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Remembrances
6:41 am
Thu October 6, 2011

Remembering Steve Jobs' 'Attention To Detail'

Originally published on Thu October 6, 2011 7:02 am

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LYNN NEARY, HOST:

This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Lynn Neary.

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

And I'm Renee Montagne.

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Middle East
4:00 am
Thu October 6, 2011

Egypt, 30 Years After Anwar Sadat's Death

Lynn Neary talks to Steven Cook, senior follow for Middle Eastern studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, about the 30th anniversary of the assassination of former Egyptian President Anwar Sadat. They discuss how the past is shaping Egypt's future.

Business
4:00 am
Thu October 6, 2011

Business News

Originally published on Thu October 6, 2011 7:33 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

NPR's business news starts with the big loss for the tech world.

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MONTAGNE: Steve Jobs died yesterday. The co-founder of Apple was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer seven years ago. From the time a young Steve Jobs introduced the Apple I, his products changed consumer behavior.

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Business
4:00 am
Thu October 6, 2011

The Last Word In Business

Lynn Neary has the Last Word in business.

World
4:00 am
Thu October 6, 2011

Arab Bloggers Gather In Tunisia After Arab Spring

Hundreds of bloggers from across the Arab world are meeting in Tunis, Tunisia, this week to discuss cyber-activism and political change. This is their third annual gathering, and it follows a dramatic year since Arab uprisings began last December. Saudi blogger Ahmed Al Omran, an NPR social media intern, talks to Renee Montagne about the role bloggers played in inspiring change.

Law
4:00 am
Thu October 6, 2011

Tough Ala. Immigration Law Changes Ways Of Life

A federal judge has ruled that Alabama's strict immigration laws will go forward even as appeals are made through the judicial system. Hispanic-owned businesses in the state say their customers have vanished. Among other things, the new law requires police to verify the immigrations status of suspects if there's "reasonable suspicion" they are in the country illegally.

Around the Nation
7:46 am
Wed October 5, 2011

Clerk Inadvertently Helps Ga. Woman Win Powerball

Kathy Scruggs of Georgia went to the store to buy a Mega Millions lottery ticket. By mistake, the clerk gave her a ticket for Powerball. Scruggs decided to buy both. The unemployed woman's Powerball ticket was worth more than $15 million.

Around the Nation
7:32 am
Wed October 5, 2011

Bible Belt Oktoberfest Finally Taps A Beer Keg

To celebrate its German roots, residents of Cullman, Ala., usually donned liederhosen and ate bratwurst in. But keeping with Bible Belt values, beer was verboten. This year kegs are being tapped at what had been billed as the world's only dry Oktoberfest.

NPR Story
4:00 am
Wed October 5, 2011

USDA Wants To Limit Potatoes In School Lunches

The Agriculture Department plans to limit potato consumption among schoolchildren to two servings a week. But politicians and farmers in potato-growing states such as Maine say the spud is being unfairly targeted. As it turns out, schoolchildren have strong opinions about potatoes too. Josie Huang of Maine Public Radio reports.

NPR Story
4:00 am
Wed October 5, 2011

U.N. Resolution Against Syria Fail In Security Council

The U.N. Security Council has failed to agree on what to do about Syria's brutal crackdown on anti-government protesters. Tuesday night, Russia and China vetoed a resolution condemning Syria, even after the text was watered down and stripped of any threats of sanctions.

NPR Story
4:00 am
Wed October 5, 2011

NBA Labor Talks Break Down

Originally published on Wed October 5, 2011 5:28 pm

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

National Basketball Association players and owners are not any closer to settling their labor dispute. With the season scheduled to begin on November 1st, there's a real chance regular season games could be lost. After yesterday's talks ended without much success, league commissioner David Stern officially cancelled the remainder of the preseason. Joining us for more on this dispute is NPR's Mike Pesca.

Good morning.

MIKE PESCA, BYLINE: Hello.

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Economy
4:00 am
Wed October 5, 2011

How Greece's Financial Crisis Hurts The U.S. Economy

David Wessel, economics editor of The Wall Street Journal talks to Lynn Neary about why the economic situation in Greece is affecting European banks and the U.S. financial picture.

Europe
4:00 am
Wed October 5, 2011

Greek Public Sector Workers Strike Over Austerity Measures

Originally published on Wed October 5, 2011 5:28 pm

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LYNN NEARY, HOST:

It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Lynn Neary. Steve Inskeep is away.

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

And I'm Renee Montagne.

We're going to hear now about the continuing economic woes of Greece. It's one of the small European Union countries drowning in debt. Today it faces yet another protest. This time, a general strike by workers in the public sector furious about more cuts aimed at them. The pressure to shrink the government payroll is coming from international creditors.

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Education
4:00 am
Wed October 5, 2011

Thieves Scam Aid From Online Education Sites

The Department of Education says that as distance learning has grown so has fraud. An inspector general's report found that scam artists are taking advantage of the popularity of online education to steal federal education money.

Business
4:00 am
Wed October 5, 2011

Bank of New York Mellon Faces 2 Government Suits

Originally published on Wed October 5, 2011 5:28 pm

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

NPR's business news starts with lawsuits against a big New York bank.

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MONTAGNE: The Bank of New York Mellon is facing two more government lawsuits involving its currency trading business. The suits were filed yesterday by the Manhattan U.S. attorney and New York attorney general. The lawsuits accuse the bank of promising clients, including public pension funds, the best exchange rate, then giving them the worst rate and pocketing the difference.

Business
4:00 am
Wed October 5, 2011

Apple's Latest iPhone Underwhelms Investors

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LYNN NEARY, host: Samsung says it will file court injunctions in France and Italy to try and block the sale of Apple's latest iPhone, citing patent infringement. Apple unveiled its latest version of the popular smartphone just yesterday. As NPR's Wendy Kaufman reports, the new device, called the 4S, didn't make the usual splash.

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Business
4:00 am
Wed October 5, 2011

The End May Be Near For TV's 'Simpsons'

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LYNN NEARY, host: Our last word in business today is...

(SOUNDBITE OF THEME SONG FROM TV SHOW, "THE SIMPSONS")

UNIDENTIFIED GROUP: (Singing) The Simpsons.

NEARY: The animated comedy "The Simpsons" is in its 23rd season, and there may not be a 24th. The actors who voice the parts of Homer, Bart and other key characters are fighting with 20th Century Fox over pay. Fox says it may end the hit comedy if an agreement can't be reached. The actors reportedly make about $8 million a season. Fox wants them to take a 45 percent pay cut.

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Monkey See
12:01 am
Wed October 5, 2011

Skipping The Ads On TV? Get Ready For The Shows That Are The Ads

My Pretty Pony is a Hasbro toy, but it's also a Discovery/Hasbro TV show on The Hub.

The Hub

You know regular product placement, right? Top Chef and its plugs for frozen meals and Gladware, cars being name-checked by action stars speeding away in them, and — of course — the carbonation-off currently taking place between American Idol (COKE! COKE! COKE!) and The X Factor (PEPSI! PEPSI! PEPSI!). But as Elizabeth Blair reports on Wednesday's Morning Edition, you haven't seen anything yet.

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Asia
7:31 am
Tue October 4, 2011

Chinese ATMs Dispense Gold Bars

Recently unveiled, the new ATMs shell out bars of gold in different weights and shapes. Gold is a popular investment in China, and there are plans to introduce 2,000 of the machines. Each can hold more than 440 lbs. of gold.

Around the Nation
7:28 am
Tue October 4, 2011

Frustrated Consumer Sues Walmart Over 2 Cents

Mary Bach says the price for her Brown and Serve sausage scanned for two pennies more than what the price tag showed. The Pennsylvania woman, who's a consumer activist, accused Walmart of unfair trade practices and she won. A judge awarded her $100 in damages. Walmart has a month to appeal.

Business
4:00 am
Tue October 4, 2011

The Last Word In Business

David Greene has the Last Word in business.

Science
4:00 am
Tue October 4, 2011

3 Astronomers Win Nobel Physics Prize

Three U.S.-born scientists won the Nobel Prize in physics on Tuesday for their studies of exploding stars that revealed that the expansion of the universe is accelerating. The three will share $1.5 million.

Politics
4:00 am
Tue October 4, 2011

Presidential Election Money Race Is On

The presidential campaigns don't have to file their third-quarter disclosure reports until the end of next week. Numbers, however, are leaking out. NPR's Peter Overby has more.

Economy
4:00 am
Tue October 4, 2011

Soldier Deals With Harsh Reality Of War, Economy

In 2009, David Greene took a road trip across the country to mark President Obama's first 100 days in office, and to try to get a sense of how people were faring in the recession. Today, he talks again with Jeff Taylor. In 2009, Taylor re-enlisted and went back to Iraq because his family couldn't afford for him not to return. But now Taylor and his wife are facing a new level of economic difficulty.

Business
4:00 am
Tue October 4, 2011

Obama Sends Trade Agreements To Congress

President Obama has sent to Congress long-delayed trade agreements with Colombia, Panama and South Korea. The deals are hailed as a boon to job creation, but also feared as a threat to existing jobs.

Economy
4:00 am
Tue October 4, 2011

Wall Street Protesters Gain Momentum

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LYNN NEARY, host: It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Lynn Neary.

DAVID GREENE, host: And I'm David Greene. Good morning. Steve Inskeep is away, and Renee Montagne will be back in the studio tomorrow.

The protest movement known as Occupy Wall Street is now in its third week, and it's still growing. It all began in Manhattan's Zuccotti Park in the Financial District. More than a thousand people gathered in that park yesterday, and NPR's Margot Adler went to have a look.

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Economy
4:00 am
Tue October 4, 2011

Venture Capitalist cautions Against Job Creation Myths

Bill Frezza, a venture capitalist and a fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute says the idea that creating jobs leads to growth and prosperity is a fallacy. He tells Lynn Neary that the jobs myth is at the heart of the nation's unemployment problems.

Author Interviews
12:01 am
Tue October 4, 2011

Immigrants' Status Explored In 'Barbarian Nurseries'

If Hector Tobar turns out to be the Charles Dickens or the Tom Wolfe of the 21st century, he owes a big thank-you to the people of California.

Some of them, anyway.

"Really, 187's passage is what made me want to write this book," he says.

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Author Interviews
12:01 am
Tue October 4, 2011

Stevens Chronicles 'Five Chiefs' Of The Supreme Court

John Paul Stevens, shown in 2003, served on the Supreme Court from 1975 to 2010.

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Supreme Court justices don't usually tell tales out of school, and retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens pretty much adheres to that tradition in his new book, Five Chiefs. But in an interview, the 91-year-old justice showed a little leg, as it were, when asked about recent controversies over Supreme Court ethics.

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Latin America
7:42 am
Mon October 3, 2011

Mexico City Lawmakers Try To Reduce Divorce Rate

Originally published on Tue October 4, 2011 7:19 am

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DAVID GREENE, host: Good morning. I'm David Greene.

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