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5:03 am
Wed May 14, 2014

2007 Ban On Gaza Strip Exports Hurts Palestinian Welfare

Originally published on Wed May 14, 2014 7:27 am

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

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

And I'm Renee Montagne. Never mind the search for Mideast peace, this is a story of Mid East produce. Agricultural products are the biggest export from the Gaza Strip, but none of it is sold in Israel or even the Palestinian West Bank. NPR's Emily Harris asked why.

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5:03 am
Wed May 14, 2014

Astronaut's Video Taken Down After Copyright Expires

Originally published on Wed May 14, 2014 7:27 am

Astronaut Chris Hadfield covered David Bowie's "Space Oddity" while he was in space. In the copyright agreement, Bowie said the YouTube video could stay up a year. The year ended at midnight.

Movies
7:30 am
Tue May 13, 2014

U.S. Airmen Ready For 'Godzilla' Attack, If Needed

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne. Godzilla better watch out. With a Hollywood version of the cult Japanese monster hitting theaters, U.S. airmen at Kadena Air Base in Japan say they're ready should Godzilla actually rise from the sea. One sergeant suggested to Smithsonian's Air and Space magazine that the Power Rangers might be available, though Chuck Norris is also an obvious choice. Plus, there's air power. The base is home to 50 F15 fighter jets. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

Around the Nation
6:42 am
Tue May 13, 2014

Parking Meter Attendant Pleads Guilty To Pocketing Quarters

Originally published on Tue May 13, 2014 7:30 am

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Good morning, I'm Steve Inskeep.

Cincinnati police finally caught on to Marc Corsmeier. He was a parking meter attendant. He collected quarters people fed in and he now admits keeping $50 per week for himself. Fifty dollars per week for eight years is around $20,000. The Cincinnati Enquirer says police caught Mr. Corsmeier after a tip from a convenient store owner. Corsmeier used that store and apparently he always paid in quarters.

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Middle East
5:20 am
Tue May 13, 2014

Syrian Opposition Leader To Meet With White House Official

Originally published on Tue May 13, 2014 9:58 am

Key Syrian opposition leader Ahmed al-Jarba is expected at the White House on Tuesday to meet with National Security Advisor Susan Rice. The Syrian civil war has been raging for more than three years.

NPR Story
5:20 am
Tue May 13, 2014

Uruguay's President Shuns Trappings Of His Office

Originally published on Tue May 13, 2014 9:25 am

The president of Uruguay is said to be extremely frugal and gives most of his salary to charity. Renee Montagne talks to Simon Romero of The New York Times about Jose Mujica's presidency.

NPR Story
5:20 am
Tue May 13, 2014

Dracula's Transylvania Castle Goes On The Market

Originally published on Tue May 13, 2014 7:30 am

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(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Appropriate music for today's last word in business: real estate.

Dracula's castle is for sale in the central Romanian region of Transylvania.

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Think of it as a fang-tastic deal. You could be - go ahead, laugh.

INSKEEP: Yeah, I am.

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NPR Story
5:20 am
Tue May 13, 2014

Facebook Looking To Open A Sales Office In Beijing

Originally published on Tue May 13, 2014 7:30 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

NPR's business news starts with Facebook liking China.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

MONTAGNE: Bloomberg news reports that Facebook could open a sales office in Beijing from within a year. This, even though it was banned in China five years ago. A new office would service Chinese businesses wanting to advertise internationally.

Asia
7:21 am
Mon May 12, 2014

Kenny G. Closes Up Shops In China

Originally published on Mon May 12, 2014 8:04 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep with a song stuck in China's collective head. "Going Home" by Kenny G. It was an American hit in the 80s and the New York Times reports it has spread all over China. It's played at stores and markets all over the country to signal when closing time is near. Shopkeepers themselves aren't sure why. Maybe it's a signal to leave. Maybe it just makes people want to go.

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

Around the Nation
7:21 am
Mon May 12, 2014

Boston Signs Remind Motorists To Use Their Turn Signals

Originally published on Mon May 12, 2014 8:04 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep with another Massachusetts traffic report.

Last week, we told you driver was caught in the carpool lane with a mannequin as a passenger. Now we have a Boston traffic warning. Electronic signs with traffic information now saying: USE YAH BLINKAH. It's spelled that way, B-L-I-N-K-A-H, its Bahston. And last year, Boston cops caught almost 5,000 turn signal violations. Just a remindah to the drivahs to signal when tahning the cah.

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

NPR Story
5:06 am
Mon May 12, 2014

Glass, A New Digital Site, To Obsess On TV And Video

Originally published on Mon May 12, 2014 8:04 am

Senior editor Zach Seward and the all digital publication Quartz are launching a smaller site called Glass. It may offer hints about ways reporters will share information in the future.

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5:06 am
Mon May 12, 2014

Crackdown In Egypt Scares Off Presidential Candidates

Originally published on Mon May 12, 2014 8:04 am

There are only two candidates. The man likely to win is Abdel Fattah el Sisi, who led the ouster of Islamist President Mohamed Morsi. The candidate willing to go up against him is Hamdeen Sabahi.

NPR Story
5:06 am
Mon May 12, 2014

Mormon Bishop Highlights Health Coverage Gap Among Utah's Poor

Originally published on Mon May 12, 2014 3:06 pm

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Many republican governors have taken a stand against Obamacare by refusing to expand Medicaid. Utah, which is one of the most republican states in the nation, remains undecided. But in a state where the majority of the population are Mormons, one bishop from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints says helping the poor is a moral obligation. Andrea Smardon from member station KUER in Salt Lake City has more.

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Around the Nation
7:28 am
Fri May 9, 2014

Truck Driver Follows GPS Instructions. He Shouldn't Have

Originally published on Mon May 12, 2014 3:26 pm

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep with a reminder to watch where you're going even if guided by GPS. Last year in Alabama, I followed an electronic map that guided me onto a dirt path. I had to turn around.

Same thing happened to a truck driver in Idaho. He was hauling sand to a golf course when the GPS led him onto a one-lane dirt road in the forest. He couldn't turn around. The rig rolled over, and an Idaho forest now has an unplanned sand trap.

Around the Nation
7:28 am
Fri May 9, 2014

Driver In Carpool Lane Pulled Over For Suspicious Passenger

Originally published on Mon May 12, 2014 3:26 pm

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Good morning, I'm Steve Inskeep.

A state trooper outside Boston saw a car pulling into the carpool lane on I-93. Cars in that lane should have at least two occupants, but something caught the trooper's eye. He pulled over the car and that's when he discovered the driver was using the lane accompanied only by a mannequin head propped up in the passenger seat.

The driver was ticketed despite the artistic effort used on the mannequin which had a mustache drawn on.

Business
5:36 am
Fri May 9, 2014

Crowdfunding Can Help Build Business, But At What Cost?

The website RocketHub connects startups with a funding network. Here, the site's founders (from left): Alon Hillel-Tuch, Vladimir Vukicevic, Brian Meece and Jed Cohen.
RocketHub

Originally published on Mon May 12, 2014 3:26 pm

Entrepreneur Andy Krafsur raised money for Spira Footwear by reaching out to friends and family. But that was a dozen years ago. After the economy tanked, the common tactic became a lot more difficult.

"The pool of people that you can go to has shrunken significantly," Krafsur says, "and everybody goes to those same people."

Then Krafsur found a crowdfunding website that helped his cash flow enormously. The Securities and Exchange Commission is about to approve rules allowing small businesses to reach out to investors through these kinds of crowdfunding networks.

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NPR Story
5:36 am
Fri May 9, 2014

Apple Expected To Buy Beats Electronics

Originally published on Mon May 12, 2014 3:26 pm

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NPR's business news starts with iPhones and headphones.

Apple is set to buy Beats Electronics for more than $3 billion. That's according to a report in the Financial Times. Beats is a headphone maker founded by hip-hop star Dr. Dre and the producer Jimmy Iovine.

NPR Story
5:11 am
Fri May 9, 2014

Why Has China Become More Aggressive Toward Vietnam?

Originally published on Mon May 12, 2014 3:26 pm

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The writer Robert Kaplan wrote a book about the South China Sea. He calls it "Asia's Cauldron." And we talked about why it would be that China could slowly claim seascapes there using oil rigs, water canons and ship collisions. I wonder if part of the Chinese thinking in a situation like that might simply be you know you don't want a war with China, 'cause we're a lot bigger than you, and therefore we can do everything short of war to push you around because we think we have rights here. Is that possibly what the Chinese are thinking?

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NPR Story
5:11 am
Fri May 9, 2014

Tensions Heat Up In South China Sea Between China, Vietnam

Originally published on Mon May 12, 2014 3:26 pm

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

On a Friday, it's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep. Let's look more closely now at the competition for control of the South China Sea. That's a strategic body of water surrounded by growing Asian nations like the Philippines, Vietnam and of course, China. Many nations have made overlapping claims for that sea and the resources beneath it. Since several nations are U.S. allies, it's a conflict in which the United States has a big interest.

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5:11 am
Fri May 9, 2014

This Week Is Screen-Free Week,

Originally published on Mon May 12, 2014 3:26 pm

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

And that brings us to today's last word in business - screen-free.

Maybe you read something about this on your phone, or saw a story on television. This week has been Screen-Free Week. Kids and parents around the world made pledges to stop using TVs, tablets, computers or video games - for a while.

The notion is to get kids to spend more time being physically active, playing outside or reading. Kids under 18 spend an average of seven hours and 38 minutes on media devices each day - which concerns pediatrician Michael Rich.

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Around the Nation
7:58 am
Thu May 8, 2014

Businessman Buys 'Born To Run' Draft

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Good morning, I'm Steve Inskeep, with a rough draft of Bruce Springsteen, a single sheet of paper with the original version of the lyrics to "Born to Run." It includes random references to rebels, but no mention of Wendy, the girl he falls in love with.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "BORN TO RUN")

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN: (Singing) Wendy wrap me in, I wanna be your friend...

Around the Nation
7:58 am
Thu May 8, 2014

Calif. Boy Enjoys Homemade Roller Coaster

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Africa
5:15 am
Thu May 8, 2014

U.S. Team To Assist Nigeria In Locating Kidnapped School Girls

Originally published on Thu May 8, 2014 7:58 am

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

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

And I'm Steve Inskeep. Good morning. Let's talk through what the United States may be able to do in searching for kidnapped girls in Nigeria. The U.S. has promised assistance, Nigerian officials have now accepted. This would involve the United State more overtly than before in fighting Boko Haram, the extremist group that says it took the girls.

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Politics
5:15 am
Thu May 8, 2014

Spouses Of H1B Visa Holders May Soon Be Able To Hold U.S. Jobs

Originally published on Thu May 8, 2014 11:55 am

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With immigration reform a non-starter in Congress, those advocating reform have been urging the Obama administration to make changes on its own. And the first of those changes was announced this week. It involves the guest visa program known as H1B that allows highly skilled professionals from other countries to come to work in the U.S. The change would allow nearly 100,000 spouses of H1B visa holders to work as well. NPR's Kelly McEvers has the story.

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Politics
5:15 am
Thu May 8, 2014

Women On Capitol Hill Reach Across Party Lines To Get Things Done

Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., started what she calls power workshops for women in the Senate years ago.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

Originally published on Thu May 8, 2014 4:51 pm

There's a long-held assumption that women are more likely than men to collaborate. As the number of women in Congress has increased, however, so has the partisanship and gridlock. So does a woman's touch actually help on Capitol Hill?

There's a lot of academic research that supports the idea that women are better at building bipartisan coalitions. Studies have found that women in Congress not only sponsor more bills but also collect more co-sponsors for those bills.

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