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Middle East
7:15 am
Tue October 18, 2011

Freed Soldier Gilad Shalit Returns To Israel

Looking thin, weary and dazed, Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit returned home Tuesday from more than five years of captivity in the Gaza Strip. In exchange, hundreds of Palestinian prisoners were released.

Around the Nation
7:09 am
Tue October 18, 2011

Bloomberg: Wall Street Protests Not Topic For Home

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has a connection to the Occupy Wall Street protesters. The mayor's girlfriend Diana Taylor is on the board of directors of Brookfield Office Properties. That company owns Zuccotti Park, where protesters have been camping for weeks. He insists they don't discuss the demonstrations or her business interests at home.

Strange News
6:42 am
Tue October 18, 2011

Followers Go Bananas Over Keisuke Yamada's Art

A young Japanese artist has developed quite a web following for his banana art. Keisuke Yamada uses a toothpick and spoon to sculpt faces onto the fruit.

Africa
5:55 am
Tue October 18, 2011

Clinton To Offer U.S. Assistance To Libya

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is visiting Libya, where she will meet with members of the National Transitional Council. This is the first time a cabinet-level official from the U.S. has traveled to Libya since 2008.

Middle East
3:00 am
Tue October 18, 2011

Israeli Soldier Freed In Exchange For Palestinian Prisoners

Originally published on Tue October 18, 2011 7:20 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.

A dramatic prisoner swap is underway now, between Israel and the Palestinians. After five years in captivity, Israeli soldier, Gilad Shalit, is free. He is in Israel, and we'll go there in a moment.

First, to the West Bank and the city of Ramallah. That's where NPR's Peter Kenyon is, surrounded by a jubilant crowd of Palestinians.

Good morning, Peter.

PETER KENYON, BYLINE: Good morning, Renee.

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Middle East
3:00 am
Tue October 18, 2011

Held For 5 Years, Shalit Will Need Time To Adjust

The Israeli soldier being released in the prisoner exchange with the Palestinian group Hamas is Gilad Shalit. The head of Israel's largest support group for captured soldiers knows better than most what Shalit will experience when he emerges from captivity.

Election 2012
3:00 am
Tue October 18, 2011

Cain's 9-9-9 Plan Gets Positive Voter Reaction

Herman Cain's simplified tax plan has vaulted him into the spotlight and has sent his poll numbers soaring. But do people actually know much about the Republican presidential candidate's 9-9-9 tax plan, and how it would affect them?

Election 2012
3:00 am
Tue October 18, 2011

Critic Warns: 'Look' At 9-9-9 Proposal's 'Numbers'

Originally published on Tue October 18, 2011 7:20 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

While Herman Cain's 9-9-9 tax proposal has proven effective as a marketing device, it's also inspired criticism from across the political spectrum. Here's tax attorney and Republican candidate, Michele Bachmann, attacking the plan.

MICHELE BACHMANN: One thing I would say, is when you take the 9-9-9 plan and you turn it upside down, I think the devil's in the details.

MONTAGNE: There's also been plenty of skepticism about the details from liberal quarters. That includes Cornell University economist, Robert H. Frank.

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Africa
3:00 am
Tue October 18, 2011

Liberia's Presidential Runoff Set For Next Month

The election pits Nobel Peace Prize winner and incumbent, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, against fellow Harvard graduate Winston Tubman, who is a one-time justice minister and former U.N. diplomat. Prince Johnson, a rebel leader turned senator, is backing the incumbent because she's the lesser of two evils.

Europe
3:00 am
Tue October 18, 2011

EU To Decide Food Aid Program's Future

As Europe's debt crisis drags on, the social safety nets in place in eurozone countries are beginning to fray. One long-standing program, which is financed by the European Union, and uses surplus food stocks, may end soon. The decision on whether to cut funding to the food aid program comes as more people join the soup lines.

Tina Brown's Must-Reads
11:01 pm
Mon October 17, 2011

Tina Brown's Must Reads: The Republican Schism

Daily Beast Editor-in-Chief Tina Brown

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.

This week, Brown says the media is taking a closer look at the gap between the Republican establishment and the Tea Party. "There's a kind of fire bomb that's about to go off when the debt talks again resume," she says.

The Republicans Are 'Playing With Fire'

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2 Languages, Many Voices: Latinos In The U.S.
11:01 pm
Mon October 17, 2011

Author Malin Alegria Builds On 'Estrella's' Star Power

Malin Alegria lives in San Jose, Calif., where she teaches and writes.

Dulce Baron

Originally published on Mon September 16, 2013 1:39 pm

Writer Malin Alegria's first novel, Estrella's Quinceanera, covers familiar territory for anyone who has ever been a 15-year-old girl battling with her mother — but the fact that the book's sassy protagonist, Estrella Alvarez, is Mexican-American makes her unique in the world of young adult fiction.

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Games & Humor
6:17 am
Mon October 17, 2011

Centenarian Sets Marathon Record In Toronto

Over the weekend, Fauja Singh became the oldest person to complete a marathon. He is 100. Singh said he was "overjoyed" at finishing in just over eight hours. Toronto was his eighth marathon. He ran his first at age 89.

Around the Nation
6:10 am
Mon October 17, 2011

90-Year-Old Kansas Woman Fulfills Sorority Dream

In 1941, Bertie McConnell attended rush parties for Zeta Tau Alpha sorority at Washburn University in Topeka, Kan. But then World War Two intervened, and she left college to work at an ammunition plant. Decades later, her daughter was a teacher at the same university, and shared her mother's story in class. Members of the sorority responded by inviting Bertie McConnell to become a pledge at age 90.

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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