3:20pm

Fri November 2, 2012
It's All Politics

What If There's No Winner? Presidential Campaigns And Their Lawyers Prepare

Originally published on Fri November 2, 2012 4:46 pm

People cast their ballots at an early-voting center in Columbus, Ohio, on Oct. 15.
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The presidential race is expected to be extremely close, and that has a lot of people nervous about what it will mean for election night.

Does it mean that the vote count could drag on for days, or even weeks, as it did in 2000?

Lawyers for the campaigns, the political parties and state election offices are preparing for the possibility.

Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted could very well be the man in the middle of any election night storm. By all accounts, the vote in his crucial battleground state will be extremely close.

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3:18pm

Fri November 2, 2012
The Two-Way

Coming Soon To India: Playboy Bunnies

Originally published on Sat November 3, 2012 4:47 am

Indian actress Sherlyn Chopra, the first Indian woman to pose nude for Playboy, appears at a press event in Mumbai in July. Playboy magazine is banned in India, but Playboy bunnies will make a demure debut when the first Playboy club opens next month.
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The Playboy bunny is coming to India — even though the magazine is still banned.

India, like many other conservative countries, has not permitted Playboy to appear on newsstands. But the brand still plans to come to India in a big way.

Over the next 10 years, around 120 Playboy venues are expected to open across India, including bars, clubs, fashion cafes and stores. The first Playboy club will open next month in the holiday destination of Goa.

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2:43pm

Fri November 2, 2012
The Two-Way

World Anti-Doping Agency Won't Appeal Armstrong Sanctions

Lance Armstrong, in the leader's yellow jersey, during the 2001 Tour de France.
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The World Anti-Doping Agency announced Friday that it won't fight the sanctions imposed against American cyclist Lance Armstrong.

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2:40pm

Fri November 2, 2012
Economy

Sandy, Election Could Skew Future Jobs Reports

Originally published on Fri November 2, 2012 6:20 pm

Workers clean up debris left by Superstorm Sandy in Long Beach Island, N.J., on Wednesday. The storm may lead to layoffs as business losses mount, but also could result in hiring related to rebuilding.
Mark Wilson Getty Images

Each month, the Labor Department issues an employment report. On Friday, that report showed job creation rose in October — and it revealed something more.

With its latest unemployment assessment, the government in effect took a BEFORE snapshot of the U.S. economy. It collected all of the data before Superstorm Sandy slammed into the East Coast and before the election outcome could be known. Each of those two events has the potential to change the AFTER outlook.

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2:32pm

Fri November 2, 2012
Arts & Culture

Holiday Classic Expands Performance Schedule

The Nutcracker Ballet Continues to Enchant this Holiday Season

One of Nashville’s newest holiday traditions, Nashville’s Nutcracker, will return to TPAC’s Jackson Hall Dec. 9 - 23 for the fifth year with additional performances and an expanded youth cast.

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2:16pm

Fri November 2, 2012
NPR's Backseat Book Club

How 'Black Beauty' Changed The Way We See Horses

Originally published on Fri November 2, 2012 10:45 pm

NPR's Backseat Book Club is back! And we begin this round of reading adventures with a cherished classic: Black Beauty by Anna Sewell. Generations of children and adults have loved this book. With vivid detail and simple, yet lyrical prose, Black Beauty describes both the cruelty and kindness that an ebony-colored horse experiences through his lifetime — from the open pastures in the English countryside to the cobblestone grit of 19th-century England.

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1:29pm

Fri November 2, 2012
The Salt

Christmas Comes Early For Denmark's Beer Drinkers

Originally published on Fri November 2, 2012 2:40 pm

J-Day, the first Friday in November, marks the release of Denmark's Christmas beer, Tuborg's Julebryg. It's practically a national holiday as the beer is promoted tonight in bars throughout the country.
Tuborg

1:19pm

Fri November 2, 2012
The Two-Way

Superstorm Sandy: Remembering Those Who Died

Originally published on Mon November 5, 2012 10:22 am

Water continues to flood a neighborhood on Thursday in the Ocean Breeze area of the Staten Island borough of New York City.
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As New Jersey and New York continue to pick the pieces in the wake of Superstorm Sandy, the death toll has slowly crept up to 97.

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1:14pm

Fri November 2, 2012
Monkey See

The New York City Marathon Is Not Post-Sept. 11 Baseball, And More Reasons To Cancel

This image, from the 2011 ING New York City Marathon, shows the aftermath of the runners' passage.
Timothy A. Clary AFP/Getty Images

I'd almost forgotten about the NYC Marathon, thanks to Sandy, and when I did remember that this is "Marathon Weekend," I just assumed it would get cancelled.

As of this writing, the ING New York City Marathon is not cancelled. But it should be. Immediately.

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1:08pm

Fri November 2, 2012
The Two-Way

Alan Murray Of 'The Wall Street Journal' Named Pew Research Center's President

Alan Murray, deputy managing editor and executive editor, online, at The Wall Street Journal, is taking the post of president at the Pew Research Center.

He's succeeding a man who would certainly be familiar to many NPR listeners and to those who like to pore over polls. Andrew Kohut, who has been the center's president since its founding in 2004, will "stay on as founding director and continue to provide counsel on political polling and global attitudes research," the organization announced today.

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