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Around the Nation
2:00 am
Mon November 28, 2011

Calif. High Speed Rail Isn't Quick To Take Off

The dream of high speed rail in California is running into tough realities. Cost estimates have more than doubled — to nearly $100 billion — since the project was approved by voters in 2008. The date of completion has been pushed back to 2030.

Africa
2:00 am
Mon November 28, 2011

After Violent Campaign, Congo Voters Cast Ballots

The Democratic Republic of Congo holds elections for president and parliament Monday. These are the second elections since a long dictatorship ended in 1997. Elections held in 2006 represented a transition to democracy.

Analysis
2:00 am
Mon November 28, 2011

Politics In The News

Originally published on Mon November 28, 2011 4:09 am

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

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Africa
2:00 am
Mon November 28, 2011

Voting Begins In Egypt's Parliamentary Elections

Egyptians in Cairo and Alexandria are among those voting today in the first stage of parliamentary elections. These are the first elections since President Hosni Mubarak was ousted. Two other stages are scheduled for December and January.

Europe
2:00 am
Mon November 28, 2011

Desperate Young Briton Looks For Work In Hull

Originally published on Mon November 28, 2011 9:48 am

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We've been hearing a lot about the economic meltdown affecting a string of European countries, and the sort of tough austerity measures that they're now facing. Britain was among the first to embrace a tough austerity program. And now, the economy is stalled. Unemployment is going up. Young people are hit hardest of all - one in five is now out of work. NPR's Philip Reeves spent a day with one of those jobless Britons, a young man named Dean Smith.

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Movies
2:00 am
Mon November 28, 2011

Swede Fest Attracts Hollywood Blockbuster Remakes

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The new movie "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1" made more money at the box office over the holiday weekend, beating new releases like "The Muppets" and "Arthur Christmas." Now, going to the movies is fun, but for some fans it's not enough to simply watch the action. They want an interactive experience. In fact, they want to be the stars. NPR's Travis Larchuk explains.

TRAVIS LARCHUK}, BYLINE: All right. So here's a scene from the movie "Scott Pilgrim vs. the World."

(SOUNDBITE OF MOVIE, "SCOTT PILGRIM VS. THE WORLD")

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Asia
2:00 am
Mon November 28, 2011

NATO Strike Adds To Damaged U.S.-Pakistani Ties

Originally published on Mon November 28, 2011 4:38 am

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NATO has promised a thorough investigation into the attack, which killed those 24 Pakistani soldiers. NPR's Pentagon correspondent Tom Bowman is on the line with the latest information. Good morning.

TOM BOWMAN, BYLINE: Good morning, Renee.

MONTAGNE: So, we've just heard a version of events from Pakistan. What are you hearing from your sources about what happened?

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Business
2:00 am
Mon November 28, 2011

Business News

Originally published on Mon November 28, 2011 5:33 am

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NPR's business news begins with a strong showing for retailers. Consumers spent a record $52.4 billion at stores and on the Internet over the weekend. It's the official start of the holiday shopping season. According to the National Retail Federation, shoppers hunting for Black Friday bargains spent an average of about $400 each, which is a big jump over last year.

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Business
2:00 am
Mon November 28, 2011

Should CEOs No Longer Be Granted Stock Options?

Originally published on Mon November 28, 2011 4:45 am

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The economy is still far from healthy, and we've been asking people for one idea that could help fix even just one small part of the economy. And we have this latest idea from author and management consultant Jim Collins. He wants to change the way that CEOs are paid. Instead of granting stock options, he says executives should have to buy company stock with their own money.

JIM COLLINS: I want executives who are willing to be aligned in their own risk profile with how well the company does over time.

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Business
2:00 am
Mon November 28, 2011

Performance Hall Will Allow Texting, Tweeting

Officials overseeing a new performance hall had to decide on a mobile phone policy. While theaters generally remind patrons to turn off their devices, The New York Times reports the new theater in Bellevue, Wash., will encourage smartphone use. The theater wants to attract younger audiences, and that means there's no use forbidding the technology.

Latin America
5:17 am
Fri November 25, 2011

Brace Yourself: The World Could End In 2012

Originally published on Fri November 25, 2011 5:19 am

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Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep. Mexico's National Institute of Anthropology and History dismisses claims that the apocalypse is coming, but it's still scrupulously providing evidence. Some people predict catastrophe in 2012, supposedly based on forecasts by the ancient people known as Mayans. Anthropologists now say there are two, not just one, ancient references to December 2012. But they say modern forecasters of doom have still, quote, "twisted the Mayan cosmovision." It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

Sports
5:08 am
Fri November 25, 2011

World's Worst Soccer Team Finally Wins A Game

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Good morning, I'm Linda Wertheimer. The world's worst soccer team finally won a game. In 17 years of international play, American Samoa has scored just a dozen goals, compared to the 229 they've allowed. But they scored two this week, to beat Tonga 2-1 in a World Cup qualifying match.

The American Samoans hope their win will raise their ranking. They currently sit at 204th in the world.

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Business
2:00 am
Fri November 25, 2011

The Last Word In Business

Steve Inskeep has the Last Word in business.

National Security
2:00 am
Fri November 25, 2011

NYPD, FBI Squabble Could Benefit Pimentel's Defense

Originally published on Fri November 25, 2011 4:37 am

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Africa
2:00 am
Fri November 25, 2011

Egyptian Protests Continue On Friday

Egypt's ruling military council and anti-government protesters are in a standoff. The military council has pledge to hand over power once a newly- elected president and parliament are in place next summer, but protesters have rejected the idea.

Around the Nation
2:00 am
Fri November 25, 2011

Rhode Island Makes Sweeping Changes To Pension System

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Rhode Island had one of the most underfunded pension systems in the country until last week. That's when an overwhelming majority of state lawmakers passed big changes, mostly affecting future retirees. Now those lawmakers are facing angry unions, which are preparing for a legal fight. As Catherine Welch of Rhode Island Public Radio reports, the unions are also hinting at a political battle against those who supported the plan.

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Politics
2:00 am
Fri November 25, 2011

'When Did Liberals Become So Unreasonable?'

This week in New York Magazine, two writers from different political parties each critiqued their own side. On Thursday, we heard from conservative David Frum, who argues Republicans lost touch with reality. In the same issue, liberal writer Jonathan Chait also uses the word "fantasy" in describing liberals. He tells Steve Inskeep liberals have become unreasonable.

Asia
2:00 am
Fri November 25, 2011

Why Is China's Baby Care Industry Booming?

Originally published on Fri November 25, 2011 3:31 am

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Afghanistan
2:00 am
Fri November 25, 2011

Afghan Reporters Maneuver Media Minefields

Originally published on Fri November 25, 2011 4:55 am

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In Afghanistan, a media boom followed the ouster of the Taliban in 2001, but there have been problems. Watchdog groups report hundreds of cases of violence and intimidation against journalists, including murder. Afghan reporters have learned which topics are off-limits, and they take great care to avoid offending the country's powerful. NPR's Ahmad Shafi reports from Kabul.

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Business
2:00 am
Fri November 25, 2011

Thai Floods Disrupt Computer Hard Drive Supply

Originally published on Fri November 25, 2011 3:37 am

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NPR's Business News starts with rising computer prices. A component used to make computers has become more expensive. The reason why, is around the world in Southeast Asia. NPR's Wendy Kaufman reports.

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Business
2:00 am
Fri November 25, 2011

Tis The Season For Shopping

On this Black Friday, Linda Wertheimer talks to branding expert Martin Lindstrom about the psychology of sales and the array of techniques retailers use to get people to shop.

The Record
10:01 pm
Thu November 24, 2011

New Holiday Songs: A Smart Career Move That's Fun, Too

A still from "I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown!" which aired on ABC in 2001. Vince Guaraldi's rearrangements and originals for the A Charlie Brown Christmas soundtrack became holiday perennials.
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Originally published on Thu November 8, 2012 2:26 pm

Click the link above to hear Ann Powers and Frannie Kelley talk to Morning Edition host Steve Inskeep about the business and variety of Christmas music this year.

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NPR Story
7:45 am
Thu November 24, 2011

Signed, SEALed And Delivered — With Love

They battle international villains. And "when it comes to giving away their hearts, they'll risk everything." That's according to "SEAL of my Dreams, a short story collection by 18 romance novelists, celebrating Navy SEALS. Story titles include "SEALed with A Kiss," "SEALed by Fate" — you get the idea. Proceeds from the book will fund medical research for wounded veterans.

NPR Story
7:45 am
Thu November 24, 2011

Italy's Parliament Bans 'Personal Images' Of Itself

Facing a financial crisis that threatens Europe, Italy's lower house of parliament got down to important business. They passed a rule to save themselves from themselves. Photographers use long lenses to capture lawmakers making rude gestures, passing notes — or voting for absent colleagues, a practice that has been called "playing the piano," as they press several buttons at once. So, lawmakers have banned photographers from taking "personal images."

The Record
5:00 am
Thu November 24, 2011

On Commercial Radio, Christmas Is Coming Early

Christmas music superstar Bing Crosby performing in 1977, back when the season, at least on the radio, started after Thanksgiving.
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If it seems like you're hearing more Christmas music on the radio these days, it's not your imagination. More stations have been going all-Christmas — and they're doing it earlier than ever.

The reason is simple: Christmas music makes ratings go through the roof.

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NPR Story
4:16 am
Thu November 24, 2011

'Prince and The Show Girl'

In 1956, two icons — Marilyn Monroe and Sir Laurence Olivier — got together in London to make a movie, The Prince and the Showgirl. It was a comedy about the lonely Prince Regent of Carpathia, who meets a flirty American showgirl. The film was a royal flop. Now a new movie, My Week With Marilyn, recounts the miserable time had by all on the set. It's the story of one week during the film shoot, with behind-the-scenes clashes, misaligned acting styles, and the pursuit of personal ambitions. Michelle Williams plays Monroe and Kenneth Branagh plays Olivier.

NPR Story
3:54 am
Thu November 24, 2011

Bond Worries Reveal The Depths Of Europe's Crisis

Originally published on Thu November 24, 2011 9:01 am

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The cost of borrowing is the best way to gauge the severity of Europe's crisis. Here's Zoe Chace of NPR's Planet Money team.

ZOE CHACE, BYLINE: Andrew Balls has a front seat to the European debt crisis. That's because he's someone who lends money to European countries. He's at one of the biggest bond outfits in the world: PIMCO. He says, if you look back over the course of the year, there is one moment that stands out, a tipping point.

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NPR Story
3:30 am
Thu November 24, 2011

In Bahrain, Report Details Abuses During Uprising

The U.S. State Department says it's urging the government of the Persian Gulf kingdom of Bahrain to act on the findings of a major human rights report that has just been issued. That report details the abuses that took place during and after a mass uprising in Bahrain that was styled after movements in Tunisia and Egypt. The report was commissioned by the government itself and assembled by a team of international legal experts. But it remains to be seen whether it will lead to real reform and dialogue between the ruling Sunni monarchy and the Shiite majority.

NPR Story
3:30 am
Thu November 24, 2011

A Wary Truce Emerges In Egypt

In Egypt, intense clashes between protestors and security forces overnight raised the death toll from recent violence to at least 40. But both sides appear to be observing a truce this morning, with protestors who are pouring into the square limiting their actions to chants against Egypt's military rulers. Tens of thousands of Egyptians have been protesting since last Friday, demanding the ruling military council step aside.

Fronteras
10:32 am
Wed November 23, 2011

Economics of Uranium Mining Near Grand Canyon

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In the last decade the price of uranium has shot up. Some of the richest uranium deposits just happen to be on land surrounding a national treasure – the Grand Canyon. A ban on new claims is set to expire next month (December), but as Laurel Morales reports for the Fronteras Chaning America Desk, that doesn’t mean that it will.

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