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5:24pm

Tue October 8, 2013
NPR Story

White House: Obama To Tap Janet Yellen For Fed Chair

The White House announced Tuesday that President Obama will nominate Federal Reserve Vice Chairwoman Janet Yellen to chair the Federal Reserve Wednesday. She would replace Ben Bernanke, who's stepping down from the post. Yellen has been the presumptive nominee for weeks, after Lawrence Summers announced his intention to remove himself from the running in September. She'd be the first woman to head the Fed.

4:56pm

Tue October 8, 2013
The Two-Way

Oregon's Mile Of Glacier Caves: A Hidden, And Disappearing, World

Originally published on Tue October 8, 2013 7:19 pm

A scene from another world: entering a glacier cave on Mount Hood. Two explorers say they have mapped more than a mile of caves in Sandy Glacier.
Brent McGregor

4:53pm

Tue October 8, 2013
It's All Politics

Does Where You Shop Depend On Where You Stand?

Originally published on Wed October 9, 2013 8:19 am

A composite image of a Whole Foods in Providence, R.I., and a Cracker Barrel in Springville, Utah.
Steven Senne/AP and George Frey/Landov

The federal government shutdown is now in its second week, and one big reason for the division in Washington is the growing divide between different kinds of voters back home. Those differences make news on Election Day, but they're visible every day.

Members in both parties find less and less common ground, in part because their constituents have such contrasting notions of government's proper role. And those contrasting visions often coincide with contrasting lifestyles — evident in many of the choices they make.

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4:47pm

Tue October 8, 2013
Religion

Imam: 'We Can't Imagine' The Beauty Of Paradise After Death

Originally published on Wed October 9, 2013 5:26 am

A St. Louis-area imam spoke with NPR about what Muslims believe about life after death.
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This week, All Things Considered is talking with leaders from different faiths about their perspectives on the afterlife. NPR's Robert Siegel spoke with Mufti Asif Umar, a Muslim scholar and imam of the Islamic Foundation of Greater St. Louis, about what Muslims believe and about his own beliefs.

Umar, the 29-year-old son of Indian immigrants, said Muslims believe that when a person dies, two angels appear and ask that person three questions about his or her faith. Those questions, Umar says, have correct answers.

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4:41pm

Tue October 8, 2013
It's All Politics

Shutdown Diary: Obama Takes On The Default Deniers

Originally published on Tue October 8, 2013 6:30 pm

At a Tuesday news conference, President Obama underscored Democrats' refusal to negotiate with Republicans on bills to reopen the government and raise the debt ceiling.
Charles Dharapak AP

On Day 8 of the federal government's partial shutdown, President Obama called House Speaker John Boehner. But the morning phone call produced no movement toward resolution, according to readouts by aides to both men.

Here are some of Tuesday's news highlights:

President Obama

Obama gave his first lengthy press conference since early August, answering questions for more than an hour.

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