Television
5:32 pm
Thu October 6, 2011

'The League' Uses Fandom To Explore Friendship

From left to right: John Lajoie, Stephan Rannazzisi and Mark Duplass, from the first season of 'The League'. The new season airs Thursday, Oct. 6 on FX.

Patrick McElhenney FX Network

The stereotypical Fantasy Football fan is a 30-something suburban man-child. And the FX program The League is about their ilk. But even though fantasy football is what brings several friends together in the TV show, you don't have to be a fantasy football fan to enjoy it.

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The Two-Way
4:45 pm
Thu October 6, 2011

Dwarf-Tossing, Long Banned, May Return In Florida

State Rep. Ritch Workman, seen here speaking in 2010, has filed a bill to make dwarf tossing legal once again in Florida.

Mark Foley Fla. House of Representatives

News that a Florida legislator wants to bring back the banned activity of "dwarf tossing" has people shaking their heads, and wondering why in the world you would want to do something like that. Of course, they're also curious as to whether he'll succeed.

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Asia
4:23 pm
Thu October 6, 2011

Something's Fishy About Chinese Hairy Crabs

Hairy crabs are extremely popular in China. These were in a market in the eastern province of Jiangsu.

China Photos Getty Images

Originally published on Tue October 11, 2011 9:57 am

Fake products permeate nearly every corner of China's economy. Earlier this year, the trend seemed to reach a new low when phony Apple stores were exposed in southwestern China.

Each fall, the fakery even extends to the world of seafood and East China's Yangcheng Lake, which is just a short train ride from Shanghai. Yangcheng is home to what are reputed to be China's tastiest and most expensive hairy crabs.

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Books
4:04 pm
Thu October 6, 2011

Swedish Poet Wins Nobel Prize In Literature

Swedish poet Tomas Transtromer is this year's winner of the Nobel Prize in literature. Transtromer has been mentioned as a candidate for the award for years. His work often walks a line between concrete reality and dreams — he's worked as a psychologist and social worker in addition to his writing.

Latin America
3:50 pm
Thu October 6, 2011

U.S. Troops Increase Aid To Mexico In Drug War

A Mexican soldier carries a marijuana plant that was found on a large plantation in Baja California state, near the border with the U.S., on July 15. The U.S. military has been stepping up its assistance to Mexico in the fight against drug cartels.

Antonio Nava AFP/Getty Images

MEXICO CITY — When a young corporal in the Mexican marines was ambushed by drug cartel gunmen in the state of Tamaulipas, his first thoughts were for his pregnant wife and unborn child.

But within a split second, he was focused on combat, as his unit took defensive positions around their convoy to return fire.

They managed to shoot dead four attackers while only suffering two injuries.

The victory — one of many by Mexico's marines — was helped largely by U.S.-supplied equipment and training with the U.S. Northern Command in Colorado.

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Planet Money
3:49 pm
Thu October 6, 2011

Why 158 Acres Of Corn Costs $1.5 Million

Yours for $1.5 million.

Robert Smith NPR

Originally published on Fri October 7, 2011 10:16 am

I went looking for a bubble the other day. I'd heard that prices for American farmland were spiking – up thirty percent over the past year, and double what people were paying five or six years ago. It sounded like irrational exuberance.

I flew to Iowa, drove to the town of Colo, an hour north of Des Moines, and dropped in on a land auction. It was a great scene: A hushed crowd of farmers, an auctioneer with a voice made for opera, and a climactic duel between rival bidders, one of whom raised the price with a wink, the other with a slight nod.

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Emergency Landing
3:37 pm
Thu October 6, 2011

Plane makes emergency landing in Wolfe City pasture

stock photo

The Hunt County Sheriff’s Department is reporting an emergency landing of an aircraft in a field west of Wolfe City.  A call of a possible plane crash was received just before 9am Thursday.  The Sheriff and Wolfe City Police responded to the call and determined the aircraft had engine problems and had to make an emergency landing in a pasture along FM816 west of Wolfe City.

The pilot was identified as Tommy Spradlin with Darrell Reed as the passenger.  No injuries were reported.

Shots - Health Blog
3:33 pm
Thu October 6, 2011

Despite His Public Prominence, Jobs Waged Health Battle Privately

Three file photos, from left, Jan. 2010, July 2010 and Oct. 2010, show Apple CEO Steve Jobs. ON Â Jan. 17, 2011, Jobs took a medical leave of absence for the second time in two years.

Paul Sakuma AP

Originally published on Tue July 31, 2012 10:36 am

Even now, after Steve Jobs' death, there's more we don't know about his health problems than we do know.

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The Two-Way
3:03 pm
Thu October 6, 2011

Banned U.S. Sprinter Wins Olympics Appeal; Other Cases May Follow

LaShawn Merritt crosses the finish line first, in the men's 4x400-meter relay at the IAAF World Athletics Championships in Daegu, South Korea, Sept. 2. Once banned for doping, Merritt has been cleared to run in London next summer.

Mark Dadswell Getty Images

The International Olympic Committee says it will fight a court's decision that overturns its rule barring athletes suspended for doping from the next Olympics. The rule, which applied to anyone suspended for more than six months, was challenged by U.S. sprinter LaShawn Merritt, with the support of the U.S. Olympic Committee.

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