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4:49am

Mon November 21, 2011
Around the Nation

2 UC Davis Officers On Leave After Spraying Incident

Video shot by Occupy protesters shows people linking arms and sitting down to block a sidewalk on the campus of California Davis. A campus police officer steps up with an oversized spray can and calmly douses them with pepper spray. Two campus police officers have been placed on administrative leave, the university says.

2:00am

Mon November 21, 2011
Business

eBay To Open A Pop Up Shop In London

Originally published on Mon November 21, 2011 5:58 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

And today's last word in business retail convergence. The worlds of cyber consumption and real shopping are coming together.

LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

Many brick-and-mortar retailers have tried to sell on the Web. And now one of the biggest e-commerce companies is setting up a brick-and-mortar store - if only a temporary one.

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2:00am

Mon November 21, 2011
Analysis

Deficit-Reduction Panel Plays 'Blame Game'

Originally published on Mon November 21, 2011 5:26 am

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LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

For more on why the work for the supercommittee has been so difficult, let's turn to NPR's Cokie Roberts. She's with us this morning, as she is most Mondays. Good morning, Cokie.

COKIE ROBERTS, BYLINE: Hi, Linda.

WERTHEIMER: We just heard Senator Patty Murray talking about lawmakers being committed to a lobbyist rather than to the people. Sounds like Democratic talking points, no?

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2:00am

Mon November 21, 2011
Business

You're Probably Using Battelle Technology And Don't Even Know It

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LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

We take a lot of products and technology for granted, like bar codes, compact discs, even cruise control on cars. These products and hundreds of others would not exist if not for a non-profit whose name few people are familiar with. It's called Battelle Memorial Institute. It's one of the world's largest independent research and development groups. It's based in Central Ohio. Niala Boodhoo of the Midwest reporting project Changing Gears takes us to Columbus to a place where hundreds of companies go for R&D.

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2:00am

Mon November 21, 2011
Africa

Egyptian Police, Protesters Clash For 3rd Day

Originally published on Mon November 21, 2011 4:50 am

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LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Linda Wertheimer.

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2:00am

Mon November 21, 2011
Europe

'Boring' Rajoy Picked To Save Spain From Default

Originally published on Mon November 21, 2011 4:50 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Spain is the latest country to change its government over Europe's economic crisis. In a parliamentary election yesterday, Spaniards voted overwhelmingly to toss out the socialists who have ruled for almost eight years. They brought in Mariano Rajoy, leader of the conservative Popular Party.

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2:00am

Mon November 21, 2011
Business

Business News

Linda Wertheimer has business news.

2:00am

Mon November 21, 2011
Energy

Seaway Pipeline Tweak Could Change Oil Market

Originally published on Mon November 21, 2011 5:06 am

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LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Linda Wertheimer.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

And I'm Steve Inskeep. Good morning.

There's a little-known oil pipeline that snakes 500 miles from Oklahoma all the way down to the Gulf of Mexico. And while most people have probably never heard of the Seaway Pipeline, a tweak to the line's operations could lead to big changes in the oil market. Reporter Dan Gorenstein has more.

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10:01pm

Sun November 20, 2011
Movies

For Muppeteers, It Isn't Easy Being Invisible

Originally published on Mon November 21, 2011 6:51 am

Anchorphibian: Kermit the Frog does the backstage-chat thing with Amy Adams and Jason Segel in The Muppets.
Scott Garfield Disney

Sound Stage 28 at Universal Studios in Burbank, Calif., looks like any other Hollywood set — littered with wires, crew members everywhere. We pick our way through cables and cameras and stuff that would make Oscar the Grouch's trash can look tidy.

But then we head up — up a flight of wooden stairs that leads to the old set of the 1925 Lon Chaney silent film The Phantom of the Opera. It's draped with dusty red-velvet swags, and it looks like it might still harbor a ghost or two.

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10:01pm

Sun November 20, 2011
Opinion

Bringing A Bollywood Celebre-Baby Into The World

Originally published on Mon November 21, 2011 10:00 am

Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai arrive at the World Premiere of Raavan at the BFI Southbank on June 16, 2010 in London, England.
Gareth Cattermole AFP/Getty Images

India is celebrating the birth of a baby to two of its biggest Bollywood stars. Commentator Sandip Roy explains why the birth is making headlines.

Last week, India got the tweet it was holding its breath for: It's a girl.

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, the Bollywood actress often called the most beautiful woman in the world, gave birth to a daughter. The proud dad, Abhishek Bachchan, a Bollywood hero in his own right, sent out the first tweet. Followed moments later by his dad, Bollywood's biggest superstar, Amitabh Bachchan.

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5:43am

Fri November 18, 2011
Economy

Toast Sandwich Is Cheap And Easy But Is It Good?

In these hard times, Britain's Royal Academy of Chemistry has come up with the cheapest meal of all: a toast sandwich. They found the recipe in the Victorian bestseller: Mrs. Beeton's Book of Household Management. It's a piece of toast between two buttered slices of bread and costs 12 cents to make.

5:30am

Fri November 18, 2011
Around the Nation

Columbia's Band Banned From Final Football Game

Originally published on Fri November 18, 2011 5:31 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Good morning, I'm Renee Montagne. The Columbia University Marching Band is known for its sense of humor, but their joke fell flat at a recent football game against Cornell. In a parody of the school fight song, the band sang: We always lose, lose, lose by a lot; sometimes, by a little - which is accurate. Their loss to Cornell was their ninth straight this year.

The athletic department wasn't amused. They banned the marching band from the final game of the season. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

2:00am

Fri November 18, 2011
Politics

House Panel Questions Chu About Solyndra Loan

Energy Secretary Steven Chu appeared before a House oversight subcommittee Thursday to defend his agency's decision to lend $500 million in federal money to Solyndra, a company that made solar panels and is now bankrupt. The company is the subject of numerous federal investigations.

2:00am

Fri November 18, 2011
Business

Honda Works To Assure Quality Cars

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

The Los Angeles Auto Show begins today. It's the first of America's car shows and it's where manufacturers put their best foot forward or try to reinvent themselves. One those carmakers is Honda. Honda's production was badly hurt by Japan's earthquake and tsunami, and as it was getting back on track, the floods in Thailand crippled production again. But as NPR's Sonari Glinton reports from the L.A. Auto Show, natural disasters may be the least of Honda's problems.

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2:00am

Fri November 18, 2011
NPR Story

Italy's New Government Passes 1st Confidence Vote

Originally published on Fri November 18, 2011 3:33 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Italy's new prime minister has pledged far-reaching reforms. An economist himself, Mario Monti has managed to win a vote of confidence for his new national unity government by an overwhelming majority in Italy's senate. Still, Europe's debt crisis is gathering more steam and now pushing borrowing costs for Spain and France sharply higher. As NPR's Sylvia Poggioli reports, pressure is mounting on the European Central Bank to act to stem the crisis.

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2:00am

Fri November 18, 2011
NPR Story

'Happy Feet Two' Lacks Satisfying Story

Originally published on Fri November 18, 2011 4:10 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

And it is always fun to be in the audience for Susan's cranberry relish sequels. Kenneth Turan says there's a sequel opening in theaters today that's not as much fun as the first. Five years ago "Happy Feet" won the Oscar for best animated feature. Now the penguins are back.

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2:00am

Fri November 18, 2011
NPR Story

Oil Prices Raise Sharply On Improving U.S. Economy

Originally published on Fri November 18, 2011 5:16 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

NPR's business news starts with oil prices hovering around $99 a barrel. Oil has gone up sharply since last month, partly because of signs of improvement in the U.S. economy. Also because of tensions in some oil producing regions, which could affect supplies. Still, the debt crisis in Europe is holding prices below that psychologically important $100 a barrel mark. Benchmark crude was trading in Asia this morning at about $98.90. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

2:00am

Fri November 18, 2011
Asia

Obama In Bali For East Asia Summit

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2:00am

Fri November 18, 2011
Around the Nation

Penn State Child Sex Abuse Scandal Still Raises Questions

The child sex abuse scandal at Penn State is raising more and more questions about who knew what, when and what actions were, or were not taken. Elements of the unfolding scandal remain quite confusing. Former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky is charged with abusing young boys.

2:00am

Fri November 18, 2011
Around the Nation

Will Football Remain King At Penn State?

Originally published on Fri November 18, 2011 7:45 pm

Interim Penn State football coach Tom Bradley, shown here at a Nov. 12 game against the Nebraska Cornhuskers, is now focused on Saturday's game against Ohio State.
Justin K. Aller Getty Images

Football has long been beloved at Penn State, and the program is one of the most lucrative in the country. But as the biggest scandal in the school's history continues to roil the campus, some in State College, Pa., are beginning to question football's influence.

At his news conference this week, interim Penn State football coach Tom Bradley tried to focus on Saturday's game in Columbus.

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