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U.S.
9:44 am
Fri January 13, 2012

Obama Seeks Power To 'Streamline' Government

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

NPR's business news starts with efforts to streamline the federal government.

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GREENE: President Obama is asking Congress, today, to give him the power to consolidate certain U.S. agencies. Doing that, he says, will reduce the number of federal jobs and make government more efficient.

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: The government we have is not the government that we need. We live in a 21st Century economy, but we've still got a government organized for the 20th Century.

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Around the Nation
5:30 am
Fri January 13, 2012

N.Y. Philharmonic Interrupted By Ringing Cell Phone

Originally published on Fri January 13, 2012 9:50 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Good morning. I'm David Greene.

We've all heard the rule: Turn off your cell phone. Well, someone broke it this week at a performance of the New York Philharmonic.

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GREENE: The iPhone Marimba ring tone had not been written into Mahler's Ninth Symphony. But there it was, chirping from the front row of the audience. The conductor was so incensed, he cut off the performance and waited for the iPhone to stop. The audience member was apparently not offered an audition.

Around the Nation
5:22 am
Fri January 13, 2012

111-Year-Old Woman To Become U.S. Citizen

Originally published on Fri January 13, 2012 9:50 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep, with a milestone for immigration. Warina Zaya Bahou becomes a U.S. citizen today in Sterling Heights, Michigan. She's an immigrant from Iran. What makes the ceremony remarkable is the birth date of the new citizen. She was born in 1900. Back then, Iran still had kings and William McKinley was president of the United States. Now at age 111 she becomes the second oldest person to be naturalized as an American. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

Technology
3:55 am
Fri January 13, 2012

Electronics Show Helps Good Products Catch On

Originally published on Fri January 13, 2012 9:50 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

This year, more than 3,100 companies flocked to the Consumer Electronic Show to hawk their wares. Thousands of products are launched at the show and many fail, possibly most. Lots of small companies established just for this show will not be back next year.

But as NPR's Steve Henn reports, their hustle is infectious and some of them become tech stars.

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Television
3:52 am
Fri January 13, 2012

TV's Stephen Colbert Reveals Big Announcement

Originally published on Fri January 20, 2012 5:33 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Let's stay on politics and another superPAC making news. Comedian Stephen Colbert made a very important announcement on his Comedy Central show last night.

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STEPHEN COLBERT: I am proud to announce that I am forming an exploratory committee to lay the groundwork for my possible candidacy for the president of the United States of South Carolina. I'm doing it.

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NPR Story
2:00 am
Fri January 13, 2012

The Last Word In Business

On Twitter, News Corps. Chief Rupert Murdoch confessed: "We screwed up in every way possible." He added the company learned a lot of valuable and expensive lessons from the purchase of the social networking site.

NPR Story
2:00 am
Fri January 13, 2012

Gingrich Backs Off On Private Equity Jabs

As Newt Gingrich campaigned in South Carolina yesterday, there were signs he was beginning to soften his critique of the private equity career of rival Mitt Romney. Gingrich had come under fire this week from fellow Republicans for his attack on Romney.

NPR Story
2:00 am
Fri January 13, 2012

NFL Playoff Preview

David Greene talks with NPR's Mike Pesca about this weekend's NFL match-ups. Tim Tebow will lead the Denver Broncos against the New England Patriots in the marquee game Saturday night.

Latin America
2:00 am
Fri January 13, 2012

Trip To Latin America Shows Iran's Not Isolated

Originally published on Fri January 13, 2012 9:50 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm David Greene.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

And I'm Steve Inskeep. Good morning.

Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has completed a four-country tour of left-leaning Latin American nations. His travels come as the West increases pressure on Iran over its nuclear program.

NPR's Juan Forero is in Bogota, Colombia. He's been monitoring Ahmadinejad's travels in this hemisphere. Hi, Juan.

JUAN FORERO, BYLINE: Hi. Hi, Steve.

INSKEEP: So where exactly did Ahmadinejad go?

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Deceptive Cadence
10:28 pm
Thu January 12, 2012

Will The Show Go On At New York City Opera?

The embattled general manager and artistic director of New York City Opera, George Steel.
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Originally published on Fri January 13, 2012 9:50 am

For almost 70 years, New York City has been home to two opera companies: the well-heeled Metropolitan Opera and its scrappy younger sibling, the New York City Opera. But City Opera has fallen on hard times, and a bitter labor dispute might mean curtains for this beloved institution.

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Animals
5:15 am
Thu January 12, 2012

Crocodile Rocks Family's Slumber

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Business
5:09 am
Thu January 12, 2012

Better Make Your Excuse For Being Late A Good One

The job-search site CareerBuilder has released a survey on the most outrageous excuses for coming in late. Employers across the country submitted gems like: I thought I won the lottery.

NPR Story
2:00 am
Thu January 12, 2012

Romney Campaign Heads South Hoping For 3 Win

Originally published on Thu January 12, 2012 4:16 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

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

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

And I'm Steve Inskeep. It's safe to say that plenty of Republicans would like to see a presidential candidate besides Mitt Romney.

GREENE: It's equally safe to say that at the moment they don't have one. Five of Romney's rivals are struggling to break through after he won both Iowa and New Hampshire.

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NPR Story
2:00 am
Thu January 12, 2012

Romney's Rivals Try To Chip Away At Romney's Lead

While GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney savored his second consecutive win in the Republican nominating process, those who finished behind him in New Hampshire also continued on to South Carolina. They are hoping that it is in the Palmetto state where they can get his campaign to to stumble before it becomes unstoppable.

NPR Story
2:00 am
Thu January 12, 2012

Business News

Over the next three years, RBS will cut 3,500 jobs. That's in addition to more than 30,000 layoffs that happened over the last two years. In the U.S., RBS runs Citizens Bank with branches in about a dozen states.

Business
2:00 am
Thu January 12, 2012

The Last Word In Business

Originally published on Thu January 12, 2012 5:01 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

And today's last word in business is plastics.

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WALTER BROOKE: (as Mr. McGuire) Just one word.

DUSTIN HOFFMAN: (as Ben Braddock) Yes, sir?

BROOKE: (as Mr. McGuire) Are you listening?

HOFFMAN: (as Ben Braddock) Yes, sir. I am.

BROOKE: (as Mr. McGuire) Plastics.

INSKEEP: That's a character in the movie "The Graduate," offering career advice to a young Dustin Hoffman.

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Business
2:00 am
Thu January 12, 2012

FDA: Fungicide In Orange Juice Is Not A Health Threat

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

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

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

And I'm Steve Inskeep.

This next report underlines the complexity of keeping the food supply safe. The story affects orange juice, like the juice that may be on your table this morning.

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Business
2:00 am
Thu January 12, 2012

Domestic Orange Juice Market

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

You may wonder what all this means for that morning staple, Florida orange juice. Steve Newborn of member station WUSF in Tampa went to find out.

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STEVE NEWBORN, BYLINE: It's the afternoon rush hour at Bearss Groves, a green patch that has survived for more than a century in the spreading concrete sprawl just north of Tampa.

ELIZABETH LEGGETT: Have you ever had an edible orchid?

UNIDENTIFIED CHILD: Uh-uh.

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Author Interviews
10:01 pm
Wed January 11, 2012

Connie Rice: Conscience Of The City

Originally published on Thu January 12, 2012 11:42 am

For years, civil rights attorney Constance Rice says, she would wake up every morning trying to figure out new ways to sue the Los Angeles Police Department into policing minority communities more fairly.

In her memoir, Power Concedes Nothing, Rice details how she went from the LAPD's antagonist to reformer, convincing police that they needed to court the backing and support of the city's African-American and Latino populations.

Relations between the attorney and the police force have warmed over the years: The LAPD even hosted Rice's book release party.

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Shots - Health Blog
10:01 pm
Wed January 11, 2012

Gingrich, Romney Go At It Over Abortion

Fronteras
11:12 am
Wed January 11, 2012

State Parks Across the Southwest Reeling From Budget Cuts

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State parks across the southwest are reeling from budget cuts. California officials plan to close 70 parks by next summer. In Arizona parks closed and reopened with the help of community partners. The TexasWildlife and Park Foundation is asking for more than 4 million dollars in donations to keep its parks open. From Flagstaff, Laurel Morales reports for the Fronteras Changing America Desk.

Fronteras
10:57 am
Wed January 11, 2012

Survey: Hispanics Disapprove of Obama Administration Deportations

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More than half of U.S. Latinos say they disapprove of the way the Obama administration has handled deportations. From the Fronteras Changing America Desk, Ruxandra Guidi has more on the latest survey of Hispanic public opinion.

Fronteras
10:53 am
Wed January 11, 2012

English Learners Struggle in CA Schools

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California has the country's largest Hispanic student population and ranks at the bottom for reading and math achievement among Latino children. As Ruxandra Guidi reports from the Fronteras Changing America Desk, experts are beginning to call for an overhaul of the school system.

Fronteras
10:42 am
Wed January 11, 2012

Park Service to Rehabilitate Smuggling Trails

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The National Park Service is beginning to map out hundreds of old smuggler roads along the Arizona border. The agency plans to return scarred land to natural desert.  Michel Marizco reports for the Fronteras Changing America Desk.

Fronteras
10:38 am
Wed January 11, 2012

Report: US Customs Inspectors Not Fully Trained

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Federal auditors discovered that US customs inspectors are not fully trained and lack some fundamentals to do their job at ports of entry. From the Fronteras Changing America Desk, Michel Marizco reports.

Fronteras
10:08 am
Wed January 11, 2012

Ban on Uranium Mining Near Grand Canyon to be Finalized

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The Interior Secretary is expected to finalize Monday a 20-year ban on new uranium mining claims on land surrounding Grand Canyon National Park. Laurel Morales reports for the Fronteras Changing America Desk.

Books News & Features
5:34 am
Wed January 11, 2012

Hatchet Job Award Honors Bad Writing

There's a new award for brutal book reviews in Britain: the Hatchet Job of the Year Award. A Julian Barnes book is dismissed as "just so... average." A biography of Martin Amis is called "spectacularly bad writing about spectacularly good writing."

Around the Nation
5:26 am
Wed January 11, 2012

Is Home-Field Advantage The Real Deal?

Ben Motz of Indiana University looked at NFL games over a 25-year span, and found the home team won 57 percent of the time. Professor Motz did find the home team's winning percentage dropped with the advent of instant replay.

Around the Nation
2:00 am
Wed January 11, 2012

Payment Determined For N.C. Sterilization Victims

Several decades ago, more than half the states had eugenics laws — measures that allowed governments and others to forcibly sterilize people. It was a difficult chapter for many states and now North Carolina is looking to make amends. A task force says each of the state's 2,000 living victims should receive $50,000.

Election 2012
2:00 am
Wed January 11, 2012

Ron Paul Captures 2nd Place In N.H. Primary

As expected, GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney won the New Hampshire primary. Texas Rep. Ron Paul clinched second place — ahead of former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman. Paul told a crowd of supporters that he was nibbling at the heels of the front-runner.

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