Originally published on Sat October 15, 2011 10:52 am
After a 19-month review, the Obama administration has concluded that it can't implement the CLASS Act, the community-based long-term care program that was the late Sen. Edward Kennedy's most heartfelt contribution to the Affordable Care Act.
A grand jury has indicted the Roman Catholic bishop of Kansas City for failing to report suspected child sexual abuse. Bishop Robert Finn has pleaded not guilty to a misdemeanor count of not reporting to police that a priest had child pornography on his computer.
President Obama told Congress he is sending troops to Uganda and neighboring country. The numbers aren't big: About a hundred American military advisers are going. But they have a significant job. They're tasked with helping African troops pursue members of the Lord's Resistance Army. Robert Siegel talks to NPR's Michele Kelemen for more.
Twitter may turn out to be a great tool for tracking epidemics and how people deal with them.
Some scientists tracked tweets about swine flu back in 2009 and 2010, then looked at how the tweets lined up with vaccination rates.
By comparing the Twitter data with vaccination estimates from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the group saw patterns between what people were saying about flu shots and whether or not they were getting sick.
<p><strong>Holding out for ... what again?</strong> A remake of 1984's<em> Footloose</em> (with Kevin Bacon) has some fans crying foul — but if Aretha Franklin can earn respect with an Otis Redding song, why can't Hollywood take a second look at something?</p>
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<p><strong>Kickin' it, new school:</strong> Julianne Hough (center) and Kenny Wormald (right) anchor the <em>Footloose </em>remake — which <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/monkeysee/2011/10/14/141346943/cuttin-loose-with-the-original-footloose-and-its-superior-remake">stands up pretty well</a> to the original.</p>
It's been a big year for Hollywood remakes — more than a dozen, not counting sequels. There were new versions of Conan the Barbarian and Arthur this summer. Fresh incarnations of Footloose and The Thing open today. And soon we'll see Hollywood's take on the Swedish hit The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. Cue the standard complaint: Hollywood has run out of ideas.
Originally published on Sat October 15, 2011 1:24 pm
Ask yourself what sort of energy plan you would likely get from a conservative governor from the oil and gas patch who gets a lot of political and financial support from the fossil-fuel industry and who is openly hostile to the federal government and that's pretty much the energy plan Texas Gov. Rick Perry proposed Friday.
<p>In 1968, a year after the release of the film <em>Guess Who's Coming To Dinner,</em> a Gallup Poll revealed that just 20 percent of Americans thought it was OK for a white person to marry a black person. According to a recent 2011 Gallup Poll, 96 percent of African-Americans and 84 percent of whites accept the idea.</p>
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<p>Richard P. Loving and his wife, Mildred, on Jan. 26, 1965. Residents of Caroline County, Va., the Lovings married in Washington, D.C., in 1958. Upon their return to Virginia, the interracial couple was convicted under the state's law that banned mixed marriages. They eventually won a U.S. Supreme Court decision in June 1967 that overturned laws prohibiting interracial unions.</p>
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<p>Glen Owen, 43, with his wife, Meredyth, 42, and their two sons, Addison, 13, and Ellis, 11. The Owens live in Atlanta. He is a filmmaker and she is a stay-at-home mom.</p>
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<p>Beth Humphrey McKay, shown here in 2009, and her husband, Terence, became national news when a justice of the peace in Louisiana refused to marry them the same year because they were of different races.</p>
That was the year interracial marriage made headlines. Just take the Hollywood classic Guess Who's Coming to Dinner. Thefilm was a new kind of love story for Hollywood. The movie was about a black man who wanted to marry a white woman — a huge taboo at the time.
The former CEO of Godfather's Pizza has surprised a lot of people by rising to the top of the pack in the race for the Republican presidential nomination. Herman Cain hasn't been traveling to many pancake breakfasts in Iowa or town halls in New Hampshire, but his polished speeches and debate performances have thrilled Republican voters.
S&P's statement said that despite "resilience" in Spain's economy this year, there were "heightened risks to Spain's growth prospects" due to high unemployment, tighter financial conditions, a high level of debt and a broader eurozone slowdown.
In a New York State Supreme Court in Brooklyn, a former-New York City undercover police officer has revealed details of a system of corruption within the police force that involved planting drugs on innocent people. This practice, called "flaking," was used to help police officers meet quotas for busts. Robert Siegel speaks with John Marzulli of the New York Daily News about the case.