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5:27am

Thu October 6, 2011
Europe

Horshack Move Banned At British School

Teachers say the new method of giving thumbs up has a calming effect, and makes it easier not to overlook students who don't want to draw attention to themselves. The new method is more like The Fonz on Happy Days and less like Arnold Horshack on Welcome Back Kotter.

5:17am

Thu October 6, 2011
Around the Nation

Squirrel Steals Spotlight At Phillies-Cardinals Game

The Philadelphia Phillies played the St. Louis Cardinals Wednesday night, and for the second straight game a squirrel stole the show. This time the creature darted in front of the batter's box and dashed into the stands at Busch Stadium. The Cardinals' 5-3 victory was celebrated on Twitter by a new user called @BuschSquirrel.

5:02am

Thu October 6, 2011
Europe

How Belgium Mirrors Europe's Economic Divide

Belgium has spent 16 months struggling to form a federal government. Observers say that issue is a microcosm of the financial crisis that has hit the eurozone.

4:56am

Thu October 6, 2011
Remembrances

Steve Jobs Help To Revolutionize Animated Movies

Pixar computer-generated animation kicked off a renaissance in animated films — including blockbusters Toy Story, Finding Nemo and Wall-E. After Steve Jobs left Appple in 1985, he bought Pixar from George Lucas. In 2006, Jobs sold Pixar to Disney.

4:53am

Thu October 6, 2011
Politics

Christie Allies Freed To Support Other Candidates

Former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie announced this week they would not be seeking the Republican presidential nomination. Among the most enthusiastic advocates of a Christie presidential bid were a handful of Northeastern investors. Some of them have already jumped to join Mitt Romney.

4:46am

Thu October 6, 2011
Economy

Thousands Join In Occupy Wall Street Protests

Thousands of protesters filled the streets of Manhattan's financial district Wednesday night. They came to show support for Occupy Wall Street, a demonstration that is now in its third week. Some of the marchers represented labor unions and other organizations, but many were just ordinary New Yorkers who came to voice their support for the populist protest.

4:41am

Thu October 6, 2011
Remembrances

Remembering Steve Jobs' 'Attention To Detail'

Originally published on Thu October 6, 2011 5:02 am

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LYNN NEARY, HOST:

This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Lynn Neary.

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

And I'm Renee Montagne.

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2:00am

Thu October 6, 2011
World

Arab Bloggers Gather In Tunisia After Arab Spring

Hundreds of bloggers from across the Arab world are meeting in Tunis, Tunisia, this week to discuss cyber-activism and political change. This is their third annual gathering, and it follows a dramatic year since Arab uprisings began last December. Saudi blogger Ahmed Al Omran, an NPR social media intern, talks to Renee Montagne about the role bloggers played in inspiring change.

2:00am

Thu October 6, 2011
Law

Tough Ala. Immigration Law Changes Ways Of Life

A federal judge has ruled that Alabama's strict immigration laws will go forward even as appeals are made through the judicial system. Hispanic-owned businesses in the state say their customers have vanished. Among other things, the new law requires police to verify the immigrations status of suspects if there's "reasonable suspicion" they are in the country illegally.

2:00am

Thu October 6, 2011
Middle East

Egypt, 30 Years After Anwar Sadat's Death

Lynn Neary talks to Steven Cook, senior follow for Middle Eastern studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, about the 30th anniversary of the assassination of former Egyptian President Anwar Sadat. They discuss how the past is shaping Egypt's future.

2:00am

Thu October 6, 2011
Business

Business News

Originally published on Thu October 6, 2011 5:33 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

NPR's business news starts with the big loss for the tech world.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

MONTAGNE: Steve Jobs died yesterday. The co-founder of Apple was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer seven years ago. From the time a young Steve Jobs introduced the Apple I, his products changed consumer behavior.

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2:00am

Thu October 6, 2011
Business

The Last Word In Business

Lynn Neary has the Last Word in business.

5:46am

Wed October 5, 2011
Around the Nation

Clerk Inadvertently Helps Ga. Woman Win Powerball

Kathy Scruggs of Georgia went to the store to buy a Mega Millions lottery ticket. By mistake, the clerk gave her a ticket for Powerball. Scruggs decided to buy both. The unemployed woman's Powerball ticket was worth more than $15 million.

5:32am

Wed October 5, 2011
Around the Nation

Bible Belt Oktoberfest Finally Taps A Beer Keg

To celebrate its German roots, residents of Cullman, Ala., usually donned liederhosen and ate bratwurst in. But keeping with Bible Belt values, beer was verboten. This year kegs are being tapped at what had been billed as the world's only dry Oktoberfest.

2:00am

Wed October 5, 2011
Science

2011 Nobel Prize For Chemistry To Be Announced

Israeli chemist Daniel Schectman's discovery of how atoms fit together inside of crystals changed the way chemists look at solid matter.

2:00am

Wed October 5, 2011
Business

Apple's Latest iPhone Underwhelms Investors

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LYNN NEARY, host: Samsung says it will file court injunctions in France and Italy to try and block the sale of Apple's latest iPhone, citing patent infringement. Apple unveiled its latest version of the popular smartphone just yesterday. As NPR's Wendy Kaufman reports, the new device, called the 4S, didn't make the usual splash.

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2:00am

Wed October 5, 2011
Education

Thieves Scam Aid From Online Education Sites

The Department of Education says that as distance learning has grown so has fraud. An inspector general's report found that scam artists are taking advantage of the popularity of online education to steal federal education money.

2:00am

Wed October 5, 2011
Europe

Public Sector Workers Strike Paralyzes Greece

Originally published on Wed October 5, 2011 3:28 pm

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LYNN NEARY, HOST:

It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Lynn Neary. Steve Inskeep is away.

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

And I'm Renee Montagne.

We're going to hear now about the continuing economic woes of Greece. It's one of the small European Union countries drowning in debt. Today it faces yet another protest. This time, a general strike by workers in the public sector furious about more cuts aimed at them. The pressure to shrink the government payroll is coming from international creditors.

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2:00am

Wed October 5, 2011
Business

Sandy Pope Tries To Unseat Hoffa As Teamsters Head

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RENEE MONTAGNE, host: The presidency of one of the biggest unions in the country is up for grabs. James Hoffa currently heads the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, and he's facing the first challenge by a woman in the Teamsters' 108-year-old history. Sandy Pope is a former truck driver. If she becomes head of the union and its 1.4 million members, her challenge would be to turn around years of declining membership.

NPR's Beenish Ahmed reports.

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2:00am

Wed October 5, 2011
Business

The End May Be Near For TV's 'Simpsons'

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LYNN NEARY, host: Our last word in business today is...

(SOUNDBITE OF THEME SONG FROM TV SHOW, "THE SIMPSONS")

UNIDENTIFIED GROUP: (Singing) The Simpsons.

NEARY: The animated comedy "The Simpsons" is in its 23rd season, and there may not be a 24th. The actors who voice the parts of Homer, Bart and other key characters are fighting with 20th Century Fox over pay. Fox says it may end the hit comedy if an agreement can't be reached. The actors reportedly make about $8 million a season. Fox wants them to take a 45 percent pay cut.

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