5:15pm

Mon September 3, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Romney And Abortion: Another Shift In The Works?

Originally published on Tue September 4, 2012 12:48 pm

Mitt Romney proclaimed himself a strong supporter of abortion rights in state campaigns in 1994 and in 2002. Now, he says he opposes almost all abortions.
Evan Vucci AP

Is Mitt Romney shifting his abortion position again?

It's fairly well-known that Romney proclaimed himself in favor of abortion rights when he ran for office in Massachusetts, then reversed himself before launching his presidential bid. But recently, the GOP nominee seems to be softening his opposition somewhat. Or is he?

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4:58pm

Mon September 3, 2012
13.7: Cosmos And Culture

Time Tells Its Own Story: A Labor Day Fable

Originally published on Mon September 3, 2012 6:06 pm

The astronomer in me will tell you that summer officially ends on Sept. 22. That's the date of the Autumnal Equinox, the point in Earth's orbit where the hours of day and night are equal. That definition is fine for a scientific understanding of the cosmos, but when it comes to experience, we all know that summer really ends on Labor Day. And in that division between the ways we meter time (for science or business) and the way we actually live time, there is a Labor Day lesson we might keep close to our hearts all year long.

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4:53pm

Mon September 3, 2012
Afghanistan

For Afghan Girl, Going To School Is Act Of Bravery

Originally published on Mon September 3, 2012 7:05 pm

Afghan girls walk home from school in Kunduz province earlier this year. Despite progress in recent years, girls who want an education face threats from the Taliban and other extremists, and sometimes even their own families.
Johannes Eisele AFP/Getty Images

In Afghanistan, girls are required by law to go to school. However, many of them never do.

Death threats, acid attacks and bombings by Taliban militants and other extremists lead many parents who support female education to keep their daughters at home.

Sometimes, it's the families themselves who stand in the way. School officials in conservative communities say relatives are often more interested in marrying off their daughters or sisters than in helping them get an education.

But some girls, like 18-year-old Rahmaniya, are fighting back.

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4:53pm

Mon September 3, 2012
All Tech Considered

When A Kickstarter Campaign Fails, Does Anyone Get Their Money Back?

Originally published on Wed September 5, 2012 3:48 pm

In seeking financial backers for her Ouya game console, Julie Uhrman was looking for about $1 million. The business received far more than that amount.
Kickstarter

Crowd funding began as a way to support the arts on the Internet. Artists could go online to pitch a new album, for example, in the hope that thousands would give small amounts. But now it's expanded to entrepreneurs, and the rules aren't quite as clear.

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4:53pm

Mon September 3, 2012
Middle East

Under The Shadow Of Jets, A Syrian Town Presses On

Originally published on Tue September 4, 2012 4:12 am

Syrians gather by the rubble of a house destroyed by shelling in the northern town of Azaz, on the outskirts of Aleppo, on Monday.
Muhammed Muheisen AP

Syrian air force jets bombed the rebel-held town of Al-Bab in northern Syria on Monday, killing at least 18 people, according to Syrian activists.

Over the summer, the rebels gained control of a number of towns and villages along the Syrian-Turkish border. Now, those places are being bombarded from the air and from the ground by government forces.

Azaz, in northern Syria's Aleppo province, is one of these places. There, the tombstones in the old section of the town's cemetery are laid out in neat rows.

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4:40pm

Mon September 3, 2012
NPR Story

Kamala Harris Among The Rising Dem Stars At DNC

Originally published on Mon September 3, 2012 5:10 pm

California Attorney General Kamala Harris is a rising star in the Democratic Party who is scheduled to speak at its national convention in Charlotte, N.C., this week.

4:40pm

Mon September 3, 2012
NPR Story

Tech Week Ahead: Amazon Hints At New Kindle

Originally published on Mon September 3, 2012 5:16 pm

Melissa Block looks ahead to the week's tech news with Laura Sydell. They cover a big upcoming announcement from Amazon.

4:40pm

Mon September 3, 2012
NPR Story

Runner Pistorius Under Fire For Post-Race Comments

Originally published on Mon September 3, 2012 5:16 pm

Melissa Block talks with BBC correspondent Emma Tracey, who is at the Paralympic Games in London. Yesterday the so-called "Blade Runner" — South African sprinter Oscar Pistorius — complained immediately following the 200m race that a Brazilian competitor who won the gold had cheated. Pistorius' initial reaction was to criticize the design of his competitor's prostheses as having given him an unfair advantage. Pistorius has since apologized for those remarks.

2:58pm

Mon September 3, 2012
It's All Politics

Political Analyst: N.C. Could Be Key, Regardless Of Electoral Outcome In State

Originally published on Mon September 3, 2012 4:51 pm

Preparations continue Monday for the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C.
Charles Dharapak AP

In 2008, Barack Obama became the first Democratic presidential candidate in more than three decades to carry North Carolina.

This week, as President Obama heads back to North Carolina to accept his party's nomination, polls show that he may be hard-pressed to repeat his Tar Heel State success of four years ago.

But in the state lies an opportunity for Obama, political analyst Charlie Cook said Monday during a poll briefing in Charlotte, where the Democratic National Convention opens Tuesday.

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1:20pm

Mon September 3, 2012
It's All Politics

Why I'm A Democrat: Marion Barry, Washington's Mayor For Life

Originally published on Mon September 3, 2012 1:21 pm

Councilman Marion Barry in 2009.
Stephen Boitano AP

Throughout the Republican National Convention, we asked people in Tampa why they were Republicans.

We're doing the same thing here in Charlotte, N.C. for the Democratic National Convention.

We started by asking Marion Barry, the former mayor of Washington, D.C. and current councilman.

He's always been a polarizing and controversial figure in politics.

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