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7:42 am
Wed May 2, 2012

Hiring Slowed In April, Report Signals

Businesses added just 119,000 jobs to their payrolls in April, a sharp drop from an estimated 201,000-gain in March, according to the latest ADP National Employment Report.

The private group's report is "a troubling sign" two days before the Bureau of Labor Statistics issues its figures on April employment growth and unemployment, The Associated Press says.

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Shots - Health Blog
7:13 am
Wed May 2, 2012

Costly Heart Procedures Thrive In Some Places, Despite Cheaper Alternatives

Build a cardiac catheterization lab and doctors will tend to use it, even if treatment with drugs alone would suffice.
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Originally published on Wed May 2, 2012 7:38 am

Why do some doctors keep performing expensive medical procedures after it becomes apparent there are cheaper and equally safe ways to treat patients? A study of cardiac procedures in Michigan takes a crack at this question, and while it comes up short on definitive answers, it has some provocative findings.

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The Two-Way
6:57 am
Wed May 2, 2012

We Had Dinner With Bin Laden In 2010, Men Tell BBC

Following the raid on Osama bin Laden's compound, the image of the al-Qaida leader was one of a man in hiding, watching himself on videos and plotting.
AFP/Getty Images

The story that Osama bin Laden never left his compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, during the last five years of his life takes a hit with word from the BBC about a dinner the al-Qaida leader reportedly attended in the summer of 2010.

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The Two-Way
6:29 am
Wed May 2, 2012

'Afghan Good Enough' May Be Best U.S. And Allies Can Do

During his brief visit to Afghanistan, President Obama spoke to troops at Bagram Air Field north of Kabul.
Mandel Ngan AFP/Getty Images

Among the day-after analyses of President Obama's surprise trip to Afghanistan and the new pact about U.S.-Afghan relations is this from Anthony Cordesman at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C.:

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Around the Nation
6:13 am
Wed May 2, 2012

Thousands Of Bees Removed From New Jersey Home

Originally published on Wed May 2, 2012 6:16 am

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Law
5:53 am
Wed May 2, 2012

DOJ Downplays Expectation For Hate Crimes Law

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

On a Wednesday, it's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

And I'm David Greene. Nearly three years ago, Congress passed a federal hate crime law. It makes it illegal to target victims because of their race, religion or sexual orientation. The law drew protests from some Republican lawmakers and religious groups, who said it threatened their free speech rights. And the law has been used sparingly.

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Asia
5:42 am
Wed May 2, 2012

Bin Laden's Legacy Inspires Pakistani Extremists

Pakistanis walk past the rubble of the demolished compound of slain al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden in the northern town of Abbottabad this week. Bin Laden's legacy in Pakistan appears mixed. Support for al-Qaida seems to be down, but bin Laden is still revered by extremists.
Sajjad Qayyum AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed May 2, 2012 11:07 am

The killing of Osama bin Laden in the Pakistani garrison town of Abbottabad one year ago Wednesday rocked the country's political and military establishment, and provoked widespread rage at what Pakistanis saw as a blatant violation of national sovereignty.

A year on, there are widely differing opinions among Pakistanis about the significance of the al-Qaida leader in a country where militant groups draw inspiration from him.

His legacy is in plain view at rallies across the country that evoke virulent anti-Americanism.

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Afghanistan
5:32 am
Wed May 2, 2012

Obama, Karzai Sign Partnership Pact In Afghanistan

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

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The Two-Way
5:26 am
Wed May 2, 2012

Will China Follow Through On Assurances About Activist's Safety?

Chinese activist activist Chen Guangcheng earlier today at the a hospital in Beijing. He reportedly injured himself during his escape from house arrest last month.
Jordan Pouille AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed May 2, 2012 2:26 pm

  • From 'Morning Edition'

Chinese legal activist Chen Guangcheng has said to The Associated Press that "he was told Chinese officials would have killed his wife had he not left [the U.S.] embassy," the wire service reports.

It also writes that "Guangcheng says a U.S. official told him that Chinese authorities threatened to beat his wife to death had be not left the American Embassy."

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Asia
5:19 am
Wed May 2, 2012

Chinese Dissident Leaves U.S. Embassy In Beijing

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

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

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

And I'm David Greene.

We are following developing news, this morning, in China. The Chinese dissident who sought protection with American diplomats in Beijing is now free and apparently heading to a new life.

INSKEEP: Chen Guangcheng is a human rights lawyer, a blind man who became involved in issues like forced abortion in China. Last week, he escaped house arrest by Chinese security forces.

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Politics
5:02 am
Wed May 2, 2012

Obama Accused Of Politicizing Bin Laden's Death

Originally published on Wed May 2, 2012 5:44 am

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Republicans have repeatedly criticized President Obama for what they contend is a weak foreign policy. Their criticism now extends to how the president talks about his signature foreign policy success.

Here's NPR national political correspondent, Mara Liasson.

MARA LIASSON, BYLINE: President Obama's visit to Afghanistan and his address to the nation were reminders of the responsibilities of the commander-in-chief and the attention he can muster at a moment's notice.

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NPR Story
4:37 am
Wed May 2, 2012

Presidential Election Protest In Egypt Turns Deadly

Originally published on Wed May 2, 2012 5:49 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Vast as they are, the interrelated problems of Afghanistan, Pakistan and al-Qaida are only some of the problems the president faces - and that will be faced by whoever wins this fall's election. Egypt is preparing for a presidential election of its own, the first since a revolution toppled President Hosni Mubarak. And today, a protest related to that election led to deadly violence.

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NPR Story
4:37 am
Wed May 2, 2012

China, U.S. Resolve Blind Activists Fate

Originally published on Wed May 2, 2012 5:28 am

Richard McGregor, Washington bureau chief for the Financial Times, talks to Steve Inskeep about how Chen Guangcheng may impact Thursday's talks between the U.S. and China. The blind activist left the U.S. Embassy in Beijing Wednesday, and U.S. officials escorted him to a hospital.

NPR Story
4:37 am
Wed May 2, 2012

Occupy Protesters Mark May Day

Originally published on Wed May 2, 2012 5:48 am

The Occupy protest movement was out in force Tuesday. May 1 is traditionally a day for labor demonstrations. For the most part, the demonstrations were noisy and theatrical but restrained.

NPR Story
4:37 am
Wed May 2, 2012

Task Force Evaluates Consequences Of Stand Your Ground Law

Originally published on Wed May 2, 2012 5:39 am

The group was convened by Florida's governor and legislative leaders. The move comes after Trayvon Martin, an unarmed teen, was shot to death by neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman. Since the law's passage in 2005, there's been growing concern about the law among police, prosecutors and judges.

Music
1:28 am
Wed May 2, 2012

Marcel Khalife: The Bob Dylan Of The Arab World

Marcel Khalife is a Middle Eastern musical and political icon.
Driss Ben Malek Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed May 2, 2012 6:03 am

The Lebanese classical musician and composer Marcel Khalife is often compared to Bob Dylan — not for his music, but for his politics. The Middle Eastern musical and political icon sings about freedom and nationalism.

Khalife is famous for translating poetry into music. For years, he collaborated with the nationalist Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish.

"It began when I graduated from the music conservatory in Beirut. The civil war started in Lebanon — I wanted to change the world with music," says Khalife.

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Sweetness And Light
8:13 pm
Tue May 1, 2012

A Horse Of A Different Color

Hansen, ridden by Ramon A. Dominguez, races to the finish to win the March 3 Gotham Stakes at Aqueduct in New York.
Adam Coglianese AP

Originally published on Wed May 2, 2012 12:04 pm

The 3-year-old champion colt named Hansen will not be the favorite in the Derby Saturday, but most eyes will unavoidably be upon him.

You see, in a field of chestnuts and bays, Hansen is already brilliant white. Well, technically he's a gray, but without boring you with equine pigmentation detail, thoroughbred grays — like the great Native Dancer — turn whiter as they grow older, and Hansen is simply prematurely white, sort of a four-legged Steve Martin.

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Law
6:28 pm
Tue May 1, 2012

Teammate Testifies Against Clemens In Perjury Trial

Andy Pettitte leaves the federal court in Washington, D.C., Tuesday. Pettitte took the stand in the retrial of Roger Clemens on charges that Clemens lied when he told Congress in 2008 that he had never used steroids or human growth hormone.
Manuel Balce Ceneta AP

Originally published on Wed May 9, 2012 8:44 am

If the prosecution at the Roger Clemens perjury trial hoped for a dramatic showdown on Tuesday, the day was a big disappointment. The prosecution's star witness, Clemens' friend and onetime pitching ace Andy Pettitte, provided as much, if not more, ammunition for the defense.

Clemens is charged with lying to Congress when he testified that he had never used performance-enhancing drugs.

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Afghanistan
5:36 pm
Tue May 1, 2012

A Look At The New Afghanistan Agreement

Originally published on Wed May 9, 2012 8:44 am

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From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel.

AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

And I'm Audie Cornish.

President Obama flew to Afghanistan today and signed a historic agreement on the future of the U.S. involvement in that country. The president traveled under tight security to Kabul and met with Afghan President Hamid Karzai for a signing ceremony at the palace there.

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The Two-Way
4:55 pm
Tue May 1, 2012

Live Blog: President Obama Addresses The Nation From Afghanistan

U.S. President Barack Obama delivers an address to the American people on U.S. policy and the war in Afghanistan during his visit to Bagram Air Base on Tuesday.
Kevin Lamarque AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed May 2, 2012 7:14 am

In a speech delivered from Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan, President Obama said that after more than 10 years of war in the country, the U.S. is on a path toward peace.

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Crisis In The Housing Market
3:59 pm
Tue May 1, 2012

Time To Trade The Lease For A Mortgage?

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, homeownership rates got even closer to pre-housing boom numbers in the first quarter of 2012.
Steven Senne AP

Originally published on Wed May 9, 2012 8:44 am

This week, the U.S. Census Bureau announced that in the first quarter of 2012, the American homeownership rate hit its lowest level in 15 years. During the housing boom, millions more Americans bought homes, bumping the rate to nearly 70 percent. Now, that buying spree has been replaced with millions of foreclosures, and most of those gains have been lost.

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It's All Politics
3:59 pm
Tue May 1, 2012

In Mass. Senate Race, Warren On Defense Over Native American Heritage

U.S. Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren, a Democrat, greets people at Dinky's Blue Belle Diner in Shrewsbury, Mass., on Sunday.
Steven Senne AP

Originally published on Wed May 9, 2012 8:44 am

In the tight U.S. Senate race in Massachusetts, Democrat Elizabeth Warren has been playing defense because of allegations that she used her Native American heritage to advance her career.

Warren, the likely Democratic challenger to incumbent Republican Scott Brown, says she did not know that Harvard Law School touted her as a member of a minority group back in the 1990s, when the school's faculty came under criticism for being too white.

But Warren says that when she was growing up in Oklahoma, her family always told her that she's part Cherokee.

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It's All Politics
2:58 pm
Tue May 1, 2012

Politics Not Far From Obama, Romney On Bin Laden Anniversary

President Obama gets a chance to showcase his national security credentials during a surprise visit to Afghanistan on the anniversary of Osama bin Laden's death at the hands of the U.S. military.
Mandel Ngan AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed May 2, 2012 5:20 am

On the one-year anniversary of the killing of Osama bin Laden by U.S. Navy SEALs, there were two contrasting scenes to consider.

One was of President Obama in Afghanistan on a surprise visit, speaking to U.S. troops as their commander in chief in the nation whence the SEALs departed for their successful raid into Abbottabad in neighboring Pakistan.

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The Two-Way
2:56 pm
Tue May 1, 2012

Facing Criticism, Gay Romney Aide Resigns

Richard Grenell.
Mark Lennihan AP

Originally published on Tue May 1, 2012 3:02 pm

Richard Grenell, a long time Republican hired by Mitt Romney's campaign as a foreign policy spokesman, resigned today. Grenell's hiring made news less than two weeks ago, because Grenell is openly gay.

The New York Times reports Grenell's abrupt resignation comes after he came "under attack by antigay activists in the party."

The Romney campaign cofirmed his resignation saying they were "disappointed" Grenell had resigned for "personal reasons."

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Europe
2:54 pm
Tue May 1, 2012

George Papandreou: Greece Had To Make Changes

Former Prime Minister George Papandreou stands by the tough austerity measures that ultimately brought down his government — and ended his family's leading role in Greek politics. Here, the then-leader addresses the Socialist party parliamentary group at the Greek Parliament in Athens in November.
Louisa Gouliamaki AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed May 9, 2012 8:44 am

Europe's economic crisis has been driving leaders from power, one after another. Among those toppled was George Papandreou, who stepped down as the prime minister of Greece last November, just two years into his government's four-year term.

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Media
2:20 pm
Tue May 1, 2012

News Corp. Contrite In Wake Of Scathing Report

An influential group of British lawmakers says Rupert Murdoch, shown above with his son James (left) last July, is unfit to lead his global media empire. The scathing report also says his company misled Parliament about the scale of phone hacking at one of its tabloids.
Sang Tan AP

Originally published on Tue May 1, 2012 3:04 pm

News Corp. executives Rupert and James Murdoch can give a small sigh of relief, perhaps, that U.K. lawmakers investigating the tabloid hacking and bribery scandal did not conclude they misled Parliament in earlier testimony.

But that may be just about the only relief the Murdochs receive.

The scathing report accuses the company and several of its former top British executives of lying to Parliament and of seeking to cover up widespread phone hacking, computer hacking and bribing of government employees.

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World Cafe
2:18 pm
Tue May 1, 2012

Simone Felice On World Cafe

Simone Felice's self-titled solo debut came out in April.
John Huba

Originally published on Wed May 2, 2012 7:44 am

Simone Felice translates tragedies and miracles into Americana stories and songs.

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Shots - Health Blog
1:56 pm
Tue May 1, 2012

Are Democrats Reaching On Latest 'War On Women' Claim?

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi speaks at a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington last week.
Jacquelyn Martin AP

The latest skirmish in the so-called war on women has to do with, of all things, interest rates on student loans. More specifically, the effort by House Republicans to offset the cost of a federal student loan bill by cutting funding from a $15 billion preventive health fund included in the 2010 Affordable Care Act.

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The Two-Way
1:46 pm
Tue May 1, 2012

Suicide Attack In Somalia Kills Seven, Including Politicians

A suicide bomber killed seven people, including three Somali lawmakers in Dusamareb today. Reuters reports that al Shabaab — the Islamic militant group — took responsibility.

Reuters adds:

"While suicide bombers sent by al Shabaab militants have struck government targets and African Union troops in the capital Mogadishu often in recent years, such attacks are rare in central Galgadud region.

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Science
1:20 pm
Tue May 1, 2012

Psychology Of Fraud: Why Good People Do Bad Things

Adam Cole/NPR

Originally published on Wed May 9, 2012 8:44 am

Enron, Worldcom, Bernie Madoff, the subprime mortgage crisis.

Over the past decade or so, news stories about unethical behavior have been a regular feature on TV, a long, discouraging parade of misdeeds marching across our screens. And in the face of these scandals, psychologists and economists have been slowly reworking how they think about the cause of unethical behavior.

In general, when we think about bad behavior, we think about it being tied to character: Bad people do bad things. But that model, researchers say, is profoundly inadequate.

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