9:42am

Fri October 26, 2012
The Two-Way

Italy's Berlusconi Given 4-Year Sentence For Tax Evasion; May Never Serve it

Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.
Christophe Simon AFP/Getty Images

A court in Milan has convicted former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi on a charge of tax evasion and he's been given a 4-year prison sentence, The Associated Press and Reuters report.

But whether he will ever actually go to jail on the charge isn't yet known.

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9:09am

Fri October 26, 2012
Arts

Documentary probes Karnack, Texas, munitions site

Richard Michael Pruitt

Retired Dallas Morning News photographer and Marshall, Texas, native Richard Michael Pruitt presents his documentary, "From Bombs to Birds," on Saturday, Oct. 27, at 6:30 p.m. The 54-minute documentary screens at the Christian Life Center of First United Methodist Church in Marshall. Pruitt spent two years exploring the transformation of thousands of acres of landĀ from the former Longhorn Army Ammunition Plant into the Caddo Lake National Wildlife Refuge.

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9:07am

Fri October 26, 2012
It's All Politics

In Campaign's Final Days, Record Levels Of Money Still Driving The Message

Originally published on Fri October 26, 2012 9:28 am

Political history was made last night when President Obama's campaign, including affiliated Democratic Party committees, announced that it has raised in total more than $1 billion this election cycle, NPR's Peter Overby reports.

The number turned up as Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney made their final campaign finance disclosures before Election Day.

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8:34am

Fri October 26, 2012
Commentary

East Texas writer remembers Archie McDonald

Gary Borders is a longtime East Texas writer and columnist. His work is at garyborders.com.

Gary Borders commentary

East Texas writer Gary Borders composed a tribute to the late commentator Archie McDonald who contributed to Red River Radio for more than a decade.

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8:27am

Fri October 26, 2012
The Two-Way

Several Dozen Killed In Afghanistan By Suicide Blast

Men mourn beside the bodies of victims from today's suicide bomb attack in Maymana, Afghanistan.
EPA /LANDOV

An explosion outside a mosque in northwest Afghanistan today killed more than 30 people and wounded dozens more.

From Kabul, NPR's Sean Carberry reports that witnesses have said a man approached on foot and then detonated a suicide bomb. It happened in Maymana, the capital of Faryab Province. Worshipers were gathering to celebrate the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha.

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8:05am

Fri October 26, 2012
The Two-Way

Reports: Some Clashes Despite Ceasefire In Syria

"Fighting raged near a military base in Syria's north as a ceasefire in the bloody civil war was supposed to go into effect Friday at dawn," activists tell The Associated Press, which says the news illustrates "the difficulty of enforcing even a limited truce coinciding with a Muslim holiday."

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7:35am

Fri October 26, 2012
The Two-Way

Economic Growth Picked Up Slightly In Third Quarter

Originally published on Fri October 26, 2012 9:31 am

A GM assembly line in Lansing, Mich.
Bill Pugliano Getty Images

The U.S. economy grew at a 2 percent annual rate in the third quarter, the Bureau of Economic Analysis says.

That follows growth (at annual rates) of 1.3 percent in the second quarter and 2 percent in the first.

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6:17am

Fri October 26, 2012
The Two-Way

If Sandy Becomes 'Frankenstorm,' It Could Be Worst In A Century

Originally published on Thu November 14, 2013 9:52 am

National Hurricane Center's "5-day forecast cone" at 2 p.m. ET today (Oct. 26).
www.nhc.noaa.gov

"We're not trying to hype it," National Weather Service meterologist Paul Kocin tells Bloomberg News. "What we're seeing in some of our models is a storm at an intensity that we have not seen in this part of the country in the past century."

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5:44am

Fri October 26, 2012
Strange News

Shark Surprises Golfers In Southern California

Originally published on Fri October 26, 2012 5:51 am

Golfers are used to hazards like sand traps, though rarely an obstacle as interesting as a shark. This week, at a golf course in Southern California, a 2-pound leopard shark was spotted on the 12th tee. It had apparently been dropped by an ocean bird flying overhead.

5:42am

Fri October 26, 2012
Strange News

Jail Inmates Sue For Access To Dental Floss

Transcript

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep with a reminder that guns don't kill people, dental floss kills people. Jail inmates in Westchester County, New York have sued the county for $500 million because they want to be issued dental floss. The county is reluctant, saying prisoners elsewhere have used floss as a weapon. They've also used it to escape, weaving ropes out of braided floss or even using toothpaste-coated floss to cut very slowly through cell bars. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

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