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The Salt
9:01 am
Mon October 31, 2011

Chefs Say Variety Meats, Or Offal, Aren't Just For Halloween

Chef Daniel O'Brien slices the pig ear terrine he made for the "Scary Bits" dinner at his Season Pantry supper club in Washington, D.C.

Melissa Forsyth for NPR

Originally published on Mon October 31, 2011 1:02 pm

On the surface, it's easy to dismiss this menu as a mere Halloween stunt: duck hearts, cow tongues, lamb kidneys, pig ears and even testicles.

But chef Daniel O'Brien, who runs the Seasonal Pantry supper club in Washington, D.C., and hosted a "Scary Bits" dinner this weekend, is one of a growing number of innovative American chefs who are incorporating "variety meats," or offal, into everyday menus.

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The Two-Way
8:35 am
Mon October 31, 2011

Looks Like Thieves Used Fighting To Cover Theft Of Libyan Treasures

During the fighting last spring in Benghazi, Libya, between forces loyal to then-dictator Moammar Gadhafi and the opposition, there was a fire at one of the city's banks.

The blaze was blamed on the fighting.

Now, as the BBC and other news outlets are reporting, there's word that "more than 7,000 priceless coins and other precious artifacts were taken" in what's now thought to have been a robbery planned by thieves who took advantage of the chaos in the city to hit the bank.

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It's All Politics
8:00 am
Mon October 31, 2011

Herman Cain's Long Odds Get Lengthier After Sex Harassment Report

Herman Cain on CBS' "Face the Nation" in Washington Sunday, Oct. 30, 2011.

Chris Usher AP

Originally published on Mon October 31, 2011 10:48 am

It should have been another good weekend for Herman Cain. It wasn't.

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Planet Money
7:51 am
Mon October 31, 2011

Is Europe's Bailout 'A Gigantic Con Game'?

Italy needs the backing of Europe's bailout fund. But Italy's a huge economy — much, much bigger than Greece, Portugal, and Ireland combined. And the Europeans don't want to put enough money into their bailout fund to back Italy.

So they're getting creative.

The rest of Europe is likely offer investors insurance that will pay back the first 20 percent of any losses on new Italian bonds.

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The Two-Way
7:42 am
Mon October 31, 2011

7 Billion People? Yes, Give Or Take 56 Million

Several babies born today have been deemed the symbolic 7 billionth person — including a little girl named Nargis in Lucknow, India. Here she is with her mother, Vinita.

Rajesh Kumar Singh AP

Originally published on Mon October 31, 2011 7:44 am

As NPR and just about every other news outlet report about the milestone that United Nations experts estimate the world passed today — a population of 7 billion people — there's this from the BBC:

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