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5:01pm

Mon August 22, 2011
Middle East

A Controlled Glimpse Of A Restive Syrian Town

Syrian soldiers shout slogans in support of President Bashar Assad Aug. 10 as they withdraw from the city of Hama after a 10-day military operation to quell pro-democracy protests. This photo was taken during a government-guided tour.
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NPR's Kelly McEvers is in Syria on a tour organized by a youth group aligned with the government of President Bashar Assad. Most foreign journalists are barred from entering the country otherwise. The tour's theme is "Syria Is Fine." Most of the reporters are from countries that have a history of supporting the Syrian regime — Russia and Iran among them. McEvers is the only American reporter in the group, which also includes some European journalists.

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4:59pm

Mon August 22, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Why Drug Companies Are Shy About Sharing On Facebook

Originally published on Mon August 22, 2011 7:05 pm

Drug firms fear that being "liked" on Facebook could get them in trouble with the FDA.
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People love how Facebook lets them comment on and share other people's posts. But the idea of sharing on social media has got drug companies scared. When Facebook told drugmakers that they had to start allowing comments on their Facebook pages, some of those pages started disappearing.

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3:58pm

Mon August 22, 2011
The Two-Way

United States Says No To 2020 Olympic Bid

American fans of the Olympics will have to travel abroad for at least another decade if they want to cheer from the stands at one of the world's biggest sporting events. The U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) announced today that there will be no American bid to host the 2020 Summer Olympics.

Actually, the news was Tweeted by USOC spokesman Patrick Sandusky. "I can confirm the US will not be bidding for 2020 Olympic Games," Sandusky wrote to his Twitter followers.

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3:55pm

Mon August 22, 2011
The Two-Way

Gadhafi's Weapons Of Concern: Shoulder-Fired Missiles

As opposition forces have moved into Tripoli, they've gotten into some of the Iraqi military's weapons depots. But they haven't necessarily secured all the military hardware, leaving some of it vulnerable to those who might try to sell it on the black market.

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3:40pm

Mon August 22, 2011
The Two-Way

Prosecutors Ask Judge To Dismiss Charges Against Strauss-Kahn

Prosecutors have asked a judge to dismiss some or all the charges against the former head of of the International Monetary Fund Dominique Strauss-Kahn.

Reuters reports the prosecutors made the decision shortly after meeting with his accuser, who had earlier today asked that a Manhattan district attorney be removed from the case.

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3:00pm

Mon August 22, 2011
NPR Story

Chavez Wants Gold Holdings Transferred To Venezuela

Melissa Block talks with Jack Farchy of the Financial Times about the challenge of shipping huge amounts of gold overseas. Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez has announced he wants all the country's holdings in gold physically moved to Venezuela. The logistics are tricky — but even trickier is the issue of insurance.

3:00pm

Mon August 22, 2011
NPR Story

What Happens To Gadhafi's Weapons Caches?

With the situation in Libya becoming increasingly chaotic, Melissa Block speaks with Rand Corporation senior policy analyst Frederic Wehrey about the fate of Moammar Gadhafi's weapons caches.

3:00pm

Mon August 22, 2011
NPR Story

Prosecutors Expected To Drop Strauss-Kahn Case

The Manhattan district attorney is expected to recommend dropping the charges against Dominique Strauss-Kahn when the former IMF head appears in court on Tuesday. Lawyers for Strauss-Kahn's accuser are meeting with the D.A. on Monday afternoon in New York. Melissa Block speaks with NPR's Joel Rose.

3:00pm

Mon August 22, 2011
Africa

Libyan Rebels Claim Control Of Most Of Tripoli

After easy advance into the Libya capital of Tripoli Sunday, rebels are encountering resistance inside the city, especially around the barracks that are Moammar Gadhafi's official residential compound.

3:00pm

Mon August 22, 2011
Race

How Close Are We To Realizing King's 'Dream'?

The opening of the Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial in Washington, D.C., comes at a time when it's hard to tell just how close we are to King's "dream." To help us appraise that, Robert Siegel speaks with Julian Bond, a veteran civil rights activist and former chairman of the NAACP.

3:00pm

Mon August 22, 2011
History

Martin Luther King Memorial Opens

After years of debate, fundraising and construction, the Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial opened to the public Monday

2:17pm

Mon August 22, 2011
Africa

Fighting Surrounds Journalists' Hotel In Tripoli

Rebel fighters swept into Tripoli over the weekend and said Monday that they control much of the capital. But parts of the city remain in the hands of Moammar Gadhafi's regime, including the streets around the Rixos Hotel, where western journalists have been camped out for weeks, covering the story. Reuters correspondent Missy Ryan, who is at the hotel, talks with David Greene.

1:56pm

Mon August 22, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Even Windows On First Floor Pose Risk Of Falls For Youngsters

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More than 5,000 kids who fall from windows in the U.S. each year are hurt badly enough to require a trip to the emergency room.

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1:16pm

Mon August 22, 2011
The Two-Way

Where Is Moammar Gadhafi?

Protesters burn a portrait of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi and copies of his Green Book outside the Libyan Embassy in Ankara, Turkey, on Monday.
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The nearly 42-year rule of Moammar Gadhafi seems to be at a tenuous spot. Rebels claim they control most of Tripoli and claim three of Gadhafi's sons have been captured, including Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, who was considered Libya's heir apparent.

The focus of the fiercest fighting, today, is occurring just outside the Gadhafi compound in Tripoli. According to the AP, Rebels were trying to storm the Bab al-Aziziya command center when tanks opened fire, which led to the big question: Where is Moammar Gadhafi? Is he in Bab al-Aziziya or is he even in Libya?

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1:13pm

Mon August 22, 2011
Africa

Expert: Gadhafi May Pick Asylum

Protesters burn a portrait of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi and copies of his Green Book outside the Libyan Embassy in Ankara. Turkey, on Monday, Aug. 22, 2011. Libyan rebels taken many parts of the Libyan capital Tripoli as they try to oust Gadhafi.
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Libyan rebels have claimed control of parts of the capital Tripoli, but big questions remain about the future of the country and the fate its longtime leader Moammar Gadhafi.

The whereabouts of Gadhafi, as of Monday, remained unknown.

David Mack is a former U.S. diplomat who served throughout the Middle East, including a posting in Libya. He says he believes Gadhafi could very well seek asylum for himself and his family in a country like Russia.

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1:10pm

Mon August 22, 2011
Around the Nation

The Trouble With Trillions

$14.4 trillion and counting: The National Debt Clock, a billboard-size digital display showing the increasing U.S. debt, is seen in New York City on Aug. 1.
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The news this summer is teeming with trillions. The national debt is more than $14 trillion. In a recent report, the credit rating agency Moody's says the 1,600-plus U.S.-based companies it rates harbored some $1.2 trillion in cash at the end of 2010. The newly minted congressional supercommittee is charged with finding ways to pare the federal deficit by at least $1.2 trillion in the next decade.

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12:00pm

Mon August 22, 2011
Economy

The Poor Better Off 15 Years After Welfare Reform?

President Bill Clinton signed a historic overhaul of the nation's welfare system into law on Aug. 22, 1996. Now, some states are seeing drops in welfare cases even as the the U.S.' unemployment rate spiked. That's according to a new Urban Institute report. Host Michel Martin explores the past and present state of welfare with activist Barbara Ehrenreich and former RNC Chairman Michael Steele.

11:20am

Mon August 22, 2011
The Two-Way

Raise My Taxes? Not So Fast, Retired CEO Tells Warren Buffett

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Here's one wealthy man's response to billionaire Warren Buffett's recent op-ed piece that made the case for raising taxes on the wealthy. Harvey Golub, former CEO of American Express, disagrees:

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11:04am

Mon August 22, 2011
Around the Nation

Greek Yogurt Sales Rise In U.S. Dairy Aisles

Earlier this summer, Goldman Sachs and the Swiss bank UBS downgraded the stock rating for the food company General Mills from "buy" to "neutral."

One of the main reasons? Greek yogurt — the growing popularity of the thick and tangy dairy product is changing consumer tastes and the yogurt industry.

Hamdi Ulukaya comes from a long line of dairy farmers in Turkey, and he says the first time he tried yogurt in America, he did not approve.

"I was just surprised that, there was so much sugar in there. It was so much preservatives and colors," he says.

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10:59am

Mon August 22, 2011
Planet Money

Banks Borrowed $1.2 Trillion From The Fed During The Financial Crisis

We now know exactly how much banks and financial institutions borrowed from the Federal Reserve during 2008 financial crisis — $1.2 trillion. According to Bloomberg, that's enough $1 bills to fill "539 Olympic-size swimming pools."

The biggest borrower, Morgan Stanley, got $107.3 billion, Citigroup and Bank of America followed close behind with $99.5 billion and $91.4 billion respectively.

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10:28am

Mon August 22, 2011
The Two-Way

Contaminated Vinegar Suspected In Death Of 11 Chinese

China is facing yet another case of contaminated food. This time authorities believe vinegar tainted with antifreeze is responsible for the death of 11 Muslims who ingested it at a Ramadan meal.

Reuters reports that the vinegar was stored in plastic barrels that contained antifreeze. Reuters adds:

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9:53am

Mon August 22, 2011
The Two-Way

Martin Luther King Memorial Opens To The Public

Today, a memorial to he civil rights leader Martin Luther King opened to the public. The official dedication is on Sunday but visitors to the National Mall in Washington, D.C. can see the 30-foot sculpture today.

The memorial is the first honoring an African American and the first honoring a person who did not serve as president. The Washington Post describes the memorial like this:

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8:00am

Mon August 22, 2011
The Two-Way

Libya: Latest News

Events are moving quickly in Libya, where over the weekend opposition forces entered Tripoli. They may be closing in on leader Moammar Gadhafi, though there's no certain word on his whereabouts.

NPR.org's constantly updated news story is here. And we'll be updating this post with developments. Hit your "refresh" button to be sure you're seeing our latest additions.

As we write this at 8 a.m. ET, here are some of the latest headlines:

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7:45am

Mon August 22, 2011
The Two-Way

Top Stories: Libya; Israel-Gaza; Strauss-Kahn; Hurricane Irene

Good morning.

The big breaking story of the day, so far, comes from Libya. Opposition fighters have started to take control of Tripoli, and may be closing in on Moammar Gadhafi. As we reported earlier, the sudden shift in momentum appears to have happened because the opposition has gotten better organized and NATO stepped up its air attacks.

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7:39am

Mon August 22, 2011
Around the Nation

After 20 Years, Message In A Bottle Is Picked Up

Ashley and Seth Cooper celebrated their first anniversary in Alaska. While beachcombing they spied a champagne bottle with a note in it. It had been tossed into the sea by a couple on their honeymoon. When Cooper tracked them down, she discovered they were still happily married.

7:27am

Mon August 22, 2011
Around the Nation

Chicago Judge Officiates Inmate's Wedding

Tharvin Benitez was standing in a Chicago courtroom in handcuffs and orange prison fatigues. Benitez was before a judge facing 30 years in prison on drug charges. His girlfriend was expecting a baby, and he asked the judge to please officiate the wedding before she delivered.

7:15am

Mon August 22, 2011
The Two-Way

Libya: Why Has The Tide Turned?

Opposition fighters in Tripoli earlier today (Aug. 22, 2011).
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The news that opposition fighters moved into Tripoli over the weekend and have begun to take control of the Libyan capital and perhaps close in on Moammar Gadhafi has raised this question (among others):

Libya's civil war has been going on for six months. Much of the time things have seemed to be at an impasse. What happened in recent days to change the picture?

Here's some of the reporting on that:

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4:00am

Mon August 22, 2011
Business

The Last Word In Business

Renee Montagne has the Last Word in business.

4:00am

Mon August 22, 2011
Africa

Libyan Rebels Set On Ousting Gadhafi

Most of the Libyan capital Tripoli is controlled by rebels. The rebels, however, are not in control of Moammar Gadhafi's compound. The whereabouts of Gadhafi are unknown. Two of his sons have been arrested.

4:00am

Mon August 22, 2011
Africa

Libyan Rebels Sweep Into Tripoli

It appears to be just a matter of time before the rebels take complete control of the capital. There are reports of heavy fighting near Moammar Gadhafi's compound but there is no sign of Gadhafi.

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