10:38am

Wed July 13, 2011
Business

Murdoch's News Corp. Withdraws BSkyB Bid

Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. announced Wednesday that it has withdrawn its bid for BSkyB, a major U.K. broadcaster. Murdoch is embroiled in a phone hacking scandal involving the tabloid News of the World, which News Corp. shut down last week. Steve Inskeep talks about the announcement with NPR's David Folkenflik in London.

10:14am

Wed July 13, 2011
The Two-Way

Developing: Explosions In Mumbai's Market Areas

Update at 10:23: Deaths Reported; Unexploded Bomb Found

NDTV reports that at least 10 people have died in three attacks in Mumbai, with more than a dozen taken to the hospital. From NDTV:

One explosion, in a car at a bus stop in Dadar West, has been confirmed. A police officer said there might have been an explosive in a meter box behind a hoarding at Khau gali, a street filled with eateries at Zaveri Bazaar.

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10:00am

Wed July 13, 2011
The Two-Way

China Says It Closed 1.4 Million Websites In 2010

The Internet, as you may have noticed, just seems to keep on growing. But not in China — in fact, Chinese officials said that the country had 41 percent fewer sites at the end of 2010 than existed one year earlier — mostly the result of government restrictions.

Worldwide, there were a reported 255 million websites at the end of 2010. That number, drawn from research conducted by Royal Pingdom, reflects a yearly gain of 21.4 million sites.

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9:42am

Wed July 13, 2011
Asia

China Seeks To Carve Out A Space Of Its Own

A visitor stands near the Shenzhou 5 re-entry capsule that was used in China's first human spaceflight mission, and the space suit worn by crew member Yang Liwei at an exhibition in Beijing on July 6.
Alexander F. Yuan AP

As the U.S. winds up its space shuttle program, Beijing is shooting for the moon.

Chairman Mao once said China would never be a great nation if it couldn't even shoot a potato into space. But in 2003, it became only the third country to send a man into orbit, and since then it's launched five more astronauts — or "taikonauts" as they've been christened here, showing how China's even trying to leave its own mark on space vocabulary.

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9:32am

Wed July 13, 2011
The Two-Way

Need A Lift? Check Out Michigan Retirement Home Residents' 'LipDub'

Care for a prune juice cocktail? That's one of the jokes in the seniors' production.
Grand Valley State University

Trust us on this one, if you have a few minutes you're going to enjoy watching the Clark Retirement Community LipDub video that's been posted online by students at Michigan's Grand Valley State University.

It may be, as the school says, "the nation's first LipDub performed solely by residents of a retirement community." Here's how Grand Valley describes the video:

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9:17am

Wed July 13, 2011
Opinion

The Nation: Semicolon, Hyphen And No Serial Comma

The serial comma is a contentious topic.
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Maria Kari is a freelance writer and journalist currently based in Vancouver, BC.

"Who gives a [insert expletive] about an Oxford comma," asked the Vampire Weekend boys in 2008, shocking many an English teacher and publishing industry professional. Now, three years later, the usefulness of the oxford comma (also known as the serial comma) has come into question again. Let me preface this article by assuaging your worried souls: despite rumors to the contrary, the Oxford comma is not dead.

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9:11am

Wed July 13, 2011
Opinion

Weekly Standard: McConnell Speaks For 'He' Not 'We'

Republican Senator Orrin Hatch, Utah, looks on as Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill about balancing the budget.
Manuel Balce Ceneta AP

Stephen F. Hayes is a senior writer at The Weekly Standard.

Shortly after Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell unveiled his "contingency" plan for a debt limit increase, the Associated Press bulletin read: "GOP Leader McConnell proposes giving Obama new power for automatic debt limit increase."

It's surely not the headline McConnell wanted, but unlike much of the media coverage of the debt fight, it's accurate. And that's a problem.

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9:11am

Wed July 13, 2011
Opinion

Foreign Policy: Multiple Wives Is So Five Minutes Ago

A man kisses his bride during a mass wedding in Jakarta, Indonesia in April.
Irwin Fedriansyah AP

Robert Zeliger is an editor for Foreign Policy.

Polygamy has become passe — at least for young people in Indonesia and Malaysia.

86.5 percent of Indonesians between the ages of 15 and 25, and 72.7 percent of young Malaysians, disagree with the practice, according to a new survey. Of course, in and of itself that isn't earth-shattering news, but given that the countries are overwhelmingly Muslim and generally quite conservative, the number is interesting.

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9:10am

Wed July 13, 2011
Opinion

New Republic: McConnell Waves White Flag For GOP

Republicans and Democrats are locked in a debate over the nation's deficit but some believe the GOP is ready to surrender.
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Jonathan Chait is a senior editor at The New Republic. He writes the magazine's TRB column. He is also the author of The Big Con: Crackpot Economics and the Fleecing of America. He has worked at The New Republic since 1995.

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8:50am

Wed July 13, 2011
The Two-Way

Yankees Fan's Good Deed Could Prove Taxing

Originally published on Wed July 13, 2011 6:52 am

New York Yankees' Derek Jeter, right, and Christian Lopez at a news conference on Saturday (July 9, 2011) at Yankee Stadium.
Bill Kostroun AP

The feel-good story of last week about the young New York Yankees fan who very willingly gave back the home run ball that shortstop Derek Jeter clobbered to get his 3,000th career hit took a predictable but still somewhat depressing turn yesterday.

The New York Times reported that: "No Good Deed Goes Untaxed (Perhaps)."

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