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4:44am

Wed November 9, 2011
Around the Nation

Fla. Utility Customers Pay Now For Future Power

Regulators in Florida recently gave two utilities permission to begin charging customers for nuclear plants that won't be completed for at least a decade. To encourage development of nuclear power, Florida allows utilities to charge customers upfront for the costs. Now here's a movement there to rethink that policy.

4:29am

Wed November 9, 2011
Digital Life

Teen Study: Social Media Is Positive Experience

A study by the Pew Research Center's Internet and American Life Project reveals what teens think about the online experience. While bullying on social media sites like Facebook gets a lot of news coverage, most teens think social networks are a friendly place for them.

2:41am

Wed November 9, 2011
Politics

GOP Wants Pentagon Protected From Automatic Cuts

Originally published on Thu November 10, 2011 6:44 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Counting down, it is now exactly two weeks before the clock runs out for Congress's supercommittee. If its six Democrats and six Republicans fail to reduce deficits by more than a trillion dollars, automatic spending cuts will kick in. Under this process, known as sequestration, the law would require half the cuts to come from defense spending. NPR's David Welna reports.

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2:21am

Wed November 9, 2011
Politics

Cain To Vigorously Defend Harassment Allegations

Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain responded to accusations of sexual harassment at a news conference in Scotsdale, Ariz., Tuesday. Cain say he has "never acted inappropriately with anyone."

2:08am

Wed November 9, 2011
Politics

Personhood Amendment Rejected By Miss. Voters

Originally published on Thu November 10, 2011 6:44 am

Adam and Debbie Browne tried to drum up support Tuesday for a proposed 'personhood' amendment to the Mississippi state constitution that was ultimately rejected by voters.
Rogelio V. Solis AP

Mississippi voters on Tuesday rejected an amendment to their state constitution that would have declared that life begins at fertilization.

The result was somewhat unexpected: As recently as a few weeks ago, the so-called personhood amendment was considered almost certain to pass. Voters in Colorado have twice rejected similar amendments to declare that life begins legally at fertilization, in 2008 and 2010. But Mississippi, with its far more conservative bent, was considered much friendlier territory.

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2:00am

Wed November 9, 2011
NPR Story

The Last Word In Business

Renee Montagne has the Last Word in business.

2:00am

Wed November 9, 2011
NPR Story

Italian Lawmakers Consider Debt Plan

Italy's prime minister, Silvio Berlusconi announced Tuesday that he would step down after an economic overhaul plan is approved. The announcement comes amid European concerns over Italy's solvency following the Greek debt crisis. For more, Steve Inskeep talks to NPR's Sylvia Poggioli.

5:13am

Tue November 8, 2011
History

Satellite Images Reveal Lost City In Libyan Desert

Evidence of the ancient civilization of Garamantes has been buried in the Libyan desert for 1,400 years. Now satellite images and field exploration are giving insight into the pre-Islamic culture.

5:02am

Tue November 8, 2011
Around the Nation

Stranded Travelers Save Samaritan After Heart Attack

Originally published on Tue November 8, 2011 5:25 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne. Two women were stranded Saturday night on a Wisconsin highway when a Good Samaritan stopped to change their flat tire. Driving off, the 61-year-old said, Someone up above put me in the right place at the right time. Moments later, the man had a heart attack. The women spotted his car down the road and they pulled over. They told the Star Tribune one called for help, while the other, a nursing assistant, used CPR to save his life. This is MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

4:55am

Tue November 8, 2011
Fine Art

France, England Tussle Over Painting Of Christ

The painting whose title translates to "Christ Carrying the Cross" was completed by French Baroque painter Nicolas Tournier in the 1630s, only to disappear from France in 1818. The canvas turned up in Italy a couple years ago. A gallery in London eventually purchased it and brought it to a showing in Paris. Now the French government is trying to keep the painting saying it was stolen.

4:44am

Tue November 8, 2011
Digital Life

Members Of Anonymous Share Set Of Values, Ascetics

The online group Anonymous was in the news again last week when it threatened to unmask collaborators with a powerful Mexican drug cartel. That is just one of the attention-grabbing exploits by the group of cyber activists that is as mysterious as its name sounds. Journalist Quinn Norton talks to Renee Montagne about the profile of Anonymous that she has written for Wired.com.

4:35am

Tue November 8, 2011
Europe

Debt Burden Weighs Down Economies Of Greece, Italy

Originally published on Tue November 8, 2011 5:25 am

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This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.

We're going to get an update now on the struggling economies now threatening the Eurozone. Let's start with Greece, which is still trying to put together a unity government after its embattled prime minister agreed to step down. So far, George Papandreou is still there and Greek lawmakers have not been able to agree on a replacement.

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2:00am

Tue November 8, 2011
Business

Business News

Executives from Japanese camera and medical device maker Olympus admitted Tuesday that the company has been using accounting tricks to cover up losses since the 1990s. The announcement comes after a scandal erupted last month.

2:00am

Tue November 8, 2011
Business

Costco Leads Fight To End Liquor Monopoly

Voters in Washington state will decide whether to privatize the sale of hard liquor on Tuesday. Currently spirits can be sold only at state-run or contract liquor stores. Retail giant Costco has been pouring money — about $22 million — into advertising in favor of getting the initiative passed.

2:00am

Tue November 8, 2011
Business

Jon Corzine's Appetite For Hair-Raising Challenges

The sudden bankruptcy of commodities trading firm MF Global has thrust a familiar name in to the spotlight: Jon Corzine. Previously, Corzine was governor of New Jersey, a U.S. senator and chairman and CEO of the investment firm Goldman Sachs. Corzine resigned last week as chairman and CEO of MF Global as investigators search for hundreds of millions of dollars missing from clients' accounts.

2:00am

Tue November 8, 2011
Business

The Last Word In Business

Some Oregon residents are voting in a special primary Tuesday to replace a U.S. representative who resigned after a scandal. To try to make voting more accessible, election workers are taking iPads to places like nursing homes and community centers. Voters will be able to enlarge the font size, tap their selection and print out a completed ballot.

2:00am

Tue November 8, 2011
Politics

4th Woman Accuses Cain Of Sexual Harassment

Originally published on Tue November 8, 2011 5:25 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. Good morning, I'm Renee Montagne.

When a Chicago woman came out yesterday to publicly accuse Herman Cain of an unwanted sexual advance, it marked a shift in this story. Up to that point, the three previous accusations had been anonymous. The Republican presidential candidate has firmly denied all the accusations of harassment, including yesterday's, which the woman claimed had occurred in 1997, when Cain was head of the National Restaurant Association.

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2:00am

Tue November 8, 2011
Politics

Tea Party Looks To Impact Presidential Election

Republican presidential candidates (from left) Jon Huntsman, Herman Cain, Rep. Michele Bachmann, Mitt Romney, Gov. Rick Perry, Rep. Ron Paul, Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum prepare to debate during the event sponsored by CNN and the Tea Party Express at the Florida state fairgrounds on Sept. 12 in Tampa.
Win McNamee Getty Images

It was one year ago that the Tea Party movement helped Republicans take control of the U.S. House of Representatives. With the presidential election a year away, the movement finds itself searching for ways to have the same kind of impact this time around.

The Tea Party celebrated on election night last year with candidates like Rand Paul, who captured a Senate seat in Kentucky.

"Tonight there's a Tea Party tidal wave, and we're sending a message to them," Paul said in his victory speech.

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2:00am

Tue November 8, 2011
Asia

South Korean Opposition Delays Free Trade Vote

In South Korea, opposition politicians have delayed the ratification of the Free Trade Agreement with the United States. The U.S. Congress has ratified the pact. But in South Korea, thousands of opponents have been holding angry street rallies, and a rising mood of anti-American sentiment is helping their cause.

2:00am

Tue November 8, 2011
Law

Jury Finds Dr. Murray Guilty In Pop Star's Death

Originally published on Tue November 8, 2011 5:25 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

This morning, Dr. Conrad Murray is in a jail here in Los Angeles. Michael Jackson's personal physician was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter yesterday. NPR's Karen Grigsby Bates has been following the trial and has this report.

KAREN GRIGSBY BATES, BYLINE: The downtown courtroom was packed as those present waited as the clerk of the court read the jury's verdict.

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