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Sports
3:00 am
Mon October 17, 2011

Indy Champ Wheldon Dies In Las Vegas Speedway Crash

Originally published on Mon October 17, 2011 4:25 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

The world of IndyCar racing has lost one of its stars. Two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Dan Wheldon was killed yesterday during an IndyCar race in Las Vegas. Wheldon was trailing a pack of cars when he was unable to avoid a massive pile-up.

(SOUNDBITE OF BROADCAST)

UNIDENTIFIED MAN: Oh, here we go. (Unintelligible) a huge crash. Up at turn number two. Oh, multiple cars involved.

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Health
3:00 am
Mon October 17, 2011

Americans Urged To Reconsider Use Of Dietary Supplements

There's been an explosion in the number of Americans who take vitamins and other dietary supplements. But do they do any good? And might they actually be doing harm? Two new studies raise serious questions.

Business
3:00 am
Mon October 17, 2011

Business News

Ed Chan was president and chief executive of Walmart China for the last five years, overseeing the retailer's rapid expansion in the China market. Walmart says Chan's resignation, and the departure of another executive in China, are for personal reasons, and are not related to a food labeling scandal the company is facing right now.

Around the Nation
3:00 am
Mon October 17, 2011

Pebble Mine Development Polarizes Alaska

In southwest Alaska, officials are counting votes on a controversial initiative to stop an open-pit copper and gold mine. If passed, the initiative could stop the developers from getting permits they need to start digging at Pebble Mine. The mine's location, near the spawning grounds for the largest sockeye salmon runs in the world, worries conservation groups, commercial fishermen and sport fishers. Daysha Eaton of member station KDLG reports.

Race
3:00 am
Mon October 17, 2011

Obama Helps Dedicate Memorial To Martin Luther King Jr.

President Obama spoke at the long-delayed dedication of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial on Sunday. Almost 50 years after the March on Washington, Obama said, barricades and bigotry have come down. But the nation still faces severe economic challenges and too many neighborhoods with too little hope.

Middle East
3:00 am
Mon October 17, 2011

Egyptians Fear Arab Spring Progress Is Slipping Away

Steve Inskeep talks to best-selling Egyptian novelist and political activist Alaa Al Aswany about whether the Arab Spring gains are being eroded by Islamists and the military.

Business
3:00 am
Mon October 17, 2011

The Last Word In Business

Reaching out to younger audiences, and perhaps just for some fun, the London Philharmonic is releasing the album "The Greatest Video Game Music." It's orchestral versions of well-known video game melodies. The album includes the theme song for Supermario.

Economy
3:00 am
Mon October 17, 2011

Occupy Wall Street Protests Spread To Europe

Originally published on Mon October 17, 2011 5:27 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Cleanup is under way in cities around the world after a weekend of protests. Tens of thousands of people turned out. They protested greedy bankers, inept politicians, government austerity, the growing gap between rich and poor, and above all, the system that runs the global economy.

There was some violence in Rome, dozens of arrests. Other places were more peaceful. And in London on this Monday, the protests are still going on. So let's talk about that and more with NPR's Philip Reeves, who's on the line. Hi, Philip.

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Author Interviews
11:01 pm
Sun October 16, 2011

Whitehead's 'Zone' Is No Average Zombie Apocalypse

Colson Whitehead is also the author of The Intuitionist, John Henry Days, Apex Hides the Hurt and Sag Harbor.

Erin Patrice O'Brien Doubleday

Originally published on Mon October 17, 2011 4:20 am

If you ask Colson Whitehead to describe the man at the center of his new novel, Zone One, he'll tell you: "It's about a guy just trying to make it to the next day without being killed — so it's about New Yorkers."

But character Mark Spitz isn't just any New Yorker. He's one of the only human survivors of a mysterious plague that has swept the world, turning billions of people into zombies. New York is devastated and Spitz is charged with clearing the undead from lower Manhattan.

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Europe
6:34 am
Fri October 14, 2011

Touring In Scotland, Bob Dylan Buys Bagpipes

Scotland's National Piping Center reports that Bob Dylan doesn't know how to play the bagpipes. But a spokesperson says "he's always wanted to learn."

Around the Nation
6:25 am
Fri October 14, 2011

Police Chase Down Toll Cheating Trucker

Port Authority police say Nelson Vaquiz tried an ingenious way to avoid the toll for trucks crossing the George Washington Bridge into New York. They say as Vaquiz drove through a gateless toll lane, he pulled on a cable that flipped up his license plate so cameras couldn't read it.

Movies
5:55 am
Fri October 14, 2011

The Dancing Is Hotter In 'Footloose' 2011

As long as daughters pout when fathers proclaim, "I don't want you to see that boy," Footloose will endure. As long as kids want to dance and Hollywood wants to profit from that passion, it will do more than endure. It will be remade.

Fine Art
5:50 am
Fri October 14, 2011

'A Fisherman's Daughter' Returned To Rightful Owner

During World War One, German troops stole a painting from a French museum. Nearly a century later, "A Fisherman's Daughter" by French artist Jules Breton has been returned to the government of France.

Photography
5:45 am
Fri October 14, 2011

Debts Resolved, Annie Leibovitz Opens New Exhibit

Annie Leibovitz has shot some of the world's most famous portraits — from John Lennon to President Obama. And yet she risked losing ownership of her works to pay off a loan. That was 2009. Leibovitz says she's learned her lesson and is on better financial footing. She's opened a new exhibit in Russia.

Business
3:00 am
Fri October 14, 2011

Ala. Needs Workers, Law Chases Away Immigrants

Alabama business owners are furious about the state's new immigration law. They say it is costing them business. Some wonder if the state will ultimately change the law, which is leading legal and illegal immigrants to flee the state.

NPR Story
3:00 am
Fri October 14, 2011

Business News

Steve Inskeep has business news.

NPR Story
3:00 am
Fri October 14, 2011

Romney Pledges To Take On Unfair Business Practices

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney took on U.S. trade policy during a speech yesterday at the Microsoft campus in Redmond, Washington. From member station KUOW in Seattle, Amy Radil reports.

NPR Story
3:00 am
Fri October 14, 2011

The Last Word In Business

Steve Inskeep has the Last Word in business.

Economy
3:00 am
Fri October 14, 2011

College Students Join Occupy Wall Street Demonstrations

Students at more than 100 colleges across the country rallied Thursday to show solidarity with the Occupy Wall Street protesters. Demonstrators, both on and off campus, are voicing increasing frustration with the high cost of college, mounting student debt loads and the lousy job market for recent graduates.

Around the Nation
3:00 am
Fri October 14, 2011

Detroiters Urged To Stop Criticizing Detroit

All cities have PR campaigns to attract tourists and business travelers. In Detroit, the city is doing a publicity blitz to make residents feel good about their hometown, and to urge them to volunteer to make Detroit a better place to live.

Europe
3:00 am
Fri October 14, 2011

Despite Doubts, There's Strong Support For Eurzone

The 27 nations in the European Union are feeling pressured to help solve the debt crisis. Seventeen of those nations share the euro. Joao Vale de Almeida, the European Union's ambassador to the U.S., tells Steve Inskeep the crisis has made them realize they are not fully equipped to handle difficult times, but they are moving forward.

U.S.
1:04 pm
Thu October 13, 2011

Hedge Fund Manager Rajaratnam Sentenced To 11 Years

Raj Rajaratnam was once one of the wealthiest hedge fund managers in the world. Now, the former billionaire and Galleon Group co-founder faces 11 years in prison for his role in an insider trading case. A judge in Manhattan handed out the sentence Thursday morning.

Europe
6:24 am
Thu October 13, 2011

Runner Confesses To Bus Ride During Race

Rob Sloan finished third in a marathon outside New Castle, England. Spectators saw him running through bushes and jumping on a public bus.

Around the Nation
6:14 am
Thu October 13, 2011

Fla. Gov. Rick Scott Slams Anthropology Degrees

Originally published on Thu October 13, 2011 1:04 pm

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep.

World
5:28 am
Thu October 13, 2011

Wall Street Protests Make News Around The World

Originally published on Thu October 13, 2011 1:04 pm

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Here's some other news we are following. The Occupy Wall Street protests have made news around the world including the state-run media in Syria. Syria, facing its own protests, is highlighting American dissatisfaction and now the U.S. Embassy in Syria has responded on its Facebook page.

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Business
3:00 am
Thu October 13, 2011

Business News

Steve Inskeep has business news.

Business
3:00 am
Thu October 13, 2011

The Last Word In Business

Originally published on Thu October 13, 2011 1:04 pm

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

These improvements in smartphones bring us to our last word in business: enhance it. It's a scene from countless movies and TV shows, computer experts race to analyze a blurry photograph to find a clue to catch the bad guy.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

UNIDENTIFIED MAN: Enhance it.

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Middle East
3:00 am
Thu October 13, 2011

Foiled Iranian Death Plot Reads Like A Spy Novel

U.S. authorities have charged two Iranians in a plot to kill a Saudi envoy. Steve Inskeep talks to David Ignatius, a best-selling novelist and foreign policy columnist for "The Washington Post," and to Karim Sadjadpour, an expert on Iran and the Middle East with the Carnegie Endowment, about the plot which sounds like it came out of a spy novel.

Africa
3:00 am
Thu October 13, 2011

Libyan Civilians Trapped In The Battle For Sirte

Originally published on Thu October 13, 2011 1:04 pm

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

And I'm Steve Inskeep. Good morning.

Rebel fighters now control most of Moammar Gadhafi's hometown. They blasted their way into Sirte during one of the bloodiest battles of Libyan civil war with civilians caught in the middle and accusations of brutality on both sides. NPR's Lourdes Garcia-Navarro was in Sirte yesterday. And we advise you that some people will find the details of her four-minute report disturbing.

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Africa
3:00 am
Thu October 13, 2011

Libyan Guns Pour Into Egypt, Sinai Residents Arm Themselves

Ali Madaan, 45, is one of the Bedouin guards protecting the al-Midan station in Egypt's northern Sinai. The natural gas pipeline there has come under repeated attacks.

Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson NPR

Originally published on Thu October 13, 2011 1:04 pm

The Sinai Peninsula has proven a major security headache for Egypt's military rulers since a popular uprising ousted President Hosni Mubarak eight months ago.

Gunmen who crossed over the border into Israel from southern Sinai killed eight civilians in August. In northern Sinai, unknown assailants have repeatedly attacked a natural gas pipeline feeding Israel and Jordan.

But what ultimately may prove more problematic for Egyptian authorities is the growing number of northern Sinai residents who are arming themselves with heavy weapons coming in from Libya.

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