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Wed August 10, 2011
Strange News

Bats Drive Scottish Woman From Her Home

A woman in Scotland fled her new home when more than 1,000 bats moved in with her. The final straw was when she found one bat in her towel after a shower. Bats are a protected species in Britain, so it won't be easy to evict the unwanted guests.


Wed August 10, 2011
Strange News

The Mona Lisa Takes Her Coffee With Cream

Australians created a work of art that can keep you awake. At a festival in Sydney, they re-created the Mona Lisa using coffee. They placed 3,000 cups of coffee on the ground in a giant rectangle. And they created different shades in the black-and-white image by adding different amounts of milk to each cup.


Wed August 10, 2011

Libya's Defacto Government Is Being Reorganized

In Libya's rebel east, the defacto government has been disbanded in reaction to the killing of the rebel army chief of staff. It's the latest sign of political disarray and divisions in the rebel camp. NPR's Lourdes Garcia-Navarro reports.


Wed August 10, 2011

Yemen Tribesmen Protect Anti-Government Protesters

The Yemeni city of Taiz was the first to see mass sit-ins by protesters opposed to the country's president. Since security forces shot and killed dozens of protesters in May, tribesmen have been protecting demonstrators, and have regularly clashed with soldiers. It's a formula that's being repeated around Yemen, and one that many believe could push the country into civil war.


Wed August 10, 2011
NPR Story

Fed Vows To Keep Interest Rates Near Zero

The Federal Reserve has announced it will hold short-term interest rates near zero until 2013 — a highly unusual -decision. Renee Montagne talks to David Wessel of "The Wall Street Journal" about what yesterday's Fed announcement means for markets and the economy.