6:56am

Thu September 8, 2011
Around the Nation

Shoplifter Has Expensive Taste In Groceries

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DAVID GREENE, host:

Good morning. I'm David Greene.

Here's a story about lobsters in shorts. Not wearing shorts. The lobsters were inside a guy's pockets. Police in Mississippi say the man was caught shoplifting at a supermarket. In his shorts: two bags of jumbo shrimp and two live lobsters. Police Chief Wayne Payne put it best: Good thing the rubber bands didn't break. The perpetrator prefers his seafood. Police say he also took a pork loin, but he threw that at employees.

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4:00am

Thu September 8, 2011
Around the Nation

Public Hearing Addresses Kansas Abortion Rules

Kansas is one of several states trying to increase licensing requirements and regulations for clinics that perform abortions. The state has enacted a new set of rules but a lawsuit has prevented them from taking effect. On Wednesday, Kansas officials held a public hearing to consider changes to the rules.

4:00am

Thu September 8, 2011
Economy

What New Jobs Fix Will Obama Propose Tonight?

President Obama, in a joint session of Congress Thursday night, will announce his plan to get more Americans working. David Greene speaks to David Wessel of The Wall Street Journal about the challenges Obama faces promoting a jobs program and reviving the economy.

4:00am

Thu September 8, 2011
Africa

Tripoli Residents Start Life Over Without Gadhafi

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DAVID GREENE, host:

And let's turn now to Libya, where the capital Tripoli is rapidly rebounding from the fighting that ousted Moammar Gadhafi from power. Less than three weeks after the rebels launched their assault on the city, shops are re-opening, the water and electricity are back on, and garbage is being picked up. Tripoli's new city officials are also working to re-establish security. NPR's Jason Beaubien is in the city and sent us this report.

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4:00am

Thu September 8, 2011
Politics

Perry, Romney Capture Spotlight At GOP Debate

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It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. Good morning, Im David Greene.

STEVE INSKEEP, host:

And Im Steve Inskeep.

Just a few months ago, many Republicans seemed to assume that their candidate for president would be a long shot in 2012.

GREENE: But now President Obama is looking more vulnerable, so Republican candidates attended a debate last night, knowing that one of them could have a real chance to win.

INSKEEP: First, of course, they battle each other. Former front-runner Mitt Romney faced with the current front runner, Rick Perry.

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4:00am

Thu September 8, 2011
Business

The Last Word In Business

In 1971, computer scientist Michael S. Hart typed the text of the Declaration of Independence and made it available on a computer network so others could read it as well. It was an electronic document, and he created what you might think of as the prototypical e-book. Before his death this week at the age of 64, Hart founded Project Gutenberg, which provides free digital literature, to spread literacy.

4:00am

Thu September 8, 2011
Economy

Apprenticeships May Solve Skills Gap, Spark Economy

Morning Edition has been asking business people for their one idea on how to help fix a part of the economy. Tim Brown, CEO of the design firm IDEO, talks to Steve Inskeep about his idea of reviving apprenticeships.

4:00am

Thu September 8, 2011
Around the Nation

Clergy Insulted They're Barred From Speaking At Sept. 11 Event

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is banning clergy-led prayer at this weekend's events marking the tenth anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks. The mayor's office says he wants to avoid disagreements over which religious leaders participate. Some religious groups are calling the ban a sign of prejudice against religion.

4:00am

Thu September 8, 2011
Business

Business News

David Greene and Steve Inskeep have business news.

4:00am

Thu September 8, 2011
Afghanistan

How Jalalabad Became A Hot Bed Of Afghan Insurgency

Reporting from Afghanistan, Morning Edition's Renee Montagne looks at the city of Jalalabad. That's where top al Qaida leaders were last seen as they fled Kabul, and disappeared into the mountains of Tora Bora on their way to Pakistan.

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