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4:09 pm
Sun November 3, 2013

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford Says He Will Not Resign

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford as he faced reporters questions Thursday.
Mark Blinch Reuters/Landov

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford says he is "going to ride this storm out."

Of course, he is referring to the scandal that has overtaken his term as mayor of Canada's largest city. As Mark reported, for months now, there have been reports that there is a video out there that allegedly shows Ford smoking crack cocaine.

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2:33 pm
Sun November 3, 2013

No Clemency For Snowden, U.S. Officials Say

An image of Edward Snowden on the back of a banner is seen infront of the U.S. Capitol during a protest against government surveillance on October 26, 2013 in Washington, D.C.
Mandel Ngan AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sun November 3, 2013 4:40 pm

Congressional leaders and the White House had one message for Edward Snowden on Sunday: There will be no clemency for illegally leaking documents that have revealed some of the U.S. government's most secret programs.

Senate intelligence committee chairwoman Dianne Feinstein, a Democrat of California, and her House counterpart, Mike Rogers, a Republican from Michigan, expressed that view on CBS' Face the Nation and White House adviser Dan Pfeiffer said pretty much the same on ABC's This Week.

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1:42 pm
Sun November 3, 2013

Two Bangladeshi Expatriates Sentenced To Death Over War Crimes

Originally published on Sun November 3, 2013 4:11 pm

Two prominent Bangladeshi expats — one a Muslim leader in the U.K. and the other a U.S. citizen — have been sentenced to death for war crimes committed during the country's fight for independence in 1971.

The BBC reports:

"UK-Bangladeshi Muslim community leader Chowdhury Mueen Uddin and Ashrafuzzaman Khanwas were being tried in absentia by a special tribunal in Bangladesh.

"They were found guilty on 11 charges relating to the abduction and killing of 18 independence supporters."

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10:39 am
Sun November 3, 2013

WATCH: Nebraska's Unbelievable Hail Mary To Beat Northwestern

Nebraska wide receiver Jordan Westerkamp catches the game winning touchdown.
Nati Harnik AP

My father — ever the optimist — always told me that a game is never over until the final second expires. You never know, he said, when an act of utter desperation will beat the odds.

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9:22 am
Sun November 3, 2013

Kenyans Mutai, Jeptoo Win New York City Marathon

Runners cross the Verrazano Bridge as they race in the New York City Marathon on Sunday.
Emmanuel Dunand AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sun November 3, 2013 2:52 pm

This Post Was Last Updated At 12:06 p.m. ET.

Two Kenyans running similarly tactical races came from behind to win the New York City Marathon on Sunday, marking the third time Kenyans have won both the men's and women's 26.2-mile road race.

Geoffrey Mutai, of Kenya, stayed pretty quiet for the first 20 miles. He nestled in the pack, shielding himself from the wind, then, as the toughest part of the race began, he accelerated past the pack and never looked back, winning the race in 2:08:24.

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8:18 am
Sun November 3, 2013

Kerry In Egypt For First Time Since Morsi's Ouster

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry shakes hands with Egyptian Foreign Affairs Minister Nabil Fahmy ahead of their press conference on Sunday in Cairo.
Gianluigi Guercia AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sun November 3, 2013 2:39 pm

Secretary of State John Kerry is in Egypt this morning, marking the highest level visit by a U.S. diplomat since the military ousted President Hosni Mubarak in July.

The visit also comes at a time when relations between the two countries are frayed. Reporting from Cairo, NPR's Leila Fadel sent this report to our Newscast unit:

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4:46 pm
Sat November 2, 2013

'Egypt's Jon Stewart' Kicked Off The Air

Television satirist Bassem Youssef waves to supporters as he enters Egypt's state prosecutors office in March of 2013.
Amr Nabil AP

Originally published on Sat November 2, 2013 9:03 pm

First, Bassem Youssef, a satirist known as "Egypt's Jon Stewart," angered the Islamists; now he's angered the military that ousted them.

Here's how The Wall Street Journal tells the story:

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3:09 pm
Sat November 2, 2013

Pakistan Slams U.S. Over Drone Strike Against Taliban Chief

Pakistani Taliban chief Hakimullah Mehsud (left) with his commander Wali-ur Rehman in South Waziristan, in October 2009.
AFP/Getty Images

Pakistan is blasting the United States for a drone strike that has allegedly killed Pakistani Taliban chief Hakimullah Mehsud.

Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said Pakistan's ties with the United States would be reviewed, after what he called "an attack on regional peace by America."

Pakistan's Dawn reports:

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1:22 pm
Sat November 2, 2013

The One Moment You Should Watch From The Red Sox Parade

Boston Red Sox's Jonny Gomes places the championship trophy and a Red Sox baseball jersey at the Boston Marathon Finish Line during a pause in their World Series victory rolling rally in Boston on Saturday.
Elise Amendola AP

Originally published on Sat November 2, 2013 1:56 pm

The World Series Championship parade in Boston on Saturday was full of everything you might expect: Crowds, cheering and confetti.

But as the world champion Boston Red Sox made their way on Boylston Street toward the finish line of the Boston Marathon, the celebration gave way to a moment of reflection.

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10:54 am
Sat November 2, 2013

Murder Charges Filed In Los Angeles Airport Shooting

People exit Los Angeles International Airport in Los Angeles on Friday.
Gregory Bull AP

Originally published on Sat November 2, 2013 9:17 pm

Update at 7:45 p.m. ET. Murder Charges Filed:

The suspect in the shooting of a TSA agent at Los Angeles International Airport has been charged with murder, U.S. Attorney Andre Birotte Jr. told reporters Saturday.

Paul Ciancia, 23, is charged with killing Gerardo Hernandez, who was shot to death Friday at the airport.

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9:34 am
Sat November 2, 2013

Barge Mystery Solved: Floating Structures Tied To Google

Two men fish in the water in front of a barge on Treasure Island in San Francisco on Tuesday. An unnamed source tells CBS the barge carries a building "constructed of interchangeable 40-foot shipping containers that can be assembled and disassembled at will, allowing it to be placed on barges, trucks or rail cars and taken anywhere in the world."
Jeff Chiu AP

Originally published on Sat November 2, 2013 1:29 pm

Over the past week, two floating structures on opposite sides of the country have provoked a lot of speculation. Early on, the Internet settled on Google as a likely culprit. Could the barges off of San Francisco and Maine, the masses divined, be giant data structures built to circumvent NSA spying? Could they be huge, floating stores?

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8:04 am
Sat November 2, 2013

Edward Snowden: 'Speaking The Truth Is Not A Crime'

Edward Snowden, seen during a video interview with The Guardian.
Glenn Greenwald/Laura Poitras EPA/LANDOV

Originally published on Sat November 2, 2013 1:13 pm

Just shortly after Germany showed interest in talking to Edward Snowden, the former NSA contractor met with a veteran member of the German parliament.

Hans-Christian Ströbele said Snowden was willing to talk to testify before the parliament about U.S. surveillance, but he first wanted to testify before the American Congress.

The New York Times reports Ströbele brought back a letter from Snowden, which he showed to the press.

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7:39 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

VIDEO: Halloween Homage To Will Ferrell Character Ron Burgundy

"Stay classy, Boise": KIVI TV sports director Paul Gerke delivered his segment while in the character of Run Burgundy Thursday.
YouTube

Originally published on Fri November 1, 2013 8:05 pm

If you've ever seen the 2004 comedy Anchorman, you're familiar with Will Ferrell's lead character Ron Burgundy and you'll surely get a laugh out of a Boise, Idaho, television station's Halloween newscast.

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5:30 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

Appeals Court Sides With Employers On Covering Birth Control

Originally published on Fri November 1, 2013 6:06 pm

A federal appeals court has sided with the owners of a fruit and vegetable distributor who challenged part of the 2010 health care law requiring employers to provide insurance coverage for birth control. Federal courts have split on the issue, which is the subject of dozens of similar cases.

According to the National Women's Law Center, "a total of 88 lawsuits have been filed" over the issue of contraceptive coverage. Of that number, 63 cases are still pending; the other 25 have been closed.

NPR's Julie Rovner reports for our Newscast unit:

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3:52 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

Rule Change Allows Rollover For Flexible Spending Accounts

Originally published on Fri November 1, 2013 4:43 pm

Workers who put money into "use it or lose it" Flexible Spending Accounts each year could benefit from a new Treasury Department rule change letting them roll over up to $500 at the end of each year.

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3:34 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

Pakistani Taliban Chief Killed In U.S. Drone Strike

Pakistani Taliban chief Hakimullah Mehsud (left) with his commander Wali-ur Rehman in South Waziristan, in October 2009.
AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri November 1, 2013 7:01 pm

The head of the Pakistani Taliban, Hakimullah Mehsud, has been killed in a U.S. drone strike, U.S. and Taliban officials tell NPR and other news organizations.

"We confirm with great sorrow that our esteemed leader was martyred in a drone attack," a senior Taliban commander was quoted by Reuters as saying.

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1:40 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

One Officer Dead, Several Shot By Gunman At LA Airport

Police officers stand near an unidentified weapon in Terminal 3 of the Los Angeles International Airport on Friday. Officials said a gunman who opened fire in the terminal was wounded in a shootout with police and taken into custody.
AP

Originally published on Sat November 2, 2013 12:33 am

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A lone gunman walked into one of the nation's busiest airports Friday in Los Angeles and opened fire with an assault rifle, killing at least one transportation security officer and wounding another, police and TSA officials say.

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1:37 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

Germany Offers Third Gender Option On Birth Certificates

Germany will allow parents to choose a third indeterminate option for newborn babies, under a new law that takes effect Friday.
Deshakalyan Chowdhury AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri November 1, 2013 3:14 pm

A German law takes effect today that establishes a third gender option for parents filling out birth certificates for newborn babies. They can choose "indeterminate" if the child shows both male and female characteristics.

The parents will make that choice by leaving the boxes for male and female genders blank. The new law is meant to avoid the need to label an intersex baby as male or female before the child is old enough to decide.

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12:40 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

Are Low Early Enrollment Nos. A Repeat Of Mass. Experience?

Originally published on Fri November 1, 2013 1:48 pm

News outlets are all over this story today:

Documents released by a congressional committee reveal just how few people successfully enrolled in health insurance plans on the troubled HealthCare.gov website in early days after its Oct. 1 launch. (That summary is courtesy of our colleagues on the NPR Newscast Desk.)

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12:29 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

Man Behind Oregon's Famous Exploding Whale Dies

A report by KATU-TV on officials' decision to blow up an 8-ton dead whale on an Oregon beach in 1970 went on to become an early viral video. The highway engineer who led the operation died this week.
YouTube

Originally published on Fri November 1, 2013 1:37 pm

Oregon highway engineer George Thornton, who in 1970 led an operation to blow up a dead beached whale with half a ton of dynamite, died this week at age 84. Thornton's decision resulted in a foul shower of whale blubber; video of the event has resurfaced periodically, often leading viewers to declare the whole thing a hoax.

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10:59 am
Fri November 1, 2013

VIDEO: 'Mouse Vs. Cookie,' A Little Guy's Tale Of Triumph

Can he get that cracker up on to the shelf and safely away?
YouTube.com

Is the boss getting on your nerves?

Did somebody leave behind an empty coffee pot again?

Are you angry because this blog has posted another stupid video?

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10:12 am
Fri November 1, 2013

It Wasn't Crack Toronto's Mayor Was Smoking, Lawyer Suggests

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford as he faced reporters questions Thursday.
Mark Blinch Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Fri November 1, 2013 12:16 pm

An already dramatic story took another dramatic turn Friday when Toronto Mayor Rob Ford's lawyer challenged police to release a video that news outlets have said shows the mayor smoking what appears to have been crack cocaine.

What's more, attorney Dennis Morris suggested in an interview with CBC News that if Ford was caught on video smoking anything, it might have been marijuana or tobacco.

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9:00 am
Fri November 1, 2013

Legal Issues Settled, Dylan's Guitar May Sell For $500,000

Originally published on Fri November 1, 2013 12:11 pm

Now that Bob Dylan's no longer talking about it not being the guitar he played when he famously went electric at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival, a sunburst Fender Stratocaster is to be auctioned by Christie's on Dec. 6.

The pre-sale hype has it going for as much as $500,000.

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7:43 am
Fri November 1, 2013

U.S. Spying Efforts Sometimes 'Reached Too Far,' Kerry Says

Secretary of State John Kerry.
Fang Zhe Xinhua/Landov

Originally published on Fri November 1, 2013 1:10 pm

Some of the electronic surveillance programs of the National Security Agency have been on "automatic pilot" in recent years and have inappropriately "reached too far," Secretary of State John Kerry said Thursday.

Kerry's comments are causing something of a stir.

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