Mon November 21, 2011
The Two-Way

Former AIG Exec Sues Federal Government For $25 Billion Over Takeover

The United States government takeover of American International Group saved the company from going under during the financial crisis of 2008. As The Wall Street Journal reported at the time, the government drove a hard bargain — tens of billions would get it an almost 80 percent stake of the company — but the government argued if AIG went down, so would the rest of the economy and AIG argued if the company wasn't pumped with money, it would collapse. The U.S.

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Mon November 21, 2011
It's All Politics

Supercommittee's Failure Could Have Super Political Fallout

Originally published on Mon November 21, 2011 3:06 pm

Rep. Jeb Hensarling, R-Texas, left, and Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., center, co-chairs of the Joint Select Committee on a Deficit Reduction, with Sen. Jon Kyl, arrive for a Sept. 2011 meeting,
J. Scott Applewhite AP

With the members of the congressional deficit-cutting supercommittee essentially announcing that they couldn't get to "yes," the nation is only seeing the latest turn of the screw in the partisan paralysis gripping policymakers in Washington. We all know it is far from the last.

Coming as it does now less than a year before the 2012 general election, the panel's failure to achieve at least $1.2 trillion in deficit reduction means each major political will now be focused on trying to persuade voters that the other party is more responsible for the impasse.

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Mon November 21, 2011
The Two-Way

Reports: Egyptian Cabinet Members Submit Resignations

From NPR's Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson and The Associated Press, both in Cairo:

State TV in Egypt is reporting that Prime Minister Essam Sharaf and his cabinet have submitted their resignations to the nation's military council.

It isn't known, Soraya says, whether the interim government's resignations will be accepted.

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Mon November 21, 2011
The Commonwealth

Lexington-Louisville Partnership Board Named

The economic partnership between Louisville and Lexington will be led by a 21-member board of business executives, university presidents and economic development officials.

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Mon November 21, 2011
State Capitol

Paul Pushes Alternative Debt Plan

With all indications that the congressional supercommittee tasked with cutting $1.2 trillion in budget savings by Wednesday is deadlocked, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul introduced an alternative plan late last week. The bipartisan 12-member committee, appointed by party leaders, has been in discussion for two months, but as of early today all signs pointed to the group being headed for a failure to reach a compromise.


Mon November 21, 2011
Business and the Economy

Japanese Company Locates in Beaver Dam, Provides Jobs

Daicel Safety Tube Processing, a Japanese automotive components manufacturer, will locate a new manufacturing facility in Beaver Dam, creating 25 new jobs. The $8.8 million investment represents the third Daicel plant to locate in Beaver Dam, bringing the company’s total Kentucky employment to 525.

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Mon November 21, 2011
The Two-Way

It's Still OK To Text 'Offensive' Words In Pakistan

Originally published on Mon November 21, 2011 1:40 pm

Pakistani families walk past an advertisement for a cellular telephone company in Rawalpindi.
Farooq Naeem AFP/Getty Images

You can still text the name "Jesus Christ" and the word "naked" if you're a Pakistani with a cellphone.

Also still safe for texting: damn, nude and poop.

Those are among more than 1,600 words and phrases that the Pakistan Telecommunications Agency had reportedly ordered mobile companies in the country to block by today.

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Mon November 21, 2011

Berea Suspect had Previous Altercation with Victims

UPDATED: Berea police are looking for a suspect possibly armed with rifles and other equipment after a Monday morning double shooting that killed one man and wounded another in a building across from city hall. The shooting victims have not been identified, said police spokesman Capt. Ken Clark. Berea College and some schools in Berea and Madison County are locked down as police look for the suspect, he said.

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On a daily basis, she manages the desk's output of science, environmental and technical stories; edits Robert Krulwich’s pieces; and helps bring highlights of WNYC's Radiolab to Morning Edition.

Richards initiates major science features and series for NPR. She was the architect and lead editor of the year long “Climate Connections” series with National Geographic. In 2008, this global series was a finalist for the prestigious Grantham Prize and the National Academies Communication Award. In addition, Richards shared the top award in 2009 from the National Academies for the digital and multimedia presentation of this series.


Mon November 21, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Does Diabetes Need A Blue Circle To Establish Its Disease Cred?

Originally published on Tue November 22, 2011 11:54 am

Is there room for a blue diabetes button?

Breast cancer has a pink ribbon. Cystic fibrosis has a purple ribbon. Heart disease has a red ribbon.

Would diabetes be easier for people to talk about if it had a blue circle?

Some advocates think so and have been pushing various diabetes groups to unite behind the color blue. The idea has a lot of traction outside the United States.

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