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2:00am

Mon September 12, 2011
Politics

How Sept. 11 Attacks United, Then Divided Politicians

Originally published on Mon September 12, 2011 7:08 am

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DAVID GREENE, host:

It's MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. Good morning. Renee Montagne is on assignment in Afghanistan. I'm David Greene.

STEVE INSKEEP, host:

And I'm Steve Inskeep.

If there was ever a day to set aside politics, it might have been yesterday, the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.

GREENE: At a memorial service in New York yesterday morning, President Obama read aloud from the Bible. Former President Bush joined him to read a letter by Abraham Lincoln.

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2:00am

Mon September 12, 2011
Business

The Last Word in Business

David Greene has the Last Word in business.

10:01pm

Sun September 11, 2011
Books

Behind The War On Terror's Dark Curtain

On Sept. 12, 2001, Ali H. Soufan, a special agent with the FBI, was handed a secret file. Soufan had spent nearly a decade investigating terrorism cases, like the bombing of the U.S.S. Cole. He says that this file was one he had requested before the attacks, and that had it been given to him earlier it may have helped to prevent them.

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6:10am

Fri September 9, 2011
Economy

Geithner: 'Hundreds Of Thousands' Of Jobs Under Plan

Originally published on Fri September 9, 2011 9:42 am

Treasury Tim Geithner said the president's proposal to spend on roads and other infrastructure would give a lift to the labor market over a longer stretch of time.
Saul Loeb AFP/Getty Images

Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner on Friday defended President Obama's new jobs plan. In a Morning Edition interview, Geithner said that if passed, the plan unveiled Thursday night "would have a substantial, powerful effect on strengthening the economy." He said that tax cuts aimed at small businesses who hire new workers would boost employment quickly.

The $447 billion package of tax cuts, infrastructure spending and aid to states "is designed to make the economy stronger now and get more Americans back to work," Geithner told host Steve Inskeep.

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5:25am

Fri September 9, 2011
Law

Kraft Foods, Sara Lee Settle Dueling Hot Dog Suits

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STEVE INSKEEP, host:

Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep with an update on a hot dog war.

Kraft Foods and Sara Lee settled dueling lawsuits. Kraft claims its Oscar Mayer hot dogs defeated Sara Lee's Ball Park Franks. Sara Lee claimed to be America's best franks. And each company sued the other for exaggeration. Now the companies have settled out of court. Each will drop its claim that the other's hot dog wasn't so great. This way they avoid the danger of the court ruling that they were both right.

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5:21am

Fri September 9, 2011
Animals

Champion Swimmer Takes On Dolphins And Loses

Italian swimmer Filippo Magnini — a two-time world champion — took on 19-year-old King and nine-year-old Leah. King and Leah are dolphins. They edged out Magnini in the final strokes. The human swimmer was even given a handicap — the dolphins had to swim twice as many lengths.

2:00am

Fri September 9, 2011
Around the Nation

Residents Leave As Susquehanna River Rises

The remnants of Tropical Storm Lee are still causing flooding and destruction — this time in the Northeast. Nearly 100,000 people were ordered to evacuate homes from New York to Maryland because of the rising Susquehanna River. It's some of the worst flooding the region has seen in 40 years.

2:00am

Fri September 9, 2011
Afghanistan

A Decade Ago, Massoud's Killing Preceded Sept. 11

In Afghanistan, Ahmed Shah Massoud was known as the Lion of Panshir. And thanks to him, the Panshir Valley was one of only two places the Taliban never conquered. On Sept. 9, 2001, suicide bombers killed Massoud.

2:00am

Fri September 9, 2011
Around the Nation

Power Restored To Millions In California, Arizona

Southern California and parts of Arizona and Northern Mexico were without power after a transmission line went out Thursday. The cause of the blackout is being investigated. San Diego & Electric Co., says the outage will likely be traced to an employee removing a piece of monitoring equipment at a power substation in southwest Arizona. Reporter Amy Isackson in San Diego speaks to David Greene about the outage.

2:00am

Fri September 9, 2011
Business

Google Buys Restaurant Review Service Zagat

Google's deal with Zagat is part of the Internet giant's strategy to offer better local services. And it has some wondering if the company will launch an online and mobile reservation service similar to Open Table.

2:00am

Fri September 9, 2011
Business

Overhaul Expected To Speed Patent Process

Congress has approved the most significant changes to patent law in half a century. The Senate passed the overhaul Thursday, and it goes to the White House for President Obama's signature. In his jobs speech to Congress, Obama said the new law would speed up the patent process.

2:00am

Fri September 9, 2011
Economy

Obama Proposes $450 Billion Plan To Get Americans Working

Before a joint session of Congress Thursday night, President Obama outlined what he called "The American Jobs Act," and he repeatedly called on lawmakers to pass it "right away." Among other things, the proposal includes a cut in payroll taxes for both employers and employees.

2:00am

Fri September 9, 2011
NPR Story

Authorities Probe 'Credible But Unconfirmed' Threat

David Greene talks to NPR's Dina Temple-Raston about the latest on what authorities are calling a credible, but unconfirmed, terrorism threat that surfaced in the past day. It suggests Washington D.C. or New York City are targets.

2:00am

Fri September 9, 2011
NPR Story

Nevada Group Watches Obama With Doubt

President Obama plans to take his job creation message to the American people in the coming weeks. Nevada has the highest unemployment rate in the country. A group of people, who are employed, watched Obama's speech, and most of them are not convinced his plan would create good long-term jobs.

2:00am

Fri September 9, 2011
Economy

It's Up To Congress Whether To Back Obama's Plan

NPR's Tamara Keith talks with members of Congress for reaction to President Obama's speech last night. Among other ideas in his plan, the president is proposing tax incentives to encourage businesses to hire unemployed and wounded veterans as well as Americans who have been without work for more than six months.

10:01pm

Thu September 8, 2011
Fine Art

At Maison Lesage, Beauty Embroidered By Hand

In 1992, Lesage started an embroidery school to pass on to a new generation the techniques of an art form threatened by mass-produced fashion.
Olivier Saillant Maison Lesage

A friend's son recently got a tattoo — and she was appalled. Forty years ago, she'd given birth to a perfect, pink-skinned cherub. Now, bright blue wings, dark red hearts and some birds were inscribed on his bicep. Comfort, however, came in the words of France's top embroiderer: "It's human nature to want to look different," said Francois Lesage. "Self-adornment goes back to the Lascaux Caves! Think of scarification. That's the ancestor of embroidery."

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5:02am

Thu September 8, 2011
Around the Nation

Costume Foils Gumby's Robbery Attempt

A clerk was standing in a San Diego 7-Eleven when Gumby walked in. Or rather a person dressed as Gumby. The clerk thought it was a joke so the robber tried to reach for his gun. But the costume's bulky green gloves got in the way. Gumby and an accomplice fled.

4:56am

Thu September 8, 2011
Around the Nation

Shoplifter Has Expensive Taste In Groceries

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DAVID GREENE, host:

Good morning. I'm David Greene.

Here's a story about lobsters in shorts. Not wearing shorts. The lobsters were inside a guy's pockets. Police in Mississippi say the man was caught shoplifting at a supermarket. In his shorts: two bags of jumbo shrimp and two live lobsters. Police Chief Wayne Payne put it best: Good thing the rubber bands didn't break. The perpetrator prefers his seafood. Police say he also took a pork loin, but he threw that at employees.

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2:00am

Thu September 8, 2011
NPR Story

How Jalalabad Became A Hot Bed Of Afghan Insurgency

Reporting from Afghanistan, Morning Edition's Renee Montagne looks at the city of Jalalabad. That's where top al Qaida leaders were last seen as they fled Kabul, and disappeared into the mountains of Tora Bora on their way to Pakistan.

2:00am

Thu September 8, 2011
Business

Business News

David Greene and Steve Inskeep have business news.

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