5:10am

Fri May 4, 2012
Around the Nation

Usual Flower Is MIA At Michigan Tulip Festival

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5:06am

Fri May 4, 2012
Space

Photographers, Skywatchers Prepare For Supermoon

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4:48am

Fri May 4, 2012
Asia

China: Chen May Apply To Study Abroad

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In Beijing, American officials are working feverishly to end a diplomatic crisis over a Chinese dissident. It erupted just as the U.S. Secretaries of State and Treasury arrived this week for high level talks with the Chinese on economic and security issues. On Wednesday, diplomats on both sides thought they had found an agreement that would enable human rights activist Chen Guangcheng to go free. But that fell apart.

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4:46am

Fri May 4, 2012
Movies

'Avengers' Usher In Summer Blockbuster Movies

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OK, so it's still officially spring, but the movie world is kicking off the summer blockbuster season this weekend with a whole lineup of superheroes in Marvel's "The Avengers." Here's film critic Kenneth Turan's review.

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4:37am

Fri May 4, 2012
Economy

The Politics Of Unemployment Data

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

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4:37am

Fri May 4, 2012
Business

The Last Word In Business

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Well, for kids and parents listening to our show today, let's leave you with a little good food for thought. Our last word in business is: Hello Kitty. That's what some lucky travelers in Asia might be saying if they board an airplane decorated, inside and out, with the famous Japanese character.

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4:25am

Fri May 4, 2012
NPR Story

Game Giant Forced To Play Catch UP

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It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. Good morning. I'm David Greene.

Video game fans hear this often. EA Sports, it's in the game. Well, now America's largest game publisher is trying to stay in the game. EA, Electronic Arts, built a gaming empire with a strategy straight out of Hollywood - big names and big budgets. But the market is changing. For one thing, more players now prefer games you can play online. And so the Silicon Valley company has been forced to change as well. KQED's Aarti Shahani reports.

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4:25am

Fri May 4, 2012
NPR Story

Business News

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NPR's business news begins with Facebook frenzy.

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GREENE: The world's largest social networking site is going public later this month. And yesterday it set a price range for its stock. It plans to sell share shares for between $28 and $35 each, using the ticker symbol FB. The share sale is expected to raise as much as $12 billion, making it one of the largest initial public offerings ever.

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2:13am

Fri May 4, 2012
Economy

Spaniards Dismayed Interest Rates Aren't Lowered

Originally published on Fri May 4, 2012 7:57 am

Undercover police stand on a Barcelona street during Thursday's demonstration against austerity cuts. On the same day, the European Central Bank's governing council met there but offered no relief to painful austerity measures.
Pedro Armestre AFP/Getty Images

After months of punishing austerity measures, some Spaniards want a break and maybe even some stimulus from Europe. But that didn't happen at Thursday's meeting of the governing board of the European Central Bank.

The location of the ECB summit in Barcelona was kept secret, which may indicate how well officials thought they'd be received in the Spanish port city. Thousands of demonstrators flooded the city's streets, as did police, some in plainclothes and masks, with helicopters overhead.

One in four Spaniards is jobless, and the rate is more than 50 percent for youth.

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1:05am

Fri May 4, 2012
Presidential Race

Challenger's Challenge: Romney's Bid To Make News

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The same day President Obama made a surprise trip to Afghanistan, Mitt Romney picked up pizza for firefighters with former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani.
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Tuesday, President Obama scored a foreign policy success when he traveled to Afghanistan. Now he's being buffeted by the case of Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng. Meanwhile, Romney had been getting some attention for his critique that the president was politicizing the anniversary of Osama bin Laden's death. That is, until Obama went to Afghanistan, signed an international agreement and addressed the troops and the nation.

At this point in the presidential race, Romney faces the difficult task of outdoing an incumbent president.

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