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Wed November 23, 2011
NPR Story

Casels, Johnson And The Day That Changed Musical History

Seventy-five years ago Wednesday, two men, an ocean apart, stepped up to microphones. One man was a cello prodigy who had played for the queen of Spain. The other was the son of black sharecroppers, a regular in the juke joints of the Mississippi Delta. But on Nov. 23, 1936, Robert Johnson and Pablo Casals each walked into a room alone with their instruments. And on that day, each made recordings that would change music history.

1:00pm

Wed November 23, 2011
Middle East

Report: Bahrain Used Excessive Force On Protesters

Originally published on Wed November 23, 2011 4:32 pm

Bahraini protesters run for cover after police fired tear gas canisters to disperse them during a demonstration in the village of Diraz, northwest of Bahrain, Feb. 14. A special commission issued a report Wednesday that found excessive force was used during a crackdown on an anti-government movement that began in February.
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In the Persian Gulf kingdom of Bahrain, a special commission accused the government of using excessive force against protesters during an anti-government uprising earlier this year.

The report released Wednesday was unusual in that it was requested by the government itself. But questions remain over what the government will do with the findings.

The commission that issued the report was a rare thing in the Arab world. At a gilded palace with chandeliers and red carpets, a panel of international jurists sat in judgment of a king.

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12:39pm

Wed November 23, 2011
The Two-Way

Report: Occupy Protests Have Cost Cities $13 Million

According to an AP survey of 18 cities with active Occupy protests, the movement has cost local municipalities $13 million in "police overtime and other municipal services."

The AP reports:

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12:26pm

Wed November 23, 2011
The Two-Way

FBI Raid Nabs 7 Suspected In Amish Beard Attacks

Sam Mullet outside his home in Bergholz, Ohio, earlier this year.
Amy Sancetta AP

"The FBI and local sheriff's deputies this morning raided an Amish compound in Ohio and arrested seven men, including reputed breakaway sect leader Sam Mullet, on federal hate crimes charges and related state violations in connection to a series of beard-cutting attacks against other Amish across Ohio," the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette writes.

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12:15pm

Wed November 23, 2011
Politics

Gingrich's Remarks On Immigration Surprises Many

Former House speaker Newt Gingrich answers a question at Tuesday's Republican presidential debate in Washington, D.C.
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Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich is getting lots of attention for his remarks about immigration in Wednesday night's debate. Gingrich has been moving up in the polls and last night he broke with his fellow candidates by saying that some illegal immigrants should be allowed to stay in the U.S. Though his statements were in line with other GOP candidates from years past, the aftershocks show just how narrow the immigration debate has been in recent years.

Gingrich spouted the typical Repubican line in last night's debate,

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