8:06am

Mon July 18, 2011
Media

Parliament Should Delay Break Over Hacking, Cameron Says

British Prime Minister David Cameron on Monday called for an emergency session of parliament to brief lawmakers on a spreading phone hacking scandal, trying to gain control of a crisis that is threatening Rupert Murdoch's media empire, the upper echelons of London's police force and the country's leader himself.

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7:47am

Mon July 18, 2011
The Two-Way

Carmageddon, Schmarmaggedon: LA Survives The 405's Closing

Back on the road: Traffic on a 10-mile stretch of I-405 in Los Angeles started flowing on Sunday, nearly a day earlier than planned.
Kevork Djansezian Getty Images

Much like The Rapture that didn't happen on May 21, the much-publicized "carmageddon" in Los Angeles over this past weekend seems to been much ado about nothing.

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7:24am

Mon July 18, 2011
The Two-Way

Grand Deal? No Deal? Clock Ticking As Deficit Talks Continue

They're still talking. President Obama and leaders from Congress will continue deficit-reduction negotiations. July 14, 2011 file photo taken at the White House. From left to right: House Speaker John Boehner (R--OH); Obama; Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV); Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY); Senate Majority Whip Richard Durbin, (D-IL).
Mandel Ngan AFP/Getty Images

We know for sure that negotiations continue between the White House and the Republican leadership in Congress over how to extend the federal debt ceiling, trim federal deficits and start reducing (or at least stop its explosive growth) the $14+ trillion federal debt.

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7:10am

Mon July 18, 2011
Around the Nation

Deep Fried Kool-Aid Ball? Oh Yeah

At this year's Indiana State Fair, concessionaires Dennis and Cheryl Reas have a product for the whole family: deep fried Kool-Aid balls. They tell the Indianapolis Star the snack looks like a red hush puppy.

7:01am

Mon July 18, 2011
Business and the Economy

Toyota: Parts Shortage Hardly Felt

It’s been more than a month since production increased at the Toyota plant in Georgetown, Kentucky after a weeks-long parts shortage. The shortage was caused by the April earthquake and tsunami in Japan, which severed and disrupted supply chains. All of Toyota’s 13 North American plants saw production drop as a result.

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7:00am

Mon July 18, 2011
You Must Read This

Immerse Yourself In An Innocent, Ill-Fated Love

Originally published on Mon August 29, 2011 7:38 pm

In 1995, when I was a sophomore in high school, an older, popular boy came out of the closet. He was taunted daily until he dropped out. I never saw him again.

Months later, a decidedly unpopular, more flamboyant boy was beaten in the schoolyard. I remember escorting him to the nurse's office. I remember the look of disgust on the nurse's face; I don't know whether this disgust was directed at the act of savagery, or at the bleeding boy himself, and his arm around my shoulder. I also remember thinking that soon it would be my turn, and sure enough it was.

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6:57am

Mon July 18, 2011
Business

iPad Deal Was Too Good To Be True

Bargain hunters browsing the Sears website over the weekend must have thought they'd struck gold. The site featured an ad for the Apple iPad for only $69. That's a fraction of the usual $745 price tag. The typo was the result of a third-party seller. Sears issued a statement apologizing, but said it wouldn't make good on any orders.

6:04am

Mon July 18, 2011
Science/Health

Most Kentuckians Ignore Radon Threat

For decades, Kentuckians have known they’re vulnerable to radon, but many are not protecting themselves.  The radioactive gas collects in crawl spaces and basements, and has been linked to health problems.  Much of central Kentucky is troubled by radon gas.  Thanks to the region’s limestone and caves, radon levels here are much higher than the national average.

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4:00am

Mon July 18, 2011
Sports

World Cup: U.S. Loses To Japan On Penalty Kicks

Transcript

STEVE INSKEEP, host:

Some other news. The World Cup Soccer final brought a portion of America to a halt yesterday. People watched at home and in bars.

MARY LOUISE KELLY, host:

They howled as the U.S. Women's team just missed some early shots.

INSKEEP: They cheered as the U.S. twice pulled ahead.

KELLY: And then many fell silent as Japan came back and finally made more of the penalty kicks that decided a tie game.

INSKEEP: NPR's Mike Pesca was in Frankfort, Germany for the contest.

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4:00am

Mon July 18, 2011
Afghanistan

Adviser To Afghan President Killed In Attack

In Afghanistan, a close adviser to President Hamid Karzai has been killed. It was the second killing in recent days of one of Karzai's allies. Last week, Karzia's half-brother was killed in the southern city of Kandahar.

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