2:00pm

Mon February 11, 2013
Religion

After Pope's Surprise Resignation, A Flood Of Speculation

Originally published on Mon February 11, 2013 3:40 pm

Transcript

NEAL CONAN, HOST:

It's Monday and time now for the Opinion Page. And after today's stunning news from the Vatican, Pope Benedict XVI plans to resign, we want to hear your opinion on his legacy. 800-989-8255 is our phone number. Email us: talk@npr.org. You can also join the conversation at our website. That's at npr.org, click on TALK OF THE NATION.

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2:00pm

Mon February 11, 2013
Around the Nation

Gas, Oil Booms Bring Complications To Small Towns

Originally published on Mon February 11, 2013 3:39 pm

Transcript

NEAL CONAN, HOST:

This is TALK OF THE NATION. I'm Neal Conan in Washington. There's a new generation of boom towns across the American West sparked by the explosive growth of oil and natural gas. When these industries move in, small towns near the fields change almost overnight. Once-sleepy main streets suddenly boast improved schools, libraries and community centers. Quiet rural airports expand to take corporate jets. Restaurants and motels and hardware stores all thrive.

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1:53pm

Mon February 11, 2013
The Two-Way

Toy Fair: Markers That Don't Blot Walls, Sand Without The Mess

Originally published on Mon February 11, 2013 2:00 pm

Pac-Man joins opening ceremonies at Toy Fair to celebrate the launch of new Pac-Man Toys from Bandai of America.
Fernando Leon Getty Images

Toy Fair 2013 in New York started Sunday and runs until Wednesday. NPR's Neda Ulaby had the tough assignment of sizing up the acres of fun offerings. She brings us this report:

The venerable industry convention Toy Fair celebrates its 110th anniversary this week. But it might as well be the 1970s or '80s within the great glassy expanse of New York City's Javits Center.

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1:18pm

Mon February 11, 2013
The Two-Way

Pentagon Details Which Benefits Will Be Extended To Same-Sex Partners

In 2011, Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Alejandra Schwartz, and her daughter Destiny Bautista, were living in San Diego, Calif., with Schwartz's then-fiance, U.S. Navy Counselor 1st Class Luz Bautista, who was pregnant at the time. Then, same-sex partners weren't able to get the benefits that heterosexual couples could.
Lucy Nicholson Reuters /Landov

Commissary privileges, family center programs, dependent I.D. cards, joint duty assignments and space-available travel on military aircraft are among the military benefits the Pentagon will now extend to same-sex partners, outgoing Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Monday.

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12:47pm

Mon February 11, 2013
National Security

Alleged Sept. 11 Plotters In Court, But Lawyers Do The Talking

Originally published on Mon February 11, 2013 2:01 pm

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, seen in a file photo, and four other defendants accused of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks appeared before a military commission in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, on Monday. The session focused on procedural matters.
AFP/Getty Images

Pretrial hearings in the death penalty trial of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four other men accused of planning the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks lasted a little more than an hour Monday before the judge recessed the session until Tuesday.

The men, who all came into the courtroom in camouflage vests and traditional garments known as shalwar kameez, have been in jail — awaiting this trial — for more than a decade.

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12:40pm

Mon February 11, 2013
Krulwich Wonders...

The Egg Makes Its Move In A New Version Of Which Came First: The Chicken Or the Egg?

Robert Krulwich NPR

Which came first? I just bumped into a new take on this old puzzler.

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12:33pm

Mon February 11, 2013
Shots - Health News

U.S. Fertility Rates Fall To All-Time Low

Originally published on Mon February 11, 2013 2:08 pm

NPR

Here we go again.

The rate at which American women are having babies fell by 1 percent in 2011, continuing a decline that's been under way for years.

There were 63.2 births per 1,000 women aged 15 to 44 in 2011 (the lowest on record), compared with 64.1 in 2010 and 66.2 in 2009.

A deeper look at the numbers reveals some other noteworthy trends.

Births to teenagers hit another low — 31.3 per 1,000 women aged 15 to 19, down from 34.2 in 2010.

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12:26pm

Mon February 11, 2013
The Two-Way

Esquire Magazine: Bin Laden 'Shooter' On His Own; No Pension, No Healthcare

Originally published on Tue February 12, 2013 2:34 pm

Young Pakistani boys play near demolition works while Osama bin Laden's compound in Pakistan is demolished.
Aamir Qureshi AFP/Getty Images

Update at 8:12 p.m. ET. SEAL Is Eligible For Benefits

Stars and Stripes is reporting that all combat veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are "automatically eligible for five years of free healthcare through the Department of Veterans Affairs."

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12:16pm

Mon February 11, 2013
The Two-Way

Cruise Ship Drifts In Gulf Of Mexico, Will Be Towed To Port

Originally published on Mon February 11, 2013 12:49 pm

In a photo from 1999, the Carnival Cruise line Carnival Triumph, foreground, arrives in Miami. Measuring 893 feet in length, the ship has been adrift in the Gulf of Mexico for more than 24 hours, after a fire hit its engines.
Andy Newman AP

More than 3,000 cruise ship passengers who thought they'd be heading home today have instead been told they'll remain in the Gulf of Mexico until Wednesday, stranded by an engine fire that set their ship, the Triumph, adrift. Onboard power and sewer system outages have been reported. The ship, which was 150 miles north of the Yucatan Peninsula when the fire struck early Sunday, has a crew of more than 1,000.

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11:56am

Mon February 11, 2013
The Two-Way

Medal Of Honor Recipient Thinks About Men 'He Was Not Able To Save'

Originally published on Tue February 12, 2013 12:09 pm

Former Army Staff Sgt. Clinton Romesha when he was on duty in Afghanistan.
North Dakota National Guard
  • From 'Morning Edition': Jake Tapper talks about Staff Sgt. Clinton Romesha

A story of heroism and bravery will be told at the White House Monday afternoon when President Obama awards the Medal of Honor to former Army Staff Sgt. Clinton Romesha of Minot, N.D.

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