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9:43 am
Tue September 10, 2013

New International Olympic Committee President Is Thomas Bach Of Germany

Thomas Bach (right) has been chosen to succeed International Olympic Committee President Jacques Rogge (left). The pair are seen here at the IOC sessions in Argentina over the weekend.
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Originally published on Tue September 10, 2013 2:04 pm

The International Olympic Committee has elected a new president, naming Germany's Thomas Bach to replace outgoing chief Jacques Rogge, who served in the post for 12 years. Bach was chosen by secret ballot on the last day of meetings in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

An Olympic fencer whose successes include a gold medal at the 1976 Montreal Games, Bach later became an executive at Adidas. He was widely seen as the favorite in the race to lead the IOC.

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The Two-Way
9:39 am
Tue September 10, 2013

New Survey Gives U.S., U.K. Universities Top Rankings

Harvard Square, a large triangular area located in the heart of Cambridge and adjacent to Harvard University and near MIT University — two of the world's top-ranked institutions of higher learning.
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Originally published on Tue September 10, 2013 3:12 pm

A new ranking of the world's 800 best universities has U.S. institutions dominating the Top 10, with MIT and Harvard ranking first and second, respectively.

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All Tech Considered
9:36 am
Tue September 10, 2013

Gotta Be Honest, We're Not That Geeked About Apple's Reveal

Apple is expected to unveil new iPhones on Tuesday.
Spencer Platt Getty Images

Originally published on Tue September 10, 2013 12:48 pm

Leaks to tech industry sites give us a sense of what to expect from Apple's coming product announcement: Not one, but two new iPhone models. One will be more affordable, to reach international markets. The other, which we believe will be called the iPhone 5S, will come in gold or champagne colors.

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The Two-Way
8:51 am
Tue September 10, 2013

Warding Off Polar Bears? There's An App For That

A tranquilized subadult polar bear is in a net in 2007 in Churchill, Manitoba, known as the "polar bear capital of the world."
Paul J. Richards AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue September 10, 2013 3:01 pm

Just in time for the release of the new iPhone, a man in Canada has found yet another new use for the cellphone — thwarting a polar bear attack.

Garett Kolsun says he used his cellphone to scare off a 400-pound polar bear on the attack, using the light from the handset to startle the animal long enough to allow his escape.

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The Two-Way
8:31 am
Tue September 10, 2013

Alcoa's Out & Nike's In As Dow Industrials Gets A Facelift

The Nike "swoosh" on a store in Orlando, Fla.
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Originally published on Tue September 10, 2013 9:36 am

There aren't many better signs of how much the U.S. economy has changed in recent decades or how some companies are faring than this news:

Alcoa, Hewlett-Packard and Bank of America are being dropped from the Dow Jones Industrial Average in favor of Nike, Visa and Goldman Sachs.

The changes take effect when trading opens on Sept. 23.

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It's All Politics
8:19 am
Tue September 10, 2013

Obama's Toughest Audience: His Die-Hard Supporters

President Obama returns to the White House on Friday after the G-20 summit in Russia.
Evan Vucci AP

Originally published on Tue September 10, 2013 10:37 am

Brent Rosenberg was an early and enthusiastic Barack Obama supporter at a place and time when it mattered most: Iowa 2008, in the run-up to the first-in-the-nation presidential-nominating contest.

"I worked hard during the caucuses," said Rosenberg, a Des Moines lawyer and lifelong Democrat. "I led all my friends and relatives to him."

So it's with evident pain that he now speaks about the president, on the eve of Obama's speech on military action against Syria, with disappointment, if not regret.

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Parallels
8:15 am
Tue September 10, 2013

Rape Widespread Across Asia-Pacific, U.N. Survey Says

Activists march during an anti-rape rally on June 18 in Kolkata, India.
Nicky Loh Getty Images

Originally published on Tue September 10, 2013 8:47 am

A U.N. study released Tuesday of 10,000 men in six countries across the Asia-Pacific region found nearly 1 in 4 acknowledged raping a woman.

The report found:

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The Two-Way
8:06 am
Tue September 10, 2013

Timeline: The New Delhi Gang Rape Case

Originally published on Fri September 13, 2013 6:04 am

The four men convicted in the brutal rape and murder of a young woman last December on a bus in New Delhi were sentenced to death on Friday. Here's a timeline of the story that shocked and outraged India:

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The Salt
7:42 am
Tue September 10, 2013

Why Aren't There More People Of Color In Craft Brewing?

Michael Ferguson, of the BJ's Restaurants group, is one of only a small handful of African-Americans who make beer for a living.
Greg Barna Courtesy 'Beer Geeks'

Originally published on Wed September 11, 2013 7:38 am

Michael Ferguson sometimes jokingly refers to himself among colleagues as "the other black brewer."

That's because Ferguson, of the BJ's Restaurants group, is one of only a small handful of African-Americans who make beer for a living. Latinos and Asian-Americans are scarce within the brewing community, too.

"For the most part, you've got a bunch of white guys with beards making beer," says Yiga Miyashiro, a Japanese-American brewer with Saint Archer Brewery in San Diego.

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The Two-Way
7:40 am
Tue September 10, 2013

World's Largest Ferris Wheel Takes Shape In Las Vegas

The 55-story High Roller, which will be the world's largest Ferris wheel, is scheduled to open in early 2014.
Isaac Brekken AP

Originally published on Tue September 10, 2013 3:41 pm

Las Vegas is adding an eye-catching tourist attraction, in the form of a huge wheel that can take more than 1,000 people on a ride 550 feet into the sky over the city's famed Strip. The main construction of the wheel, called the High Roller, is nearly finished; it is expected to open in early 2014.

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A Blog Supreme
7:03 am
Tue September 10, 2013

The Odd Jobs Of Dave King

Dave King.
Courtesy of the artist

Among musicians, drummers are the explorers, the tinkerers, the polymaths. They don't just play one instrument, but dozens at the very least.

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The Two-Way
6:57 am
Tue September 10, 2013

Got 'Ya Web: Jimmy Kimmel Was Behind 'Worst Twerk Fail EVER'

Talk about hot pants: A screen image from the "Worst Twerk Fail EVER" video.
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Originally published on Tue September 10, 2013 7:47 am

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The Two-Way
6:06 am
Tue September 10, 2013

Breakthrough? Syria Hints It Might Give Up Chemical Weapons

In Washington, D.C., this week, there have been demonstrations both in favor of and against a military strike on targets in Syria. Outside the White House on Monday, supporters of Syrian President Bashar Assad waved a Syrian flag with his face on it.
Jewel Samad AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue September 10, 2013 2:04 pm

(We most recently updated this post at 4:02 p.m. ET.)

Amid reports that Syrian President Bashar Assad may be willing to give up his chemical weapons, as his strongest ally has suggested he do, the Obama administration expressed skepticism Tuesday.

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All Songs Considered
5:43 am
Tue September 10, 2013

Dave Grohl And Krist Novoselic Share Memories, Unreleased Tracks From 'In Utero'

Nirvana in 1993 (from left): Kurt Cobain, Krist Novoselic, Dave Grohl.
Anton Corbijn

Originally published on Tue March 18, 2014 1:53 pm

  • Hear Dave Grohl And Krist Novoselic On 'In Utero'

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Around the Nation
5:39 am
Tue September 10, 2013

Ordinary Americans React To Calls For Strikes On Syria

Soldiers rappel at the Sabalauski Air Assault School at Fort Campbell, Ky.
U.S. Army Jennifer Andersson AP

Originally published on Tue September 10, 2013 7:55 am

Before we hear from President Obama Tuesday night, let's hear now from some concerned citizens. The president will go on television to ask for support to press Syria to stop using chemical weapons.

Polls suggest Americans are largely opposed to military strikes in Syria. For a sampling of opinions we have reports from Pennsylvania, Los Angeles and Kentucky.

We begin at a place whose residents know a lot about overseas conflicts: Fort Campbell, Kentucky. Our report is from Blake Farmer of member station WPLN.

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The Two-Way
5:17 am
Tue September 10, 2013

Book News: NoViolet Bulawayo, Jhumpa Lahiri Shortlisted For Booker Prize

NoViolet Bulawayo is a Zimbabwean author. She is currently a Stegner Fellow at Stanford University.
Smeeta Mahanti Courtesy Reagan Arthur Books

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

  • The shortlist for the Man Booker Prize, Britain's most prestigious literary award, was announced Tuesday morning. Although the prize is limited to writers from the British Commonwealth and the Republic of Ireland, the list skews international, and includes authors from Zimbabwe, New Zealand and Canada. The complete shortlist is:

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Book Reviews
5:03 am
Tue September 10, 2013

'Someone' Quietly Mesmerizes With Intimate, Ordinary Story

Originally published on Fri September 13, 2013 4:04 pm

I'll be honest. I often judge books by their titles — and Someone, isn't promising. It's generic, vague. Flat. And in the hands of a less talented author, this beautifully intimate novel would have been just that.

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The Two-Way
4:43 am
Tue September 10, 2013

4 Men Convicted In Rape And Murder That Shocked India

A police bus believed to be carrying the four men convicted for the December rape and murder.
Money Sharma EPA/LANDOV

Originally published on Tue September 10, 2013 9:11 am

  • On 'Morning Edition': NPR's Julie McCarthy, in New Delhi, speaks with Renee Montagne

Four men convicted Tuesday for the December rape and murder of a young woman on a bus in India are due to learn Wednesday whether they will be sentenced to death by hanging.

From New Delhi, NPR's Julie McCarthy reported on Morning Edition that there's great "political pressure ... to mete out the most extreme punishment." She called the guilty verdicts "a moment that the family [of the victim] and the country has been waiting for."

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Around the Nation
4:31 am
Tue September 10, 2013

Masked Crusaders Save Cat From Burning House

Originally published on Tue September 10, 2013 5:08 am

Transcript

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne. John Buckland and Troy Marcum of Milton, West Virginia were superheroes when they rescued a cat from a burning home. WCHS-TV reports the two men were mentoring children at an American Legion Post wearing Batman and Captain America costumes when they saw smoke at a nearby house. The masked crusaders rushed over and after the cat was resuscitated by Batman, it took one look and hissed. You're listening to MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

Around the Nation
4:24 am
Tue September 10, 2013

Cubs Fan Continues Wait For World Series Win

Originally published on Tue September 10, 2013 5:08 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Good morning, I'm Steve Inskeep.

This next news story has been a tradition since roughly 1908. It's the story of a Chicago Cubs fan waiting to win the World Series. The News-Sun says Doris Davis has been a fan since 1926. In the days before TV, she listened on the radio while moving players around a diamond she made from a checkerboard. And she's still waiting for that championship. As the season nears its end, the Cubs are 22 games out of first.

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

Around the Nation
3:34 am
Tue September 10, 2013

New York's Gun Control Law Gets Even More Controversial

Originally published on Tue September 10, 2013 5:08 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

The shooting last year at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut just before Christmas and leaving little children dead looked for a moment like it would change gun laws. It didn't, expect in a couple of places. New York was one. That state quickly passed one of the toughest gun control laws in the nation, but it was hugely controversial, especially in rural parts of the state.

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History
3:29 am
Tue September 10, 2013

Analyzing How Presidents Wage War

Originally published on Tue September 10, 2013 5:08 am

Virtually every president before President Obama has viewed the 1973 War Powers Act as unconstitutional, says historian Michael Beschloss. In a conversation with Renee Montagne, Beschloss analyzes Obama's decision to seek congressional approval for military action in Syria — and what it says about his presidency.

Middle East
3:26 am
Tue September 10, 2013

Russia Proposes Solution To Syria's Chemical Weapons

Originally published on Tue September 10, 2013 5:08 am

Russia seized on an idea voiced by Secretary of State John Kerry and urged Syria to put its chemical weapons under international control. Russia's state-run news agency said Syria welcomed the proposal.

Politics
3:11 am
Tue September 10, 2013

Tea Party Won't Let Congress Forget Obamacare Issues

Originally published on Tue September 10, 2013 5:08 am

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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. Congress did not expect to spend September debating Syria. Many Republicans, instead, were planning battles over the budget and over the healthcare law that's about to take affect. Tea Party activists are going ahead with meetings on their issues. One event comes in Washington D.C. today. NPR's Don Gonyea has been talking with activists.

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Business
3:11 am
Tue September 10, 2013

Remembering Car Salesman Cal Worthington

Originally published on Wed September 11, 2013 6:43 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

And for today's last word in business, let's take a moment to remember one of the nation's most colorful car salesmen. Cal Worthington built an empire from West Coast car dealerships, and became a TV fixture thanks to his ads, which began running in the 1970s.

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UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN: Here's Cal Worthington and his dog, Spot.

UNIDENTIFIED GROUP: (Singing) If you need a better car, go to Cal. For the better deal by car, go to Cal...

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

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Business
3:11 am
Tue September 10, 2013

Delta Airlines Woos Ultra Frequent Fliers

Originally published on Tue September 10, 2013 5:08 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Delta is trying new ways to cater to the business travelers who make up the heart of the airline business.

Susanna Capelouto reports from Atlanta.

SUSANNA CAPELOUTO, BYLINE: It's a mess at Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. Some flights are delayed, passengers are anxious. But Delta concierge Vangie Potter is in her element.

VANGIE POTTER: We're trying to track down Mr. Greenberg. He's going to LaGuardia. He has about 15 minutes to make it, two concourses over.

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Business
3:11 am
Tue September 10, 2013

Neiman Marcus Sells For $6 Billion

Originally published on Tue September 10, 2013 5:08 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

And we reported yesterday that Neiman Marcus was in the final stages of closing a big deal. Now the deal is done. The upscale retailer has just made its biggest sale ever - itself. The price: $6 billion. The buyers - the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board and a U.S. private equity group.

NPR's Wendy Kaufman reports.

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Business
3:11 am
Tue September 10, 2013

Verizon Creates Shock Waves With Planned Debt Sale

Originally published on Tue September 10, 2013 5:08 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

NPR's business news begins with some excitement in the bond market.

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INSKEEP: You want to buy something, you may have to borrow. Verizon is creating shock waves with a planned sale of debt. This telecommunications giant is expected to try to raise $20 billion or more tomorrow in what would be the largest sale of its kind. Those bonds would help fund the company's buyout of Vodafone, which owns nearly half Verizon's wireless division. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

Middle East
3:11 am
Tue September 10, 2013

2 Democratic Senators Propose Alternate Plan For Syria

Originally published on Tue September 10, 2013 5:08 am

President Obama on Tuesday meets with Democratic senators to press his case for military action against Syria. Two moderate senators are offering an alternative plan. It would delay military action for 45 days, and give Bashar Assad another chance to get rid of his chemical weapons. Steve Inskeep talks to Sen. Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota about the plan.

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