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Around the Nation
6:37 am
Tue September 13, 2011

Would-Be Authors Marry At Maine Public Library

Alicia Proulx married Jared Fiori in Maine over the weekend. According to the Sun Journal of Lewiston, Maine, she wants to be a novelist. He wants to become a comic book artist. They decided to get married in the Auburn Public Library, a century-old building that, from the outside, does look a little like a church.

Books
6:30 am
Tue September 13, 2011

Ikea Changes Design Of Popular Bookcase

According to The Economist magazine, Ikea is changing the design of its popular Billy Bookcases to make the shelves deeper. The magazine asserts that's because Ikea thinks its customers will use the shelves for ornaments and tchotchkees – not books. But an Ikea spokesman insists "Billy is best for books."

Afghanistan
5:30 am
Tue September 13, 2011

Rockets Fired At U.S. Embassy In Kabul

Originally published on Tue September 13, 2011 7:47 am

Transcript

STEVE INSKEEP, Host:

President Obama left behind the debate in Washington yesterday to campaign for his jobs bill, which includes money to upgrade infrastructure. He visited the Brent Spence Bridge in Cincinnati, which is considered obsolete. NPR's Ari Shapiro reports.

ARI SHAPIRO: Gerardo Claudio lives in Augusta, Georgia, and works all over the country. He spends about three weeks out of every month on the road, which gives him a good look at the nation's infrastructure.

GERARDO CLAUDIO: The roads are in real, real awful condition, should I say.

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NPR Story
3:00 am
Tue September 13, 2011

Investors Want Europe To Take Bold Steps Against Crisis

Markets in Europe began the week lower on concerns Greece could be edging closer to default. Greece received an international rescue package earlier but an agreement to double the bailout's size hasn't been enacted.

NPR Story
3:00 am
Tue September 13, 2011

British Banks Face Most Radical Overhaul In Decades

Britain is set to radically overhaul its financial laws. Officials say it's an attempt to prevent taxpayers from ever having to spend tens of billions of dollars to save banks from collapse.

NPR Story
3:00 am
Tue September 13, 2011

The Last Word In Business

David Greene has the Last Word in business.

Election 2012
3:00 am
Tue September 13, 2011

Tea Party Audience Learns More About Perry

NPR's Greg Allen talks with voters for reaction to last night's Republican presidential debate.

Business
3:00 am
Tue September 13, 2011

Business News

Steve Inskeep has business news.

Middle East
3:00 am
Tue September 13, 2011

Egypt to Stop Trying Civilians In Military Court

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STEVE INSKEEP, host: Meaningful qualification there, saying that most of those shots in other parts of Kabul seem to be wild shots that miss the embassy. We're also following the upheavals in Egypt, where last winter's revolution was only the beginning of change. The military - after Hosni Mubarak's fall - replaced civilian courts with courts of its own, and military justice has proved to be harsher. The military says it will end civilian trials in military courts, but many activists doubt that. Here's NPR's Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson.

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Europe
3:00 am
Tue September 13, 2011

Sex-Abuse Victims Want Hague Tribunal To Investigate Vatican

Members of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests pose in front of the International Criminal Court in The Hague, Netherlands, Tuesday. A group representing the victims is asking the world court to investigate top Vatican officials over the clerical sex abuse scandal.
Rob Keeris AP

Originally published on Tue September 13, 2011 11:44 am

The international tribunals at The Hague have dealt with horrific war crimes and brought Balkan war criminals and African warlords to trial.

Now, the tribunal is being asked to investigate top Vatican officials over the global clerical sex abuse scandal, and victims say these offenses meet the legal definition of crimes against humanity.

Pope Benedict XVI has repeatedly apologized for crimes committed by priests.

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Election 2012
3:00 am
Tue September 13, 2011

7 GOP Presidential Candidates Gang Up Against Perry

Eight Republican presidential candidates gathered Monday night in Tampa, Fla., for a debate sponsored by CNN and the Tea Party Express. The event marked the first time The Tea Party Express has been an official sponsor of a presidential debate. Texas Governor Rick Perry was the center of attention.

Books News & Features
11:01 pm
Mon September 12, 2011

'Wonderstruck': A Novel Approach To Picture Books

A Wordless World: The story of Rose, a deaf little girl in Brian Selznick's Wonderstruck, is told primarily in pictures. "We experience [Rose's] story in a way that perhaps might echo the way she experiences her own life," Selznick explains.
Brian Selznick

It's not often that a writer can illustrate his own books, but Brian Selznick is that rare find. He began his career as an artist collaborating with authors on children's books. But he gradually realized that he wanted to tell his own stories in both words and pictures — and to do that, Selznick invented a unique narrative device.

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Tina Brown's Must-Reads
11:01 pm
Mon September 12, 2011

Tina Brown's Must-Reads: The Women Of The World

Originally published on Wed September 14, 2011 9:36 am

Tina Brown, editor of The Daily Beast and Newsweek, tells us what she's been reading in a feature that Morning Edition likes to call Word of Mouth.

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Music
9:55 pm
Mon September 12, 2011

Anamanaguchi: The Band That Plays Nintendo

Anamanaguchi combines the sound chips of old Nintendos and Game Boys with the guitars and drums of rock.
Courtesy of the artist

Anamanaguchi is a punk band that's part of an underground music scene known as "chiptune," an emerging form of electronic music that creates a layered sound from limited technology: video-game systems from the '80s. The group's music got its name because it combines the sound chips of old Nintendos and Game Boys with the guitars and drums of rock; it uses software designed for writing songs, then installs those songs on chips into old game machines. On stage, its members play traditional instruments like guitars and drums along with the video-game console, chirping a digital melody.

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Around the Nation
6:33 am
Mon September 12, 2011

Ohio Woman 'Trashes' Mayor's Office

Officials in Portsmouth, Ohio, made changes to the garbage pick-up last week, following a holiday. But Janice Shanks was overlooked, and so her trash piled up. Wanting to send a message, she bagged up the garbage and delivered it to the mayor's office.

Around the Nation
6:21 am
Mon September 12, 2011

Engaged Ohio Couple Takes The Plunge, Literally

Phil Mathis said he wanted to do something crazy. So the 58-year-old Ohio man told his bride-to-be that he would only get married if they went skydiving together. Gail decided to take the leap. The couple held the ceremony in a plane, and then tumbled out from 7,500 feet.

National Security
3:00 am
Mon September 12, 2011

Obama: American Does Not Give In To Fear

President Obama says for all that's changed in the decade since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, America's character as a nation has endured, stronger than ever. Obama spoke at a memorial concert in Washington, D.C. Sunday night, marking the 10th anniversary of the attacks. It was one of many ceremonies held across the country, honoring a decade of loss and survival.

Business
3:00 am
Mon September 12, 2011

Business News

David Greene has business news.

Business
3:00 am
Mon September 12, 2011

The Last Word in Business

David Greene has the Last Word in business.

Politics
3:00 am
Mon September 12, 2011

How Sept. 11 Attacks United, Then Divided Politicians

Originally published on Mon September 12, 2011 8:08 am

Transcript

DAVID GREENE, host:

It's MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. Good morning. Renee Montagne is on assignment in Afghanistan. I'm David Greene.

STEVE INSKEEP, host:

And I'm Steve Inskeep.

If there was ever a day to set aside politics, it might have been yesterday, the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.

GREENE: At a memorial service in New York yesterday morning, President Obama read aloud from the Bible. Former President Bush joined him to read a letter by Abraham Lincoln.

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Analysis
3:00 am
Mon September 12, 2011

Politics In The News

David Greene talks to NPR's Cokie Roberts about the week in politics.

Afghanistan
3:00 am
Mon September 12, 2011

77 U.S. Troops Wounded In Taliban Truck Bomb

Late Saturday night, a Taliban truck bomb ripped through a military base in eastern Afghanistan, injuring 77 U.S. troops. It also sent shrapnel up to a mile away, killing an Afghan policeman and four civilians.

Books
11:01 pm
Sun September 11, 2011

Behind The War On Terror's Dark Curtain

On Sept. 12, 2001, Ali H. Soufan, a special agent with the FBI, was handed a secret file. Soufan had spent nearly a decade investigating terrorism cases, like the bombing of the U.S.S. Cole. He says that this file was one he had requested before the attacks, and that had it been given to him earlier it may have helped to prevent them.

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Economy
7:10 am
Fri September 9, 2011

Geithner: 'Hundreds Of Thousands' Of Jobs Under Plan

Treasury Tim Geithner said the president's proposal to spend on roads and other infrastructure would give a lift to the labor market over a longer stretch of time.
Saul Loeb AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri September 9, 2011 10:42 am

Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner on Friday defended President Obama's new jobs plan. In a Morning Edition interview, Geithner said that if passed, the plan unveiled Thursday night "would have a substantial, powerful effect on strengthening the economy." He said that tax cuts aimed at small businesses who hire new workers would boost employment quickly.

The $447 billion package of tax cuts, infrastructure spending and aid to states "is designed to make the economy stronger now and get more Americans back to work," Geithner told host Steve Inskeep.

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Reflecting On Sept. 11, 2001
7:01 am
Fri September 9, 2011

Port Authority Cops: Recovering From Sept. 11

Retired Port Authority Police officers Brian Patrick Tierney (left) and Kevin Devlin visited the World Trade Center site this week. Both men say it's been a struggle to adjust to normal life after losing friends and searching for remains at Ground Zero.
Chris Arnold NPR

The terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, inflicted the single greatest loss of life ever suffered by a police department in U.S. history. The department wasn't the New York Police — it was the less well-known Port Authority Police Department. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey polices the bridges and tunnels around New York, and it also was in charge of security at the Twin Towers. It's a small, tight-knit department, and it lost 37 officers that day.

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Law
6:25 am
Fri September 9, 2011

Kraft Foods, Sara Lee Settle Dueling Hot Dog Suits

Transcript

STEVE INSKEEP, host:

Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep with an update on a hot dog war.

Kraft Foods and Sara Lee settled dueling lawsuits. Kraft claims its Oscar Mayer hot dogs defeated Sara Lee's Ball Park Franks. Sara Lee claimed to be America's best franks. And each company sued the other for exaggeration. Now the companies have settled out of court. Each will drop its claim that the other's hot dog wasn't so great. This way they avoid the danger of the court ruling that they were both right.

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