It's All Politics
6:07 am
Sat August 25, 2012

Veteran N.C. Political Strategists See Obama Path To Winning Tar Heel State

President Obama walks onto the stage before speaking at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill on April 24.
Gerry Broome AP

Originally published on Sat August 25, 2012 10:20 am

If you want to understand how the White House race will play out in North Carolina as we enter the convention phase, talking to Carter Wrenn, a Republican, and Gary Pearce, a Democrat, is a good start.

The two veteran political strategists have, over decades, been involved in many a Tar Heel campaign.

One of Wrenn's best known clients was Jesse Helms, the late North Carolina senator renowned for both his surliness and race baiting.

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All Tech Considered
6:00 am
Sat August 25, 2012

Apple's Patent Win Could Alter Landscape Of Smartphone Industry

Banners advertising Samsung Electronics' Galaxy S III and Apple's iPhone 4S are displayed at a store in Seoul, South Korea.
Ahn Young-joon AP

Originally published on Tue October 16, 2012 4:35 pm

The dust has yet to settle on Apple's patent lawsuit victory Friday over electronics rival Samsung. Samsung has said it will ask the court to overturn the verdict, which would award Apple more than $1 billion in damages. But if that's unsuccessful, Samsung will likely appeal.

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Politics
5:47 am
Sat August 25, 2012

Romney Reboot? Convention Could Be The Ticket

Riggers load nets full of balloons for the Republican National Convention festivities inside the Tampa Bay Times Forum on Friday in Tampa, Fla.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

Mitt Romney, 65, has spent the better part of a decade running for president. And as the son of a Michigan governor who headed a Detroit auto company, he's been in the public eye much longer.

Yet the former Massachusetts governor has remained an enigma to many voters, his political positions malleable, and much of his business and private life — including his Mormon religion — intentionally obscured.

Or simply declared off limits, like years of his tax returns.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
7:59 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

Ambassador Peter Westmacott Plays Not My Job

Pascal Le Segretain Getty Images

Originally published on Sat August 25, 2012 11:39 am

We do what damage we can on this show, but it's not often we get the chance to cause a real international incident. So we're very excited that Sir Peter Westmacott, Great Britain's ambassador to the U.S., has agreed to play our game called "No homework, extended naps and eight hours of recess!"

A lot of big-time politicians got their start as little politicians, running for the student council. We'll ask Westmacott three questions about strange doings in the school halls of power.

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Participation Nation
6:33 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

Guerrilla Gardening In Provo City, Utah

An urban garden at City Hall.
Courtesy of Provo City Hall

For four years now several of our city planners here in Provo City have been growing a garden in their spare time.

Did I mention that they're growing the garden on the steps of City Hall?

The planners were inspired by the guerrilla gardening concept — planting vegetables in underused public spaces — and also wanted to show that you don't need a lot of space to grow your own food.

They donate the produce, including potatoes, carrots and squash, to the local food bank.

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The Two-Way
6:11 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

Apple Emerges Victorious In Patent Trial Against Samsung

Originally published on Fri August 24, 2012 9:54 pm

In what was billed the "patent trial of the century," Apple emerged victorious in its fight against Samsung.

A federal grand jury in San Jose, Calif. quickly worked through a 20-page verdict form, finding that Samsung violated many of Apple's patents, handing the Cupertino tech behemoth a major victory and a little more than $1 billion in damages.

It was a complicated case but as the San Jose Mercury News puts it, in the end it was a clear victory for Apple.

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Sports
5:44 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

Can Livestrong Survive Armstrong's Fall?

The ubiquitous Livestrong wristband was introduced in 2004 and quickly became a cultural icon.
Joel Saget AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri August 24, 2012 5:55 pm

Lance Armstrong may soon be stripped of his seven Tour de France titles, but many supporters are sticking by him — if not as the celebrity cyclist, then as the relentless advocate for cancer survivors.

That's encouraging news for his Livestrong foundation, which must deal with the delicate matter of a scandal-tainted figurehead.

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Election 2012
5:06 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

In Akin's Wake, Ryan Defends Anti-Abortion Record

Republican vice presidential candidate Rep. Paul Ryan speaks at a campaign event in Fayetteville, N.C., on Thursday.
Sara D. Davis AP

Originally published on Fri August 24, 2012 8:27 pm

Since Republican Rep. Todd Akin first said the words "legitimate rape" Sunday, just about everyone in the Republican Party has condemned those comments.

The Missouri Senate candidate later apologized, but his remarks continue to drive the political debate. They've also raised questions about the anti-abortion record of the Republican vice presidential candidate, Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin.

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Sports
5:05 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

Lance Armstrong: When A Hero Lets Us Down

Originally published on Sun August 26, 2012 12:54 pm

Lance Armstrong. He has a superhero's name, right out of the comic books. He moved from conquering stages of one kind — bike racing — to stages of another kind — cancer. He's chiseled and driven and known all over the world.

But now we learn that the superhero has given up in one of his biggest battles. He says he will no longer continue to fight charges by the United States Anti-Doping Agency that he used performance enhancing drugs to win bicycle races.

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The Salt
4:43 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

Farmers Waiting Out The Drought Tune Into Twitter

The information farmers are getting from Twitter can help them decide how and when to market their grain.
iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Mon October 15, 2012 10:43 am

A few years ago, if Bill Graff wanted to find out whether other farmers' fields looked anything like his, he'd make some calls and check an online bulletin board. It might take him a few days, even a week, to get a sense of how his crops stacked up against others in his region.

Now Graff, 53, who grows 1,400 acres of corn, soybean, wheat and hay in central Illinois, checks his Twitter feed. "I can get a half-way decent idea of what's going on out there instantaneously," Graff says.

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