The Two-Way
11:40 am
Mon November 14, 2011

Farmland Is Real Estate's Big Bright Spot

This headline today on a story behind The Wall Street Journal's paywall ...

"U.S. Farmers Reclaim Land From Developers"

... sent us looking for other reports about what the Journal says is a national trend: "raw land destined for residential development has fallen so far in value that thousands of acres across the country are being used again for agriculture."

A few other pieces underscore the strength in farmland prices:

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News
11:00 am
Mon November 14, 2011

Crackdown At Occupy Oakland

Police are getting tougher on 'Occupy' demonstrations across the country, working to break up encampments. Police made dozens of arrests on Monday morning in Oakland, Calif. Host Michel Martin learns more from reporters who are covering the Occupy Oakland movement: Martin Kaste of NPR and Bob Butler of KCBS Radio.

The Two-Way
10:27 am
Mon November 14, 2011

Kindle Fire Shipments Begin A Day Early

The Kindle Fire.
Amazon.com

If you've been waiting anxiously for that $199 Kindle Fire tablet you pre-ordered from Amazon.com, this should be welcome news:

The company says it started shipping the tablets today — one day earlier than it had planned.

"Kindle Fire quickly became the bestselling item across all of Amazon.com, and based on customer response we're building millions more than we'd planned," Dave Limp, vice president of Amazon Kindle, says.

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Europe
10:12 am
Mon November 14, 2011

In Frankfurt, Former Trader Prepared For The Wurst

Thomas Brausse traded his job selling stocks for one selling sausages. He opened the Frankfurter Wurschtboerse, or Frankfurt Sausage Exchange, after he lost his job in Germany's financial capital in 2008.
Thomas Lohnes AFP/Getty Images

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has warned that Europe could be living through its toughest hour since World War II.

Merkel was referring to the debt crisis that has resulted in bailouts for countries, toppled governments and is now threatening the survival of Europe's single currency.

These are nervous times in places like Germany's financial capital, Frankfurt. But for one former trader — who exchanged his computer terminal for pork sausages sizzling on a grill — these are not necessarily the worst of times.

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Julie Rovner is a health policy correspondent for NPR specializing in the politics of health care.

Reporting on all aspects of health policy and politics, Rovner covers the White House, Capitol Hill, the Department of Health and Human Services in addition to issues around the country. She served as NPR's lead correspondent covering the passage and implementation of the 2010 health overhaul bill, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

The Two-Way
10:04 am
Mon November 14, 2011

CEO Resigns From Charity Founded By Accused Penn State Child Abuser

Jack Raykovitz has resigned as CEO of The Second Mile — the program for at-risk children founded by former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, who's been accused of sexually abusing young boys for more than a decade.

Neither Raykovitz nor anyone else at Second Mile has been accused of any crime. Sandusky, through his lawyer, has maintained his innocence.

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Shots - Health Blog
9:57 am
Mon November 14, 2011

Supreme Court To Decide Constitutionality Of Health Law

Coming soon to the Supreme Court: Is the federal health overhaul constitutional?
dbking Flickr

Who didn't see this coming?

The Supreme Court has added a case challenging the constitutionality of the provision of last year's health overhaul requiring nearly every American to have health insurance beginning in the year 2014 to the list of cases it will hear this term.

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Education
9:24 am
Mon November 14, 2011

Some WKU Students Choosing to Learn Arabic as a Way of Enhancing Job Prospects

Bowling Green, Ky – For many Kentucky college students, choosing a foreign language class usually involves the usual suspects of Spanish, French, and possibly German. But WKU's Arabic language instructor, Khaldoun Almousily, says learning his native language will greatly enhance a student's job prospects after graduation. We spoke to Khaldoun and two of his students, Louisville junior Alli Wright and Kent Johnson, a junior from Colombia, TN.

The Two-Way
9:00 am
Mon November 14, 2011

Downing Street Defends Larry The Cat After Mouse Sighting

Hey Larry! Wake up!
Mark Large AP

Originally published on Mon November 14, 2011 9:02 am

Calls for Larry the cat to resign from his position as No. 10 Downing Street's semi-official mouser have been "rebuffed," the BBC reports.

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Space
8:56 am
Mon November 14, 2011

Exploring Supernovas Leads To Physics Nobel Prize

Astrophysicist Saul Perlmutter analyzed the brightness coming from supernovas, like the one pictured above, to measure how fast the universe is expanding.
NASA

Last month, the Nobel Prize for physics was awarded to three scientists who discovered that, since the Big Bang, the universe has been expanding at an accelerating rate. Before the discovery, scientists assumed that gravity slowed down the expansion of the universe. But the data collected by one team led by astrophysicist Saul Perlmutter and another team led by physicist Brian Schmidt indicated otherwise.

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