9:04am

Tue November 20, 2012
Local

Alexandria group plans to erect a Holocaust memorial

The then General Dwight D. Eisenhower pictured on a visit to Ohrdruf concentration camp, an effort to see firsthand why the fight had been so important.

A group of Alexandria business and civic leaders is preparing to build a Holocaust Memorial in front of Rapides Regional Medical Center. Rabbi Arnold Task, president of the Alexandria Holocaust Memorial Fund, said the site also will recognize Alexandria’s unique history in helping liberate Europe. The massive Army training exercises and mock battles to prepare soldiers for World War II took place in central Louisiana.

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8:39am

Tue November 20, 2012
Shots - Health News

When Your State Says Yes To Medical Marijuana, But Your Insurer Says No

Originally published on Wed November 21, 2012 9:33 am

Medical marijuana advocates demonstrate outside a San Francisco fundraiser for President Obama in February.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

Medical marijuana is now legal in 18 states and the District of Columbia, but health insurance doesn't cover it and patients often scramble to cover the cost.

"It's an expensive medication, no doubt about it," says Kris Hermes, a spokesman for Americans for Safe Access, a patient advocacy group. "Patients are struggling to afford it, regardless of whether it's available in their state."

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8:38am

Tue November 20, 2012
The Salt

Tracking The Elusive 'Chocolate' Persimmon

Originally published on Tue November 20, 2012 8:51 am

The fabled and rare chocolate persimmon may look rotten, but it is juicy and sweet without being cloying.
Rachel Myrow NPR

When farmers from Japan settled in California more than 100 years ago, they brought Japanese persimmons, with their bright, shiny skins and sweet interiors.

Some Americans almost immediately caught onto the charm of these orange beauties, and with the help of a few prominent backers, passion for the Japanese varieties spread across the country, according to botanist Julia Morton.

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8:28am

Tue November 20, 2012
The Two-Way

Charges Filed Against Murdoch Editors Accused Of Paying Officials For Information

Originally published on Tue November 20, 2012 10:45 am

Rebekah Brooks, who rose to the top spot at Rupert Murdoch's News International.
Oli Scarff Getty Images

British officials today filed more charges against former top editors at some of Rupert Murdoch's newspapers in the U.K., this time for allegedly paying nearly $160,000 to a ministry of defense official to get information.

That information allegedly included the "Green Book" that lists phone numbers and other contact details for members of Britain's royal family.

According to the Crown Prosecution Service, those charged are:

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8:26am

Tue November 20, 2012
Local

LSU AgCenter economist: Thanksgiving meal to cost more this year

The cost of the traditional Thanksgiving spread is up 13.2 percent in Louisiana. Analysis from the LSU AgCenter found a Thanksgiving meal for 10 people will cost $44.35. Kurt Guidry, LSU AgCenter extension economist, said that’s an increase of $5.16 from last year’s Baton Rouge average.

Guidry said it’s mainly due to the drought in the Midwest, which drove up the cost of feed for turkeys. The USDA projects a 2.5 to 3.5 percent price increase in all at-home food from 2011 to 2012.

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7:39am

Tue November 20, 2012
The Two-Way

HP Takes $8.8 Billion Hit From 'Misrepresentations' By Company It Bought

Originally published on Tue November 20, 2012 11:23 am

At Hewlett-Packard headquarters in Palo Alto, Calif.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

Saying it was a victim of "serious accounting improprieties, disclosure failures and outright misrepresentations" by a British software company it acquired last year, tech titan Hewlett-Packard just announced it erased $8.8 billion from its books last quarter to properly account for the acquisition.

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7:06am

Tue November 20, 2012
The Two-Way

Britain Recognizes Syrian Opposition

Rubble litters the street in the main souk or market area of Maraat al-Numan, Syria.
John Cantlie AFP/Getty Images

Calling it the "sole legitimate representative of the Syrian people," British Foreign Secretary William Hague said today that the U.K. is officially recognizing the Syrian National Coalition, Reuters reports.

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6:51am

Tue November 20, 2012
The Two-Way

Christian Girl Accused Of Blasphemy Cleared By Pakistani Court

Originally published on Tue November 20, 2012 11:34 am

Rimsha Masih (left) was flown by military helicopter to a safe location after her release on bail in September. Now, she's been cleared of a blasphemy charge.
Farooq Naeem AFP/Getty Images

Rimsha Masih, the young Christian Pakistani girl whose arrest earlier this year drew international attention, has been cleared of the blasphemy charge against her.

According to NPR's Jackie Northam, who is in Islamabad, Pakistan's High Court today threw out the charge against Rimsha because there was no hard evidence that she ever burned pages of the Quran, as neighbors had charged.

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6:41am

Tue November 20, 2012
Around the Nation

Customers Help Robbed Coffee Kiosk Recover

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

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6:35am

Tue November 20, 2012
Asia

Chinese Grandfather Models Teen Girls' Clothes

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LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Linda Wertheimer. Leading with a great pair of legs helps to make it as a model. And apparently, being a 72-year-old granddad doesn't hurt. Liu Xianping advised his granddaughter on her fashion business and thoughts on mix and match, then he modeled the look. The photos went viral. Sales skyrocketed. Here's how to get the look. Pile on the layers and lace and his signature thigh-high red stockings. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

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