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5:12 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

Turkey Feeling The Pressure Of Syrian Refugees

Originally published on Fri August 24, 2012 8:30 pm

The Obama administration has been leery of any military intervention in Syria and says the idea of a no-fly zone is on the "back burner." But Turkey says it won't be able to handle the influx of refugees much longer and safe zones inside Syria are needed. Analysts say if Turkey and the Syrian rebels push for that, the U.S., as a NATO ally, will have no choice but to provide air cover.

Summer Nights: Funtown
5:09 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

Summer Nights: Frozen Custard In St. Louis

Originally published on Fri August 24, 2012 7:47 pm

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From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.

MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

And I'm Melissa Block. On a hot summer night, you can't beat a cold treat. With that in mind, hundreds - often thousands - of people flock each night to a small custard stand in St. Louis, Missouri. Ted Drewes Frozen Custard has become a tradition and a point of regional pride. Ryan Famuliner of member station KBIA takes us on a summer night out in St. Louis.

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Election 2012
5:06 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

In Akin's Wake, Ryan Defends Anti-Abortion Record

Republican vice presidential candidate Rep. Paul Ryan speaks at a campaign event in Fayetteville, N.C., on Thursday.
Sara D. Davis AP

Originally published on Fri August 24, 2012 8:27 pm

Since Republican Rep. Todd Akin first said the words "legitimate rape" Sunday, just about everyone in the Republican Party has condemned those comments.

The Missouri Senate candidate later apologized, but his remarks continue to drive the political debate. They've also raised questions about the anti-abortion record of the Republican vice presidential candidate, Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin.

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Around the Nation
5:06 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

Two Die In Shooting Near Empire State Building

Originally published on Fri August 24, 2012 7:47 pm

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And I'm Audie Cornish. It was a terrifying morning for commuters and tourists near the Empire State Building in New York. A gunman killed one person before he was shot by police. At least nine other people were also injured by gunfire outside the iconic building. From New York, NPR's Joel Rose reports.

JOEL ROSE, BYLINE: Witnesses say the shooting began during morning rush hour.

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Sports
5:06 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

Lance Armstrong Banned For Life, Stripped Of Medals

Originally published on Fri August 24, 2012 7:47 pm

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To athletes young and old, Lance Armstrong has been an icon and an inspiration, even more so to cancer survivors, their families and anyone who wore a yellow LIVESTRONG bracelet. So what becomes of Armstrong's legacy now that his titles are gone and he's been labeled a doper?

Here's NPR's Mike Pesca with some reaction.

MIKE PESCA, BYLINE: The year is 2000, and the Tour de France has just reached a critical stage in Provence. Breaking away from the pack, in effect breaking the pack, is Lance Armstrong.

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Sports
5:05 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

Lance Armstrong: When A Hero Lets Us Down

Originally published on Sun August 26, 2012 12:54 pm

Lance Armstrong. He has a superhero's name, right out of the comic books. He moved from conquering stages of one kind — bike racing — to stages of another kind — cancer. He's chiseled and driven and known all over the world.

But now we learn that the superhero has given up in one of his biggest battles. He says he will no longer continue to fight charges by the United States Anti-Doping Agency that he used performance enhancing drugs to win bicycle races.

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The Salt
4:42 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

Farmers Waiting Out The Drought Tune Into Twitter

The information farmers are getting from Twitter can help them decide how and when to market their grain.
iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Mon October 15, 2012 10:43 am

A few years ago, if Bill Graff wanted to find out whether other farmers' fields looked anything like his, he'd make some calls and check an online bulletin board. It might take him a few days, even a week, to get a sense of how his crops stacked up against others in his region.

Now Graff, 53, who grows 1,400 acres of corn, soybean, wheat and hay in central Illinois, checks his Twitter feed. "I can get a half-way decent idea of what's going on out there instantaneously," Graff says.

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The Two-Way
4:39 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

Jerry Nelson, Puppeteer For Sesame Street's Count Von Count, Is Dead

Jerry Nelson and the character he brought to life, Count von Count.
Larry Busacca Getty Images

Originally published on Fri August 24, 2012 4:43 pm

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Music Reviews
4:20 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

Blackberry Smoke: Life In A Small Town

Like Lynyrd Skynyrd before it, Blackberry Smoke turns Southern music forms into radio-ready singalongs.
Matthew Mendenhall

Originally published on Fri August 24, 2012 7:47 pm

The Georgia-based rock band Blackberry Smoke has been together for more than a decade, slowly building an audience the old-fashioned way by relentless touring — around 250 shows a year.

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Participation Nation
3:33 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

Barrio Basketball In El Paso, Texas

A rainbow of teams at basketball camp.
Mike James Courtesy of AUFP

A summertime basketball camp can cost a kid several hundred dollars. But the Basketball in the Barrio camp — held just two blocks from the U.S.-Mexico border in El Paso — costs just one buck.

Actually, only a portion of the camp is about basketball, says co-founder Rus Bradburd. The experience is sponsored by Athletes United for Peace, a group that tries to promote peace and harmony through sports.

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