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9:55am

Tue September 20, 2011
Author Interviews

This Pig Wants To Party: Maurice Sendak's Latest

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 9:24 am

Bumble-ardy, the latest from author and illustrator Maurice Sendak, is dark and deeply imaginative, much like his classic works Where the Wild Things Are and In The Night Kitchen.

Bumble-ardy is an orphaned pig, who has reached the age of 9 without ever having a birthday party. He tells his Aunt Adeline that he would like to have a party for his ninth birthday, so Aunt Adeline plans a quiet birthday dinner for two. But Bumble-ardy instead decides to throw a large costume party for himself after his aunt leaves for work — and mayhem ensues.

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9:35am

Tue September 20, 2011
The Two-Way

$2 Million For A Double-Wide Mobile Home? That's Malibu For You

Originally published on Tue September 20, 2011 9:37 am

Not bad digs. The $2 million double-wide in Malibu.
Malibu Real Estate Blog

The word is spreading about the $2 million — in cash — paid recently for a double-wide mobile home in Malibu, Calif.

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8:51am

Tue September 20, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Many Are Myopic About Costs Of Short-Term Disability

An injury like this could set you back financially more than you might expect.
Maurice van der Velden iStockphoto.com

Many people, if they think about disability insurance coverage at all, focus on their employer's long-term disability plan rather than any short-term coverage they may get on the job. That makes sense in many ways, since you face a bigger financial risk if you're unable to work for two years rather than for two months.

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8:45am

Tue September 20, 2011
The Two-Way

Next Step For Drones May Be 'Automated Killing'

The "future of the American way of war," The Washington Post writes this morning, may be:

"A day when drones hunt, identify and kill the enemy based on calculations made by software, not decisions made by humans. Imagine aerial 'Terminators,' minus beefcake and time travel."

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8:34am

Tue September 20, 2011
The Two-Way

Reports: Former Afghan President Killed In Attack

Originally published on Tue September 20, 2011 11:14 am

Burhanuddin Rabbani in January.
Shah Marai AFP/Getty Images

At attack at his home in Kabul has left former Afghan President Burhanuddin Rabbani dead, "two government sources" tell The Associated Press.

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7:40am

Tue September 20, 2011
The Two-Way

2011 MacArthur 'Genius' Grants Announced

Radiolab co-host and producer Jad Abumrad is among this year's 22 recipients of "genius" grants from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

Each MacArthur fellow receives $500,000 "to advance their expertise, engage in bold new work, or, if they wish, to change fields or alter the direction of their careers."

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7:00am

Tue September 20, 2011
The Two-Way

No Clemency For Troy Davis, Georgia Death Row Inmate

Originally published on Tue September 20, 2011 10:48 am

"The state Board of Pardons and Paroles ... has denied clemency for Troy Anthony Davis after hearing pleas for mercy from Davis' family and calls for his execution by surviving relatives of a murdered Savannah police officer," The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Now, the newspaper adds:

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6:40am

Tue September 20, 2011

6:20am

Tue September 20, 2011
The Two-Way

'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Fades Away, Media Say

Copies of a new magazine called OutServe, intended for actively serving lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender members of the U.S. military.
Paul J. Richards AFP/Getty Images

There are plenty of stories to choose from about today's milestone for the U.S. military — the end of the "don't ask, don't tell" policy that barred openly gay Americans from serving in the armed forces.

Our NPR.org colleague Liz Halloran focused on two men who were "immersed in efforts to repeal the controversial measure."

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5:50am

Tue September 20, 2011
The Two-Way

Murdoch's Media Co. Offers $4.7M To Family Victimized In Hacking Scandal

Rupert Murdoch in July.
Ben Stansall AFP/Getty Images

There's a new development in the story that turned the U.K.'s "hacking scandal" into front-page news:

"Milly Dowler's family have been made a £3m offer by Rupert Murdoch's News International in an attempt to settle the phone-hacking case that led to the closure of the News of the World and the resignation of the company's chief executive, Rebekah Brooks," The Guardian reports.

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5:26am

Tue September 20, 2011
Around the Nation

U.S. Customs Tries To Confiscate Vegemite

Australian Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd was stopped with a jar of Vegemite at an airport this week on his way to New York for the U.N. General Assembly meeting. To U.S. custom officials, the brown spread looked like a "potentially dangerous liquid." Those who don't enjoy the taste, may agree.

5:20am

Tue September 20, 2011
The Two-Way

At The UN, Palestinian Bid For Membership Dominates Discussions

Originally published on Tue September 20, 2011 6:14 am

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas at the U.N. on Monday (Sept. 19, 2011).
Seth Wenig AP

As President Obama and other world leaders gather in New York City for the opening of the United Nations General Assembly session, one of the hottest issues is President Mahmoud Abbas' request to make Palestine a member of the U.N.

He's making that push over "heated Israeli objections and a promised U.S. veto" in the Security Council, The Associated Press notes.

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5:16am

Tue September 20, 2011
Around the Nation

Ohio Mansion Along Lake Erie Up For Sale

For $19.5 million, you too could have a wine grotto, a sauna, 38,000 sq. ft. of living space and a garage with a rotating floor. The man who lived there invented the drop ceiling but he died last year.

5:09am

Tue September 20, 2011
News

With Repeal Of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell,' An Era Ends

A gay member of the U.S. Air Force who wishes not to be identified reads a copy of the new magazine OutServe intended for actively serving lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender U.S. military members earlier this month.
Paul J. Richards AFP/Getty Images

The law that for almost 18 years has banned openly gay Americans from serving in the armed forces will be officially repealed Tuesday, nine months after Congress voted to end the Clinton-era edict.

President Obama signed the repeal into law last December, but its provisions required time for the Pentagon to prepare for the policy change, and for top military officials to "certify" the law's end.

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2:00am

Tue September 20, 2011
Business

Will Sony's Tablet S Delight Customers?

The Japanese company Sony has had a tough year. It's endured a string of attacks from hackers, earthquake damage and lower earnings and profits. Now the company has released a new product: Tablet S. David Greene talks to Bloomberg tech columnist Rich Jaroslovsky about what the success of the computer tablet would mean for the one-time king of consumer electronics.

2:00am

Tue September 20, 2011
Business

The Last Word In Business

Steve Inskeep has the Last Word in business.

2:00am

Tue September 20, 2011
Economy

Spain Auctions Airports, Lottery To Generate Cash

Originally published on Tue September 20, 2011 10:50 am

Transcript

DAVID GREENE, Host:

As Spain struggles to cope with its national debt, the socialist government there is turning to some extreme measures. It's auctioning off state industries, like airports and the national lottery. The government is hoping to generate enough cash to avoid asking the E.U. and International Monetary Fund for a bailout. But as Lauren Frayer reports from Madrid, selling off state assets is not the most straightforward solution.

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2:00am

Tue September 20, 2011
Economy

Obama Proposes Higher Tax Revenue To Curb Deficit

President Obama's call for $1.5 trillion in tax hikes to reduce the deficit puts him on a collision course with congressional Republicans. Some of Democratic supporters may welcome Obama's newly combative negotiating style, but deficit watchdogs warn his plan falls short in key areas.

2:00am

Tue September 20, 2011
Middle East

Anti-Government Protests In Yemen Turn Bloody

Dozens of anti-government protesters have died in Yemen over the last two days, when loyalist security forces opened fire on the main square in the capital, Sanaa. It has been one of the most violent periods in Yemen's nine-month uprising — which has otherwise been largely peaceful. Les Campbell, who runs the Middle East and North Africa programs at the National Democratic Institute, talks to Steve Inskeep about the political wrangling over the future of the country.

2:00am

Tue September 20, 2011
Business

Tata's Jaguar Land Rover Unit To Build Plant In U.K.

British carmaker Jaguar Land Rover has announced it is investing more than $500 million in a new British plant to build fuel-efficient, four-cylinder engines. And the company's Indian owner Tata Motors says it plans to pour more than $2 billion a year into Jaguar Land Rover over the next five years.

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