11:22am

Wed October 24, 2012
The Two-Way

UPDATED: Sandy, Now A Hurricane, Hits Jamaica, Sets Sights On Cuba

Originally published on Wed October 24, 2012 2:49 pm

National Hurricane Center

Update at 3:46 p.m. ET. Sandy Makes Landfall:

At 3:20 p.m. ET., Sandy made landfall about five miles east of Kingston, Jamaica, the Hurricane Center said in an update.

Our Original Post Continues:

The tropical cyclone Sandy has just crossed the threshold to become a hurricane.

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11:06am

Wed October 24, 2012
Shots - Health News

How Does The Polio Vaccine Reach A Remote Corner Of The World?

Originally published on Wed October 24, 2012 2:00 pm

Health workers transport the polio vaccine by donkey in southeastern Pakistan.
Asad Zaidi Courtesy of UNICEF Pakistan.

In the past week, we've had a lot to say about polio — from its history in the U.S. to vaccination efforts in Nigeria and Pakistan.

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11:03am

Wed October 24, 2012
Food

Fine Dining Turns To Familiar Favorites

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Now, it's time to open up the pages of the Washington Post Magazine. That's something we do just about every week for interesting stories about the way we live now. The Post's Fall Dining Guide is out this week and that means food critic Tom Sietsema has been going all over town, eating and drinking up a storm, trying to narrow down his list of favorite restaurants.

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10:55am

Wed October 24, 2012
Technology

Is The iPad mini A 'Must Have' Gadget?

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Coming up, we'll hear about what's hot and what's not in the world of restaurants from Washington Post food critic Tom Sietsema. Interesting even if you don't eat out a lot. That's coming up later.

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10:55am

Wed October 24, 2012
Election 2012

Is Early Voting A 'Quiet Revolution?'

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Michel Martin. Coming up, Apple just unveiled its new iPad Mini, but it's not the only company trying to tempt you with new gadgets. Our digital lifestyle expert, Mario Armstrong, is going to stop by to tell us what's worth checking out. That's a little later.

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10:10am

Wed October 24, 2012
The Two-Way

Equal Pay For Equal Work: Not Even College Helps Women

Barnard College graduates listen to President Barack Obama at commencement ceremonies on May 14, 2012.
Richard Drew AP

A startling new report finds freshly graduated college women will likely face this hurdle when entering the work world: they're worth less than equally educated men.

The American Association of University Women is releasing a new study that shows when men and women attend the same kind of college, pick the same major and accept the same kind of job, on average, the woman will still earn 82 cents to every dollar that a man earns.

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9:36am

Wed October 24, 2012
The Salt

When Fire Met Meat, The Brains Of Early Humans Grew Bigger

Originally published on Wed October 24, 2012 12:08 pm

Actors Stan Laurel and Edna Marlon play at socializing around the campfire. It turns out that early man's brain developed in part thanks to cooking.
Hulton Archive Getty

If you're reading this blog, you're probably into food. Perhaps you're even one of those people whose world revolves around your Viking stove and who believes that cooking defines us as civilized creatures.

Well, on the latter part, you'd be right. At least according to some neuroscientists from Brazil.

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9:35am

Wed October 24, 2012
Shots - Health News

The Sick Turn To Crowdfunding To Pay Medical Bills

Originally published on Tue October 30, 2012 12:14 pm

Fundraising for medical causes is getting easier with sites like GoFundMe.
iStockphoto.com

Surely you've heard of crowd funding sites like Kickstarter that have helped thousands of filmmakers, musicians and painters leverage Facebook and Twitter to raise money for creative projects.

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9:21am

Wed October 24, 2012
The Two-Way

Sales Of New Homes Hit Fastest Pace In 2 1/2 years

A sign of the times at a building site in Ohio earlier this year.
John Kuntz The Plain Dealer /Landov

Sales of new single-family homes rose 5.7 percent in September from August and at an annual rate of 389,000 hit the fastest pace since April 2010, the Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development say.

Sales were up 27.1 percent from September 2011.

Reuters calls the news "further evidence the housing market recovery is gaining steam."

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7:58am

Wed October 24, 2012
The Two-Way

After Shark Kills Surfer, Central California Beach Closed

The beach is closed near Vandenberg Air Force Base after Tuesday's shark attack.
U.S. Air Force photo Reuters /Landov

Surf Beach near Vandenberg Air Force Base along California's central coast is closed after the death of a 39-year-old man who was attacked by a shark Tuesday while surfing.

The man's death came two years and a day after a shark killed a 19-year-old man along the same stretch of the coast.

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