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11:01 am
Mon September 23, 2013

Death Toll In Pakistan Church Attack Reaches 85

A woman is carried into the hospital after being injured when two suicide bombers attacked a church in Peshawar, Pakistan, on Sunday.
AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon September 23, 2013 3:58 pm

At least 85 people are listed as dead in northwest Pakistan after what's been described as the largest-ever attack on the country's Christian minority.

A pair of suicide bombers blew themselves up Sunday at the historic All Saints Church in the city of Peshawar, not far from the Afghan border.

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The Two-Way
10:59 am
Mon September 23, 2013

U.N.: Child Labor Is Down, But 168 Million Children Still Work

Near Islamabad, Pakistan, 6-year-old Jabro Mounir was arranging bricks this summer — part of his daily work at a brick-making facility. He earns a little less than $2 per day.
Muhammed Muheisen AP

The trend is good:

"The global number of child laborers has declined by one third since 2000."

But:

That still means there are an estimated 168 million child laborers around the world, and more than half "are involved in hazardous work" involving such things as dangerous machinery and harmful chemicals.

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The Two-Way
10:51 am
Mon September 23, 2013

Boston Police Chief Is Stepping Down

Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis talks with reporters during the hunt for the Boston Marathon bombers in April.
Michael Reynolds EPA/Landov

Originally published on Mon September 23, 2013 3:45 pm

Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis, who became a nationally known figure as he led his department's response to last April's bombings at the Boston Marathon, announced Monday that he's stepping down after seven years in the job.

"It's time for me to try other things," the 57-year-old Davis told reporters. Among the first opportunities he said he may take advantage of is a fellowship at Harvard.

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The Picture Show
10:51 am
Mon September 23, 2013

Beauty Is In The Eye Of The Bee-Holder

Osmia chalybea, Male, Cumberland Island National Seashore, Georgia
USGS Bee Inventory and Monitoring Lab

Originally published on Mon September 23, 2013 4:55 pm

For a lot of people, the sight of a bee or wasp is enough to elicit some kind of visceral reaction. But a bee at 1:1 magnification becomes something a little more awe-inspiring.

"We know the average American reaction to insects," says Sam Droege, head of the U.S. Geological Survey Bee Inventory and Monitoring Lab. But, he says, "At this scale, none of them are ugly."

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NPR Story
10:48 am
Mon September 23, 2013

Photos: Kenya Mall Attack Continues

Kenyan security forces monitor the scene behind a wall outside the Westgate Mall in Nairobi on Monday. The military launched a major operation to end a standoff with al-Qaida-link militants who stormed the upscale mall Saturday, throwing grenades and firing on civilians. At least 62 people were killed and 175 more were wounded in the attack.
Jerome Delay AP

Originally published on Mon September 23, 2013 1:16 pm

A photo gallery of the three-day standoff in an upscale mall in Nairobi, Kenya. Al-Shabab, a militant group based in Somalia, has claimed responsibility for the attack.

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10:35 am
Mon September 23, 2013

Bangladesh Garment Workers Protest Over Pay, Factories Shutdown

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

NPR's business news starts with protests in Bangladesh.

Thousands of garment workers in Bangladesh continue protesting today. Dozens have been injured in clashes with police. They're demanding higher wages, seeking about $100 - per month. The demonstrators have forced over 100 factories to closes; factories that supply retailer like Wal-Mart and Gap.

The Two-Way
10:33 am
Mon September 23, 2013

$3.9 Billion U.S. Defense Contract Includes Missiles For UAE

A photo provided by Lockheed Martin shows a test of its THAAD missile interceptor system. The Pentagon has awarded a contract worth more than $3.9 billion for the system.
Lockheed Martin

Originally published on Mon September 23, 2013 3:11 pm

The U.S. Defense Department has awarded a rich military contract to Lockheed Martin, agreeing to pay more than $3.9 billion for a missile-defense system. The deal calls for a maximum of 110 high-altitude interceptor missiles for the United States, and 192 versions of the missiles for export to the United Arab Emirates.

Update at 2:30 p.m. ET: Number Of Missiles Adjusted

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Code Switch
10:33 am
Mon September 23, 2013

Is It Racist To 'Call A Spade A Spade'?

So where did the phrase "call a spade a spade" come from?
andrewasmith/via Flickr

Originally published on Mon September 23, 2013 2:21 pm

What happens when a perfectly innocuous phrase takes on a more sinister meaning over time?

Case in point, the expression "to call a spade a spade." For almost half a millennium, the phrase has served as a demand to "tell it like it is." It is only in the past century that the phrase began to acquire a negative, racial overtone.

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The Two-Way
9:27 am
Mon September 23, 2013

Reports: Two Arrests In Chicago Shooting That Wounded 13

After last Thursday's mass shooting in Chicago, a police detective collected crime scene tape when investigators were done with their work.
Paul Beaty AP

Originally published on Mon September 23, 2013 3:07 pm

"Two men are in custody in connection with last week's shooting in a South Side park that left 13 people injured," the Chicago Tribune reports.

The Tribune adds that:

"The men, both 22, were arrested around 7:30 p.m. Sunday in an abandoned building in the 5200 block of South Marshfield Avenue, police said. No charges have been filed.

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Monkey See
9:08 am
Mon September 23, 2013

A Sloppy Emmy Telecast Does The Wrong Song And Dance

Neil Patrick Harris hosted the Emmy Awards on Sunday night.
Kevin Winter Getty Images

Originally published on Mon September 23, 2013 10:26 am

Awards shows aren't easy. That's partly because they're fundamentally unsympathetic affairs in which rich pretty people give each other trophies, and partly because there are only a few real things on which they can be judged: the opening by the host, the montages and features, the speeches, the assorted intangibles and — oh, right — who wins.

By almost any of these measures, Sunday night's Emmy Awards were not only merely bad but really most sincerely bad, or at best (particularly in the case of winners) a bag that's very much mixed.

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The Two-Way
9:05 am
Mon September 23, 2013

Egyptian Court Bans The Muslim Brotherhood

Originally published on Mon September 23, 2013 7:49 pm

A court in Egypt has issued a ban on the Muslim Brotherhood, the group that is still protesting the military's ouster of President Mohammed Morsi. The court also ordered the group's assets to be seized.

"The court bans the activities of the Muslim Brotherhood organization and its non-governmental organization and all the activities that it participates in and any organization derived from it," presiding Judge Mohammed al-Sayed said, according to Reuters.

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The Two-Way
8:36 am
Mon September 23, 2013

No Way, Man! Last VW Bus To Soon Roll Off Assembly Line

Enio Guarnieri of Sao Paulo, Brazil, in his 1972 Volkswagen. Soon, the last of the vans will be made in a nearby factory.
Andre Penner AP

Originally published on Mon September 23, 2013 9:00 am

We just tripped over some news that's got us a bit bummed out:

The last Volkswagen "hippie bus" is due to roll off an an assembly line in Brazil on Dec. 31.

It seems the van that became known as the transportation of choice for counter-culture folks in the '60s can't be made with the air bags and other safety equipment that "the man" wants it to have.

So Volkswagen is ending production in the last place where the van's still made; a factory near Sao Paulo.

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Africa
8:36 am
Mon September 23, 2013

Survivor Of Kenya Mall Attack Describes Horrible Situation

Originally published on Mon September 23, 2013 10:35 am

Efforts are underway in Nairobi to remove the militants and others trapped in the high-end shopping mall after it was attack on Saturday. For more on what the situation is like, David Greene talks to an American who works for a non-governmental organization. She asks only to be identified by her first name Lauren.

The Two-Way
7:36 am
Mon September 23, 2013

Book News: Remembering Poet Kofi Awoonor, Killed In Nairobi Attack

Kenya security personnel take cover outside Nairobi's upscale Westgate Mall after shooting started inside early Monday morning.
Sayyid Azim AP

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

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Around the Nation
7:27 am
Mon September 23, 2013

Banned Books Week Highlights What's Taken Out At Schools

Originally published on Mon September 23, 2013 10:35 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Around the Nation
7:19 am
Mon September 23, 2013

Pirate Gathering In Virginia Doesn't Come Close To Record

Originally published on Mon September 23, 2013 10:35 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Good morning, I'm David Greene with news of the Pirates falling short. No, not the baseball team, thank goodness. We're talking about International Pirate Day in Newport News, Virginia. Thousands in costumes turned up at The Mariners' Museum. They wanted to break the Guinness record for largest pirate gathering. But shiver me timbers, they fell short and not just by few wooden legs. The museum might give it another heave-ho next year.

Argh, its MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

The Two-Way
7:05 am
Mon September 23, 2013

Kenyan Police Say They're 'In Charge' Of The Mall

Kenyan soldiers outside the Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi on Monday. Inside, attackers had killed dozens of shoppers, wounded more and it was feared they also had hostages.
Daniel Irungu EPA/Landov

Originally published on Tue September 24, 2013 7:15 am

(We're adding to the top of this post as news comes in, and also posting updates here.)

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New In Paperback
7:03 am
Mon September 23, 2013

Sept. 23-29: An Island, A Coastline And Plenty Of Secrets

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Originally published on Mon September 23, 2013 5:28 pm

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Book Reviews
7:03 am
Mon September 23, 2013

With Controlled, Clinical Prose Lahiri Explores Love And Sacrifice

Writer Jhumpa Lahiri attends the Fox Searchlight premiere of The Namesake.
Evan Agostini Getty Images

Originally published on Mon September 23, 2013 8:38 pm

Jhumpa Lahiri's new book has been nominated for the National Book Award and shortlisted for the Man Booker prize. It's an ambitious undertaking, spanning decades and continents as the author tells the story of three generations of a family in Calcutta and Rhode Island.

The story opens with brothers Udayan and Subhash sneaking into an exclusive golf club near their home in Calcutta. Udayan, the younger brother, is bold and daring; Subhash tags along, timid but unwilling to let his brother take such a risk alone.

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