3:03pm

Mon February 13, 2012
Energy

Natural Gas Boom Energizing The Chemical Industry

Originally published on Mon February 13, 2012 7:19 pm

A Shell-owned ethylene cracker plant on Pulau Bukom, Singapore. Several U.S. states are competing for a similar plant the company plans to build in northern Appalachia.
Courtesy of Shell Chemicals

Just outside of West Virginia's capital city, Charleston, on the banks of the Kanawha River, sits the Institute Industrial Park. Chemical plants have operated here continuously since World War II, when the local factories cranked out synthetic rubber. Today there are industrial pipes, tanks and buildings stretching in just about every direction.

Soon, there could be more.

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2:55pm

Mon February 13, 2012
The Two-Way

Judge Rules Jerry Sandusky Can Receive Visits From Most Grandchildren

Jerry Sandusky, a former Penn State assistant football coach charged with sexually abusing boys, pauses while speaking to the media at the Centre County Courthouse.
Alex Brandon AP

A Pennsylvania judge eased some restrictions on Jerry Sandusky's house arrest today. Judge John Cleland said today that Sandusky will be allowed visits by most of his 11 grandchildren, as well as be allowed to walk out onto his porch and in some cases leave his house to assist in his defense.

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2:36pm

Mon February 13, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

How Much Should Kids Sleep? Nobody Knows For Sure

However much he's sleeping, it's not enough. Right?
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Like most parents, I worry that my child isn't getting enough sleep.

Now it turns out doctors have been warning that kids don't get enough sleep for over a century — long before iPads, texting, and YouTube robbed children of peaceful slumber.

What's more, there's no solid scientific basis for pediatricians' recommendations on the amount of time children need to sleep. That's the word from researchers in Australia, who combed the literature to find out how children's sleep time — and doctors' sleep recommendations — have changed over decades.

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2:17pm

Mon February 13, 2012
It's All Politics

Pew Poll: Good News For Santorum, Better News For Obama

Originally published on Tue February 14, 2012 9:36 am

A new Pew Research Center poll reinforces the frustrating political reality for Mitt Romney that he's unable to convince some key conservative constituencies within the Republican Party that he's one of them.

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2:04pm

Mon February 13, 2012
World Cafe

Bright Moments On 'World Cafe: Next'

Originally published on Mon February 13, 2012 10:36 pm

Bright Moments' debut album, Natives, comes out Feb. 21.
Courtesy of the artist

With its fresh, upbeat sound, Bright Moments' debut album Natives will likely sound familiar when it's released later this month.

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2:02pm

Mon February 13, 2012
The Two-Way

U.N. Human Rights Chief Says She's 'Appalled' At Violence In Syria

Originally published on Mon February 13, 2012 2:08 pm

High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay delivers remarks during a meeting of the United Nations General Assembly to discuss the human rights situation in Syria on Monday.
Jason DeCrow AP

Navi Pillay, the United Nations' High Commissioner for Human Rights, stopped just short of saying that crimes against humanity had been committed by the government of Bashar Assad in Syria.

In a speech before the United Nations General Assembly, Pillay laid out her case for why she thinks the Security Council should refer Syria to the International Criminal Court.

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2:01pm

Mon February 13, 2012
The Salt

Why You Should Raise Urban Chickens At Your Own Risk

One of the few baby Cochin chicks that survived the trip to Sara Sarasohn's home in Berkeley, Calif. last week.
Sara Sarasohn/NPR

At my grocery store in Berkeley, Calif., an organic head of lettuce is less than $2. An organic chicken costs as much as $17.

But believe me: That chicken is worth every penny.

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1:43pm

Mon February 13, 2012
It's All Politics

We Read The 2013 Budget So You Don't Have To

A congressional staffer collects copies of the president's 2013 budget request from the Senate Budget Committee on Monday in Washington, D.C.
Alex Wong Getty Images

NPR reporters are analyzing the president's 2013 budget proposal. We'll be adding to this post as we get additional budget breakdowns. Check back for updates.

Overview

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1:38pm

Mon February 13, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Cosmetic Surgery Rebounds, A Little, After Dip

Originally published on Mon February 13, 2012 1:45 pm

Plastic surgeons say they're getting busier lately.
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If you're looking for signs that the U.S. economy might be getting a little better, check out the latest stats on cosmetic plastic surgery.

The number of surgical procedures rose 2 percent to 1.58 million in 2011, according to data from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. It's the second year in a row that cosmetic operations increased by 2 percent.

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1:05pm

Mon February 13, 2012
The Two-Way

China Confiscates iPads Over Trademark Argument

Chinese authorities are pulling iPads from store shelves after a Chinese company complained that it owns the name "iPad." According to The Wall Street Journal, the action comes after Proview (Shenzhen), a Chinese affiliate of Hong Kong manufacturer Proview International Holdings Ltd., filed for an injunction against Apple.

The Journal adds that Proview (Shenzhen) registered the name "iPad" in 2001. The paper adds:

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