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4:14am

Wed November 14, 2012
Politics and Government

Cuomo launches probe of utilities companies

Governor Andrew Cuomo is launching a Moreland Act investigation into the state’s utilities companies, which he says he hopes will result in a complete overhaul of New York’s power distribution system.

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3:19am

Wed November 14, 2012
Humans

Study: Reading 'Maxim' Can Make You A Theft Target

Originally published on Wed November 14, 2012 8:06 am

TK
iStockphoto.com

Some time ago, a man wearing jeans, cowboy boots and a hoodie drove a dirty Ford Explorer into a carwash in Fort Worth, Texas. As soon as the car came back clean, he got it filthy again, and drove to the next carwash. He did this with every single full-service carwash in town.

The man wasn't suffering from a strange mental disorder; Patrick Kinkade was a criminologist conducting an experiment.

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3:18am

Wed November 14, 2012
Environment

A 'Green' Gold Rush? Calif. Firm Turns Trash To Gas

Originally published on Wed November 14, 2012 8:17 pm

Energy Of The Future? California company Sierra Energy is testing out a reactor that turns garbage — like these wood chips, metal fragments and plastics — into synthetic gas that can then be turned into a low-carbon diesel fuel.
Christopher Joyce NPR

Second of a two-part series. Read Part 1

California starts the ball rolling Wednesday on a controversial scheme to keep the planet from overheating. Businesses will have to get a permit if they emit greenhouse gases.

Some permits will be auctioned today; the rest are free. The big idea here is the state is putting a ceiling on emissions.

It's a gamble. And for this top-down climate plan to work, it has to usher in a greener, more efficient economy.

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3:17am

Wed November 14, 2012
The Record

A&M Records: Independent, With Major Appeal

Originally published on Thu November 15, 2012 5:12 pm

Herb Alpert (left) and Jerry Moss, who founded A&M Records in Alpert's garage in 1962.
Courtesy of A&M Records

10:03pm

Tue November 13, 2012
Sweetness And Light

Dear Sports Czars: Take Your Ball And Go Home

Originally published on Wed November 14, 2012 8:06 am

Czars.

It was fun to call American sports commissioners czars, but once players started to have unions, a commissioner really became more like a majority leader in a legislature, trying to keep his party — the owners — together in their financial battles against the minority opposition, the athletes.

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7:18am

Tue November 13, 2012
Around the Nation

Dictionary Chooses American Word Of 2012

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne. It's a big year for the little word gif. The Oxford Dictionary has chosen it as the word of 2012. Short for graphic interface format, which are looping Internet animations, gif began as a noun in the 80s but caught on as a verb. For example, I giffed. That is made my own looping animations of the president's speech. Runners up include nomophobia - fear of being without your mobile phone. And YOLO - you only live once. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright National Public Radio.

7:10am

Tue November 13, 2012
Around the Nation

Homeless Man Jailed For Charging Cell Phone

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5:09am

Tue November 13, 2012
Latin America

Azerbaijan Leader's Statue In Mexico Draws Protests

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In the most prominent park in Mexico City, you can find statues to international heroes like Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King and now Heydar Aliyev. He was a Soviet-era autocrat in Central Asia. The late leader's government paid for the statue and restoration of a nearby plaza. And as NPR's Carrie Kahn reports, that's created quite a stir in the Mexican capital.

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5:02am

Tue November 13, 2012
Business

Business News

Originally published on Tue November 13, 2012 6:30 am

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NPR's business news starts with a small reprieve for Greece.

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5:02am

Tue November 13, 2012
Health

Missouri, Kansas Reject Health Exchanges

Originally published on Tue November 13, 2012 7:36 am

Immediately after last week's election, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon announced the state would not be setting up its own health insurance exchange. Next door in Kansas, Gov. Sam Brownback announced that Kansas will have no involvement in running a state exchange either. The moves open the door for increased federal involvement in health care in staunchly Republican territory.

3:46am

Tue November 13, 2012
The Salt

Danes May Bring Back Butter As Government Rolls Back Fat Tax

Originally published on Thu November 15, 2012 3:34 pm

Toothbutter, illustrated.
Sidsel Overgaard NPR

Toothbutter: noun. Butter spread so thickly as to reveal teeth marks upon biting.

The fact that this word exists in the Danish language should help to explain what politicians were up against when they introduced the "fat tax" just over a year ago. This is a country that loves it some butter (and meat, and all things dreadful to the arteries).

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3:45am

Tue November 13, 2012
It's All Politics

Obama Hopes For Another Victory: Avoiding Fiscal Cliff

Originally published on Tue November 13, 2012 1:55 pm

President Obama speaks during a Veterans Day ceremony in Arlington, Va., on Sunday.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

President Obama meets with labor leaders at the White House on Tuesday to discuss how to steer clear of the so-called fiscal cliff. It's the first of many meetings aimed at avoiding automatic tax increases and spending cuts at the beginning of the new year.

A week ago, the president proved again that he and his team are good at winning elections. The question now is whether he can translate victory at the ballot box to success in shaping policy.

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3:44am

Tue November 13, 2012
Author Interviews

'Testament Of Mary' Gives Fiery Voice To The Virgin

Originally published on Wed November 14, 2012 3:36 pm

Scribner

The Virgin Mary is one of the most familiar icons of Christianity. For centuries, artists have depicted her on everything from backyard statues of a rosy-cheeked innocent to paintings of magnificent Madonnas hanging in museums all over the world. But few writers have taken up her story or tried to create their own version of the events of her life.

Now, Irish writer Colm Toibin does just that. His novella, The Testament of Mary, raises questions about the life of Jesus' mother and the stories that laid the groundwork for the creation of a church.

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3:43am

Tue November 13, 2012
Energy

Across Pa., Abandoned Wells Litter The Land

Originally published on Tue November 13, 2012 5:02 am

An abandoned, unplugged well near the Allegheny National Forest in northwest Pennsylvania.
Scott Detrow StateImpact Pennsylvania

In February 1932, the United States was in the midst of the Great Depression. Franklin Roosevelt was plotting a run for the White House. And in northeast Pennsylvania, the Morris Run Coal Co. had just finished drilling a 5,385-foot-deep gas well on a farm owned by Mr. W.J. Butters.

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3:43am

Tue November 13, 2012
World

Far-Right Greek Party Rides Wave Of Economic Anger

Originally published on Tue November 13, 2012 5:02 am

Members of the Greek ultranationalist Golden Dawn Party, sing the national anthem outside the party's office in Thessaloniki in June. The party's support has been boosted by anti-immigrant anger.
Sakis Mitrolidis AFP/Getty Images

When German Chancellor Angela Merkel visited Athens last month, a few Greek Army reservists in fatigues greeted her with chants of "Get out, Nazis!" Like other Greeks, they are furious over the drastic budget cuts Germany and other eurozone countries are demanding in exchange for billions in bailout loans.

The protesters compared the situation to Nazi Germany's brutal occupation of Greece during World War II, when more than 400,000 Greeks died.

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11:00am

Mon November 12, 2012
The Upstate Economy

Robotics industry still in its infancy

You may have seen videos of robots interacting humans in laboratories and wondered when we'll see those robots on store shelves. One industry expert says that moment is closer than you think.

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10:49am

Mon November 12, 2012
Regional Coverage

Upstate universities to focus on rural veterans issues

Upstate social work programs are aiming to provide better rural services for veterans and their families. Universities from across upstate New York, including in Rochester, Buffalo, Albany and Syracuse, are taking part in a program funded by the Department of Health and Human Services to train students in remote areas.

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9:40am

Mon November 12, 2012
Regional Coverage

Veterans Day about more than just a day off

Veterans Day for many people means no school and shopping the sales.  But for veterans, the day means the recognition of their service to this country.

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7:32am

Mon November 12, 2012
Business

Customers Complain About Early Christmas Carols

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7:26am

Mon November 12, 2012
Around the Nation

Judy Garland's Blue Dress From 'Oz' Gets New Owner

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne, with news from the world of Oz.

(SOUNDBITE OF MOVIE, "THE WIZARD OF OZ")

JUDY GARLAND: (As Dorothy) There's no place like home.

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5:39am

Mon November 12, 2012
Media

BBC Engulfed In 2nd Crisis Within Weeks

Originally published on Mon November 12, 2012 5:42 pm

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Let's look now at the impact of some shocking revelations on the other side of the Atlantic. Britain's media has had a pretty rough year. First, the phone-hacking scandal that led to the closure of Rupert Murdoch's popular tabloid News of the World. Now the esteemed BBC is in trouble. Over the weekend, the head of the BBC resigned, plunging the world's largest public broadcaster into its second crisis within weeks. NPR's Philip Reeves has more.

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5:39am

Mon November 12, 2012
Politics

With Election Over, Washington Moves On To 'Fiscal Cliff'

Originally published on Mon November 12, 2012 6:36 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.

With the election settled, Washington, Wall Street and much of the rest world, it seems, are focused on whether Congress and a reelected president can avoid the fiscal cliff. To tell us what's at stake, we turn now to David Wessel. He's the economics editor of The Wall Street Journal and author of "Red Ink," a new primer on the federal budget and the deficit.

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5:39am

Mon November 12, 2012
National Security

Washington Surprised By News Of Petraeus Affair

Originally published on Mon November 12, 2012 5:44 am

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It's MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.

The nation's capital this morning is trying to make sense of the sudden resignation last week of CIA director David Petraeus. More details are emerging about the extramarital affair that brought Petraeus down. It came to light following an FBI investigation that was not focused originally on the CIA director, but which soon led straight to him.

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4:07am

Mon November 12, 2012
Politics

Lew, Bowles Rumored To Replace Treasury's Geithner

Originally published on Mon November 12, 2012 5:43 pm

A second term means some new Cabinet appointments for President Obama, including at the Treasury. After four pretty grueling years, Secretary Timothy Geithner has made it clear he will be leaving Washington.

White House press secretary Jay Carney said last week that Geithner would be staying on through the inauguration. He's also expected to be a "key participant" in "fiscal cliff" negotiations.

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3:29am

Mon November 12, 2012
Shots - Health News

Struggle For Smarts? How Eastern And Western Cultures Tackle Learning

Originally published on Thu November 15, 2012 2:17 pm

Chinese schoolchildren during lessons at a classroom in Hefei, east China's Anhui province, in 2010.
STR AFP/Getty Images

In 1979, when Jim Stigler was still a graduate student at the University of Michigan, he went to Japan to research teaching methods and found himself sitting in the back row of a crowded fourth-grade math class.

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3:28am

Mon November 12, 2012
Poetry

WWI Poetry: On Veterans Day, The Words Of War

Originally published on Mon November 12, 2012 5:39 am

Four U.S. soldiers, runners for the 315th Infantry, pose in France in November 1918. The troops reportedly carried official orders to Lt. Col. Bunt near Etraye, France, shortly before noon, Nov. 11, 1918, announcing that the armistice had been signed, thereby ending World War I.
AP

Veterans Day — originally Armistice Day — was renamed in 1954 to include veterans who had fought in all wars. But the day of remembrance has its roots in World War I — Nov. 11, 1918 was the day the guns fell silent at the end of the Great War. On this Veterans Day, we celebrate the poetry of World War I, one of the legacies of that conflict.

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3:27am

Mon November 12, 2012
Afghanistan

As The Clock Ticks, U.S. Trains Afghan Troops

Originally published on Mon November 12, 2012 5:39 am

US troops from the 1-91 Cavalry patrol in Baraki Barak district in Logar Province, south of Kabul. Insurgents carry out frequent attacks in the area. The U.S. is trying to improve the capabilities of Afghan forces so they will be able to take control when U.S. troops leave.
Sean Carberry NPR

As NATO prepares to withdraw combat troops from Afghanistan in 2014, Afghan forces are increasingly taking the lead against the Taliban and other insurgents. But the results are mixed.

In parts of Logar Province, just south of Kabul, Afghan troops are successfully leading security operations. In other parts of the same province, where insurgents are more active, U.S. troops are still taking the lead.

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12:33pm

Fri November 9, 2012
NPR Story

Boehner: To Avert Fiscal Cliff, Kill Tax Loopholes

Originally published on Fri November 9, 2012 12:46 pm

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Here in Washington, House Speaker John Boehner addressed a major economic issue this morning. In a press conference, the Republican talked about the so-called fiscal cliff. That's the combination of higher tax rates and spending cuts due to take effect at the end of this year.

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9:54am

Fri November 9, 2012
Technology

Kodak app aims to attract new users to old technology

Credit Eastman Kodak

Kodak has launched a free iPhone app to help photography enthusiasts in the U.S and Europe work with their film stock.

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9:38am

Fri November 9, 2012
Regional Coverage

Health study may be next step for Watertown residents concerned about pollution on north side

DEC spokesman Stephen Litwhiler reads out audience questions during a public meeting about pollution on the north side Wednesday evening at North Elementary School in Watertown.
Credit Joanna Richards

Residents of Watertown's north side community have expressed renewed concerns over pollution surrounding the New York Air Brake industrial site, which was cleaned up beginning in the 1990s. Officials from the state departments of Health and Environmental Conservation held a public meeting Tuesday night at a nearby elementary school to try to respond to those fears.

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