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NPR Story
3:07 am
Tue June 24, 2014

How Much Does Iran Dominate Iraq's Government?

Originally published on Tue June 24, 2014 8:10 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Next, let's try to make sense of the warring sides in Iraq. Sunni Muslim extremists have captured much of that country. Secretary of State, John Kerry, was in Baghdad yesterday seeking ways to help the Shiite-dominated Iraqi government.

On this program yesterday, Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, suggested neither side is much worth helping.

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NPR Story
3:07 am
Tue June 24, 2014

No Joy For Stephen King Fans Who Confuse Book Titles

Originally published on Tue June 24, 2014 8:10 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

And our last word in Business today is a thriller.

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Or is it a coming-of-age novel?

INSKEEP: Well actually, it's a case of mistaken identity. "Joyland" is the title of bestseller Stephen King's new book.

MONTAGNE: "Joyland" is also the title of the debut coming-of-age novel by Emily Schultz published back in 2006.

INSKEEP: Aw. Some readers thought they were ordering the newest Stephen King book from Amazon and instead they got confused.

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NPR Story
3:07 am
Tue June 24, 2014

Electric Utilities Keep On Current Consolidation Path

Originally published on Tue June 24, 2014 8:10 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

NPR's Business News starts with a powerful merger. Consolidation among the companies that feed our electrical grid is continuing with a proposed deal between two power utilities in the Midwest. Chuck Quirmbach of Wisconsin Public Radio reports.

CHUCK QUIRMBACH, BYLINE: Milwaukee-based We Energies says its proposal to buy Chicago-based Integrys for $9 billion is a good fit. We Energies' vice president Rick White says the number of publicly traded electric utilities has been shrinking.

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Middle East
5:57 am
Mon June 23, 2014

Netanyahu Blames Hamas For Kidnapping Of Teens

Originally published on Mon June 23, 2014 9:11 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu joins us next. Israel's military has been rounding up politicians or operatives linked with Hamas. That military operation on the West Bank came after the kidnapping of three Israeli teenagers. Prime Minister Netanyahu, welcome back to the program.

PRIME MINISTER BENJAMIN NETANYAHU: Thank you. Good to be with you, Steve.

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Animals
5:16 am
Mon June 23, 2014

Summer Has Arrived And So Have The Great Whites

Originally published on Mon June 23, 2014 9:11 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Good morning, I'm Renee Montagne. Summer has arrived and so have the great whites. A new report finds a big jump in the numbers of great white sharks off the East Coast - up to 5,000 of them. Scientists say the surge in sharks on both coasts is because they've been protected since the late '90s. But swimmers need not fear. Only 13 people have been killed by sharks in U.S. waters in the last 100 years. Still, seals - a favorite shark snack - should be afraid, very afraid. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

Space
4:34 am
Mon June 23, 2014

Scientists Observe Springtime Changes On One Of Saturn's Moons

The Cassini spacecraft has been taking radar images of Titan for years now. This modified image of the Ligeia Mare, a sea on Titan's north pole, is a composite of some of those.
NASA/JPL-Caltech/ASI/Cornell

Originally published on Mon June 23, 2014 12:15 pm

With its large sand dunes, rivers, big lakes and seas, Saturn's biggest moon is one of the most Earth-like planetary bodies in the solar system. But Titan is no place to call home.

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Politics
4:23 am
Mon June 23, 2014

Administration Focuses On Challenges Working Families Face

Originally published on Mon June 23, 2014 9:11 am

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Iraq
4:12 am
Mon June 23, 2014

Kerry In Iraq To Pressure Al-Maliki To Reach Across Sectarian Lines

Originally published on Mon June 23, 2014 9:11 am

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

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Europe
3:43 am
Mon June 23, 2014

Concert Hall Encourages Less Stuffy Classical Music

Originally published on Mon June 23, 2014 9:11 am

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Latin America
3:34 am
Mon June 23, 2014

Change Is Coming But What Does That Mean For Communist Cuba?

Originally published on Tue June 24, 2014 11:14 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Let's go now to David Greene who's in Miami, just back from a week reporting in Cuba. It's a hard place to get in, and he's been looking into the changes and reforms that are being put into play in what has been a largely closed Communist state for decades now. David, welcome back, and tell us what we'll be learning from your reporting in the coming days.

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Middle East
3:22 am
Mon June 23, 2014

Egyptian Court Sentences Al Jazeera Reporters To Prison

Originally published on Mon June 23, 2014 9:11 am

Two journalists in Cairo got seven years in prison and third received 10 years. Egypt's government accused them of helping the banned Muslim Brotherhood.

NPR Story
3:22 am
Mon June 23, 2014

Portugal Snatches Victory From U.S., Match Ends 2-2

Originally published on Mon June 23, 2014 9:11 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

You know, I was driving with the windows down on Sunday afternoon and suddenly heard roaring crowds cheering and chanting U.S.A.. It was a lovely summer day here in Washington, D.C., and the car rolled between two outdoor restaurants where people watching the World Cup on TV saw the U.S. score a goal to go ahead. In the end, the U.S. only tied Portugal 2 to 2. They were playing in the city of Manaus, in the thick heat and humidity of the Brazilian Amazon. NPR's Tom Goldman was there.

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NPR Story
3:22 am
Mon June 23, 2014

How Did The Meter Get Its Length?

One of 30 copies of the first protoype meter made by the International Bureau of Weights and Measures (BIPM) in Sevres, France. 1875-1889
NIST Museum Collection

Originally published on Mon June 30, 2014 8:45 am

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All Tech Considered
5:29 am
Fri June 20, 2014

Is A Threat On Facebook Real? Supreme Court Will Weigh In

The Supreme Court will look at a case in its upcoming session dealing with what constitutes a "true threat" on Facebook.
iStockphoto

Originally published on Sat June 21, 2014 8:48 am

This week, the Supreme Court agreed to hear the case of a man on Facebook who threatened to kill his wife.

In 2010, Pennsylvania resident Anthony Elonis got dumped, lost his job and expressed his frustrations via the Internet.

"He took to Facebook as a form of, what he says, a form of therapy," says criminologist Rob D'Ovidio of Drexel University, who is following the case.

Is It A 'True Threat'?

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Research News
5:00 am
Fri June 20, 2014

6 Decades Of Research Examines Prisoners Of War

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 5:29 am

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Business
4:41 am
Fri June 20, 2014

Yo App Raises $1 Million

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 5:29 am

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LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Linda Wertheimer. Yo, Renee.

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Yo, Linda.

WERTHEIMER: There's a new phone app. It's called Yo. It allows you to chat to a friend but the only word you can use is yo. That's literally all Yo does. But it's raised a million dollars from investors. They buy the hype from the App Store description which says, Yo is everything and anything. It all depends on you, the recipient and the time of the yo. OK, it's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

Around the Nation
4:38 am
Fri June 20, 2014

CIA Toyed With Osama Bin Laden Action Figure

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 5:29 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne. Of all the ways the CIA has tried to fight terrorism, this is one of the strangest. The Washington Post reports that in 2005 a project with the codename, devil eyes, produced action dolls of Osama Bin Laden - looked just like him until the face paint flecked off, revealing a demon face. It was apparently intended to scare children away from following the al-Qaida leader. The project didn't happen, but one doll lives on at the CIA. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

Politics
4:22 am
Fri June 20, 2014

GOP: McCarthy Voted Majority Leader; Scalise Chosen As Whip

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 5:29 am

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LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

House Republicans have elected a new majority leader. As expected, Kevin McCarthy of California, currently the third-ranked Republican in the House, easily prevailed. And Steve Scalise of Louisiana won the fight to replace McCarthy as majority whip. The leadership shuffle followed last week's unexpected primary defeat of the previous majority leader, Eric Cantor. NPR's Ailsa Chang takes a look at the frenzied, 10-day contest to fill the newly vacated positions.

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Iraq
4:20 am
Fri June 20, 2014

Political Solution Needed In Iraq, Obama Says

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 5:29 am

President Obama is sending up to 300 military advisers to Iraq to gather intelligence on the insurgency. He was adamant there will be no American combat operations on the ground in Iraq.

Business
3:24 am
Fri June 20, 2014

Universal Bets Wizarding World Will Bring In Big Money Magic

The fire-breathing dragon that helped Harry and his friends escape from the banker goblins sits on top of Gringotts Wizarding Bank in Diagon Alley, Universal Orlando's newest attraction.
Ken Kinzie Universal Orlando

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 6:18 pm

Universal Orlando Resort's new Diagon Alley attraction is true to the books — a place where people who love magic can buy anything from wands to butterbeer.

At the end of the street is Gringotts Wizarding Bank, and on top, the fire-breathing dragon that helped Harry and his friends escape from the banker goblins.

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NPR Story
3:08 am
Fri June 20, 2014

High Court Ruling Supports Employees In Retaliation Cases

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 5:29 am

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The U.S. Supreme Court has handed public employees a victory, ruling that they cannot be fired for testifying truthfully on matters of public concern. The unanimous decision broadens protections for government employees. NPR's Nina Totenberg reports.

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NPR Story
3:08 am
Fri June 20, 2014

New York City To Pay Millions To End Central Park Jogger Case

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 5:29 am

Officials in New York City reportedly have agreed to pay $40 million to five men who were convicted in the 1989 Central Park jogger case, but who were later exonerated.

NPR Story
3:08 am
Fri June 20, 2014

Ecuadoran Province Churns Out Top-Notch Soccer Players

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 5:29 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Soccer's World Cup always produces some great underdog stories. One of them, this year, comes from Ecuador. That tiny South American nation is making a rare World Cup appearance. And nearly half of its players come from the same poor and sparsely populated coastal province called Esmeraldas. John Otis has the story.

OMAR ESTUPINAN: (Reading) Segundo Castillo, Walter Ayovi...

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Europe
5:30 am
Thu June 19, 2014

Hikers Trapped In Dense Rhododendron Forest

Originally published on Thu June 19, 2014 5:50 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne with news of a rhododendron rescue. Who knew a shrub known for its brilliantly colored blooms could be life-threatening? But a couple hiking in Ireland's Knockmealdown Mountains was trapped when they got lost on a hillside so thick with wild rhododendrons, one rescuer told the BBC it was as impenetrable as a jungle - so dense that people could not hear each other, which is why it took five hours to rescue them. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

Around the Nation
5:30 am
Thu June 19, 2014

96 Years Later, Va. Woman Gets Honorary Diploma

Originally published on Thu June 19, 2014 5:50 am

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LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Linda Wertheimer. In 1918, schools were shut down in Norfolk, Virginia, because of the deadly Spanish-flu pandemic. When they reopened, then 15-year-old Lela Burden was holding down two jobs. She didn't come back. This week, 96 years later, Burden received an honorary high school diploma - a fitting tribute for a woman who noted on her 110th birthday, you learn something everyday, every time you wake up. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

World
4:56 am
Thu June 19, 2014

United Nations Launches Review Of Peacekeeping Efforts

Originally published on Thu June 19, 2014 5:50 am

U.N. peacekeepers are in some of the world's most violent places. Linda Wertheimer talks to Herve Ladsous, U.N. under-secretary-general for Peacekeeping Operations about the changing mission.

NPR Story
3:14 am
Thu June 19, 2014

Speechwriters Deliberately Use Rhythm To Help Make Their Point

Originally published on Thu June 19, 2014 5:50 am

President Obama's biggest speeches have a musicality to them. That's not an accident. His speechwriters obsess over rhythm and cadence.

NPR Story
3:14 am
Thu June 19, 2014

With Loyal Customers In Mind, Amazon Unveils Fire Phone

Originally published on Thu June 19, 2014 5:50 am

At a gala party on Wednesday, Amazon launched its first smartphone. It is distinguished from other phones by the ease with which you can use it to buy things from Amazon.

NPR Story
3:14 am
Thu June 19, 2014

U.S. Program Hopes To Inspire Young Africans To Be Tomorrow's Leaders

Originally published on Thu June 19, 2014 5:50 am

President Obama is organizing the first of its kind African summit in Washington. In the run-up to that high-level gathering, young African leaders are in the U.S. for a leadership training program.

NPR Story
3:14 am
Thu June 19, 2014

When It Comes To Dating, Some People Have A Type

Originally published on Thu June 19, 2014 5:50 am

Match.com is partnering with another service to offer facial-recognition technology. It will compare photos of clients' exes with database photos in the hopes of finding faces with similar features.

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