9:22am

Fri February 22, 2013
The Salt

For Fruit Flies, Alcohol Really Is Mommy's Little Helper

Originally published on Mon February 25, 2013 11:26 am

Alcohol: a key babyproofing product for this little mother.
Illustration by Daniel M.N. Turner Photos via istockphoto.com

Many a mom has reached for a glass of wine after a long day of tending children. But only fruit fly moms use their version of Chardonnay to guard their babies from harm.

When fly moms see marauding wasps, they seek out the alcohol in fermenting fruit, and lay their eggs there, according to new research. The alcohol is toxic to the wasps, but not to the fruit flies. They've evolved a tolerance for hooch.

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9:13am

Fri February 22, 2013
The Two-Way

Tebow Won't Attend Controversial Megachurch Opening

Originally published on Fri February 22, 2013 9:54 am

Tim Tebow, center, leads a prayer after the Jets' loss to San Diego Chargers on December 23.
Jeff Zelevansky Getty Images

Tim Tebow has bowed out of a promise to appear at the opening of a new megachurch in downtown Dallas whose pastor has been criticized for making derogatory remarks about non-Christians and homosexuals.

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7:39am

Fri February 22, 2013
Commentary

Gary Borders: Winter yard work in Piney Woods still intense

Gary Borders has a bird's eye view of the yard work he faces during the winter.
Credit Gary Borders

The trees and shrubs are doing just fine at commentator Gary Borders' home. So that means he's been doing some heavy-duty winter yard maintenance, ably assisted by one powerful leaf blower and a handy rake.

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7:31am

Fri February 22, 2013
The Two-Way

Storm Buries Kansas, Missouri As It Heads East

Originally published on Fri February 22, 2013 10:39 am

Scene along I-35 near Kansas City on Thursday.
Orlin Wagner Associated Press

The biggest winter storm this season is causing delays and cancellations, and has brought traffic to a near-standstill in the Plains and Midwest, but it's providing much-needed relief for drought-stricken farmers.

According to Weather Underground Chief Meteorologist Jeff Masters, Wichita has its fifth biggest snowfall on record.

Winter Storm Q has dumped up to 17 inches of windswept snow in parts of Kansas and Missouri and is expected to extend its reach well into the Midwest on Friday.

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7:02am

Fri February 22, 2013
The Two-Way

Pistorius Granted Bail

Originally published on Fri February 22, 2013 9:54 am

Oscar Pistorius, standing at the dock Friday in a Pretoria courtroom.
Mike Hutchings Reuters /Landov

10:55 a.m. ET: Declaring that Olympic and Paralympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius "has made a case to be released on bail," a South African magistrate on Friday set the stage for Pistorius to be set free while he awaits trial on the charge that he murdered his girlfriend.

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6:33am

Fri February 22, 2013
World

Teachers Use Disney World To Snare Snooping Student

Originally published on Fri February 22, 2013 6:34 am

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LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Linda Wertheimer. At a school in Windsor, Ontario, teachers suspected an eighth grader was going through a teacher's desk. So they planted brochures for a beautiful class trip to Disney World. They even made a presentation, and then said: just kidding. The snooping student got his comeuppance but other kids and parents were furious. The school apologized. The real student trip will be to a bowling alley. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

6:21am

Fri February 22, 2013
Around the Nation

Boy Calls Police To Report His Nagging Mom

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Good morning, I'm Steve Inskeep.

A boy in Brockton, Massachusetts really did not want to go to bed. He's 10 years old, after all, getting to be a big kid and it was only 8:00. His mom insisted. The boy replied, I'm going to call the cops on you. His mom said, Go right ahead, and so the boy did, calling 911 to complain about his nagging mother. The Enterprise newspaper says police came and gently explained when it's appropriate and not to dial the emergency number.

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6:00am

Fri February 22, 2013
The Two-Way

Book News: What Will 'Win' Oddest Title Of The Year?

Originally published on Fri February 22, 2013 11:51 am

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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5:02am

Fri February 22, 2013
Sports

Sunday's Daytona 500 Kicks Off NASCAR Season

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LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

NASCAR drivers start their engines on Sunday for the first time this Season, at the Daytona 500. And all eyes will be on the woman leading the pack at the starting line. Danica Patrick will be the first woman to start in pole position for any race in the history of NASCAR's premier Sprint Cup Series. Patrick's milestone comes at a critical time for NASCAR, which has seen a steep decline in ticket sales over the last few years and has some big TV contract negotiations coming up.

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4:42am

Fri February 22, 2013
Around the Nation

Major Storm Blankets Plains States

Originally published on Fri February 22, 2013 5:09 am

Transcript

LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

A lot of kids have the day off from school today, thanks to a huge winter storm in the Midwest. A foot of snow fell on Kansas City, one of the worst storms in the city's history. That city declared a state of emergency, as did several others in the region. Frank Morris, of member station KCUR, reports.

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