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4:46am

Wed June 20, 2012
Economy

G-20 Leaders Promise To Promote Economic Growth

Originally published on Wed June 20, 2012 8:08 am

Leaders of the world's biggest economies wrapped up the G-20 summit in Mexico Tuesday with a promise to work together to promote jobs. The meeting comes amid worrisome signs of slowing growth in the United States and elsewhere.

4:46am

Wed June 20, 2012
Sports

NBA Finals: Miami Takes 3-1 Lead Over Oklahoma City

Originally published on Wed June 20, 2012 8:08 am

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For the Miami Heat, it's three down, one to go. Last night in Miami, the Heat pulled within one win of an NBA championship, with 104 to 98 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder. That gives Miami a 3-to-1 lead in the series and a comforting statistic for Heat fans to think about until tomorrow night's game 5. No team in NBA history has come back from a 3-1 deficit in the finals. NPR sports correspondent Tom Goldman joins us now to talk about it.

Good morning.

TOM GOLDMAN, BYLINE: Hi.

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4:46am

Wed June 20, 2012
Economy

Investors Look To The Fed For An Economic Boost

Originally published on Wed June 20, 2012 9:59 am

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NPR's business news starts with the Fed in the spotlight.

U.S. stocks rallied yesterday largely on a belief among investors that the Federal Reserve will take further action to stimulate the economy. The Fed concludes a two-day meeting around noon today. Afterwards, Chairman Ben Bernanke will hold a news conference to explain the Fed's strategy.

As NPR's John Ydstie reports, there are several things the Fed could do to try to boost growth, but whether they'd be effective is debatable.

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4:46am

Wed June 20, 2012
Election 2012

Mitt Romney Wraps Up Bus Tour To Battleground States

Originally published on Wed June 20, 2012 8:08 am

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Mitt Romney has wrapped up his most extensive campaign trip since becoming the all-but-official Republican nominee for president. Over the past five days, he visited six potential battleground states, touring each by bus. Along the way, he honed his attacks on President Obama, while also trying to show voters a more relaxed Mitt Romney than they've seen so far.

The tour, called Every Town Counts, stayed mostly in counties friendly to Republicans, ending with three stops in Michigan yesterday, the state where Romney was born.

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4:46am

Wed June 20, 2012
Middle East

Egypt TV: Ex-President Mubarak Is On Life Support

Originally published on Wed June 20, 2012 8:08 am

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This MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Linda Wertheimer.

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And I'm Renee Montagne.

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4:46am

Wed June 20, 2012
Europe

Oxford To Honor Suii Kyi After Years Of House Arrest

Originally published on Wed June 20, 2012 9:26 am

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3:18am

Wed June 20, 2012
Asia

Illegal Fishing, Molotov Cocktails, A Daring Escape

Originally published on Wed June 27, 2012 10:47 am

Vannak Prum of Cambodia was trafficked onto a Thai fishing boat and forced to work for three years before he escaped by jumping overboard. He was honored at the State Department in Washington on Tuesday as the U.S. issued its annual report on human trafficking around the world.
Becky Palmstrom and Shannon Service for NPR

The State Department on Tuesday cited abuses in Thailand's huge fishing industry as part of an annual worldwide report on Trafficking in Persons. The report noted that men from Cambodia and Myanmar, also known as Burma, are trafficked aboard Thai ships and forced to work against their will. They include men like Vannak Prum, a Cambodian who spent three years on such a boat. Prum was among those honored at the State Department on Tuesday.

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3:15am

Wed June 20, 2012
Education

A New Union Battle As Chicago Teachers, Mayor Clash

Originally published on Wed June 20, 2012 8:08 am

Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis speaks to reporters after casting her ballot in a strike authorization vote. Teachers voted overwhelmingly to authorize the first strike in 25 years if the city and the union can't come to terms this summer.
M. Spencer Green AP

There hasn't been a school strike in Chicago for 25 years. But the current contract between Chicago teachers and the Chicago Public Schools expires at the end of next week, and tensions between the teachers union, the school district and Mayor Rahm Emanuel are ratcheting higher.

Chicago Teachers Union members outmaneuvered the mayor, school officials and anti-union education groups by overwhelmingly approving a measure that allows teachers to strike if contract negotiations fall flat.

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3:08am

Wed June 20, 2012
Sports

Runner Has Eyes On Two Prizes: Olympics, Ph.D.

Originally published on Wed June 20, 2012 8:30 am

Runner Shannon Leinert, 24, hopes to qualify for the 2012 Olympic track and field team to compete in the 800-meter race.
Chris Auckley Courtesy of Chris Auckley

Among the dozens of athletes hoping to leap, throw or run their way to London as part of the U.S. track and field team is 24-year-old runner Shannon Leinert.

Leinert, who will compete in the 800-meter dash, has dreamed of the Olympics since she was 10 and winning races in St. Louis, her hometown. If that weren't enough, she's also working on a doctoral degree in special education.

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3:07am

Wed June 20, 2012
National Security

Are Drones Obama's Legacy In War On Terrorism?

Originally published on Wed June 20, 2012 10:17 am

President Obama's use of drones, and his direct involvement in whom they target, has both U.S. and international communities questioning the administration's secret drone policy.
Kirsty Wigglesworth AP

The Obama administration's use of drones to kill suspected terrorists in foreign countries may be President Obama's biggest legacy in the fight against terrorism.

One privilege — or burden — of the Oval Office is that each inhabitant gets to decide how dirty to get his hands in wartime. President Truman made the ultimate decision to use the atomic bomb, while President Kennedy chose not to use a nuclear weapon in the Cuban Missile Crisis.

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3:06am

Wed June 20, 2012
Election 2012

Obama's Immigration Move Disrupts Rubio's Dream

Originally published on Wed June 20, 2012 8:19 am

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., leaves the stage after speaking at the Council on Foreign Relations on May 31 in New York.
Stan Honda AFP/Getty Images

With a single policy directive last week, President Obama took control of an issue of special importance to Hispanics this election year. Obama announced illegal immigrants younger than 30 who are brought to the U.S. as children and who meet other standards will not be subject to deportation.

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10:03pm

Tue June 19, 2012
Sweetness And Light

Title IX At 40: What Has Changed, And What's Next

Originally published on Wed June 20, 2012 8:08 am

The adoption of Title IX has spurred growth in women's collegiate sports, including soccer. But a women's pro league has struggled, cutting its season short this year. Here, Notre Dame celebrates winning the NCAA College Cup in 2010.
Gerry Broome AP

Saturday is the 40th anniversary of Title IX, which, although almost nobody anticipated it then, resulted in women's gaining the right to participate in sports commensurate with their numbers attending college.

Title IX not only had a huge effect on women's participation in sports, but also, culturally, it influenced the way both men and women view the idea of women and athletics. It's mattered greatly in our American society.

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9:48am

Tue June 19, 2012
Asia

Pakistan's Prime Minister Disqualified From Office

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9:35am

Tue June 19, 2012
Education

No agreement in Albany on teacher evaluations, so far

Governor Andrew Cuomo says he no longer thinks settling the issue of making teacher evaluations public is “urgent,” and will allow the legislature to leave later this week without an agreement on the matter.

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8:54am

Tue June 19, 2012
Regional Coverage

Syracuse cautiously approves Inner Harbor plans

COR Development has been awarded the contract to rebuild Syracuse's Inner Harbor.
scottwdw via Flickr

For COR Development President Steve Aiello, Monday's vote by the Syracuse Common Council was a long time coming.

Aiello's firm was selected earlier this year to redevelop the city's Inner Harbor. Then it was granted a memorandum of understanding from the council in February.

But it wasn't until yesterday that the council officially voted in favor of Aiello's $350 million proposal.

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7:26am

Tue June 19, 2012
Around the Nation

N.C. Elephant Is The First To Get Contact Lenses

Originally published on Tue June 19, 2012 9:48 am

At the zoo in North Carolina C'sar the elephant seemed sad. He was lethargic and losing weight. Vets thought it was his poor eyesight. Cataract surgery helped but now he's far sighted. So his caretakers ordered contact lenses — they'll be a bit smaller than tennis balls.

7:14am

Tue June 19, 2012
World

New Zealand Couple Spends $80,000 On Bucket List

Originally published on Tue June 19, 2012 9:48 am

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5:51am

Tue June 19, 2012
Law

Jury: Roger Clemens Not Guilty Of Perjury

Originally published on Tue June 19, 2012 9:48 am

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And I'm Linda Wertheimer.

A federal jury has acquitted baseball pitching ace Roger Clemens on all charges. The jury found Clemens not guilty of lying to Congress and of obstructing a congressional investigation into performance-enhancing drugs in baseball. NPR legal affairs correspondent Nina Totenberg was in the courtroom. She has this report.

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4:58am

Tue June 19, 2012
Middle East

More Civilians Joining Syria's Rebel Movement

Originally published on Tue June 19, 2012 9:48 am

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LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Linda Wertheimer.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

And I'm Steve Inskeep.

The opposition in Syria is increasingly taking up arms. They've been devastated by months of assaults by government troops loyal to President Bashar al-Assad

WERTHEIMER: The army offensive to crush the rebels has been so ferocious that a U.N. monitoring mission was suspended. But we're about to hear the sounds of the rebels fighting back.

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4:58am

Tue June 19, 2012
Around the Nation

U.S. Border States Have Stake In Mexico's Presidential election

Originally published on Tue June 19, 2012 9:48 am

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In southern Texas and in Arizona, people are paying a lot of attention to the presidential election - Mexico's presidential election. From member station KJZZ, Peter O'Dowd explains why millions of Americans are awaiting July 1st, Mexico's election day.

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4:58am

Tue June 19, 2012
Africa

Egypt Election Update

Originally published on Tue June 19, 2012 9:48 am

Later this week in Egypt, the official results of the presidential election will be announced. Steve Inskeep talks to Egyptian journalist and commentator Issandr El Amrani about why there haven't been mass protests over the military council's power grab during the election.

4:58am

Tue June 19, 2012
Business

Business News

Originally published on Tue June 19, 2012 9:48 am

The Federal Reserve starts its latest two-day meeting Tuesday, and analysts around the globe are wondering whether the central bank will end ease monetary policy. The meeting follows some tough U.S. labor data and the recent Greek elections.

4:58am

Tue June 19, 2012
Business

Microsoft's Surface Tablet To Compete With iPad

Originally published on Tue June 19, 2012 9:48 am

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Now in Hollywood last night, Microsoft unveiled its newest product: a tablet computer to compete with the iPad. Putting out a computer is an unusual move for Microsoft, which is mostly known for software.

NPR's Mandalit del Barco was at the announcement.

MANDALIT DEL BARCO, BYLINE: At Milk Studios in Hollywood, a photo studio for the stars, Microsoft engineers revealed their snazzy new tablet, which they call Surface.

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4:58am

Tue June 19, 2012
Business

The Last Word In Business

Originally published on Tue June 19, 2012 9:48 am

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And today's last word business is about a bank takeover that was more of a fake over. Businessman Li Chunping made headlines in China earlier this year. He spoke in the Chinese media of how he took over an American bank - the Atlantic Bank of Delaware, which he said went bankrupt in 2008.

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The story got him plenty of public praise. The communist party touted him as a model citizen, rising from poverty to be a successful businessman in the rice trade. He even got a position as a government adviser.

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3:17am

Tue June 19, 2012
Music Interviews

Killer Mike: On Ronald Reagan And Raising Daughters

Originally published on Fri December 14, 2012 5:05 pm

Killer Mike's new album, his sixth, is called R.A.P. Music.
Courtesy of Life and Death PR

Atlanta rapper Michael Santiago Render, known professionally as Killer Mike, released his sixth album this month. It's called R.A.P. Music. The album's title isn't about hip-hop, per se, but refers to an acronym tweeted by another Georgian, a critic named Maurice Garland, two years ago. "He just put it up randomly: 'Rap music is supposed to be Rebellious African People,' " Killer Mike told Morning Edition. "I said, 'Yo, i'm naming my next album that.' "

You can hear a portion of the show's interview with Killer Mike at the audio link, but keep reading for more.

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3:15am

Tue June 19, 2012
Energy

Rio Environment Meeting Focuses On 'Energy For All'

Originally published on Tue June 19, 2012 9:48 am

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon speaks during a news conference on June 7 at the United Nations headquarters in New York City. Ban wants to focus on making energy available to the poorest populations of the world.
Andrew Burton Getty Images

Diplomats and activists from around the world are meeting in Rio de Janeiro this week to talk about how the planet's growing population can live better lives without damaging the environment. The Rio+20 meeting marks the 20th anniversary of the United Nations Earth Summit in Rio, a watershed meeting to address topics as diverse as climate change and biodiversity.

At this follow-up meeting, delegates hope to highlight an issue that was almost absent from the Earth Summit: making energy available to everyone in the world.

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3:14am

Tue June 19, 2012
Revolutionary Road Trip

Muslim Faction Has Its Roots In Cairo Coffee Klatch

Originally published on Tue June 19, 2012 9:48 am

Mohammed Tolba (center) talks with friends at a coffee shop in the Cairo suburbs. The 33-year-old Egyptian is trying to change the public perception of Salafists, Muslims who believe in a literal interpretation of the Quran.
John W. Poole NPR

NPR Morning Edition host Steve Inskeep is nearing the end of his Revolutionary Road Trip, a journey across North Africa to see how the countries that staged revolutions last year are remaking themselves. Steve and his team began in Tunisia's ancient city of Carthage, drove across the deserts of Libya, and filed this report from the third and final country, Egypt.

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3:09am

Tue June 19, 2012
Politics

A Fine Line: Distinguishing Issue Ads From Advocacy

Originally published on Tue June 19, 2012 9:48 am

3:07am

Tue June 19, 2012
Business

It's Taxis Vs. Limos In Laid-Back Portland

Originally published on Tue June 19, 2012 9:48 am

Portland, Ore., imposes two different fare structures on taxis and other kinds of short-trip vehicles. Two town car companies say those different rules are unconstitutional.
Thomas Hawk Flickr

With just over a half-million residents, Portland, Ore., is not exactly a major metropolis. In this bike- and mass-transit-friendly city, there are typically more bikes and buses plying the downtown streets than taxis and town cars.

So when Mike Porter wanted to drum up business for his town car company, he did what a lot of businesses do: He took out a Groupon ad, offering a discounted fare to or from the airport.

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3:06am

Tue June 19, 2012
Asia

Confined To A Thai Fishing Boat, For Three Years

Originally published on Wed June 27, 2012 10:46 am

Vannak Prum of Cambodia was sold onto a Thai fishing boat where he was forced to work in miserable conditions for three years before escaping. Thailand's huge fishing industry is coming under increasing criticism for using trafficked workers who have been sold to unscrupulous ship captains.
Becky Palmstrom and Shannon Service for NPR

Thailand supplies a large portion of America's seafood. But Thailand's giant fishing fleet is chronically short of up to 60,000 fishermen per year, leaving captains scrambling to find crew. Human traffickers have stepped in, selling captives from Cambodia and Myanmar to the captains for a few hundred dollars each. Once at sea, the men often go months, or even years, without setting foot on land.

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