4:00am

Mon November 14, 2011
Around the Nation

Penn State Update

Originally published on Mon November 14, 2011 6:39 am

Transcript

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Read more

4:00am

Mon November 14, 2011
Europe

German Economy Shines As Euro Loses Luster

Workers prepare new Volkswagen Golf cars at a factory in Wolfsburg, Germany.
Sean Gallup Getty Images

As the debt crisis in Europe deepens, Americans may be feeling sorry for Germany.

They see that Germans, who generally work hard and spend carefully, are now being pushed to bail out their debt-ridden partners in the eurozone.

But there's another side to the story.

Turns out, sharing a common currency with a group of fiscal losers has its benefits. The German economy gained strength over the past two years in large part because the European debt crisis weakened the euro. That made German exports more attractive to customers around the world.

Read more

3:26am

Mon November 14, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Why Doctors And Patients Talk Around Our Growing Waistlines

Originally published on Tue November 15, 2011 1:07 pm

Many doctors and patients aren't discussing the health consequences of weight.
iStockphoto

Part of an ongoing series on obesity in America

OK, so you're overweight. So are two-thirds of all Americans. Maybe you need a nudge to get going on a diet and exercise plan. Maybe you've thought about talking with your doctor about weight-loss strategies. Well, a number of studies suggest you're probably not getting the advice you need.

Read more

1:00am

Mon November 14, 2011
Monkey See

Networks Add New Twists To Old Formulas, But Few Are Succeeding

Russell Hornsby as Hank Griffin and David Giuntoli as Nick Burkhardt on NBC's Grimm.
Scott Green NBC

Here's the problem with watching TV after 50 years of innovation in technology and storytelling: Sometimes, it takes an awful lot to get your attention.

How else to explain NBC's Grimm, which is a typical crime-of-the-week drama with a special twist: The hero cop can see fairy-tale villains disguised as ordinary people. Our hero, Det. Nick Burkhardt, learns about his new talent from his dying aunt, who tells him of "reapers," an organization that's dedicated to killing "Grimms" like him.

Read more

12:01am

Mon November 14, 2011
Around the Nation

Rhode Island Struggles With Pension Overhaul

Rhode Island has dug its pension system into a big hole: It's $9 billion in the red.

The nation's smallest state doesn't even have half of the money it needs to pay future retirees. Lawmakers are debating a bill to overhaul the entire system. If they do nothing, it's predicted that in seven years, 20 percent of the state budget will be mailed out in pension checks.

There's a slate of reasons why the pension system is in such bad shape.

Read more

12:01am

Mon November 14, 2011
Europe

Carlos The Jackal: On Trial Again, And Still Defiant

Originally published on Mon November 14, 2011 7:13 am

Carlos the Jackal, whose real name is Ilich Ramirez Sanchez, sits in a Paris courtroom in 2000 with his French lawyer Isabelle Coutant-Peyre, who later became his wife. Carlos is already serving a life sentence, but is on trial again, charged with terrorist bombings in France in the 1980s.
Michel Lipchitz AP

Carlos the Jackal, the man who sowed fear during the Cold War with terrorist attacks in Europe and the Middle East, has now been in prison for close to two decades.

But he's once again on trial in France, and the case has riveted the country.

French television footage showed Carlos being taken to the Palais de Justice in an armored van guarded by policemen darting about with machine guns. In this case, Carlos is accused of masterminding four bomb attacks in France in the early 1980s that killed 11 people and wounded more than 100.

Read more

12:01am

Mon November 14, 2011
Politics

On Capitol Hill, Rand's 'Atlas' Can't Be Shrugged Off

Originally published on Mon November 14, 2011 8:25 pm

The Russian-born American novelist Ayn Rand testifies before the House Un-American Activities Committee on Oct. 20, 1947.
Bettmann CORBIS

12:01am

Mon November 14, 2011
The Impact of War

Veterans To Create World's Largest Medical Database

Originally published on Mon November 14, 2011 4:31 am

Carl Schuler is one of 10,000 vets to have donated blood samples to the Million Veteran Program.
Amy Standen for NPR

What haunts Carl Schuler about his two tours in Iraq is the fact that he came out of them largely unscathed.

This was not the case for his best friend, who was badly injured when his truck was hit by a roadside bomb.

"You start thinking about, well, how fair is that? You know, here's my best friend, this is how he ends up, 80 percent burns, two members in the vehicle were killed, and here I am in a similar situation, and all of us ended up being OK," Schuler says. "It's a tough thing to deal with."

Read more

12:01am

Mon November 14, 2011
Conflict In Libya

Libya's Economy Faces New Tests After Gadhafi Era

Originally published on Mon November 14, 2011 8:27 am

A worker walks in front of a refinery inside the Brega oil complex in Libya.
Hussein Malla AP

Some Americans are old enough to remember pulling up to the pump at gas stations advertising fuel in cents per gallon, not dollars. For many Libyans, that's the way it has always been and should continue to be in this sparsely populated oil-producing country.

At a Tripoli gas station on a recent afternoon, popular opinion among local Libyans appears to be that the government would keep the prices low, around 60 cents a gallon, or bring them down even further.

Read more

12:01am

Mon November 14, 2011
Monkey See

Holiday Video Game Preview: Beyond 'Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 3'

Originally published on Mon November 14, 2011 5:25 pm

Sony

Earlier in the year when there was a paucity of great videogames, critics and players alike took time to savor games like L.A. Noire and Deus Ex: Human Revolution. That was then. In the fall, games come out with more alacrity than the speedy conveyor belt of chocolates in that iconic I Love Lucy Switching Jobs episode. More than two thirds of the year's games hit shelves between Labor Day and Thanksgiving. Here are some of the best.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
Activision for Nintendo DS, Xbox 360, PC, PlayStation 3, Wii
Rated M for Mature

Read more

Pages