Fri October 7, 2011
The Two-Way

Rallies Decry Death Sentence For Confessed Assassin In Pakistan

Originally published on Fri October 7, 2011 1:44 pm

Protesters rally in support of Mumtaz Qadri, who was sentenced to death for the murder of Gov. Salman Taseer. Qadri appealed his sentence Thursday.

Sajid Mehmood NPR

Crowds protested in Pakistan's major cities Friday, against the death sentence handed down last week to the self-confessed killer of Punjab province's Gov. Salman Taseer. One of the governor's bodyguards, Mumtaz Qadri, shot him in cold blood outside a cafΓ© in Islamabad in January.

Religious parties supporting Qadri rallied in solidarity one day after Qadri filed an appeal challenging the death sentence handed down by an anti-terror court.

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Fri October 7, 2011
The Commonwealth

Injunction to Halt Gambling Rejected

A Kentucky Court of Appeals panel declined Wednesday to approve an injunction halting instant racing at Kentucky Downs in Franklin. The Family Foundation had asked for the court to halt instant racing games at the Franklin facility until it decided upon an appeal. The foundation contends that instant racing is illegal in Kentucky. The decision, issued by judges Glenn Acree, Janet Stumbo and Denise Clayton, said allowing the games to continue until a final decision is reached won’t harm the foundation.


Fri October 7, 2011
The Commonwealth

State Workers Recognized

After decades of injustice, 75 hearing-impaired black students finally got their high school diplomas – thanks to Sharon White of the state Office of Vocational Rehabilitation in Frankfort.
White was one of several state employees honored at the third-annual Governor’s Ambassador Awards ceremony, established in 2008 to recognize the service of state workers.


Fri October 7, 2011
The Two-Way

Berlusconi Raises Ire With Obscene Joke About His Party

Italy's Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, seen here in a file photo, has seen his approval rating hit record lows. And now he's angered many in his own party by jokingly suggesting a lewd name change.

Alberto Pizzoli AFP/Getty Images

Italian leader Silvio Berlusconi is in trouble again, after making an obscene joke at his own ruling party's expense. The quip is the latest in a series of scandals that have nettled the prime minister. And it came at the end of a week that took a deep toll on Italy's economy.

From Italy, Sylvia Poggioli filed this report for our Newscast desk:

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Fri October 7, 2011
Barack Obama

One Term, Or Two? Obama Faces Season Of Doubt

Originally published on Fri October 7, 2011 2:56 pm

Obama is surrounded by former presidents in the Oval Office in 2009. Two of his predecessors β€” George W. Bush and Bill Clinton β€” won two terms, while two others β€” George H.W. Bush and Jimmy Carter β€” left office after just one.

J. Scott Applewhite AP

For President Obama, this is the Season of Doubt.

There is in the American air β€” some 13 months away from the 2012 election β€” a whiff of suggestion that Obama might not be re-elected. Or re-electable.

A recent poll reveals that most Americans β€” 55 percent β€” believe Obama will be a one-term president. On hearing the results, Obama told ABC News: "I'm used to being an underdog."

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Fri October 7, 2011
The Two-Way

In Sirte, Assault Seeking To Quell Loyalists Meets Fierce Resistance

On a morning of fierce street fighting, a wounded man is wheeled into a field hospital outside Sirte. The city was rocked by explosions, and Libyan National Transitional Council fighters were targeted by pro-Gadhafi snipers.

Aris Messinis AFP/Getty Images

In Libya, revolutionary fighters staged a full assault on Sirte early Friday, trying to subdue the town that now serves as a bastion for fighters loyal to Moammar Gadhafi. The coastal city, Gadhafi's hometown, was attacked from nearly all sides Friday, with many exchanges involving tanks, mortars, and rockets.

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Fri October 7, 2011
World of Opera

Storms And Salvation: 'The Flying Dutchman'

Originally published on Tue November 8, 2011 9:33 am

Jennifer Wilson, Alan Held and Jennifer Wilson in the Washington National Opera's 'The Flying Dutchman," March 2008.

Karin Cooper courtesy of the Washington National Opera
  • Domingo On 'Dutchman'
  • Hear An Introduction To 'The Flying Dutchman'

Love him or hate him, Richard Wagner has a reputation as the composer of immense, four-hour-plus dramas rooted in confusing stories and drawn from obscure mythology.

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Fri October 7, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Influential Panel Giving Thumbs Down To Routine Prostate Cancer Test

Chicago attorney Tom Hayward suffered a raging infection after a prostate biopsy. He had to be hospitalized, but has since recovered.

Icoi Johnson for NPR

The same group that caused a ruckus by recommending against mammograms for women in their 40s is about to tell men that a routine blood test for prostate cancer does most of them more harm than good.

The problem is that the test doesn't do enough to save lives and subjects many men to additional tests and surgery. The side effects, including impotence and incontinence, outweigh the benefits for men in good heath, according to reports about the findings of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force.

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Fri October 7, 2011
The Salt

How That Food You Throw Out Is Linked To Global Warming

Originally published on Sat October 8, 2011 6:44 am

The greenhouse gas emissions associated with food waste amount to 135 million tons a year, a company has found.


It's funny how some people are embarrassed by the state of their refrigerator – perhaps because it's full of beer and condiments and nothing else.

For me, it's the guilt of seeing off-color sausage or slimy lettuce disintegrating in my refrigerator drawer. Sadly, I am just another American prone to wasting food. Collectively, we waste about 55 million tons of the stuff a year, or 40 percent of the food supply, researchers estimate.

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Fri October 7, 2011

Women's Rights Pioneers Win Nobel Peace Prize

The 2011 Nobel Peace Prize winners were named Friday: Yemeni activist Tawakkul Karman, Liberian president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Liberian activist and author Leymah Gbowee. Michel Martin discusses the winners and meaning of the prize with Kristian Berg Harpviken, who follows the Nobel Committee's process closely and directs the Peace Research Institute in Oslo.