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9:54 pm
Thu September 6, 2012

Obama: 'Times Have Changed ... So Have I'

President Obama speaks Thursday at the Democratic National Convention.
Alex Wong Getty Images

Originally published on Thu September 6, 2012 9:44 pm

Framing the coming election as a choice between fundamentally different visions, President Obama offered himself to the country Thursday as a fire-tested leader ready to finish the job he started.

"Our problems can be solved," Obama said. "Our challenges can be met."

It was an older, battle-scarred nominee who faced his party in Charlotte, N.C. This message of hope was tempered and longer-view — a good distance if not a full turn from the vision he offered four years ago when he accepted the nomination in a thundering Denver stadium.

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2012 elections
9:47 pm
Thu September 6, 2012

Five takeaways from the last night of the Democratic Convention

President Obama accepts the Democratic nomination for president at Time Warner Cable Arena on Thursday.
Streeter Lecka Getty Images

Originally published on Fri September 7, 2012 8:25 am

If you missed the last night of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., we live blogged it here.

But if you want a quick review, we've compiled five things that struck us about the night:

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It's All Politics
8:59 pm
Thu September 6, 2012

Chat Archive: Thursday At The Democratic Convention

Originally published on Thu September 6, 2012 8:57 pm

On Thursday, NPR's Frank James hosted a live chat during the Democratic convention. He was joined by NPR's Neal Carruth, elections editor; S.V. Dáte, congressional editor; Peter Overby, power, money and influence correspondent; and Marilyn Geewax, NPR.org national economic correspondent.

Read below to see how it unfolded.

Election 2012
8:58 pm
Thu September 6, 2012

Transcript: Vice President Biden's Convention Speech

Vice President Joe Biden addresses the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., on Thursday.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

Originally published on Thu September 6, 2012 8:50 pm

Transcript of Vice President Joe Biden's speech at the Democratic National Convention, as delivered. Source: Federal News Service:

Hey, Delaware. (Cheers, applause.) Hello, my fellow Democrats. (Cheers, applause.)

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Election 2012
8:58 pm
Thu September 6, 2012

Transcript: President Obama's Convention Speech

President Obama gives his acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., on Thursday.
Alex Wong Getty Images

Originally published on Fri March 21, 2014 1:32 pm

Transcript of President Obama's acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention, as delivered. Source: Federal News Service:

PRESIDENT OBAMA: Thank you. (Sustained cheers, applause.) Thank you. Thank you. Thank you so much.

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Department of good questions
6:18 pm
Thu September 6, 2012

Why We Rarely Feed Animals Food Scraps, Even In A Drought

Farm worker Jesus Francisco Cayetano feeds pigs a slop made from food scraps from casinos near North Las Vegas, Nev. in 2006.
Isaac Brekken AP

Originally published on Wed September 19, 2012 1:12 pm

Last month we heard that a farmer in Kentucky was feeding his cattle discarded chocolate because corn was too expensive. Things are getting weird, we thought.

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Education
10:24 am
Thu September 6, 2012

Ebbing community college enrollment a promising sign for economy in NW

Enrollment at some Northwest community colleges is expected to go down for the first time since the recession began. Photo by Lindsey Allen via Flickr

Originally published on Thu September 6, 2012 8:41 am

The latest community college enrollment numbers may hold a clue to what’s happening in the Northwest’s economy. Some two-year institutions in the region are seeing the first decline in class registration since the recession.

At the bookstore at North Idaho College in Coeur d’Alene, the piles of textbooks students buy are kind of like a bar graph for the local unemployment rate.

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NPR science
8:59 am
Thu September 6, 2012

Do Birds Hold Funerals?

Jessica Merz Flickr

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 3:17 pm

Here's a journal-paper title that grabbed my eye: Western scrub-jay funerals: cacophonous aggregations in response to dead conspecifics.

OK, there's some jargon included — "cacophonous aggregations" refers to birds called in by other birds' vocalizations, and "conspecifics" just means other individuals of the same species. But it's the "f" word — funeral — that caught my attention.

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It's All Politics
10:53 pm
Wed September 5, 2012

Five Takeaways From Wednesday At The Democratic Convention

Former President Bill Clinton hugs President Obama onstage after Clinton's rousing speech during the Democratic National Convention on Wednesday in Charlotte, N.C.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

Originally published on Wed September 5, 2012 10:19 pm

If you missed the second night of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., we live blogged it here.

But if you want a quick review, we've compiled five things that struck us about the night:

It's Not What You Say, It's How You Say It: In other hands, the very wonky speech that former President Clinton delivered on Wednesday could have been a snoozer.

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2012 elections
10:45 pm
Wed September 5, 2012

Wonky Clinton Wows Convention In Muscular Obama Sales Pitch

Former President Bill Clinton speaks Wednesday at the Democratic National Convention.
Chip Somodevilla Getty Images

Originally published on Wed September 5, 2012 10:52 pm

President Obama still has a case to make for a second term, and specific people to whom he needs to make it.

But while it's two months too early to call former President Bill Clinton Obama's closer, he came about as close as it gets Wednesday night at the Democratic convention with a bravura defense of the current White House occupant.

"We are here to nominate a president," Clinton said after strolling onto the stage to tumultuous applause, "and I've got one in mind."

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NPR science
8:32 pm
Wed September 5, 2012

After 35 Years, Voyager Nears Edge Of Solar System

In addition to surveying the planets, the Voyager mission also spent time studying the planets' satellites, or moons. This mosaic image, taken in 1989, shows Neptune's largest satellite, Triton. Triton has the coldest surface temperature known anywhere in the solar system.
NASA/JPL

Originally published on Fri March 21, 2014 1:33 pm

The Voyager 1 spacecraft's 35th anniversary is proving to be unexpectedly exciting, as scientists gathered this week to examine new hints that the spacecraft is on the verge of leaving our solar system.

Voyager 1 is now more than 11 billion miles away from Earth. It blasted off in September 1977, on a mission to Jupiter and Saturn. But it also carried a Golden Record filled with music and the sounds of our planet, in case it encountered intelligent life as it moved out toward the stars.

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Shots - Health Blog
8:32 pm
Wed September 5, 2012

Vaginal Ring Protects Monkeys From HIV-Like Infection

A small, plastic vaginal ring loaded up with an HIV drug protects monkeys from infection with simian immunodeficiency virus.
Julie Sitney Courtesy of the Population Council

Originally published on Fri September 7, 2012 9:10 am

When it comes to contraception, women have many options. There are pills, patches, diaphragms and even a vaginal ring that slowly releases birth control hormones.

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Election 2012
8:30 pm
Wed September 5, 2012

Transcript: Bill Clinton's Convention Speech

Former President Bill Clinton speaks at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., on Wednesday.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

Originally published on Wed September 5, 2012 11:02 pm

As president and as a candidate, Bill Clinton was known for sometimes winging it — even in major speeches. In 1994, Clinton famously spoke from memory for a time when the wrong version of his State of the Union address appeared on his teleprompter.

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Energy
6:36 pm
Wed September 5, 2012

NRC Looking Into Wash. Nuclear Plant's 11-Year-Old Mistake

The Columbia Generating Station is the Northwest's only commercial nuclear power plant. Photo courtesy of Energy Northwest

Originally published on Wed September 5, 2012 3:49 pm

RICHLAND, Wash. – The federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission is looking into an 11-year emergency planning mistake at the Northwest’s only commercial nuclear power plant. Officials at the Columbia Generating Station in southeast Washington used faulty estimates of how much radiation could escape during a crisis.

No radiological emergency has ever happened at the Columbia Generating Station. But if it had, the faulty computer modeling used between 2000 and 2011, might have convinced operators that more or less radiation was coming out of the plant than really was.

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2012 elections
5:34 pm
Wed September 5, 2012

Secret Service investigates claim that Romney's tax returns were stolen

The Secret Service is looking into a claim that hackers stole several years' worth of tax returns filed by Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

Originally published on Wed September 5, 2012 4:32 pm

Investigators are working to determine the legitimacy of a claim that GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney's tax records have been stolen from an accounting firm's records.

Naming a million-dollar price, an anonymous ransom note was sent to accounting firm Pricewaterhouse Coopers. The letter, which was also posted online, gets right to the point: "Using your Office... we were able to gain access to your network file servers and copy over the tax documents for one Willard M Romney and Ann D Romney."

The note's author signs off with a perky "Cheers!"

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