5:42am

Thu October 18, 2012
The Two-Way

Tough Times, Even Higher Debts For College Graduates

How bright is their future? Students at Barnard College's graduation ceremony last May.
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Two-thirds of American college graduates left school last year with student loan debt hanging over their heads and the average amount they owed was $26,600, up 5 percent from the previous year. They also walked into a "tough job market" that was only marginally more friendly than in 2010, according to a report released today by the Institute for College Access and Success (TICAS).

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5:40am

Thu October 18, 2012
Europe

Marie Antoinette's Slippers Sell At Auction

Originally published on Thu October 18, 2012 10:11 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne. Back in the late 1700s, the resentful subjects of France's Marie Antoinette gave her the nickname Madame Deficit. The queen's extravagant lifestyle ended at the guillotine. But she left behind some treasures, including a delicate pair of green and pink silk striped slippers. On the anniversary of her execution this week, they were sold by a Parisian auction house at a price fit for a queen - more than $65,000. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright National Public Radio.

5:31am

Thu October 18, 2012
Around the Nation

New Yorker Waits To Cash Winning Lottery Ticket

Originally published on Thu October 18, 2012 10:11 am

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5:18am

Thu October 18, 2012
The Two-Way

Week After Latest Death Rumors, Cubans Get Letter From Fidel Castro

Originally published on Thu October 18, 2012 5:19 am

Former Cuban President Fidel Castro in March, when Pope Benedict XVI visited Havana.
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One week after the latest rumors of his death, former Cuban leader Fidel Castro has emerged — sort of — in a letter he's said to have written.

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5:10am

Thu October 18, 2012
Election 2012

Republican Governors Gear Up For Election Gains

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie delivers the keynote address during last month's Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla. Christie's election in 2009 was part of the first wave of Republican gubernatorial victories.
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While the presidential election consumes the nation's attention, the Republican Party is poised to expand its dominance of state politics with this year's contests for governor.

If predictions of strategists in both parties and polling prove correct, the November elections could give the Republicans their highest number of governors in 91 years.

Among the current governors, 29 are Republicans, 20 Democrats and one is an independent. Next month, Republican candidates could take away as many as five governorships from Democrats.

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4:49am

Thu October 18, 2012
Analysis

Debate Polls Indicate Obama Impressed Viewers

Originally published on Thu October 18, 2012 10:11 am

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And the Governor is one of many politicians from both parties who we're hearing from in this election season. Was it the town hall or a town brawl? That's what some pundits are asking a day after the very heated second presidential debate, between President Barack Obama and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney.

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2:37am

Thu October 18, 2012
Business

Lance Armstrong Parts Ways With Livestrong, Nike

Originally published on Thu October 18, 2012 10:11 am

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2:37am

Thu October 18, 2012
National Security

Bangladeshi Man Arrested In N.Y. Bomb Plot

Originally published on Thu October 18, 2012 10:11 am

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A young Bangladeshi man has been charged with conspiring to blow up the Federal Reserve Bank in lower Manhattan. New York Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly commented on the arrest at a press conference last night.

RAYMOND KELLY: This individual came here for the purpose of doing a terrorist act.

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2:37am

Thu October 18, 2012
Business

Japan's Softbank CEO Demonstrates Appetite For Risk

Originally published on Thu October 18, 2012 10:11 am

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Earlier this week, a Japanese company announced a $20 billion bid for a majority stake in Sprint-Nextel, America's third-largest mobile carrier. The deal was launched by the CEO of Softbank - an executive who says he has a 300-year business plan and who is fond of making investments his peers call crazy.

Lucy Craft has this profile.

LUCY CRAFT, BYLINE: In a society where conformity, conservatism and harmony are virtues, CEO Masayoshi Son breaks all the rules, says his biographer, Shinichi Sano.

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1:33am

Thu October 18, 2012
Middle East

Sheldon Adelson Shakes Up Israeli Newspaper Market

Originally published on Sun October 21, 2012 9:04 am

Former staff of Israel's daily Maariv newspaper protest their dismissals on Sept. 20, in Tel Aviv. The newspaper, one of the country's oldest, is on the verge of closure.
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Israel's newsstands are looking noticeably less crowded these days, as a crisis in the Israeli press threatens several of the country's oldest publications. Media experts in Israel say that market competition and a tendency to buy political influence through media ownership have crippled Israel's once-thriving newspaper market.

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