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4:24am

Fri September 14, 2012
U.S.

California Online Sales Tax Faces Enforcement Hurdle

Originally published on Fri September 14, 2012 11:43 am

An Amazon worker sorts packages at a fulfillment center in Goodyear, Ariz.
Ross D. Franklin AP

It's not hard to find online shoppers these days. Take the hipster cafe in San Francisco's Mission District where Shirin Oskooi opens her laptop and ticks off her latest Amazon purchases.

Next to her is Craig Sumner. He opens an Amazon invoice to see how much sales tax he was charged on his latest pair of Levis: none.

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10:03pm

Thu September 13, 2012
StoryCorps

From Topless Bar To Biology: A Love Story

Originally published on Thu November 15, 2012 11:56 am

Biologists Philip and Susan McClinton started their life together, in 1972, in a very different place.
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7:00am

Thu September 13, 2012
Politics and Government

Poll shows increased support for fracking

The natural gas industry sees hopeful signs in a new poll that finds more New Yorkers now support hydrofracking. A Quinnipiac University survey also finds upstate New Yorkers, some who live where the gas drilling process would occur, back fracking in greater numbers.

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6:56am

Thu September 13, 2012
Politics

State primary day brings confusion

It's a quiet primary day in Central New York this year.  There are only scattered elections across the area on the day that lets voters, registered in political parties, choose who will be on the November ballot.

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6:28am

Thu September 13, 2012
Around the Nation

Man Tries To Pay For Beer With Bartender's Card

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6:27am

Thu September 13, 2012
Strange News

A Hair-Raising World Record

Originally published on Thu September 13, 2012 8:26 am

A man in Japan wanted to make it into the Guinness book of world records. He considered trying to drink the most hot sauce, but settled on a spikier record. His hairdo — a mohawk — stands 3 feet, 8.6 inches high.

5:45am

Thu September 13, 2012
Africa

How Benghazi Is Reacting To The Deadly Attacks

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And I'm Steve Inskeep, on a tense day across the Arab world. We're gathering information from Yemen, where hundreds of protestors today breached the wall of the U.S. embassy. Witnesses say they burned an American flag, though it appears none reached the main embassy building. One reporter describes a man in the streets shouting against Jews and Christians, and the reporter adds: This is not the Yemen I know.

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5:45am

Thu September 13, 2012
NPR Story

Austerity Tested In The Netherlands

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NPR's business news starts with a boost for the euro.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

INSKEEP: Opponents of the European currency have been dealt a big setback in the Netherlands. The center-right Liberal Party, which favors remaining in the eurozone, won the most seats in yesterday's parliamentary elections.

NPR's Jim Zarroli reports.

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5:45am

Thu September 13, 2012
NPR Story

iPhone 5 Wireless Plans And The User Experience

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Apple unveiled a new version of the iPhone yesterday. The iPhone 5 is thinner and faster than its predecessors. And it joins a tiny handful of new smartphones that run on the super fast LTE network.

To learn more about the wireless networks that are a crucial part of the smartphone experience, we reached Rich Jaroslovsky. He's a technology columnist for Bloomberg News and speaks to us often.

Good morning.

RICH JAROSLOVSKY: Good morning.

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5:45am

Thu September 13, 2012
NPR Story

A $17 Million Vegas Buffet

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And today's last word in business takes us to the faux Roman Empire that stands for everything that is the opposite of austerity. We are, of course, talking about Caesars Palace in Vegas, baby.

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5:45am

Thu September 13, 2012
Religion

Anti-Islam Film Crafted To Provoke, Experts Say

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And I'm Renee Montagne. Good morning.

For many Muslims, the film that sparked at least some of the anti-American violence in Egypt and Libya was breathtakingly offensive. In a moment, we'll look into the mystery behind who made the film.

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5:45am

Thu September 13, 2012
Presidential Race

Polls Show A Tight Race In Nevada

President Obama is scheduled to campaign in Colorado on Thursday, while late Wednesday, he visited another battleground state in the West — Nevada. Polls indicate the race is tight. That's partly because Republican candidate Mitt Romney and PACS supporting him are spending a lot to get their message across. Still, it may be tough to turn Nevada red.

5:45am

Thu September 13, 2012
World

Anti-Islam Filmmaker Still A Mystery

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So we've heard the film clips. A bigger question is who is really producing that film. NPR's Carrie Kahn reports.

CARRIE KAHN, BYLINE: The movie was shot in Los Angeles County sometime last August, under the name "Desert Warriors." It's full of choppy dialogue, bad acting and scenes of a buffoonish Muhammad.

(SOUNDBITE OF MOVIE, "THE INNOCENCE OF MUSLIMS")

UNIDENTIFIED MAN: And this shall be the first Muslim animal. His name is Yafour. No, Yafour does not like the women.

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5:45am

Thu September 13, 2012
Business

Buddhist Meditation: A Management Skill?

Originally published on Thu September 13, 2012 2:07 pm

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Companies like Google, General Mills and insurance giant Aetna are teaching yoga and meditation in the workplace to help combat stress. Now some business schools are teaching aspiring MBAs the techniques, as well. Reporter Lisa Napoli visited one school in Southern California offering mindfulness as a management skill.

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5:45am

Thu September 13, 2012
Presidential Race

Attacks Move Foreign Policy To Center Of Campaign

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And the attacks in Libya and elsewhere in the Arab world come in the midst of a presidential campaign. It became, in effect, a test of leadership for both the president and his Republican challenger. NPR's Ari Shapiro reports.

ARI SHAPIRO, BYLINE: President Obama learned Wednesday morning that Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other diplomats were killed in the Libyan city of Benghazi. When he spoke in the White House Rose Garden hours later, he didn't mention politics.

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3:36am

Thu September 13, 2012
It's All Politics

In The Ohio River Valley, Voters Aren't Sure Either Candidate Can Help

Originally published on Thu September 13, 2012 10:17 pm

Towns near the Ohio River, including Steubenville, seen here in 2009, are home to many undecided voters. One of them, Brian Snider, says, "This is pretty much a ghost town."
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Most of the election-year attention Ohio gets is focused on the heavily Democratic areas in the northeast around Cleveland, or in GOP strongholds in rural areas and in the south around Cincinnati.

But it's also worth keeping a close eye on the state's less-traveled southeastern border with Pennsylvania and West Virginia — the Ohio River Valley. It's a place where there is a lot of doubt about how much either candidate can help.

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3:35am

Thu September 13, 2012
Around the Nation

Can Marriage Save Single Mothers From Poverty?

Originally published on Thu September 13, 2012 2:05 pm

New census figures showing a link between single motherhood and poverty have some analysts touting marriage as a means to curb poverty. But others say it's not so simple.
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Newly released census figures show a long-standing and glaring contrast: A third of families headed by single mothers are in poverty, and they are four times more likely than married-couple families to be poor. The disparity is on the rise, and as the number of single mothers grows, analysts are debating if more marriages could mean less poverty.

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3:35am

Thu September 13, 2012
Music

Another Reason To Skip Sleep: Indian Classical Music

Originally published on Fri September 14, 2012 2:23 pm

Tabla player and concert organizer Samir Chatterjee plays alongside flutist Ronu Majumdar at Chhandayan's annual all-night concert in New York City in May.
Dibyarka Chatterjee

Here's a typical Saturday night for a music fan in Manhattan: You go grab some dinner, and then go to a show. You hang out there for an hour or two, enjoy the music and then leave, right? But what would happen if, instead, the musicians onstage took turns soloing for an hour or more apiece, and you wound up staying until dawn?

Samir Chatterjee is a tabla player, and every spring, he invites musicians from India and elsewhere to come to New York for marathon concerts that start in the early evening and last all night long.

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2:16am

Thu September 13, 2012
Planet Money

The Fed's Other Big Power

Originally published on Fri September 14, 2012 2:06 pm

Give us a sign.
Alex Brandon AP

We think of the power of the Federal Reserve as the power of money. After all, the Fed is the one institution that can create U.S. dollars out of thin air.

But recently, Ben Bernanke has argued that the Fed has another, critical power: the power of words. And when you're the chairman of the Fed, a few words can go a long way.

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2:03am

Thu September 13, 2012
Economy

Fed Stimulus Expected, But Remedy May Not Be Right

Originally published on Thu September 13, 2012 9:02 am

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke in a hearing of the Joint Economic Committee on Capitol Hill in June.
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Federal Reserve policymakers are meeting in Washington, trying to decide whether — and exactly how — to boost the sluggish economy. Many analysts are expecting the Fed to take action, but they're also beginning to question whether another stimulus program will have any effect.

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10:12am

Wed September 12, 2012
Africa

Attack In Libya Threatens To Upset U.S. Ties

Originally published on Thu September 13, 2012 7:31 am

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10:03am

Wed September 12, 2012
Africa

U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens, 52, Killed In Libya

Originally published on Wed September 12, 2012 9:36 pm

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United States ambassadors do not always have a close connection to the countries where they serve. Sometimes, the ambassadors are friends of an American president. Sometimes, they're career diplomats who have posted to many countries over the years.

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8:16am

Wed September 12, 2012
Africa

U.S. Condemns Killing Of Ambassador, Staff In Libya

Originally published on Wed September 12, 2012 9:28 pm

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It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.

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And I'm Renee Montagne. We come to you this morning with grim news. The U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other Americans have been killed when protesters stormed the U.S. consulate in Benghazi. The protests were sparked yesterday by an American-made video circulating on the Web that ridicules Islam and the prophet Muhammad.

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8:15am

Wed September 12, 2012
Africa

U.S. Confirms Deaths Of U.S. Ambassador, Staff

Originally published on Wed September 12, 2012 9:28 pm

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It's MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.

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And I'm Renee Montagne. All through the morning we've been getting more details about the attack against the American consulate in Benghazi, Libya.

In the city that was at the heart of the Libyan revolution, protesters killed the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans. Here's Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

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6:57am

Wed September 12, 2012
Politics

Democrat Dan Lamb is newcomer in 22nd congressional district

Dan Lamb is the Democrat candidate running against central New York Congressman Richard Hanna, and he has been introducing himself to voters in the new 22nd congressional district saying that he is just like them.

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6:37am

Wed September 12, 2012
Education

As Chicago Teachers Strike, Unions At A Crossroad

Originally published on Wed September 12, 2012 9:28 pm

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On the face of it, the teacher's strike in Chicago is about money, job security and how teachers are evaluated. But it's also about the political pressure on teachers' unions to make concessions that not long ago would've been unheard of. Teachers' collective bargaining rights these days have taken a backseat to bare-bones budgets and to claims that unions are an obstacle to efforts aimed at improving the quality of schools. As NPR's Claudio Sanchez reports, all these elements have come together in Chicago.

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6:02am

Wed September 12, 2012
Around the Nation

Alaska Fisherman Rescued From Plastic Bin

Originally published on Wed September 12, 2012 9:28 pm

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6:01am

Wed September 12, 2012
Around the Nation

Gettysburg's Electric Battle Map Up For Sale

Originally published on Wed September 12, 2012 9:28 pm

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5:18am

Wed September 12, 2012
NPR Story

IRS Awards $104 Million To Whistle-Blower

Originally published on Wed September 12, 2012 9:28 pm

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After a scandal, somebody finally gets rich for doing the right thing. It's NPR's business news.

A former banker, Bradley Birkenfeld, has just been awarded $104 million by the IRS. That is believed to be the largest amount ever paid to an individual whistle-blower. Birkenfeld told the IRS how a Swiss bank was helping thousands of Americans evade taxes, and was then thrown in jail.

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NPR's Wendy Kaufman has more.

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5:18am

Wed September 12, 2012
NPR Story

Who's In The Hunt For Baseball Playoffs?

Originally published on Wed September 12, 2012 9:28 pm

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Three weeks remain in Major League Baseball's regular season. Can't promise that September will end as dramatically as last year, but things are looking pretty interesting. An expanded post-season will make this year's playoffs a little different, and NPR's Mike Pesca is with us for some analysis. Mike, good morning.

MIKE PESCA, BYLINE: Hello.

INSKEEP: OK, five teams from each league make it to the post-season this year. How does that change things?

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