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10:54 am
Mon October 31, 2011

Stomach Bug Has A Field Day At NBA

Locker rooms and clubhouses should be disinfected regularly with a solution such as bleach that's effective against the stubborn norovirus, researchers say.

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It's the season for stomach bugs again. And if you want to know just how contagious those bugs can be, just ask the National Basketball Association.

A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention gives the play-by-play on an outbreak of gastrointestinal misery that afflicted as many as 13 NBA teams a year ago, spreading rapidly from player to player and from players to team staffers.

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The Two-Way
9:52 am
Mon October 31, 2011

Cardinals Manager La Russa Retires

Cardinals manager Tony La Russa celebrated with the World Series trophy Friday night in St Louis.

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Originally published on Mon October 31, 2011 3:18 pm

Tony La Russa, who just managed the St. Louis Cardinals to the World Series title, announced this morning that he's retiring after 33 seasons.

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Opinion
9:52 am
Mon October 31, 2011

Major League Longing: What Comes After Game Seven

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Glenn Stout has served as the editor of the Best American Sports Writing series since 1991. His latest book is Fenway 1912: The Birth of a Ballpark, a Championship Season, and Fenway's Remarkable First Year.

Baseball is over again and — for a while — so am I.

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The Two-Way
9:32 am
Mon October 31, 2011

Trapped In A Jet For 7 Hours, 'We Were All Slowly Losing It'

The snowy scene Sunday in Glastonbury, Conn.

Jessica Hill AP

Originally published on Mon October 31, 2011 1:07 pm

The major problems after the weekend's surprising snowstorm in the Northeast relate to a couple of million customers who are without power.

But one of the other stories we can relate to is about the passengers who were stranded on the ground Saturday in jets that landed at Bradley International Airport near Hartford, Conn.

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The Salt
9:01 am
Mon October 31, 2011

Chefs Say Variety Meats, Or Offal, Aren't Just For Halloween

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Chef Daniel O'Brien slices the pig ear terrine he made for the "Scary Bits" dinner at his Season Pantry supper club in Washington, D.C.

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Originally published on Mon October 31, 2011 1:02 pm

On the surface, it's easy to dismiss this menu as a mere Halloween stunt: duck hearts, cow tongues, lamb kidneys, pig ears and even testicles.

But chef Daniel O'Brien, who runs the Seasonal Pantry supper club in Washington, D.C., and hosted a "Scary Bits" dinner this weekend, is one of a growing number of innovative American chefs who are incorporating "variety meats," or offal, into everyday menus.

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The Two-Way
8:35 am
Mon October 31, 2011

Looks Like Thieves Used Fighting To Cover Theft Of Libyan Treasures

During the fighting last spring in Benghazi, Libya, between forces loyal to then-dictator Moammar Gadhafi and the opposition, there was a fire at one of the city's banks.

The blaze was blamed on the fighting.

Now, as the BBC and other news outlets are reporting, there's word that "more than 7,000 priceless coins and other precious artifacts were taken" in what's now thought to have been a robbery planned by thieves who took advantage of the chaos in the city to hit the bank.

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It's All Politics
8:00 am
Mon October 31, 2011

Herman Cain's Long Odds Get Lengthier After Sex Harassment Report

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Herman Cain on CBS' "Face the Nation" in Washington Sunday, Oct. 30, 2011.

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Originally published on Mon October 31, 2011 10:48 am

It should have been another good weekend for Herman Cain. It wasn't.

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The Two-Way
7:42 am
Mon October 31, 2011

7 Billion People? Yes, Give Or Take 56 Million

Several babies born today have been deemed the symbolic 7 billionth person — including a little girl named Nargis in Lucknow, India. Here she is with her mother, Vinita.

Rajesh Kumar Singh AP

Originally published on Mon October 31, 2011 7:44 am

As NPR and just about every other news outlet report about the milestone that United Nations experts estimate the world passed today — a population of 7 billion people — there's this from the BBC:

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Planet Money
7:41 am
Mon October 31, 2011

Is Europe's Bailout 'A Gigantic Con Game'?

Originally published on Mon October 31, 2011 7:51 am

Italy needs the backing of Europe's bailout fund. But Italy's a huge economy — much, much bigger than Greece, Portugal, and Ireland combined. And the Europeans don't want to put enough money into their bailout fund to back Italy.

So they're getting creative.

The rest of Europe is likely offer investors insurance that will pay back the first 20 percent of any losses on new Italian bonds.

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The Two-Way
7:21 am
Mon October 31, 2011

Top Stories: Cain, Storm, Occupy Arrests

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