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2:00am

Wed August 31, 2011
Governing

Officials Held Accountable For 'Fast And Furious'

Two top Justice Department officials abruptly left their jobs yesterday after a botched investigation targeting gun smugglers. The acting Head of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Kenneth Melson, and the U.S. Attorney for Arizona Dennis Burke were associated with an operation called Fast and Furious.

2:00am

Wed August 31, 2011
Business

NTSB Blames PG&E For Deadly Gas Explosion

One of the nation's largest gas companies Pacific Gas & Electric is to blame for an explosion that killed eight people and burned down a neighborhood in California's Bay Area last year. That's the unanimous finding of the National Transportation Safety Board. The panel says substandard welds and other safety problems date back to the mid-1950s and that regulation was lax.

2:00am

Wed August 31, 2011
Business

Exxon Enters Lucrative Arctic Deal With Russia

Russia and Exxon have reached an agreement that opens the way for oil exploration in the Russian sector of the Arctic Ocean. And it allows the Russians access to projects in other parts of the world, including the United States. David Greene talks to journalist Julia Ioffe, who's covering the story in Moscow.

2:00am

Wed August 31, 2011
Business

The Last Word In Business

David Greene has the Last Word in business.

2:00am

Wed August 31, 2011
Around the Nation

Dominion Linemen Risk Danger To Restore Power

Hurricane Irene left millions of people up and down the East Coast without electricity. Power companies say it could be a week before service is restored everywhere. At Dominion Power in Virginia, repair teams are working 16 hour shifts.

2:00am

Wed August 31, 2011
Politics

Budget Cuts Threaten NOAA's Weather Forecasts

Communities on the East Coast planned for hurricane Irene with help from analysts at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. NOAA forecasters use data from federally-funded weather satellites to predict storms. One of those satellite programs is facing deep cuts in the latest round of congressional belt-tightening.

12:36pm

Tue August 30, 2011
Opinion

How To Pack Up A Neighborhood, Cumin Included

Shoppers pick out vegetables at a bazaar in Calcutta, India.
Courtesy of Sandip Roy

There are almost 700,000 foreign students attending universities in the U.S., more than ever before. One of them is the niece of Morning Edition commentator Sandip Roy, who recently returned home to India to spend time with his family.

Over 20 years ago, my niece, then a little baby, came to the Calcutta airport as I was leaving for America. This year, she left for the U.S. and I went to see her off.

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5:16am

Tue August 30, 2011
Around the Nation

Police Officer Doesn't Buy Young 'Kidnappers' Story

In Mankato, Minnesota, a policeman encountered two young stepsisters out for a late-night walk with their goat. The girls said he lived in their bedroom closet. The officer discovered the stepsisters had seen the goat at the Sibley Park Zoo and decided to liberate it.

4:59am

Tue August 30, 2011
Around the Nation

Beyonce's Baby Announcement Holds Twitter Record

When there's big news, Twitter has a way to measure. They call it tweets per second or TPS for short. When Osama bin Laden was killed, Twitter hit 5,000 TPS. At the end of the U.S.-Japan Women's World Cup Final, the service clocked above 7,000 TPS. After Beyonce announced she was pregnant, Twitter ramped up to 8,868 TPS.

4:30am

Tue August 30, 2011
NPR Story

Polyester Strings Put More Spin On A Tennis Ball

Great tennis legends used to use heavy wooden rackets. Graphite arrived about 25 years ago. Since then, the technology hasn't change much. That is until now. More and more pros are using polyester strings in their rackets.

2:00am

Tue August 30, 2011
Business

Irene Forces Laptop Users To Find WiFi Outlets

In addition to the frustration of food spoiling in refrigerators and darkened homes, the loss of the Internet is heightening the anxieties of power-less utility customers. In some towns, free WiFi coffee shops have become a hot spot for the disconnected. Craig Lemoult of member station WSHU reports.

2:00am

Tue August 30, 2011
Business

Obama Nominates Krueger As Top Economic Adviser

Steve Inskeep talks to David Wessel of "The Wall Street Journal," about President Obama's choice of Alan Krueger as chairman of the White House Council of Economic Advisors, and the president's jobs plan.

2:00am

Tue August 30, 2011
Business

The Last Word In Business

David Greene has the Last Word in business.

2:00am

Tue August 30, 2011
NPR Story

Liyban Rebels Wary Of Sub-Saharan Africans

Now that Moammar Gadhafi's regime has lost control of the Libyan capital Tripoli, some Africans have been left vulnerable to attack. Many rebels believe any dark man from sub-Saharan Africa is a Gadhafi mercenary. The Africans say they are in Libya either as laborers or waiting to get to Italy. The International Organization for Migration says their plight is a significant problem.

2:00am

Tue August 30, 2011
NPR Story

On Syrian-Sponsored Trip, Everyone Stays On Script

As the international community ratchets up criticism of Syria for its violent crackdown on anti-government protesters, the country is becoming more and more isolated. That means it's being forced to lean on allies like Russia and Iran. NPR's Kelly McEvers recently returned from a government-sponsored tour of Syria, mainly for reporters from countries that support regime.

2:00am

Tue August 30, 2011
NPR Story

Flash Floods Devastate Upstate New York

Parts of upstate New York were hit hard by Tropical Storm Irene — high winds and a wall of heavy rain swept away homes and bridges. Dozens of major highways, including sections of interstates 87 and 90, were closed to traffic.

2:00am

Tue August 30, 2011
Africa

Gadhafi Family Members Flee Libya To Algeria

Many of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi's family members have turned up in Algeria. It's not known if Gadhafi is with them. The Algerian Foreign Ministry said in a statement that Gadhafi's wife Safia, his sons Hannibal and Mohammed, and his daughter Aisha entered the country across the land border.

2:00am

Tue August 30, 2011
Business

Business News

Steve Inskeep has business news.

10:01pm

Mon August 29, 2011
The Record

Songs Of The Summer: How To Win The Season

Summer songs: best if played outside before September 21.
Mike Weinberg flickr.com

Ann Powers spoke with David Greene on NPR's Morning Edition about summer songs — those tracks that, as she wrote last week, hit the perfect balance of fun cliches and light-hearted rhythm. They also often hit the top of the charts. But what do those summer songs do to draw us in?

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10:01pm

Mon August 29, 2011
Crime In The City

Moscow, In A Time Of Fear

Remembering Russia's Dark Past: Tom Rob Smith's crime novels follow Soviet security agent Leo Demidov through 1950s Moscow, when Josef Stalin ruled the Kremlin and simply associating with the wrong people could land you in jail.
And all that Malarkey via Flickr

The novels of Tom Rob Smith are set mostly in the Soviet Union of the 1950s, a time and a place where oppression was palpable and any wrong move could get a person sent to a prison thousands of miles away.

Smith's first thriller, Child 44, was the story of a Soviet security agent whose job was to spy on fellow citizens. While many authors are virtual tour guides in the places where they set their novels, Smith had actually only been to Moscow once before — in 1997, on a high school trip.

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