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4:00am

Fri April 22, 2011
Around the Nation

Calif. Debates Ban On Shark Fin Delicacy

A proposed ban on shark fin consumption has environmentalists facing off against many Chinese restaurants in California. A state assemblyman says harvesting shark fins is brutal since often the fins are cut off and the living shark is dumped back into the ocean. From member station KQED, Krissy Clark reports.

3:40am

Fri April 22, 2011
Africa

U.S. Drones Return To Libya; McCain Visits Benghazi

U.S. drone aircraft known as Predators are now flying over Libya around the clock, equipped with missiles to attack forces loyal to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi. It's the first time U.S. airstrikes on ground forces have been authorized since control of the operation was handed to NATO on April 4, but Defense Secretary Robert Gates insists it's not a prelude to deeper U.S. involvement.

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12:01am

Fri April 22, 2011
Monkey See

A New 'Doctor Who' Tries To Make Peace With Its Impatient Stateside Fans

It's a problem that might baffle even the intrepid Doctor Who: how to dissuade the show's devoted fans from downloading it illegally.

Those fans span generations — from those who remember the cult-y British science fiction show as a rickety affair, with visible zippers in costumes and esoteric plotlines, to newer converts impressed by the slick, accessible and very funny new reboot starring Matt Smith as the eleventh incarnation of the Time Lord, who scoots around the space-time continuum by way of a bright blue police call box.

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12:01am

Fri April 22, 2011
Japan In Crisis

Japan Struggles With How To Heal 'Children's Hearts'

This week marked the start of the new school year for some of the areas affected by the earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

In the deeply devastated city of Rikuzentakata, classes started more than two weeks late. The students' return highlights Japan's struggle to figure out how to care of young disaster survivors.

At Takata Elementary School, second-graders stand beside their tiny desks in their new homeroom, playing a clapping game.

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12:01am

Fri April 22, 2011
Middle East

Syrian Activist In Hiding Presses Mission From Abroad

In Syria, young social media activists are playing a major role in what began as a demand for reform and now seems to be a call for revolution.

They are part of the same Facebook generation that helped topple autocrats in Tunisia and Egypt. But in Syria, protest is a very dangerous business. Some activists have been forced to flee. They now work across the border in Lebanon, with simple tools — cell phones and touch pads.

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