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5:17am

Wed December 14, 2011
Media

'New York Times' Puts An End To Reoccurring Mistake

The paper wrote of horse-drawn carriages in New York's Central Park, calling them "hansom cabs." That's wrong, since the carriages have four wheels. Hansom cabs have two. A Times investigation reveals a reader noted this mistake in a letter to the editor in 1985. The paper published the letter but went on to repeat the error for decades.

5:01am

Wed December 14, 2011
World

British Woman's South Pole Trek Could Set Record

Originally published on Wed December 14, 2011 4:52 pm

Felicity Aston on her Antarctic trek.
Courtesy of Felicity Aston

One hundred years ago Wednesday, Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen and his team were the first to reach the South Pole on skis. Veteran traveler Felicity Aston is nearing another first: becoming the first woman to ski across Antarctica alone.

Reached by NPR by satellite phone early Wednesday morning, Aston was about a degree and a half — 100 miles — from the South Pole. For Aston, a degree is about four days skiing. She's been skiing for 20 days. Overall, Aston will travel about 1,000 miles.

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5:00am

Wed December 14, 2011
Government

USPS Agrees to Five-Month Moratorium on Closures

USPS

The U.S. Postal Service has voluntarily agreed to delay the closing of 252 mail processing centers and 3,700 local post offices until mid-May.

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2:00am

Wed December 14, 2011
Europe

French Parliament Moves To Ban Prostitution

Originally published on Wed December 14, 2011 5:02 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

In the middle of a debt crisis and with a French presidential election looming, lawmakers from the left and right found something to agree on: prostitution. After years of taking a relaxed approach to prostitution, France may be about to outlaw the practice - not on the seller's part, but on the buyer's. Eleanor Beardsley has the story.

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2:00am

Wed December 14, 2011
Race

Holder Vows To Enforce Civil Rights Protections

Originally published on Wed December 14, 2011 5:02 am

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