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9:45 am
Wed September 5, 2012

Democrats Pulling No Punches At GOP Rivals

Originally published on Wed September 5, 2012 11:05 am

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. The Democratic National Convention is underway in North Carolina. We'll speak with the president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, Philadelphia's Michael Nutter, about some of the local issues mayors are thinking about as they gather in Charlotte.

But first we want to talk about the message the Democrats are trying to send from the convention podium. Last night's keynote speaker was San Antonio's Mayor Julian Castro. He shared his American dream story.

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It's All Politics
9:28 am
Wed September 5, 2012

With A Flip Of Her Hair, Julian Castro's 3-Year-Old Becomes A Star

Carina Castro during the Democratic National Convention.
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Originally published on Wed September 5, 2012 11:12 am

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The Salt
9:13 am
Wed September 5, 2012

To Maximize The Joy Of Eating Candy, Apply Physics

These German Liebesperlen, or "love pearls," helped researchers unravel the mysteries of how candies dissolve. Why the baby bottle packaging? Beats us.
Matthias Rietschel APN

Originally published on Wed September 19, 2012 2:12 pm

When it comes to candy, most people fit into two camps — either you savor your candy, or you devour it right away.

If you're a "savorist," you'll be happy to learn that certain spherical candies can take up to a half-hour to dissolve if you don't bite into them, at least according to some research recently submitted to the journal Physics Education.

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The Two-Way
9:13 am
Wed September 5, 2012

Earthquake Triggers Pacific Tsunami Warnings For Central & South America

The star marks the epicenter of today's earthquake in Costa Rica.
U.S. Geological Survey

Originally published on Wed September 5, 2012 12:48 pm

The Pacific coasts of Costa Rica, Panama and Nicaragua are no longer the focus of tsunami warnings, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center announced just after 1 p.m ET.

As we've been reporting, there was a strong — 7.6 magnitude — earthquake in Costa Rica this morning. At first, there were concerns about possible tsunamis from Mexico south to Chile. As the day continued, however, authorities gradually reduced their warnings.

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The Two-Way
8:50 am
Wed September 5, 2012

Hundreds Of Afghan Soldiers Arrested Or Discharged

A U.S. Marine (right) and an Afghan National Army soldier on patrol this summer in Afghanistan's Helmand Province.
Adek Berry AFP/Getty Images
  • Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson on the NPR Newscast

Looking to stem the recent wave of "green on blue" attacks in which men wearing police or military uniforms have killed more than 30 U.S. or other international forces, Afghan officials said today that they have "arrested or discharged hundreds of their country's soldiers," NPR's Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson reports from Kabul.

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It's All Politics
8:18 am
Wed September 5, 2012

Because Of Weather, Obama's Acceptance Speech Will Move Indoors

The skyline of Charlotte, N.C., rises behind Bank of America Stadium.
Chuck Burton AP

Originally published on Wed September 5, 2012 9:27 am

President Barack Obama will not be in a stadium full of supporters on Thursday when he delivers his acceptance speech.

The Democratic National Convention said that because of the threat of thunderstorms, it was moving the events of Thursday from Bank of America Stadium to the Time Warner Cable Arena, the host of the first two days of events.

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Local News
8:11 am
Wed September 5, 2012

Former hospital executive lawsuit to continue

A federal judge has denied a motion by a former St. Vincent Hospital executive facing fraud charges to dismiss a civil suit against him.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that U.S. District Court Judge James Browning recently denied that a motion to dismiss the lawsuit against Richard Crabtree on the grounds that the statute of limitations had expired.

A jury trial in the civil case is scheduled to take place in May 2013.

Local News
8:09 am
Wed September 5, 2012

Photo of man shot by state police draws fire

Authorities say a New Mexico state police officer is under investigation for taking a cell phone photo of a man shot and killed by state police.

KOB-TV reports that New Mexico State Police Chief Robert Shilling apologized Tuesday for the actions of the unnamed officer.

A picture depicting the body of Sam Pauly who was fatally shot by state police in October his Glorieta home was recently sent to KOB-TV. State police shot Pauly after reports of a road rage complaint earlier in the evening.

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Local News
8:07 am
Wed September 5, 2012

NM to host summit on state's black population

The New Mexico State Office of African American Affairs is convening a summit on black residents living in the state.

The office announced Tuesday that the summit will be held in Albuquerque on Sept. 21.

Yvette Kaufman-Bell, the office's executive director, said the event will be used to develop solutions of poverty and unemployment in the state's black community.

Blacks make up less than 3 percent of the state's population.

Local News
7:46 am
Wed September 5, 2012

Prosecutors accused of bad faith in Ponzi plea

An Albuquerque real estate executive is set to be sentenced after admitting to a Ponzi scheme that bilked 600 investors of $75 million.

A federal judge is expected to sentence Doug Vaughan on Wednesday to no more than 12 years under a plea agreement reached in December. The sentencing would wrap up a criminal case that ruined lives across eight states.

It is unclear whether the 65-year-old would be sent to a minimum-security federal prison camp for white-collar criminals or a traditional lockup with more hardened convicts.

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