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Tuesday, October 20, 2009

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  • Afghanistan's Karzai Agrees To Runoff Election
    Afghanistan will hold a runoff election next month to determine who will lead the war-torn country. Incumbent President Hamid Karzai made the announcement after bowing to American and European pressure to accept investigators' findings of widespread fraud during the first round of voting two months ago. The findings by the Electoral Complaints Commission stripped Karzai of close to a million votes and cost him a first-round win.
  • What Challenges Will Afghan Runoff Pose?
    Now that Afghan President Hamid Karzai has accepted a runoff election, what challenges will the Afghan people face with another round of voting? Melissa Block talks with Glenn Cowan, co-founder of Democracy International, an international election monitoring group. Cowan says logistics, weather and security all provide challenges.
  • Nation's Retailers Engage In Online Book Pricing War
    The book industry is reeling as the price of some of its hottest books drops to a new low at some online stores. The price war took off last week when Walmart cut its price for online pre-orders of 10 upcoming best-sellers to $10. Amazon countered with a similar discount of $9, which Wal-Mart then took down to $8.99. Now, Target is entering the fray.
  • TV Theme Songwriter Vic Mizzy Dies
    Mizzy, who made an incalculable contribution to 1960s popular culture, died Saturday at 93. His work, which included the theme songs for Green Acres and The Addams Family, was upbeat and jazzy; it still influences TV theme songs today.
  • FBI Not Rushing To Make Arrests In Zazi Case
    Najibullah Zazi may be the only suspect behind bars in the alleged terrorism case, but prosecutors are convinced that he was not working alone. By holding off on making more arrests, the FBI can gather intelligence in an effort to catch all the plotters.
  • Letters: Sudan, Lord Elgin
    Listeners respond to an interview with the U.S. envoy to Sudan, Maj. Gen. Scott Gration ... plus a story about the Elgin Marbles. Melissa Block and Michele Norris read from your e-mails.
  • Guinea Shaken By Wave Of Rapes During Crackdown
    Guinea is still struggling to deal with the deadly military crackdown on a pro-democracy rally last month. What has shocked people most is that women were targeted in a wave of sexual violence allegedly perpetrated by soldiers in public, in broad daylight.
  • Vatican Plan Eases Conversion For Anglicans
    The Vatican is making it easier for disaffected Anglicans and Episcopalians to join the Roman Catholic Church. The move is aimed at Anglicans who feel their church has become too liberal after it allowed the ordination of women priests and gay bishops. The Vatican said Pope Benedict had approved a measure that would allow Anglicans to adopt Catholicism, while maintaining some of their own traditions.
  • Marathon Deaths Spark Questions
    Last weekend, three runners died during a half-marathon in Detroit. All three were reported to be healthy, and two of them were young. Michele Norris talks to Dr. E. Lee Rice, medical director of the San Diego Rock 'n' Roll Marathon and the Lifewellness Institute. Rice says there are more people running marathons than ever before, and it is inevitable that we will hear about more runners dying due to sheer numbers. But over all, he says, it's more likely that running saves more lives than ends them.
  • Bionic Eye Opens New World Of Sight For Blind
    Implanting an electronic retina can help restore some vision to people who've been blinded by retinal diseases, scientists reported Tuesday at the Neuroscience 2009 conference. Other researchers partially restored sight by growing new retina cells from stem cells.

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