5:57pm

Tue October 18, 2011
The Two-Way

Hamas Official: Prisoner Swap Was Victory For All Palestinians

In two interviews, today, NPR's Robert Siegel got reaction from Hamas and the Israeli government over a prisoner swap deal that freed Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit and 1,027 Palestinian prisoners.

When Robert asked Osama Hamdan, a senior official from the Hamas international relations department, what the deal meant for future relations between Hamas and Israel, Hamdan said it "depends on the Israeli side."

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5:00pm

Tue October 18, 2011
The Two-Way

'The Sense Of An Ending' By Julian Barnes Awarded Booker Prize

Julian Barnes is the author of Metroland, Flaubert's Parrot and England, England.

Alan Edwards Knopf

Judges announced that Julian Barnes' The Sense Of An Ending was awarded the 2011 Man Booker Prize. The Leicester-born Barnes was a Booker finalist three times before: in 1984 for his novel Flaubert's Parrot; in 1998 for England, England and in 2005 for Arthur and George

The AP reports:

Judges announced the winner of the 50,000 pound ($82,000) prize Tuesday at a ceremony in London.

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4:41pm

Tue October 18, 2011
It's All Politics

What Word Comes To Mind When You Think Of The GOP Candidates?

Originally published on Tue October 18, 2011 5:17 pm

How to explain Herman Cain's ascent among Republican presidential candidates?

Perhaps a partial reason is that he so far evokes more positive than negative responses among Republicans and GOP leaning independents in a Pew Research Center/Washington Post survey than two other highly touted candidates in the race, Mitt Romney and Texas Gov. Rick Perry.

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4:35pm

Tue October 18, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

When It Comes To Baby's Crib, Experts Say Go Bare Bones

A pediatrician says parents often mistakenly believe all baby accessories are safe.

iStockphoto.com

No more blankets in the baby's bed. Not even when it's cold outside. No bumpers, pillows, or toys. All these accoutrements are hazards for newborns and infants, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics, which has released new expanded guidelines for reducing deaths from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, or SIDS, and other causes including suffocation, entrapment and asphyxia.

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4:34pm

Tue October 18, 2011
Fine Art

New Paintings Reignite The Bob Dylan Copycat Debate

Originally published on Tue October 18, 2011 8:23 pm

The Asia Series is Bob Dylan's first exhibit in New York.

William Claxton AP

Legendary songwriter Bob Dylan is once again at the center of a controversy about plagiarism, but this time it's not about his words or his music — it's about his painting.

The Asia Series, Dylan's current one-man show at the Gagosian Gallery in New York, was initially billed as the musician's visual response to his travels through Asia. But as it turns out, many of the pictures are direct copies from historical photographs.

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4:13pm

Tue October 18, 2011
Business

Cultivating A Wine Market In N.Y.'s Finger Lakes

Originally published on Tue October 18, 2011 5:50 pm

Grapes hang in a vineyard overlooking Canandaigua Lake in the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York.

Randall Tagg AP

New York's Finger Lakes region is named for its 11 long, thin lakes that run north to south below Lake Ontario. As it turns out, the hills surrounding these lakes are fertile ground for grapes, and the region is starting to gain recognition for its wines.

But because of the nature of marketing and selling new wines, it's still pretty tough to buy a bottle from the Finger Lakes region.

The area does have a long history of growing grapes: There have been wild grapes there for untold centuries. The vines are hardy and able to withstand occasional subzero temperatures.

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3:44pm

Tue October 18, 2011
Environmental Watchdog

Paul Lifts Opposition to Pipeline Safety Bill

A bill to update the nation’s pipeline safety standards after a fatal explosion in California has passed the U.S. Senate, despite long-term opposition by Kentucky senator Rand Paul. Paul had been single-handledly blocking the legislation for weeks. The bill would put new safety and environmental measures in place to regulate natural gas pipelines. The measure was introduced after a pipeline explosion in San Bruno, California killed eight people last year.

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3:31pm

Tue October 18, 2011
Middle East

Freed Israeli Soldier Returns Home To Hero's Welcome

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 11:19 am

Released Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit (second from right), walks with Israeli Defense Minster Ehud Barak (left), Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (second from left) and Israeli Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz, at the Tel Nof Air base in southern Israel on Tuesday. Shalit was freed after more than five years of captivity in the Gaza Strip.

Israel Defense Ministry AP

In a dramatic day that took him from captivity in the Gaza Strip to his home village in northern Israel, soldier Gilad Shalit was freed Tuesday after more than five years as a prisoner of Palestinian militants.

His release was cause for celebration in Israel, and nowhere more so than in Mitzpe Hila, where he was welcomed by several hundred neighbors and close friends who had long pressed for his release.

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3:06pm

Tue October 18, 2011
Sports

Analysts Point To Several Factors In Wheldon's Death

When the race cars began to collide Sunday on the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Dr. Terry Trammell immediately muted his television. He watched in silence to focus on the signs of injury based on car positions and how the safety crew was responding. When he saw the helicopter arrive, he knew that someone was severely injured. Dan Wheldon, a two-time Indianapolis 500 winner, was pronounced dead two hours later.

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3:01pm

Tue October 18, 2011
Latin America

In Mexico, Tourism Survives Bloody Drug War

Mexico has launched a publicity blitz to attract more tourists. The vast majority of tourists travel to just one of a half-dozen destinations in Mexico — including Cancun, shown here last year — far from the drug violence.

Gustavo Graf Bloomberg via Getty Images

Yes, the drug war has created an image problem. But Mexico has launched an aggressive publicity blitz to try to attract more tourists, and it seems to be succeeding.

Even President Felipe Calderon is involved in the full court press to tout the wonders, delicacies and marvels of Mexico to potential visitors.

On the PBS program The Royal Tour of Mexico, Calderon serves as the on-camera guide for TV host Peter Greenberg. The president leads a zip-line tour across a rain forest, rappels into a cave, climbs Mayan ruins and snorkels along a coral reef.

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