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Business
5:56 am
Fri March 2, 2012

Continental, United Go To Single Computer System

It would be easy not to have known Continental Airlines has been merged with United for two years. That will change Saturday when all operations and branding are combined under just United. Any hiccups could mean delays throughout the airline's system.

Around the Nation
5:35 am
Fri March 2, 2012

Honeymooners Revisit Waldorf-Astoria 6 Decades On

When Joan and Izzy Schwartz got married, they spent their wedding night in a suite at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in Manhattan. Back then, the room cost $16.80. For their 60th anniversary, the Waldorf will give the couple a room for the same rate they paid in 1952.

Europe
5:28 am
Fri March 2, 2012

London Fashion Students Make A Green Statement

Students at London's Kingston University this week unveiled luxury designs made of bio-degradable materials. There are stilettos made from pistachio shells and coffee beans, a wood-chip corset and a top made from orange peel.

NPR Story
2:00 am
Fri March 2, 2012

Dentist Wins Bid For Elvis Presley's Crown

Originally published on Mon March 5, 2012 1:59 pm

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And our last word in business this morning is: crowning achievement. At an auction in the U.K. last week, a dentist from Alberta, Canada, paid $10,000 for a crown that once belonged to The King himself: Elvis Presley.

The crown is actually the kind you wear on a tooth. That isn't the only dental collectible this dentist has paid top dollar for. He shelled out $31,000 for a rotten tooth that belonged to John Lennon. He says his waiting room is starting to look like a Hard Rock Cafe, but it's good for business.

NPR Story
2:00 am
Fri March 2, 2012

Syria Update

The district of Baba Amr in the city of Homs had been the heart of the Syrian uprising, where mass protests turned into an armed resistance. Activists say government troops are combing the area, arresting any male over the age of 12.

Business
2:00 am
Fri March 2, 2012

Business News

Greece has taken almost all the action needed to secure a second bailout from eurozone countries, according to the head of the European currency group. The first loan can now be paid out by March 20, as long as Greece completes a bond swap between Athens and private investors, which should cut the nations privately-held debt in half.

Books
2:00 am
Fri March 2, 2012

Shadid's Memoir 'House Of Stone'

Anthony Shadid, who died Feb. 16, was a foreign correspondent for The New York Times based in Baghdad and Beirut. He won a Pulitzer Prize twice, in 2004 and 2010.
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Originally published on Fri March 2, 2012 11:59 am

The death of Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times correspondent Anthony Shadid in Syria on Feb. 16 was a devastating loss for journalism and for the Middle East he did so much to illuminate.

But Shadid's voice is still with us — in the form of the memoir House of Stone, published this week.

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Energy
2:00 am
Fri March 2, 2012

Liquid Metal Battery Could Budget Sun's Energy

David Greene talks to materials chemist Donald Sadoway from the TED (Technology, Entertainment and Design) conference in Long Beach, Calif. Sadoway is the co-inventor of the liquid metal battery. It's inexpensive, super efficient, sustainable and can provide large scale energy storage.

Election 2012
2:00 am
Fri March 2, 2012

Washington State To Hold Latest Nominating Contest

Originally published on Fri March 2, 2012 5:12 am

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

The next big day for Republican presidential hopefuls is Super Tuesday. But on the way to Tuesday, the candidates are making stops in Washington state. Republican caucuses there are set for tomorrow morning.

And as NPR's Martin Kaste reports, with the fight for the nomination still tight, for once the caucuses in Washington state may actually mean something to the presidential race.

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Fine Art
1:37 am
Fri March 2, 2012

In 'Ocean Park,' Gentle Portraits Of California Light

Richard Diebenkorn's 1975 work Ocean Park #79, features pastel blues, lavenders and aquas — and thin strips of deep red and green at the top to draw the viewer's gaze upward.
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Originally published on Fri March 2, 2012 6:31 am

In the late 1960s, while America was in turmoil over the Vietnam War and the assassinations of Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert Kennedy, a painter in Santa Monica, Calif., was creating a series of tranquil, glowing canvases that made his reputation and transfixed art lovers. Those works — the Ocean Park series — are now on view at the Orange County Museum of Art, about an hour's drive from the place where they were painted.

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Business
5:34 am
Thu March 1, 2012

Virgin Atlantic Hires Whispering Coach

The airline hired the coach to train its flight attendants to speak in hushed tones while serving passengers. Crews will be trained on tone and volume. The low tones are reserved for Virgin's new upper class dream suite.

Around the Nation
5:18 am
Thu March 1, 2012

Even In Court, A Wallet Must Be Monitored

Originally published on Thu March 1, 2012 10:18 am

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Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep. A suspect in Iowa will not have to go far to find a jury of his peers. Jury selection was underway in a court in Waterloo when a potential juror left her wallet on a bench. She returned from a break and found cash missing. Witnesses and security cameras in the court led authorities to a suspect. The man was another potential jury member. Police arranged a court date for him in the same legal system he had been serving a short time before. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

Election 2012
2:00 am
Thu March 1, 2012

Santorum Pounces On Romney's Views On Religious Freedom

Campaigning in Tennessee Wednesday, GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum's camp took the opportunity to slam rival Mitt Romney for having a "liberal Record" on freedom of religion. At Nashville's Belmont University, Santorum spoke about his own views of religious freedom.

Law
2:00 am
Thu March 1, 2012

Georgia, Ala. Immigration Laws Challenged In Court

Originally published on Thu March 1, 2012 10:18 am

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

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

And I'm Steve Inskeep. Federal courts are nearing final judgment on some of the nation's toughest immigration laws.

Next month, the Supreme Court hears a challenge to the law in Arizona. Laws in two other states are now before a federal appeals court in Atlanta, as NPR's Debbie Elliott reports.

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Middle East
2:00 am
Thu March 1, 2012

Syria Continues Crushing Offensive In Homs

Originally published on Thu March 1, 2012 10:18 am

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Business
2:00 am
Thu March 1, 2012

Acorn Media Gains Rights To Agatha Christie

Originally published on Thu March 1, 2012 10:18 am

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And this morning's last word in business is: killer deal.

That's what Acorn Media may feel it's landed. Acorn distributes British TV series in the U.S., and it's now acquired a controlling interest in the estate of Agatha Christie. The late author of murder mysteries has sold billions of books. Those include the classic detective series Miss Marple and Hercule Poirot.

(SOUNDBITE OF AGATHA CHRISTIE MOVIE)

UNIDENTIFIED MAN: (as Hercule Poirot) However, there is someone in this room who denied to him this pleasure.

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Election 2012
2:00 am
Thu March 1, 2012

Romney Touts Less Debt, Smaller Government In Ohio Stop

Originally published on Thu March 1, 2012 10:18 am

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

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

And I'm Renee Montagne.

The battle over social issues in the Republican presidential primaries has extended through most of another week. This time the flashpoint was a remark by Mitt Romney. The former Massachusetts governor said he opposed, and then clarified that he actually favors, legislation involving contraception.

NPR's Tamara Keith reports it was not what Romney intended to discuss in Ohio.

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Politics
2:00 am
Thu March 1, 2012

Congress Works To Mend Economy, Approval Ratings

House Majority leader Eric Cantor is pushing a package of small business bills that also has the support of President Obama. The rare instance of cooperation could mark a change in strategy for the House following historically low approval numbers for Congress and rising poll numbers for the president.

Around the Nation
2:00 am
Thu March 1, 2012

Residents Try To Recover From Midwest Storms

Originally published on Thu March 1, 2012 10:18 am

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We're going next to the town of Harrisburg, Illinois, one of many Midwestern towns struck by tornados. Harrisburg suffered the most of those towns. The tornado killed six people, with winds of up to 170 miles per hour. NPR's Cheryl Corley is there.

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Asia
2:00 am
Thu March 1, 2012

Hong Kong To Elect New Chief Executive

Later this month, an election will be held to select Hong Kong's next chief executive. The race has been tarnished with accusations of extra-marital affairs and conflicts of interest. As the local press puts it: Beijing has lost control of the puppet strings.

Business
2:00 am
Thu March 1, 2012

Final Day For Greeks To Swap Drachmas For Euros

Beginning Friday, the Bank of Greece will stop exchanging drachma notes for euros. The deadline comes at an uncertain time for Greeks, who worry that their country's debt crisis could eventually force it out of the eurozone.

Theater
10:01 pm
Wed February 29, 2012

'Carrie' Creators Resurrect A Legendary Flop

Molly Ranson plays the title role in the off-Broadway reworking of Carrie, directed by Stafford Arima and written by Lawrence D. Cohen, with lyrics by Dean Pitchford and music by Michael Gore.
Joan Marcus

Originally published on Thu March 1, 2012 10:18 am

Broadway history is littered with flop musicals — but if some shows are bombs, then Carrie, based on Stephen King's best-selling 1974 novel, was kind of a nuclear bomb.

The story of a teenager with telekinetic powers who wreaks bloody havoc on her small Maine town had already been successfully adapted as a film starring Sissy Spacek in 1976. But as a musical?

Frank Rich was theater critic for The New York Times when the show opened in April 1988. He called it a musical wreck that "expires with fireworks like the Hindenburg."

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Opinion
2:37 pm
Wed February 29, 2012

My First Crush: A Love Letter To Davy Jones

Monkees singer Davy Jones, seen here in 1968, died Wednesday of a heart attack. He was 66.
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Originally published on Thu March 1, 2012 6:11 pm

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Fronteras
10:16 am
Wed February 29, 2012

Mexico Asks for Drought Assistance from US Immigrant Communities

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A severe drought in Northern and Central Mexico has prompted some Mexican officials to come to this side of the border to ask for grassroots support.

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Fronteras
10:11 am
Wed February 29, 2012

Officials Work to ID Bodies Found Near Border

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Forensic specialists in the northern Mexican state of Chihuahua are working to identify human remains found scattered on a mountainside across the border from Ft Hancock, Texas. Monica Ortiz Uribe reports for the Fronteras Changing America Desk.

Fronteras
10:07 am
Wed February 29, 2012

Radio Connects Indian Country

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Social networking has taken over many of our traditional ways of connecting with people far away-no more letters, no more faxes, even phone conversations may be outdated soon. But on the vast Indian reservations in rural America, few people have phones and even fewer have broadband access.  So many American Indians still connect a very old fashioned way-through radio. It’s a means to connect, but as Laurel Morales reports from the Fronteras Changing America Desk, for many it’s much, much more.

Fronteras
10:04 am
Wed February 29, 2012

Latino Education Gap Widens

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For the first time ever, the number of U.S. adults with bachelor’s degrees has surpassed 30 percent. But as Adrian Florido reports from the Fronteras Changing America Desk, new data shows the education gap between Latinos and other ethnic groups is widening.

Asia
8:59 am
Wed February 29, 2012

N. Korea Agrees To Nuclear Moratorium, U.S. Says

Originally published on Wed February 29, 2012 9:03 am

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

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And I'm David Greene. We have learned this morning that North Korea has agreed to a moratorium on nuclear tests and uranium enrichment activities. This is according to State Department officials just back from a trip to China, where they met with North Korean negotiators. NPR's Michele Kelemen has more on what could be a step towards reviving nuclear disarmament talks.

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Business
8:00 am
Wed February 29, 2012

Murdoch's Son To Change Posts At News Corp.

Media baron Rupert Murdoch's son James, 39, is leaving his job as executive chairman of News Corp.'s newspaper arm, the company said Wednesday. He'll focus instead on the international TV business at the company, which has been embroiled in a scandal over phone and e-mail hacking in Britain.

Around the Nation
5:26 am
Wed February 29, 2012

Ketchum Could Be First Female A&M Yell Leader

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