12:35pm

Fri March 16, 2012
Opinion

The Wisdom Of Faith: What Religion Can Teach Us

Originally published on Fri March 16, 2012 11:03 pm

These stained glass church windows decorate the walls of the Cologne Cathedral in Germany.
Patrick Stollarz AFP/Getty Images

Alain de Botton is the author of Religion for Atheists.

A survey published in the U.K. in January predicted that within 20 years, the majority of the British population will define themselves as having no religion. In the British isles, religion has become something of a sideshow, even a joke. Remember that this is the land that gave us The Life of Brian. Even the BBC has caught on with a satirical series called Rev., about a hapless comedic clergyman who has no faith but has a strong inclination to be good.

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12:34pm

Fri March 16, 2012
The Commonwealth

Knox Factory Roof Collapses After Rain

Part of the roof at a Knox County factory collapsed after heavy rain early Thursday night, injuring a number of people, authorities said. Initial reports indicated some people were trapped in the building. But WYMT-TV at Hazard reported that three people were injured and that all had been removed from the wreckage. Kentucky State Police at Hazard confirmed the incident. The collapse occurred about 8:30 p.m. at Tru Seal Technologies Inc., a firm that makes insulating glass sealant.

12:20pm

Fri March 16, 2012
The Two-Way

Report: Bin Laden Tried To Organize Plot To Kill Obama And Petraeus

Originally published on Fri March 16, 2012 3:31 pm

Some of the documents seized last May after U.S. Navy SEALs killed Osama bin Laden at his compound in Pakistan show that the al-Qaida leader "boldly commanded his network to organize special cells in Afghanistan and Pakistan to attack the aircraft of President Barack Obama and Gen.

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12:07pm

Fri March 16, 2012
The Two-Way

Rutgers Student Convicted In Spying Case Linked To Roommate's Suicide

Dharun Ravi in court on Wednesday.
John O'Boyle AP

Dharun Ravi, the former Rutgers University student "accused of using a webcam to spy on his gay roommate's love life has been convicted of bias intimidation and invasion of privacy in a case that exploded into the headlines when the victim of the snooping committed suicide" in September, 2010, The Associated Press writes.

The 20-year-old "could face 10 years in prison when he's sentenced," the AP adds.

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12:05pm

Fri March 16, 2012
'It's All Politics': NPR's Weekly News Roundup

It's All Politics, March 15, 2012

Isaac Brekken ASSOCIATED PRESS

Is the battle for the GOP presidential nomination about history? Or is it about math? Santorum may be getting big headlines with his primary wins, but it's Romney who is advancing further to the magic 1,144 number. And more defeats mean more pressure on Gingrich to pull out. Plus: a tribute to the late Peter Bergman of Firesign Theater. NPR's Ron Elving and Ken Rudin have the latest in this week's political roundup.

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11:53am

Fri March 16, 2012
The Two-Way

George Clooney Arrested Outside Sudanese Embassy In Washington

Originally published on Fri March 16, 2012 11:56 am

Actor George Clooney is arrested during a demonstration outside the Embassy of Sudan on Friday.
Win McNamee Getty Images

The Oscar-winning actor George Clooney was arrested this morning, after he and supporters, including congressmen stepped onto the grounds of the Sudanese embassy in Washington D.C.

The Washington Post reports:

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11:35am

Fri March 16, 2012
The Two-Way

California Students Push For Removal Of Syrian From Foundation

Dr. Hazem Chehabi.
University of California Irvine Foundation
  • Amy Walters on the NPR Newscast

The student council at the University of California Irvine approved a resolution Thursday demanding that Dr. Hazem Chehabi, Syria's honorary consul in Southern California, be removed from the post of chair at the UC Irving Foundation, which supports the school and is trying to raise $1 billion for it.

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11:05am

Fri March 16, 2012
The Salt

Cause Of Foul Pine Nut Taste Befuddles Scientists

Pine nuts aren't giving up their secrets easily.
Charlotte Lake iStockphoto.com

Scientists on the trail of "pine nut mouth," a nasty metallic aftertaste that some people get after eating the tender little nuts, have been stumped in their latest effort to zero in on the cause of the mysterious affliction.

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10:05am

Fri March 16, 2012
The Two-Way

Obama Needs To Share More About Patriot Act Program, Senators Say

Originally published on Fri March 16, 2012 2:03 pm

Two Senate Democrats want the Justice Department to share more details about how it interprets a key provision of the Patriot Act. The lawmakers say the public has a right to know about a sensitive intelligence gathering program.

So Oregon Democrat Ron Wyden and Colorado Democrat Mark Udall have sent a letter of complaint to the attorney general. The senators say people would be stunned to know how the government is going about getting business records and other information under the U.S. Patriot Act.

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9:48am

Fri March 16, 2012
Author Interviews

Revisiting John Updike's 'Fresh Air' Interviews

Originally published on Fri March 16, 2012 11:47 am

John Updike wrote more than 25 novels. He was also a prolific short story and essay writer. Hundreds of his poems, criticisms and reviews appears in The New Yorker.
Martha Updike AP

These interviews were originally broadcast on March 17, 1988, March 16, 1989, and Oct. 14, 1997. You can listen to the original broadcasts in their entirety here.

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