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12:11 pm
Wed November 23, 2011

How To Avoid A Thanksgiving Trip To The ER

Watch yourself around the sharp implements this Thanksgiving.
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Originally published on Wed November 23, 2011 12:33 pm

Take it from emergency room doctors, Thanksgiving can be dangerous.

I learned the hard way that plumbers' busiest day comes on Black Friday, when pipes are groaning from too many flushes from Thanksgiving guests and too much garbage shoved down the kitchen sink.

How about hospitals? Yep, the emergency room can be a pretty busy place, too, according to the American College of Emergency Physicians.

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The Salt
12:08 pm
Wed November 23, 2011

Heritage Turkeys: To Save Them, We Must Eat Them

Narragansett and Standard Bronze heritage breed turkeys browse at a farm in Westport, Mass.
Stephan Savoia AP

Originally published on Wed November 23, 2011 8:49 pm

A decade ago there were fewer than 100 Narragansett turkeys being raised on a few hobby farms. The gamy-tasting meat has a flavor that most Americans have never tasted. "They're delicious," says Slow Food USA's Josh Viertel.

"And they're at risk of being gone forever."

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The Two-Way
12:01 pm
Wed November 23, 2011

Moody's Keeps United States' AAA Rating

Moody's Investors Service announced Wednesday that despite the supercommittee's inability to reach a debt-reducing deal, it would leave the United States' top-notch credit rating intact.

The Hill reports:

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The Two-Way
11:52 am
Wed November 23, 2011

From KQED: 'Faces of Occupy San Francisco'

Two months along, who are the people camped out at Occupy San Francisco? Our colleagues at KQED send along a photo gallery produced by Michelle Gachet. Click on each image for a caption about who's in it:

The Two-Way
11:31 am
Wed November 23, 2011

Report Finds Bahrain Used Torture To Deal With Protesters

An inquiry into how the government of Bahrain handled an uprising earlier this year found that King Hamad Al Khalifa's security forces used "excessive force" that often times amounted to "torture."

The report, commissioned by and paid for by the king, was issued by the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry today. The Guardian reports:

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Governing
11:25 am
Wed November 23, 2011

Defense Workers Lobby To Prevent Automatic Cuts

U.S. Army mine-resistant armored vehicles (MRAPs) and Afghan National Army vehicles pass through a village during a joint patrol in the Jalrez Valley in Afghanistan's Wardak province. On Monday, factory workers who produce MRAPs in York, Pa., rallied to protect the Pentagon budget against the automatic budget cuts that will take effect in 2013.
Maya Alleruzzo AP

Originally published on Wed November 23, 2011 4:53 pm

The supercommittee's failure puts in motion automatic budget cuts for the Pentagon of $600 billion — a process called sequestration. On Monday, even before the supercommittee flamed out, defense workers in York, Pa., rallied to protect the Pentagon budget and perhaps their own jobs.

The local congressman, Republican Todd Platts, spoke to the workers and said that Republicans and Democrats in Congress should also do their work as Americans.

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World
11:25 am
Wed November 23, 2011

Former Cricket Star Finds Fans In Pakistani Politics

Former cricket star Imran Khan waves to supporters during a rally in Lahore, Pakistan, last month. Khan, who is campaigning to be prime minister, attracted a crowd of some 100,000 at the rally.
K.M. Chaudary AP

Originally published on Thu November 24, 2011 9:01 am

After 15 years on the fringes of Pakistani national politics, Imran Khan is at the epicenter.

He first rose to prominence decades ago as the rakish star of Pakistan's cricket team, the country's national passion. He's now trying to reshape Pakistan's political game, outmaneuvering old-time political pros with his Tareek-e-Insaf (Justice Party).

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Africa
9:56 am
Wed November 23, 2011

Egypt Looks To Complete An 'Unfinished Revolution'

An Egyptian protester flashes the victory sign during clashes with riot police near Cairo's Tahrir Square on Wednesday. The clashes in recent days have clouded Egypt's future as it prepares for elections on Monday.
Mahmud Hams AFP/Getty Images

In the autumn of the Arab Spring, Egyptians fear they're losing their revolution.

That is, if it ever really was a revolution.

As the country braces for next week's scheduled election, people from the urban sprawl of Cairo to the rural reaches of Upper Egypt are left wondering if the so-called "January 25 Revolution" wasn't actually a popularly supported military coup.

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The Two-Way
9:51 am
Wed November 23, 2011

40 Miles Of 'Sticky Goo' Damages 150 Cars In Pennsylvania

We have to pass along more about this bullet from our Thanksgiving travel roundup:

"Some motorists were delayed for hours last night and early today on the Pennsylvania Turnpike near Pittsburgh when 'a tar-like substance ... leaked from a tanker,' the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports."

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Shots - Health Blog
9:37 am
Wed November 23, 2011

Study Lends Support To Long-Term Treatment With Statins

Cholesterol-fighter simvastatin, the generic version of Zocor, gets a clean bill of health in an update to a study dating back to '90s.
JB Reed Landov

Originally published on Wed November 23, 2011 9:38 am

Standing in line at the drugstore or Costco might lead you to believe that just about everybody is taking a drug for high cholesterol.

And it's true that drugs to fight cholesterol, such as Zocor, now generic, and Lipitor, which is about to be, are the most frequently prescribed in the nation.

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The Two-Way
9:10 am
Wed November 23, 2011

Planning To Fry That Turkey? Watch These Videos First

Frozen turkey hot oil = big problem.
SafetyAtHome.com

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Middle East
9:05 am
Wed November 23, 2011

Yemen's President To Sign Deal To Transfer Power

In this image from Saudi television, Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh signs the Gulf Cooperation Council-sponsored transition deal Wednesday in the Saudi capital, Riyadh.
AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed November 23, 2011 2:43 pm

Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh accepted a deal Wednesday to end his more than three decades in power, making him the latest leader to be ousted in the Arab Spring uprisings.

Saleh flew to Saudi Arabia early Wednesday and signed the agreement at a ceremony in the capital city of Riyadh. The accord, brokered by the Gulf Cooperation Council, shifts power to Vice President Abdo Rabu Mansour Hadi within 30 days.

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Chompsgiving to Chew Year's: Holiday Dishes
8:29 am
Wed November 23, 2011

Turkey Joints That Taste Like Candy

A piece of turkey joint candy made in Rome, N.Y.
Rachel Ward for NPR

Originally published on Thu November 24, 2011 9:01 am

Part of an ongoing series on unique holiday dishes

Each fall when it turns cold, a candy maker in Rome, N.Y., kicks into production on a confection known as turkey joints.

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Law
8:16 am
Wed November 23, 2011

The Newest Magazine Fad: The Mug-Shot Tabloid

Each week, Little Rock, Ark., residents snap up some 7,000 copies of The Slammer.
Dave Anderson

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The Two-Way
8:15 am
Wed November 23, 2011

It's Crowded Out There Again, Got A Holiday Travel Tip To Share?

News nuggets like these are holiday classics:

-- "42.5 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more from home during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, a four percent increase from the 40.9 million people who traveled one year ago," the AAA says.

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It's All Politics
8:05 am
Wed November 23, 2011

Fact-Checking The GOP Debate: What The Candidates Said On National Security

PolitiFact.com's Truth-O-Meter
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Bill Adair, editor of PolitiFact.com and Washington bureau chief for The St. Petersburg Times, wrote about about how candidates at Tuesday night's GOP debate rated on PolitiFact's Truth-O-Meter for PolitiFact.com and It's All Politics:

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The Two-Way
7:30 am
Wed November 23, 2011

Noriega To Be Extradited To Panama

Gen. Manuel Noriega back in the day (August, 1989).
Manoocher Deghati AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed November 23, 2011 7:33 am

It looks like former dictator Manuel Noriega will spend his last days in a Panamanian jail cell.

"A Paris appeals court ruled Wednesday to grant an extradition request from Panama so the elderly ex-military strongman can serve out sentences given after he was convicted in absentia there, in the latest phase of his complex legal odyssey," The Associated Press reports.

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The Two-Way
7:10 am
Wed November 23, 2011

Spending Barely Grew In October, But Income Growth Picked Up

The good news: Americans' personal income grew 0.4 percent in October from September, the Bureau of Economic Analysis says. It's the best gain in seven months and could mean consumers will have enough money in hand to make the critical holiday shopping season a pretty good one.

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The Two-Way
6:58 am
Wed November 23, 2011

Penn State Scandal: Sandusky Likely To Be Remanded To Jail, Lawyer Says

The news that Jerry Sandusky is being investigated in two more cases of alleged child sex abuse will likely mean that the former Penn State assistant football coach will be remanded to jail before a Dec. 13 preliminary hearing about the case, his lawyer says.

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The Two-Way
6:00 am
Wed November 23, 2011

Texas Judge Videotaped Beating Daughter Is Suspended With Pay

Hillary Adams (left) as her father was striking her with a belt. She set up a video camera to record what she says was one of many such beatings.
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The Texas judge who sparked national outrage earlier this month when he was seen on video beating his then-16-year-old daughter has been suspended with pay while authorities continue their investigation, the Texas Supreme Court has announced.

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Around the Nation
5:41 am
Wed November 23, 2011

'Hamburglar Turns Himself In To Police'

That was the headline in the Des Moines Register after Whitley Allen Teslow reportedly broke into a McDonald's. Police say he climbed through a window and grilled hamburgers and fired up the deep fryer. His actions were captured on security cameras.

Strange News
5:34 am
Wed November 23, 2011

Want To Play '4.74 Degrees Of Kevin Bacon?'

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LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Linda Wertheimer, with news for Kevin Bacon. According to a new study on Facebook, six degrees of separation is too much. On the social network, people are connected by an average of 4.7 degrees. Rough translation: The Facebook data team concludes that users from the Siberian Tundra and the Peruvian rainforest are likely connected by a friend of a friend of a BFF. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright National Public Radio.

The Two-Way
5:30 am
Wed November 23, 2011

Yemeni Leader Saleh Reportedly Ready To Sign Handover Deal

Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh in a photo provided his office earlier this month. He wears gloves to protect his hands, which were injured during an assassination attempt earlier this year.
AFP/Getty Images

He's said he'd do something like this before and then not followed through. So keep that in mind when you hear that:

"Ali Abdullah Saleh, the president of Yemen, has arrived in Saudi Arabia to sign a Gulf power-transfer initiative brokered by the six-member Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC), the country's state television has reported." (Al-Jazeera)

Yemen's Foreign Press office has released this statement:

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The Two-Way
5:22 am
Wed November 23, 2011

More Clashes In Cairo As Protests Continue; Opposition May Be Splitting

Egyptian protesters carried away a man suffering from tear gas during clashes with riot police earlier today near Tahrir Square, in Cairo.
Mahmud Hams AFP/Getty Images

It's Day 5 of the renewed protests in Cairo and elsewhere in Egypt.

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NPR Story
2:00 am
Wed November 23, 2011

Egyptian Protesters Want Parliamentary Elections Postponed

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

It's MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. Good morning, I'm Steve Inskeep.

LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

And I'm Linda Wertheimer. In Egypt, a much anticipated speech by the top military ruler failed to address the demands of a growing number of protestors around the country.

HUSSEIN TANTAWI: (Foreign language spoken)

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Around the Nation
2:00 am
Wed November 23, 2011

13 More Students Charged In SAT Cheating Scandal

Originally published on Wed November 23, 2011 3:31 am

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LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

On Long Island in New York, a high school cheating scandal is widening. The local district attorney says 13 additional people now face charges for trying to cheat on college entrance exams. More from NPR's Larry Abramson.

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Business
2:00 am
Wed November 23, 2011

Business News

The Fed wants to ensure the country's largest banks are prepared to weather another recession. The move comes as the debt crisis in Europe threatens to destabilize global markets. Banks will be required to show they have enough capital to continue lending money under severe economic conditions.

Business
2:00 am
Wed November 23, 2011

The Last Word In Business

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LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

Our last word in business is: Don't jack up the Jack. The makers of Jack Daniels are raising their glasses after a tax proposal was voted down this week in Lynchburg, Tennessee.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

The proposal called for a referendum on a plan to tax Jack Daniels whiskey by the barrel to bring it up to $5 million annually. The drive by some residents was killed after a 10 to five vote by the Moore County Council. The company that owns the distillery currently pays one-and-a-half million dollars in local property taxes.

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Election 2012
2:00 am
Wed November 23, 2011

Debate Shows GOP Has Little Unity On National Security Issues

Originally published on Wed November 23, 2011 4:38 am

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This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Linda Wertheimer.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

And I'm Steve Inskeep, good morning.

The new man at the top of some Republican presidential polls is Newt Gingrich. He's the latest of many candidates to emerge as an alternative to Mitt Romney in the race for the nomination. And Gingrich took some bold positions in last night's presidential debate.

CNN and two conservative think-tanks sponsored a talk in Washington on foreign policy, and NPR's Ari Shapiro was there.

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