2:40pm

Thu November 17, 2011
The Commonwealth

Anderson Circle Farm Auctioned for $25 Million

A West Virginia billionaire bid $25 million on Wednesday to purchase Mercer County's Anderson Circle Farm on U.S. 127. Forbes Magazine lists Jim Justice II was one of the 400 richest Americans. Unlike some bidders who wanted to purchase parts of the farm and development it, Justice says he plans to keep the property as a working farm with cattle, thoroughbreds and cash grains.

1:50pm

Thu November 17, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Americans Are Fat, And Expected To Get Much Fatter

Overweight guys will have even more company in a few years.
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In case you haven't noticed, we're fat, and getting fatter.

If Americans stay on this path, 83 percent of men will be overweight or obese by 2020. Women are right behind them, with 72 percent projected to be overweight or obese by then.

The implications go far beyond tight pants and groaning sofas. Obesity is a big risk factor for cardiovascular disease and diabetes.

Imagining an America of overweight, unhealthy people gives public health officials the willies. And it should be frightening to us civilians, too.

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1:22pm

Thu November 17, 2011
The Two-Way

California Court Says Same-Sex Marriage Foes May Defend Prop 8

Originally published on Thu November 17, 2011 2:00 pm

Californians who oppose same-sex marriage just won a procedural victory in court.

The state's Supreme Court ruled this hour that opponents of same-sex marriage who successfully pushed the Proposition 8 law that bans such unions in the state may defend the initiative in court. The court's opinion is here.

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12:40pm

Thu November 17, 2011
The Two-Way

Arrests Being Made At Occupy Portland Protest, Scene Is 'Orderly'

Originally published on Thu November 17, 2011 4:31 pm

In Los Angeles today: Occupy protesters march.
Jae C. Hong AP

The focus is on Manhattan today as protesters mark the two-month anniversary of the Occupy Wall Street movement, but there are things happening in other U.S. cities as well. We'll add to this post as reports come in.

-- 4:15 p.m.: Our colleague Bill Chappell has used Storify to gather other feeds and reports about what's happening at various protests.

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12:38pm

Thu November 17, 2011
Around the Nation

Occupy Demonstrators Mark Two Months Of Protests

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

From New York to California and places in between, Occupy protesters are in the streets today. That's because it was exactly two months ago that the movement began in a New York City park. Police in riot gear were deployed in lower Manhattan this morning, as hundreds of demonstrators marched with the aim of shutting down Wall Street. NPR correspondent Margot Adler has been following the events, and she joins us now live. Good morning, Margot.

MARGOT ADLER, BYLINE: Good morning.

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12:22pm

Thu November 17, 2011
Around the Nation

Historic GM Plant Finds New Life As A Pharmacy

Originally published on Thu November 24, 2011 6:30 am

Members of the nascent United Auto Workers union staged sit-down strikes in several Flint, Mich., Fisher Body plants in late 1936 and early 1937.
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The former Fisher Body 1 plant in Flint, Mich., produced a lot of cars, thousands of jobs and lots of history — it was one of the places where sit-down strikes led to recognition of the United Auto Workers in 1937.

But General Motors abandoned what remained of the site after its bankruptcy, and the new occupants don't make cars there. Instead, they're riding the next economic wave, selling prescription drugs to an aging population.

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12:19pm

Thu November 17, 2011
WEKU News and Events

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12:19pm

Thu November 17, 2011
Around the Nation

Occupy Day Of Protests Coordinated Nationwide

Thousands of Occupy Wall Street demonstrators took to the streets around the U.S. on Thursday to mark two months since the movement's birth and signal they aren't ready to quit, despite the breakup of many of their encampments by police.

At least 175 people were arrested in New York, many for blocking streets near the New York Stock Exchange. One man was taken into custody for throwing liquid, possibly vinegar, into the faces of several police officers, authorities said. Police in Los Angeles arrested 23 people.

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12:15pm

Thu November 17, 2011
Opinion

National Book Award Winner Tells Tale Of Katrina

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Jesmyn Ward's novel, Salvage the Bones, won this year's National Book Award in fiction.

When you live on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, stories of hurricanes are passed down through generations. For my parents the storm was called Camille, and on Aug. 17, 1969, it made landfall.

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12:08pm

Thu November 17, 2011
Movie Interviews

Troubled Tropical Paradise In Payne's 'Descendents'

Originally published on Thu November 17, 2011 8:04 pm

George Clooney plays an indifferent husband and father to two daughters, including Shailene Woodley, in The Descendants.
Merie Wallace Fox Searchlight

Though he's directed only five feature films, Alexander Payne has built a reputation as one of Hollywood's most respected filmmakers. His movies find comedy in the crises of his flawed protagonists — among them Matthew Broderick as a high school teacher in Election, Jack Nicholson as a widower in About Schmidt and Paul Giamatti as a struggling author and wine snob in Sideways, for which Payne shared an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay.

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