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4:40 pm
Fri August 26, 2011

FAA Says Boeing's 787 Dreamliner Is Ready For Passengers

A Boeing 787 Dreamliner arrives at Tokyo's Haneda airport as fire engines spray it with water during a test flight.
Yoshikazu Tsuno AFP/Getty Images

Three years behind schedule and several billion dollars over budget, Boeing's 787 Dreamliner is finally set for its first commercial flight. The Federal Aviation Administration gave the plane its OK and Boeing will make its first delivery in September.

Bloomberg reports:

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NPR Story
4:22 pm
Fri August 26, 2011

Looking Into Libya's Most Notorious Prison

One of Moammar Gadhafi's last major strongholds in Tripoli has fallen to rebel forces. Among the survivors of the ferocious street fighting are prisoners from the Abu Salim prison, some of whom have been jailed for more than two decades.

U.S.
3:58 pm
Fri August 26, 2011

Hurricane Irene Cuts Short Jersey Shore Summer

Rain from Hurricane Irene has started falling off the coast of the Carolinas. All the way up to Maine, residents are preparing for the storm, which is expected to pound much of the East Coast this weekend.

On the Jersey Shore, Cape May County officials have ordered a mandatory evacuation.

The small community of Stone Harbor sits on a barrier island and early Friday morning, the sounds of tourists were replaced by drills as business owners covered windows with plywood.

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Shots - Health Blog
3:06 pm
Fri August 26, 2011

Perry Hopes To Turn Medical Liability Record Into Votes

Just a few weeks into his campaign, Texas Gov. and presidential candidate Rick Perry isn't talking a whole lot about health care, except to criticize President Obama for last year's law. And he's not considered a health care expert. But he's is passionate on one point: Fixing the nation's health care system must include a major reform of the medical malpractice system.

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The Two-Way
2:53 pm
Fri August 26, 2011

The Northeast Has Seen A Hurricane Lull, But It Doesn't Mean There's No Risk

National Hurricane Center

Over the past decade or so, we've seen hurricanes pound the Gulf states. Of course foremost in the national consciousness is still Hurricane Katrina, which made landfall near New Orleans in 2005.

Not only that but if you exclude Florida, the last major hurricane — meaning category 3 or stronger — to make landfall in the Eastern Seaboard was Hurricane Fran, which made landfall in North Carolina in 1996. But during the past two decades, the Gulf Coast has seen Andrew in 1992, Opal in 1995, Bret in 1999, Charley and Ivan in 2004 and Katrina, Rita and Wilma in 2005.

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Around the Nation
2:33 pm
Fri August 26, 2011

As Irene Lashes Carolinas, N.Y., Jersey Shore Evacuate

This NOAA satellite image shows Hurricane Irene as it approached the East Coast on Friday.
AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 10:30 am

More than 2 million residents along the Eastern Seaboard have been ordered to move to safer places as Hurricane Irene lumbers toward the Mid-Atlantic region.

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Politics
2:24 pm
Fri August 26, 2011

Memorial Offers Obama Occasion To Address Race

President Obama delivers remarks at the "Let Freedom Ring" concert at the Kennedy Center on Jan. 18, 2010, in Washington, D.C.
Aude Guerrucci Getty Images

President Obama is getting criticized from all sides lately, and the African-American community is no exception. In an op-ed piece in Friday's New York Times, Princeton professor Cornel West condemned the president for ignoring homeowners, workers and poor people and, instead, giving "us bailouts for banks, record profits for Wall Street and giant budget cuts on the backs of the vulnerable."

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Movie Interviews
2:23 pm
Fri August 26, 2011

For Vera Farmiga, A Search Leads To 'Higher Ground'

Vera Farmiga as Corinne Walker in the film Higher Ground, which Farmiga also directed.
Molly Hawkey Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics

Vera Farmiga isn't one to shy away from a challenge. Her new film, Higher Ground, goes to risky territory. Farmiga stars as Corinne Walker, an evangelical woman struggling to deal with the faith that has let her down. And she takes on a second role, as a first-time director.

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Music News
2:09 pm
Fri August 26, 2011

Imelda May: Devil May Care

Imelda May's new album is called Mayhem.
Chris Clor

Imelda May is an Irish singer whose music straddles the line between rockabilly and blues. That's an intriguing mix, though not the most natural fit for mainstream radio. May says that when she began her recording career, the advice she received was less than encouraging.

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NPR Story
2:00 pm
Fri August 26, 2011

NYC To Shut Down Public Transit

Cities along the East Coast are bracing for Hurricane Irene. New York City's public transportation will shut down around noon on Saturday, says New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

NPR Story
2:00 pm
Fri August 26, 2011

Hurricane Irene Approaches N.C.

Hurricane Irene has spent the day churning toward the United States. While the eye of the storm is far offshore, rain bands from the tropical system are already lashing the Carolinas. NPR's Greg Allen speaks with Melissa Block with the latest from Virginia.

NPR Story
2:00 pm
Fri August 26, 2011

A Look At Dick Cheney's Unapologetic Memoir

Call it spin, score settling or setting the record straight: Former Vice President Dick Cheney's new memoir of his extraordinary political career is out next week. Robert Siegel talks with Charlie Savage of the New York Times, who got an early copy of the book, entitled "In My Time."

NPR Story
2:00 pm
Fri August 26, 2011

Libyan Rebels Face Daunting Task: Building A Government

The difficulty Libyan rebels are having moving their leaders to Tripoli from their temporary capital in Benghazi pales in comparison to the daunting task they face trying to set up a new, post-Gadhafi government. Continued fighting in Tripoli and elsewhere in Libya are hampering efforts to set up an interim government in the next two weeks as planned. There's in-fighting between key leaders whose unity is cracking now that Moammar Gadhafi is gone. Libyans also have to build from scratch many institutions that are key to creating any meaningful democracy.

Middle East
2:00 pm
Fri August 26, 2011

For A Night, Experiencing A Syrian Activist's Fear

In an image taken by a citizen journalist and provided by Shaam News Network, protesters in the Syrian village of Maaret Harma in Edlib province march against the regime of President Bashar Assad, Aug. 26. The government has banned most foreign journalists in the country and is continuing a brutal crackdown on anti-government activists.
Shaam News AP

During a recent trip to Syria, I managed to sneak away from my minders one night and spend an evening with a man in the capital, Damascus, who's an IT engineer by day and an activist by night.

I was able to see up close that protesting in Syria is not just a matter of raising your fist. It's a matter of life and death.

Let's start this story with how I was able to meet the activist.

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World
1:43 pm
Fri August 26, 2011

A Dictator's Choice: Cushy Exile Or Go Underground

Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi is the latest in a line of dictators who — facing the end of their days in power — must choose an exit strategy.
Pier Paolo Cito AP

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 10:30 am

Why didn't Moammar Gadhafi choose a comfortable retirement in exile when he had the chance?

It's an age-old question for faltering dictators. When some are losing their grip on power, they are pragmatic and look for a cushy home abroad rather than face the wrath of their angry compatriots.

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