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9:56 am
Tue April 9, 2013

Purging Candidates Offers Pakistan A Bit Of Comic Relief

Pakistani vendors in Lahore fix posters of candidates taking part in the upcoming May parliamentary elections. Pakistani officials have provoked both laughter and criticism in recent days as they vetted potential candidates in the country's upcoming national elections with questions that veered between the controversial and the bizarre.
K.M. Chaudary AP

Originally published on Tue April 9, 2013 11:05 am

The culling of candidates in the run-up to Pakistan's May 11 election is providing the country some badly needed levity.

The "Pakistani Inquisition," as it's been dubbed, has election commission officials grilling office-seekers on their Islamic bona fides.

Many have stumbled badly, only to be disqualified.

But not Mussarat Shaheen, who performed impeccably. The former dancer — fabled for her Pushto films — was asked by an official in the city of Dera Ismail Khan to recite a verse of the Holy Quran, to test her mettle as a candidate for the National Assembly.

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Shots - Health News
9:47 am
Tue April 9, 2013

State Laws Could Muddle Same-Sex Marriage Benefits

Till death do us part, so let's figure out this insurance mess.
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Even if the Supreme Court sweeps aside barriers to federal- and state-sanctioned same-sex marriages this summer, where you live and work may still affect your access to health insurance benefits for a same-sex spouse.

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The Salt
9:43 am
Tue April 9, 2013

Arsenic In Beer May Come From Widely Used Filtering Process

The process that turns this beer crystal clear also may impart trace amounts of arsenic.
istockphoto.com

Originally published on Tue April 9, 2013 5:08 pm

Beer lovers might be alarmed to hear that beer can pick up small amounts of arsenic as it's filtered to be sparkly clear.

But researchers in Germany reported Sunday that they've found arsenic in hundreds of samples of beer, some at levels more than twice that allowed in drinking water.

When we checked in with experts about arsenic and the filtering process, which is also widely used in the wine industry, they weren't too surprised. That's because the filtering agent in question, diatomaceous earth, is a mined natural product that contains iron and other metals.

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Code Switch
9:14 am
Tue April 9, 2013

Mom Says: "Learn Chinese"

Hu, with her mom, Jeannie.
Channing Johnson Elise Hu

Originally published on Tue April 9, 2013 11:50 am

My earliest memory of code switching is at Pizza Hut, back when Pizza Huts were sit-down restaurants with salad bars and garlic bread. (Like any daughter of immigrants, most of my memories involve food.) My mom and dad would speak with the waiters in English, ordering our pan-crust pizzas and Pepsi products, but we used Mandarin at the table. Our Mandarin was our secret code.

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The Two-Way
8:44 am
Tue April 9, 2013

Cher's Alive, Despite What You Read On Twitter

Cher in 2011.
Danny Moloshok Reuters /Landov

Originally published on Tue April 9, 2013 9:35 am

What do you see when you read this Twitter hashtag?

#nowthatcherisdead

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Author Interviews
8:16 am
Tue April 9, 2013

'Way Of The Knife' Explains CIA Shift From Spying To Killing

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Originally published on Tue April 9, 2013 2:07 pm

When the CIA came into being in 1947, its mandate was to keep tabs on events around the world. Gather intelligence about foreign governments. Spy. But the agency has evolved away from this original mission, as Mark Mazzetti reports in a new book, The Way of the Knife: The CIA, a Secret Army, and a War at the Ends of the Earth.

Mazzetti, a national security correspondent for The New York Times, begins with a quote from John le Carre's Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy:

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Asia
8:11 am
Tue April 9, 2013

South Koreans Ignore Threats From The North

Originally published on Tue April 9, 2013 8:14 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. Good morning. I'm David Greene.

Well, in recent weeks, we have heard that Seoul, the capital of South Korea, will become, quote, a sea of fire. North Korea has said its enemies' windpipes will be, quote, totally cut. Today, North Korea urged tourists and foreign companies to leave South Korea in case of war. These are just some of the threats North Korea has been hurling. But instead of scaring South Koreans, all this blood-thirsty rhetoric seems to be mostly boring them.

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Business
8:11 am
Tue April 9, 2013

Britain Blocks Manuscript Sale To Getty Museum

Originally published on Tue April 9, 2013 8:14 am

Transcript

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

And our last word in business today is: Money may not buy you everything.

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The Two-Way
8:02 am
Tue April 9, 2013

Strong Quake Hits Southern Iran, Killing Or Injuring Dozens

Originally published on Tue April 9, 2013 2:55 pm

UPDATE at 3:40 p.m. ET: Death Toll Rises

Bushehr provincial governor Fereidoun Hasanvand tells state TV that the death toll has reached 37 people, with 850 injured, including 100 who were hospitalized.

We updated this post with new information at 12:15 p.m. ET

A strong earthquake in a sparsely populated area of southern Iran has killed at least 30 people and injured 800, according to Iran's state media.

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The Two-Way
7:22 am
Tue April 9, 2013

Top Stories: South Koreans Aren't Fazed; Syria Rejects Probe

Originally published on Fri April 12, 2013 2:16 pm

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