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7:06pm

Fri August 26, 2011
Simon Says

Canada Finds Hope In Instantly Famous Last Words

When Jack Layton, the head of Canada's New Democratic Party, campaigned last spring, he limped and leaned on a walking stick. He had been through cancer treatments and hip replacement surgery.

The stick and limp could have been seen as symbols of frailty. But Mr. Layton's vigor and good humor turned them into emblems of scrappiness and sincerity.
Mr. Layton's New Democrats won 103 seats in Parliament, and became Canada's official opposition party for the first time in that party's history.

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4:15pm

Fri August 26, 2011
The Two-Way

2,400 Flights Cancelled Ahead Of Hurricane Irene

Originally published on Fri August 26, 2011 4:17 pm

Irene is already causing travel headaches: Airlines have cancelled 2,400 flights so far. As it works up its way through the East Coast of the United States, Bloomberg reports, it is forecast to move through busiest airspace in the country.

That means: Delta has cancelled 1,300 flights; Jet Blue will drop 75 percent of its weekend trips; American Airlines is planning to scrap 265 flights.

Bloomberg adds:

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3:40pm

Fri August 26, 2011
The Two-Way

FAA Says Boeing's 787 Dreamliner Is Ready For Passengers

A Boeing 787 Dreamliner arrives at Tokyo's Haneda airport as fire engines spray it with water during a test flight.
Yoshikazu Tsuno AFP/Getty Images

Three years behind schedule and several billion dollars over budget, Boeing's 787 Dreamliner is finally set for its first commercial flight. The Federal Aviation Administration gave the plane its OK and Boeing will make its first delivery in September.

Bloomberg reports:

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3:30pm

Fri August 26, 2011
The Record

Free Music in the Heart of the L.A. Sprawl

Seun Kuti and the Egypt 80's July 15 show at Grand Performances in Los Angeles. For over 25 years, Grand Performances' free shows have drawn diverse crowds to downtown L.A.
RJ Sakai Courtesy of Grand Performances

Over the next few weeks, we're producing stories about the business of putting on free concerts, how they work and what they bring to their communities.

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3:22pm

Fri August 26, 2011
NPR Story

Looking Into Libya's Most Notorious Prison

One of Moammar Gadhafi's last major strongholds in Tripoli has fallen to rebel forces. Among the survivors of the ferocious street fighting are prisoners from the Abu Salim prison, some of whom have been jailed for more than two decades.

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