12:44pm

Thu November 29, 2012
The Two-Way

Ambassador Susan Rice Is Financially Tied To Keystone Pipeline Company

Originally published on Thu November 29, 2012 5:47 pm

Susan E. Rice, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, attends a U.N. Security Council meeting in August.
Andrew Burton Getty Images

The United States' ambassador to the United Nations, Susan Rice, has been the subject of much criticism from the GOP.

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11:50am

Thu November 29, 2012
The Two-Way

In Syria: Battle Rages Outside Damascus Airport, Internet Goes Down

Originally published on Thu November 29, 2012 4:39 pm

CIA World Factbook

Syria's Internet services went down all across the country on Thursday and heavy fighting was reported near the airport in the capital Damascus, which led a number of airlines to suspend flights.

These developments come after a series of rebel victories in recent days and suggest that President Bashar Assad's government is facing increased pressure from the rebels in an uprising now 20 months old.

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11:42am

Thu November 29, 2012
Movie Interviews

'Flight' Takes On Questions Of Accountability

Originally published on Thu November 29, 2012 2:21 pm

Denzel Washington stars in Flight, the latest film from writer-producer-director Robert Zemeckis.
Robert Zuckerman Paramount Pictures

Director, producer and screenwriter Robert Zemeckis is known for the Back to the Future films — which marked his arrival onto the Hollywood scene in the mid-1980s — as well as Who Framed Roger Rabbit and Forrest Gump. His latest film, Flight, stars Denzel Washington as William "Whip" Whitaker, a heroic airline pilot with a dark secret.

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11:33am

Thu November 29, 2012
The Salt

Quinoa Craze Inspires North America To Start Growing Its Own

The seeds of this goosefoot plant are known as quinoa, a superfood now in high demand and grown almost exclusively in South America. But some growers think they have the formula to grow it up north.
Janet Matanguihan courtesy Kevin Murphy

The explosion in world popularity of quinoa in the past six years has quadrupled prices at retail outlets. But for all the demand from upscale grocery stores in America to keep their bulk bins filled with the ancient grain-like seed, almost no farmers outside of the arid mountains and coastal valleys of Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador, and Chile grow it.

But plant breeders and scientists who study the biology and economics of quinoa say that is about to change.

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11:19am

Thu November 29, 2012
The Two-Way

An Act Of Kindness: Photo Of NYPD Officer Giving Barefoot Man Boots Goes Viral

Originally published on Mon December 3, 2012 6:20 am

NYPD officer Lawrence DePrimo gives a pair of boots to a barefoot man in Manhattan.
Jennifer Foster NYPD via Facebook

11:03am

Thu November 29, 2012
Africa

Message Behind African Heaters For Norway Spoof

An online video, urging Africans to save Norwegians from frostbite, has gone viral. The tongue-in-cheek spoof features South Africans singing about sending radiators to Norway. The filmmakers hope to take on stereotypes of Africa that are reinforced by charities and the media. Host Michel Martin speaks to Erik Evans, one of the video's creators.

10:54am

Thu November 29, 2012
Politics

Will Payroll Tax Cut Survive Fiscal Talks?

The Bush-era tax cuts are taking center stage on discussions about deficit reduction. But the payroll tax holiday is also at risk, which could cost the typical family $1,000 a year. Host Michel Martin talks with The Wall Street Journal's Sudeep Reddy about the fiscal cliff and how the outcome could affect consumers.

10:47am

Thu November 29, 2012
The Two-Way

Former President George H.W. Bush In Hospital

Former President George H.W. Bush in September at the Ryder Cup golf match in Medinah, Ill.
Mike Ehrmann Getty Images

"Former President George H.W. Bush remains in a Houston hospital, where he has been for seven days as doctors battle a lingering cough that has drawn concern," the Houston Chronicle writes.

But Bush's chief of staff, Jean Becker, tells the newspaper that the former president, now 88, has bronchitis and that it's expected he'll be released from Methodist Hospital this coming weekend.

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9:50am

Thu November 29, 2012
The Two-Way

Trayvon Martin Update: Zimmerman's Defense Fund Is Offering His Autograph

Originally published on Thu November 29, 2012 10:50 am

The signed card that donors will get from George Zimmerman.
GZDefenseFund.com

"Thank You Cards ... personally signed by George," are now going to be sent to those who donate money to the man facing second-degree murder charges for the Feb. 26 shooting death of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin.

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9:46am

Thu November 29, 2012
Local

Nacogdoches renames public library to honor its former mayor

Credit Kate Archer Kent

The city of Nacogdoches has renamed its public library to honor a public servant. Judy B. McDonald, the wife of the late commentator Archie McDonald, sat on the city commission for a decade before serving as Nacogdoches’ mayor for eight years. During that time she was staunch supporter of the library, always voting to keep its budget on par with other city services. At the dedication ceremony, McDonald said there was a reason why it needed the utmost defense.

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