7:25am

Fri September 9, 2011
The Two-Way

Texas Wildfires: 'Aerial Assault' To Start Today

"Firefighters are planning their biggest aerial assault yet Friday of a massive wildfire that has raged for days across Central Texas, destroying nearly 1,400 homes and tens of thousands of acres of drought-parched land," The Associated Press writes.

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7:25am

Fri September 9, 2011
Law

Kraft Foods, Sara Lee Settle Dueling Hot Dog Suits

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STEVE INSKEEP, host:

Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep with an update on a hot dog war.

Kraft Foods and Sara Lee settled dueling lawsuits. Kraft claims its Oscar Mayer hot dogs defeated Sara Lee's Ball Park Franks. Sara Lee claimed to be America's best franks. And each company sued the other for exaggeration. Now the companies have settled out of court. Each will drop its claim that the other's hot dog wasn't so great. This way they avoid the danger of the court ruling that they were both right.

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7:21am

Fri September 9, 2011
Animals

Champion Swimmer Takes On Dolphins And Loses

Italian swimmer Filippo Magnini — a two-time world champion — took on 19-year-old King and nine-year-old Leah. King and Leah are dolphins. They edged out Magnini in the final strokes. The human swimmer was even given a handicap — the dolphins had to swim twice as many lengths.

4:00am

Fri September 9, 2011
Business

The Last Word In Business

Steve Inskeep has the Last Word in business.

4:00am

Fri September 9, 2011
Business

Google Buys Restaurant Review Service Zagat

Google's deal with Zagat is part of the Internet giant's strategy to offer better local services. And it has some wondering if the company will launch an online and mobile reservation service similar to Open Table.

4:00am

Fri September 9, 2011
Business

Business News

Congress has approved the most significant changes to patent law in half a century. The Senate passed the overhaul Thursday, and it goes to the White House for President Obama's signature. In his jobs speech to Congress, Obama said the new law would speed up the patent process.

4:00am

Fri September 9, 2011
Around the Nation

Residents Leave As Susquehanna River Rises

The remnants of Tropical Storm Lee are still causing flooding and destruction — this time in the Northeast. Nearly 100,000 people were ordered to evacuate homes from New York to Maryland because of the rising Susquehanna River. It's some of the worst flooding the region has seen in 40 years.

4:00am

Fri September 9, 2011
Economy

It's Up To Congress Whether To Back Obama's Plan

NPR's Tamara Keith talks with members of Congress for reaction to President Obama's speech last night. Among other ideas in his plan, the president is proposing tax incentives to encourage businesses to hire unemployed and wounded veterans as well as Americans who have been without work for more than six months.

4:00am

Fri September 9, 2011
Economy

Nevada Group Watches Obama With Doubt

President Obama plans to take his job creation message to the American people in the coming weeks. Nevada has the highest unemployment rate in the country. A group of people, who are employed, watched Obama's speech, and most of them are not convinced his plan would create good long-term jobs.

4:00am

Fri September 9, 2011
NPR Story

Authorities Probe 'Credible But Unconfirmed' Threat

David Greene talks to NPR's Dina Temple-Raston about the latest on what authorities are calling a credible, but unconfirmed, terrorism threat that surfaced in the past day. It suggests Washington D.C. or New York City are targets.

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