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Middle East
4:52 am
Tue July 1, 2014

Israeli Military Responds After 3 Missing Teens Found Dead

Originally published on Tue July 1, 2014 12:24 pm

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Three Israeli teenagers are being buried side-by-side today. They were kidnapped almost three weeks ago while hitchhiking in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, and it now appears they were shot and killed almost immediately. Israeli soldiers found their bodies yesterday under a pile of rocks in a West Bank field. Israel blames the Palestinian militant group Hamas for the murders. NPR's Emily Harris is based in Jerusalem, but she's spending sometime in Washington right now, so she joins us in our studios. Emily, good morning.

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Business
3:21 am
Tue July 1, 2014

Supreme Court Refuses To Hear Oyster Farm's Appeal

Originally published on Tue July 1, 2014 12:24 pm

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We reported recently on the Drake's Bay Oyster Company. It's an oyster farm that operates out of the Point Reyes National Seashore in Northern California.

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For decades, the family-run farm leased offshore seabeds from the federal government, but their 40 year lease expired in 2012.

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Business
3:21 am
Tue July 1, 2014

French Bank To Pay $8.83 Billion In Sanctions Probe

Originally published on Tue July 1, 2014 12:24 pm

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Research News
3:21 am
Tue July 1, 2014

Safety Feature For Pedestrians Has Undesired Consequence

Originally published on Tue July 1, 2014 12:24 pm

New analysis finds that the countdown clocks telling pedestrians how much time they have to cross the intersection actually increase traffic crashes.

Space
3:21 am
Tue July 1, 2014

Carbon Observatory To Monitor Greenhouse Gas From Space

Originally published on Tue July 1, 2014 4:32 am

NASA is preparing to launch a new satellite to observe carbon dioxide from space. The satellite could revolutionize our understanding of where this greenhouse gas comes from and where it goes.

Law
11:32 am
Mon June 30, 2014

Supreme Court Ruling Affirms Hobby Lobby Victory

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Food
5:38 am
Mon June 30, 2014

Britain Wants U.S. To Lift Its Ban On Haggis

Originally published on Mon June 30, 2014 11:32 am

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Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne. As Scotland's national poet, Robert Burns hailed Scotland's national dish, haggis, as the great chieftain of the pudding race. But the U.S. has banned the import of haggis for decades because it contains sheep's lung. Today, Britain will make the case to the U.S. agricultural secretary to lift that ban so Americans, too, can enjoy a dish made of lungs, heart and liver encased in sheep's stomach. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

Sports
5:38 am
Mon June 30, 2014

1950 World Cup Ticketholder Gets Tickets For 2014 Game

Originally published on Mon June 30, 2014 11:32 am

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Code Switch
4:53 am
Mon June 30, 2014

'Do The Right Thing' Celebrates Its 25th Anniversary

Spike Lee directed, wrote and starred in "Do the Right Thing." The landmark film prompted a national conversation about racial tension.
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Originally published on Mon June 30, 2014 2:22 pm

Spike Lee's Do the Right Thing was hotly anticipated when it was released 25 years ago.

The film about racial tension reaches a boiling point on a scorching summer day in Brooklyn. All the action takes place on one block in Bedford-Stuyvesant, one of the poorest neighborhoods in New York City; a block where African-Americans and Puerto Ricans live, Koreans and Italians work and the New York Police Department plays dirty.

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Around the Nation
2:59 am
Mon June 30, 2014

Small But Steady Downward Trend In U.S. Executions

Originally published on Mon June 30, 2014 11:32 am

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Here's a little-noticed fact about the death penalty. We've heard a big debate about how to execute people - lethal injection, electric chair, firing squad. That debate obscures a little-noticed fact - the number of people executed by any method is way down in the United States in recent years. NPR justice correspondent Carrie Johnson has been covering this story. She's in our studios. Hi, Carrie.

CARRIE JOHNSON, BYLINE: Hi, Steve.

INSKEEP: How far down?

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NPR Story
2:59 am
Mon June 30, 2014

Denver Street Arcade Attracts Gamers Of All Ages

Originally published on Mon June 30, 2014 11:32 am

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This summer, the streets of downtown Denver are being turned into an outdoor video arcade. It's part of a new interactive street festival, where video games are played on giant screens and accompanied by musicians from the Colorado Symphony Orchestra. Nathan Heffel from member station KUNC reports.

NATHAN HEFFEL, BYLINE: Arcade games have always had a way of bringing people together. That's what David Marion, manager of 1up, a downtown Denver video arcade and bar, sees every day.

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NPR Story
2:59 am
Mon June 30, 2014

Delta, Alaska Airlines Fight For Market Share In Seattle

Originally published on Mon June 30, 2014 11:32 am

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In the airline industry, we've gone through a period of mergers, consolidation and downsizing. Because of all this, some airlines have had to disappoint cities. They've stopped using them as hubs, which brings us something unusual at Seattle-Tocoma International Airport. The Northwest News Network's Tom Banse reports that Delta Air Lines has made it its newest hub.

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Africa
2:59 am
Mon June 30, 2014

China Tries To Establish Foothold In Zambia, Tanzania

Originally published on Mon June 30, 2014 11:32 am

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NPR Story
2:59 am
Mon June 30, 2014

Obama To Request $2 Billion To Deal With Border Issue

Originally published on Mon June 30, 2014 11:32 am

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

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2:59 am
Mon June 30, 2014

British Pop Star Donates Alamo Artifacts

Originally published on Mon June 30, 2014 11:32 am

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DAVID GREENE, BYLINE: And our last word in Business today is, (singing) I can see it coming to the Alamo tonight.

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Last week the owner of the largest private collection of artifacts from the Alamo turned them over in a ceremony at the site of the epic 1836 battle.

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JERRY PATTERSON: Give a huge, ruckus, boisterous welcome to our friend Mr. Phil Collins.

(APPLAUSE)

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Latin America
4:58 am
Fri June 27, 2014

Travel Freedom Raises Questions About U.S. Policies Toward Cuba

Originally published on Fri June 27, 2014 10:47 am

After being away for decades, many members of the first generation of Cuban-American exiles are returning to their native land. But there are still many uneasy with the relaxed travel restrictions.

Around the Nation
4:23 am
Fri June 27, 2014

Uber Offers On-Demand Weddings In San Francisco

Originally published on Fri June 27, 2014 5:59 am

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Around the Nation
4:18 am
Fri June 27, 2014

Last Place Runner Gets Big Cheers For Finishing Race

Originally published on Fri June 27, 2014 5:59 am

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Good morning I'm Steve Inskeep. At the U.S. Track and Field Championships, the crowd cheered a runner who finished last. Alysia Montano was a five-time national champion, who lined up for the 800 meter race. She ran even though she is 34 weeks pregnant. She said her doctor approved. She did the roughly half-mile race in 2 minutes, 32 seconds. That's way worse than normal, but the crowd roared. And afterward she said, I just didn't want to get lapped. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

Law
3:35 am
Fri June 27, 2014

High Court Strikes Down Abortion Clinic 'Buffer Zone' Law

Originally published on Fri June 27, 2014 5:59 am

The Supreme Court eased restrictions on protesters at clinics that perform abortions. The court invalidated a Massachusetts law that created a 35 foot buffer outside abortion clinics in the state.

NPR Story
3:10 am
Fri June 27, 2014

Carney's 'Begin Again' Doesn't Match His Hit 'Once'

Originally published on Fri June 27, 2014 5:59 am

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John Carney is an Irish writer and director. He brought us the landmark film, "Once" - a small independent movie that became a Broadway musical blockbuster that won eight Tony's. Carney now has a new movie out and Los Angeles Times and MORNING EDITION film critic Kenneth Turan has this review.

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Around the Nation
3:10 am
Fri June 27, 2014

Lexus Lanes Define Miami's Commuting Culture

Originally published on Fri June 27, 2014 5:59 am

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All this week, I've been in Miami with the great team here at member station WLRN. Thanks for letting us share the studio, guys. I promise we're going to clean up.

We came to Florida after a trip to Cuba to learn how Cuba and Cuban policy have shaped this region. There are, of course, other forces shaping life here. One is interstate 95 which ends in Miami. WLRN reporter, Kenny Malone, has been exploring various aspects of I-95 and has this story of two little words that now define much of Miami's current commuting culture.

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Sports
3:10 am
Fri June 27, 2014

Despite Losing To Germany, U.S. Advances In World Cup

Originally published on Fri June 27, 2014 5:59 am

The U.S. men's soccer team moves on to the World Cup's round of 16. They lost to Germany, but advance because Portugal beat Ghana. The team will get to rest a bit before playing Belgium on Tuesday.

Law
12:19 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Supreme Court Rules On Obama Appointments, Abortion Protests

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The Supreme Court has issued rulings in two controversial cases. The court invalidated several appointments President Obama made while the Senate was in recess, or appeared to be, anyway. And the court also limited the power of a state to define buffer zones around abortion clinics. A lot to talk about here, let's dive right in with NPR legal affairs correspondent Nina Totenberg. Hi, Nina.

NINA TOTENBERG, BYLINE: Hi.

INSKEEP: OK, so these decisions appear to be, to you, anyway, compromises - why is that?

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Around the Nation
5:36 am
Thu June 26, 2014

North Korea Threatens War Over U.S. Comedy

Originally published on Thu June 26, 2014 12:19 pm

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Research News
5:36 am
Thu June 26, 2014

How To Sell Green Products To The Self-Regarding Consumer

Originally published on Mon June 30, 2014 7:40 am

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When consumers think about green products, they often face a dilemma - that car that uses less gasoline or a more efficient refrigerator tends to cost more. Buyers have to choose whether money is more important to them than public good. Now new research shows there might be a way to boost interest in these products, at least among a core group of consumers. NPR social science correspondent Shankar Vedantam is here to talk with us about that. Hi Shankar.

SHANKAR VEDANTAM, BYLINE: Hi Steve.

INSKEEP: What consumers?

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Latin America
4:59 am
Thu June 26, 2014

Wife Of Jailed American In Cuba Worries He'll Take 'Drastic Measures'

Originally published on Fri June 27, 2014 11:21 am

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Asia
4:52 am
Thu June 26, 2014

Airlines Suspend Flights To Pakistani City After Shooting

Originally published on Thu June 26, 2014 12:19 pm

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The largest airline in the Middle East says it has suspended flights to a city in Pakistan. Emirates says it will no longer fly to Peshawar, at least for now. This is after someone opened fire on a Pakistani passenger jet that was coming in to land there. NPR's Philip Reeves reports on a blow to Pakistan at a time of crisis.

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Sports
4:12 am
Thu June 26, 2014

Croatian Tennis Player Mishears Press Question

Originally published on Thu June 26, 2014 12:19 pm

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Good morning, I'm David Greene. It's been a tough week for Latvian tennis player Ernests Gulbis. Yesterday, he was knocked out of competition at Wimbledon. And Monday at a press conference, he was asked about the idea of getting rid of umpires, letting players referee their own games. He gave a lengthy answer before realizing he had misheard the question.

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ERNESTS GULBIS: Get rid of umpires?

UNIDENTIFIED MAN: Yes, get rid of...

GULBIS: My God, I thought vampires.

NPR Story
3:06 am
Thu June 26, 2014

Supreme Court Rules Police Need Warrants For Most Cellphone Searches

Originally published on Thu June 26, 2014 12:19 pm

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It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. Good morning, I'm Steve Inskeep in Washington.

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NPR Story
3:06 am
Thu June 26, 2014

Pickup Truck For Kids Unveiled by Ford, Fisher Price

Originally published on Thu June 26, 2014 12:19 pm

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And today's last word in Business is built tough - Fisher-Price tough. American automaker Ford had a new offering to unveil in Dearborn, Michigan, this week.

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It's a battery-powered model that boasts of off-road capabilities. Yes, Steve, it is the Power Wheels F-150 pickup truck for kids.

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