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6:03am

Wed October 3, 2012
It's All Politics

On Eve Of First Debate, NPR Poll Shows Romney Within Striking Distance

Originally published on Thu October 4, 2012 1:38 pm

Early voting has begun in the battleground states of Ohio, Virginia and Iowa. Voting booths were set up for early voting Thursday at the Black Hawk County Courthouse in Waterloo, Iowa. Ahead of Wednesday's first presidential debate, an NPR poll finds President Obama with a 7-point lead nationally, but his GOP challenger, Mitt Romney, is within striking distance.
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The latest poll by NPR and its bipartisan polling team [pdf] shows President Obama with a 7-point lead among likely voters nationally and a nearly identical lead of 6 points in the dozen battleground states where both campaigns are spending most of their time and money.

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5:15am

Wed October 3, 2012
Around the Nation

Early Voting Begins In Presidential Picker Ohio

Originally published on Wed October 3, 2012 10:14 am

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Early voting began in Ohio yesterday. More than a million people have signed up for mail-in ballots, and thousands more began voting in person. From member station WKSU, M.L. Schultze reports.

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4:20am

Wed October 3, 2012
History

Wikipedia Politicizes Landmark Historical Event

Originally published on Wed October 3, 2012 10:14 am

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When President Obama and Mitt Romney debate tonight, many people will ask if their claims are true. Each one has already been asking that about the other side.

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: They will try to distract you and sometimes - how do I put this nicely? They will just fib.

MITT ROMNEY: The president tends to - how shall I say it? - say things that aren't true.

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4:20am

Wed October 3, 2012
Business

Homeowners Facing Foreclosure Get New Protections

Originally published on Wed October 3, 2012 10:14 am

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4:20am

Wed October 3, 2012
Business

Business News

Originally published on Wed October 3, 2012 10:14 am

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NPR's business news starts with good news for automakers.

U.S. auto sales last month were the best they've been in four and a half years. That's according to numbers compiled by the research firm Auto Data. Experts give credit the boost in sales to cheap financing for car loans and growing consumer confidence. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

3:37am

Wed October 3, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Medicare Dings Hospitals For Too Many Repeat Customers

Originally published on Wed October 3, 2012 10:14 am

Denver Health has a network of clinics to keep track of patients discharged from its hospital.
Denver Health

A paradox of American health care is that hospitals are sometimes rewarded for doing things badly.

Patients who are discharged, for example, shouldn't have to come right back because they got worse after getting home. But if they do come back, hospitals benefit because they can fill an empty bed and bill for more care.

The federal government says, in fact, that Medicare alone pays $17.4 billion a year for unnecessary return visits.

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3:35am

Wed October 3, 2012
All Tech Considered

Calif. Greenlights Self-Driving Cars, But Legal Kinks Linger

Originally published on Wed October 3, 2012 5:56 pm

California Gov. Jerry Brown (front left) rides in a driverless car to a bill signing at Google headquarters in Mountain View, Calif., on Sept. 25.
Eric Risberg AP

Google's self-driving robotic cars have been on the roads in California for two years, but they have been operating in a legal limbo. These cars were not explicitly forbidden, but laws governing self-driving vehicles didn't exist.

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3:34am

Wed October 3, 2012
James Bond At 50

The Sound Of James Bond: Vic Flick's Surf Guitar

Originally published on Thu October 4, 2012 1:36 pm

The 007 theme is one of the most famous themes in movie history. The infamous guitar riff that gives the theme its secret agent feel was performed by Vic Flick, who spoke to Morning Edition about the day he played it, 50 years ago.

In 1962, Flick was a 25-year-old studio guitarist who was asked to help give the James Bond theme more of a punch. Composer Monty Norman, who wrote the theme, was scrambling to complete the score for the first Bond movie, Dr. No. He'd scratched out a rough draft of the theme, but Flick says it fell a little flat.

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10:03pm

Tue October 2, 2012
Sweetness And Light

The NFL's Lesson: There's No Replacing Good Refs

Originally published on Wed October 3, 2012 10:14 am

Referee Walt Anderson makes a call in the Chicago Bears game against the Dallas Cowboys Monday, ending the NFL's first full slate of games with its regular officials.
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So, we found out that the National Football League is too big to fail. But not so big that it couldn't make a complete fool of itself and show to the world that its owners are stingy, greedy nincompoops.

Not so big that it couldn't make its commissioner, Roger Goodell, stand out in front, looking lost and small, so that their erstwhile tough-guy commander suddenly became an errand boy, losing respect and dignity that will be hard to regain the next time he needs it.

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1:08pm

Tue October 2, 2012
Law

Judge Postpones Pennsylvania's Voter ID Law

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A judge in Pennsylvania has blocked a key part of that state's new voter ID law, a law that's caused controversy. Now, come Election Day, voters showing up at the polls can still be asked to show a government-issued photo ID, but they will not be prevented from voting if they don't have one. NPR's Pam Fessler has been covering the story and she joins us now. Good morning.

PAM FESSLER, BYLINE: Good morning.

MONTAGNE: So, remind us what this Pennsylvania law is - you know, why it's been making national news.

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9:32am

Tue October 2, 2012
The Upstate Economy

Collaboration in western New York brings innovative product

SensGard LLC. makes hearing protection, but not the kind that you might be used to. Instead of large, wooly earmuffs they are producing small, foldable hearing protectors that look like ear plugs on the end of a headband.

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9:24am

Tue October 2, 2012
Politics and Government

More questions on new Cuomo administration fracking delay

The Cuomo administration has announced two developments that could delay the start of hydrofracking in New York, and is leaving supporters and opponents with many unanswered questions.

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9:02am

Tue October 2, 2012
Regional Coverage

SU reaches fundraising goal

Syracuse University announced this month that it has reached the $1 billion mark in its fundraising campaign, which was launched in 2005. University administrators had not expected that goal to be met until December 31 of this year. With the recession dogging the economy for the last four years, other universities have not been so successful in their fundraising efforts.

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7:56am

Tue October 2, 2012
Around the Nation

'Fearless Felix' To Try To Break Sound Barrier

Originally published on Tue October 2, 2012 1:08 pm

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Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep with best wishes to Felix Baumgartner. He plans to ride a balloon to an altitude of 23 miles over New Mexico and then he will step out into the void. Fearless Felix will be wearing a pressurized suit like an astronaut and expects to break the sound barrier as he falls. He's being advised by a former NASA flight surgeon who lost his wife in a shuttle crash and who wants to improve astronauts' odds of surviving a future disaster. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

7:47am

Tue October 2, 2012
Around the Nation

Survey: Bald Man Are Perceived As Manlier

Originally published on Tue October 2, 2012 1:08 pm

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5:24am

Tue October 2, 2012
Election 2012

The Politics Of Election Polls

Originally published on Tue October 2, 2012 1:08 pm

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President Obama has held a lead over Mitt Romney in the polls for several weeks now, and that's prompted a conservative reaction. Some are charging that big media outlets are intentionally designing their polling to make it look like the president is getting the kind of voter surge he had in 2008. NPR's David Folkenflik has the story.

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5:05am

Tue October 2, 2012
NPR Story

2013 Car Models

Originally published on Tue October 2, 2012 1:08 pm

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'Tis the season for new car buying. Fall is when automakers roll out their latest models - with new technologies and better fuel efficiency. And to talk about the latest trends, we reached Michelle Krebs in Detroit. She's a senior analyst at the auto information website Edmunds.com.

Good to have you back, Michelle.

MICHELLE KREBS: Glad to be back.

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5:05am

Tue October 2, 2012
NPR Story

Retailers Paying More For Fraud-Related Costs

Originally published on Tue October 2, 2012 1:08 pm

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And here in the U.S., for retailers, the cost they pay for consumer fraud is going up. Merchants who sell their products using mobile devices or sell internationally are seeing their costs climbing higher still - almost 40 over last year.

NPR's Wendy Kaufman reports.

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5:05am

Tue October 2, 2012
NPR Story

Okinawan Resentment Flares Over Osprey Deployment

Originally published on Wed October 3, 2012 8:21 pm

An Osprey arrives at U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma in Ginowan city on Japan's southern island of Okinawa on Monday. Six Ospreys were deployed in Okinawa, drawing sharp reactions from residents amid persistent concerns about the aircraft's safety.
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A new deployment of U.S. military aircraft to Okinawa has sparked protests and reignited residents' long-simmering resentment of America's military presence there. Opponents say the vertical takeoff Osprey has a poor safety record and poses a danger to inhabitants of the densely populated Japanese island.

U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma is surrounded by the city of Ginowan. At Futenma No. 2 Elementary School, 200 yards outside the base, the roar of rotor blades can be so deafening that classes can't be held without keeping heavily reinforced windows shut.

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3:36am

Tue October 2, 2012
The Two-Way

Brain-Damaged Man Wins New Trial In Two-Decades-Old Killing

Originally published on Tue October 2, 2012 1:08 pm

Richard Lapointe confessed in 1989 that he stabbed, raped and killed his wife's 88-year-old grandmother two years earlier. But in the 23 years since, experts in criminal justice have come to better understand how sometimes people make false confessions — especially someone with brain damage, like Lapointe. On Monday, Connecticut's state Appellate Court ordered a new trial, saying prosecutors wrongly withheld potentially important evidence.

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3:35am

Tue October 2, 2012
It's All Politics

In North Carolina, Latino Voters Could Be Crucial To Winning The State

Originally published on Tue October 2, 2012 1:24 pm

A sign directs voters to polls at a polling station on Nov. 4, 2008, in Shallotte, N.C.
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In this year's presidential campaign, $11 million has been spent so far on ads targeting Hispanics, according to ad-tracking firm Kantar Media/CMAG.

That's eight times the amount spent four years ago on Spanish-language ads, and it's focused in just a handful of battleground states: Florida, Nevada, Colorado and, perhaps most surprisingly, North Carolina.

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3:33am

Tue October 2, 2012
It's All Politics

Colorado's Undecided Voters Are A Hot Election Commodity

Originally published on Tue October 2, 2012 1:08 pm

A rare thunderstorm produced hail, torrential rain and a double rainbow in downtown Fort Collins, Colo., last month.
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Throughout the series First and Main this election season, Morning Edition is traveling to contested counties in swing states to find out what is shaping voters' decisions.

The series started in Florida and the hotly contested county that includes Tampa, then continued to a county in Wisconsin that voted twice for George W. Bush and then swung to Barack Obama.

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10:15am

Mon October 1, 2012
NPR Story

Watch This: Native American Author Sherman Alexie

Originally published on Mon October 8, 2012 4:35 am

Author and Spokane Indian Sherman Alexie won the American Book Award in 1996 for Reservation Blues.
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9:36am

Mon October 1, 2012
Politics and Government

Report finds half of racing horse deaths were preventable

A report by the Cuomo admisntration on the death of 21 horses at a New York racing course concludes that half of the deaths could have been prevented.  

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7:35am

Mon October 1, 2012
Around the Nation

Jack White Disappointed In Fans' Energy Level

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7:30am

Mon October 1, 2012
Media

'The Onion' Apologizes For Presidential Poll

The satirical news site reported a bogus poll: 77 percent of rural white voters would rather vote for Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad than President Obama. The Iranian news agency Fars did not understand it was a joke, and reported the survey as fact.

5:20am

Mon October 1, 2012
Middle East

Syria Experiences More Bloody Weekend Fighting

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

Day after day in Syria, people are being killed, but sometimes it takes a weekend like this past one to remind us just how horrifying the conflict is. Government troops were battling rebels were for control of Aleppo, Syria's largest such city. And as they fought, flames spred through a centuries-old market, burning huge sections to the ground.

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5:13am

Mon October 1, 2012
Business

The Last Word In Business

Originally published on Mon October 1, 2012 7:17 am

The Impossible Project saved Polaroid film before it went off the market. It bought the last remaining factory and restarted production. And a gadget called the Instant Lab prints Polaroids from your iPhone.

5:13am

Mon October 1, 2012
Africa

Nigeria Reports Increase In Polio Cases

Originally published on Mon October 1, 2012 6:35 am

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A disease that once ravaged the world, killed countless children, even famously affected President Franklin Roosevelt, has now been eradicated in all but three countries: Nigeria, Pakistan and Afghanistan. The disease is polio. And at the United Nations last week, Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon met leaders of those three countries, who pledged to step up efforts to wipe out polio entirely.

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5:13am

Mon October 1, 2012
Business

Maker Faire Celebrates Do-It-Yourself-Culture

Originally published on Mon October 1, 2012 5:23 pm

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Thousands of people gathered at the New York Hall of Science this weekend for what's called the World Maker Faire. It was the third an annual celebration of 21st century Do-It-Yourself culture, with workshops, speakers and demonstrations.

But, as reporter Stan Alcorn discovered, the main attraction is the makers themselves.

STAN ALCORN, BYLINE: At the center of the World Maker Faire is Katy Perry.

JESSE GREEN: Katy Perry is the unicorn that we made for a friend's wedding.

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