Economy
9:06 am
Thu May 31, 2012

U.S. Economic Growth Falls Short Of Expectations

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NPR's business news starts with starts with some discouraging numbers.

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Regional
8:44 am
Thu May 31, 2012

UPDATE: Gila Fire Growing In All Directions

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A giant wildfire in the Gila National Forest that is already New Mexico's largest ever has grown to nearly 300 square miles. Fire officials said Thursday that the erratic blaze grew overnight to more than 190,000 acres and is spreading in all directions, as officials in the western U.S. prepare for what will likely be a busy wildfire season.

A dry climate is expected to prolong drought conditions across the Great Basin and central Rockies. Experts say dangerous fire conditions will likely spark more massive blazes.

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Middle East
8:37 am
Thu May 31, 2012

Preaching Nonviolence, Syrian Activist Heads Home

Sheik Jawdat Said, 81, has been urging nonviolent protest in Syria for decades, and has been arrested many times. A scholar and an activist, shown here speaking at American University in Washington in March, he is heading back to Syria this week and plans to resume his call for peaceful opposition to the government.
Jeff Watts American University

Syria's foremost proponent of nonviolent protest says he's returning to Damascus this week and will keep delivering his long-standing message despite the country's worsening bloodshed.

Sheik Jawdat Said is an 81-year-old Islamic scholar whose books and teachings helped inspire young Syrian activists to challenge the regime in peaceful protests last year.

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Regional
8:31 am
Thu May 31, 2012

New Mexico Offers Free Fishing On Saturday

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Department of Game and Fish says anglers can enjoy a freebie in New Mexico on Saturday.

No license or stamps will be required for New Mexicans and out-of-state residents to fish on public waters. However, other fishing rules and bag limits still apply.

The free fishing is offered in celebration of National Fishing Day on Saturday.

The department also will conduct free clinics across the state to provide instruction on fishing, such as how to tie knots, bait a hook and correctly release a fish.

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Regional
8:30 am
Thu May 31, 2012

Gov. To Tour Fire In Gila

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez is traveling to southern New Mexico Thursday for a tour and briefing on the massive fire raging through the Gila wilderness.

The erratic blaze has burned more than 265 square miles, becoming the largest fire in New Mexico history. The fire grew to more than 170,000 acres on Wednesday, surpassing the Los Conchas fire that burned 156,593 and threatened Los Alamos last year.

Martinez will meet with fire crews, National Guardsmen and other personnel and volunteers involved in the firefighting efforts.

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The Two-Way
8:30 am
Thu May 31, 2012

'We Could See This Coming,' Brother Says Of Man ID'd In Seattle Killings

This frame grab from a security camera, released by the Seattle Police Department, shows a man identified by his brother as Ian Stawicki after Wednesday's shooting at Cafe Racer.
Seattle Police Department AFP/Getty Images

The man who reportedly shot and killed five people Wednesday in Seattle, before taking his own life, changed about five years ago into a mentally ill individual who was "really angry toward everything," his brother tells The Seattle Times.

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Monkey See
6:58 am
Thu May 31, 2012

It's The Day Of The National Spelling Bee Finals, A.K.A. Know-Nothing Thursday!

Kitty Shortt spells a word correctly during the third round of the 2012 Scripps National Spelling Bee yesterday.
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Originally published on Thu May 31, 2012 9:39 am

The Scripps National Spelling Bee is down to the 50 semifinalists. Today at 10:00 Eastern, they'll compete in the semifinals (broadcast on ESPN2), and then tonight at 8:00, they'll hold the finals (broadcast on ESPN). You can also follow an online streaming version at ESPN online, but to be honest, it's an extremely cumbersome process that I haven't yet gotten to work for me.

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The Two-Way
6:28 am
Thu May 31, 2012

Job Growth Slow, Jobless Claims Up, GDP Revised Down

Originally published on Thu May 31, 2012 6:49 am

The number of jobs on private employers' payrolls grew by a modest 133,000 positions from April to May, according to the latest ADP National Employment Report.

ADP's monthly report is sometimes a decent barometer of what the Bureau of Labor Statistics will say when it issues its employment estimates. We're due to hear from BLS about the May employment situation on Friday at 8:30 a.m. ET.

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The Two-Way
6:14 am
Thu May 31, 2012

Youngest Speller Is Out Of The Bee; Tripped Up By 'Ingluvies'

Six-year old Lori Anne Madison during Wednesday's competition at the National Spelling Bee.
Mark Wilson Getty Images

The youngest contestant ever in the National Spelling Bee, 6-year-old Lori Anne Madison of Woodbridge, Va., was foiled by a word most of us have probably never heard of before.

Ingluvies.

Definition: "The crop, or craw, of birds."

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The Two-Way
5:57 am
Thu May 31, 2012

A Family's Visit To Holocaust 'Stumbling Stones' Evokes Strong Emotions

The names of Jeffrey Katz's family members are depicted on "stumbling stones" in Lembeck, Germany. His relatives owned a home on the property near the stones, before they were evicted in 1942.
Jeffrey Katz NPR

Originally published on Thu May 31, 2012 7:15 am

(NPR's Eric Westervelt reported from Germany on Morning Edition about the effort to remember Holocaust victims by engraving their names on bricks, or "stumbling stones," placed on sidewalks throughout Germany. Some of those stones bear the names of Jeffrey Katz's relatives.

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