6:11am

Tue September 18, 2012
Business

Google's Digital Library Plan Hits Another Snag

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 3:29 pm

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Google's plan to create the world's largest digital library ran into legal problems when groups of authors sued to defend the rights to their work. If that sounds like an old story that's because it is. The lawsuit, now in its 11th year, has run into yet another legal delay.

NPR's Laura Sydell reports.

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6:11am

Tue September 18, 2012
Business

Obama Gets Tough On China's Auto Subsidies

GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney has criticized President Obama for not taking a harder line against China. On Monday, the White House announced a new trade complaint over what the administration calls China's unfair subsidies for auto parts. The news came as Obama campaigned in Ohio, where auto parts are big business.

3:42am

Tue September 18, 2012
The End Of The Space Shuttle Era

Shuttle Endeavour Begins Long Voyage To New Home

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 6:11 am

Workers remove a tree from a median in the middle of Manchester Boulevard in Inglewood, Calif., on Sept. 4 to make room for Endeavour.
Reed Saxon AP

Space shuttle Endeavour begins a kind of farewell tour this week. The shuttle will set off on a cross-country trip to its retirement home, flying from Florida to Los Angeles on the back of a modified jumbo jet.

Along the way, the spaceship will stop off in Houston, home of NASA's Mission Control and, weather permitting, fly over NASA centers and various landmarks in cities that include San Francisco and Sacramento.

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3:36am

Tue September 18, 2012
Author Interviews

Becoming 'Anton,' Or, How Rushdie Survived A Fatwa

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 8:04 am

Salman Rushdie's other novels include Midnight's Children, Shame and Luka and the Fire of Life.
Syrie Moskowitz Random House

The recent violence sparked by the film Innocence of Muslims recalls a very different controversy from more than 20 years ago:

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3:36am

Tue September 18, 2012
The Salt

It's No Yolk: Mexicans Cope With Egg Shortage, Price Spikes

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 8:22 pm

There is a new crisis in Mexico. It's not the ongoing drug war or a plunge in the peso: It's eggs.

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3:35am

Tue September 18, 2012
Author Interviews

In 'Season,' One Plantation's Double Murder Mystery

Originally published on Sat September 22, 2012 6:35 am

Attica Locke is the also the author of Black Water Rising, a murder mystery set in a racially divided Houston.
Jenny Walters Harper

When it comes to healing the wounds of its troubled racial past, the United States is still in its "adolescent phase," says novelist Attica Locke. The 2008 presidential election changed everything she had been taught about race, she says — and, as an African-American writer, she felt compelled to write about that new reality. The result is The Cutting Season, a thrilling, century-spanning story of two murders.

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3:34am

Tue September 18, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

As Genetic Sequencing Spreads, Excitement, Worries Grow

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 5:43 pm

Slides containing DNA sit in a bay waiting to be analyzed by a genome sequencing machine.
David Paul Morris Bloomberg via Getty Images

Ever since James Watson and Francis Crick cracked the genetic code, scientists have been fascinated by the possibilities of what we might learn from reading our genes.

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3:33am

Tue September 18, 2012
The Salt

Japanese Sake Makers Shake Off Tradition, Try Brewing Craft Beer

Originally published on Wed September 19, 2012 7:25 am

Kiuchi Brewery vice president Youichi Kiuchi holds a bottle of his company's Hitachino Nest beer. To make beer, the brewery is using equipment that once was used for sake.
Lucy Craft NPR

Until recently, if you ordered Japanese beer, there weren't many to choose from. Before the industry was deregulated in the 1990s, four major brewers — Asahi, Suntory, Sapporo and Kirin – controlled the manufacture of Japanese beer.

But the major brands' domination is ebbing, for reasons that have as much to do with Japan's ancient history as with its evolving palates. And now some traditional sake brewers are ditching the tradition and trying their hand at craft beer brewing.

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7:34pm

Mon September 17, 2012
It's All Politics

Leaked Video Purports To Show Romney Discuss 'Dependent' Voters

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 8:26 am

Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney meets audience members after he addressed the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce in Los Angeles on Monday.
Charles Dharapak AP

7:17pm

Mon September 17, 2012
The Two-Way

Neil Gaiman Posts Note From Actress With A Role In 'Innocence Of Muslims'

Details are still emerging about the people who made Innocence of Muslims, a purportedly feature-length film whose online trailer has ignited anti-U.S. protests and violence in Egypt, Libya and other nations. Some of the actors involved have publicly rejected the film — and that list now includes actress Anna Gurji, who asked writer Neil Gaiman for help in making her story public.

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