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NPR Story
3:18 am
Tue July 15, 2014

Employees Criticize CIA Cafeteria, FOI Request Reveals

Originally published on Tue July 15, 2014 5:53 am

The news website MuckRock published complaints about the CIA cafeteria which came from a 2010 Freedom of Information Act request. Spies prefer individual ketchup packets to pump dispensers.

NPR Story
3:11 am
Tue July 15, 2014

Chocolatier Lindt To Buy Russell Stover

Originally published on Tue July 15, 2014 5:53 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

So the Swiss chocolate maker, Lindt, has announced plans to gobble up Kansas City-based Russell Stover, the company behind all those Valentine samplers. I know what you are thinking. I know what you are thinking - you know, that's all very fine. You're thinking about all of this business news, but what does it mean for my chocolate? Well, Frank Morris of member station KCUR in Kansas City reports.

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Business
10:34 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Citigroup Settles Subprime Mortgage Case For $7 Billion

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Citigroup has agreed to settle allegations that it defrauded investors in the years leading up to the financial crisis. The settlement requires Citigroup to pay $7 billion. Two and a half billion will go toward mortgage relief for homeowners. Now, this settlement involves mortgage-backed securities the bank packaged and sold to investors, and it was announced this morning by U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder. We're going to talk this through with NPR's Jim Zarroli who's on the line. Jim, good morning.

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Business
6:22 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Citigroup Agrees To Settlement Over Risky Mortgages

Originally published on Mon July 14, 2014 10:34 am

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Asia
5:21 am
Mon July 14, 2014

McDonald's Is A Popular Wedding Destination In Hong Kong

Originally published on Mon July 14, 2014 10:34 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne.

You know, nothing says happily ever after like a big Mac - at least in Hong Kong. Their McDonald's has become a popular wedding destination. It's fast food venues now offer wedding packages. The Deluxe includes a pair of balloon wedding rings, and a crystal McDonald's house.

It seems the young couples have fond memories of first dates of Hong Kong McDonald's, where true love blossomed under golden arches.

It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

Around the Nation
5:12 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary Hosts Underwater Concert

Originally published on Mon July 14, 2014 10:34 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep. Hundreds of people attended an underwater concert on Saturday. It happened at the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. Four hours of music were piped through underwater speakers as we're hearing now - songs from "Flipper" and "the Little Mermaid" were played, it is said, to entertain diverse, snorkelers and marine life. No word if any dolphins asked for the music to be turned down or if they requested music from "Moby Dick" or "Jaws." It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

NPR Story
3:06 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Firemen's Ball Ushers In France's Bastille Day

Originally published on Mon July 14, 2014 10:34 am

On this day in 1789, crowds stormed the Bastille prison, where the king kept his enemies. The monarchy was overthrown in a revolution.

NPR Story
3:06 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Israel's U.S. Ambassador: We're Fighting In Surgical Fashion

Originally published on Mon July 14, 2014 10:34 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

We're hearing many voices about the latest conflict this week. Ron Dermer, Israel's ambassador to the United States is next. He's on the line. Ambassador, welcome back to the program.

RON DERMER: Thank you for having me again.

INSKEEP: OK. So the tactics here seem pretty clear. Hamas is shooting from Gaza into Israel. So Israel is shooting into Gaza. But can you take us a little farther than that, Ambassador, into the long-term - into strategy? What strategic gain is Israel making by its moves in the last several days?

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NPR Story
3:06 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Gaza Conflict Enters 7th Day, Israel Downs Drone

Originally published on Mon July 14, 2014 10:34 am

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

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

And I'm Renee Montagne. Israel says, it shot down a drone this morning near one of it's coastal cities, about 20 miles north of Gaza. The armed wing of Hamas is claiming the drone, saying it's the first time it's sent an unmanned aircraft into Israel.

For more on the week-long conflict between Israel and militants in the Gaza Strip, we turn now to NPR's Emily Harris who is in Gaza City. Good morning.

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NPR Story
3:06 am
Mon July 14, 2014

2008 Law Is At The Center Of Immigration Dispute

Originally published on Mon July 14, 2014 10:34 am

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Its MORNING EDITION from NPR News. Good morning I'm Steve Inskeep.

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

And I'm Renee Montagne. As children from Central America continue to arrive across the Southern U.S. border there are many questions over the law.

INSKEEP: There's a 2008 law that some people want to change. It assures due process for minors crossing the border and some officials want immigration officials to have more flexibility to speed up the processing of those children.

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Europe
5:29 am
Fri July 11, 2014

'How To Survive The Bulls' Co-Author Gets Gored

Originally published on Fri July 11, 2014 6:01 am

On Wednesday, Bill Hillmann, one of the authors of Fiesta: How to Survive the Bulls of Pamplona, was reportedly gored in the leg. His injuries were not life threatening.

Around the Nation
5:29 am
Fri July 11, 2014

New York City Considers Licensing Costumed Peformers

Originally published on Fri July 11, 2014 6:01 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep. New York City is considering a crackdown on Superman. Lawmakers say too many people dress like the man of steel or like Batman. Superheroes or "Sesame Street" characters offer to pose for pictures tourists in Times Square - problem is, many then demand money from the tourists, and in one case, Elmo launched into an anti-Semitic tirade - not good. The proposal under consideration would require costume performers to be licensed. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

Middle East
5:02 am
Fri July 11, 2014

Gaza Residents Deal With Fourth Night Of Israeli Air Strikes

Originally published on Fri July 11, 2014 6:01 am

Steve Inskeep talks to Palestinian-American business consultant and political commentator Sami Abdel-Shafi about living in Gaza while under attack from Israel.

NPR Story
3:00 am
Fri July 11, 2014

Ukrainian Army Takes Back Areas From Pro-Russian Separatists

Originally published on Fri July 11, 2014 6:01 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Just weeks ago, it looked like Russia might extend its control of the Ukrainian region of Crimea to other areas of Ukraine. But now the Ukrainian Army has pushed out pro-Russian separatists from most of the cities and towns the rebels had seized. And the Kremlin, once so vocal, has gone quiet.

For a look at the turnaround, we reached Professor Stephen Sestanovich. He's a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations.

Good morning.

STEPHEN SESTANOVICH: Morning.

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Middle East
3:00 am
Fri July 11, 2014

Israel's Rocket Defense System Performs Well During Gaza Escalation

Originally published on Fri July 11, 2014 6:01 am

Israel's military says its rocket defense system, known as Iron Dome, has kept the country safe from Hamas rockets. The missile shield system may have its critics, but Israelis are still proud.

Business
3:00 am
Fri July 11, 2014

Hottest Burger In Britain Burns 2 Journalists

Originally published on Fri July 11, 2014 6:01 am

Two journalists from a newspaper in Brighton, England, went to the hospital after sampling the Hot Chili Burger. The heat is in the sauce, which is rated about 3,000 times hotter than Tabasco sauce.

NPR Story
3:00 am
Fri July 11, 2014

Germany Asks Top CIA Spy In Country To Leave

Originally published on Fri July 11, 2014 6:01 am

The move comes after German investigators discovered a second citizen suspected of spying for the U.S. Renee Montagne talks to James Bamford, who writes about U.N. intelligence agencies and the NSA.

NPR Story
3:00 am
Fri July 11, 2014

NSA Implementing Fix To Prevent Snowden-Like Security Breach

Originally published on Fri July 11, 2014 6:01 am

A year after Edward Snowden's digital heist, the NSA's chief technology officer says steps have been taken to stop future incidents. But he says there's no way for the NSA to be entirely secure.

Television
9:39 am
Thu July 10, 2014

HBO Scores Big In Emmy Nominations

David Greene talks to TV Guide magazine executive editor Michael Schneider about Thursday's announcement of the 66th Emmy Award nominations.

Around the Nation
5:45 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Duke Bourbon Raises Challenge From University

Originally published on Thu July 10, 2014 9:30 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep. Selling American whiskey is all about marketing. You can buy bottles with scenes of prohibition or that evoke the old West, and you may someday see a bottle featuring the image of John Wayne. The actor was known as the duke, and his heirs wants to call their product Duke Bourbon. The only problem is an objection from Duke University - no relation. The school has raised a legal challenge, contending the whiskey would tarnish the Duke name. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

Digital Life
5:45 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Fake Edward Snowden Joins Tinder

Originally published on Fri July 11, 2014 12:05 pm

The popular dating app Tinder has a new user: Edward Snowden. Actually, just the username Lonely Ed with the profile picture of the NSA leaker looking for love from Moscow. It was the brainchild of Ross Cohen, a writer and director in Los Angeles.

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Television
5:45 am
Thu July 10, 2014

'Breaking Bad' Expected To Get Emmy Nod For Final Season

Originally published on Thu July 10, 2014 9:30 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

In Hollywood this morning we find out who the nominees are for this year's Emmys. MORNING EDITION's David Greene talked to Kim Masters, editor-at-large at The Hollywood Reporter, about who in television might get that age-old honor of just being nominated.

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Kim, welcome back to the program. Always good to talk to you.

KIM MASTERS: Thank you.

GREENE: So let's talk about the drama category because, not to sound silly, but that really does seem to be where the drama is this year, right?

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Asia
3:35 am
Thu July 10, 2014

China's Booming Real Estate Market Finally Begins To Slide

Villas in a luxury compound in Wuxi, in China's eastern Jiangsu province, sit empty after a year while more apartment blocks rise in the distance.
Frank Langfitt NPR

Originally published on Thu July 10, 2014 9:38 am

After years of stunning growth, China's go-go real estate market is now in retreat.

Prices fell last month in 79 out of 100 cities, according to the China Real Estate Index run by SouFun Holdings, a real estate website. Land sales dropped nearly 30 percent this spring from a year earlier.

Real estate has been one of the engines driving the world's second-largest economy, which is why economists in China and around the world are watching the market closely these days.

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Around the Nation
3:01 am
Thu July 10, 2014

University Of Michigan Plant Is Definitely A Late Bloomer

Originally published on Thu July 10, 2014 9:30 am

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And let's go from still life to real life. A plant that may be the ultimate late bloomer. An 80-year-old plant at the University of Michigan is blossoming for the first time.

MIKE PALMER: This plant is an American agave that was brought back from an expedition in 1934 from Mexico.

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

That's Mike Palmer, of the Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum.

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Religion
3:01 am
Thu July 10, 2014

FBI, NSA Spied On American Muslims, Report Says

Originally published on Thu July 10, 2014 5:19 pm

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NPR Story
3:01 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Detroit Shuts Off Water As It Tries To Collect Millions Owed

Originally published on Thu July 10, 2014 9:30 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Let's follow up now on the water war in Detroit. So far this year, the water utility has shut off the spigots to 17,000 customers. It wants people to do pay their overdue bills. Many residents are upset with how the city is doing this and ask if some are getting special treatment. Here's Sarah Cwiek of Michigan Radio.

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Business
3:01 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Rejoice! Chocodiles Are Back

Originally published on Thu July 10, 2014 9:30 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

And our last word in business today is Chocodile.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

The Chocodile is part of an American comeback story. Hostess, the snack food company that makes the legendary yellow spongy Twinkie, was saved from bankruptcy last year.

MONTAGNE: In June, the company got a new CEO, and this week, it announced the return of the Chocodile.

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Business
3:01 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Fed May End Bond-Buying Program In October

Originally published on Thu July 10, 2014 9:30 am

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Book News & Features
4:58 am
Wed July 9, 2014

J.K. Rowling Posts New Harry Potter Short Story

Originally published on Wed July 9, 2014 7:45 am

Harry Potter is attending the Quidditch World Cup with his family, as well as Ron and Hermione. He is in his 30s, with "a couple of threads of silver" in his hair and a mysterious cut on his cheek.

Around the Nation
4:50 am
Wed July 9, 2014

iPhone From Oklahoma Ends Up In Grain Shipment To Japan

Originally published on Wed July 9, 2014 7:39 am

A Japanese worker found the phone and tracked down the American owner. Farmer Kevin Whitney recovered the phone, which had pictures of his daughter's wedding on it.

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