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Business
4:00 am
Fri December 2, 2011

Available Financing Helps Auto Sales Rebound

Sales of new cars in the U.S. were up by 14 percent last month. One reason is more consumers are getting access to car loans — including those with less than perfect credit.

Europe
4:00 am
Fri December 2, 2011

Traveling Russia's Historic Trans-Siberian Railway

Originally published on Fri December 2, 2011 10:37 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Our colleague David Greene has done so much distinguished work for NPR that we've decided to send him to Siberia - really. David is wrapping up two years in Russia with a trip on the Trans-Siberian Railroad, which crosses that gigantic country. He's head east from the capital, Moscow. We reached him about 150 miles into the journey in the city of Yaroslavl. Hi, David.

DAVID GREENE, BYLINE: Hey there, Steve.

INSKEEP: Why wrap up your time in Russia with this train ride?

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Business
4:00 am
Fri December 2, 2011

Analysts Expect Jobless Rate To Remain Unchanged

The unemployment rate began the year at 9 percent and may end essentially unchanged. While some sectors add jobs, others lose them. Private employers are modestly adding to their payrolls, but government is cutting back. All that makes for a job market that's stuck in a rut.

Movies
4:00 am
Fri December 2, 2011

'Shame:' Difficult To Watch, Hard To Turn Away From

A new film called Shame arrives in theaters with several honors, including the best actor award from the Venice Film Festival. It also arrives with a rare NC-17 rating. Michael Fassbender plays Brandon, a New Yorker who's addicted to sex.

Movie Interviews
12:01 am
Fri December 2, 2011

Harvey Weinstein On Hollywood's Heated Oscar Race

Producer Harvey Weinstein says Oscar wins can give film studios and financiers "the confidence to make daring movies and not do the same old you-know-what." He is shown above arriving at the Academy Awards in Los Angeles in February 2009.
Frazer Harrison Getty Images

Originally published on Fri December 2, 2011 11:30 am

If you think the presidential campaigns are heating up, visit Hollywood — where campaigns of a different sort are kicking into overdrive. It's Oscar season, and studios are orchestrating a blitz of interviews, ads and billboards in an attempt to influence academy voters.

If this season has a commander in chief, it's producer Harvey Weinstein. He is credited with inventing the modern Oscar campaign — famously beating out Saving Private Ryan for best picture with Shakespeare in Love.

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Around the Nation
7:07 am
Thu December 1, 2011

Utah Duck Hunter Is Shot By His Dog

A man was duck hunting in Box Elder County, Utah, when he climbed out of a boat to move decoys. He left his shotgun and his dog behind. The dog ended up stepping on the shotgun, and the hunter received 27 pellets of birdshot in the rear.

Around the Nation
6:02 am
Thu December 1, 2011

Life Savings Left In Donated Suit

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Good morning, I'm Steve Inskeep. Many of us have left something in a jacket at the dry cleaners, so it's easy to relate to the man who took his suit to Goodwill and gave it away. Only after he left did he realize what a donation he'd made. The suit had $13,000 inside. The elderly man doesn't use banks. That's his life savings.

Goodwill is now trying to find the gray coat and pants, which may be in a warehouse or may already have been purchased. You're listening to MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

Business
4:00 am
Thu December 1, 2011

Competitor Permitted To Sell Lipitor Generic

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

NPR's business news starts with cheaper cholesterol drugs for many Americans.

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INSKEEP: The drug maker Pfizer has lost the patent on its drug Lipitor. The patent expired in the United States yesterday. And on the same day, regulators granted an Indian company approval to sell a cheaper, generic version of the cholesterol drug in the U.S. market.

Health
4:00 am
Thu December 1, 2011

Medicare To Cover Weight Loss Counseling

Medicare has announced that it will pay for primary care providers to counsel obese patients on losing weight and maintaining the weight loss. Medicare will pay doctors, nurses and physicians' assistants to help plan weight loss programs.

Europe
4:00 am
Thu December 1, 2011

Central Banks Boot Europe's Struggling Banks

Steve Inskeep talks to editor Zanny Minton Beddoes of "The Economist," about Wednesday's surprise coordinated action by the world's leading central banks to calm global financial markets.

Business
4:00 am
Thu December 1, 2011

Boeing, Machinists Union Reach Tentative Deal

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Boeing announced a surprise deal with its machinists' union yesterday. It tentatively extends the workers' contract for four years. The company also promises to build a new version of its popular 737 in union-friendly Washington State.

From Seattle, NPR's Martin Kaste reports.

MARTIN KASTE, BYLINE: The International Association of Machinists also got pay raises and more pension benefits. Local president Tom Wroblewski calls it a new day.

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Election 2012
4:00 am
Thu December 1, 2011

Gingrich Attracts Crowds In South Carolina

Originally published on Thu December 1, 2011 5:24 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

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

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Economy
4:00 am
Thu December 1, 2011

Obama Uses Pa. Trip To Push Payroll Tax Cut Extension

At a high school in Scranton, Pa., Wednesday, President Obama exhorted Republicans in Congress to extend the pay roll tax cut. He said putting money in the pockets of working people is more important than partisan politics.

Economy
4:00 am
Thu December 1, 2011

White House Wants Extension For Tax Holiday

Steve Inskeep talks to Gene Sperling, head of the president's National Economic Council, about extending the payroll tax cut. The Obama administration is pushing Congress to extend the cut before it expires at the end of the year.

Around the Nation
4:00 am
Thu December 1, 2011

Students Speak Their Mind At Penn State Forum

Originally published on Thu December 1, 2011 5:21 am

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The last time the world paid attention to students at Penn State, the image was not pretty. Some protested the firing of football coach Joe Paterno; people even overturned a TV news truck after Paterno lost his job for failing to do more about allegations of child sexual abuse.

Criminal proceedings and lawsuits in that case may continue for years. And last night, Penn State held a forum on campus so students could tell administrators what's on their minds. NPR's Jeff Brady was there.

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Business
4:00 am
Thu December 1, 2011

Iowa Drainage Ditch To Be Renamed

Originally published on Thu December 1, 2011 6:07 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

And today's last word in business is West Drainage Ditch. That is currently the name of the creek that runs through Kalona, Iowa. Not the most appealing of names, but a local newspaper editor is exploring plans to change it.

The editor wants a more noble name for the waterway - or the crick(ph), as locals call it, according to the Iowa Press Citizen. City council embraced the idea of a name change, and the editor has put the naming rights up for auction on eBay. Funds will go toward replacing the sidewalks. So get in your bid now.

Asia
4:00 am
Thu December 1, 2011

Poor Get A Stake In India's Booming Economy

Originally published on Thu December 1, 2011 5:26 am

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As Americans debate how to revive their economy, nations in the developing world are looking for ways to keep their growth going - including India, where the government promises to help some of its poorest people, who live in remote areas without services or even official identities. NPR's Corey Flintoff reports on a program that starts with a tiny piece of land.

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Europe
4:00 am
Thu December 1, 2011

Will Eurozone Countries Give Up Control Of Budgets?

European Central Bank Chief Mario Draghi speaks with Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti at EU headquarters in Brussels on Wednesday. European leaders will meet there next week to discuss their options for fixing the region's sovereign debt crisis.
JohnThys AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu December 1, 2011 2:45 pm

Next week, leaders of the euro area countries will gather in Brussels in an effort to take a bigger step toward ending the region's sovereign debt crisis. They hope that by agreeing to tougher penalties for countries that break the euro area's budget rules, they can entice the European Central Bank to do more to stem the crisis.

But the question is whether the eurozone countries are willing to give up control of their budgets.

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Movie Interviews
12:01 am
Thu December 1, 2011

Watch This: Paul Feig's Eclectic Must-See Movies

Director, actor and author Paul Feig directed the smash comedy hit Bridesmaids.
Melissa Kuypers NPR

Originally published on Thu December 1, 2011 5:10 am

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Business
11:20 am
Wed November 30, 2011

Central Banks Around Globe Move To Ease Fears

Originally published on Wed November 30, 2011 12:07 pm

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

NPR's business news begins with a surprising move by central banks.

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INSKEEP: The Federal Reserve took action this morning, along with the major central banks in Europe and Japan, to ease credit for commercial banks. This is an effort to free up funding for European banks battered by the eurozone's sovereign debt crisis. NPR's John Ydstie reports.

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Strange News
7:23 am
Wed November 30, 2011

Study: Chewing Gum Boosts Brain Power

Researchers at St Lawrence University found a distinct "gum advantage" in tests taken by "chewing" and "non-chewing" students. The effect lasted 20 minutes. It seems chewing wakes people up.

Business
7:15 am
Wed November 30, 2011

Elvis Costello Thinks His New Box Set Is Overpriced

Elvis Costello's box set includes three CD's, a vinyl record and a coffee table book. To get all this, however, you are asked to pay $225. Costello seems to be shocked. On a website, he declares, "we are unable to recommend this lovely item as the price appears to be either a misprint or a satire."

Around the Nation
5:19 am
Wed November 30, 2011

Hundreds Of LA Police Takeover Occupy Camp

Police in LA moved in overnight at the camp of Occupy protesters. The raid began two days after protesters were told to leave. Police took also took similar action in Philadelphia.

NPR Story
4:00 am
Wed November 30, 2011

Business News

Renee Montagne has business news.

NPR Story
4:00 am
Wed November 30, 2011

British Panel Told Phone-Hacking Was Necessary

Originally published on Wed November 30, 2011 12:07 pm

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

The British government continues investigating the phone-hacking scandal at newspapers owned by Rupert Murdoch. More than a dozen journalists and editors have been arrested, top police and media executives have lost their jobs and an official ethics investigation may challenge the whole idea that the British press can regulate itself. And then, a former features editor for one of Murdoch's papers stole the show at a government hearing yesterday.

Here's NPR media correspondent David Folkenflik.

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Law
4:00 am
Wed November 30, 2011

Dr. Conrad Murray Sentenced In King Of Pop's Death

Michael Jackson's personal physician has been sentenced to four years in prison for his role in the pop icon's death in 2009. Because of overcrowding in California's state prisons, Murray will serve his sentence in a downtown jail.

Business
4:00 am
Wed November 30, 2011

FCC Report Criticizes AT&T, Mobile Proposed Merger

AT&T may have suffered another setback to its proposed $39 billion merger with rival wireless company T-Mobile. The FCC on Tuesday released a detailed analysis of its reasons for opposing the deal, contrary to AT&T's wishes.

Business
4:00 am
Wed November 30, 2011

Fair Trade Labeling Dispute

The fair-trade movement, which pays premiums to farmers in developing countries for meeting social and environmental standards, is growing quickly, and contentiously. The nation's largest fair-trade certifying agency has split from its international partner, hoping to expand the program to plantation-grown coffee. Some coffee sellers say the agency is just lowering standards to benefit corporate coffee companies, and consumers will be left confused.

NPR Story
4:00 am
Wed November 30, 2011

Daimler To End MayBach Brand In 2013

Originally published on Wed November 30, 2011 12:07 pm

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

And today's last word in business is lost luxury. Maybach cars are in a rarified niche market called ultra-luxury, for those for whom luxury is not enough. Maybach, the historic brand now owned by Daimler, is made for customers who can pay $400,000 for a car, and who appreciate touches like back seats that recline - back seats, that is - laser-engraved motifs in the armrest and black lacquer trim. Rappers like Kanye and Jay-Z have immortalized the car in their rhymes.

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NPR Story
4:00 am
Wed November 30, 2011

Secretary Clinton Makes Historic Trip To Myanmar

Originally published on Wed November 30, 2011 12:07 pm

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

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

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

And I'm Renee Montagne.

Hillary Clinton begins a visit to Myanmar today, the first by a U.S. secretary of state, to that reclusive country, in half a century. Myanmar, long known as Burma, has been notorious for its repressive rule. In recent months, there have been signs of reform. Clinton says she's testing the waters to see how real those changes are.

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