Sat September 24, 2011

As Europe Ages, Its Economies Look Vulnerable

A pensioner shops in Athens' central market on May 12. The rapidly aging population in Europe will increasingly strain national budgets across the continent, where more retirees will be depending on fewer workers.
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"Old Europe" is getting old, and fast.

The share of seniors in the population of Western European countries is growing rapidly, due to a combination of increased longevity and low fertility rates.

That fact is having two major effects on many economies within the European Union. Over the short term, many nations are struggling to pay for generous health coverage and pensions.

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Sat September 24, 2011
Research News

Bones From The Badlands Belong To New Dinosaur

Originally published on Sat September 24, 2011 7:46 pm

A skeletal reconstruction of Talos sampsoni, with the pieces of the raptor specimen found highlighted in red.

Researchers made quite a find this week in Utah: a new species of raptor dinosaur. The ancient creature, a meat-eater, was small and fast, with talon-like toes.

"These animals were incredibly fast, incredibly intelligent and some of them wielded very significant claws and sharp teeth," Dr. Lindsay Zanno of the New University of Wisconsin tells NPR's Scott Simon. Zanno led the dig team that made the discovery.

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Sat September 24, 2011
NPR Story

Sports: The Mighty Clinch, But The Red Sox Cling

Originally published on Sat September 24, 2011 8:00 am

The Arizona Diamondbacks, the Milwaukee Brewers and the Texas Rangers all won division titles Friday night. But in New England, the Boston Red Sox have been falling like leaves from a mighty oak in the race for the American League wild card spot. Host Scott Simon talks sports with sports commentator Howard Bryant about this story and more.


Fri September 23, 2011
The Two-Way

HP's Whitman Says She'll Continue With Her Predecessor's Strategies

Former California gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman was chosen to take over at Hewlett-Packard
Tom Pennington Getty Images

After Hewlett-Packard announced that it was replacing its CEO with Meg Whitman, lots of talk erupted about the state of the technology behemoth.

Most of it wasn't pretty. Perhaps NPR's Richard Gonzales got the most succinct analysis of the situation from Ashok Kumar, an analyst at Rodman & Renshaw, who called HP "a clown without a circus, a tragicomedy."

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Fri September 23, 2011

UK Hoping To Stop Gators

The University of Kentucky football team returns to action tomorrow night, hosting 15th ranked Florida. UK has lost 24 straight to the Gators. Wildcats coach Joker Phillips doesn’t believe his team needs to play a perfect game to break the streak.

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Fri September 23, 2011
All Politics are Local

KDP Demands P’Pool Discuss Domestic Incident

The Kentucky Democratic Party is calling on Republican attorney general candidate Todd P’Pool to explain a decade-old 911 call made by the Hopkins County Attorney’s aunt. Earlier this week, the Associated Press reported about an entry in a police log that showed a caller accusing the GOP nominee of causing a disturbance.

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Fri September 23, 2011
Music Interviews

Wild Flag: Making Chaos Useful

Wild Flag's self-titled debut album was released earlier this month. Left to right: Rebecca Cole, Carrie Brownstein, Mary Timony, Janet Weiss.
Courtesy of the artist

Carrie Brownstein helped start Sleater-Kinney, the celebrated punk trio, when she was still in college. That band split in 2006, and though Brownstein kept busy — as a blogger and commentator for NPR Music, among other things — she says that by the end of 2010, she was feeling antsy.

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Fri September 23, 2011
Business and the Economy

Stability Contributes to Strong Keeneland Sale

As Keeneland heads into the final day of its annual September Yearling Sale, the thoroughbred auction company is looking at gross receipts in excess of $220 million, up at least 12 percent from last year. By day eight of the 13-day auction, Keeneland had already surpassed the gross receipts of last year. Keeneland spokeswoman Amy Gregory attributes that to a stabilizing thoroughbred market and growing buyer confidence.

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Fri September 23, 2011

Law Symposium Examines Effects Of Budget Cuts

A law symposium being held in Lexington is focusing on funding cuts to the justice system. The American Bar Association is calling the situation a "crisis." Underfunded, overburdened, and misunderstood - that's how American Bar Association president Bill Robinson has described the modern justice system in the U.S. He says funding cuts are pushing courts to the breaking point.

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Fri September 23, 2011
The Two-Way

Syrians Continue Protests, As Evidence Of Regime's Violence Mounts

Amnesty International offered new evidence today of what it said was the Syrian regime's brutal crackdown on protesters. The human rights organization said the mutilated body of 18-year-old Zainab al-Hosni, the first woman known to have died in custody during Syria's recent unrest, was discovered by her family in "horrific circumstances."

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