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1:31pm

Fri September 21, 2012
Around the Nation

One Afghan Girl's Healing Journey To The U.S.

Originally published on Fri September 21, 2012 8:09 pm

Arefa with her host family, sisters Jami Valentine (left) and Staci Freeman. Doctors in the U.S. have been treating Arefa's third-degree burns, and also performed skin-graft surgery for the top of her head. Each morning still requires a fresh dressing.
Gloria Hillard for NPR

There is limited medical infrastructure in war-torn Afghanistan, so severely wounded children are sometimes brought to the U.S. for medical care. Doctors in America say that for one little girl, her struggle to stay alive for three years until finding her way from central Afghanistan to a hospital in Los Angeles is nothing short of a miracle.

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11:23am

Fri September 21, 2012
The Two-Way

Distrust Of News Media Hits New High

Gallup

"Americans' distrust in the media hit a new high this year, with 60% saying they have little or no trust in the mass media to report the news fully, accurately, and fairly," the pollsters at Gallup report today.

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8:47am

Fri September 21, 2012
The Two-Way

Persistent U.S. Drought Is Also Costing Homeowners

Contractors drive piers into the ground to stabilize a settling home in Manchester, Mo. on Aug. 29, 2012.
Jeff Roberson AP

Drought conditions remain dreadful in much of the country; the Drought Monitor produced by the Drought Mitigation Center says 54.25 percent of the United States is in moderate drought or experiencing something more sinister. This includes "severe, extreme and exceptional", the worst categories in the drought conditions index.

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7:49am

Fri September 21, 2012
The Two-Way

Another iPhone, Another Day Of Long Lines And Big Hype

Originally published on Fri September 21, 2012 8:51 am

In Tokyo today, a customer on line for the iPhone 5 was wearing a Steve Jobs mask.
Yoshikazu Tsuno AFP/Getty Images

It's a "now familiar global ritual," as The Associated Press says: Apple fans are lining up today at stores "from Sydney to Paris to pick up the tech juggernaut's latest iPhone."

That would be the iPhone 5, which the company unveiled earlier this month.

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7:33am

Fri September 21, 2012
The Two-Way

BlackBerry Is Back - Did You Know It Was Out?

Research In Motion

Although it didn't affect users in North America, BlackBerry's email service was out for a few hours today in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. About three hours ago, BlackBerry's parent company, Research in Motion, sent a tweet warning that some users were "experiencing issues" with their service.

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