11:12am

Wed November 14, 2012
The Two-Way

Most Afghans Now Optimistic, Survey Signals; How Real Is That Result?

Originally published on Wed November 14, 2012 8:36 pm

Are better days ahead in Afghanistan? A new survey signals that just more than half of Afghans think their country is headed in the right direction. Here: Mohamed, who makes a living by working as a day laborer in construction, makes his way home after work in Kabul.
Roberto Schmidt AFP/Getty Images

According to a new survey by the Asia Foundation, 52 percent of the 6,300 Afghans it surveyed in June feel the country is heading in the right direction. It's the first time in eight years of conducting this survey that the foundation found a majority of Afghans held a positive view.

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10:16am

Wed November 14, 2012
Around the Nation

Pressure Building To Turn Lights On In New York

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Coming up in the program, our panel of women journalists weighs in on, what else, the events surrounding former CIA chief David Patraeus' resignation from the agency. It's our Beauty Shop conversation and it's coming up in a few minutes.

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10:01am

Wed November 14, 2012
10:01 Spotlight

10:01 Spotlight: Le Boutique De Noel

Kermit Poling talks with Jeanette Mladenka from the Shreveport Opera Guild about Les Boutiques De Noel, taking place November 15, 16, & 17 at the Bossier Civic Center. Les Boutiques De Noel, the 38th Annual One Stop, Holiday Shopping Extravaganza is a showcase features a variety of items for holiday gifts and decorations.

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9:51am

Wed November 14, 2012
The Two-Way

Israel Aims Airstrikes At Hamas Targets In Gaza

Originally published on Sun November 18, 2012 8:13 am

A car hit by one of today's airstrikes in Gaza City.
Ali Hassan Reuters /Landov

Update at 3 p.m. ET. At Least 10 Dead; Israel Issues More Warnings:

As we've been reporting, Israel hit targets in the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip today with multiple airstrikes. The Associated Press says at least 10 people were killed. Among them was Ahmed Jabari, the commander of Hamas' military wing.

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9:39am

Wed November 14, 2012
Europe

In Berlin, A Boar Of A Story

Originally published on Wed November 21, 2012 9:29 am

Some 3,000 wild boars are estimated to roam Germany's capital. This 2008 picture provided by the Berlin Forestry Commission shows a sow and her offspring that decided to make their home outside an apartment building. Recently, a wild boar attacked and injured four people in a Berlin neighborhood.
Thorsten Wiehle Berlin Forestry Commission

"PIGS" are a hot topic in Germany's capital.

Attend any press briefing about how German Chancellor Angela Merkel is going to solve the European debt crisis, and you're likely to hear that acronym, which stands for "Portugal, Ireland (or Italy), Greece and Spain."

But recently, pigs of an altogether different variety made headlines in Berlin.

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9:19am

Wed November 14, 2012
The Salt

Raise A Toast To Building Better Beer Bubbles Through Chemistry

You'll be seeing more of this white foamy stuff on top of the beers of the future, thanks to a recent genetic discovery.
Enrico Boscariol iStockphoto

Scientists may have finally solved a problem that has plagued beer drinkers for ages: Insufficient foam resiliency.

As any beer drinker can tell you, a tall glass of lager without a white, foamy head on top just doesn't look right. And even if you start out with one, it can dissipate fast. And that's just sad.

Now, microbiologists have identified the specific gene in yeast responsible for a beer's head and they say this discovery can lead to stronger, longer lasting, more aesthetically pleasing foam on your favorite brews.

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8:56am

Wed November 14, 2012
Local

Downtown Shreveport gets $250K from BP fund

The Shreveport Downtown Development Authority will receive $250,000 from the BP fund to promote Gulf Coast tourism and the seafood industries impacted by the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster. Out of the five states eligible to apply for grants, 43 organizations in Louisiana received funding in the first round of the program.

Liz Swaine, executive director of the Shreveport Downtown Development Authority, said when coastal Louisiana tourism is compromised it has a ripple effect across the state.

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8:48am

Wed November 14, 2012
Shots - Health News

I, Robot: Paraplegics Get An Assist

Originally published on Wed November 14, 2012 10:41 am

Brian Shaffer tests an exoskeleton developed by researchers at Vanderbilt University at a rehabilitation center in Franklin, Tenn. The exoskeleton locks around the legs and feet. To stand up, a paralyzed person simply leans forward.
Joe Howell Vanderbilt University

8:39am

Wed November 14, 2012
The Two-Way

Reports: Pelosi Wants To Remain Democratic Leader In House

Originally published on Wed November 14, 2012 9:31 am

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.
Chip Somodevilla Getty Images

Update at 10:25 a.m. ET. Pelosi Confirms:

Saying that she wants to work on "empowering women .... growing the economy ... [and] a healthy political climate," House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California just confirmed that she intends to remain as leader of the Democratic caucus in the House.

Pelosi, who was first elected to Congress in 1987, is the only woman to have served as speaker of the House (from 2007 to 2011).

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8:23am

Wed November 14, 2012
Shots - Health News

Pakistan Reaches A Milestone In Ending Polio

A health worker in Pakistan marks a child's finger with ink after giving him the polio vaccine.
Jackie Northam NPR

There's some fresh progress in the battle against polio in one of the three countries where it remains endemic.

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