8:24am

Fri February 15, 2013
The Two-Way

Book News: DOJ Approves Penguin, Random House Merger

Originally published on Tue February 19, 2013 1:26 pm

Books from the Penguin publishing company are displayed in a book store in London.
Leon Neal AFP/Getty Images

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

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7:58am

Fri February 15, 2013
The Salt

Fried Chicken And Waffles: The Dish The South Denied As Its Own?

Originally published on Mon March 4, 2013 3:02 pm

Call fried chicken and waffles a traditional Southern food, and you're liable to get accused of a damn Yankee conspiracy.

That's what we found out last week, when our story about the dangers of a Southern fried diet prompted many of you with roots in the South to protest – don't pin that dish on us! Here's a sampling of the comments we received:

"I'm a southerner, and I have never heard of fried chicken on a waffle!"

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7:49am

Fri February 15, 2013
The Two-Way

'Blade Runner' Pistorius In Tears As Murder Charge Is Filed

Originally published on Fri February 15, 2013 9:32 am

South African Paralympic and Olympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius as he wept today while being charged with murder.
Antoine De Ras EPA /LANDOV

"South African 'Blade Runner' Oscar Pistorius broke down in tears on Friday after he was charged in court with shooting dead his girlfriend in his Pretoria house," Reuters reports from Pretoria.

According to the wire service: "The 26-year-old Olympic and Paralympic superstar stood with head bowed in front of magistrate Desmond Nair to hear the murder charge read out, then started sobbing, covering his face with his hands."

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7:18am

Fri February 15, 2013
The Two-Way

'No Link' Between Meteor That Hurt Hundreds And Asteroid About To Fly By

Originally published on Fri February 15, 2013 3:40 pm

A meteor's vapor trail above the city of Chelyabinsk, Russia, on Friday.
Vyacheslav Nikulin EPA /LANDOV
  • Sound from the AP: Booms, then breaking glass and car alarms, when the meteor roared in

7:04am

Fri February 15, 2013
Economy

Eurozone Economies Declined In 2012

Originally published on Fri February 15, 2013 8:39 am

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LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

NPR's business news starts with Europe's rocky economy.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

WERTHEIMER: It was a tough three months for the eurozone at the end of last year. The area fell deeper into recession.

And as NPR's John Ydstie reports, it's expected to remain in recession well into 2013.

JOHN YDSTIE, BYLINE: The output of the eurozone fell six-tenths of a percent in the final three months of last year, according to a report from Eurostat. The decline translates to an economy contracting at a 2.3 percent annual rate.

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7:03am

Fri February 15, 2013
First Reads

Exclusive First Read: 'The Summer Prince' By Alaya Dawn Johnson

Originally published on Fri February 15, 2013 11:55 am

Arthur A. Levine Books

Hundreds of years into the future, in a post-apocalyptic world, there's a beautiful city in a steel-and-glass pyramid, perched on a Brazilian bay. It's Palmares Tres, founded and run by women after men made a wreck of the world, and named for a famous 17th century city founded by escaped slaves. The city runs on a combination of futuristic technology and ancient, bloody ritual: Every five years, a Summer King is elected by the people and sacrificed at the end of the year.

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7:03am

Fri February 15, 2013
First Reads

Questions For Alaya Dawn Johnson, Author Of 'The Summer Prince'

Alaya Dawn Johnson lives and writes in New York City.
Alden Ford

Alaya Dawn Johnson has written a number of novels for adults (including the delightful Zephyr Hollis series), and now she's venturing onto the young adult shelves with The Summer Prince, a complex science-fiction narrative set in post-apocalyptic Brazil. The action takes place in the city of Palmares Tres, which is entirely contained in a giant pyramidal structure on a bay, surrounded and fed by giant algae vats.

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6:12am

Fri February 15, 2013
Research News

Scientists Look To The Internet To Raise Research Funds

Originally published on Fri February 15, 2013 8:39 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Scientists have made an important discovery, and not really a scientific one. They've learned they can raise money for their research simply by going on the Internet and asking people for support. We heard yesterday how that worked for one researcher. Still, scientists have no idea why this approach is working or how much money they can raise this way. Here's NPR's Joe Palca with the next installment of his project Joe's Big Idea.

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6:12am

Fri February 15, 2013
Politics

Obama To Push State Of The Union Messages In Chicago

Originally published on Fri February 15, 2013 8:39 am

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LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

The president will leave the sequester debate behind this afternoon when he travels to Chicago. He's expected to talk about the gun violence that plagues his home town.

Fifteen-year-old Hadiya Pendleton became a symbol of the problem after she was murdered last month in a park about a mile from the president's Chicago home. NPR's Cheryl Corley reports on what activists expect from President Obama.

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6:12am

Fri February 15, 2013
Politics

Hagel Nomination Blocked At Least Temporarily

Originally published on Fri February 15, 2013 8:39 am

Chuck Hagel will have to wait at least another 10 days to find out if the Senate will confirm him as the next secretary of defense. That's because Senate Democrats failed to muster the 60 vote supermajority needed to break a GOP filibuster of the former Nebraska Republican senator's nomination.

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