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4:00am

Sat August 20, 2011
Sports

A Little Luck Is 'Not A Bad Thing' In Baseball

In baseball, it's better to be lucky than good, according to Bill Buckner. He should know. Buckner was very good. He was an All-Star Gold Glove first baseman who played 22 years in the major leagues, including four seasons for the Boston Red Sox.

This summer, Buckner is back in baseball and back in New England, where he's reminded that 22 years of being good can't erase one moment of being unlucky.

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4:00am

Sat August 20, 2011
Middle East

As U.S. Prepares To Leave, Iraq Remains A Flash Point

An Iraqi man inspects damages at the Mar Afram Syriac Orthodox Church after an explosion in the northern city of Kirkuk on Aug. 15. Iraq continues to be hit by violence as most U.S. forces prepare to leave by the end of the year.
Marwan Ibrahim AFP/Getty Images

Iraq has turned into a back-burner issue, but there's still plenty to worry about in a country that remains far from stable.

Attacks across the country this week raised a host of questions about the ability of Iraq's security forces to maintain control. There are still nearly 50,000 American troops stationed in the country. But their primary mission now is to train Iraqi soldiers, and most of the U.S. forces are scheduled to leave by Dec. 31 under an agreement between the U.S. and Iraqi governments.

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3:51am

Sat August 20, 2011
Movie Interviews

A Director's Take On 'One Day' (And 20 Years)

Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess explore two decades' worth of friendship in One Day.
Giles Keyte

Danish director Lone Scherfig is making an international name for herself as a female director whose films tend to focus on human relationships — think of 2002's Italian for Beginners and 2009's An Education. Her latest film, One Day, is a romance based on the best-selling novel by British author David Nichols. The story chronicles one day in the life of two characters, Emma and Dexter, as it occurs over 20 years.

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3:51am

Sat August 20, 2011
Author Interviews

A Frequent Flier Shares His 'Travel' Secrets

As you're finishing up your summer travel, you may find that booking a flight is like playing roulette — you never know what you'll get. Then there are the fees for everything from luggage to food to your seat assignment.

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3:50am

Sat August 20, 2011
Animals

Doggone It! Canine Thefts On The Rise

Dognappings have risen 49 percent in the U.S. in 2011, according to data gathered by the American Kennel Club.

"We believe the increase is due to economic times," Lisa Peterson, a spokesperson for the nonprofit group, which has been tracking pet theft for several years, tells Weekend Edition Saturday guest host Jacki Lyden.

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