7:08am

Mon September 24, 2012
The Two-Way

Little Panda's Death Leaves Zookeepers 'Devastated'

Originally published on Mon September 24, 2012 6:05 pm

Dennis Kelly (right), director of the Smithsonian's National Zoo, and Suzan Murray, chief veterinarian, discuss the panda cub's death.
Mark Wilson Getty Images

Sunday's sad news about the death of a giant panda cub that was just less than a week old is being followed this morning with reports about how the staff at Washington's National Zoo tried hard to save it and have been hit hard by its death.

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6:39am

Mon September 24, 2012
The Two-Way

'Amazing Scene' As Riot Shuts Foxconn Plant In China

Originally published on Mon September 24, 2012 8:01 am

Workers at a Foxconn plant in Shenzhen, China, in 2010.
AFP/Getty Images
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At one point overnight as many as 2,000 workers at a Foxconn plant in Taiyuan, China, were involved in a riot that drew 5,000 police officers to the site and has closed the facility that makes parts for Apple's iPhones and hardware for other companies including Microsoft and Hewlett-Packard.

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2:57am

Mon September 24, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

South African Children's Hospital Closed Under Apartheid To Reopen

Originally published on Tue September 25, 2012 8:08 am

The Durban Children's hospital opened in 1931, as a facility for all races, but tensions during the apartheid era forced it to close in the 1980s.
Courtesy of KwaZulu-Natal Children's Hospital

A large children's hospital in Durban, South Africa, is being rebuilt two decades after it closed owing to apartheid. It opened in 1931 as a facility for all races, but racial tensions in the 1980s forced its closure.

Now with Durban and the surrounding province of KwaZulu-Natal extremely hard hit by AIDS and tuberculosis, local leaders are hopeful they can begin reopening the hospital early in 2013.

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2:26am

Mon September 24, 2012
Presidential Race

Ads Slice Up Swing States With Growing Precision

Originally published on Tue September 25, 2012 8:08 am

First of a two-part series

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2:23am

Mon September 24, 2012
All Tech Considered

Employee Shopping: 'Acqui-Hire' Is The New Normal In Silicon Valley

Originally published on Tue September 25, 2012 8:08 am

A Google logo is seen through windows of Moscone Center in San Francisco during Google's annual developer conference, Google I/O, in June. Google is one of several major tech companies known for the "acqui-hire."
AFP AFP/Getty Images

Tech companies like Google, Facebook and Zynga are on a shopping spree. They're buying small startups with innovative products and apps. But, many times, the tech giants don't care about what the small companies were producing. They just want the engineers.

There's a new name for these deals: the "acqui-hire," and it could mean the end to your favorite app.

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2:22am

Mon September 24, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Two New Drugs May Help In Fight Against Obesity

Originally published on Tue September 25, 2012 10:59 am

Doctors may recommend that obese patients use weight-loss drugs to trick their hunger pangs.
iStockphoto.com

The Food and Drug Administration approved two new medications this year to help obese and overweight individuals lose weight.

Diet drugs have been around in different forms for a while, but now researchers hope one of these two might actually help make a dent in the obesity epidemic.

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2:20am

Mon September 24, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Is CrossFit Training Good For Kids?

Originally published on Tue September 25, 2012 8:08 am

Evan Ciangiulli, 4, completes a warmup that teaches him the right way to lift weights.
Karen Castillo Farfan NPR

For thousands of people across the country, going to a regular gym just doesn't cut it. Instead, they prefer CrossFit routines: like swinging kettlebells, flipping tires, and doing squats and dead lifts until they drop. Now kids as young as 4 are taking part.

The idea behind CrossFit Kids, says co-founder Jeff Martin, is to pair fitness and fun. Since he started the program with his wife Mikki in 2004, it has taken off. There are hundreds of CrossFit Kids classes across the U.S., and more in cities across the world.

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10:36pm

Sun September 23, 2012
Presidential Race

Romney Rules Rural As Obama's Support Wanes

Originally published on Tue September 25, 2012 8:08 am

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney autographs a coal miner's hat during a campaign event Aug. 14 at American Energy Corp. in Beallsville, Ohio.
Mary Altaffer AP

The nation's smallest and most remote places are providing Mitt Romney's biggest margins in battleground states as the 2012 presidential race enters its final weeks.

In fact, rural counties are keeping Romney competitive in the states that are now up for grabs. That's what a new bipartisan survey indicates. The poll also finds that President Obama's rural support has plunged since 2008.

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4:51pm

Sun September 23, 2012
Around the Nation

Rising Income Gap Shapes Residential Segregation

Originally published on Mon September 24, 2012 12:20 pm

Mechelle Baylor's home in the Shaw area of Washington, D.C., has been in her family since 1929. She says she's seen her neighborhood change a lot as her neighbors move out and higher-income earners move in.
Amy Held NPR

The income gap is receiving much attention lately as more Americans are isolating themselves around "people like us."

More accurately, they surround themselves with people who earn similar incomes, and it is now fueling a rise in residential segregation. One recent study suggests the income gap might be greater today than even during colonial times – even when you account for slavery.

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