7:39am

Mon April 23, 2012
Around the Nation

Rats Are Good Luck For NHL's Florida Panthers

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7:22am

Mon April 23, 2012
The Two-Way

Now It Snows?

Originally published on Mon April 23, 2012 12:12 pm

Don Buckley took his dog Gracie for a walk during the snowstorm this morning in Akron, N.Y.
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The Northeast and mid-Atlantic began the cold season with an unusual Halloween snowstorm that knocked out power to millions. And after that? Almost no snow in may parts of those regions.

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6:46am

Mon April 23, 2012
The Two-Way

Zimmerman Released After Posting Bail, Will Go Into Hiding But Be Monitored

George Zimmerman, left, as he walked out of jail earlier today. The other man was not identified.
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Just after midnight earlier today, George Zimmerman — the man at the center of a killing that has become a national story because of its racial overtones — was released from the Sanford, Fla., jail where he was being held while awaiting trial.

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6:36am

Mon April 23, 2012
Politics

Charity Status Of Conservative Group Challenged

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

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And I'm Steve Inskeep. Good morning.

Opponents have intensified a campaign against a group that drafts and promotes bills for state lawmakers to enact. The American Legislative Exchange Council, or ALEC, says it stands for limited government, free markets and federalism. The corporate-funded group has promoted much debated ideas - from voter ID rules to stand your ground gun laws.

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6:36am

Mon April 23, 2012
Around the Nation

Artist Tosses Salad For 1,000 People

As a part of Earth Day celebrations, performance artist Alison Knowles took salad making to the extreme in New York City. Knowles chopped romaine lettuce, carrots and cucumbers to the beat of live music. She then tossed the avalanche of salad off a balcony into a giant tarp, where the salad was served up to audience members.

4:42am

Mon April 23, 2012
Business

Continued Job Growth Will Help Housing Industry

Originally published on Mon April 23, 2012 6:36 am

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Later this week, we get some key data to help judge the state of the nation's housing market. There are some early signs of recovery, but home prices are still falling in many areas, as NPR's Chris Arnold reports.

CHRIS ARNOLD, BYLINE: Tomorrow, we'll get the latest word on home prices from what's called the S&P Case-Shiller index. That keeps showing price declines in many areas. Though those price drops have been leveling off, so things definitely aren't as bad as they were.

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4:42am

Mon April 23, 2012
Business

Nestle To Buy Pfizer's Infant-Nutrition Line

Originally published on Mon April 23, 2012 7:09 am

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NPR's business news starts with an acquisition for Nestle.

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4:42am

Mon April 23, 2012
Business

German Chemical Plant Fire Threatens Auto Backlog

Originally published on Mon April 23, 2012 6:36 am

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Next, we have a tale of globalization, how a single fire at a company in Germany could affect business in Detroit or Shanghai.

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The company is a chemical plant in a town called Marl. An explosion there killed two people. It was a tragedy, but did not seem to have global significance.

MONTAGNE: Until car companies realized that Marl is vital to their business. NPR's Sonari Glinton explains.

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4:42am

Mon April 23, 2012
Afghanistan

Deal Reached On U.S.-Afghan Strategic Partnership

Originally published on Mon April 23, 2012 6:36 am

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4:42am

Mon April 23, 2012
Europe

State-Owned German Banks Suffer After Risky Investments

Originally published on Mon April 23, 2012 7:19 am

Unlike the United States, Germany never had a housing bubble. Its mortgage market is too tightly regulated. But some German banks did lose a lot of money in the financial crisis, and they're still paying a big price for it.

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