1:15pm

Fri December 10, 2010
The Two-Way

Guilty Verdicts For Kidnapper Of Elizabeth Smart

NPR's Howard Berkes reports reports that guilty verdicts were just handed down in Salt Lake City for Brian David Mitchell, who in 2002 kidnapped 14-year-old Elizabeth Smart from her home -- a crime that drew national attention at the time and national horror later as details emerged about what happened to the girl during her nine months with Mitchell and his wife.

The Associated Press leads its story with this:

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12:23pm

Fri December 10, 2010
Africa

Disputed Border Area Could Reignite War In Sudan

The people of Southern Sudan vote next month on whether to split Africa's largest country and create one of their own. Whether things turns bloody -- as they often have in Sudan -- may hinge on what happens in Abyei, a disputed region along the border between the north and south.

Abyei, an oil-producing county, is supposed to choose whether to join the south in a vote to be held simultaneously with Southern Sudan's Jan. 9 referendum on independence. But it appears Abyei's planned January vote will either be postponed or even canceled.

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12:08pm

Fri December 10, 2010
The Two-Way

Sen. Sanders' Filibuster Of The Tax Deal Strikes A Chord

Originally published on Fri December 10, 2010 6:07 pm

Sen. Bernard Sanders, I-VT, is on the floor of the Senate right now to -- in his office's words -- "speak as long as possible against a tax deal between the White House and congressional Republicans."

C-SPAN.org has streaming coverage here. He's been going for about 90 minutes now.

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12:02pm

Fri December 10, 2010
Shots - Health News Blog

Johnson & Johnson Widens Recall Of Rolaids Softchews

Feeling a little heartburn? Skip the Rolaids Softchews, unless you like your antacids chunk-style.

In its latest big recall because of quality problems, Johnson & Johnson is pulling all batches of  various Rolaids Softchews. The problem? Some consumers have found pieces of metal and wood inside the squishy acid-fighters.

J&J's McNeil division, marketer of these products and a slew of others dogged by quality issues, says an investigation revealed the contamination could have happened at a contract manufacturer.

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10:45am

Fri December 10, 2010
The Two-Way

Southern Sudan, Where Little Has Changed 'In A Century Or More'

The people of Southern Sudan are about to vote on whether to become the world’s newest country, but you have to wonder sometimes how they are going to do it, because there is so little infrastructure.

You can fly across much of Southern Sudan, a territory nearly the size of Texas, and see nothing but scrub and mud and thatched huts, called tukels. No paved roads, no electricity. The landscape probably hasn’t changed in a century or more.

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