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The Salt
2:12 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

Pig Genome Project May Pave The Way For Better Bacon

Tenderness, fat content and meat color are targets for breeders hoping to improve the pork on our plates.
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Could bacon get any tastier?

Pig scientists and breeders say indeed it could, now that the pig genome has been sequenced and a trove of new genetic information is available.

The Swine Genome Sequencing Consortium, an international group of researchers, published their analysis of the genome this week in Nature.

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Shots - Health News
1:45 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

Mental Disorders And Evolution: What Would Darwin Say About Schizophrenia?

Charles Darwin
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Originally published on Sat November 17, 2012 6:36 am

It's a question that's baffled evolutionary theorists for decades: if survival of the fittest is the rule, how have the genes that contribute to serious, debilitating mental disorders survived?

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The Picture Show
1:39 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

African-American Faces Of The Civil War

This rare portrait shows an identified Confederate noncommissioned officer, Sgt. Andrew Martin Chandler (left), and his named slave, Silas Chandler (right). It is the only Confederate photograph in the book by Rod Coddington, African American Faces of the Civil War. Born into slavery, Silas "was one of thousands of slaves who served as [body servants] during the war," writes Coddington.
Collection of Andrew Chandler Battaile

Originally published on Fri November 16, 2012 4:02 pm

The impulses to collect and to doodle have always been in Ron Coddington's blood. As a kid, it was baseball cards. As a teen, he took an interest in old flea market photos — and simultaneously became "obsessed," he says, "with learning to draw the human face."

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The Two-Way
1:25 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

FHA Announces Moves Designed To Avoid Taxpayer Bailout

HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan in May of 2012.
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Originally published on Fri November 16, 2012 2:40 pm

The Federal Housing Administration is on track to run out of money next September and may need a taxpayer bailout, an audit released today found.

Responding to the audit, however, the Obama administration announced a series of measures that they hope will raise enough revenue to keep the agency from seeking government help.

The Wall Street Journal explains:

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The Salt
12:24 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

Twinkies' Hostess Brand May Die, But The Iconic Snack Cakes Never Will

The Hostess brand, home of the Twinkie, Sno Ball, Ding Dong, and those fun cupcakes with the swirly lines on top and filling in the middle, is shutting down, as our colleagues over at The Two-Way blog report. The purveyor of iconic calorie-rich but nutrient-poor snacks says a labor dispute has forced it to go out of business.

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The Two-Way
11:59 am
Fri November 16, 2012

Fire On Oil Rig In Gulf Of Mexico Leaves 11 Injured

Originally published on Fri November 16, 2012 1:33 pm

Update at 1:26 p.m. ET. No Confirmed Deaths:

The U.S. Coast Guard tells WWLTV that 11 people have been sent to hospital but no deaths have been confirmed in a oil rig fire off the coast of Louisiana.

WWLTV, KHOU and Reuters were reporting two deaths earlier.

Our Original Post Continues:

A fire on an oil rig off the coast of Louisiana has killed two people, Louisiana's WWLTV is reporting.

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Shots - Health News
11:14 am
Fri November 16, 2012

Global Fund Moves To Discontinue Project Subsidizing Malaria Drugs

A controversial pilot project reduced the cost of the most effective malaria drugs by giving manufacturers, such as Guilin Pharmaceutical in China, subsidies.
Frederic J. Brown AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri November 16, 2012 5:23 pm

One of the world's largest health funding agencies — the Global Fund — made two big decisions Thursday.

The fund appointed Dr. Mark Dybul as its new executive director. Dybul is best known for leading the international fight against HIV during the Bush's administration through the President's Emergency Plan For AIDS.

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Israeli-Palestinian Coverage
11:00 am
Fri November 16, 2012

#Gaza: Fighting In Cyberspace?

Originally published on Sun November 18, 2012 9:26 am

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Coming up, the Barbershop guys are going to weigh in on the news of the week. We're particularly interested in the guys' perspective on the relationship scandal that forced the resignation of the CIA director, General David Petraeus.

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Faith Matters
11:00 am
Fri November 16, 2012

Rockaway Church Is Port In A Storm

Originally published on Fri November 16, 2012 4:31 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Coming up, the Latin Grammy Awards were held last night in Las Vegas. We'll check in with the hosts from NPR Music's ALT.LATINO podcast to hear about some of the artists who made an impression.

But, first, it's time for Faith Matters. That's the part of the program where we talk about matters of faith and spirituality and today we are talking about the role that faith institutions can play during a crisis.

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Planet Money
10:57 am
Fri November 16, 2012

Hidden Housing Subsidy May Soon Come Out Of Hiding

Lam Thuy Vo NPR

Originally published on Fri November 16, 2012 2:47 pm

The federal government has all these ways of paying people to buy houses without actually, you know, paying people to buy houses.

We've talked a lot about two examples of this:

1. The mortgage-interest tax deduction is effectively a government payment to people who are paying a mortgage.

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