4:24pm

Sun August 18, 2013
The Two-Way

U.S. Investigators Launch Probe Of JPMorgan Chase In China

Originally published on Sun August 18, 2013 4:49 pm

The office of the locally incorporated JPMorgan Chase Bank in Beijing.
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The Securities and Exchange Commission has launched an investigation of JPMorgan Chase's operations in China, reportedly looking into whether the investment bank hired the children of high-ranking Chinese government officials in an effort to secure business.

The Wall Street Journal quotes from an SEC filing that says U.S. regulators are investigating "business relationships with certain clients."

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3:12pm

Sun August 18, 2013
The Two-Way

Penn State Reaches Settlement With First Of Abuse Victims

Originally published on Sun August 18, 2013 3:43 pm

Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky leaves the Centre County Courthouse in Bellefonte, Pa., after being sentenced in his child sex abuse case in October of last year.
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A man who claimed sexual abuse by former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky has reached a multimillion-dollar settlement with the university, the first of numerous such claims expected to be resolved in the coming days.

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2:47pm

Sun August 18, 2013
Shots - Health News

What's My Real Cancer Risk? When Online Calculators Don't Compute

Originally published on Tue August 20, 2013 11:31 am

Whether or not you'll someday get cancer or any disease can feel like a roll of hundreds of dice. Calculating the odds --€” and knowing what they mean --€” is tricky.
Katie Harbath Flickr

Online risk calculators are all the rage these days among public health groups trying to get us to change our unhealthful ways. The World Health Organization developed an online tool that lets you estimate your personal risk of cracking a hip in the next 10 years, for example. You just plug in data about yourself, your lifestyle, and your family medical history.

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Petra Mayer is an associate editor and resident nerd at NPR Books, focusing on genre fiction. She brings to the job passion, speed-reading skills, and a truly impressive collection of Doctor Who doodads.

Previously, she was an associate producer and director for the weekend editions of All Things Considered. She handled all of the show's books coverage, and she was also the person to ask if you wanted to know how much snow falls outside NPR's Washington headquarters on a Saturday, how to belly dance, or what pro wrestling looks like up close and personal.

2:20pm

Sun August 18, 2013
Books News & Features

Fans Are Like Friends To 'Reigning Queen' Of Women's Fiction

Originally published on Sun August 18, 2013 6:12 pm

Debbie Macomber's latest book is Rose Harbor in Bloom.
Deborah Feingold

Go to your nearest paperback rack, and odds are, you'll see two or three, or four, or — well, a lot of books by Debbie Macomber, an author The Sacramento Bee has dubbed "the reigning queen of women's fiction."

Macomber has 170 million books in print; the newest, Rose Harbor in Bloom, has just been released. Her publisher, Random House, celebrated Macomber's selling power earlier this month with a fan retreat at the Gaylord Opryland resort in Nashville, where 400 women gathered for a weekend of tea, knitting and literary friendship.

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1:47pm

Sun August 18, 2013
The Two-Way

Koreas Set Talks To Resume Cross-Border Family Reunions

Originally published on Sun August 18, 2013 4:14 pm

South Korean Kim Jung-Man, right, bids farewell to his North Korean relative before they return to their respective homes on opposite sides of the border in November 2010.
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North Korea has agreed to talks with the South to resume cross-border reunions of families separated for decades by the most militarized border in the world.

On Sunday, a spokesman for the Pyongyang's Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of Korea, said it had agreed to talks, hosted by the Red Cross, that are to take place on Sept. 19 at North Korea's Diamond Mountain resort.

In the past, temporary thaws in bilateral relations have allowed some families separated by the 1950-53 Korean War to meet briefly at the border.

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11:08am

Sun August 18, 2013
The Two-Way

China's Disgraced Politician Bo Xilai Goes On Trial This Week

Originally published on Sun August 18, 2013 4:22 pm

Bo Xilai at the opening of the National People's Congress at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing March 2012, six months before his expulsion.
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China's Bo Xilai, the one-time Communist Party chief of Chongqing who is accused of bribery, corruption and abuse of power, will go on trial this week in the culmination of a case that has highlighted wrongdoing in the top rungs of the country's political ranks.

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9:42am

Sun August 18, 2013
The Two-Way

Scotland Yard 'Assessing' New Information In Diana Death

Originally published on Sun August 18, 2013 4:33 pm

A photo taken in the Alma Tunnel in Paris on the night of Aug. 31, 1997, shows the smashed Mercedes in which Princess Diana and her companion Dodi Al Fayed were passengers.
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Scotland Yard says it is "assessing [the] relevance and credibility" of new information relating to the 1997 death of Princess Diana and her boyfriend Dodi Al Fayed in a Paris car crash.

The Metropolitan Police would not say what the information entailed or where it came from, but that it was "not a re-investigation" of the case.

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8:34am

Sun August 18, 2013
The Two-Way

Philippine Navy Still Hopes For Survivors From Ferry Crash

Originally published on Sun August 18, 2013 5:15 pm

A relative of one of the missing passengers writes down contact numbers on Sunday at the office of the ferry involved in a collision, in Cebu City.
Ted Aljibe AFP/Getty Images

Divers in the Philippines are making scant progress in their efforts to recover survivors — or bodies — from the scene where a ferry sank after colliding with a cargo ship near the central port city of Cebu.

About 35 people have been confirmed dead from MV Thomas Aquinas, which was carrying more than 800 passengers when it was struck late Friday and then sank within minutes.

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8:07am

Sun August 18, 2013
The Two-Way

Egypt Tense After Bloody Crackdown On Protests

Originally published on Mon August 19, 2013 1:51 am

Mourners attend the funeral of Ammar Badie, son of the Muslim Brotherhood's Supreme Guide, at the Katameya cemetery in the New Cairo district on Sunday. Badie was killed in clashes with security forces.
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This post was updated 1:00 a.m. ET Monday

The Egyptian government says at least 36 people were killed Sunday — Islamists who had been in custody of security forces, according to a report in The New York Times.

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