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Economy
4:05 am
Thu May 22, 2014

Russian Economic Forum Boycotted Over Ukraine Crisis

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

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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. Each spring Russian president Vladimir Putin welcomes international business and political leaders to an economic forum in St. Petersburg. It started today and Putin told those who arrived that Russia is ready to do business, although it expects to be treated as an equal.

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NPR Story
4:05 am
Thu May 22, 2014

U.S. Ordered To Turn Over Video Of Force-Feeding At Guantanamo

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

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

We've been hearing about hunger strikes at the Guantanamo prison camp from its earliest days, but one ongoing hunger strike became a major protest early last year. Some prisoners who refuse to eat have been force-fed, a procedure their lawyers charge is abusive. Yesterday a federal district judge in Washington, D.C. ordered the government to allow lawyers for one of those detainees to see video recordings made of his force feedings.

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Around the Nation
6:16 am
Wed May 21, 2014

Rise In Cyber Crime Challenges FBI

Originally published on Wed May 21, 2014 7:06 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne. The rise of cyber crime is posing a new challenge for the FBI. To fight sophisticated cyber criminals, it's hiring hundreds of hackers. But the FBI has a rule against hiring anyone who's smoked marijuana recently. Director James Comey outlined his dilemma at a convention on crime. He went to the best but, quote, some of those kids want to smoke weed on the way to the interview. Bottom line, the agency is rethinking its pot policy. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

Around the Nation
6:00 am
Wed May 21, 2014

Pleasant Hills, Calf., Is Looking For A New City Clerk

Originally published on Wed May 21, 2014 7:06 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep.

Politics does not agree with Kim Lehmkuhl. She was city clerk in Pleasant Hill, California. Instead of taking notes during city council meetings, she posted on Twitter. Now the clerk has quit. In an email announcing her resignation, she said the job was atrocious, incredibly depressing. She wished the city well in finding someone else to write down the politicians every, quote, "misogynistic joke, tin foil hat conspiracy theory and pathetic pandering." Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

Around the Nation
5:55 am
Wed May 21, 2014

What Does It Take To Surf Lake Tahoe In The Sierra Nevada?

Originally published on Wed May 21, 2014 7:06 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Skiing is one thing a visitor can do on the slopes surrounding Lake Tahoe here in California. Some locals are venturing into its frigid waters for another sport: Surfing.

Here's Will Stone of Reno Public Radio.

(SOUNDBITE OF A VEHICLE)

MARK NORRIS: OK, we're almost ready.

WILL STONE, BYLINE: All morning Mark Norris has been checking the weather several thousand feet above at Lake Tahoe -not for the snow, but for the wind.

NORRIS: It's got to be at least 70 miles per hour off the ridgeline.

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Animals
4:38 am
Wed May 21, 2014

Border Collies Enlisted To Clean Beaches

Originally published on Wed May 21, 2014 7:06 am

Research suggests border collies help keep beaches clean by chasing away gulls that leaving their droppings in the sand and on water.

Research News
4:22 am
Wed May 21, 2014

Mating Rituals: Why Certain Risky Behaviors Can Make You Look Hot

Originally published on Wed May 21, 2014 8:29 am

Social science research suggests risky behavior such as braving heights or swimming in deep waters increases your sex appeal. Driving without a seat belt? Not so much.

NPR Story
4:22 am
Wed May 21, 2014

Cable Companies Are Among The Most Hated Industries In U.S.

Originally published on Wed May 21, 2014 7:06 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

And today's last word in business is: Cable Rage.

Cable companies make up one of the most hated industries in America.

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

And even among cable providers, one brand is despised above all others. A new survey of cable, satellite and other TV providers shows Time Warner Cable gets the lowest marks for consumer satisfaction.

NPR Story
4:08 am
Wed May 21, 2014

Primary Roundup: 6 States Held Primaries On Tuesday

Originally published on Wed May 21, 2014 7:06 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Wow. NPR national political correspondent Mara Liasson is here to tell us what yesterday's races mean.

Mara, good morning.

MARA LIASSON, BYLINE: Good morning.

INSKEEP: OK, let's use Kentucky as an example here. How would that race had been different if Mitch McConnell was gone and the Tea Party candidate was nominated?

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NPR Story
4:08 am
Wed May 21, 2014

In Kentucky, McConnell Wins Big Over Tea Party Candidate

Originally published on Wed May 21, 2014 7:06 am

Sen. Mitch McConnell is seeking a sixth term, and he easily beat a Tea Party challenger in Tuesday's primary. In November, he faces Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes, Kentucky's secretary of state.

Asia
4:08 am
Wed May 21, 2014

Russia's Putin Goes To Shanghai For Talks With Jinping

Originally published on Wed May 21, 2014 8:29 am

Presidents Xi Jinping and Vladimir Putin have been all smiles as they emphasize improved relations between the two countries. Drawing them closer is their shared, tense relationship with the U.S..

Business
10:43 am
Tue May 20, 2014

Wave This Scanner Over Your Plate, Get A Nutritional Analysis

Renee Montagne reports on a tiny hand-held device that you wave over your food and find out the chemical components and calories.

Europe
6:23 am
Tue May 20, 2014

EU Tries A Rap Battle To Encourage Young People To Vote

Originally published on Tue May 20, 2014 10:43 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Yo, yo, listen up. I'm Renee Montagne. The European Union recently held rap battle to try to engage young voters in this week's parliamentary election, most of whom don't make it to the polls. The rap battle featured members of the Parliament amid dueling emcees like DeKay.

(SOUNDBITE OF RAP BATTLE)

DEKAY: (singing) Yeah, so make a change in how you living. If you could vote for "X Factor" why not vote for politicians?

Research News
6:23 am
Tue May 20, 2014

Gluten Researcher Reverses His Earlier Finding

Originally published on Tue May 20, 2014 10:43 am

A 2011 study found gluten can cause gastrointestinal distress even in people who don't suffer from celiac disease. Peter Gibson published that study, and in a new paper he says the opposite is true.

The Salt
5:55 am
Tue May 20, 2014

'Third Plate' Reimagines Farm-To-Table Eating To Nourish The Land

A view of Dan Barber's Stone Barns Center field and barns in Pocantico Hills, N.Y.
Nicole Franzen Courtesy of Blue Hill Farm

Originally published on Fri May 23, 2014 4:56 pm

Perched on a farm along the Hudson River is Dan Barber's award-winning restaurant, Blue Hill at Stone Barns. The food that's harvested on the farm year-round is what is served to diners daily.

But this champion of the farm-to-table movement noticed that farming and consuming foods locally still wasn't all that sustainable.

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Guilty And Charged
5:17 am
Tue May 20, 2014

Unpaid Court Fees Land The Poor In 21st Century Debtors' Prisons

Originally published on Tue May 20, 2014 10:43 am

Debtors' prisons were outlawed in the United States back before the Civil War. But an NPR state-by-state survey found that people still get sent to jail for unpaid court fines and fees.

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Europe
5:00 am
Tue May 20, 2014

Europe Steps Up Attacks Against Google

Originally published on Tue May 20, 2014 10:43 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

And in Europe, Google is under increasing attack. A consortium of European digital companies has brought charges against the American Internet search giant for behaving like a monopoly. A ruling by the European Court of Justice could force Google to remove certain Web links from its search engine.

NPR's Eleanor Beardsley sends this report from Paris.

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Latin America
4:16 am
Tue May 20, 2014

Bolivia's President Signs To Play Professional Soccer

Originally published on Tue May 20, 2014 10:43 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Good morning, I'm Renee Montagne.

In soccer-mad countries there is one job even more desirable than head of state. And now Bolivia's president has reached that goal. Evo Morales signed on to play professional soccer. The Sports Boys club has assigned him a jersey and says he will actually play. A publicity stunt, of course, but Morales has played before. In 2010, he made headlines against a team of political rivals when he kneed an opposing player in the groin.

NPR Story
4:09 am
Tue May 20, 2014

Military Declares Martial Law In Thailand

Originally published on Tue May 20, 2014 10:43 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

In a surprise move, Thailand's army declared martial law today. For six months there's been a standoff between the government and its opposition that worsened last week after the prime minister was removed from office by Thailand's constitutional court. The Thai military says this is not a coup, insisting the move is meant to prevent violent clashes between the two sides. To learn more we're joined by reporter Michael Sullivan in Bangkok. And, Michael, the army has imposed martial law. What does Bangkok look like today?

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Around the Nation
4:09 am
Tue May 20, 2014

Despite A History Of Twisters, Moore, Okla., Keeps Growing

Max Alvarez (left) and Hollan Corliss construct a new home in Moore, Okla., to replace one that was destroyed in May 2013. More than 300 new homes have been built since the tornado, in addition to the 1,100 that are being rebuilt.
Joe Raedle Getty Images

Originally published on Tue May 20, 2014 11:08 am

One year ago Tuesday, a violent tornado obliterated the city of Moore, Okla., killing 24 residents and leaving nearly 400 injured among the razed homes and businesses. It was the third violent tornado to strike the city in the past 15 years. But rather than move away, residents have stayed put in Moore — and more and more are actually moving here.

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Around the Nation
6:10 am
Mon May 19, 2014

Rice Finds 'Purrfect' Angle To Recruit High School QB

Originally published on Tue May 20, 2014 6:46 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne. A recruiting letter was catnip to a high school football star in Texas. Quarterback J.T. Granato said yes to Rice University after getting a pitch in the mail. It was actually addressed not to J.T. but to his cat. A coach at Rice knew Granato loved his cat so he wrote to Kitty: I know you'd like to keep him close so he can feed you and change the litter box.

Please help us get him to choose us. Paw if you have any questions. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

Global Health
5:44 am
Mon May 19, 2014

Mosquito-Borne Breaking Bone Disease Spreads In Haiti

Originally published on Tue May 20, 2014 9:20 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

A mosquito-borne virus is spreading across the Caribbean. It's called Chikungunya. It's hardly ever fatal but it does hurt, causing severe joint pain. And public health officials expect the disease to eventually reach the U.S. Reporter Peter Granitz takes us to Haiti, the country with the most recent confirmed outbreak.

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Research News
5:36 am
Mon May 19, 2014

Why Reporting On Scientific Research May Warp Findings

Originally published on Tue May 20, 2014 6:46 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Next we're going to report on scientific research, in particular on the way that reporting on scientific research might actually warp the findings. Scientists face pressure to publish new discoveries, which in turn might influence what they study, and that, of course, is not necessarily a good thing. There's work being published today that's part of an effort to fix this problem. NPR's Shankar Vendantam joined our colleague, Steve Inskeep, to talk about it.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Shankar, welcome back.

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Around the Nation
5:07 am
Mon May 19, 2014

Boy Tries To Win Over Girl With A Foul Ball

Originally published on Tue May 20, 2014 6:46 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Good morning, I'm David Greene with highlights from a Toronto Blue Jays/Texas Rangers game over the weekend. A young fan sitting near third base snagged a foul ball. He immediately turned around and offered the ball to the young woman sitting behind him. She was caught on TV looking charmed and flattered. What she didn't know is she had been had. The boy had given her a ball he already had in his hand. He kept the real foul ball hidden in his glove. The TV announcers called, quote, "The play of the game."

Europe
4:29 am
Mon May 19, 2014

Record Floodwaters Wash Across Balkans

Originally published on Tue May 20, 2014 6:46 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Let's get an update now on some deadly weather in Europe. Crowds of people have been stacking sandbags through the night around one of Serbia's main power plants. They are trying to protect it from the worst rainfall and flooding in Serbia and Bosnia since record keeping began a 120 years ago. The floodwaters have caused more than 3,000 mudslides and the region's death toll is now at least 37.

The BBC's Guy De Launey lives in the Serbian capital, Belgrade, and joins us on the line. Guy, good morning.

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NPR Story
3:57 am
Mon May 19, 2014

'Buy My Volvo' Ad Goes Viral

Originally published on Tue May 20, 2014 6:46 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

And our Last Word In Business today is buy my Volvo.

When Christopher Castor wanted to sell his 1993 Volvo 245 GL, he didn't just put up any old ad. The Swedish graphics artist made a video with his friends and posted it on YouTube. And we're talking about it because it went viral.

(SOUNDBITE OF YOUTUBE VIDEO)

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

CHRISTOPHER CASTOR: Do you want to be perceived as rich and godly? Of course, you do. Then buy my car with your dough.

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

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NPR Story
3:57 am
Mon May 19, 2014

India's Next Prime Minister Ready To Act On Mandate

Originally published on Tue May 20, 2014 6:46 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

As India prepares for a transition of power to a new party and a new prime minister, everyone's waiting to see what government Narendra Modi will form following his big victory. Modi's BJP Party will elect him as their parliamentary leader tomorrow, a formal step before taking the oath to become prime minister. From New Delhi, NPR's Julie McCarthy has more on India's changing of the guard.

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Analysis
3:57 am
Mon May 19, 2014

GOP Candidates Try To Hold Off Tea Party Picks In Primaries

Originally published on Tue May 20, 2014 6:46 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

OK, so that's the governor's race in Pennsylvania; a battle among Democrats. The other races we'll be watching closely tomorrow are mainly those among Republicans who want to serve in the Senate, and they are hoping it is a Senate with a GOP majority.

To walk us through some of these races, we're joined as we are most Mondays by Cokie Roberts. Cokie, good morning.

COKIE ROBERTS, BYLINE: Hi, David.

GREENE: And here in the studio with me is NPR senior Washington editor Ron Elving. Ron, good morning to you.

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Business
11:08 am
Fri May 16, 2014

GM To Pay Record Fine Over Safety Recall

Originally published on Fri May 16, 2014 12:00 pm

The Department of Transportation on Friday announced that it's ordering General Motors to pay a $35 million civil penalty for the handling of its ignition switch problems.

Around the Nation
6:24 am
Fri May 16, 2014

S.C. Lawmakers Reconsider Old-School Cursive Writing

Originally published on Fri May 16, 2014 11:07 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

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