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Fri September 30, 2011
National Security

Awlaki: From San Diego Cleric To Wanted Terrorist

Originally published on Fri September 30, 2011 4:13 pm

U.S.-born cleric Anwar al-Awlaki was killed Friday in a U.S. airstrike in Yemen. U.S. officials say he was linked to several major terrorist plots in recent years.
Anonymous AP

Anwar al-Awlaki was born in New Mexico, educated in Colorado and spent years as a cleric in San Diego and suburban Washington, D.C. But in the past several years, he became a master al-Qaida propagandist whose sermons inspired jihadists worldwide before his death Friday by a U.S. missile on a desert road in northern Yemen.

Awlaki's journey from a childhood in Las Cruces, N.M., to the Arabian Peninsula placed him in the cross hairs of U.S. intelligence after he was linked to the failed "underwear bomber," the Fort Hood shooter and the foiled plot to bomb New York's Times Square.

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Fri September 30, 2011
Planet Money

How Much Your State's Population Grew (Or Shrank) In The Past Decade

Originally published on Fri September 30, 2011 8:15 am

Jess Jiang NPR

The U.S. population grew by nearly 10 percent between 2000 and 2010. But that varied widely from state to state. Here's a map, based on numbers from the Census Bureau.

As the map shows, the country continued its long shift to the South and West.

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Fri September 30, 2011
Life In Retirement: The Not-So-Golden Years

Facebook Fans Share Their Plans For Retirement

NPR's Facebook fans weigh in on how (and whether) they plan to retire.

How are you preparing for retirement? If you're already retired, what kind of changes have you had to make? Do you think you'll ever be able to afford to retire?

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Fri September 30, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Experimental Drug Reverses Effects Of Toxic Wild Mushrooms

Poisonous mushrooms in the Amanita genus have been sprouting up all over the East Coast thanks to the recent wet weather.

Maybe it's something about this funky, rainy weather that has people chowing down on strange mushrooms. Regardless, for unlucky foragers who have consumed a poisonous mushroom, a drug still in clinical trials may avert potentially deadly consequences.

Doctors at Georgetown University Hospital have treated four people in the last month with the experimental drug silibinin after they ate toxic mushrooms picked in Virginia and Maryland. The first two men to check in for poisoning have recovered.

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Fri September 30, 2011
The Two-Way

Reports: Red Sox And Manager Francona Are Parting Ways

"The Boston Red Sox and manager Terry Francona "have decided to part ways after eight seasons and two World Series titles," Sports Illustrated is reporting.

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