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5:23am

Wed August 22, 2012
Business

The Last Word In Business

Originally published on Wed August 22, 2012 7:15 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

OK. And our last word in business today is Wi-Fi donkeys. Just follow along here.

A theme park in Israel called Kfar Kedem, or Village of Yore, depicts life in Israel in the first and second centuries. The Times of Israel describes it as a Galilean version of Colonial Williamsburg.

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4:51am

Wed August 22, 2012
Law

Jury To Decide Apple's Patent Case Against Samsung

Originally published on Wed August 22, 2012 4:10 pm

What your next smart phone or tablet computer might look like is in the hands of a California jury. In one of the biggest patent infringement cases ever, Apple is suing Samsung — charging that in creating its products, Samsung ripped off iPhone and iPad technology. Samsung countered with its own allegations.

This case is complex, the legal issues are daunting, and the jury's decision has to be unanimous.

"What's at stake here is the future of smartphones and the tablet market," says intellectual property expert Christopher V. Carani.

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3:06am

Wed August 22, 2012
Middle East

Syrian Conflict Stokes Unease In Lebanon

Originally published on Wed August 22, 2012 9:43 am

Lebanese masked gunmen from the al-Mokdad clan gather for a news conference in Beirut's southern suburbs on Aug. 15. The Mokdads, a large Lebanese Shiite Muslim clan, said they kidnapped at least 20 Syrians to try to secure the release of a family member abducted by Syrian rebels near Damascus this week.
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In Lebanon, a wave of kidnappings and an alleged plot to destabilize the country with bombings — both related to the uprising in Syria — are shaking Lebanon's precarious sectarian balance.

That's been apparent on al-Mokdad Street in south Beirut, which has been tense in recent days. The Mokdads are a large Shiite clan who control the street that is named for them. Young men with pistols in their pockets cruise the street on motor scooters, acting as the clan's lookouts.

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3:05am

Wed August 22, 2012
Around the Nation

Trying To Tame The (Real) Deadliest Fishing Jobs

Originally published on Wed August 22, 2012 4:09 pm

Crew members of a scallop boat float in their survival suits during a drill in Point Judith, R.I.
Jesse Costa WBUR

On the fishing-boat piers of New England, nearly everyone knows a fisherman who was lost at sea.

Boat captain Joe Neves remembers when a crew member got knocked overboard. "We heard him screaming 'Help me!' " Neves says, grimacing. "But you know, on the water at night, your head is like a little coconut." They didn't find him.

Mike Gallagher discovered a friend who was entangled in still-running hydraulics. "I knew right away he was dead," he says.

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3:04am

Wed August 22, 2012
First And Main

Wis. State Senator Connects Her Politics To Her Past

Originally published on Wed August 22, 2012 8:35 pm

Wisconsin state Sen. Jessica King stands at the corner of Main Street and Algoma Boulevard in downtown Oshkosh. She won her seat in a senatorial recall campaign last year.
John W. Poole NPR

As the presidential election nears, Morning Edition is visiting swing counties in swing states for our series First and Main. We're listening to voters where they live — to understand what's shaping their thinking this election year. This week, we're spending time in Winnebago County, Wis., where we spoke with two women — one Democrat, one Republican — who embody their state's Midwestern charm and spirit of self-reliance. First, we hear from the Democrat.

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3:04am

Wed August 22, 2012
It's All Politics

Are Independents Just Partisans In Disguise?

Originally published on Wed August 22, 2012 7:31 am

Don Nichols iStockphoto.com

Independent voters have grown in recent years into a mega voting bloc. By some estimates they outnumber registered Republicans, and even registered Democrats.

Every election cycle, independents generate enormous amounts of interest as candidates, pollsters and the media probe their feelings. These voters are widely considered to hold the key to most elections.

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10:09pm

Tue August 21, 2012
Sweetness And Light

Serena Williams Takes Tennis For A Ride

Originally published on Wed August 22, 2012 1:44 pm

Serena Williams returns a shot during a match at the Western & Southern Open tennis tournament in Mason, Ohio.
Tom Uhlman AP

For the first time in a long time there is actually more than a modicum of interest in the women's side of a Grand Slam tournament. And, of course, it's all strictly due to a party of one: Serena Williams.

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10:01am

Tue August 21, 2012
Regional Coverage

Will back to school bring more bath salts use?

Raquel Baranow Flickr

The abuse of the designer drug called "bath salts" came of age this summer, with violent episodes from abusers reported by police and medical professionals across central New York.

Some authorities are worried about what happens next, when universities and schools go back into session.

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9:14am

Tue August 21, 2012
Environment

Onondaga Lake cleanup underway

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After 100 years of environmental assault, Onondaga Lake in Syracuse became known as the most polluted lake in America. But now the final stage of a cleanup is underway. 

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7:04am

Tue August 21, 2012
Around the Nation

Wealthy Koch Brother Builds Old West Town

Originally published on Wed August 22, 2012 9:01 am

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6:58am

Tue August 21, 2012
Around the Nation

10-Year-Old Son Gets Dad Help For Bee Stings

Originally published on Wed August 22, 2012 9:01 am

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6:18am

Tue August 21, 2012
Around the Nation

GOP Leaders Encourage Akin To Quit Senate Race

Originally published on Wed August 22, 2012 9:01 am

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It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm David Greene.

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And I'm Steve Inskeep. Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin was going to face trouble, no matter what. But it's Akin's fate that he also faces a deadline today.

GREENE: If he should withdraw from the U.S. Senate race by 5 o'clock Central Time this afternoon, it will be easy for party officials to name a replacement. And he is under pressure not to miss this opportunity.

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5:20am

Tue August 21, 2012
Music News

Tim Storms Holds Record For Lowest Sung Note

Originally published on Wed August 22, 2012 9:01 am

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OK, we're about to hit a new low. The London-based record label Decca held a competition earlier this year. The label was looking for someone who could sing an incredibly low note: the low E.

TIM STORMS: (Singing) E.

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5:20am

Tue August 21, 2012
Election 2012

Campaign Contribution Totals Reveal Complex Picture

Originally published on Wed August 22, 2012 9:01 am

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A moment ago we heard warnings that Todd Akin will lose financial support if he stays in the race. For a campaign, of course, money is like oxygen, and the presidential campaigns have set out their latest reports on how they're breathing. President Obama and Mitt Romney each have an advantage, depending on which bank account you're looking at. NPR's Peter Overby reports.

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5:20am

Tue August 21, 2012
Business

The Last Word In Business

Originally published on Wed August 22, 2012 9:01 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

And our last word in business today is: pumped up kicks.

The Wall Street Journal reports that Nike will soon release its priciest shoe.

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The latest Lebron James-branded basketball shoe, known as - the Lebron X Nike Plus - is expected to retail for $315. I'm hoping that's for a pair, David, and not per shoe.

Anyway, it apparently includes some motion sensing technology - motion sensing technology that can record how high players jump when wearing them.

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4:48am

Tue August 21, 2012
Latin America

Lesbian Couple Tests Colombia's Adoption Laws

Originally published on Wed August 22, 2012 9:01 am

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In Latin America, the highest courts have increasingly been ruling in favor of gay rights, and that includes the right to marry. Now, some countries are moving to allow adoption by people who are gay. It is a hot-button issue that has drawn fierce opposition. One case that could set an important precedent involves a lesbian couple in Colombia. NPR's Juan Forero has the story.

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4:48am

Tue August 21, 2012
Remembrances

Comedian Phyllis Diller Had Us Laughing For Decades

Originally published on Wed August 22, 2012 9:01 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Okay. It can be a sensitive matter to mention a woman's age, but if people failed to mention it, Phyllis Diller was liable to bring it up herself. Diller died at home in Los Angeles yesterday at the age of 95, after decades of making people laugh by poking fun at herself, as she did in this stand-up performance in 2004.

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PHYLLIS DILLER: You know you're old when your walker has an airbag.

(LAUGHTER)

DILLER: And your birthday cake looks like a prairie fire.

(LAUGHTER)

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4:48am

Tue August 21, 2012
Business

Business News

Originally published on Wed August 22, 2012 9:01 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

NPR's business news starts with a really big apple.

It was bound to happen. Apple has surpassed Microsoft as the most valuable company ever. That happened when Apple stock hit $665 per share yesterday, boosting its market value to nearly $624 billion. Microsoft had held the record for market capitalization since 1999. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright National Public Radio.

4:39am

Tue August 21, 2012
Latin America

Cuba Views China, Vietnam As Economic Hope

Originally published on Wed August 22, 2012 9:01 am

People, one holding an image of Cuba's President Raul Castro and his brother Fidel Castro, wait in line at a bus stop in Havana last month.
Franklin Reyes AP

Cuba is one of the world's last remaining communist states. Cuba's allies in China and Vietnam also maintain firm one-party rule, but have prospered by introducing market principles to their economic models. With Cuban President Raul Castro easing government controls on property rights and private enterprise, many are wondering if the struggling island is looking to Asia for a way forward.

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3:29am

Tue August 21, 2012
Middle East

Don't Charge That Electric Car Battery; Just Change It

Originally published on Wed August 22, 2012 9:01 am

Better Place is building a network of electric car battery changing stations throughout Israel. The idea is to make changing a spent electric battery as easy as pulling into the gas station for gasoline. Here, Better Place CEO Shai Agassi is shown in front of a cutaway model of an electric car at the company's showroom in Tel Aviv earlier this month.
Tara Todras-Whitehill for NPR

It looks like a bright new car wash, but it's a battery swapping station for electric cars in Israel. When a vehicle pulls up, it is slowly pulled through a conveyor. The spent battery is taken out and replaced with one that is fully charged. The entire process takes less than five minutes.

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3:29am

Tue August 21, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

High School Daze: The Perils of Sacrificing Sleep for Late-Night Studying

Originally published on Wed August 22, 2012 9:01 am

It may not be the best strategy to stay up late and cram. A new study finds that when teens don't get the sleep they need, all kinds of things can go poorly.
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High school students with heavy academic course loads often find the demands of homework colliding with the need for adequate sleep.

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3:28am

Tue August 21, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Health Law Gives Medicare Fraud Fighters New Weapons

Originally published on Wed August 22, 2012 9:01 am

With help from the Affordable Care Act, government fraud investigators will make more use of computer programs to detect Medicare and Medicaid scams.
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Fighting health care fraud in the U.S. can seem like an endless game of Whack-a-Mole. When government fraud squads crack down on one scheme, another pops up close by.

But the fraud squads that look for scams in the federal Medicare and Medicaid programs have some new weapons: tools and funding provided by the Affordable Care Act.

Medicare and Medicaid pay out some $750 billion each year to more than 1.5 million doctors, hospitals and medical suppliers. By many estimates, about $65 billion a year is lost to fraud.

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3:23am

Tue August 21, 2012
First And Main

In Wis. Swing County, Voters Criticize 'Handouts'

Originally published on Wed August 22, 2012 9:01 am

Patricia and Steven Cumber run the Food Tailor food truck in downtown Oshkosh, Wis. It's their primary source of income after Steven lost his job as a welder.
John W. Poole NPR

As the presidential election nears, Morning Edition is visiting swing counties in swing states for our series First and Main. We're listening to voters where they live — to understand what's shaping their thinking this election year. This week, we're spending time in Winnebago County, Wis.

We began our conversations in the lakeside city of Oshkosh, at a cafe on Main Street. But now, we're heading outside town to the Winnebago County Fair, where I was eager to taste Wisconsin's most famous food: cheese curds.

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1:50pm

Mon August 20, 2012
Business

Aetna To Buy Coventry Health Care

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Changes in the health insurance industry are at the top of NPR's business news.

The giant insurance company Aetna plans to get a little bigger. It's buying Coventry Health Care for more than $5.5 billion. Now, if you want to know why, consider the changing landscape in which Aetna does business. Medicaid is expanding under President Obama's health care law, Medicare is expanding as Americans grow older, and those government-run plans include many opportunities for private insurance companies.

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10:12am

Mon August 20, 2012
Politics and Government

Gillibrand again pushing incentive package for small businesses

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) is again stumping for incentives for woman-owned small businesses.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) is again trying to push incentives for woman-owned small businesses through Congress.

The senator was at Cathedral Corporation in Rome Friday afternoon to push the SUCCESS Act.

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9:49am

Mon August 20, 2012
Health

Area congresswoman focuses on autoimmune diseases

Representative Ann Marie Buerkle (R-NY) introduced legislation in Congress this week that puts the spotlight on autoimmune diseases. The Syracuse area congresswoman has a personal reason for wanting to boost awareness of these illnesses that range from multiple sclerosis to rheumatoid arthritis.

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7:15am

Mon August 20, 2012
Economy

How Will Gloomy World Econmy Affect U.S. Exports?

Originally published on Mon August 20, 2012 5:43 pm

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Exports of goods and services have been one of the bright spots in the lackluster U.S. economy lately. Exports have been growing much faster than almost anything else. But, economies around the world are now slowing.

And to find out what that means for U.S. exports and jobs, we turn, as we often do, to David Wessel, economics editor of The Wall Street Journal.

Good morning, David.

DAVID WESSEL: Good morning.

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7:15am

Mon August 20, 2012
Around the Nation

N.Y. Library's Toilet Paper To Feature Ads

Originally published on Mon August 20, 2012 1:50 pm

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7:04am

Mon August 20, 2012
Europe

BBC Weatherman Apologizes For Inaccurate Forecast

Originally published on Mon August 20, 2012 1:50 pm

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5:15am

Mon August 20, 2012
Remembrances

Director Tony Scott's Death Investigated As Suicide

Originally published on Mon August 20, 2012 1:50 pm

Tony Scott's breakout hit was Top Gun, a drama about fighter pilots in training, starring Tom Cruise.
AP

When people talk about Tony Scott's movies, the same words often come up: stylish, exuberant and kinetic. Three years ago, in a video interview with The Guardian, Scott explained why watching his movies could sometimes be exhausting.

"I have this natural energy that I want to inject into what I do," he said. "The worlds that I touch, I sort of embrace those worlds, and I always look for that energetic side of the worlds that I'm touching."

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