Tue November 1, 2011

E.U. Leaders Frustrated By Greek Referendum

Markets slumped from Asia to Europe to the U.S. on word that the Greek prime minister will put the European Union rescue package to a referendum. What now? Guy Raz speaks with NPR's Eric Westervelt for more.


Tue November 1, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Exhibitors Strut Offbeat Wares At Public Health Confab

If you have a soft spot for internal organs, then you'll love these plush hearts, ovaries and intestines.

Julie Rovner NPR

At the heart of every convention worth its salt is the exhibit hall. But only at the American Public Health Association annual meeting can you find a plush heart for sale. Along with stuffed spleens, brains and uteruses.

And you know the game where you guess how many candies are in a jar and win something cool? Well, at the APHA meeting, the anti-tobacco American Legacy Foundation is giving away a new Kindle, if you can guess how many cigarette butts are in a huge jar.

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Tue November 1, 2011
Herman Cain

Citizen Cain: Facing Another Hurdle Of History

Originally published on Tue November 1, 2011 2:25 pm

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Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain speaks Monday at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. During a question and answer portion of the program, Cain called the accusations of sexual harassment against him "a witch hunt."

Win McNamee Getty Images

New allegations of an old scandal suggest that Herman Cain has hit the political big time.

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Tue November 1, 2011
It's All Politics

Lawyer: Cain May Have Violated Confidentiality Of Harassment Settlement

Originally published on Tue November 1, 2011 8:11 pm

Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain spoke about the harassment allegations at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., on Monday.

Pablo Martinez Monsivais AP

The lawyer for a woman who settled a sexual harassment complaint against Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain in the late 1990s says that Cain may have violated the confidentiality terms of the agreement by commenting on its specifics over the past 24 hours.

"Herman Cain and others have already disclosed that there was a confidential settlement," says Joel P. Bennett, a Washington-based attorney specializing in employment law, who also represented the woman when she negotiated her settlement.

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Tue November 1, 2011
The Two-Way

U.S. Sues Major Mortgage Broker Over Lending Fraud

In a lawsuit filed against one of the largest private mortgage brokers in the country, the United States alleges fraudulent lending practices by Allied Home Mortgage Capital Corp. cost the government $834 million in insurance claims paid by the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

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Tue November 1, 2011
Kentuckians at War

Marine Named Honorary Trooper

Marine Sgt. Dakota Meyer of Kentucky, a Medal of Honor recipient, speaks at the Kentucky State Police headquarters Monday afternoon after receiving an honorary trooper certificate as Kentucky State Police troopers look on.
Tricia Spaulding Frankfort State Journal

Sgt. Dakota Meyer, the first living Marine to receive the Medal of Honor in nearly 40 years, has gotten used to the attention brought by his military honors. Instead of setting up interviews with different media outlets after he was named an honorary Kentucky State Police trooper at KSP headquarters Monday, the 23-year-old veteran asked to field reporters’ questions en masse from a podium. He is credited with saving the lives of 13 U.S. soldiers and 23 Afghan soldiers under heavy insurgent fire in northeastern Afghanistan’s Ganjgal valley in 2009.

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Tue November 1, 2011
The Two-Way

Report: Congress Got Richer In 2010

Roll Call, a newspaper that specializes on reporting from Capitol Hill, digs through the personal financial disclosure forms of elected officials every couple of years to look at trends in the aggregate.

In its analysis of this year's data, it found that "members of Congress had a collective net worth of more than $2 billion in 2010, a nearly 25 percent increase over the 2008 total..."

Roll Call reports:

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Tue November 1, 2011
The Salt

'Trade You Snickers For Smarties': The Economics of Halloween Candy

Originally published on Tue November 1, 2011 3:05 pm

Sierra Lewter grabs a coveted candy after trick-or-treating on Halloween.

Melissa Forsyth NPR

Budgets may be tight, but that didn't stop Americans from throwing down more money for Halloween candy this year than ever before.

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Tue November 1, 2011
Movie Reviews

'Tinker, Tailor': The Greatest Spy Story Ever Told

Alec Guinness starred in the 1979 BBC adaptation of John le Carre's novel Tinker, Tailor Soldier, Spy. The series has just been re-released on DVD in anticipation of the release of a new film version of the Cold War-era spy drama.

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When I was 12, I was hooked on James Bond, both Ian Fleming's elegantly pulpy novels and the cartoonish movies they spawned. One day, my friend's older brother, who went to Harvard, tossed a paperback onto my lap and said, "Here's the real thing, kid."

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Tue November 1, 2011
The Two-Way

U.N. Security Council Expresses Concern Over Weapons In Libya

The United Nations Security Council expressed concern over the security of the stockpile of weapons in Libya. It specifically worried that weapons — shoulder-fired missiles for example — left behind by the regime of Moammar Gadhafi could end up in the hands of Al-Qaida.

Reuters reports:

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