12:01am

Wed November 9, 2011
National Security

Guantanamo Trial Opens with a Series of Firsts

Originally published on Thu November 10, 2011 8:44 am

The man accused of orchestrating the bombing of the USS Cole in Yemen in 2000 will be arraigned Wednesday at the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base. He is the first Guantanamo detainee to have his case tried under the Obama administration's revamped rules for military commissions, and he could be put to death if he is found guilty.

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12:01am

Wed November 9, 2011
World

U.N. Raises Questions On Iran's Nuclear Program

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad unveils a sample of the third generation centrifuge for uranium enrichment during a ceremony in Tehran on April 9, 2010. Iran says its nuclear ambitions are peaceful.
Behrouz Mehri AFP/Getty Images

The International Atomic Energy Agency released its much-anticipated report on Iran's nuclear program, but failed to conclude definitively that the Islamic republic is engaged in a full-scale weapons program.

Still, the U.N. nuclear watchdog's report raised some serious questions about what Iran is really doing in connection with nuclear weapons.

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12:01am

Wed November 9, 2011
Asia

Criminals, Militants Align In Pakistan Kidnappings

In Pakistan, several high-profile kidnappings reveal the cunning of the captors and confusion among police.

American aid expert Warren Weinstein was seized from his home in Lahore in mid-August. Two weeks later, publishing scion Shahbaz Taseer was snatched from his Mercedes at gunpoint, also in an upscale neighborhood of the Punjab capital.

The trail is leading investigators to Pakistan's militant-dominated tribal areas. North Waziristan, on the lawless Pakistan-Afghanistan border, is now believed to be a destination of choice for militant kidnappers.

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12:01am

Wed November 9, 2011
Business

Biofuels Start To Take Off In The Airline Industry

Employees load bags onto a Boeing 737-800 running on algae-based biofuel in Houston. Continental (owned by United Continental Holdings Inc.) flew the nation's first passenger jet powered by biofuels on Monday.
Aaron M. Sprecher Getty Images

This week, two U.S. airlines will be flying passengers on flights powered by biofuels for the first time. On Monday a Continental flight from Houston to Chicago used a biofuel blend made in part from algae, and Wednesday Alaska Airlines is set to fly passengers using a fuel made in part from cooking oil.

If all goes well, more airlines may start to use alternative jet fuels. But the shift is not without its challenges.

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11:25pm

Tue November 8, 2011
All Politics are Local

Democrats-5, Republicans-1

Democrats won five of the six statewide races on the ballot in Kentucky Tuesday.  At the top of the ticket, incumbent Democrat Steve Beshear beat Republican challenger David Williams by nearly 20 points.

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11:19pm

Tue November 8, 2011
All Politics are Local

Election Leaves Political Fates Undecided

Governor Steve Beshear and First Lady Jane after winning the election at the Frankfort Convention Center for the Democratic election party on Tuesday November 8, 2011 in Frankfort, Ky.
Mark Cornelison Lexington Herald-Leader

It’s an ancient tradition.  An election immediately sparks speculation on the political future of losers and winners.  Even as the final votes were counted, pundits wondered about the Governor’s next step.  Will he run for US Senate?  And what will become of David Williams, the all powerful head of the Kentucky State Senate.

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10:15pm

Tue November 8, 2011
NPR Story

Ohio Repeals Collective-Bargaining Law

Originally published on Tue November 8, 2011 10:15 pm

Transcript

GUY RAZ, HOST:

From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Guy Raz.

ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

And I'm Robert Siegel.

This was election day, and voters in Ohio rejected a referendum that would have limited the collective bargaining rights of state and local employee unions. Today's result is a blow to the state's Republican Governor, John Kasich, who had championed the measure.

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10:00pm

Tue November 8, 2011
Sweetness And Light

In With The South, Out With The East

Originally published on Thu November 10, 2011 8:44 am

Florida players (from left) Taurean Green, Corey Brewer, Walter Hodge, Joakim Noah and Marreese Speights hold up the Southeastern Conference sign after defeating Arkansas in the SEC basketball tournament championship game at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta in 2007.
John Bazemore AP

OK, here's the idea: Greece leaves the EU and jumps to the SEC.

Bingo! With all the television and bowl money it would get, Greece would be solvent again, and the Southeastern Conference would get that big Athens TV market.

You see, everybody talks about how colleges are all switching conferences, but essentially, they all just want to jump to the SEC or whatever best emulates the SEC. It's the Solid South of college football. Once, the South used to control Congress. Now, y'all: the gridiron.

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6:45pm

Tue November 8, 2011
The Record

Rapper Heavy D Has Died

Heavy D (second from left) and The Boyz, circa 1990.
Al Pereira Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

6:26pm

Tue November 8, 2011
Presidential Race

Cain Holds Press Conference To Address Allegations

Originally published on Tue November 8, 2011 10:15 pm

GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain gave a press conference to address allegations that he made unwanted sexual advances toward female employees and a woman seeking job advice in the 1990s. Cain emphasized that the accusations were false. NPR's Tamara Keith joins Robert Siegel to explain.

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