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NPR Story
4:01 am
Wed May 28, 2014

Designer Of New York City Subway Map Dies

Originally published on Wed May 28, 2014 11:57 am

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Around the Nation
5:57 am
Tue May 27, 2014

Man In Underwear Steals Truck, Delivers Its Content

Originally published on Tue May 27, 2014 6:57 am

A delivery man in New York City was dropping off bread at a pizzeria, when a guy wearing only underwear stole his bread truck. The thief delivered the bread but not to the bakery's actual customers.

NPR Story
5:22 am
Tue May 27, 2014

Manchester United's Brand Is Devalued

Originally published on Tue May 27, 2014 6:57 am

According to a study by Brand Finance, a brand valuation consultancy, Manchester United is no longer the sporting world's most valuable brand. The team didn't bring home any trophies this year.

Around the Nation
4:14 am
Tue May 27, 2014

Bison Invade Wyoming Golf Course

Originally published on Tue May 27, 2014 6:57 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

This is NPR News.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Good morning, I'm Steve Inskeep. A golf course in Wyoming has been invaded by bison. The one-ton animal sometimes damaged the greens, nevermind the brown. Officials tell the Jackson Hole News & Guide they tried to move the bison using sprinklers, but mostly golfers have to play around them. This could enliven other events on grass - boring baseball game?

GREENE: Make them play around bison.

INSKEEP: Want to enliven the World Cup?

GREENE: Bison.

NPR Story
4:09 am
Tue May 27, 2014

Bob Newhart Looks Back On A Career Of One-Sided Conversations

Originally published on Tue May 27, 2014 6:57 am

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DAVID GREENE, BYLINE: Amazing to think comedian Bob Newhart has been in television for more than 50 years. But his first Emmy - last year for a guest role on "The Big Bang Theory." He played a professor who hosted a geeky science show that was canceled long ago.

(SOUNDBITE OF TV SHOW, "THE BIG BANG THEORY")

JOHNNY GALECKI: (As Leonard) If you would've told me when I was a kid that someday I would be doing science next to Prof. Proton, I would not have believed you.

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NPR Story
4:09 am
Tue May 27, 2014

Grand Canyon Officials Want To Evict Bison From Park

Originally published on Tue May 27, 2014 6:57 am

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DAVID GREENE, BYLINE: OK, this next story is about an eviction notice for bison. The animals live in Grand Canyon National Park, and park officials say the herd has just gotten too big. Bison are overgrazing, they're draining water resources, and they're trampling all over archaeological sites. From member station KJZZ, Laurel Morales reports.

LAUREL MORALES, BYLINE: There's an estimated 350 bison living in Grand Canyon National Park, but that doesn't mean they're easy to find.

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Around the Nation
6:17 am
Mon May 26, 2014

Anonymous Person Distributes $100 Bills

Originally published on Mon May 26, 2014 6:23 am

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Middle East
6:11 am
Mon May 26, 2014

After Mubarak, Egypt Appears Ready To Elect Another Military Man

Originally published on Mon May 26, 2014 6:23 am

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And so as Leila just told us, Egyptians appear ready to elect a military man - which in a way seems amazing considering the images we remember from three years ago. At that point, a military dictator, Hosni Mubarak, was removed from power. At that time, it was NPR's Lourdes Garcia-Navarro in Cairo. She was witnessing all of the celebration.

(SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED BROADCAST)

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Europe
5:59 am
Mon May 26, 2014

Far-Right Parties Made Big Gains In European Parliamentary Elections

Originally published on Mon May 26, 2014 6:23 am

In Great Britain, the anti-Europe UKIP was the No. 1 vote getter. In France, Marine Le Pen's National Front also did much better than expected.

Middle East
5:34 am
Mon May 26, 2014

Pope Francis Wraps Up 3-Day Trip To Middle East

Originally published on Mon May 26, 2014 6:23 am

Pope Francis is in Jerusalem. He stopped at the holiest Jewish and Muslim sites in that city. The pope has invited Palestinian and Israeli leaders to join him in Rome to discuss Mideast peace.

Asia
5:34 am
Mon May 26, 2014

After Landslide Victory, Modi Becomes India's Prime Minister

Originally published on Tue May 27, 2014 12:05 pm

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Let's turn now to India where a new prime minister is taking office today. Narendra Modi's BJP party won a landslide victory last week. More than 3,000 people are attending an outdoor ceremony today for his swearing in, but one guest in particular is getting a lot of the attention. He is Pakistan's Prime Minister, Nawaz Sharif, who said he is coming to India carrying a message of peace. NPR's Julie McCarthy is on the line with us from New Delhi. Good morning, Julie.

JULIE MCCARTHY, BYLINE: Good morning, David.

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Latin America
4:39 am
Mon May 26, 2014

Official World Cup Theme Criticized As Dull

Originally published on Mon May 26, 2014 6:23 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep. Here it is, the 2014 World Cup soccer theme - music for the event in Brazil. And many Brazilians hate it. They're baffled the song features the Cuban-American singer Pitbull and Bronx-born Jennifer Lopez. Lyrics are in English and Spanish as well as Portuguese. A music critic calls it a dull, generic pop theme. It is just not Brazilian enough for the - wait, what's the name of that cup again? It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

NPR Story
4:06 am
Mon May 26, 2014

Ukrainians Choose Billionaire Businessman As Next President

Originally published on Mon May 26, 2014 6:23 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

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

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

And I'm David Greene. Good morning. A billionaire chocolate-maker is the projected winner in Ukraine's weekend presidential election. This is a country, of course, where there has been a lot of tension with pro-Russian separatists. And in the eastern part of the country, violence kept some polls closed.

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Africa
4:06 am
Mon May 26, 2014

Mobile Internet Comes To Africa In A Big Way

Originally published on Mon May 26, 2014 6:23 am

Young people are driving the change using their phones to text, listen to music — even watching high-resolution videos. Silicon Valley has noticed and sees a big opportunity.

Middle East
4:06 am
Mon May 26, 2014

Egyptians Vote Monday And Tuesday For Next President

Originally published on Mon May 26, 2014 6:23 am

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And so as Leila just told us, Egyptians appear ready to elect a military man - which in a way seems amazing considering the images we remember from three years ago. At that point, a military dictator, Hosni Mubarak, was removed from power. At that time, it was NPR's Lourdes Garcia-Navarro in Cairo. She was witnessing all of the celebration.

(SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED BROADCAST)

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Around the Nation
6:16 am
Fri May 23, 2014

Website Reveals Top Google Searches In Each State

Originally published on Fri May 23, 2014 6:52 am

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Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne. Elvis in Tennessee. Bon Jovi in New Jersey. Those are two of the top Google searches discovered by the website Estately. The words are questions each state was searching more than any others. Many of the results fit. Alligator wrestling topped the search field in Florida, football in Minnesota. Others may cause you to raise an eyebrow - like back shaving in Pennsylvania or the question plaguing Texans: Are dinosaurs real? It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

Energy
6:16 am
Fri May 23, 2014

Political Rhetoric Bogs Down Future Of Keystone XL Pipeline

Originally published on Fri May 23, 2014 6:52 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

And I'm Steve Inskeep. Good morning. Last month the Obama administration put off a decision on whether to approve the Keystone XL pipeline. The project has been enormously controversial. It would carry crude oil from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico. This morning we examine what's at stake for the oil industry and for energy production. Here's NPR's Jim Zarroli.

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Asia
5:54 am
Fri May 23, 2014

Day After Bombing, Chinese City Very Tense

Originally published on Fri May 23, 2014 12:45 pm

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Men driving SUVs plowed into a crowded vegetable market in China yesterday and threw explosive devices out of their vehicles. At least 31 people were killed and more than 90 injured. The attack took place in Urumqi, which is the capital of China's northwest region. It has a heavy concentration of Muslims. It is the second major attack in that city in less than a month. NPR's Frank Langfitt is in Urumqi and is on the line with us right now. Good morning, Frank.

FRANK LANGFITT, BYLINE: Good morning, Renee.

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Middle East
5:54 am
Fri May 23, 2014

Mortar Shell Hits Syrian Regime Rally

Originally published on Fri June 13, 2014 2:29 pm

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Syria is also holding a presidential election. That election will be next month and it comes in the third year of a civil war. President Bashar al-Assad intends to be reelected. Today in the southern city of Daraa, a mortar shell landed on a tent being used by the president's campaign.

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An independent group based in the UK said 21 people were killed. Syria's state media blamed the attack on rebels.

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Middle East
5:45 am
Fri May 23, 2014

Egypt's Ex-Military Chief Right For Presidency, Female Voter Says

Originally published on Fri May 23, 2014 8:48 am

Egyptians elect a new president next week. There are two candidates, and the man nearly certain to win is Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. He was the head of the military until he resigned to run for president.

Europe
5:11 am
Fri May 23, 2014

Extremists Vow To Disrupt Ukraine's Presidential Election

Originally published on Fri May 23, 2014 6:52 am

The elections could be a major step in bringing legitimacy to the Kiev government if it can navigate the pitfalls of pro-Russian extremists in the East and hardline Ukrainian nationalists in the West.

Code Switch
5:03 am
Fri May 23, 2014

'Unmosqued' Examines Muslim Variant Of Unchurched Youth

Zain Lodhia plays an original song at a Mawlid, a birthday celebration for the Prophet Muhammad. The event was sponsored by the Webb Foundation, a so-called "Third Space" Muslim faith community outside the traditional mosque.
Monique Parsons NPR

Originally published on Fri May 23, 2014 10:00 am

There's a new film screening on American college campuses this spring that's sparking lively debate among Muslim students. Unmosqued depicts a younger generation of American Muslims drifting away from Islam, and it argues that mosques bear the blame.

Recently several hundred people gathered at the Webb Foundation to celebrate Mawlid, the birthday of the Prophet Muhammad. The foundation is named after an early American convert to Islam. There's no dome, minaret or even a building. It's known for service projects, good Sunday schools and father-daughter camping trips.

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Europe
4:59 am
Fri May 23, 2014

Britain's Right-Wing Party Make Gains In EU Parliament Election

Originally published on Fri May 23, 2014 8:42 am

British voters went to the polls Thursday in European and local elections. The vote is key for the UK Independence Party, whose anti-Europe and anti-immigration views struck a chord with some Britons.

Around the Nation
4:36 am
Fri May 23, 2014

Unopposed Candidate Left Off Ballot

Originally published on Fri May 23, 2014 6:52 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep with the story of a man who lost an election even though he was unopposed.

Curtis Mele expected a third term on the City Council of Benwood, West Virginia; nobody ran against him. But on Election Day, he got a call saying his name was accidentally left off the ballot. Another councilman was listed in his place. The county clerk says there could be a rerun but the councilman disapproves. He's afraid that if there's a revote he might face opposition.

Around the Nation
4:28 am
Fri May 23, 2014

Koch Foundation Criticized Again For Influencing Florida State

Originally published on Fri May 23, 2014 6:52 am

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In Florida, there are questions about whether a conservative political group has too much influence at a public college. Florida State University rewrote its agreement with the Charles Koch Foundation after some on campus complained that the relationship undermined the school's academic integrity. But critics say it still gives donors with their own agendas too much influence in the classroom. NPR's Greg Allen reports.

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Sports
4:01 am
Fri May 23, 2014

Spanish Soccer Fans Rejoice, 2 Madrid Teams In European Final

Originally published on Fri May 23, 2014 6:52 am

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We've been hearing a lot lately about the World Cup which kicks off in Brazil next month. It comes every four years. Soccer's most important annual match kicks off this weekend in Lisbon, Portugal. It's the Champions League and for the first time in history, that competition is between two teams from the same city - Madrid. If you didn't know how obsessed Spaniards are with soccer, you're about to find out with this postcard from Lauren Frayer, in Madrid.

(SOUNDBITE OF CHAMPION LEAGUE THEME SONG)

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Asia
6:37 am
Thu May 22, 2014

Thai Military Says Coup Necessary To Restore Order

Originally published on Thu May 22, 2014 8:19 am

Two days ago, Thailand's military declared martial law. The army chief went on television on Thursday to say that he'd changed his mind, and the army is taking control of the government.

Around the Nation
5:29 am
Thu May 22, 2014

Reporter Reveals He's Allergic To Newspaper Ink

Originally published on Thu May 22, 2014 8:18 am

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Around the Nation
5:05 am
Thu May 22, 2014

Instant Cat Celebrity Declines First Pitch Honor

Originally published on Thu May 22, 2014 8:18 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep, with a celebrity turn for a cat. Tara the cat saved a California boy from an attack by a dog. Surely, someone thought, a cat that fended off a dog could also throw the first pitch in a Minor League Baseball game. The Bakersfield Blaze wanted Tara to push a baseball dangling from a fishing line. But that's the deal with cats: The last thing they ever do is what you tell them.

Tara declined the honor, and the boy Tara saved threw the first pitch instead.

Planet Money
4:05 am
Thu May 22, 2014

On The Internet, A Penny Is Nothing To Sneeze At

Originally published on Thu May 22, 2014 8:18 am

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Our Planet Money team this week is taking a look at the lowly penny. People discard pennies in bowls by cash registers. They walk by them on the street without a thought of picking them up. In fact, a lot of us don't even pick them up when we drop them. NPR's David Kestenbaum reports that there is one place where people think pennies could really cause some change.

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