10:14am

Tue April 23, 2013
The Two-Way

Sales Of New Homes Rose Last Month

A new home under construction earlier this year in Petaluma, Calif.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

While sales of existing homes dipped in March because of a tighter inventory, sales of newly built homes rose 1.5 percent from February and were up a whopping 18.5 percent from March 2012, the Census Bureau and Department of Housing and Urban Development say.

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10:14am

Tue April 23, 2013
Shots - Health News

Gynecologists Question Use Of Robotic Surgery For Hysterectomies

When does it make sense to use a da Vinci robot like this one for surgery?
Keith Srakocic AP

Bolstered by a recent study that found doctors performing hysterectomies performed using a pricey robot didn't produce better results for patients than ordinary — and cheaper — procedures, the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recently threw down a latex gauntlet against the use of robots.

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9:00am

Tue April 23, 2013
The Two-Way

Embassy Bombed In Libya; Canada Train Plot Suspects In Court

Originally published on Tue April 23, 2013 3:56 pm

Libyan security forces gather outside the French Embassy in Tripoli following a car bomb blast on Tuesday.
Mahmud Turkia AFP/Getty Images

Update at 4:20 p.m. ET:

The BBC reports that one of the two suspects, Chiheb Esseghaier, told the court that the case against him was "made based on acts and words which are only appearances."

He declined representation. Raed Jaser made no statement in court. Neither suspect entered a plea on Tuesday.

According to the BBC:

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9:00am

Tue April 23, 2013
The Two-Way

Poll: Public Expects Attacks, But Boston Doesn't Add To Fear

Originally published on Tue April 23, 2013 10:38 am

In Boston and other places across the nation, people gathered Monday for a moment of silence to honor the victims of the marathon bombing.
Mario Tama Getty Images

The Boston Marathon bombings "riveted most Americans" and seemed to "confirm the public's long-held belief that occasional terrorist acts are to be expected," the Pew Research Center says.

In a report released Tuesday morning, it adds that:

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7:45am

Tue April 23, 2013
The Two-Way

Early Thinking: Boston Suspects Were Working On Their Own

Originally published on Tue April 23, 2013 7:49 pm

Dzhokhar (at left) and Tamerlan Tsarnaev allegedly killed an MIT police officer, carjacked a vehicle and engaged in a gun battle with police soon after authorities distributed this image of the brothers walking near the finish line of the Boston Marathon just before two bombs exploded. Tamerlan, 26, died from injuries he received. Dzhokhar, 19, was captured Friday night.
FBI.gov

(Most recent update: 8:39 p.m. ET.)

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7:21am

Tue April 23, 2013
The Two-Way

Book News: Bush Library Exhibit Puts You In President's Shoes

The George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum officially opens this week in Dallas, Texas.
Mladen Antonov AFP/Getty Images

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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2:47am

Tue April 23, 2013
The Salt

Newspaper Takes The Pulse Of San Diego Coffee Culture

Originally published on Thu January 9, 2014 2:51 pm

John Rippo in July 2012 in a coffeehouse called Espresso Mio, in San Diego's Mission Hills neighborhood.
Courtesy of Josh Bletchely

Portland and Seattle may take coffee very seriously, but San Diego can boast a newspaper devoted entirely to coffee shops and all the news that's fit to print about them. John Rippo is the publisher of The Espresso, and he's convinced that coffee shops are the places to catch juicy moments of the human experience as they happen.

Inspired by European periodicals written for the cafe intelligentsia, Rippo curates local news in his monthly paper to inspire his fellow San Diego residents to social or political action.

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2:44am

Tue April 23, 2013
The Salt

Journey Of A Specialty Coffee Bean, From Cherry To Cup

Originally published on Thu January 9, 2014 3:12 pm

Coffee beans are raked to dry in the sun in western Guatemala.
David Gilkey NPR

When we wanted to know how the growth of the specialty coffee movement is influencing the lives of farmers, we took a trip to the mountainous region of Huehuetenango in Guatemala.

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2:42am

Tue April 23, 2013
The Changing Lives Of Women

For Chinese Women, Marriage Depends On Right 'Bride Price'

Originally published on Tue April 23, 2013 2:05 pm

Lucy Wang and Derek Wei represent the new modern Chinese bride and groom. With a lack of women in China, Wei had to pay more than $10,000 in a "bride price" to attract Wang to marry him.
Sim Chi Yin for NPR

Women hold up half the sky, China's Chairman Mao famously said. But in China, the one-child policy and the traditional preference for boys mean that 117 boys are born for every 100 baby girls. By one estimate, this means there could be 24 million Chinese men unable to find wives by the end of the decade.

As China's economy booms, the marriage market has become just that: a market, with new demands by women for apartments and cars.

But are women really benefiting from their scarcity?

Let's Make A Deal

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8:52pm

Mon April 22, 2013
NPR Story

Singer Richie Havens Dies

Transcript

ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel.

AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

And I'm Audie Cornish. If he had done nothing else, Richie Havens would have had a secure place in American music history as the performer who opened Woodstock, on Aug. 15, 1969.

(SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED RECORDING

RICHIE HAVENS: (Singing) Freedom, freedom, freedom, freedom, freedom, freedom, freedom, freedom...

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