1:34pm

Wed October 26, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Looking For Lung Cancer With A Yearly X-Ray Doesn't Reduce Deaths

A chest X-ray of a cigarette smoker's lungs.

American Cancer Society Getty Images

The drive to test healthy people for common cancers rests on the idea that finding malignancies early can trigger life-saving treatment. But the evidence that some of the tests will actually reduce mortality is sometimes lacking or is less than clear cut for the people who'll get tested.

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1:00pm

Wed October 26, 2011
NPR Story

Preview: Isaak Discusses First Experiences With Sound

We have a preview of Melissa Block's conversation with singer Chris Isaak, which airs on Thursday's program. Isaak tells Melissa about his first experiences with the sound of Sun Studio — and about the intimidation factor of recording his own versions of rock 'n' roll classics by his musical heroes Roy Orbison, Johnny Cash and Elvis Presley.

1:00pm

Wed October 26, 2011
NPR Story

E.U. Leaders Discuss Debt Crisis In Brussels

Wednesday night's E.U. summit in Brussels was at first heralded as the venue for a comprehensive deal that would help Europe's debt crisis — then E.U. leaders started ratcheting back the expectations. Melissa Block talks to NPR's Jim Zarroli for more.

1:00pm

Wed October 26, 2011
NPR Story

Netflix Stock Down 75 Percent From Its July Peak

Netflix does not seem to be able to hit "pause" on the bad news. The stock is down 75 percent from its peak in July when it announced changes to its subscription plans. Since then, the company has lost more than 800,000 subscribers.

12:26pm

Wed October 26, 2011
Middle East

Iran's Largest Banks Swindled Out Of $2.6 Billion

Originally published on Thu October 27, 2011 3:41 am

The banking scandal has political implications in Iran, and the president's top adviser, Rahim Mashaei, has come under criticism. He's shown here in a 2007 photo.

Paul White AP

A bank fraud scandal of unprecedented proportions is shaking domestic politics in Iran.

Several of Iran's largest banks have been swindled out of an estimated $2.6 billion. The scandal has sparked a widening investigation with more than 30 arrests so far. It has also led to charges that some of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's closest advisers were involved.

On its face, it appears it was easy for some of Iran's most important bankers to steal so much money.

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12:17pm

Wed October 26, 2011
Politics

Pressure Is On For House GOP Freshman To Fundraise

House Republican freshman, some of whom shown here in April, are learning that fundraising is a big part of the job.

Chip Somodevilla Getty Images

Last month, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee raised almost double what its Republican counterpart took in despite that the GOP holds the majority in the House. One group of Republicans that seems to be having a tough go of it is that huge class of freshman Republicans who took 2010 by storm.

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12:15pm

Wed October 26, 2011
Music

Tom Waits: A Desperate Voice For Desperate Times

Tom Waits has just released his latest album, Bad As Me.

Jesse Dylan

Tom Waits generally sings like a psychotic carnival barker or a drunken lounge crooner. And I really mean that as a compliment.

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12:13pm

Wed October 26, 2011
The Two-Way

Calling For President's Ouster, Yemeni Women Burn Their Veils

Amid a relentless and bloody crackdown on protesters by Yemen's government, hundreds of women took to the streets today and set fire to veils traditionally worn by them. As the AP reports, this was not a protest about women's rights, instead "the act of women burning their clothing is a symbolic Bedouin tribal gesture signifying an appeal for help to tribesmen, in this case to stop the attacks on the protesters."

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11:31am

Wed October 26, 2011
The Two-Way

Photo: Season's First Big Snow Hits Denver

Here's a picture that will remind the rest of the country that winter will soon be upon us:

That picture was taken this morning and posted to Flickr by Pam Morris in Denver, Colo. As she says, the season's first snow is about a week late. The Weather Channel says some parts of Colorado could see up to eight inches of snow and it follows days of record heat.

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11:22am

Wed October 26, 2011
The Two-Way

World Series: Decision Coming On Whether To Play Tonight

Originally published on Wed October 26, 2011 2:15 pm

Update at 3:35 p.m. ET: MLB.com has posted the news that Game 6 of the World Series, which was scheduled for tonight in St. Louis, has been postponed to Thursday at 8:05 p.m. ET because of rainy weather.

That means Game 7, if one is needed, would be played on Friday (weather permitting).

The American League's Texas Rangers lead the National League's St. Louis Cardinals, 3 games to 2.

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