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1:05pm

Thu September 1, 2011
The Two-Way

On His Summer Break, California College Kid Joins Libyan Rebels

Chris Jeon, 21, doesn't really fit in among the rebels. Reporters found the American kid in the middle of the Libyan desert, wearing a basketball jersey and converse sneakers. One of the rebels handed him an AK-47 and after toying with the safety, Jeon fired a couple of rounds in the air. Jeon, a math major at the University of California, Los Angeles, doesn't speak Arabic and he also knows little of warfare.

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12:58pm

Thu September 1, 2011
Around the Nation

LAPD Officer Puts A Muzzle On Illegal Animal Sales

Cmdr. Andrew Smith with the Los Angeles Police Department helps enforce a city ordinance that cracks down on illegal animal sales.
Gloria Hillard for NPR

Los Angeles is cracking down on illegal animal sales. Thousands are sold on downtown streets every year. Recently, an ordinance went into effect that raises fines on the buyers, but curtailing this underground economy will not be easy.

Behind the wheel of an undercover car, LAPD Cmdr. Andrew Smith admits the nickname Dr. Dolittle isn't the toughest moniker a cop could have.

"But I guess it fit OK, and I didn't really mind," he says.

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12:30pm

Thu September 1, 2011
World Cafe

Anna Calvi on World Cafe

Anna Calvi.
Courtesy of the artist

Described as shy and unassuming offstage, Anna Calvi demands attention when she has a guitar in her hands. She has the tendency to look her audience directly in the eyes when she performs. It's this tiptoeing of the line between seductive and unsettling that has helped her gain a dedicated following with the release of her 2011 Mercury Prize-nominated debut.

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11:50am

Thu September 1, 2011
The Two-Way

Jerry Lewis Will Not Participate In MDA Telethon, Says Publicist

Originally published on Thu September 1, 2011 11:55 am

Jerry Lewis speaks during "The Method to the Madness of Jerry Lewis" panel at Television Critics Association Tour in Beverly Hills.
Frederick M. Brown Getty Images

Jerry Lewis will not participate in any way — live or pre-recorded — in this Sunday's telethon for muscular dystrophy. That's the final word, says the comedian's publicist, Candi Cazau. She says she spoke with Lewis last night and he dispelled rumors that he might record a song today that would air as part of the show.

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11:34am

Thu September 1, 2011
The Two-Way

Study: Space Debris Has Reached A 'Tipping Point'

Originally published on Thu September 1, 2011 11:30 am

In June, the International Space Station had a near miss with some debris.
Paolo Nespoli NASA

The National Research Council released a report today that sounds an alarm about the amount of debris orbiting Earth. The report recommends that NASA develop a formal strategy to track and perhaps remove debris to "mitigate risks."

In its summary, the Council said the debris has reached a "tipping point, with enough currently in orbit to continually collide and create even more debris, raising the risk of spacecraft failures..."

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