8:54am

Thu October 20, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

After A Half-Million Cholera Cases, Vaccination Will Begin In Haiti

Originally published on Thu October 20, 2011 9:38 am

A Haitian protester in Port-au-Prince last month spray-paints a wall, equating the UN mission in Haiti (abbreviated here as MINISTA) with cholera.

Thony Belizaire AFP/Getty Images

A year after cholera burst upon earthquake-weary Haiti, plans are afoot to begin vaccinating people against the highly contagious disease.

Nearly half a million Haitians — about 5 percent of the population — have already been afflicted and more than 6,500 have died.

But the goal of the vaccinators isn't to stop cholera in its tracks. They can't do that in Haiti with just 200,000 doses — enough for only 100,000 people — that's all the manufacturer can offer.

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8:32am

Thu October 20, 2011
Africa

Moammar Gadhafi Ruled Libya With An Iron Fist

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 10:19 am

Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, shown in a 2008 file photo, ruled Libya for 42 years. Libya's new leaders say he was killed Thursday in his hometown of Sirte.

Sergei Grits AP

Moammar Gadhafi ruled Libya with an iron fist for more than four decades. He was an unpredictable, often brutal leader with a grand vision of himself. In the end, he squandered his country's wealth and lost the support of his people.

During his 42 years of rule, Gadhafi reinvented his image many times — from revolutionary to Arab nationalist, freedom fighter and self-styled leader of Africa.

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8:07am

Thu October 20, 2011
Africa

On The Scene In Tripoli: Reports Of Gadhafi's Demise

Multiple reports say Libya's Moammar Gadhafi may be dead. A photo of a body purported to be Ghadafi has been shown on television and websites after earlier reports that he had been captured and wounded. NPR News producer Grant Clark is in Tripoli and joins Renee Montagne by phone.

8:05am

Thu October 20, 2011
The Salt

The Historic Allure Of A Late Night Oyster

Originally published on Thu October 20, 2011 8:25 am

Late night oysters may be discounted, but they're usually no less fresh than oysters served at any other hour.

Maggie Starbard NPR

Despite its proximity to the Chesapeake Bay, Washington, D.C. isn't a seafood town in its own right, with a proper port. But just steps away from the White House, in the most straight-laced section of a straight-laced town, is a kind of temple to the most sensual of seafood – the raw oyster.

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8:00am

Thu October 20, 2011
Africa

Developments In Libya: Sirte Defeated; Gadhafi Dead?

Reports streamed in Thursday morning that Libya's Moammar Gadhafi had been captured and killed. A Libyan transitional government official told CNN that Gadhafi is dead. A NATO official cautioned that it will take time to confirm the reports. NPR foreign editor Loren Jenkins talks with Renee Montagne about the latest developments.

7:47am

Thu October 20, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Look Around: 1 In 10 Americans Take Antidepressants

Prozac, the pill that launched the modern antidepressant era, and drugs like it are now taken by 11 percent of Americans.

Stephen Chernin Getty Images

We really are Prozac Nation now.

About 11 percent of people in the U.S. are taking antidepressants according to fresh figures out from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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6:36am

Thu October 20, 2011
The Two-Way

Top Stories: Gadhafi's Fate; Animals In Ohio; World Series

Good morning.

We'll have to make this roundup short and sweet so that we can get back to following the day's hottest breaking news:

-- Reports: Gadhafi Stronghold Has Fallen; His Status Uncertain.

Our other headlines so far today:

-- In Ohio: All Animals Accounted For, Sheriff Says.

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6:29am

Thu October 20, 2011
Africa

Reports: Libya's Ghadafi And His Hometown Captured

Originally published on Thu October 20, 2011 9:50 am

Renee Montagne talks with NPR's Lourdes Garcia-Navarro about multiple reports of the possible capture of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi.

5:34am

Thu October 20, 2011
The Two-Way

Gadhafi Is Dead, Tripoli Rejoices

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 9:19 am

Anti-Gaddafi fighters celebrate the fall of Sirte in the town October 20, 2011.

Esam Omran Al-Fetori Reuters /Landov

The end has come for Col. Moammar Gadhafi, who ruled Libya for more than 40 years and over the decades became one of the world's most notorious dictators and sponsors of terrorism.

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5:16am

Thu October 20, 2011
The Two-Way

In Ohio: All Animals Accounted For, Sheriff Says

After a harrowing night and day spent hunting escaped bears, lions, tigers and other dangerous animals, authorities in Muskingum County, Ohio, believe they have killed, captured or otherwise accounted for 56 animals that were freed Tuesday from a private reserve by a man who it's believed then killed himself.

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