4:00am

Thu November 3, 2011
Economy

China Warily Eyes E.U. Bailout

Originally published on Thu November 3, 2011 7:54 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. To understand the European debt crisis, it helps to keep track of both the short-term and the long-term. In the short-term, Europeans have agreed on a bailout deal that among other things would cut the debts of Greece. It's being held up by the Greek prime minister's plan to hold a referendum on austerity measures. Europeans have told Greece it's got to decide soon if it wants to be part of the eurozone or not.

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4:00am

Thu November 3, 2011
Business

Last Word

America's original discount store has filed for federal bankruptcy protection and plans to close its 46 stores. This isn't the first time the company has filed for bankruptcy, but it appears to be its last. The company cited increased competition from department stores, private-label discounters and the economic downturn.

4:00am

Thu November 3, 2011
Business

Troubled First Solar, Inc. To Announce Earnings

Originally published on Thu November 3, 2011 7:54 am

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First Solar, viewed as the golden child of the solar industry, hold its quarterly call today with nervous investors. They're on edge because the Arizona-based company announced a CEO shake-up late last month and have said almost nothing publically since then. From member station KJZZ in Phoenix, Peter O'Dowd reports.

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4:00am

Thu November 3, 2011
Business

Business News

Originally published on Thu November 3, 2011 7:54 am

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NPR's business news begins with a bleaker forecast from the Fed. Just when we were beginning to hear some more positive economic news, the Federal Reserve reminds us not to get too excited. It's predicting slower growth and less improvement in the unemployment rate through 2013 than previously expected. This news comes after a two-day meeting of the Fed's policy-making committee, in which it decided against taking new measures to stimulate the economy for now.

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4:00am

Thu November 3, 2011
Politics

N.C. School Board Race Makes National Waves

Originally published on Tue November 8, 2011 8:01 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

We're going to hear now about a very small race that's making big political waves. The race is for the school board of Wake County, North Carolina. It comes after a policy using family income to create economic diversity in the schools was tossed out by a Republican school board in 2009. This Tuesday, a runoff election for one seat on the board may put the Democrats back in the majority. Dave DeWitt of North Carolina Public Radio reports the school board race is attracting national attention and big money.

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3:47am

Thu November 3, 2011
Energy

Pipeline Decision Pits Jobs Against Environment

Originally published on Thu November 3, 2011 12:21 pm

Protesters demonstrate last month against the construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline outside the W Hotel in San Francisco, before the arrival of President Obama, who was holding a fundraiser.
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In the coming months, the Obama administration will decide whether to approve the Keystone pipeline, which would carry tar sands oil from Canada through the U.S. down to the Gulf of Mexico.

Environmental advocates will try to encircle the White House on Sunday in a show of solidarity against the project. Steady protests have made this one of the most high-profile environmental decisions of the Obama presidency.

White House spokesman Jay Carney often tries to distance the president from the decision-making process over the pipeline.

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1:05am

Thu November 3, 2011
Around the Nation

Oakland Occupy Protesters Declare Victory At Port

Occupy Wall Street protesters have shut down operations for the day at one of the nation's busiest shipping ports.

Port of Oakland officials said in a statement late Wednesday that the peaceful rally attended by thousands of demonstrators forced them to cancel typical evening maritime activity. Officials at the nation's fifth-largest shipping port say they hope the work day can resume Thursday.

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12:30am

Thu November 3, 2011
Education

College Students' Borrowing Hits An All-Time High

College students who graduated in 2010 carried 5 percent more debt than in the previous year, according to new data. In this photo from last December, a student fills out an application for a chance to win a scholarship worth $30,000, at a Cash for College event organized by the California Student Aid Commission.
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Students are borrowing more money to pay for college than ever before. New data shows that students who graduated in 2010 carried 5 percent more debt than in the previous year. And education debt is expect to grow in the coming years, as students struggle to pay higher tuition costs.

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7:42pm

Wed November 2, 2011
The Two-Way

China Completes Its First Space Docking

Originally published on Wed November 2, 2011 7:45 pm

In a significant step in China's plan to build a space station, two of the country's spacecraft docked while orbiting Earth.

MSNBC reports:

After a two-day orbital chase, the Shenzhou 8 spacecraftlatched onto a prototype space lab module called Tiangong 1 at 1:30 p.m. ET (1:30 a.m. local time Thursday in China). Ten minutes later, the docking was complete.

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7:30pm

Wed November 2, 2011
The Two-Way

Greek PM Says Country Must Decide Whether To Remain In The E.U.

Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou gestures while talking during a press conference following crisis talks with France's President, Germany's Chancellor, senior EU leaders and IMF director in Cannes, France.
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After emerging from a crisis talks with other European leaders, Greece's prime minister said the referendum on whether to accept the terms of a European Union bailout was also about whether Greece wanted to remain part of the union.

The AP reports:

George Papandreou told reporters after a meeting with European leaders Wednesday, "I believe it's crucial that we show the world that we can live up to our obligations."

"This is not a question only of the program, this is a question of whether we want to remain in the eurozone."

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