The Labor Department said Friday that unemployment ticked down last month from 9.1 percent to 9 percent. Overall, job growth was modest, a continuation of a trend that's been with us all year. Host Scott Simon talks with NPR's business correspondent Yuki Noguchi.
SCOTT SIMON, host: President Obama spent the last two days in France wrestling with Europe's financial problems. He's back in the United States this morning where America has its own economic challenges. Home and abroad, Mr. Obama and his fellow leaders are confronted with slow growth, big debts and the political battles over how to deal with them. NPR Scott Horsley reports.
SIMON: Tonight: Alabama, LSU. College footballs two top-ranked teams play for the number one spot, and new crop of baseball free agents are now on the market - and this just in: still no basketball. Maybe ESPN will pick up that big game next week between the (unintelligible) High School Bulldogs and the Von Steuben Panthers. Howard Bryant, from ESPN.com, ESPN the magazine and ESPN the pesto sauce joins us from the studio of WBUR in Boston. Howard, thanks very much for being with us.
SCOTT SIMON, host: This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Scott Simon. Quite a week for Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain. He came to Washington, D.C. for a series of public events and meetings with members of Congress, but decade-old sexual harassment allegations dogged him all week long, and then late yesterday the story took another turn when the lawyer for one of the accusers made a public statement. NPR's Tamara Keith has the latest.
It is always tempting for Americans to look at problems in Europe and ask, "What does that have to do with me?"
Well, U.S. banks hold almost $17 billion in Greek debt and billions more bought through European banks. Billions of dollars that Americans have saved for retirement, college — or the rainy days that may be — are now invested in Greece.
But we also might remind ourselves why the euro and the European Union were created.
The problems of Europe led to two world wars in the 20th century, and America got involved in each.
Journalist Andy Rooney poses in his office at CBS in New York City on June 19, 1998. Rooney delivered his first 60 Minutes commentary on July 2, 1978.
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Rooney sometimes wrote his TV essays on an old typewriter in the cluttered office of his summer home in rural Rensselaerville, N.Y.
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As a commentator for 60 Minutes, Andy Rooney became known as one of the most famous curmudgeons in American public life.
A portrait of Andy Rooney taken Nov. 25, 1960. From 1959-65, Rooney was writing for The Garry Moore Show and helped it achieve hit status as a Top 20 program according to CBS. During this time, he was also writing for CBS News public affairs broadcasts. From 1962-68 he collaborated with correspondent Harry Reasoner as a writer and producer for CBS News specials.
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Andy Rooney, commentator for CBS's 60 Minutes, speaks at the program's 25th-anniversary party, held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York on Nov. 10, 1993.
Generation Xers — grown up now and in their 30s and 40s — are feeling hardest-hit by the recession, and are the most divided over the presidential candidates for 2012, according to a new report by the Pew Research Center.
Daniel Ortega is seeking a third term in Sunday's elections despite a constitutional limit on holders of the office to two terms.
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President Jimmy Carter welcomes three of Nicaragua's five-member ruling junta to the White House on Sept. 24, 1979. From left: Alfonso Robelo, Carter, Ortega and Gorgio Ramirez.
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Cuban President Fidel Castro (right) and Ortega walk together during Ortega's departure from Jose Marti International airport in Havana on Aug. 13, 1987.
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Ortega (right) with Tomas Borge on May 23, 1994, shortly after Ortega was re-elected secretary-general of the Sandinista National Liberation Party. Borge was elected vice secretary on May 23, 1994, in Managua.
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Sandinista Party leader Ortega speaks to supporters on July 19, 2000 as they celebrate the 21st anniversary of the Sandinista revolution, which toppled the dictatorship of Anastasio Somoza in Managua on July 19, 2000.
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Daniel Ortega, who has served two previous terms as president, is shown during his re-election campaign in Managua on Oct. 31.
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Daniel Ortega, commander of the Nicaraguan army, is shown in Cuba, during the 20th anniversary of the Bay of Pigs invasion April 21, 1981.
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Daniel Ortega led the Sandanistas to victory through a guerrilla campaign in the 70s. He headed the junta until 1984, when he was elected the nation's president.
Sometimes it's the little things that tell the best story. Across the ages, everyday items like plates, pots and even pipes have stood the test of time — and they are just as integral to our history as any monument or cathedral.
A new book takes a selection of these everyday objects and weaves their stories together to tell the ultimate story — a history of the world. In A History of the World in 100 Objects, author Neil MacGregor, the director of the British Museum, culled 100 artifacts from his museum's collection to help him with the task.