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NPR Story
3:33 am
Tue May 6, 2014

Nigerian Militant Group Threatens To Sell Kidnapped School Girls

Originally published on Tue May 6, 2014 9:34 am

On Monday, the militant Islamist group Boko Haram claimed responsibility for the mass kidnapping. Steve Inskeep talks to Mannir Dan Ali, editor-in-chief of the Daily Trust in Abuja, Nigeria.

NPR Story
3:33 am
Tue May 6, 2014

Amazon Makes Online Shopping Even Easier

Originally published on Tue May 6, 2014 9:34 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Next, we'll report on the latest effort to make impulse purchases easier. Our last word in business today is: Hashtag, Amazon Cart.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Let's say you see a tweet about reduced sugar Gummy Bears or a banana slicer and you think, if I don't put those in my shopping cart right now I will forget that I want to buy them, and that would be a disaster.

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NPR Story
3:33 am
Tue May 6, 2014

Fiat Chrysler To Outline 5-Year Strategic Plan

Originally published on Tue May 6, 2014 9:34 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

It's a big day for Fiat Chrysler. The Italian-American automaker will outline a strategic plan for the next five years.

The marriage between two once troubled companies, Chrysler and Fiat, has surprised many in the auto industry by thriving - not just surviving. Now, the company is looking to build on its strengths, as Michigan Radio's Tracy Samilton reports.

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NPR Story
3:33 am
Tue May 6, 2014

Coca-Cola To Phase Out BVO

Originally published on Tue May 6, 2014 9:34 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

NPR's business news starts with a recipe change from Coke.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

INSKEEP: No, no, no. There's not going to be a new Coke. They're not going to try that again. Several of Coca-Cola's fruity drinks, like Fanta and Power Aid contain brominated vegetable oil or BVO. In 2012, a teenager in Mississippi started a petition to remove BVO from sports strings for health reasons, because it contains a chemical used in some flame retardants.

Around the Nation
6:40 am
Mon May 5, 2014

Divers Explore North Atlantic Shipwreck

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne. A World War II veteran got a visit from a group of divers over the weekend. They had found a shipwreck in the North Atlantic, the very ship Mort Raphelson was on 70 years ago when it was sunk by a German U-boat. He told the South Jersey Career Post he was eating breakfast when the torpedo hit, so when the divers presented him with two bowls recovered from the wreck, the 92-year-old thanked them, joking: Where's my soup? It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

Politics
6:32 am
Mon May 5, 2014

George HW Bush Receives JFK Profiles In Courage Award

Originally published on Mon May 5, 2014 6:40 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Good morning, I'm Steve Inskeep.

The John F. Kennedy Library gave an award to the first President Bush. Kennedy wrote a book called "Profiles in Courage," about politicians who made unpopular decisions they believed to be right. George HW Bush now gets the Profiles in Courage Award. In 1990, he broke his own read-my-lips-no-new-taxes pledge and accepted higher taxes to cut the federal deficit. It may have caused Bush's job but for many reasons the deficit went down.

Politics
4:21 am
Mon May 5, 2014

Senate May Bypass White House And Approve Keystone XL Pipeline

Originally published on Mon May 5, 2014 6:40 am

The Senate is expected to vote soon on the controversial pipeline. Supporters introduced the bill after the White House put its approval process on hold indefinitely because of a legal dispute.

NPR Story
4:00 am
Mon May 5, 2014

Palestinian Perspective On Stalled Mideast Peace Talks

Originally published on Mon May 5, 2014 6:40 am

Steve Inskeep talks to chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat. An Israeli diplomat told Morning Edition last week that a unity government between Fatah and Hamas is unacceptable.

NPR Story
4:00 am
Mon May 5, 2014

Overhaul Bill Criticized For Ending Affordable Housing Goals

Senate Banking Committee Chairman Tim Johnson, D-S.D., (left) and ranking member Sen. Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, are proposing a major overhaul of the U.S. mortgage market.
Chip Somodevilla Getty Images

Originally published on Mon May 5, 2014 12:25 pm

There's a fight in Washington over the future of homeownership in America. At issue is a bipartisan bill to dramatically reshape the housing finance industry — the industry that was at the heart of the financial crisis. It's also an industry that's at the heart of the American dream — and the bill before Congress may affect who can afford to buy a house.

The Obama administration supports the bill. But civil rights groups and housing advocates say it would weaken rules that push banks to lend to low- and moderate-income homebuyers.

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NPR Story
4:00 am
Mon May 5, 2014

Naked Cowboy Switches From Briefs To Boxers

Originally published on Mon May 5, 2014 6:40 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Today's last word in business is: A change of underwear.

New York City's Robert Burck is a Times Square street performer known as the Naked Cowboy.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

There's a bit of exaggeration in calling him naked, but only a bit. Mr. Burck performs wearing only a guitar, a 10-gallon hat, cowboy boots and a pair of white briefs. Starting tomorrow, he trades in the briefs for a set of boxers - for a fee.

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Business
4:00 am
Mon May 5, 2014

Buffett Defends Coke Position At Berkshire Hathaway Meeting

Originally published on Mon May 5, 2014 8:29 am

Warren Buffett is under fire for not opposing Coca-Cola's executive compensation plan more aggressively. Buffett spoke about his decision at a shareholder meeting for his company Berkshire Hathaway.

NPR Story
4:00 am
Mon May 5, 2014

Eyewire: A Computer Game to Map the Eye

Originally published on Fri May 9, 2014 1:22 pm

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Let's get an update, now, about something we heard a year ago in the series Joe's Big Idea. It's a computer game designed by a scientist to help map all the connections of nerve cells in the eye. Now, that scientist says the game is working, as we learn from NPR's Joe Palca.

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Europe
6:46 am
Fri May 2, 2014

NATO: Russia Uses Shadow Soldiers In Eastern Ukraine

Originally published on Tue May 6, 2014 10:38 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

And I'm Steve Inskeep. Good morning. We'll talk now with the commander of NATO forces, the supreme allied commander in Europe. General Philip Breedlove has been watching Russia as it took over part of Ukraine and has massed troops near another part, Eastern Ukraine. He joins us on the line now. General, welcome to the program.

GENERAL PHILIP BREEDLOVE: Good morning. Thanks for having me aboard.

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Around the Nation
6:24 am
Fri May 2, 2014

Ohio Teenager Takes His Great-Grandmother To Prom

Originally published on Tue May 6, 2014 10:38 am

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Around the Nation
6:24 am
Fri May 2, 2014

Squirrel Selfie Doesn't End So Well

Originally published on Tue May 6, 2014 10:38 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Good morning, I'm Steve Inskeep.

Next time you think of photographing a squirrel, remember it doesn't know how to say no pictures. A teenager was in Tampa looking at colleges and spotted a squirrel. He took a selfie, himself with the squirrel. The camera flash scared the animal which leaped into a place to hide - inside the young man's shirt. It clutched his back. The teen threw himself on the ground. The squirrel ran off, possibly shaking its head about paparazzi.

NPR Story
5:45 am
Fri May 2, 2014

College Applicant Had 'Fingers Crossed For A Full Ride'

Originally published on Tue May 6, 2014 11:05 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

It turns out Tao's situation is common. According to the American Freshman Survey, most students were accepted by their first-choice colleges last year; that's the good news. But when you look at the students accepted by colleges - their first choice - almost half actually enrolled somewhere else for financial reasons. To find out more, our colleague David Greene spoke with Sylvia Hurtado, head of the Higher Education Research Institute at UCLA, which conducts the survey.

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NPR Story
5:45 am
Fri May 2, 2014

Many Seniors Accepted To First-Choice Colleges Go Elsewhere

Originally published on Tue May 6, 2014 10:38 am

According to the American Freshman Survey, most students were accepted by their first-choice colleges last year — but almost half of them actually enrolled in other schools, primarily for financial reasons.

To find out more, Morning Edition's David Greene spoke with Sylvia Hurtado, head of the Higher Education Research Institute at UCLA, which conducts the annual survey.


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On forgoing their first-choice schools

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The Salt
4:16 am
Fri May 2, 2014

Agribusiness Funds 'Farmland' To Counter Hollywood Message

David Loberg's family farm in Carroll, Neb., is featured in the film Farmland.
Don Holtz Ketchum

Originally published on Tue May 6, 2014 10:38 am

The movie Farmland opened in theaters Thursday. It's the latest in a string of documentaries about agriculture, like Food Inc. and King Corn.

But while the latter two films made damning accusations about the environmental and human costs of modern agribusiness, this documentary was funded by agribusiness. It tells a very different story.

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NPR Story
4:16 am
Fri May 2, 2014

Crisis In Eastern Ukraine Takes A Deadly Turn

Originally published on Tue May 6, 2014 10:38 am

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It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

And I'm Renee Montagne. The crisis in eastern Ukraine took a deadly turn this morning. Pro-Russian gunmen in the town of Slovyansk have shot down at least two Ukrainian helicopters. Two Ukrainian troops are believed to have been killed when those helicopters crashed. The Ukrainian government also says that it has captured 10 pro-Russian checkpoints on the outskirts of Slovyansk and that it's surrounded the city.

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NPR Story
4:16 am
Fri May 2, 2014

Columnist: Plantation Mentality Still Exists In Pro Sports

Originally published on Tue May 6, 2014 10:38 am

Morning Edition co-host David Greene talks to New York Times sports columnist William c. Rhoden about the Donald Sterling controversy, and the relationship between professional sports and race.

NPR Story
4:16 am
Fri May 2, 2014

General Motors Returns To Federal Bankruptcy Court

Originally published on Tue May 6, 2014 10:38 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

NPR's business news starts with General Motors back in court.

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INSKEEP: GM returns to federal bankruptcy court this morning. You will recall that company filed for bankruptcy back in 2009 and they are now asking a judge to enforce one of the provisions of that bankruptcy deal. The provision protects GM from lawsuits over automobile accidents that occurred before that time.

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NPR Story
4:16 am
Fri May 2, 2014

Quiet Zone Shuns Cell Service, Wi-Fi

Originally published on Tue May 6, 2014 10:38 am

The National Radio Quiet Zone is a 13,000-square-miles area in West Virginia where cell phones and WI-FI are banned. (This piece originally aired Oct. 8, 2013 on Morning Edition.)

Asia
6:35 am
Thu May 1, 2014

Beijing Bans Outdoor Grills

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne. Grilling season is coming up, but not in smoggy Beijing. The city has banned smoky outdoor grills in a fight against its notorious pollution. Beijing's popular kebab vendors will be forced to move inside. Critics there say it's a smokescreen to distract from coal mines and cars turning out far more pollution.

One Chinese official was scorned last fall for saying stir fry was a significant source of pollution. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

Around the Nation
6:35 am
Thu May 1, 2014

Hoppertunity To Run In Kentucky Derby

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep.

The Kentucky Derby comes Saturday, and the announcer almost had a problem. Trainer Bob Baffert could have had a nameless horse. He hated the horse's name, Anyway U Way. You can't run a nameless horse in the Derby. Just imagine that announcer: And down the stretch they come, in the lead is - luckily, the trainer knew the Hoppers, a couple trying to have a baby. To encourage them, he named the horse Hoppertunity.

It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

NPR Story
5:09 am
Thu May 1, 2014

Doge At 'Dega: Dogecoin Sponsors Race Car

Phil Parsons Racing

Originally published on Thu May 1, 2014 10:54 am

Dogecoin users, it turns out, are passionate about underdogs. At Talladega Superspeedway this Sunday, one of the cars running will stand out from the rest.

Dogecoin is the digital currency that's similar to Bitcoin. (Doge is a slang term for "dog" used in Internet memes. There's a famous image of a puzzled-looking dog that's been a viral hit and it's also the currency's mascot.)

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NPR Story
5:09 am
Thu May 1, 2014

Merger Possible In Home Entertainment Industry

Originally published on Thu May 1, 2014 6:35 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

NPR's business news begins with another possible home entertainment merger.

AT&T wants to purchase the Satellite TV provider DirecTV. The Wall Street Journal first reported the news. The deal would likely be worth around $40 billion. This comes in the wake of Comcast's attempt to buy Time Warner Cable. It's still seeking government approval for the deal.

Around the Nation
4:11 am
Thu May 1, 2014

D.C. Metro Combats Sexual Harassment, Urges Riders To Speak Up

Originally published on Thu May 1, 2014 8:37 am

Sexual harassment is a chronic problem for transit systems, and it's consistently underreported. Metro transit officials have kicked off a serious effort to fight harassment on buses and trains.

Economy
4:11 am
Thu May 1, 2014

China Could Pass U.S. As Top Economy This Year

Originally published on Wed May 7, 2014 12:46 pm

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

The United States economy has been the largest in the world since the days when Ulysses S. Grant was president. That was in the 1870s. But a new World Bank report says by one measure that could change by the end of this year: China would take over the top spot this year.

To explain what the new report means and what it doesn't, we turn to NPR's Frank Langfitt. He's on the line from Shanghai. Hi, Frank.

FRANK LANGFITT, BYLINE: Good morning, Steve.

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NPR Story
4:11 am
Thu May 1, 2014

Kerry Turns His Attention To South Sudan's Civil War

Originally published on Thu May 1, 2014 6:35 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

And I'm Steve Inskeep. Good morning. This week Secretary of State John Kerry turns his attention, as much as circumstances allow, from the crisis in Ukraine and Mideast peace talks to the civil war in South Sudan. South Sudan broke away from Sudan barely three years ago and now that new nation is being torn apart in a fight for power between the president and former vice president.

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Sweetness And Light
7:15 am
Wed April 30, 2014

Bad Behavior From A Sports Franchise Owner? That's Not New

Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling at a game against the San Antonio Spurs on Nov. 7, 2012, in Los Angeles.
Mark J. Terrill AP

Originally published on Wed April 30, 2014 8:13 am

Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling has been banned for life from the NBA after he made racist comments.

Sports bans aren't new.

In 1990, New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner was banned from day-to-day management of the club by Major League Baseball Commissioner Fay Vincent.

Steinbrenner was reinstated in 1993.

Sterling is 80. He comes from another time and is not only the senior NBA owner –– since 1981 –– but also, although probably this won't surprise you, historically the very worst owner in all of sport.

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