5:07am

Mon December 26, 2011

5:05am

Mon December 26, 2011
Around the Nation

Santa Trackers Set Record On Christmas Eve

The North American Aerospace Defense Command keeps an eye on Saint Nick's progress from an Air Force Base in Colorado Springs, Colo. NORAD volunteers in elf hats fielded more than 100,000 calls from kids checking on Santa.

4:00am

Mon December 26, 2011
Around the Nation

Milwaukee VA Cuts In-Patient Stays

Originally published on Mon December 26, 2011 5:16 am

The VA hospital in Milwaukee is shortening its residential mental health treatment programs. Doctors there say the shortened stay — from 90 to 45 days — will mean more intense treatment and will make it easier for veterans to transition back into society sooner. Some patients worry about being pushed out too soon.

3:26am

Mon December 26, 2011
Sports

NBA Stars Didn't Disappoint In Season Openers

Originally published on Mon December 26, 2011 5:16 am

Transcript

LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

Perhaps more than any other major professional sports league in this country, the National Basketball Association is star-driven. And yesterday, the stars did not disappoint. A Christmas slate of season-opening games featured the electric play of the league's Most Valuable Player, Derrick Rose, and the NBA's top scorer, Kevin Durant, and this guy named LeBron James as well. NPR sports correspondent Tom Goldman monitored as much as he could of 13 hours of NBA action. And he joins me now.

Good morning, Tom.

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3:18am

Mon December 26, 2011
Europe

Russians Keep Up Protests For Free Elections

Originally published on Mon December 26, 2011 5:16 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

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2:20am

Mon December 26, 2011
Children's Health

Philadelphia Practice Flight Helps Autistic Kids Fly

Originally published on Mon December 26, 2011 5:16 am

People travelling through Philadelphia International Airport Terminal A West Transit Corridor. The airport is the 12th busiest in the world.
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Air travel horror stories typically involve lost luggage, missed connections and overzealous security staff. But families affected by autism face other challenges in navigating airports and planes.

A Philadelphia program is bringing families, airport employees and airlines together to help autistic kids fly more comfortably.

Airports are loud, hectic places: blaring announcements, glaring lights and long lines can spell trouble for people with autism. They often can't tolerate noise, bright lights and close quarters.

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2:00am

Mon December 26, 2011
Election 2012

GOP Candidates Take Christmas Off

The Iowa caucuses are a little more than a week away. The candidates dialed back the intensity of their TV ads this past weekend, featuring gentler messages many of which showcased the candidates' wives. Iowa Public Radio's Kate Wells reports on the Iowa landscape this past weekend - and what's likely in the coming week.

2:00am

Mon December 26, 2011
Business

The Top Gadgets Of 2011

Linda Wertheimer talks to Rich Jaroslovsky, tech columnist for Bloomberg News, about his top gadget picks for 2011.

2:00am

Mon December 26, 2011
Business

Business News

Steve Inskeep and Linda Wertheimer have business news.

10:01pm

Sun December 25, 2011
It Was A Good Year For...

For Novak Djokovic, A Year To Celebrate In Tennis

In 2011, Novak Djokovic had just about the best year a male tennis player has ever had, including wins at three of the four Grand Slam tournaments.

"This is the athlete of the year," says Jon Wertheim of Sports Illustrated. "This is a brutal, brutal sport. This guy is playing on six continents, every surface....This is one of the all time great years in open tennis history."

This year, Djokovic also kept to a gluten-free diet. Must have been particularly difficult since his family's business is a pizza parlor.

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