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12:25pm

Wed November 2, 2011
The Salt

Should Farm Kids Be Allowed To Drive A Tractor? Some Say It's Too Dangerous

Originally published on Wed November 2, 2011 5:11 pm

Drew Wilber, 14, works on his parents' 20-acre farm near Boone, Iowa, during his day off from school on Columbus Day.
Peggy Lowe for NPR

For a lot of farm kids, "learning to drive" means learning to drive a tractor before ever driving a car.

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11:56am

Wed November 2, 2011
It's All Politics

Herman Cain And The Race Card

Here we go again with the race-card business.

Questioning the motives of those seeking the truth about the sexual harassment allegations against him when he led the National Restaurant Association, Herman Cain said he suspects critics on the political left of attacking him for racial reasons.

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11:34am

Wed November 2, 2011
Politics

In Kansas, Politics Over 'Obamacare' Strains Policy

Originally published on Wed November 2, 2011 4:40 pm

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback answers questions in July about his policy regarding the new federal health care law. During his campaign for the governor's office last year, he said: "What we'll do in Kansas is we'll do what we're required to do, but we're gonna fight it all the way."
John Hanna AP

A few months ago, Kansas seemed ahead of the game in preparing for an important requirement of the federal health law. The state had started to plan for exchanges — online marketplaces to help individuals and small businesses compare and buy health insurance.

But politics is intervening.

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11:29am

Wed November 2, 2011
Middle East

Syria Accepts Arab League Plan To End Crisis

Arab League Secretary General Nabil al-Arabi and Qatari Foreign Minister Hamad bin Jassim listen during a meeting to discuss the situation in Syria, in Cairo on Wednesday.
Mohammed Hossam AFP/Getty Images

Syria accepted an Arab League proposal calling for it to withdraw armored vehicles from the streets and stop violence against protesters in a bid to end the country's seven-month-old political crisis that has led to the deaths of some 3,000 people.

The agreement was announced by Qatar's Foreign Minister Hamad bin Jassim, who urged Damascus to follow through with action on the ground. Syria has continued its bloody crackdown on anti-government protesters despite international condemnation and previous promises of reform.

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11:22am

Wed November 2, 2011
The Two-Way

Syria Agrees To Withdraw Military From Cities; Free Prisoners

Arab League Secretary General Nabil al-Arabi (L) sits next to Qatari Premier and Foreign Minister Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jabr al-Thani during a ministerial meeting at the 22-nation organization's Cairo headquarters on the situation in Syria.
Mohammed Hossam AFP/Getty Images

The Arab League, which had sent a delegation to Syria to try and bring the seven-month conflict between protesters and the government to an end, announced that Syria had agreed to withdraw its military from residential areas and release political prisoners.

The AP reports:

The proposal calls on Syria to withdraw all tanks and armored vehicles from the streets, stop violence against protesters, release all political prisoners and begin a dialogue with the opposition within two weeks.

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