11:43am

Thu October 20, 2011
Africa

Gadhafi's Death A 'Historic Transition' For Libya

Ousted Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi was killed Thursday as revolutionary forces overan his hometown of Sirte. U.N. General-Secretary Ban Ki-Moon called it a "historic transition for Libya."

10:54am

Thu October 20, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

After A Half-Million Cholera Cases, Vaccination Will Begin In Haiti

Originally published on Thu October 20, 2011 11:38 am

A Haitian protester in Port-au-Prince last month spray-paints a wall, equating the UN mission in Haiti (abbreviated here as MINISTA) with cholera.

Thony Belizaire AFP/Getty Images

A year after cholera burst upon earthquake-weary Haiti, plans are afoot to begin vaccinating people against the highly contagious disease.

Nearly half a million Haitians — about 5 percent of the population — have already been afflicted and more than 6,500 have died.

But the goal of the vaccinators isn't to stop cholera in its tracks. They can't do that in Haiti with just 200,000 doses — enough for only 100,000 people — that's all the manufacturer can offer.

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10:32am

Thu October 20, 2011
Africa

Moammar Gadhafi Ruled Libya With An Iron Fist

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 12:19 pm

Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, shown in a 2008 file photo, ruled Libya for 42 years. Libya's new leaders say he was killed Thursday in his hometown of Sirte.

Sergei Grits AP

Moammar Gadhafi ruled Libya with an iron fist for more than four decades. He was an unpredictable, often brutal leader with a grand vision of himself. In the end, he squandered his country's wealth and lost the support of his people.

During his 42 years of rule, Gadhafi reinvented his image many times — from revolutionary to Arab nationalist, freedom fighter and self-styled leader of Africa.

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10:07am

Thu October 20, 2011
Africa

On The Scene In Tripoli: Reports Of Gadhafi's Demise

Multiple reports say Libya's Moammar Gadhafi may be dead. A photo of a body purported to be Ghadafi has been shown on television and websites after earlier reports that he had been captured and wounded. NPR News producer Grant Clark is in Tripoli and joins Renee Montagne by phone.

10:05am

Thu October 20, 2011
The Salt

The Historic Allure Of A Late Night Oyster

Originally published on Thu October 20, 2011 10:25 am

Late night oysters may be discounted, but they're usually no less fresh than oysters served at any other hour.

Maggie Starbard NPR

Despite its proximity to the Chesapeake Bay, Washington, D.C. isn't a seafood town in its own right, with a proper port. But just steps away from the White House, in the most straight-laced section of a straight-laced town, is a kind of temple to the most sensual of seafood – the raw oyster.

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10:04am

Thu October 20, 2011
All Politics are Local

Beshear Leads Democratic Tour Through Northern Ky.

Gov. Steve Beshear told supporters in Newport Wednesday he not only wants to win re-election, he wants to win by a landslide. “We’re going to win this race, but I don’t want to just win this race, I want to beat the socks of this guy,” Beshear said. “We need to beat him bad, because we need to send a strong message out here, and that message is this: ‘We don’t want the kind of dysfunctional politics going on in Washington D.C. right now.”
Polls show Beshear ahead of GOP candidate and state Senate President David Williams by as much as 31 points.

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10:02am

Thu October 20, 2011
All Politics are Local

Ordinance Would Penalize Ft. Mitchell Snitches

If a proposed confidentiality ordinance passes in Fort Mitchell, council members with loose lips could serve time if they let secrets slip. Ordinance 2011-16, which received a first reading at Monday night’s meeting, details penalties that could be imposed if confidential information is discussed outside of executive sessions.

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10:00am

Thu October 20, 2011
Africa

Developments In Libya: Sirte Defeated; Gadhafi Dead?

Reports streamed in Thursday morning that Libya's Moammar Gadhafi had been captured and killed. A Libyan transitional government official told CNN that Gadhafi is dead. A NATO official cautioned that it will take time to confirm the reports. NPR foreign editor Loren Jenkins talks with Renee Montagne about the latest developments.

9:57am

Thu October 20, 2011
Kentuckians at War

Vets Museum Proposed for Georgetown

Georgetown has been selected for a multimillion-dollar National Veterans Memorial Museum to be located on a 2,000-acre site to be secured sometime in the next year. "If you draw a 500-mile circle around Georgetown, you have a majority of the (nation's) population inside," said Todd Strecker, a Lexington man who's heading the effort to build the museum.

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