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9:33 am
Tue November 5, 2013

For The Sake Of Happiness, Venezuela's Maduro Moves Up Christmas

Yey Christmas: Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro rises his clenched fist during a political meeting in Caracas, on August 7, 2013.
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Originally published on Tue November 5, 2013 10:11 am

Perhaps Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro is taking a hint from big U.S. retailers: For the sake of happiness, Maduro said, he declared an early beginning to the Christmas season.

"Today, on this first day of November, we decided to declare the arrival of Christmas, because we want happiness for all people," Maduro said.

Maduro made the decree on Friday, which means we're a bit late to this story, but it was too good to pass up.

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The Two-Way
8:46 am
Tue November 5, 2013

Kirk's First Senate Speech Since Stroke Is For Gay Rights Bill

Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., speaking from the floor of the Senate on Monday.
C-SPAN.org

Before Monday evening's 61-30 vote in the Senate to move forward on legislation to prohibit workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity, Republican Sen. Mark Kirk of Illinois marked another milestone in the recovery from a stroke he suffered in January 2012.

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The Two-Way
7:40 am
Tue November 5, 2013

What Will Be The Message This Election Day?

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  • On 'Morning Edition': NPR's Ron Elving previews Tuesday's elections

The pundits always claim that even in an "off year" like this there are messages to be received from the results on Election Day.

So what are a couple of the likely messages we'll be hearing about Tuesday night after the results of today's voting are in?

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The Two-Way
7:40 am
Tue November 5, 2013

Bangladesh Sentences 152 Soldiers To Die Over Mutiny

A Bangladeshi border guard cries inside a prison van as he leaves a special court after a verdict in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on Tuesday. The court sentenced 152 people to death for a 2009 mutiny by disgruntled border guards who killed dozens of military commanders during a brutal, two-day uprising.
A.M. Ahad AP

Originally published on Tue November 5, 2013 8:44 am

A court in Bangladesh has handed down the death penalty for 152 soldiers in connection with a mutiny by border guards in 2009.

The Associated Press says that "the sentences followed a mass trial involving 846 defendants — a process criticized by a human rights group who said it was not credible and that at least 47 suspects died in custody."

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The Two-Way
7:17 am
Tue November 5, 2013

Book News: Mozambican Writer Wins Neustadt Prize, 'America's Nobel'

Mia Couto received the Camoes Prize, the most important literary award for the Portuguese language, in June.
Francisco Seco AP

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

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The Two-Way
5:53 pm
Mon November 4, 2013

Miami Dolphins Suspend Richie Incognito Over Slurs, Threats

Jonathan Martin, seen here during an NFL rookies' camp in 2012, allegedly received threatening texts and voice mails from teammate Richie Incognito that included racial slurs.
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The Miami Dolphins have suspended a veteran player indefinitely, after he allegedly sent threatening messages that included racial slurs to a younger teammate. The NFL is investigating what is being called a case of hazing and harassment.

Veteran guard Richie Incognito is alleged to have left intimidating messages and texts on the phone of second-year offensive tackle Jonathan Martin, who left the team last week. The Dolphins had not previously provided details to explain Martin's absence.

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The Two-Way
5:31 pm
Mon November 4, 2013

Scientists Estimate 20 Billion Earth-Like Planets In Our Galaxy

An artist's rendition of Kepler-69c, a super-Earth-size planet in the habitable zone of a star like our sun, located about 2,700 light-years from Earth in the constellation Cygnus.
AP

Originally published on Tue November 12, 2013 1:34 pm

A new study suggests there could be far more Earth-like planets orbiting distant stars than once thought, some of which might even harbor life.

A team of astronomers from the University of California, Berkeley and the University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, used the Kepler space telescope to survey 42,000 Sun-like stars looking for a telltale dimming caused by an orbiting planet as it crosses between us and the parent star.

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The Two-Way
3:29 pm
Mon November 4, 2013

Not An Earthquake: Quarry Blast Sparks Tremors In Chicago Suburbs

Originally published on Mon November 4, 2013 4:20 pm

Around lunchtime today, residents in Chicago's western suburbs felt the earth shake. As WLS-TV reported, they assumed it was an earthquake and the United States Geological Survey reported it as a 3.7 magnitude quake.

While rare, earthquakes do happen in this part of the country. This would have been a significant one for the area.

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The Two-Way
2:32 pm
Mon November 4, 2013

Johns Hopkins Halts, Reviews Black Lung Program

Johns Hopkins Medicine says it will suspend and review its black lung program, following joint investigative reports last week from the Center for Public Integrity and ABC News that found the program "helped coal companies thwart efforts by ailing mine workers to receive disability benefi

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