2:00am

Mon August 15, 2011
Business

Business News

Renee Montagne has business news.

2:00am

Mon August 15, 2011
Africa

Defiant Gadhafi Pushes Rebels To Fight On

Originally published on Mon August 15, 2011 4:40 am

Transcript

RENEE MONTAGNE, host:

Let's turn now to another story we're following: Libya, where rebel forces have made some dramatic gains. Rebels have fought their way out of the mountains to a key coastal city just 30 miles from the Libyan capital of Tripoli.

In a defiant speech last night, Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi exhorted his followers to fight, even as reports surfaced of talks between the regime and the rebels.

We've got NPR's Lourdes Garcia-Navarro on the line. She's in the rebel stronghold of Benghazi.

And Lulu, what is the latest?

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2:00am

Mon August 15, 2011
NPR Story

Perry, Bachmann Share Billing At Iowa Fundraiser

It was a political whirlwind of a weekend in Iowa, culminating in an event last night in Waterloo. Ames Straw Poll winner Michele Bachmann and new entrant in the race, Texas Governor Rick Perry, gave back to back speeches at the same County GOP dinner. People in the audience were sizing both up, as the campaign moves into a new phase. NPR's Don Gonyea has the latest.

2:00am

Mon August 15, 2011
NPR Story

UK Stunned By Rioters' Racial, Economic Diversity

Many people in Britain are still reeling in shock from the violent riots that broke out in a number of English cities just over a week ago. The country is now experiencing a period of political sniping over why the riots broke out, and how they can be avoided.

1:18am

Mon August 15, 2011
Iraq

Dozens Killed In Twin Explosion In Iraqi City

An Iraqi medical official says the death toll from twin bombings at a market in a city southeast of Baghdad has risen to 34.

The top medical official in the province where the city of Kut is located, Diaa al-Aboudi, says 60 people were also wounded in the blast on Monday.

Police spokesman Lt. Col. Dhurgam Mohammed Hassan says the first bomb went off in a freezer used to keep drinks cold.

Then as rescuers and onlookers gathered, a parked car bomb exploded.

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10:02pm

Sun August 14, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Younger Siblings Of Autistic Kids: Their Risk Greater Than Thought

Judith Ursitti is a Massachusetts mother of two children with autism spectrum disorders. Her son, Jack, 7, has severe autism, while her daughter, Amy (not pictured), who's 11, has Asperger's.
Richard Knox NPR News

Autism specialists have long thought the disease has a strong genetic component -– maybe stronger than any other neurodevelopmental disorder.

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10:01pm

Sun August 14, 2011
The Picture Show

Jumping Dogs And Photo-Toons: Meet Photographer Elliott Erwitt

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 9:34 am

Paris, France, 1989
Elliott Erwitt Magnum

Photographer Elliott Erwitt loves babies, bare bottoms and dogs — specifically, jumping dogs. And he'll go to great lengths — however unorthodox — to get the shot. To get a dog to jump? Bark at it, Erwitt says: "You have to speak their language. ... Sometimes they bark back, sometimes they jump." But it's a perilous approach. "Once, one of them peed on my leg as a consequence," he says.

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10:01pm

Sun August 14, 2011
World

Arctic Warming Unlocking A Fabled Waterway

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 9:33 am

The Louis S. St Laurent icebreaker slices its way through the ice of the Northwest Passage.
Jackie Northam NPR

It appears as just a speck on the horizon, a slightly darker shape against a vista of Arctic ice. Soon enough, the ship's bridge makes the announcement: "Polar bear, starboard."

Crew and passengers onboard the CCGS Louis S. St.-Laurent, Canada's largest icebreaker, head to the open deck, binoculars and cameras ready, and watch as the bear lumbers from one ice floe to another, quickly dipping into the inky blue water and effortlessly pulling himself back up again.

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10:01pm

Sun August 14, 2011
Business

Naming A Company Right Can Spell Success

Christina Baird NPR

One area in the U.S. economy that is booming, despite the sluggish recovery, is technology. Facebook and Groupon are expected to go public in the coming year, and tens of billions of dollars of venture capital continue to pour into the tech industry every year to support new companies.

But one of the first challenges new companies face is coming up with a name, which can be a difficult task.

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10:01pm

Sun August 14, 2011
Your Health

Improv For Alzheimer's: 'A Sense Of Accomplishment'

Many newly diagnosed Alzheimer's patients go through the stressful phase of realizing they are losing their memory while still having enough insight to know that, over time, they will no longer be able to care for themselves.

So a team of researchers from Chicago — a city known for improvisational theater — is testing a new idea of whether unscripted theater games can affect the well-being of these patients.

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