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4:07 am
Mon December 30, 2013

Crushed Strawberry Won't Ruin Harrisburg's New Year

Originally published on Mon December 30, 2013 5:42 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne. Nothing says New Year like the giant sparkling ball lowered in Times Square. Still, other cities have other traditions. In Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, they drop a giant strawberry. And this year, that tradition went splat. In a test drop last Friday, a malfunction sent the big fiberglass strawberry plunging three stories, shattering on the sidewalk. They're now rushing to get a new strawberry ready for the New Year. That's tomorrow. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

Business
4:02 am
Mon December 30, 2013

Japanese Vending Machines Sell Bras

Originally published on Mon December 30, 2013 5:42 am

In Japan, you can buy an incredible range of things from vending machines: bags of rice, fishing tackle or fresh flowers. And now you can add bras to that list — in particular the wireless "Fun Fun Week" bra.

Business
3:53 am
Mon December 30, 2013

French High Court Approves 75 Percent Tax For Top Earners

Originally published on Mon December 30, 2013 5:42 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

NPR's business news starts with a tax hike for la creme de la creme.

Yesterday, French President Francois Hollande's millionaires tax got the official go-ahead from the nation's Constitutional Council. Now all salaries over a million euros will be taxed at a rate of 75 percent.

Part of the tax hike will be shouldered by companies who are paying the higher salaries. Business leaders complain the new tax will only drive more entrepreneurs and wealthy into exile.

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Around the Nation
3:20 am
Mon December 30, 2013

How Do You Get A Cow Out Of Your Swimming Pool?

Originally published on Mon December 30, 2013 5:42 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Good morning, I David Greene.

How do you get a cow out of a swimming pool? Wait, hear me out, this is not the setup for a bad joke. It's real conundrum faced by an Oregon man last week. The solution, it turns out, involves draining the entire pool, also a series of straps and ropes, a ramp, a bucket of oats, and 10 firefighters to haul the cow out. The homeowner says he's not sure how the cow got into the pool; that's just the setup for a whole other joke.

It's MOO-NING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

Africa
3:13 am
Mon December 30, 2013

South Sudanese Look For Refuge From Fighting

Originally published on Mon December 30, 2013 5:42 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. Good morning, I'm Renee Montagne.

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

And I'm David Greene.

We have been following the harrowing news coming out of South Sudan in recent days.

MONTAGNE: It is the world's newest country and it came into being with high hopes after a two-decade-long civil war with Sudan. Now South Sudan has plunged into what's beginning to look its own civil war.

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Europe
3:05 am
Mon December 30, 2013

2 Bombings In Russia Raise Olympic Security Questions

Originally published on Mon December 30, 2013 5:42 am

One of southern Russia's largest cities is reeling from two deadly bombings in the last 24 hours. The violence took place in Volgograd which is hundreds of miles from Sochi, where the Winter Olympics will be held. This has raised questions about whether these acts of terrorism are related to the staging of the Olympics.

Middle East
3:03 am
Mon December 30, 2013

2013 Was A Breakthrough Year For Nuclear Diplomacy

Originally published on Mon December 30, 2013 5:42 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

And as the hours are counted down towards the end of 2013, we're looking back at some of the stories that helped define the year that was. And one of the most significant moments this year - after years of resisting, Iran reached an agreement with the U.S. and other world powers to suspend much of its nuclear activity.

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The Salt
2:52 am
Mon December 30, 2013

Cinnamon Can Help Lower Blood Sugar, But One Variety May Be Best

Studies suggest cinnamon can help control blood sugar, but if you want to incorporate more of this spice in your diet, consider using the Ceylon variety.
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Originally published on Mon December 30, 2013 10:47 am

If I say cinnamon, you say ... sugar? It's a popular combination, of course.

But if you're interested in the health-promoting effects of cinnamon, you may want to think anew about the spice.

For instance, says John Critchley, executive chef at Bourbon Steak Restaurant in Washington, D.C., why not add it to savory dishes? He uses cinnamon to create a spice and herb rub for lamb loin. He also whips up a great spinach salad with raisins, pine nuts and cinnamon.

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Politics
2:52 am
Mon December 30, 2013

If The NAFTA Vote Were Held Today, How Would It Fare?

Originally published on Mon December 30, 2013 5:42 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. Good morning. I'm David Greene.

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

And I'm Renee Montagne. It's been 20 years since President Bill Clinton signed into law a trade pact that wiped out many of the commercial barriers between the U.S., Canada and Mexico. The North American Free Trade Agreement was controversial. Although Congress in the end approved NAFTA, it divided lawmakers, and on both sides of the aisle.

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NPR Story
2:52 am
Mon December 30, 2013

TV Prank Reveals News Media Shortcoming

Originally published on Mon December 30, 2013 5:42 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

OK, let's look back just a single year now with NPR's TV critic Eric Deggans. He's been giving us his most memorable television moments from 2013. And this morning, Eric has something of a twofer because he says the best TV prank of the year became one of the worst moments for television journalists.

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NPR Story
2:52 am
Mon December 30, 2013

Egyptian Authorities Detain Foreign Journalists

Originally published on Mon December 30, 2013 5:42 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

The crackdown against the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt is netting foreign journalists. A team from Al Jazeera English was detained by police yesterday. Egypt's military-led government has accused them of spreading false news and also of talking to members of the banned Muslim Brotherhood. Just a reminder, the Brotherhood is the movement led by Mohamed Morsi, who was deposed as president last summer. For more, we reached Shadi Hamid, an analyst with the Brookings Institution center in Doha. Welcome back to the show.

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NPR Story
2:52 am
Mon December 30, 2013

JPMorgan Chase Faces Regulatory issues

Originally published on Mon December 30, 2013 5:42 am

Morning Edition has been looking back at the year through numbers — and the number for today is $15 billion. That's the approximate amount JP Morgan Chase has agreed to pay out in various fines and settlements this year. The company is widely seen as a well-managed bank but it faces big regulatory problems and its legal bills are mounting.

All Tech Considered
1:23 am
Mon December 30, 2013

Hot On YouTube: Videos About Video Games, And Science, Too

A screengrab of a YouTube video of the game Walking Dead from the Swedish gamer known as PewDiePie. Videos of people offering commentary while playing video games are wildly popular on YouTube.
YouTube/PewDiePie

Originally published on Mon December 30, 2013 8:34 am

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All Tech Considered
1:22 am
Mon December 30, 2013

Can Robots Manage Your Money Better Than You? Startups Say Yes

Several Silicon Valley entrepreneurs are developing services that manage consumers' investment portfolios with algorithms rather than people.
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Originally published on Mon December 30, 2013 9:14 am

Millions of people are turning their thoughts to self-improvement and New Year's resolutions this week. And one of the most common resolutions, after promises to lose weight or get in better shape, is to be better about money.

A handful of entrepreneurs in the Bay Area have taken note — and they believe the time has come for you to try a different way of managing your money.

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Shots - Health News
1:22 am
Mon December 30, 2013

$1,000 Pill For Hepatitis C Spurs Debate Over Drug Prices

Originally published on Thu February 6, 2014 1:43 pm

Federal regulators this month opened a new era in the treatment of a deadly liver virus that infects three to five times more people than HIV. Now the question is: Who will get access to the new drug for hepatitis C, and when?

The drug Sovaldi will cost $1,000 per pill. A typical course of treatment will last 12 weeks and run $84,000, plus the cost of necessary companion drugs. Some patients may need treatment for twice as long.

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Code Switch
1:21 am
Mon December 30, 2013

Films With Black Actors, Directors Go To 11 In 2013

Monica Calhoun (left), Melissa De Sousa and Nia Long star in The Best Man Holiday, one of this year's eleven top-grossing films starring black actors and by black directors.
Michael Gibson Universal Pictures

Originally published on Mon December 30, 2013 9:33 am

As we near the end of 2013, NPR is taking a look at the numbers that tell the story of this year — numbers that, if you really understand them, give insight into the world we're living in, right now. You'll hear the stories behind numbers ranging from zero to 1 trillion.

When it comes to race and film, the number of the year is 11.

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The Record
10:03 pm
Sun December 29, 2013

20 Years Ago, De La Soul Refused To Go Pop

David Jude Jolicoeur aka Trugoy (from left), Vincent Mason aka P.A. Mase and Kelvin Mercer aka Posdnuos pose for a portrait outside the Apollo Theater in Harlem in September 1993.
David Corio Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon December 30, 2013 10:55 am

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Bonus Round: Ask Me Another
4:17 pm
Sun December 29, 2013

Day 5: Is That Jonathan Coulton?!

Can you spot Jonathan Coulton? Sorry, "Jonathan Coultron."
John Horn

Originally published on Mon December 30, 2013 7:17 am

This is the fifth day of Ask Me Another's 12 Days of Xmas series.

Please enjoy this yearbook photo of the 1993 Whiffenpoofs—the premier collegiate a cappella group of Ask Me Another house musician Jonathan Coulton. Sorry, Coultron. Can you spot him?

NPR Story
3:42 pm
Sun December 29, 2013

Fracking Pioneer Helped Boost U.S. Energy Independence

George Mitchell, the "father of hydraulic fracturing," passed away earlier this year. NPR's Arun Rath speaks with Wall Street Journal reporter Russell Gold about Mitchell's invention and his somewhat progressive environmental views.

Author Interviews
3:42 pm
Sun December 29, 2013

Booking A Flight For The 'Golden Age Of Hijacking'

Originally published on Sun December 29, 2013 4:43 pm

Imagine air travel in the 1960s when flying the skies meant luxury. You could light up a cigarette on board and enjoy a five-star meal.

Going to the airport wasn't a hassle. There were no security screenings, and boarding a plane was just as easy as getting on a bus.

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Politics
3:42 pm
Sun December 29, 2013

A Look Back At A Rather Rotten Year In U.S. Politics

2013 was a terrible year for politics and politicians of all stripes. Matt Miller of The Washington Post and the public radio program Left, Right, & Center joins NPR's Arun Rath for a wrap-up.

World
3:42 pm
Sun December 29, 2013

The News That Rocked The World In 2013

Tumultuous news from across the world kept our heads spinning much of the past 12 months. Jeffrey Goldberg of The Atlantic and Bloomberg View talks with NPR's Arun Rath about the biggest stories around the globe this year, from Iran to China.

Energy
3:42 pm
Sun December 29, 2013

The U.S. Energy Boom: Highlights Of The Year And What's Ahead

The big energy story of 2013 was a boom in domestic oil production, especially in North Dakota. NPR's Arun Rath talks with national correspondent Jeff Brady, who saw the boom firsthand during a recent reporting trip to the state.

Remembrances
3:42 pm
Sun December 29, 2013

'League Of Their Own' Inspiration Didn't Mind A Dirty Skirt

Lavonne "Pepper" Paire Davis (front row, second from the right) played for the Fort Wayne Daisies in 1945.
Courtesy of Kelly Candaele

Originally published on Mon December 30, 2013 5:50 am

Before turning the page on 2013, All Things Considered wanted to tell you stories you haven't heard — unknown stories about people you've heard of, and unknown people who have affected your lives in ways you can't imagine.

The passing of one sports legend went largely unnoticed this year. She's a figure you might know from the movie A League of Their Own, starring Geena Davis and Tom Hanks.

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Remembrances
3:42 pm
Sun December 29, 2013

Remembering Eydie Gorme, A Vegas Singer Without The Drama

Steve Lawrence (left), Edyie Gorme (center) and Jerry Lewis sing during the MDA Telethon at the Sahara Hotel in 1993.
AP

Originally published on Tue December 31, 2013 10:52 am

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Remembrances
3:42 pm
Sun December 29, 2013

The FBI Investigator Who Coined The Term 'Serial Killer'

FBI investigator Robert Ressler pioneered the practice of criminal profiling and is credited with coining the term "serial killer." He died on May 5.
Paul Harris Getty Images

Originally published on Sun December 29, 2013 4:41 pm

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Remembrances
3:42 pm
Sun December 29, 2013

Lost In 2013: Three Nobel Scientists Who Saw Something In Us

Pallbearers carry the flag-draped coffin of Francois Jacob, Nobel Prize-winner and World War II veteran, in Paris on April 24.
Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Sun December 29, 2013 4:41 pm

Before turning the page on 2013, All Things Considered wanted to tell you stories you haven't heard — unknown stories about people you've heard of, and unknown people who have affected your lives in ways you can't imagine.

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The Two-Way
2:39 pm
Sun December 29, 2013

Air Evacuation Is Being Considered For Antarctic Passengers

Russian ship MV Akademik Shokalskiy is trapped in thick Antarctic ice, 1,500 nautical miles south of Hobart, Australia.
Andrew Peacock AP

Originally published on Sun December 29, 2013 2:50 pm

The crew and expedition leaders aboard the MV Akademik Shokalskiy are considering an air evacuation of the passengers on board the ship, which is stuck in Antarctic ice.

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Music News
1:26 pm
Sun December 29, 2013

From Rodeo To Radio: Ryan Bingham's Wild Ride

Ryan Bingham performs at Autism Speaks' third Annual Blue Jean Ball on Oct. 24 in Los Angeles.
Angela Weiss Getty Images

Originally published on Sun December 29, 2013 4:43 pm

Ryan Bingham pulls out a rope, lights up a cigarette and lassos a metal bull in his backyard. His house is nestled in a canyon that overlooks the Santa Monica Mountain Range. Out here you'd never know you were just up the road from Los Angeles. Bingham says he feels right at home.

"Takes you back to the source of it every now and then," he says.

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The Two-Way
1:24 pm
Sun December 29, 2013

French High Court OKs 75 Percent Tax For Top Earners

French President François Hollande.
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Originally published on Sun December 29, 2013 1:28 pm

Employers paying French citizens more than 1 million euros a year ($1.37 million) will have to pay a 75 percent tax for the next two years, France's top constitutional court ruled on Sunday.

As Bloomberg reports, the millionaire tax was a campaign promise from French President François Hollande. Bloomberg adds:

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