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5:07am

Wed September 14, 2011
Middle East

Iranian Court Reviews Plan To Offer Hikers Bail

In Iran Tuesday, President, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told NBC authorities would soon release two American hikers convicted on espionage charges. A lawyer for the hikers also said an appeals court would release them on bail. Judges say they're still reviewing the plan to offer bail.

2:00am

Wed September 14, 2011
NPR Story

The Last Word In Business

David Greene has the Last Word in Business

2:00am

Wed September 14, 2011
NPR Story

Israel Grows More Isolated After Arab Spring

David Greene talks with Robert Malley, Middle East and North Africa Program Director at the International Crisis Group, about Israel's growing isolation in the Middle East, following problems with Turkey and other countries.

2:00am

Wed September 14, 2011
NPR Story

Neighbors Help Each Other Get Past Vermont Flood Waters

Thousands of Vermonters were hammered by flooding due to Tropical Storm Irene. Many say they're counting less on federal or state emergency aid. Instead, they are relying on help from their neighbors and their own resilience to get back to business. Nina Keck of Vermont Public Radio reports.

2:00am

Wed September 14, 2011
Europe

Moody's Downgrades Ratings Of 2 French Banks

The downgrade by Moody's Investors Service didn't come as a huge surprise. French banks hold a large amount of Greek debt and their shares have taken a beating in world markets lately. France is at the heart of the eurozone crisis because its banks are some of the most heavily invested in Greek debt.

2:00am

Wed September 14, 2011
Economy

Census Bureau: Poverty Rate Rises Past 2009 Level

The nation's overall poverty rate climbed to 15.1 percent last year, according to new data from the Census Bureau. That's up from 14.3 percent in 2009 — which means 46.2 million Americans were living in poverty in 2010.

2:00am

Wed September 14, 2011
Economy

Portion Of Obama Jobs Bill Would Update Schools

President Obama's road trip to push his jobs bill takes him to North Carolina Wednesday. It's the third election battleground state the president has visited in less than a week. He's promoting his plan to prop up the economy with $447 billion in tax cuts and new government spending. Some of that money would go to refurbish outdated school buildings. Obama stressed that idea during a stop in Columbus, Ohio, Tuesday.

1:25pm

Tue September 13, 2011
All Songs Considered Blog

Country Music Pioneer Wade Mainer Dies At 104

Originally published on Wed September 14, 2011 11:09 am

Wade Mainer's sons of the Mountaineers, the South's "Leading Hillbillies."
Southern Folklife Collection University of North Carolina

There might be no bluegrass music as we know it without Wade Mainer, who died Monday at his home in Flint, Mich., Sept. 12 at age 104.

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6:45am

Tue September 13, 2011
Afghanistan

Gunmen Attack U.S. Embassy, NATO Headquarters

In the Afghan capital Kabul, insurgents fired rocket-propelled grenades and assault rifles at the U.S. Embassy and NATO headquarters. Other buildings were also targeted in Kabul. U.S. officials say there are no causalities at the Embassy.

6:26am

Tue September 13, 2011
Afghanistan

Insurgents Fire On U.S. Embassy In Afghan Capital

Insurgents appear to have launched a coordinated attack in the heart of Afghanistan's capital city. Rocket propelled grenades and assault weapons could be heard across Kabul — targeting the U.S. Embassy and NATO headquarters.

6:14am

Tue September 13, 2011
Afghanistan

Afghan Insurgents Launch Multiple Attacks In Kabul

Originally published on Tue September 13, 2011 6:47 am

The Taliban is claiming responsibility for gunfire and explosions heard around the Afghan capital Kabul. Insurgents have been firing in the direction of the U.S. Embassy as well as other landmarks.

5:44am

Tue September 13, 2011
Around the Nation

Warning! Bear Spray Is Not Meant To Be Sat On

The National Park Service says if you're hiking, it's good to carry an approved bear pepper spray. Just don't sit on it. At Grand Teton National Park, a ranger was speaking at the visitors center when a guest sat on a can of bear spray. The blog, "National Parks Traveler," says the building was evacuated.

5:37am

Tue September 13, 2011
Around the Nation

Would-Be Authors Marry At Maine Public Library

Alicia Proulx married Jared Fiori in Maine over the weekend. According to the Sun Journal of Lewiston, Maine, she wants to be a novelist. He wants to become a comic book artist. They decided to get married in the Auburn Public Library, a century-old building that, from the outside, does look a little like a church.

5:30am

Tue September 13, 2011
Books

Ikea Changes Design Of Popular Bookcase

According to The Economist magazine, Ikea is changing the design of its popular Billy Bookcases to make the shelves deeper. The magazine asserts that's because Ikea thinks its customers will use the shelves for ornaments and tchotchkees – not books. But an Ikea spokesman insists "Billy is best for books."

4:30am

Tue September 13, 2011
Afghanistan

Rockets Fired At U.S. Embassy In Kabul

Originally published on Tue September 13, 2011 6:47 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, Host:

President Obama left behind the debate in Washington yesterday to campaign for his jobs bill, which includes money to upgrade infrastructure. He visited the Brent Spence Bridge in Cincinnati, which is considered obsolete. NPR's Ari Shapiro reports.

ARI SHAPIRO: Gerardo Claudio lives in Augusta, Georgia, and works all over the country. He spends about three weeks out of every month on the road, which gives him a good look at the nation's infrastructure.

GERARDO CLAUDIO: The roads are in real, real awful condition, should I say.

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2:00am

Tue September 13, 2011
Middle East

Egypt to Stop Trying Civilians In Military Court

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STEVE INSKEEP, host: Meaningful qualification there, saying that most of those shots in other parts of Kabul seem to be wild shots that miss the embassy. We're also following the upheavals in Egypt, where last winter's revolution was only the beginning of change. The military - after Hosni Mubarak's fall - replaced civilian courts with courts of its own, and military justice has proved to be harsher. The military says it will end civilian trials in military courts, but many activists doubt that. Here's NPR's Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson.

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2:00am

Tue September 13, 2011
NPR Story

Tea Party Audience Learns More About Perry

NPR's Greg Allen talks with voters for reaction to last night's Republican presidential debate.

2:00am

Tue September 13, 2011
NPR Story

Business News

Steve Inskeep has business news.

2:00am

Tue September 13, 2011
NPR Story

Investors Want Europe To Take Bold Steps Against Crisis

Markets in Europe began the week lower on concerns Greece could be edging closer to default. Greece received an international rescue package earlier but an agreement to double the bailout's size hasn't been enacted.

2:00am

Tue September 13, 2011
Europe

Sex-Abuse Victims Want Hague Tribunal To Investigate Vatican

Originally published on Tue September 13, 2011 10:44 am

Members of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests pose in front of the International Criminal Court in The Hague, Netherlands, Tuesday. A group representing the victims is asking the world court to investigate top Vatican officials over the clerical sex abuse scandal.
Rob Keeris AP

The international tribunals at The Hague have dealt with horrific war crimes and brought Balkan war criminals and African warlords to trial.

Now, the tribunal is being asked to investigate top Vatican officials over the global clerical sex abuse scandal, and victims say these offenses meet the legal definition of crimes against humanity.

Pope Benedict XVI has repeatedly apologized for crimes committed by priests.

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