4:22pm

Thu May 3, 2012
Election 2012

In Utah, GOP House Candidate Out To Make History

Originally published on Wed May 9, 2012 9:43 am

Saratoga Springs Mayor Mia Love speaks at the Republican state convention April 21 in Sandy, Utah.
Leah Hogsten The Salt Lake Tribune via AP

A small-town mayor in Utah is trying to make congressional history.

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4:14pm

Thu May 3, 2012
It's All Politics

Do Campaign Ads Seem More Negative This Year? It's Not Just You

Originally published on Wed May 9, 2012 9:43 am

If you thought the presidential primaries were extraordinarily negative, now there's statistical evidence that you were right.

A new analysis of TV ads finds that 70 percent of the messages were negative — a trend spearheaded by the heavily financed superPACs supporting the candidates. At this point in the 2008 election, 91 percent of TV ads were positive.

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4:02pm

Thu May 3, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Why Do Bike-Share Riders Skip Helmets?

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 9:50 am

Bartender Matt Carucci says he rarely feels safe biking in the city but often rides without a helmet anyway. "There are a lot of other ways to hurt yourself," he says.
John Rose NPR

If you've ever shaken your head over urban bicyclists' apparent unanimous decision to forgo helmets, you're not far off the mark.

Among users of bike-sharing programs, like Capital Bikeshare in Washington, D.C., the problem is obvious.

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3:50pm

Thu May 3, 2012
Business

Corn Farmers Hope, Cautiously, For A Bumper Crop

Originally published on Wed May 9, 2012 9:43 am

This year, U.S. corn farmers have planted more acres of the crop than at any time since the Great Depression.
Scott Olson Getty Images

It's still too early to predict whether the 2012 corn harvest will set a record, but many corn farmers say the prognosis for a bumper crop is looking pretty good right now.

U.S. farmers are planting more acres of corn this year than they have in any year since the Great Depression. And with a mild spring across much of the nation's Corn Belt, many are hoping this autumn's yield will be one for the record books.

A Crop That 'Will Knock Your Socks Off'

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3:48pm

Thu May 3, 2012
Music News

'What's Going On': A New Generation Answers

Originally published on Mon May 21, 2012 7:00 pm

Detail of cover art from the 1974 album Marvin Gaye Live!
Album cover

3:48pm

Thu May 3, 2012
Environment

Greenland's Ice Melting More Slowly Than Expected

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 9:50 am

Researchers studying Greenland's ice say it is melting more slowly than previously thought. Here, ice travels down a relatively small outlet glacier into the sea.
Ian Joughin UW, Sarah Das/WHOI and Richard Harris/NPR

A new study has some reassuring news about how fast Greenland's glaciers are melting away.

Greenland's glaciers hold enough water to raise sea level by 20 feet, and they are melting as the planet warms, so there's a lot at stake.

A few years ago, the Jakobshavn glacier in Greenland really caught people's attention. In short order, this slow-moving stream of ice suddenly doubled its speed. It started dumping a whole lot more ice into the Atlantic. Other glaciers also sped up.

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3:48pm

Thu May 3, 2012
Europe

Will French Election Mark A Reversal Of Austerity?

Originally published on Wed May 9, 2012 9:43 am

Tens of thousands of people in Paris used the annual May Day workers' events this year to denounce the world of finance amid the Europe-wide debt crisis. If elected, France's Socialist presidential challenger, Francois Hollande, says he will pursue a growth-oriented strategy.
Guillaume Baptiste AFP/Getty Images

The possibility that French President Nicolas Sarkozy may lose the presidential election Sunday is making waves across Europe. Sarkozy and German Chancellor Angela Merkel are the architects of Europe's new fiscal austerity pact.

But the man likely to replace Sarkozy has other ideas.

Socialist candidate Francois Hollande — who is favored in opinion polls by several percentage points — says Europe cannot emerge from the crisis based on austerity alone.

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3:11pm

Thu May 3, 2012
The Two-Way

Student Forgotten In Holding Cell: 'Changes Have To Be Made'

Originally published on Wed May 9, 2012 9:43 am

Daniel Chong appears at a news conference on Tuesday in San Diego.
K. C. Alfred UT San Diego

Daniel Chong, a California college senior, was forgotten in a federal holding cell without food or water for five days.

Today, he told All Things Considered's Audie Cornish that the five days tested his sanity and his resolve to live.

"I didn't stay sane," Chong said. "Eventually, by the second or third night ... I went completely insane and was just trying to get a grip on reality, on what's happening to me."

Chong said at one point he thought about using his glasses to cut into his arm and kill himself.

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2:36pm

Thu May 3, 2012
The Salt

How To Tip-Toe Into The Hot Sauce Craze

Originally published on Wed May 9, 2012 9:43 am

Tami Franklin tries a variety of hot sauces on her barbecue ribs at Rocklands Barbeque and Grilling Company in Arlington, Va.
John Rose NPR

If you listen to my story above, you'll know that hot sauce production is one of the fastest growing industries in the United States.

And you'll learn that research finds chili-heads — people who love the burn of spicy food — tend to have a penchant for sensation-seeking. Think rollercoasters and action flicks.

So you wanna jump in, but you're new to the hot sauce world?

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2:23pm

Thu May 3, 2012
Movie Reviews

'The Avengers': Superheroic Popcorn Fun At Its Best

Originally published on Wed May 9, 2012 9:43 am

promo
Walt Disney Pictures

That crashing sound you'll hear emanating from cineplexes this weekend will be the sound of comic-book superheroes smashing box-office records.

Actually, the smashing started last weekend, when Marvel's The Avengers opened in 39 territories around the world, scooping up a cool $178 million in three days. And with legions of fans having already bought advance tickets in the U.S., it's a pretty sure bet the box-office bonanza will continue as the film opens in more than 4,000 North American theaters.

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