8:02am

Thu January 17, 2013
The Two-Way

Olympics Asks Lance Armstrong To Return His Bronze Medal

Lance Armstrong at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games, celebrating his bronze medal performance.
Pedro Ugarte AFP/Getty Images

As those who care wait anxiously for Part 1 of cycling superstar Lance Armstrong's confessional with Oprah Winfrey, there's word that the International Olympic Committee has asked Armstrong to return the bronze medal he won at the 2000 Olympics.

The IOC's statement says:

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7:31am

Thu January 17, 2013
The Two-Way

Manti Te'o: Story Attributed To Parents Hard To Reconcile With Hoax Report

Originally published on Thu January 17, 2013 12:53 pm

Manti T'eo.
Jonathan Daniel Getty Images

If you're trying to make sense of the news that Notre Dame football star Manti Te'o now says he was the victim of a hoax and that the woman he thought was his "girlfriend" never existed and never died, you'll want to read an Oct. 12 story published by the South Bend Tribune.

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6:53am

Thu January 17, 2013
The Two-Way

Jobless Claims At Five-Year Low; Home Building Hit Five-Year High In 2012

Originally published on Thu January 17, 2013 12:53 pm

Going up in Chicago: Row houses under construction.
Scott Olson Getty Images

There were 335,000 first-time claims for unemployment insurance last week, down 37,000 from the week before, the Employment and Training Administration reports.

That's the lowest total for any one week since January 2008.

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5:47am

Thu January 17, 2013
Around the Nation

Electric Bikes Make Auto Show Appearance

Originally published on Thu January 17, 2013 9:11 am

Transcript

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep. Walk a street in Beijing and you'll likely hear a whirring noise as an electric bicycle glides past. They're common in China. One auto maker wants to make them more common here. The makers of tiny Smart cars put an electric bike on display at the Detroit Auto Show. People at that show can also find bikes with pedals, like the Toyota Prius-branded bike.

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5:43am

Thu January 17, 2013
Around the Nation

Michigan Man Reels In Giant Goldfish

Originally published on Thu January 17, 2013 9:11 am

Transcript

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Good morning, I'm Renee Montagne. I have goldfish. They're small. On the other hand, my goldfish don't live in a lake, or at least one has gotten very, very big.

Fishing at Lake St. Claire, Michigan last weekend, Mark Martin reeled in a goldfish big enough to mount on his wall. Most likely dumped by a former owner, it weighed more than three pounds and is nearly 15 inches long. It might be a record catch, if Michigan kept records on goldfish.

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

5:23am

Thu January 17, 2013
The Two-Way

In Algeria: Some Hostages May Have Escaped

Originally published on Thu January 17, 2013 2:57 pm

Algerian men look at national newspapers headlining the terrorist attack and kidnapping in Amenas at a news stand in Algiers on Thursday.
Ouahab Hebbat AP

Events are happening quickly at the gas facility in eastern Algeria where Islamist militants seized a large group of hostages — perhaps as many as 41 of them foreigners who apparently include some Americans — on Wednesday.

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3:37am

Thu January 17, 2013
Politics

Obama Calls On Congress To Act To Reduce Gun Violence

Originally published on Thu January 17, 2013 9:11 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

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

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

And I'm Renee Montagne.

President Obama says he's done what he could on his own. Yesterday he signed 23 executive orders related to gun control. They will allow federal agencies to strengthen the existing background check system and improve the tracking of stolen guns. The big ticket items, like universal background checks and a ban on assault weapons and high capacity clips, will need congressional action.

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3:37am

Thu January 17, 2013
Around the Nation

FAA Grounds Boeing's New Jetliner In The U.S.

Originally published on Thu January 17, 2013 9:11 am

Transcript

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Still more trouble for Boeing's newest passenger jet, the 787, known as the Dreamliner. The FAA has grounded all U.S.-owned 787s because of safety concerns. This follows an earlier move by Japan doing the same. NPR's Wendy Kaufman reports for today's Business Bottom Line.

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3:37am

Thu January 17, 2013
Mental Health

Mental Health Advocates Welcome Obama's Gun Orders

Originally published on Thu January 17, 2013 4:40 am

While many of the proposals President Obama unveiled Wednesday focused on toughening gun laws, they also included efforts to address the nation's fragmented and porous mental health system.

1:48am

Thu January 17, 2013
Shots - Health News

Bad Flu Season Overshadows Other Winter Miseries

Originally published on Thu January 17, 2013 9:11 am

People line up at a Duane Reade pharmacy in New York behind a sign announcing the recent flu outbreak.
Andrew Kelly Reuters/Landov

Dr. Beth Zeeman says she can spot a case of influenza from 20 paces. It's not like a common cold.

"People think they've had the flu when they've had colds," Zeeman, an emergency room specialist at MetroWest Medical Center in Framingham, Mass., tells Shots. "People use the word 'flu' for everything. But having influenza is really a different thing. It hits you like a ton of bricks."

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