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Business
4:41 am
Fri June 20, 2014

Yo App Raises $1 Million

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 5:29 am

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LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Linda Wertheimer. Yo, Renee.

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Yo, Linda.

WERTHEIMER: There's a new phone app. It's called Yo. It allows you to chat to a friend but the only word you can use is yo. That's literally all Yo does. But it's raised a million dollars from investors. They buy the hype from the App Store description which says, Yo is everything and anything. It all depends on you, the recipient and the time of the yo. OK, it's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

Around the Nation
4:38 am
Fri June 20, 2014

CIA Toyed With Osama Bin Laden Action Figure

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 5:29 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne. Of all the ways the CIA has tried to fight terrorism, this is one of the strangest. The Washington Post reports that in 2005 a project with the codename, devil eyes, produced action dolls of Osama Bin Laden - looked just like him until the face paint flecked off, revealing a demon face. It was apparently intended to scare children away from following the al-Qaida leader. The project didn't happen, but one doll lives on at the CIA. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

Iraq
4:20 am
Fri June 20, 2014

Political Solution Needed In Iraq, Obama Says

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 5:29 am

President Obama is sending up to 300 military advisers to Iraq to gather intelligence on the insurgency. He was adamant there will be no American combat operations on the ground in Iraq.

Business
3:24 am
Fri June 20, 2014

Universal Bets Wizarding World Will Bring In Big Money Magic

The fire-breathing dragon that helped Harry and his friends escape from the banker goblins sits on top of Gringotts Wizarding Bank in Diagon Alley, Universal Orlando's newest attraction.
Ken Kinzie Universal Orlando

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 6:18 pm

Universal Orlando Resort's new Diagon Alley attraction is true to the books — a place where people who love magic can buy anything from wands to butterbeer.

At the end of the street is Gringotts Wizarding Bank, and on top, the fire-breathing dragon that helped Harry and his friends escape from the banker goblins.

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NPR Story
3:08 am
Fri June 20, 2014

High Court Ruling Supports Employees In Retaliation Cases

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 5:29 am

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LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

The U.S. Supreme Court has handed public employees a victory, ruling that they cannot be fired for testifying truthfully on matters of public concern. The unanimous decision broadens protections for government employees. NPR's Nina Totenberg reports.

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NPR Story
3:08 am
Fri June 20, 2014

New York City To Pay Millions To End Central Park Jogger Case

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 5:29 am

Officials in New York City reportedly have agreed to pay $40 million to five men who were convicted in the 1989 Central Park jogger case, but who were later exonerated.

NPR Story
3:08 am
Fri June 20, 2014

Ecuadoran Province Churns Out Top-Notch Soccer Players

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 5:29 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Soccer's World Cup always produces some great underdog stories. One of them, this year, comes from Ecuador. That tiny South American nation is making a rare World Cup appearance. And nearly half of its players come from the same poor and sparsely populated coastal province called Esmeraldas. John Otis has the story.

OMAR ESTUPINAN: (Reading) Segundo Castillo, Walter Ayovi...

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Europe
5:30 am
Thu June 19, 2014

Hikers Trapped In Dense Rhododendron Forest

Originally published on Thu June 19, 2014 5:50 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne with news of a rhododendron rescue. Who knew a shrub known for its brilliantly colored blooms could be life-threatening? But a couple hiking in Ireland's Knockmealdown Mountains was trapped when they got lost on a hillside so thick with wild rhododendrons, one rescuer told the BBC it was as impenetrable as a jungle - so dense that people could not hear each other, which is why it took five hours to rescue them. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

Around the Nation
5:30 am
Thu June 19, 2014

96 Years Later, Va. Woman Gets Honorary Diploma

Originally published on Thu June 19, 2014 5:50 am

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LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Linda Wertheimer. In 1918, schools were shut down in Norfolk, Virginia, because of the deadly Spanish-flu pandemic. When they reopened, then 15-year-old Lela Burden was holding down two jobs. She didn't come back. This week, 96 years later, Burden received an honorary high school diploma - a fitting tribute for a woman who noted on her 110th birthday, you learn something everyday, every time you wake up. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

World
4:56 am
Thu June 19, 2014

United Nations Launches Review Of Peacekeeping Efforts

Originally published on Thu June 19, 2014 5:50 am

U.N. peacekeepers are in some of the world's most violent places. Linda Wertheimer talks to Herve Ladsous, U.N. under-secretary-general for Peacekeeping Operations about the changing mission.

NPR Story
3:14 am
Thu June 19, 2014

With Loyal Customers In Mind, Amazon Unveils Fire Phone

Originally published on Thu June 19, 2014 5:50 am

At a gala party on Wednesday, Amazon launched its first smartphone. It is distinguished from other phones by the ease with which you can use it to buy things from Amazon.

NPR Story
3:14 am
Thu June 19, 2014

U.S. Program Hopes To Inspire Young Africans To Be Tomorrow's Leaders

Originally published on Thu June 19, 2014 5:50 am

President Obama is organizing the first of its kind African summit in Washington. In the run-up to that high-level gathering, young African leaders are in the U.S. for a leadership training program.

NPR Story
3:14 am
Thu June 19, 2014

When It Comes To Dating, Some People Have A Type

Originally published on Thu June 19, 2014 5:50 am

Match.com is partnering with another service to offer facial-recognition technology. It will compare photos of clients' exes with database photos in the hopes of finding faces with similar features.

NPR Story
3:14 am
Thu June 19, 2014

American Apparel Fires Its Controversial CEO

Originally published on Thu June 19, 2014 5:50 am

Dov Charney was the founder of the sweatshop-free clothing company. He's been forced out amid an investigation into alleged misconduct

NPR Story
3:14 am
Thu June 19, 2014

Speechwriters Deliberately Use Rhythm To Help Make Their Point

Originally published on Thu June 19, 2014 5:50 am

President Obama's biggest speeches have a musicality to them. That's not an accident. His speechwriters obsess over rhythm and cadence.

Asia
5:09 am
Wed June 18, 2014

In Japan, A KitKat Bar May Be A Ticket To Ride

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LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Linda Wertheimer. Got a piece of a Kit Kat bar? In Japan, that could be your ticket to ride. People traveling on the Sanriku Railway there can now use special Kit Kat candy wrappers as train tickets. It's part of a campaign to revive tourism after the tsunami in 2011, which badly damaged the railway's tracks and bridges. In Japan, it's common to give Kit Kats to wish somebody good luck for the next year. It also means a train ride. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

Space
4:07 am
Wed June 18, 2014

International Space Station Gets Espresso Machine

Originally published on Wed June 18, 2014 5:09 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne. The International Space Station is getting a real coffee maker. Not surprisingly, this first-ever, zero-gravity espresso machine is Italian, developed by the coffee company Lavazza. Up until now, astronauts made do with the instant stuff. The brewer should be there in time for the arrival this fall of Italy's first woman astronaut. She tweeted her excitement - I'll get to operate the first space espresso machine. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

Africa
3:20 am
Wed June 18, 2014

Bitter, Incomplete Divorce Blamed For South Sudan's Fighting

Originally published on Wed June 18, 2014 5:09 am

What happened after Africa's biggest country split in two? Renee Montagne talks to James Copnall about his book, A Poisonous Thorn in Our Hearts: Sudan and South Sudan's Bitter and Incomplete Divorce.

Sports
3:17 am
Wed June 18, 2014

Troubles Put Aside, Brazilians Embrace World Cup

Originally published on Wed June 18, 2014 5:09 am

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LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

We now turn to Brazil and the World Cup. Yesterday, the host country played Mexico, and it was a disappointing performance for home-team fans. It was a draw. Neither side scored. Still, Brazilians are feeling more positive about the World Cup. NPR's Lourdes Garcia-Navarro reports from Sao Paulo.

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Food
3:08 am
Wed June 18, 2014

Uruguayan Soccer Team's Caramel Spread Denied Entry Into Brazil

Originally published on Wed June 18, 2014 5:09 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

And let's stay with the World Cup in Brazil, where Uruguayan fans and media are crying foul - not on the soccer pitch, but involving Brazil's customs.

LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

Customs officials confiscated more than 80 pounds of a favorite snack spread from Uruguay's soccer team, one of the World Cup favorites, when they entered the country last week. The spread, called dulce de leche, is like the Nutella of South America. You can spread it on bread; use it as ice cream topping.

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Around the Nation
5:07 am
Tue June 17, 2014

FBI Has Its Own Twitter Slang

Originally published on Tue June 17, 2014 5:26 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne. The FBI is a serious agency doing serious business, and apparently to conduct that business, agents need to know what ONUD stands for in the Twitter-sphere. That would be, oh, no, you didn't. A Freedom of Information request has forced the FBI to open its internal guide to shorthand on Twitter and other social media, which includes LFBBEG - looking for big, bad evil guy. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

Education
4:07 am
Tue June 17, 2014

City Council In Sweden To Decide The Fate Of Homework

Originally published on Tue June 17, 2014 5:26 am

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LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Linda Wertheimer. Schools out for millions of American kids - no more homework for a couple of months. Students in a town in central Sweden may be doing even better. The city council is debating whether to do away with homework entirely. Local officials argue that students should be able to learn everything they need during school hours and, says one, not burden their parents with it. Now there's a thought. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

Around the Nation
3:33 am
Tue June 17, 2014

Florida's New Regional Rail Service Raises Residents' Concerns

Originally published on Tue June 17, 2014 5:26 am

Florida East Coast Railway plans to start construction on an passenger line linking Miami with Orlando. Residents in towns through which the train passes worry about the impact on their communities

NPR Story
3:33 am
Tue June 17, 2014

The Human Heart And Its Rhythmic Magnificence

Originally published on Tue June 17, 2014 6:18 am

Rhythm comes in different forms from music and poetry to those inside our bodies. There's art based on the most primal rhythm of all: the beating of the human heart.

NPR Story
3:33 am
Tue June 17, 2014

Militant Group Moves To Create Islamic State In Iraq

Originally published on Tue June 17, 2014 11:21 am

This week we're examining a different aspect of the Iraqi crisis. Renee Montagne talks to Lina Khatib, director of the Carnegie Middle East Center, about the ISIS, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.

NPR Story
3:33 am
Tue June 17, 2014

Delta Airlines Apologizes For World Cup Tweet

Originally published on Tue June 17, 2014 5:26 am

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LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

And today's last word in business is, giraffe gaffe. Delta Airlines joined many others on twitter yesterday, congratulating the U.S. men's soccer team for their dramatic World Cup win over Ghana.

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

The airline included images in its tweet - the statue of liberty to symbolize America and a giraffe for Ghana.

WERTHEIMER: Only problem - there are no giraffes in Ghana. Delta later tweeted out an apology.

Around the Nation
5:20 am
Mon June 16, 2014

Rescuer Goes Out On A Limb To Save Cat

Originally published on Mon June 16, 2014 5:56 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne. Cats know how easy it is to get up a tree and firefighters know how hard it can be to get down. Yesterday in Pennsylvania, firefighters rescued a cat and its rescuer. Stuck in the top branches was Tara Dennis. The Erie Times-News reports that after hearing the cat cry for a couple of days, she'd gotten up on a roof, crawled out on a branch, tucked the cat into her shirt and then a neighbor had to call 911 to rescue her. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

Around the Nation
5:20 am
Mon June 16, 2014

Bachelor Party Attendees Make Rare Discovery

Originally published on Mon June 16, 2014 5:56 am

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LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Linda Wertheimer. It was not a team of paleontologists but a group of stags who made a rare discovery recently in New Mexico - make that a stag party. T hey were cruising by the lakeshore at Elephant Butte State Park when they discovered the skull of a mastodon with teeth and tusks intact. The prehistoric elephant lived about 3 million years ago, predating both the woolly mammoth and the earliest-known bachelor party. You're listening to MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

Afghanistan
5:20 am
Mon June 16, 2014

Afghan Voters Defy Taliban Threat; Vote In Presidential Runoff

Originally published on Mon June 16, 2014 7:46 am

Afghans went to the polls on Saturday to vote for a successor to Hamid Karzai who's ruled since 2001. Former foreign minister Adbullah Abdullah faced off against former finance minister Ashraf Ghani.

Parallels
4:16 am
Mon June 16, 2014

A Chinese Chemical Company And A 'Bath Salts' Epidemic

An empty lab used by China Enriching Chemistry, which was accused of shipping illegal drugs to the U.S. Eric Chang, the company's director, is currently in jail in China, where he was charged with producing ecstasy.
Frank Langfitt NPR

Originally published on Mon June 16, 2014 8:16 am

There were times a few years back when the emergency room at SUNY Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse looked like a scene from a zombie movie. Dr. Ross Sullivan, a physician there, recalls one afternoon when staff wheeled in a man with dilated pupils who was covered in sweat.

"The patient was screaming obscenities, and anybody he would pass, he was threatening and saying he was going to kill them," Sullivan recalls.

Police suspected the patient had taken "bath salts," the notorious synthetic stimulants that were ravaging scores of American communities at the time.

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