images

Most of the material from Live in Europe 1967 has surfaced before — the set is subtitled The Bootleg Series, Vol. 1 — but the Belgian concert that performance comes from makes its debut here. This Miles Davis quintet was consistently amazing, not least on its last big tour, when Davis' trumpet chops were in good shape.

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8:25am

Thu November 17, 2011
The Two-Way

At Occupy Wall Street: Some Arrests; A Chaotic 'Morning Rush'

As Eyder continues to file posts from the streets of lower Manhattan, where Occupy Wall Street protesters have been on the march today, here are some other views of what's happening there and other resources for monitoring what's happening:

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8:17am

Thu November 17, 2011
The Salt

For Thanksgiving, Pumpkins That Won't Be Found In Cans

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 9:15 am

David Heisler grows 38 varieties of pumpkins on his Maryland farm.
Melissa Forsyth NPR

There are jack o' lanterns, and then there is the pumpkin that comes in cans.

But farmer David Heisler says the world of pumpkins has much, much more to offer.

Heisler grows 38 varieties of pumpkins and winter squash on his farm in Comus, Md., about 50 miles north of Washington, D.C. His farm stand is a riot of pattern and color — red, orange, pink, white, green, yellow, even blue. Though pumpkins originated in the Americas, they're grown and prized around the world: "every continent except Antarctica," says Heisler.

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8:01am

Thu November 17, 2011
The Two-Way

White House Shooting Suspect Reportedly Hates Obama, Washington

Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez, who is in custody for allegedly firing shots toward the White House last week, "hates the president, he hates Washington, he hates society," a law enforcement official tells The Washington Post.

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7:10am

Thu November 17, 2011
The Two-Way

Solyndra Loan Decisions 'Were Mine,' Energy Secretary Chu Says

"The final decisions on Solyndra were mine, and I made them with the best interest of the taxpayer in mind," Energy Secretary Steven Chu plans to tell Congress today, as a House committee digs into the controversial $528 million in federal loans made to the now-bankrupt solar energy company.

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7:03am

Thu November 17, 2011
The Two-Way

'A Responsibility To Represent The People:' Occupy Protest In Full Swing

Originally published on Thu November 17, 2011 12:06 pm

Occupy Wall Street protesters gather about a block from the New York Stock Exchange.
Eyder Peralta NPR

You could say that the real point of this march began in the past half-hour or so, as Wall Street employees try to navigate choked streets to get to work.

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6:45am

Thu November 17, 2011
The Two-Way

Jobless Claims Decline By 5,000

There were 388,000 first-time claims for unemployment insurance last week, down 5,000 from the week before, the Employment and Training Administration just reported.

The agency also said that the "4-week moving average" of claims — a way of gauging the trend over a slightly longer period of time — was "396,750, a decrease of 4,000 from the previous week's revised average of 400,750."

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6:30am

Thu November 17, 2011
Politics

Automatic Cuts: Necessary Medicine Or Doomsday?

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has warned Congress that automatic across-the-board cuts to the Pentagon's budget would "invite aggression from U.S. adversaries."
Mark Wilson Getty Images

As the congressional "supercommittee" runs out of time to reach a deficit-cutting deal, the word "sequestration" is being spoken more and more in Washington.

Depending upon the speaker's political views, the word can be spit out as a curse word, or intoned as a blessing. But love it or hate it, "sequestration" may turn out to be a word that dramatically changes the world's most powerful military, and reshapes domestic programs for public health, education, the environment and much more.

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