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9:03am

Fri October 25, 2013
The Salt

Does Bacon Really Make Everything Better? Here's The Math

Originally published on Sat October 26, 2013 12:53 pm

According to big data, this bacon and avocado sandwich should be a party for your tastebuds.
iStockphoto

You'd have to be living under a rock to miss the signs of our cultural obsession with bacon.

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7:26am

Fri October 25, 2013
It's All Politics

Friday Morning Political Mix: Monkeys, Donkeys and the NSA

Originally published on Fri October 25, 2013 8:48 am

Good morning.

Your erstwhile members of Congress are high-tailing it out of Washington for the weekend (no votes in the House, and the Senate took the day off but promises to return Monday).

But there's plenty to digest.

Fallout from Thursday's House hearing on computer problems marring the health care overhaul rollout. Across-the-pond anger over America's spying on allies. And, yes, donkeys. We'll get to that.

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7:11am

Fri October 25, 2013
The Two-Way

Nigerian Rebels Reportedly Contact Pirates Who Seized U.S. Crew

Originally published on Fri October 25, 2013 9:43 am

A 2008 photo of the offshore supply ship C-Retriever.
Christian Serrano Courtesy of ShipSpotting.com

Rebels in Nigeria are reportedly in contact with pirates holding two U.S. crewmen seized earlier this week from the offshore supply vessel C-Retriever, The Associated Press reports.

According to the AP, an email reportedly from the rebel group Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta says the men were captured off the coast of the Nigerian town of Brass, but there were no details of demands or a ransom.

Officials have said the captain and an engineer from the U.S.-flagged vessel were seized during an attack in the Gulf of Guinea on Wednesday.

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6:49am

Fri October 25, 2013
Parallels

World Headlines: A Chinese Trial; The Syrian War Spills Over

Originally published on Fri October 25, 2013 10:23 am

In this photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency, ousted Chinese politician Bo Xilai stands before the Shandong Provincial Higher People's Court. The court upheld Bo's conviction and life sentence for corruption and abuse of power.
Xie Huanchi AP

China, Xinhua

We begin in China where a court on Friday rejected an appeal by former politician Bo Xilai over his life sentence for bribery, embezzlement and abuse of power.

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5:34am

Fri October 25, 2013
The Two-Way

Norway Says It Can't Destroy Syria's Chemical Weapons

Originally published on Fri October 25, 2013 9:41 am

A convoy of United Nations vehicles at the Lebanon-Syria Masnaa border crossing on Oct. 1 as a chemical weapons disarmament team awaited entry into Syria.
AFP/Getty Images

Norway has turned down a U.S. request to take on the destruction of Syria's chemical weapons, saying it lacks the capabilities to carry out the task.

The country's foreign ministry said it had given "serious and thorough consideration" to the U.S. query but that "due to time constraints and external factors, such as capacities, [and] regulatory requirements," Norway would be unable to fulfill the request.

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