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8:18am

Tue August 9, 2011
The Two-Way

Diana Nyad Abandons Cuba-To-Florida Swim

Diana Nyad delivers a speech at Ernest Hemingway Nautical Club, in Havana.
Adalberto Roque AFP/Getty Images

Half-way through what was scheduled to be a 60 hour swim, 61-year-old Diana Nyad had to abandon what she called her "Xtreme Dream" — a 103 mile swim from Cuba to Florida.

"It's over. She lasted 29 hours in an heroic attempt," said Elaine Lafferty, one of Nyad's crew members, on Twitter.

On the same Twitter account, her team said that earlier in the evening Nyad was in the water, "surrounded by dolphins and a beautiful Caribbean sunset." But, they explained, a strong wind "blew her 15mph off course."

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8:10am

Tue August 9, 2011
Business

Global Markets Are Dragged Down By Fear

An early rally proved short-lived as stocks in Asia and Europe sank again Tuesday. Justin Urquhart Stewart of Seven Investment Management talks to Renee Montagne about the continued slide of financial markets around the world.

7:54am

Tue August 9, 2011
The Two-Way

Three Nights In, U.K. Riots Escalate To 'Breathtaking Scale'

Prime Minister David Cameron cut his vacation short and parliament was recalled as riots went into their third night in England. Last night, for the first time, the mayhem spread outside of London to Birmingham and Liverpool. The BBC reports that 450 people have been arrested.

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7:25am

Tue August 9, 2011
Business

Lingering Laptop Users Wear Out Starbucks Welcome

Some Starbucks in New York have started blocking their electrical outlets. They want to set a time limit on customers with laptops. Starbucks offers WiFi access and some customers complain they can never find a seat because students, freelance workers and others sit there all day.

7:08am

Tue August 9, 2011
Around the Nation

Nonagenarian Earns Judo's 10th Degree Black Belt

Sensei Keiko Fukuda of San Francisco has became the first woman to earn a 10th degree black belt in judo. She is 98 years old. Only three others have this martial arts' highest ranking: all men living in Japan.

7:01am

Tue August 9, 2011
Business

Ticket Sales Are Down At U.S. Theaters

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RENEE MONTAGNE, host:

This summer, three movies each it made over $1 billion worldwide. They were all sequels from major franchises: "Harry Potter," "Transformers" and "Pirates of the Caribbean." For the movie industry, generally, though, it's anything but high times. Attendance is down. DVD sales continued to drop sharply, and a high-profile project, the adaptation of Stephen King's "The Dark Tower," with big movie makers Ron Howard and Brian Grazer, was jettisoned by a studio, fearful of what it would cost.

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6:52am

Tue August 9, 2011
Politics

U.S. Can No Longer Afford To Be World's Policemen

Massachusetts Rep. Barney Frank, the senior Democrat on the House Financial Services Committee, talks to Steve Inskeep about his opinion on the S&P credit downgrade. Frank says the U.S. spends too much money being the military policemen of the world.

6:43am

Tue August 9, 2011
Business

Diaper Business Does Well In Down Economy

Crystal White has a booming business selling cloth diapers, in part because of the way she sells them: diaper parties. Similar to Tupperware parties, parents can touch, see and feel the diapers as well as learn how to get over the "ick" factor. White can also thank consumer belt-tightening from the recession for renewed interest in cloth. But the down economy has made it harder for her to grow her business in other ways.

6:34am

Tue August 9, 2011
Economy

Asian Financial Markets Continue Selling Shares

After a day of dramatic plunges, world financial markets began to stabilize. Investors remain on edge amid fears of a possible global recession. Wall Street closed lower Monday-- it's sixth worst decline in the last 112 years. Robert Cookson, Asian markets correspondent for the Financial Times, talks to Renee Montagne about the markets.

6:27am

Tue August 9, 2011
Europe

London Faces 3 Straight Nights Of Arson, Looting

London saw the worst violence and disorder in decades Monday night. It was the third night of unrest in that city. Trouble is also spreading to other parts of Britain – to Birmingham, Liverpool and Bristol. Prime Minister David Cameron has cut short his vacation in Italy to try to deal with the crisis.

4:00am

Tue August 9, 2011
Economy

Business In Spain Have A Tough Time Getting Credit

The latest phase of the European debt crisis was sparked by a fear that the troubles plaguing Greece, Portugal and Ireland would spread to Spain and Italy. Spain has been struggling for more than two years with an unemployment rate above 20 percent — the highest in Europe.

4:00am

Tue August 9, 2011
Economy

U.S. Credit Downgrade Leaves 'Horrible Impact'

Steve Inskeep talks to former Republican Senator Alan Simpson of Wyoming about the S&P downgrade of U.S. credit. Simpson has been saying that he hopes the S&P downgrade will cause lawmakers to take deficit deliberations more seriously. Simpson was one of the chairmen of President Obama's deficit reduction commission,

4:00am

Tue August 9, 2011
Middle East

Syria's Allies Want Crackdown On Protesters Curtailed

Diplomats from several countries are in Syria to make an appeal to end the government's violent crackdown there. It's been five months of violence and the government continues to launch new attacks. Renee Montagne talks to Christopher Phillips, Syria analyst for the Economist Intelligence Unit, about the Syrian military's latest assaults.

12:01am

Tue August 9, 2011
Business

Frantic Market Can Make For Jittery Consumers

The volatile stock market has people worried.

After the downgrade of Treasury Bonds by Standard & Poor's, consumers might be less likely to buy a home, car or other big ticket item if they believe the economy is going south.

But even as the market suffers through fits and falls, people are visiting car dealers. On a recent day, Jack Myers was trading in his gigantic, black 2002 Chevy pickup at a dealership in southeast Michigan.

"Well this [truck] is eating gas," Myers said, "and we [want] something more economical. We're purchasing a hybrid."

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12:01am

Tue August 9, 2011
Politics

Outsiders Seek To Capitalize On Wis. Recall Elections

Wisconsin voters are headed to the polls for an unprecedented round of recall elections in response to Republican Gov. Scott Walker's move to limit collective bargaining rights of public employees.

In recall votes Tuesday and next week, control of the Republican-held state Senate is at stake, and with it, Walker's agenda.

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12:01am

Tue August 9, 2011
News

In San Francisco, Look Out For Gulls Gone Wild

In San Francisco, gulls sit atop the large baseball glove behind the bleachers in left-center field during a game between the San Diego Padres and the San Francisco Giants. The gulls are known for arriving right at the end of games to pick up food scraps.
Thearon W. Henderson Getty Images

The aggressive California gull is putting a San Francisco Bay restoration project at risk. For more than a century, the bay has been home to industrial salt-harvesting ponds. Now, thousands of acres of those ponds are being restored for shorebirds and wildlife.

But that's creating an opportunity for the problematic gull.

Gulls In The Outfield

You can see them at work on a visit to AT&T Park. In the bottom of the 9th inning, the San Diego Padres are up, 5-3, over the hometown Giants.

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12:01am

Tue August 9, 2011
Afghanistan

Military Faces Challenge In Rebuilding SEAL Team 6

The Taliban attack that claimed the lives of nearly two dozen members of the elite and secretive unit called SEAL Team 6 places a huge burden on the Special Forces community.

Officials say with a roughly 10 percent loss, they may have to rotate SEALs in before their downtime is complete, or pull SEALs from staff and training positions. Longer term, it will mean juggling the new SEAL Team 6 members with veterans.

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12:01am

Tue August 9, 2011
Commentary

Hollywood Superheroes Losing The Fight For Diversity

Ryan Reynolds plays Hal Jordon in this year's Green Lantern.
Warner Brothers

The big budget disappointment Green Lantern was about a superhero whose powers were only limited by his imagination. But I kind of get the feeling that Hollywood's earning powers are being limited by its lack of imagination.

Consider the box office potential if movie producers had been as bold as Marvel's Ultimate Comics Spider-Man series when it introduced Miles Morales — a part black, part Hispanic teen — as the new Spider-man.

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12:01am

Tue August 9, 2011
Religion

Evangelicals Question The Existence Of Adam And Eve

An engraving depicting Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, by Albrecht Durer, 15th century.
Hulton Archive Getty Images

Let's go back to the beginning — all the way to Adam and Eve, and to the question: Did they exist, and did all of humanity descend from that single pair?

According to the Bible (Genesis 2:7), this is how humanity began: "The Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul." God then called the man Adam, and later created Eve from Adam's rib.

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12:01am

Tue August 9, 2011
Europe

After Aiming Too High, Spain Renews Solar Push

Originally published on Mon March 31, 2014 5:32 pm

A worker installs a solar panel on the roof of a house in Santa Cruz de Tenerife in the Spanish Canary Island of Tenerife in March 2011. The country's solar sector intends to double its contribution to the national grid by 2020, after an earlier government attempt at boosting the industry failed.
Santiago Ferrero Reuters /Landov

The streets of Madrid are sizzling in the summer. The sun bears down on everything — including the solar panels dotting houses, offices and even parking meters. Solar energy makes sense in Spain, and it's attracted people like Juan Casanovas.

Casanovas says he first became interested in the solar industry in 2003 "because it's a democratic way to generate electricity." He says people can become self-sufficient in energy.

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12:01am

Tue August 9, 2011
Environment

Why Cleaned Wastewater Stays Dirty In Our Minds

Brent Haddad studies water in a place where water is often in short supply: California.

Haddad is a professor of environmental studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz. About 14 years ago, he became very interested in the issue of water reuse.

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7:46pm

Mon August 8, 2011
The Two-Way

Market Indexes Sink On U.S. Debt Concerns; Widespread Losses Seen

Federal Reserve Board Chairman Ben Bernanke may look to reassure global financial markets Tuesday. Here, he arrives for a Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee hearing in July.
Mark Wilson Getty Images

U.S. stock benchmarks took another big hit Monday, in the first day of trading since America's credit was downgraded by Standard and Poor's rating agency late Friday. The Dow Jones Industrial index closed below the 11,000 mark for the first time since late 2010, ending the day at 10,811.

The Standard and Poor's 500 Index, meant to reflect the U.S. domestic economy, sank by 6.7 percent Monday. According to Bloomberg, all 500 of the stocks in the index declined on the same day — something that hadn't happened since at least 1996.

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6:12pm

Mon August 8, 2011
Education

No Child Left Behind Gets A Revamp

Originally published on Mon August 8, 2011 7:08 pm

The Obama administration is giving school districts a waiver from some mandates of the No Child Left Behind education law.

The law requires schools to reach higher goals each year, and by 2014, it demands that every student be graded proficient in reading and math. The administration, which has repeatedly called on Congress to rewrite the legislation, says the law is overly punitive.

In an announcement on Monday, Education Secretary Arne Duncan opened the door for states to avoid the penalties and deadlines of the current No Child Left Behind Law.

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6:06pm

Mon August 8, 2011
Planet Money

How The U.S. Gave S&P Its Power

In the beginning, the rating agencies were all about trains.
William England Getty Images

Who gave S&P the power to kick sand in the face of the U.S. government?

Oh, right. It was the U.S. government.

"There's some ironies, shall we say, in all of this," says Lawrence J. White, a professor at NYU's Stern School of Buisness.

The story goes back to the rise of the railroads in the 19th century.

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6:05pm

Mon August 8, 2011
The Two-Way

London Endures A Third Night Of Riots, Violence; Cameron Cuts Vacation Short

A rioter throws a rock at riot police in Clarence Road in Hackney, London, Monday. Rioting and looting continued into the night Monday in parts of London, as well as in Birmingham. The unrest was prompted by the initial rioting in Tottenham and then in Brixton on Sunday night.
Dan Istitene Getty Images

Cars and buildings were burning and stores were looted in areas across London Monday, on the third night of riots and violence in the British capital. "Area is an absolute war zone," pub manager Alan McCabe told the BBC in Croydon.

Prime Minister David Cameron is returning early from his summer vacation to help get the riots under control. He will meet with police and Home Office officials Tuesday, part of his "COBRA" emergency response team. The group takes its name from the Cabinet Office Briefing Room in which it meets.

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5:55pm

Mon August 8, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Early Morning Smokers Are More Addicted And At Greater Risk Of Cancer

Early morning cigarettes are a proxy for the level of addiction, researchers say.
iStockphoto.com

Even though rising cigarette prices and new restrictions on smoking in public places have helped to make a dent in smoking rates in the U.S., there are still plenty of heavily addicted smokers out there who remain at great risk of developing cancer from their habit.

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5:49pm

Mon August 8, 2011
Economy

Market Turmoil Fuels Gold Rush

Originally published on Thu January 10, 2013 11:16 pm

Gold futures climbed above $1,700 an ounce Monday as investors eyed the precious metal as a safe haven from declining stock markets.
David McNew Getty Images

The stock markets may be sinking, but the price of gold is on the rise, topping $1,700 an ounce Monday. Economists say the spike in gold is a sign that investors are getting nervous.

Ken Rogoff, an economics professor at Harvard University, says gold is kind of like an economic mood ring: When the price is relatively stable, the economy is cool, calm and collected.

But when the price of gold soars to levels like Monday's high, it's a sign of panic, he says. "People are scared right now," he says.

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5:12pm

Mon August 8, 2011
All Tech Considered

Teenage Girls And Social Media: Tips For Parents From A Best-Selling Author

Nearly 10 years ago, author Rachel Simmons wrote a best-selling book called Odd Girl Out: The Hidden Culture of Aggression in Girls. Now she has updated her book to include the role of social media and technology.

These days, with frantic Facebook stalking, girls sending thousands of text messages a month and sometimes sleeping with their cell phones under their pillows, bullies have new ways to reach into girls' worlds.

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5:04pm

Mon August 8, 2011
Politics

Why The Downgrade Won't End The D.C. Dysfunction

President Barack Obama talks about the downgrade of U.S. debt at the White House on August 8.
Nicholas Kamm AFP/Getty Images

The political blame game that has followed Standard & Poor's U.S. debt downgrade has been dismally predictable.

Democrats point fingers at the Tea Party wing of the Republican Party. Republicans condemn President Obama for an inability to lead. And S&P has been alternately hailed for calling out Washington's budgeting dysfunction and excoriated for overstepping in its ratings role.

One thing not in dispute?

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4:38pm

Mon August 8, 2011
The Two-Way

Alleged 'Patent Troll' Hit With Large Fine In Appeals Court

A ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit is being seen as a victory against "patent trolls," companies that acquire intellectual property for the sole purpose of extracting licensing fees or settlements, despite having no intention of using the protected technology or idea themselves.

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