Mon October 10, 2011
The Salt

In Peru, A Hunt For Chocolate Like You've Never Tasted It

Originally published on Fri October 26, 2012 1:05 pm

Farmers dry cacao beans in Uchiza, Peru, a file photo from 2008. Researchers are exploring the wild cacao bounty of Peru's Amazon Basin, part of an effort to jump-start the country's premium cacao industry.

Martin Mejia AP

Christopher Columbus first encountered the cacao bean on his final voyage to the New World some 500 years ago. It took a while for Europeans to embrace the taste — one 16th-century Spanish missionary called the chocolate that indigenous people drank "loathsome."

But by the 17th century, chocolate met sugar, and it became a hit the world over — it's now a $93 billion a year global industry, according to market research firm Mintel.

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Mon October 10, 2011
Middle East

Clashes Spark Outrage Among Egypt's Christians

Egyptians grieve over the coffins of Coptic Christians killed during Sunday's clashes with Egyptian security forces, before beginning a funeral procession from the Coptic Hospital in Cairo.

Mahmud Hams AFP/Getty Images

Several hundred Christians pelted police with rocks outside a Cairo hospital Monday, in fresh clashes one day after more than two dozen people died in riots that grew out of a Christian protest against a church attack. Sunday's sectarian violence was the worst in Egypt since the uprising that ousted Hosni Mubarak in February.

Security officials said Monday that the death toll from Sunday night's clashes rose to 26 from 24, after two people died of their wounds.

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Mon October 10, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

New Suitors Sought for Kentucky Kingdom

The Kentucky Kingdom amusement park has spent a second straight summer behind locked gates, as the state fair board seeks a new operator. Board officials say they’re committed to getting the park back up and running.It appears the park will stay closed for a third summer, with officials most likely looking toward a 2013 reopening. Kentucky Kingdom has been shut down since early last year, when its previous operator, Six Flags, declared bankruptcy.

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Mon October 10, 2011

Language Requirement Delayed

Program reviews were created and implemented this year and will be used the following year to assess how certain subjects and content are being taught throughout Kentucky. But lawmakers say foreign language shouldn’t be considered among core content and some superintendents say it’ll be difficult to implement language programs at a time with so many changing assessments. The board says learning another language will be important in the near future and starting early is best.

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Mon October 10, 2011
Environmental Watchdog

Carbon Catching Technology Slow to Catch on in the U.S.

Carbon capture and sequestration projects are picking up around the world, according to a new report, even as some in the United States have recently been shuttered. According to the Global Institute for Carbon Capture and Sequestration, the technology’s future is bright. CCS, as it’s known, is a process by which carbon dioxide is removed from emissions before it gets to the atmosphere, then is injected deep underground.

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Mon October 10, 2011
Strange News

Message Is Answered 20 Years After Bottle Is Tossed

Walking on the beach in Sweden, Anika Winhagen picked up a bottle with a message in it. The note asked a future finder to respond. A response was possible since it turned out Winhagen had worked with the mother of the girl who floated the bottle two decades ago.


Mon October 10, 2011

U.S. Economists Sargent, Sims Win 2011 Nobel Prize

Originally published on Mon October 10, 2011 5:04 pm

Americans Thomas Sargent of New York University and Christopher A. Sims of Princeton University have won the Nobel Prize in economics.

In awarding the $1.5 million prize, with the formal title the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences cited the researchers "for their empirical research on cause and effect in the macroeconomy."

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Mon October 10, 2011
Around the Nation

It's The Time Of Year When Big Pumpkins Make News

Originally published on Mon October 10, 2011 12:22 pm



Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep with pumpkin news. A certain six-year-old picked a Halloween pumpkin yesterday that weighed 19 pounds - a speck compared to the pumpkin that set a Minnesota State record. It weighed 1,630 pounds and didn't even win a contest. An out-of-state pumpkin was 27 pounds heavier. In Rhode Island, a man won a contest with a pumpkin four pounds heavier than that - 1,661. Still short of the world record. You are listening to MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.


Mon October 10, 2011

This Week In Politics

President Obama has been going around the country trying to rev up crowds demanding Congress pass his jobs bill. But besides Republicans, some Democrats also oppose Obama's plan.


Mon October 10, 2011
Art & Design

Turkish Museum Puts Hercules Back Together Again

Two halves of an ancient Greek statue have been reunited and are on display in a Turkish museum. The top half spent the last two decades in the Boston Fine Arts Museum. Turkish officials said it was illegally removed from an archaeological site in southwestern Turkey and they spent years trying to get it back.