4:20am

Fri December 2, 2011
Iraq

Icon Of U.S. Military Now In Iraqi Hands

Inside palace walls built by Saddam Hussein, U.S. generals plotted the war's course, tracked the mounting death toll and swore in new American citizens under gaudy glass chandeliers.

Just outside the palace, American troops whacked golf balls into man-made lakes or fished for carp while others sat down with a cigar and a can of nonalcoholic beer hoping for a respite from incoming rockets or mortar shells.

Along another lake some distance away, a jailed Saddam tended to tomatoes and cucumbers in a small, walled-off enclosure with guards patrolling overhead.

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4:00am

Fri December 2, 2011
Europe

Traveling Russia's Historic Trans-Siberian Railway

Originally published on Fri December 2, 2011 10:37 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Our colleague David Greene has done so much distinguished work for NPR that we've decided to send him to Siberia - really. David is wrapping up two years in Russia with a trip on the Trans-Siberian Railroad, which crosses that gigantic country. He's head east from the capital, Moscow. We reached him about 150 miles into the journey in the city of Yaroslavl. Hi, David.

DAVID GREENE, BYLINE: Hey there, Steve.

INSKEEP: Why wrap up your time in Russia with this train ride?

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4:00am

Fri December 2, 2011
World

Investigation Finds New Information In Airstrikes Probe

Originally published on Fri December 2, 2011 11:30 am

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4:00am

Fri December 2, 2011
Business

Housing Market Lags Other Areas Of Recovery

Originally published on Fri December 2, 2011 11:30 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Okay. So auto loans are easier to come by. To find out if that's the same for home loans, and to take a look at the overall housing market, we turn to David Wessell as we often do. He is economics editor of The Wall Street Journal. David, good morning.

DAVID WESSEL: Good morning, Steve.

INSKEEP: You know, I got an email the other day that was offering, on certain kinds of mortgages, three percent interest, and I guess four percent is getting to be normal right now. So are more people taking advantage of that and buying homes?

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4:00am

Fri December 2, 2011
Europe

Merkel, Sarkozy Push For Fiscal Change In Eurozone

Originally published on Fri December 2, 2011 11:30 am

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4:00am

Fri December 2, 2011
Business

Available Financing Helps Auto Sales Rebound

Sales of new cars in the U.S. were up by 14 percent last month. One reason is more consumers are getting access to car loans — including those with less than perfect credit.

4:00am

Fri December 2, 2011
Research News

Research: Multitasking Is Multi-Stressful For Women

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Working mothers spend significantly more time multitasking when they are at home than their counterparts, working dads. That's according to a new study published in this month's journal The American Sociological Review. The findings are something that many women are surely saying, even as I speak, that they already knew. NPR's Patti Neighmond has this report.

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4:00am

Fri December 2, 2011
Health

Businesses Pledge 'Healthier Choices' For Customers

Corporate America is jumping on the opportunities to make people healthier, while keep their bottoms line strong. Leaders of Supermarkets, hotel chains and restaurant groups gathered in Washington this week for a summit aimed at shaping private sector solutions to the obesity epidemic.

4:00am

Fri December 2, 2011
National Security

Defense Bill Requires Military To Hold Terror Suspects

The Senate has passed a defense policy bill that includes controversial provisions requiring terrorism suspects be held in military rather than civilian custody. President Obama has threatened a veto.

4:00am

Fri December 2, 2011
Asia

Clinton Tests Myanmar's Commitment To Change

While on her visit to Myanmar, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton met with Nobel Peace Prize winner and opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi at her home. She has been freed from house arrest after many years, and says she trusts the new government's changes enough to run for office in upcoming elections.

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