Europe
1:00 pm
Fri November 25, 2011

For Greeks, A Sad Shift In Self Image

There was a time when Greeks were proud of being Greek, of being a people known for dancing, being happy without material wealth, enjoying life. Now, Greeks are known for being deeply in debt, accused by some of living the high life on other people's money, of dragging Europe's economy to the brink of disaster.

Regional
10:58 am
Fri November 25, 2011

Trails Reopen

New Mexico – After a summer of fire and floods, officials at Bandelier National Monument reopened the park's backcountry trails to hikers on Thanksgiving Day.

Visitors were welcomed to explore the northern New Mexico park, but Superintendent Jason Lott said they should be prepared for rough conditions.

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Regional
10:57 am
Fri November 25, 2011

Report: Low-Level Flight Review Complete Soon

New Mexico – The U.S. Air Force expects to complete a final environment assessment of proposed low-level flight routes in northern New Mexico and southern Colorado early next year.

Cannon Air Force Base officials told a New Mexico legislative committee earlier this week that they've made changes to the proposed tactical navigation practice routes based on public comments.

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Regional
10:56 am
Fri November 25, 2011

Class Size Waivers Triple In Texas

Texas – State figures show that there was a more than threefold increase in just one year in the number of elementary schools allowed to exceed class-size limits in Texas.

The Dallas Morning News reported Friday (http://dallasne.ws/vPz8Dh ) that the increase is one of the most visible signs of big education funding cuts passed by the Legislature to balance the state's budget.

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Regional
10:54 am
Fri November 25, 2011

Black Friday In Las Cruces

Las Cruces – Black Friday has come to southern New Mexico as thousands lined up at the mall and big box stores hoping for extreme deals on electronics and gifts.

The Las Cruces Sun-News (http://bit.ly/uLYkWJ ) reports Kmart opened at 6 a.m. Night sales began at 10 p.m. for the Outlet Shops of El Paso and at Walmart, with Best Buy, Kohls, Old Navy and Target opening their doors at midnight on Friday.

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News
9:37 am
Fri November 25, 2011

Have The Crackdowns On Immigration Gone Too Far?

Protesters march outside the Alabama Capitol during a demonstration against the state's immigration law in Montgomery, Ala., on Nov. 15.
Dave Martin AP

Originally published on Fri November 25, 2011 2:29 pm

The architect of Arizona's controversial immigration law has been voted out of office. That law and similar statutes are undergoing difficult court challenges. And the strictest law, in Alabama, has ignited a withering backlash expected to force major changes.

Have the crackdowns on illegal immigration finally gone too far?

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The Salt
6:00 am
Fri November 25, 2011

Relax, Folks. It Really Is Honey After All

When is filtered honey really honey? The answer may lie in the politics of imported food.
Filippo Monteforte AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri November 25, 2011 6:03 am

Maybe we're too inclined to believe the worst about supermarket food.

How else to explain the reaction to a recent report about honey on the web site Food Safety News? Food Safety News is published by a lawyer who represents plaintiffs in lawsuits against food manufacturers and processors.

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Animals
10:01 pm
Thu November 24, 2011

Beer Or Sugar Water? For Flies, The Choice Is Pale Ale

Flies are attracted to glycerol, a chemical in beer produced during fermentation. Understanding more about the genes responsible for taste and smell in flies could help make powerful insect repellents.
iStockphoto.com

Scientists in California think they've figure out why flies like beer. That may sound a bit trivial, but in fact it could lead to new ways of combating plant and animal pests.

That flies like beer is well known. "The attraction of flies to beer was first reported in the early 1920s," says Anupama Dahanukar. She's part of an inter-disciplinary program involving neuroscience and entomology at the University of California, Riverside. She's been studying how flies recognize chemicals, so answering the question of why flies like beer is actually quite relevant to her research.

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Election 2012
10:01 pm
Thu November 24, 2011

A Holiday Guide For The Politically Inclined

T-shirts on display at the 2011 Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans in June. With the holidays approaching, campaigns and retailers are hawking plenty of political merchandise.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

Originally published on Fri November 25, 2011 3:18 am

At NPR, we know a thing or two about promotional merchandise. After all, we invented the Nina Totin' Bag and the Carl Kasell Autograph Pillow. So, on this Black Friday, White House correspondent Scott Horsley presents the NPR guide to campaign swag.

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Religion
10:01 pm
Thu November 24, 2011

New Catholic Mass Already Causing A Stir

This weekend, the words and music of the English-language Mass will be different.
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Originally published on Mon November 28, 2011 5:33 am

This weekend, Catholics may experience a little surprise when they attend Mass. The words and music are different, thanks to the first major change of the English-language Mass in more than 40 years.

For many practicing Catholics, this will be a major adjustment.

So on a recent Sunday, the Rev. Chester Snyder of St. Joseph's church in Mechanicsburg, Pa., did a trial run through the new liturgy with his parishioners.

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