9:36am

Mon October 10, 2011
The Salt

In Peru, A Hunt For Chocolate Like You've Never Tasted It

Originally published on Fri October 26, 2012 1:05 pm

Farmers dry cacao beans in Uchiza, Peru, a file photo from 2008. Researchers are exploring the wild cacao bounty of Peru's Amazon Basin, part of an effort to jump-start the country's premium cacao industry.

Martin Mejia AP

Christopher Columbus first encountered the cacao bean on his final voyage to the New World some 500 years ago. It took a while for Europeans to embrace the taste — one 16th-century Spanish missionary called the chocolate that indigenous people drank "loathsome."

But by the 17th century, chocolate met sugar, and it became a hit the world over — it's now a $93 billion a year global industry, according to market research firm Mintel.

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9:32am

Mon October 10, 2011
Middle East

Clashes Spark Outrage Among Egypt's Christians

Egyptians grieve over the coffins of Coptic Christians killed during Sunday's clashes with Egyptian security forces, before beginning a funeral procession from the Coptic Hospital in Cairo.

Mahmud Hams AFP/Getty Images

Several hundred Christians pelted police with rocks outside a Cairo hospital Monday, in fresh clashes one day after more than two dozen people died in riots that grew out of a Christian protest against a church attack. Sunday's sectarian violence was the worst in Egypt since the uprising that ousted Hosni Mubarak in February.

Security officials said Monday that the death toll from Sunday night's clashes rose to 26 from 24, after two people died of their wounds.

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8:14am

Mon October 10, 2011
Performing Arts and Culture

Remembering the Cardiff Giant

The hoax put the Onondaga County Hamlet of Cardiff in newspaper headlines across the world. But it's been more than a century since the Cardiff Giant was unearthed and there is an effort underway to make sure that "the hoax that fooled America" is never forgotten.

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7:14am

Mon October 10, 2011
Strange News

Message Is Answered 20 Years After Bottle Is Tossed

Walking on the beach in Sweden, Anika Winhagen picked up a bottle with a message in it. The note asked a future finder to respond. A response was possible since it turned out Winhagen had worked with the mother of the girl who floated the bottle two decades ago.

7:10am

Mon October 10, 2011
Economy

U.S. Economists Sargent, Sims Win 2011 Nobel Prize

Originally published on Mon October 10, 2011 5:04 pm

Americans Thomas Sargent of New York University and Christopher A. Sims of Princeton University have won the Nobel Prize in economics.

In awarding the $1.5 million prize, with the formal title the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences cited the researchers "for their empirical research on cause and effect in the macroeconomy."

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7:07am

Mon October 10, 2011
Around the Nation

It's The Time Of Year When Big Pumpkins Make News

Originally published on Mon October 10, 2011 12:22 pm

Transcript

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep with pumpkin news. A certain six-year-old picked a Halloween pumpkin yesterday that weighed 19 pounds - a speck compared to the pumpkin that set a Minnesota State record. It weighed 1,630 pounds and didn't even win a contest. An out-of-state pumpkin was 27 pounds heavier. In Rhode Island, a man won a contest with a pumpkin four pounds heavier than that - 1,661. Still short of the world record. You are listening to MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

4:00am

Mon October 10, 2011
Economy

Nobel Prize For Economics To Be Announced

Thomas Sargent of New York University and Christopher A. Sims of Princeton University have won the Nobel Prize in economics. They won for their research on macroeconomics.

4:00am

Mon October 10, 2011
Analysis

This Week In Politics

President Obama has been going around the country trying to rev up crowds demanding Congress pass his jobs bill. But besides Republicans, some Democrats also oppose Obama's plan.

4:00am

Mon October 10, 2011
Business

The Last Word In Business

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Now, for grandmothers looking for work, a new employment agency is recruiting women of a certain age for a job that many working families desperately need to fill: somebody to take care of the kids. And our last words in business is: Rent-a-Grandma.

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4:00am

Mon October 10, 2011
Business

Business News

Steve Inskeep has business news.

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