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6:40 am
Tue November 19, 2013

Two Explosions, Multiple Deaths At Iranian Embassy In Beirut

This car was among many vehicles destroyed by bombs Tuesday in Beirut. Nearby buildings suffered extensive damage. More than 20 people, including an Iran diplomat, were killed by the explosions near Iran's embassy.
Nabil Mounzer EPA/LANDOV

Originally published on Sun November 24, 2013 9:02 am

Twin explosions Tuesday near the Iranian embassy in Beirut, Lebanon, killed more than 20 people, including Iran's cultural attaché, according to reports from The Associated Press and other news outlets. Dozens more people were injured.

From Beirut, producer Rima Marrouch tells our Newscast Desk that the blasts happened around 10 a.m. local time (3 a.m. ET).

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6:05 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

Princeton To Distribute Meningitis B Vaccine

Princeton University's Nassau Hall. The New Jersey university has seen seven cases of bacterial meningitis since March.
Daniel Hulshizer AP

Originally published on Mon November 18, 2013 6:06 pm

Princeton University has decided to distribute a vaccine for meningitis B that has not been approved for use in the United States.

As we've reported, the New Jersey university has seen seven cases of bacterial meningitis since March.

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5:35 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

Chinese Supercomputer Retains Title Of World's Fastest

The Cray-built Titan, at Oak Ridge National Laboratories, comes in second.
Jason K. Richards Oak Ridge National Laboratories

Originally published on Mon November 18, 2013 6:24 pm

A "Made in China" supercomputer that can perform 33.9 petaflops, or 33 quadrillion calculations per second, retains its top spot in the list of the world's 500 most powerful machines.

Tianhe-2, or Milky Way-2, is still No. 1, where it debuted in the list issued in June. In fact, the top 5 slots are all unchanged:

  1. Tianhe-2 (China, National Super Computer Center in Guangzhou): 33.86 petaflops
  2. Titan (U.S., Cray): 17.59 petaflops
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5:30 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

George Zimmerman Charged With Aggravated Assault

George Zimmerman.
Seminole Sheriff

Originally published on Mon November 18, 2013 8:18 pm

George Zimmerman, the former Neighborhood Watch volunteer acquitted in the killing of Trayvon Martin, has been charged with aggravated assault for allegedly pointing a gun at his girlfriend, Samantha Scheibe, during a domestic dispute on Monday.

The Orlando Sentinel reports:

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3:35 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

MAVEN Lifts Off On Nearly Half-Billion-Mile Trip To Mars

NASA's MAVEN, short for Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution, with a capital "N" in EvolutioN, atop a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket, lifts off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, on Monday.
John Raoux AP

Originally published on Mon November 18, 2013 5:38 pm

NASA's MAVEN explorer blasted off Monday on the first leg of its 440-million-mile journey to Mars, where scientists hope it will answer an ancient question: why the red planet went from warm and wet to cold and dry in a matter of just a billion years.

The robot orbiter, called the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution probe, launched aboard an Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at 1:28 p.m. EST. It will take 10 months to reach Mars.

The Associated Press writes:

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3:33 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

First Fuel Rods Plucked From Tsunami-Damaged Fukushima Plant

Workers remove nuclear fuel rods from a pool at the Unit 4 reactor of the Fukushima Daii-chi nuclear power plant on Monday.
Handout TEPCO

Originally published on Mon November 18, 2013 6:30 pm

Workers at Japan's Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear power station successfully completed the first day of a delicate operation to remove radioactive fuel rods from a reactor damaged in the March 2011 tsunami.

The fuel rods were removed from the Unit 4 reactor, which was offline at the time the tsunami smashed into the plant, overwhelming its backup systems. Although Unit 4 was spared the fate of three other reactors that melted down, a fire in its containment building weakened the structure.

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1:47 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

Hoops, He Did It Again: Player Has Second 100-Point Game

Have ball, will shoot: Grinnell College's Jack Taylor fires a 3-point shot during Sunday's game against Crossroads College. He scored 109 points — the second time he's topped 100 in a game.
Justin Hayworth AP

Originally published on Fri November 22, 2013 11:49 am

This year Jack Taylor "only" scored 109.

The Grinnell College basketball player, who set an NCAA record a year ago when he scored 138 points in one game, poured in 109 Sunday night during his team's 173-123 win over Crossroads College of Rochester, Minn.

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1:38 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

VIDEO: An Aerial View Of The Damage In Tacloban

A tanker sits amongst debris on Sunday in Leyte, Philippines.
Dan Kitwood Getty Images

While it's clear that Typhoon Haiyan left unbelievable destruction in its wake, today we're getting a unique view on the landscape that is simply stunning.

CNN flew a drone over Tacloban and the images show complete devastation: homes turned into a mangled mess of wood and concrete. There's not much more to add to the images, so we'll leave you with the video:

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12:44 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

Supreme Court Refuses To Hear Case Challenging NSA Surveillance

Without comment, the Supreme Court declined Monday to hear a case challenging the constitutionality of the National Security Agency's vast collection of telephone and electronic data.

SCOTUSblog reports that this is the first case to reach the U.S. high court since former NSA contractor Edward Snowden began leaking documents that shed light on some of the U.S. government's most secret operations.

SCOTUSblog explains:

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11:00 am
Mon November 18, 2013

After Chaotic Session, Toronto City Council Strips Mayor Ford Of Power

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford is surrounded by the media as he waits for an elevator outside his office at Toronto City Hall on November 15.
Geoff Robins AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon November 18, 2013 5:57 pm

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10:05 am
Mon November 18, 2013

'Doing What He Loved,' Deep-Sea Diver Dies After Record Bid

Nicholas Mevoli in a video, posted in in August. He talked of his love for freediving. On Sunday, Mevoli died after trying to set an American record.
YouTube.com

Originally published on Mon November 18, 2013 12:32 pm

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9:59 am
Mon November 18, 2013

Chile Election: Bachelet Is Far Ahead But Will Face Runoff

Former Chilean President Michelle Bachelet waves to supporters Sunday following general elections in Santiago, Chile.
Victor R. Caivano AP

Originally published on Mon November 18, 2013 11:23 am

Michelle Bachelet, the former president of Chile from 2006 to 2010, is well on her way to an encore, winning 46.6 percent of the vote in Sunday's presidential election.

While Bachelet won nearly twice as many votes as her closest rival, she will still face a runoff with her childhood friend Evelyn Matthei.

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8:41 am
Mon November 18, 2013

Death Toll Rising After Storms Explode Over Midwest

A firefighter searches through debris in Washington, Ill., on Sunday. Tornadoes and severe weather roared through the area earlier in the day.
Tasos Katopodis Getty Images

Originally published on Mon November 18, 2013 12:41 pm

  • On 'Morning Edition': WCBU's Denise Molina reports on the storms that hit Illinois
  • From the NPR Newscast: Jean Cochran rounds up the storm news

Update at 12:25 p.m. ET. Two Deaths In Michigan:

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8:13 am
Mon November 18, 2013

Top Stories: Midwest Tornadoes; Typhoon Relief Aid Lagging

Originally published on Mon November 18, 2013 11:17 am

Good morning, here are our early stories:

-- Death Toll At 6 After Storms Explode Over Illinois.

-- 11 Days After Typhoon, Parts Of Philippines Yet To Be Helped.

And here are more early headlines:

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8:03 am
Mon November 18, 2013

11 Days After Typhoon, Parts Of Philippines Yet To Be Helped

An elderly woman and others leave after getting some help from Red Cross volunteers Monday in Dagami, the Philippines, about 20 miles south of the city of Tacloban. Millions of people need assistance because their homes were destroyed by Typhoon Haiyan on Nov. 8.
Odd Andersen AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon November 18, 2013 11:14 am

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7:44 am
Mon November 18, 2013

Book News: Remembering Doris Lessing, A Contrarian Who 'Went For Broke'

British writer Doris Lessing holds flowers and tributes as she sits outside her north London home in October 2007 after winning the Nobel Prize.
Shaun Curry AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue November 19, 2013 2:48 pm

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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2:12 am
Mon November 18, 2013

2 Killed, 20 Injured In Colorado Mining Accident

Originally published on Mon November 18, 2013 10:01 am

Two men are dead and 20 have been sent to hospitals following an accident in a Colorado gold and silver mine Sunday.

The Ouray County coroner's preliminary report says the men died of carbon monoxide poisoning. Investigators with the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration are still trying to determine exactly what happened inside the Revenue Virginius Mine.

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4:16 pm
Sun November 17, 2013

Pakistan Plans To Try Ex-President Musharraf For Treason

Former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf at an anti-terrorism court in Islamabad on April 20.
Aamir Qureshi AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon March 31, 2014 10:01 am

Pakistan's interior minister said that the country plans to try its former military ruler Pervez Musharraf for treason. During his rule, Musharraf declared a state of emergency and suspended the constitution.

The AP reports the charges could mean the death penalty or life in prison if convicted. The wire service adds:

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3:08 pm
Sun November 17, 2013

Tornadoes In Illinois Cause 'Severe Damage'

A satellite image showing severe weather as it moves through the midwest area of the United States on Sunday.
NOAA Getty Images

Originally published on Sun November 17, 2013 10:49 pm

(This post was last updated at 5:16 p.m. ET.)

A line of storms moving through the country's midsection has already produced a few damaging tornadoes and the National Weather Service predicts that major severe weather could break out as the system moves east.

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12:48 pm
Sun November 17, 2013

Passenger Plane Crash In Russia Leaves 50 Dead

A commercial aircraft crashed during a landing in the central Russian city of Kazan, state media is reporting.

According to RIA Novosti and Russia Today, the Emergencies Ministry says they fear at least 50 people are dead. RT reports:

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11:08 am
Sun November 17, 2013

Doris Lessing, Nobel Prize-Winning Author, Dies

British author Doris Lessing (L) shows her prize insignia of the 2007 Nobel Prize in Literature at the Wallace Collection in London in 2008.
Shaun Curry AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon November 18, 2013 10:43 am

Doris Lessing, the Nobel Prize-winning author, died Sunday morning according her publisher, Harper Collins.

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9:52 am
Sun November 17, 2013

Boeing Announces Huge $95 Billion Haul At Dubai Airshow

A model of the Boeing 777-9X is displayed during the Dubai Airshow on Sunday, in the United Arab Emirates' capital Dubai.
Marwan Naamani AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon November 18, 2013 8:55 am

The Chicago-based Boeing Co. announced a stunning haul at the Dubai Airshow on Sunday: Emirates, Qatar Airways, Eithad Airways, Lufthansa and Qatar bought 259 of its new 777 aircraft.

Based on list prices, the agreements are worth more than $95 billion.

Reuters reports:

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8:59 am
Sun November 17, 2013

In The Philippines, Signs Of Hope As Relief Efforts Pick Up

A girl crosses between collapsed roof tops in the damaged downtown area in Tacloban, Philippines, on Sunday.
David Gilkey NPR

Originally published on Sun November 17, 2013 2:12 pm

A little over a week after a major typhoon devastated parts of the Philippines, there is some reason for hope today.

NPR's Russell Lewis, who has been trying to get to Tacloban all week, points us to the front page of today's The Philippine Star: "Aid Delivery To Leyte, Samar Speeding Up" the main headline reads.

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5:25 pm
Sat November 16, 2013

That Clam In Your Chowder Might Be Hundreds Of Years Old

Mike Cardew MCT/Landov

First we heard on Morning Edition that a clam scientists had opened up turned out to have been 507 years old.

That led us to stories with headlines like this: "Scientists accidentally kill world's oldest animal at age 507."

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3:50 pm
Sat November 16, 2013

Holy Heartwarmer! No One Can Seem To Get Enough Of Batkid

The little cape crusader's fans were out on Friday in San Francisco.
Jeff Chiu AP

Originally published on Sat November 16, 2013 4:44 pm

One day after San Francisco was turned into Gotham City so that a little boy who battled leukemia could fight off some archcriminals, fans still can't seem to get enough of Miles Scott, a.k.a. Batkid.

Just explore #batkid on Twitter and you'll see what we mean.

The news networks also can't leave the story alone.

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