5:45am

Wed November 30, 2011
The Two-Way

In U.K.: Public Servants Staging Biggest Strike In A Generation

Workers picketed outside the Bournbrook Ambulance Station in Birmingham earlier today (Nov. 30, 2011).
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"A huge spectrum" of government workers in the United Kingdom are striking today to show their anger over austerity plans.

As NPR's Philip Reeves told Morning Edition host Steve Inskeep earlier, "teachers, lecturers, immigration staff, tax officials, ambulance crews, midwifes, road sweepers, weather forecasters, librarians and many more" are planning to take part in what's being called Britain's biggest general strike in a generation.

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5:23am

Wed November 30, 2011
Strange News

Study: Chewing Gum Boosts Brain Power

Researchers at St Lawrence University found a distinct "gum advantage" in tests taken by "chewing" and "non-chewing" students. The effect lasted 20 minutes. It seems chewing wakes people up.

5:15am

Wed November 30, 2011
Business

Elvis Costello Thinks His New Box Set Is Overpriced

Elvis Costello's box set includes three CD's, a vinyl record and a coffee table book. To get all this, however, you are asked to pay $225. Costello seems to be shocked. On a website, he declares, "we are unable to recommend this lovely item as the price appears to be either a misprint or a satire."

5:15am

Wed November 30, 2011
The Two-Way

Police Clear Occupy Camps In Los Angeles And Philadelphia

Originally published on Wed November 30, 2011 11:12 am

An Occupy protester is arrested early today in Los Angeles as authorities cleared the site near city hall that had been occupied for two months.
Lucy Nicholson AFP/Getty Images

The Occupy L.A. campsite near Los Angeles' city hall is "in shambles" this morning after police moved in to clear out protesters who had been ordered to leave, the Los Angeles Times writes. Tents have been "uprooted and strewn all over," the newspaper says.

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3:19am

Wed November 30, 2011
Around the Nation

Hundreds Of LA Police Takeover Occupy Camp

Police in LA moved in overnight at the camp of Occupy protesters. The raid began two days after protesters were told to leave. Police took also took similar action in Philadelphia.

2:00am

Wed November 30, 2011
Business

After 10 Years, Houston Still Feels Enron's Presence

Originally published on Wed November 30, 2011 10:07 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

And this week marks 10 years since Enron declared bankruptcy. At the time, 4,000 employees at the company's headquarters in Houston were given 30 minutes to clean out their desks and leave the building.

Andrew Schneider, of member station KUHF, sent us this report on how Enron employees and the city have coped with the company's demise.

ANDREW SCHNEIDER, BYLINE: In Houston, many of the physical signs of Enron's presence remain, even if the name and tilted E logo are long gone.

(SOUNDBITE OF TRAFFIC)

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2:00am

Wed November 30, 2011
Business

FCC Report Criticizes AT&T, Mobile Proposed Merger

AT&T may have suffered another setback to its proposed $39 billion merger with rival wireless company T-Mobile. The FCC on Tuesday released a detailed analysis of its reasons for opposing the deal, contrary to AT&T's wishes.

2:00am

Wed November 30, 2011
Law

Dr. Conrad Murray Sentenced In King Of Pop's Death

Michael Jackson's personal physician has been sentenced to four years in prison for his role in the pop icon's death in 2009. Because of overcrowding in California's state prisons, Murray will serve his sentence in a downtown jail.

2:00am

Wed November 30, 2011
Business

Fair Trade Labeling Dispute

The fair-trade movement, which pays premiums to farmers in developing countries for meeting social and environmental standards, is growing quickly, and contentiously. The nation's largest fair-trade certifying agency has split from its international partner, hoping to expand the program to plantation-grown coffee. Some coffee sellers say the agency is just lowering standards to benefit corporate coffee companies, and consumers will be left confused.

2:00am

Wed November 30, 2011
NPR Story

Workers Likely To Lose Out In AMR Bankruptcy

Originally published on Wed November 30, 2011 10:07 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

And let's follow-up now on yesterday's news that American Airlines filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. It's part of an effort to cut debt and reduce labor costs. NPR's Sonari Glinton reports on what a post-bankruptcy American Airlines might look like.

SONARI GLINTON, BYLINE: During the economic downturn, American Airlines already pared down its work force. Analysts don't think there will be massive layoffs this time.

AARON GELLMAN: Many elements of labor are going to pay a terrible price for this.

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