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8:32am

Wed July 16, 2014
Business

Murdoch Says His Bid For Rival Time Warner Was Rejected

Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox confirmed that it made an offer to buy the owner of HBO, Warner Bros., TBS and CNN but got shot down.

5:33am

Wed July 16, 2014
Around the Nation

3 Vintage VW Buses Stolen From Hotel Parking Lot

Originally published on Wed July 16, 2014 8:32 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne with the story of a really cheesy theft of three vintage Volkswagon buses. Now they were valuable - worth $100,000 each. The vintage buses were also bright orange, custom designed to look like loaves of cheese. The Tillamook cheese vans were on a publicity tour when they were stolen from a hotel parking lot in Sacramento. Two men were arrested for stealing the vans after, of course, they were spotted in a storage locker. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

4:53am

Wed July 16, 2014
Around the Nation

YMCA Campers Mistaken For Migrant Kids Headed For Detention

Originally published on Wed July 16, 2014 8:32 am

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4:44am

Wed July 16, 2014
Africa

Young Pakistani Activist Urges Nigeria To Do More For Kidnapped Girls

Originally published on Wed July 16, 2014 8:32 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

When more than 250 schoolgirls were kidnapped by Islamist extremists in Nigeria, the president of Nigeria was accused of a slow response. That was three months ago. Now trust between the families of the girls and their government is all but gone. NPR's Ofeibea Quist-Arcton reports.

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3:02am

Wed July 16, 2014
NPR Story

House Approves $11 Billion To Keep Highway Fund Solvent

Originally published on Wed July 16, 2014 8:32 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

We have another update now on a basic piece of federal business that's not getting done. Congress has been fighting over the Highway Trust Fund. It pays the federal share of road and bridge construction projects. That trust fund is running on fumes. In the absence of a long-term agreement, the House has passed a temporary extension. It would provide $11 billion to keep the fund paying out until spring. President Obama had been pressing for a long-term fix but says he will settle for this. Here's NPR's Brian Naylor.

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3:02am

Wed July 16, 2014
NPR Story

Israelis, Palestinians Defy Recent Violence To Break Fast Together

Originally published on Wed July 16, 2014 8:32 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

And I'm Steve Inskeep. Another day's worth of rockets has flown from Gaza to Israel. Another day's worth of Israeli strikes have hit Gaza. After a cease-fire fell apart, it's not clear how this conflict ends.

MONTAGNE: But this morning, we have a story of people waging peace. However briefly, they tried to bridge their differences. The story begins with a coincidence of the calendar. NPR's Ari Shapiro explains from Jerusalem.

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3:02am

Wed July 16, 2014
NPR Story

Marvel Comics Rewrites Thor Into A Woman

Originally published on Wed July 16, 2014 8:32 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

And our last word in Business is Goddess of Thunder.

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Marvel Comics is turning one of its biggest superheroes into a woman. Thor is the hammer-wielding, long-haired protagonist, based on the god of Norse mythology.

INSKEEP: Who's been fighting aliens, demons and even Dracula since 1960s. The new Thor will be the eighth title from Marvel to feature a lead female. The publisher says it's aiming to speak directly to women and girls, not the traditional target audience for comic books.

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3:02am

Wed July 16, 2014
NPR Story

Apple Teams Up With Former Rival On Business App

Originally published on Wed July 16, 2014 8:32 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

NPR's Business News starts with old rivals teaming up. Apple and IBM were intense competitors 30 years ago during the early days of the personal computer. But now, in the mobile age, the two companies have struck a deal to develop business apps. The hope is to translate IBM's vast corporate computing services into easy-to-use apps. The deal also includes plans to sell iPhones and iPads to IBM's corporate customers, expanding Apple's traditional customer base beyond consumers. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

5:10am

Tue July 15, 2014
Around the Nation

Vegas Authorities Bust Up World Cup Betting Ring

Originally published on Tue July 15, 2014 5:53 am

The illegal gambling operation is accused of taking millions of dollars in bets on FIFA World Cup soccer games.

5:10am

Tue July 15, 2014
Around the Nation

Colorful Politician Buddy Cianci Wants To Be Providence Mayor...Again

Originally published on Tue July 15, 2014 4:35 pm

Former Providence Mayor Buddy Cianci speaks with reporters moments after announcing he will again run for mayor. Cianci, who made the announcement June 24 on WPRO-AM, was mayor for 21 years - longer than anyone else.
Steven Senne AP

Buddy Cianci, the man known as Rhode Island's "Rascal King," is attempting another political comeback.

The 73-year-old Cianci served over two decades as mayor of Providence – though his time in office was split up by a felony conviction for assault, another for corruption, and time in federal prison.

Now he wants the people of Providence to elect him as mayor once again.

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5:09am

Tue July 15, 2014
Around the Nation

Giant Snails Stopped From Entery The U.S. At LAX

Originally published on Tue July 15, 2014 5:53 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne. U.S. Custom inspectors at LA's international airport are trained to watch for anything fishy. But slimy? This month inspectors discovered dozens of live giant African snails. Each weighs about 2 pounds and measures nearly six inches. Packed in picnic baskets, the snails arrived from Nigeria where they're considered a delicacy. Here in California, though, they're considered an invasion - able to eat paint and 500 types of plants. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

4:20am

Tue July 15, 2014
Middle East

Hamas Has Yet To Agree To Cease-Fire Proposal

Originally published on Tue July 15, 2014 5:53 am

Steve Inskeep talks to Ehab El-Ghussain, deputy information minister for the Palestinian government.

3:43am

Tue July 15, 2014
Environment

Underwater Meadows Might Serve As Antacid For Acid Seas

Originally published on Tue July 15, 2014 10:45 am

UC Santa Barbara's Jay Lunden and Andrew Brinkman, a summer intern for NOAA, prepare to deploy an instrument that measures temperature and salinity throughout the water column, and collects water samples.
Umihiko Hoshijima UCSB

The world's oceans are changing — chemically changing. As people put more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, the oceans absorb more of it, and that's making the water more acidic.

The effects are subtle in most places, but scientists say that if this continues, it could be a disaster for marine life.

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3:21am

Tue July 15, 2014
Middle East

Air Raid Sirens Keep Israelis On High Alert

Originally published on Tue July 15, 2014 5:53 am

Steve Inskeep talks to Israeli author Etgar Keret about tensions on the streets of Tel Aviv during the current violence with Hamas, and what the difference is between peace and compromise.

3:11am

Tue July 15, 2014
NPR Story

Employees Criticize CIA Cafeteria, FOI Request Reveals

Originally published on Tue July 15, 2014 5:53 am

The news website MuckRock published complaints about the CIA cafeteria which came from a 2010 Freedom of Information Act request. Spies prefer individual ketchup packets to pump dispensers.

3:11am

Tue July 15, 2014
NPR Story

Chocolatier Lindt To Buy Russell Stover

Originally published on Tue July 15, 2014 5:53 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

So the Swiss chocolate maker, Lindt, has announced plans to gobble up Kansas City-based Russell Stover, the company behind all those Valentine samplers. I know what you are thinking. I know what you are thinking - you know, that's all very fine. You're thinking about all of this business news, but what does it mean for my chocolate? Well, Frank Morris of member station KCUR in Kansas City reports.

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3:11am

Tue July 15, 2014
NPR Story

Coal-Burning Power Plant To Give New Life To Texas Oil Field

Originally published on Thu July 17, 2014 9:15 am

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There is a coal-burning power plant outside of Houston that ranks among the nation's biggest emitters of carbon dioxide. With pressure to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the plant is hoping to capture that CO2 and use it to boost energy production in an old oilfield. Houston Public Media's Andrew Schneider reports.

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10:34am

Mon July 14, 2014
Business

Citigroup Settles Subprime Mortgage Case For $7 Billion

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Citigroup has agreed to settle allegations that it defrauded investors in the years leading up to the financial crisis. The settlement requires Citigroup to pay $7 billion. Two and a half billion will go toward mortgage relief for homeowners. Now, this settlement involves mortgage-backed securities the bank packaged and sold to investors, and it was announced this morning by U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder. We're going to talk this through with NPR's Jim Zarroli who's on the line. Jim, good morning.

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6:00am

Mon July 14, 2014
Business

Citigroup Agrees To Settlement Over Risky Mortgages

Originally published on Mon July 14, 2014 10:34 am

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5:21am

Mon July 14, 2014
Asia

McDonald's Is A Popular Wedding Destination In Hong Kong

Originally published on Mon July 14, 2014 10:34 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne.

You know, nothing says happily ever after like a big Mac - at least in Hong Kong. Their McDonald's has become a popular wedding destination. It's fast food venues now offer wedding packages. The Deluxe includes a pair of balloon wedding rings, and a crystal McDonald's house.

It seems the young couples have fond memories of first dates of Hong Kong McDonald's, where true love blossomed under golden arches.

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

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