NPR Story
3:18 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

Nobel Prize Roundup: 'God Particle' Strikes Gold

Originally published on Fri October 11, 2013 1:35 pm

This week a handful of scientists got the wakeup call of a lifetime: news they had won the Nobel Prize. This year's recipients predicted the existence of the Higgs boson, figured out how cells transport materials, and used computer programming to map chemical reactions. Winners and experts discuss the research behind this year's awards, and what comes next.

Parallels
2:48 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

Syrians Are Widely Critical Of Nobel Peace Prize Decision

Men chat Thursday in front of badly damaged buildings in the central city of Homs. Many Syrians are critical of the Nobel Peace Prize that was announced Friday for the group that is in Syria to dismantle its chemical weapons program.
Yazan Homsy Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Fri October 11, 2013 3:54 pm

Many Syrians are frustrated, disappointed and generally upset that the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to the group that recently arrived in the country to dismantle the government's chemical weapons.

The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons is a small, low-key outfit that has been placed in the international spotlight with its Syria mission and now a Nobel Prize.

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Native American
9:31 am
Fri October 11, 2013

Anti-"Redskins" Ad Features Oklahoma Congressman Tom Cole

Credit Oneida Indian Nation

The debate over the Washington Redskins name will follow the team on the road when it faces the rival Dallas Cowboys.

The Oneida Indian Nation said Thursday it will air a radio ad called "Bipartisan" on the Cowboys' flagship station ahead of Sunday's game.

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It's All Politics
8:30 am
Fri October 11, 2013

Trickle-Down Stories: How The Shutdown Feels Across America

A sport fishing guide in the Florida Keys protests the closure of Everglades National Park waters for fishing as part of the U.S. government shutdown.
Joe Skipper Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Fri October 11, 2013 1:25 pm

Most Americans say they aren't directly affected by the shutdown. But some pockets of society, beyond furloughed federal workers and their families, are being severely hit.

We used NPR's social media network to ask about the impact and were deluged by messages from people who are worried and scared, especially veterans and the disabled, and many others who are angry and frustrated.

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Shots - Health News
5:57 am
Fri October 11, 2013

What Humans Can Learn From A Simple Kiss

Katherine Streeter for NPR

Originally published on Tue October 15, 2013 12:14 pm

At a basic level, kissing is a biohazard. What is love then, if not the willingness to expose yourself to a host of nasty diseases lurking in your partner's mouth?

But could kissing also be a tool with a purpose?

Psychology graduate student Rafael Wlodarski, from the University of Oxford, wanted to find out. Results from his experiments supported two of the existing hypotheses about why we kiss. First, we kiss to assess potential mates. Second, we kiss the mate we've found to maintain attachment.

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Lack Of Student Discipline
7:25 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

Educators Turn To Legislators For Answers

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School teachers and administrators say they're struggling to maintain discipline in the classroom and are asking the Legislature for help with ideas to deal with unruly students.

Several administrators testified Thursday before the Senate Education Committee. Shawnee Republican Sen. Ron Sharp, a retired educator who taught for more than 30 years, says he requested the interim study after hearing from constituents and educators.

Sharp says a lack of student discipline is "one of the most serious problems" facing the state.

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Oklahoma Section Of Pipeline Nearly Complete
5:16 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

TransCanada's Vice President Thanks Pipeliners Union Local 798

Credit Joe Wertz

The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday upheld a lower court’s ruling that denied efforts to temporarily stop construction on the southern portion of the Keystone XL pipeline, which runs from Cushing, Oklahoma to refineries along the Gulf Coast. The Oklahoma portion is nearly complete.

Even though all the pipe in Oklahoma and Texas is buried, environmental groups and activists are still urging the Obama administration to block the northern portion of the pipeline, where it crosses the Canadian border.

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World Views
2:15 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

'Economic War Every Day': How China Steals U.S. Secrets

Former National Coordinator for Security, Infrastructure Protection, and Counter-terrorism for the United States Richard Clarke.
Credit Aude / Wikimedia Commons

Listen to Suzette Grillot's conversation with Richard Clarke.

Former counter-intelligence czar Richard Clarke is best known for testifying before the 9/11 Commission that President George W. Bush failed to take enough action to protect the country ahead of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

Since leaving the Bush Administration in 2003, Clarke has turned his attention to cybersecurity. He’s the author of the 2010 book Cyber War: The Next Threat to National Security and What to Do About It.

“I think for a lot of people a threat is not a threat unless people die,” Clarke says. “But hundreds of billions of dollars move. Cyber crime works.”

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StateImpact Oklahoma
12:20 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

The Federal Shutdown Is Making Some Oklahoma Parks More Popular

Sulphur Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Shelly Sawatzky stands just outside an entrance to the Chickasaw National Recreation Area in Sulphur, Okla.
Credit Logan Layden / StateImpact Oklahoma

Thousands of federal workers in Oklahoma were furloughed because of the budget stalemate in Washington, D.C., including those in charge of operating and maintaining dozens of campsites and parks run by the U.S. government.

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Four Year Custody Dispute
11:02 am
Thu October 10, 2013

UPDATE: Cherokee Nation, Brown Drop Fight For Veronica

Dusten Brown and now-four-year-old Veronica.
Credit Cherokee Nation

The biological father of a Cherokee girl adopted by a South Carolina couple has dropped his custody claims. 

Dusten Brown and a Cherokee Nation assistant attorney general said Thursday proceedings over 4-year-old Veronica have been dropped in the Oklahoma and Cherokee court systems. Brown and the attorney asked that Matt and Melanie Capobianco of Charleston, S.C., drop a contempt complaint against Brown.

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