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New England News
7:22 am
Thu September 20, 2012

Senator Brown, Warren Gear Up For First Debate

Elizabeth Warren

Massachusetts voters are getting a chance to size up Republican U.S. Sen. Scott Brown and Democratic challenger Elizabeth Warren in a live televised debate.

The Thursday match-up is the first of four planned debates.

The WBZ-TV debate could help voters begin to sort through a flurry of claims and counterclaims that the two candidates have hurled at each other in television ads and press releases.

Brown has tried to frame Warren as an out-of-touch academic who's determined to raise taxes and undermine free enterprise.

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Sports
7:20 am
Thu September 20, 2012

WAMC Sports News

Bill Kostroun AP

Andy Pettitte didn't miss a beat when he took the mound for the first time since breaking a bone near his left ankle on June 27. The 40-year-old left-hander scattered four hits over five shutout innings in the Yankees' 4-2 victory over Toronto in the opener of a day-night doubleheader in New York. The Yanks won the nightcap, 2-1. Ichiro Suzuki went 7-for-8 in the doubleheader, driving in the winning run in the second game. The Yanks have a half-game lead over Baltimore in the AL East after Baltimore completed a three-game sweep in Seattle, winning yesterday 3-1.

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New York News
7:18 am
Thu September 20, 2012

Ballot Count Begins in NY GOP Primary Races

Senator Stephen Saland

Election officials are set to begin counting hundreds of absentee ballots that could decide the political careers of two Republican senators who voted to legalize same-sex marriage in New York.

The count will decide if Sens. Stephen Saland of Poughkeepsie and Roy McDonald of Saratoga County will advance to the general election in November.

The tally begins Thursday, but may not be completed and could be subject to challenge.

Saland faces Neil DiCarlo of Brewster in the 41st District primary in the lower Hudson Valley.

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Hudson Valley News
7:16 am
Thu September 20, 2012

Cleanup, Assessment Underway Following Flooding

The hamlet of Livingston Manor is devastated again. This week’s flash flood washed out bridges and damaged over two dozen homes.

Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther called the governor’s office and toured the devastation with state Transportation and Environmental Conservation officials and representatives of FEMA.  She said the residents of the hamlet can’t go on like this with repeated massive flooding.

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Hudson Valley News
7:12 am
Thu September 20, 2012

SUNY Colleges to Share Worker Retraining Grants

SUNY Ulster would get the largest share, over $580,000, among six Hudson Valley region colleges
Hank Gross

Six community colleges in the Hudson Valley are included in a consortium of 30 SUNY two-year schools that will receive $14.6 million to fund worker training and education programs that will help unemployed workers learn skills essential to securing local jobs in emerging industries.

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WAMC News
6:58 am
Thu September 20, 2012

Morning Weather with WNYT's Paul Caiano

WNYT's Paul Caiano delivers his morning forecast. 

Afghanistan
6:53 am
Thu September 20, 2012

British Soldier Gives Birth In Afghanistan

The new mother is a gunner at a NATO base in Helmand Provence which came under attack just days before Tuesday's birth. Britain's Ministry of Defense says the baby was conceived before the soldier deployed, and that she didn't realize she was pregnant. Mother and baby are now headed home.

Around the Nation
6:47 am
Thu September 20, 2012

President Obama Crashes Iowa Wedding

Originally published on Thu September 20, 2012 7:53 am

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Africa
5:37 am
Thu September 20, 2012

Libyan Group Denies Role In U.S. Consulate Attack

A Libyan follower of Ansar al-Sharia Brigades carries a placard reads in Arabic "our Islamic holies are red line," during a protest in front of the Tibesti Hotel, in Benghazi, Libya, on Sept. 14, as part of widespread anger across the Muslim world about a film ridiculing Islam's Prophet Muhammad.
Mohammad Hannon AP

Originally published on Thu September 20, 2012 8:36 pm

Ansar al-Sharia, the ultraconservative armed Islamist group accused of taking part in the attack that killed the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans in Benghazi, Libya, denies it was involved. But the group's leadership stopped short of condemning the deadly attack. A top U.S. counterterrorism official says they are looking at the group in connection with the assault.

Ansar al-Sharia is one of the most powerful Islamist militias in eastern Libya. The brigade claims hundreds of men who fought, with U.S. and NATO support, to unseat strongman Moammar Gadhafi last year.

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NPR Story
5:04 am
Thu September 20, 2012

Business News

Originally published on Thu September 20, 2012 6:32 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

NPR's business news begins with good news for Google.

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INSKEEP: The search giant is expected to be the top firm in online display advertising revenue this year, according to analysts at the industry news site eMarketer. If their prediction comes true - if - Google will unseat the reigning online ad champ Facebook, which would be a blow for Facebook, which only last year managed to beat back the previous top-earner, Yahoo.

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