1:50am

Fri December 7, 2012
The Salt

In Farmers Market, A Free Market Rises In Cuba

Originally published on Fri December 7, 2012 7:30 pm

Cuba has relaxed some business rules, allowing street vendors to sell produce and a large wholesale produce market to open at night on the edge of Havana.
Greg Kahn Getty Images

Cuba has no shortage of fertile farmland, but the country spends $1.5 billion a year importing about 70 percent of its food.

The communist government's chronic struggle to get farmers to produce more is forcing authorities to grudgingly accept a greater role for market principles and the profit motive.

Now authorities seem willing to go another step further, tolerating the rise of what might be described as Cuba's "free-est" market.

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1:49am

Fri December 7, 2012
Space

Is Another Moon Mission Written In The Stars?

Originally published on Fri December 7, 2012 7:23 am

Apollo 17 was the sixth and final Apollo mission to the moon. Here, lunar module pilot Harrison "Jack" Schmitt, Cmdr. Eugene Cernan and command module pilot Ron Evans pose in the lunar vehicle.
NASA

On Dec. 7, 1972, NASA launched its final human mission to the moon. Forty years later, Apollo 17 commander Eugene Cernan says he'd love to give up his claim to fame as "the last man on the moon."

"I'd like to be able to shake the hand of that young man or young woman who replaces me in that category," Cernan told NPR. "But unfortunately, the way things have gone and the way things are looking for the future, at least the near-term future, that won't happen in my lifetime. And that truly is disappointing."

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5:40pm

Thu December 6, 2012
Around the Nation

Mich. Approves 'Right To Work' Bill As Dems Walk Out

Michigan's state house has voted to approve a "right-to-work" bill that would weaken the power of labor unions. Democrats walked out in protest. Audie Cornish talks to Rick Pluta of Michigan Public Radio.

5:40pm

Thu December 6, 2012
The Salt

U.S. Olive Oil Makers Say Imports Aren't Always So 'Extra Virgin'

Originally published on Mon December 10, 2012 7:40 am

Freshly picked Arbosana olives from the Texas Olive Ranch in Carrizo Springs, Texas.
Karen Lee Henry

Italians may still be light-years ahead when it comes to gelato, but when it comes to extra-virgin olive oil? Watch out: U.S. producers are on it.

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5:14pm

Thu December 6, 2012
The Two-Way

Mormon Church Launches Website On 'Same-Sex Attraction'

Originally published on Thu December 6, 2012 11:46 pm

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints headquarters in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Douglas C. Pizac AP

The Mormon Church has a new website to clarify its position on "same-sex attraction" and to reach out to all of its members, including gays and lesbians, "with love and understanding."

The launching of mormonsandgays.org follows persistent criticism of Mormon involvement in California's ballot measure banning gay marriage, NPR's Howard Berkes reports. Berkes tells our Newscast Desk that scrutiny continued through Mitt Romney's campaign for president.

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5:08pm

Thu December 6, 2012
The Two-Way

In Doha, Philippines Negotiator Delivers Emotional Plea For Climate Change Action

Originally published on Thu December 6, 2012 5:14 pm

Residents carry a relative's coffin along a muddy road in the town of New Bataan, compostela province on Thursday. Nearly 200,000 people are homeless and more than 300 dead after the Philippines suffered its worst typhoon this year.
Ted Aljibe AFP/Getty Images

This kind of thing rarely happens. But today during the United Nation's COP 18 climate change conference in Doha, the lead negotiator for the Philippines broke down.

He delivered an emotional plea for action on the issue of climate change that was made even more dramatic because his country is just now starting to pick up the pieces from a typhoon that has killed hundreds.

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5:05pm

Thu December 6, 2012
Food

In A Family's Lost Cookie, Lots Of Love, And Molasses

Originally published on Fri December 7, 2012 1:09 pm

NPR's Lost Recipe project helped Pavlos re-create her great-grandmother's jumble cookies.
Courtesy of Nancy Baggett

Frederick Rickmeyer, our hats are off to you and your note-taking ways.

Shortly after the turn of the last century, Frederick started documenting his wife's recipes on the blank memoranda pages of a cookbook. He included titles like My Wife's Own Original Spanish Bun and comments like "as good as ever," along with the ingredients and dates.

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5:05pm

Thu December 6, 2012
U.S.

Crime-Ridden Camden To Dump City Police Force

Originally published on Thu December 6, 2012 6:54 pm

Camden City Police Chief Scott Thomson says he has shooting investigations "backlogging like burglary cases." Half of his force was laid off last year, and the city says expensive benefits in the police union contract are preventing them from hiring more cops.
Alisa Chang NPR

As the New Jersey city of Camden blasts through its all-time-high homicide record — exceeding 60 murders so far this year — city officials have an unusual solution to rising crime: laying off the entire police department.

Year after year, Camden ranks as one of the most dangerous cities in America based on several categories: murders, rapes, assaults and robberies. But the city says it's too poor to hire more police officers. So it's dissolving its municipal police force and letting the county set up a bigger, cheaper force to replace it.

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4:36pm

Thu December 6, 2012
It's All Politics

Boehner Faces Conservative Backlash Over 'Fiscal Cliff' Talks

Originally published on Thu December 6, 2012 5:40 pm

House Speaker John Boehner appears at a news conference after a House Republican conference meeting Wednesday on Capitol Hill.
Alex Wong Getty Images

The Internet has not been kind to House Speaker John Boehner in recent days. On Twitter, there are some new, not-so-subtle hashtags going around: #boehnermustgo, #fireboehner and #purgeboehner.

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4:30pm

Thu December 6, 2012
Around the Nation

Post-Sandy Fixes To NYC Subways To Cost Billions

Originally published on Thu December 6, 2012 5:40 pm

Joseph Leader, chief maintenance officer of the New York City subway system, surveys damage caused by Superstorm Sandy, this week at the South Ferry station.
Joel Rose NPR

Most subway stations in New York City affected by Superstorm Sandy have opened by now, but the South Ferry station at the southern tip of Manhattan is still closed. And when you get inside, it's easy to see why.

The platform is still coated with dirt more than a month after the storm. The tile walls are covered in grime from the tracks all the way up to the ceiling 25 feet overhead. There's debris dangling from the exit signs; the escalators look like they may never work again.

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