All Things Considered for Monday, November 4, 2013

Twitter Ups Share Price Ahead Of IPO

Twitter is expected to begin selling shares to the public on Thursday. The company raised its price range to $23 to $25 per share Monday amid strong interest in the IPO. In just a few years, Twitter has influenced politics, language and the media, but it has yet to turn a profit. The company's executives believe that will change as it grabs a significant share of mobile advertising revenue.
You may know Sportvision as the creators of the yellow line you see on the field during football broadcasts. But the company makes graphical enhancements for all kinds of sports — and hopes its innovations will make watching games on TV even better than cheering from the sidelines.
Oregon's health exchange has yet to enroll a single person. Problems with Cover Oregon's website have reduced the state to asking people to submit paper applications for insurance coverage. Then the state has to send them back a form saying how much that insurance will cost. Then a person would send it back to actually enroll.
Huge stone slabs weighing up to 300 tons that now reside in Beijing's Forbidden City were slid more than 40 miles in 15th- and 16th-century China over water-lubricated ice roads in the dead of winter. Though spoked wheels had been around for almost 3,000 years, the ice roads were smoother and required less manpower.
There were chaotic scenes in a Cairo courtroom Monday at the start of the trial of former president Mohammed Morsi, Egypt's first democratically elected leader who was ousted by the military in July.
Monday marks the 34th anniversary of the storming of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran when 52 Americans were taken hostage and spent 444 days in captivity. As they do every year, Iranian hardliners took to the streets by the thousands and chanted anti-American slogans. The annual display of hostility was given fresh emphasis by Iranian hardliners as it comes as Iran's new government tries to sustain momentum for a delicate diplomatic outreach over Iran's nuclear program.

Kenya Charges Four Somali Men In Mall Attack

Four men the suspected in the attack of the Westgate Mall in Nairobi were charged in court Monday. Somalia-based militant group al-Shabaab claimed credit for the attack, which left at least 67 people dead. None of the four were charged with executing the attack, but instead with sheltering the gunmen and obtaining fake Kenyan IDs for the attackers.
Melissa Block talks to Kevin Donovan, investigative reporter for the Toronto Star, about the ongoing controversy of Toronto Mayor Rob Ford. The embattled mayor is back in the news, responding now to allegations of drug use and public intoxication.
There's a curious twist in the contentious debate over feeding antibiotics to animals in order to make them grow faster. Evidence suggests using antibiotics for growth promotion, at least among pigs, doesn't even make economic sense. But some pork producers don't believe it.
Miami Dolphins linebacker Richie Incognito was suspended Sunday after the team and the NFL said they were investigating bullying and abuse allegations made by his teammate. Dolphins offensive tackle Jonathan Martin left the team last week on a leave of absence.

Johnson & Johnson To Pay $2.2 Billion Settlement

Johnson & Johnson will pay $2.2 billion to settle civil and criminal investigations related to mis-marketing of prescription drugs Risperdal, Invega and Natrecor.
SAC Capital has agreed to pay $1.2 billion to settle criminal insider trading charges. SAC will also plead guilty to multiple counts of securities fraud and will close its business to outside investors. The agreement will be submitted to two district court judges for approval. SAC's founder Steven Cohen has been under investigation, but was not charged today.
Democrat Bill de Blasio is poised to become the next mayor of New York, in part because he made income inequality the central issue of his campaign. His "tale of two cities" narrative has resonated with voters. But there's debate about what he could do as mayor to narrow the income gap.
Lots of folks have given Saturday Night Live flak about the fact that the show has no black women in its cast. On Saturday night, SNL themselves started talking about it, too. In a sketch with guest host Kerry Washington, they poked fun by having her play Michelle Obama and Oprah.

New Mayor Asks Compton: What Can Brown Do For You?

Aja Brown made history in the city this past summer when she became the youngest mayor to ever be elected there. She has strong family roots in the place made famous by "gangsta rap," and a long list of ambitious reforms for the long-struggling city south of L.A.
Alan Cheuse reviews Dublin journalist Paul Lynch's first novel, Red Sky in Morning, which is set in 19th century Ireland. The book tells the story and aftermath of a murder committed by a rage-filled farmer against the landlord who evicts him. Cheuse says Lynch's forceful language makes the story's violence palpable.

LGBT Workplace Protections Move Forward In Senate

The Senate voted Monday to move ahead on legislation that would prohibit workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. The bill won the approval of enough Republican senators late Monday to cross the 60-vote threshold and move onto a floor vote. Such a thing would have been impossible even a few years ago.
Charlie Crist left the Republican Party during a failed bid for Senate and later became a Democrat. Now he's running against Florida's current Republican governor, Rick Scott, a conservative elected with strong Tea Party support.
Colorado voters have a big decision to make next week on a proposal that would overhaul the state's public education system. Amendment 66 is best known as a tax increase for public schools. But it would also change the way schools are funded and enact education reforms, making the state the first state to try to combine taxes and reforms in one proposal.

Childhood Maltreatment Can Leave Scars In The Brain

Brain scans may help people who were ill treated as children realize that they process fear differently than others. They may have a harder time realizing what's truly a threat and what's not. Researchers say that can lead to increased risk of anxiety and depression.
Howard University has seen its share of troubles lately. Faculty recently voted no confidence in the school's trustees, weeks after the university's president announced a surprise early retirement and Moody's downgraded the school's credit rating. The prominent historically black universities is one of many black schools facing similar financial challenges.
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