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3:37am

Mon April 30, 2012
Author Interviews

Caro's 'Passage of Power': LBJ's Political Genius

Originally published on Mon April 30, 2012 10:26 am

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Robert Caro writes obsessively about power. Fittingly, it's Lyndon Johnson — catapulted suddenly into the presidency "in the crack of a gunshot" — who consumes him.

The Passage of Power, the fourth volume of Caro's massive biography of Lyndon Johnson, is released this week. Caro has dedicated decades to meticulously researching Johnson's life, and the previous books in the series have been almost universally hailed as a significant achievement in American letters.

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3:36am

Mon April 30, 2012
Opinion

Living To 100: The Story Of India's Pocket Hercules

Originally published on Mon April 30, 2012 8:39 am

Centenarian Manohar Aich sits at his home in Kolkata, India. Aich stood 4 feet 11 inches at his tallest, earning him the nickname "Pocket Hercules."
Bishan Samaddar

A fad that has been sweeping through middle-class India might look familiar to some Americans — it's a craze for fancy gym equipment. But when commentator Sandip Roy visited India's first Mr. Universe (who is known as the "Pocket Hercules") he found that the body builder has little patience for the new trend.

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10:38am

Fri April 27, 2012
Regional Coverage

Fort Drum eyed by House Republicans for new missile defense site

High angle view of the ramp at Wheeler Sack Army Airfield, Fort Drum, New York (NY), during the Hawgsmoke 2002 Competition, showing US Air Force (USAF) Air National Guard (ANG), maintenance personnel preparing A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft for competition.
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Fort Drum is being eyed as a possible location for a new East Coast missile defense site. Republicans in the House Armed Services committee called this week for a study on the issue.

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9:49am

Fri April 27, 2012
Politics and Government

Cuomo shifts to new phase of government

Governor Cuomo cast further doubt on issues like campaign finance reform and increasing the states minimum wage to become law this year, and says he’s “shifting” to a new phase of governing instead.

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7:05am

Fri April 27, 2012
Sports

Charlotte Bobcats Are NBA's Worst Team Ever

Originally published on Fri April 27, 2012 7:24 am

Michael Jordan, one of the greatest players in basketball history, has one more record. It's not likely a record he wanted. He's the owner of the NBA's worst team ever. The Charlotte Bobcats have seven wins and 59 losses.

7:00am

Fri April 27, 2012
Remembrances

Man With Bullet In His Head Lived To Be 103

Originally published on Fri April 27, 2012 7:24 am

William Lawlis Pace died in California this week. He holds the record for the person alive the longest with a bullet in his head. Back in 1917, his brother accidentally shot him with a rifle. Doctors left the bullet in place, feeling it would do more damage to remove it.

5:12am

Fri April 27, 2012
Books

Simon Cowell Shows Up At Launch For Unauthorized Book

Originally published on Fri April 27, 2012 7:23 am

A controversial biography of TV and music impresario Simon Cowell came out on both sides of the Atlantic this week. Cowell showed up at the London launch of the unauthorized biography entitled, Sweet Revenge: The Intimate Life of Simon Cowell.

5:12am

Fri April 27, 2012
Business

The Last Word In Business

Originally published on Fri April 27, 2012 7:46 am

Sales of previously owned homes are up more than 10 percent from last year, according to The Wall Street Journal. At the same time, the number of homes for sale is at the lowest levels in years. The result, say many real estate firms, is that most of the offers being made these days come with competing bids.

5:12am

Fri April 27, 2012
Politics

Obama, Romney Focus On Fall Presidential Election

Originally published on Fri April 27, 2012 7:24 am

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

Seems like only a month or two ago that some pundits saw almost no way that Mitt Romney could easily sew up his party's nomination, and they spun out elaborate scenarios of a contested convention. Actually, it was only a month or two ago that some pundits were saying that. But now Romney's nomination is assumed, especially after he won five primaries this week. And that leaves him a full half year to make his case against President Obama.

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5:05am

Fri April 27, 2012
NPR Story

Amazon's Profits Exceed Wall Street's Expectations

Originally published on Fri April 27, 2012 7:24 am

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NPR's business news starts with impressive earnings for Amazon.

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INSKEEP: Amazon released its first-quarter earnings for 2012, which far exceeded Wall Street expectations. As NPR's Steve Henn reports, that sent Amazon's stock price soaring.

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5:05am

Fri April 27, 2012
NPR Story

Jessica Evers Jones Looks Back On LA Riots

Originally published on Mon April 30, 2012 3:26 pm

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Now f or Jessica Evers Jones, the anniversary of the LA riots is also a birthday. Jessica entered the world dramatically. On that first day of the riots, her pregnant mother, Elvira Jones, was shot in the stomach outside her home. Elvira was rushed to the hospital and Jessica was delivered by emergency C-section. Surgeons removed a bullet from her elbow. She was famous before she was a week old.

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1:08pm

Thu April 26, 2012
Health

Organ donor registry now available online

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New York state is hoping that a new way to join the state's organ donor registry online will mean a longer list of potential donors. Central New Yorkers, who have had to make decisions about organ donations, are encouraging New Yorkers to log on.

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12:24pm

Thu April 26, 2012
Politics and Government

Cuomo casts doubt on success of remaining session issues

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Governor Andrew Cuomo says he has some goals for the rest of the legislative session, including reforming the campaign finance system and possibly raising the state’s minimum wage.

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7:34am

Thu April 26, 2012
Europe

Swedish Woman Gets Invitation Meant For Official

Originally published on Thu April 26, 2012 9:21 am

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7:25am

Thu April 26, 2012
Around the Nation

Research Examines Newly-Drafted NFL Quarterbacks

Originally published on Thu April 26, 2012 9:21 am

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6:42am

Thu April 26, 2012
World

Hague To Issue Verdict Against Charles Taylor

Originally published on Thu April 26, 2012 9:21 am

A special tribunal in The Hague has found former Liberian President Charles Taylor guilty of aiding war crimes. Taylor armed fighters in neighboring Sierra Leone in return for "blood diamonds."

4:45am

Thu April 26, 2012
Asia

Pakistani Moms Keep Sons From Being Radicalized

Originally published on Thu April 26, 2012 12:32 pm

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

As we just heard from Jackie, most drone strikes are in areas along the border with Afghanistan, places overrun in recent years by the Pakistani Taliban and other radical groups. And our next guest is using a form of soft power to fight terrorism there: mothers. Mossarat Qadeem is deploying mothers to pull their sons back from militancy.

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4:45am

Thu April 26, 2012
Business

After Backlash, Ethanol Industry Is Thriving

Originally published on Thu April 26, 2012 1:28 pm

Young corn plants grow next to the Guardian Energy ethanol plant in Janesville, Minn. Five years ago, the U.S. government projected that in 2012, ethanol production would use up 30 percent of the nation's corn supply. Last year, it used 40 percent.
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Five years ago, ethanol was seen as the next big thing to wean the U.S. off foreign oil. Then some studies on the corn-based fuel cast doubt on its environmental benefits, and auto companies turned their attention to hybrids and electric cars. The hype died off, but the ethanol industry is alive and well, driving a big change in America's corn consumption.

Rising up out of the corn fields outside Lake Odessa, Mich., is the ethanol refinery for Carbon Green Bioenergy. The company's CEO, Mitch Miller, says a lot of refineries were popping up when this one was built in 2006.

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4:45am

Thu April 26, 2012
Business

The Last Word In Business

Originally published on Thu April 26, 2012 9:21 am

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Let's stay in Europe for our last word in business - about an ad that allegedly pushes Nationalist buttons.

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

The story starts with the Netherlands Energy Company. As a promotion, the energy company is offering free beer taps.

INSKEEP: We do not know how a free beer tap promotes using energy, but never mind. The company bought ads. The ads contain a warning for Netherlands women: Prevent your husbands from traveling to Ukraine to see this summer's European soccer championship. They thought...

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4:25am

Thu April 26, 2012
Media

Panel: Murdoch Is Too Powerful In U.K.

Originally published on Thu April 26, 2012 9:21 am

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This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.

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4:25am

Thu April 26, 2012
Business

Business News

Originally published on Thu April 26, 2012 9:21 am

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NPR's business news starts with a cage-free promise.

Burger King announced yesterday, that by 2017, all of its eggs and pork will come from animals not penned-up in cages and crates. Burger King is the first major U.S. fast food chain to put a firm deadline on such a promise. The move is seen as part of an industry-wide shift to consider animal concerns.

One food industry analyst says it proves quote, "that consumers are willing to pay a little bit more for fairness."

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4:25am

Thu April 26, 2012
Business

Double-Dip Recession Catches Britain Off Guard

Originally published on Thu April 26, 2012 9:21 am

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Britain is a nation in shock, following yesterday's announcement that its economy has slipped back into recession. The bad news is raising new questions about the government's unpopular austerity measures.

Vicki Barker has more from London.

VICKI BARKER, BYLINE: The news that Britain's economy has fallen into the dreaded double-dip recession caught everyone off guard - including Prime Minister David Cameron, who was immediately hit by a wave of criticism from parliament.

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4:19am

Thu April 26, 2012
NPR Story

Obama To Begin Campaigning In Earnest

Originally published on Thu April 26, 2012 9:21 am

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And I'm Renee Montagne.

For the president, next week is being billed as the official launch of his re-election campaign. Mr. Obama will be holding rallies in the swing states of Ohio and Virginia. But it would be hard to tell a difference from this week, when Mr. Obama made a tour of college campuses in three other battleground states.

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4:19am

Thu April 26, 2012
NPR Story

U.S. Considers Ways To Keep Drones In Pakistan

Originally published on Thu April 26, 2012 9:21 am

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

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And I'm Steve Inskeep.

Let's follow up on the controversy over the American use of drones in Pakistan. Over the past few years, no issue has done quite as much to inflame public sentiment and stir anti-American feelings in Pakistan as drone strikes.

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4:19am

Thu April 26, 2012
NPR Story

Pakistan's Prime Minister Found Guilty Of Contempt

Originally published on Thu April 26, 2012 9:21 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Pakistan faces even more political uncertainty. The country's supreme court today found the prime minister guilty of contempt of court. Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani had resisted demands by the court that he press authorities in Switzerland to pursue money laundering charges there against his boss, the president of Pakistan. NPR's Julie McCarthy has been following this story. She was at the court in Islamabad.

Hi, Julie.

JULIE MCCARTHY, BYLINE: Hi, Steve.

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12:37pm

Wed April 25, 2012
Regional Coverage

How odd weather is hurting New York fruit growers

An early warm spell this year led to early buds. A severe cold snap followed shortly thereafter. On the heels of a freak snowstorm, upstate fruit growers are now waiting to find out how much damage has been done.
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The apple crop in New York is the second-largest in the country, behind only Washington State. Cherries, peaches, apricots and grapes are also big business in New York.

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10:53am

Wed April 25, 2012
Environment

Air quality improves in many parts of New York state

Pollution is locally produced in New York state from things like power plants, factories, diesel trucks and vehicle traffic.
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The American Lung Association says there is some good news for those in this area who suffer from breathing problems. Many parts of New York state have seen improved air quality this year over last.

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10:00am

Wed April 25, 2012
Politics and Government

Assembly introduces public campaign financing bill

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The State Assembly has introduced a bill to permit voluntary public financing of some election campaigns for the first time in New York State.

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8:14am

Wed April 25, 2012
Around the Nation

Settlement Clears Path For Cross On Sunrise Rock

Back in 1934, veterans of World War I put up a memorial in the Mojave Desert, setting a cross on what's known as Sunrise Rock. Private citizens have always maintained the cross even though it was on federal land. But the memorial has sparked debate for years. According to the Los Angeles Times, the Park Service will give the property to Henry and Wanda Sandoz in exchange for land they own elsewhere.

7:15am

Wed April 25, 2012
Around the Nation

Va. Woman Wins Powerball Twice In Same Day

Originally published on Wed April 25, 2012 8:10 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne. We know the odds of winning a million dollar Powerball jackpot - one in five million. But what are the odds of winning that jackpot twice in one day? That's just what Virginia Fike said to herself when she accidentally bought to Powerball tickets instead of one. Whatever they are, she beat the odds. Her five lucky numbers brought her a double win. And last Friday she was handed a check for $2 million. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

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