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4:48am

Mon September 5, 2011
Business

So Long, Snooze Button

The latest batch of high-tech alarm clocks explode, roll away, fly away and even make you solve math problems to keep you from oversleeping.

4:48am

Mon September 5, 2011
Politics

Jobs Creation, Economy In The Spotlight

President Obama is scheduled to deliver a long-awaited speech on jobs this week.

3:58am

Mon September 5, 2011
NPR Story

Rebels Tighten Hold On Gadhafi Stronghold

Originally published on Mon September 5, 2011 3:58 am

Rebel forces in Libya have surrounded the town of Bani Walid, southeast of the capital Tripoli. The rebels are still hoping to negotiate a peaceful takeover of the town, a stronghold of embattled leader Moammar Gadhafi, and avoid further civilian casualties. But Gadhafi loyalists are refusing to surrender.

8:42am

Fri September 2, 2011
NPR Story

August Jobless Rate Remained 9.1 Percent

The Labor Department reported Friday that the nation's jobless rate remained unchanged at 9.1 percent in August, as employers added no new workers.

5:03am

Fri September 2, 2011
Around the Nation

Plane Passenger Spots Burglars At His House

An Arkansas homeowner recently caught a pair of burglars. Stephen Lynn wasn't home at the time, he was flying overhead in a friend's plane. The Jonesboro Sun says Lynn was taking photos of his house when he spotted the criminals. He called the police and gave them turn-by-turn directions.

4:54am

Fri September 2, 2011
Around the Nation

Arizona Wedding Reception Gets Out Of Hand

Someone called police to report a brawl in the backyard of a home in suburban Phoenix. Police tried to stop the fighting and pepper-sprayed the crowd. You could predict that this would displease the bride, who was soon accused of kicking a police officer. A judge sentenced her to community service but no prison time.

3:07am

Fri September 2, 2011
Around the Nation

Powell: Don't Let Terrorism Change 'Who We Are'

Former Secretary of State Colin Powell reflects on how the country has changed in the 10 years since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Powell tells Steve Inskeep, "We have to be on guard that we don't spend so much time worrying about terrorism and guarding ourselves that we start to lose the essence of who we are as an open, freedom-loving people."

2:00am

Fri September 2, 2011
NPR Story

Business News

Steve Inskeep has business news.

2:00am

Fri September 2, 2011
NPR Story

Spain's Lawmakers Set To Pass Debt Amendment

Spain's lower house of Parliament votes Friday on a constitutional amendment limiting the country's future budget deficit. The amendment would almost balance Spain's budget by the year 2020. The Senate is expected to vote on the measure next week.

2:00am

Fri September 2, 2011
Business

The Last Word In Business

Steve Inskeep has the Last Word in business.

2:00am

Fri September 2, 2011
Around the Nation

Irene Chases Away Catskills' Labor Day Tourists

Labor Day is usually a busy one for towns in New York's Catskills. Tourists from New York City and nearby states come to enjoy the last long weekend of summer. But this year, many towns are still cleaning up from the floods that followed Hurricane Irene. Business owners worry that even if they manage to reopen, the tourists won't come.

2:00am

Fri September 2, 2011
Books News & Features

Famous Bookstore Attracts Photographers, Not Buyers

The bookshop made famous in the movie Notting Hill will close next week unless a buyer is found. A campaign has been started to keep the travel bookshop open. The founder of the shop says people are more interested in taking the store's picture than coming inside to buy a book.

2:00am

Fri September 2, 2011
Movies

'Gainsbourg' Brilliantly Depicts The French Musician

The new film Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life is an unconventional biopic about French musician Serge Gainsbourg. He is celebrated in France for the songs he wrote, and the affairs he had with beautiful women like Brigette Bardot.

10:01pm

Thu September 1, 2011
Crime In The City

Sleuthing Around Dublin's Darkest Corners

Originally published on Wed February 6, 2013 9:55 am

O'Connell Street, 1952: Dublin in the 1950s is "perfect noir territory" says writer John Banville (who writes crime fiction under the pen name Benjamin Black). The city's dark history is incorporated into his work. "I am a novelist and therefore a cannibal," he says. "I eat whatever comes near me. Everything is material."
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"If you are going to write noir fiction, Dublin in the '50s is absolutely perfect," novelist Benjamin Black tells NPR's Philip Reeves. "All that poverty, all that fog, all that cigarette smoke, all those drink fumes. Perfect noir territory."

You may know Black better as Irish writer John Banville, winner of the 2005 Man Booker Prize for his novel The Sea. Banville writes his crime fiction under the name Benjamin Black. His novels star an oddball sleuth named Quirke — a bachelor in his early 40s who works as a consultant pathologist in a Dublin morgue.

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5:39am

Thu September 1, 2011
Around the Nation

Insurance Company Denies Winning Slap Shot Payout

Nate Smith, 11, slapped a hockey puck through a tiny hole from 89 feet away. The shot during a charity game in Minnesota was for a $50,000 prize. But the insurance company won't pay. Nate was standing in for his twin brother Nick, whose winning raffle ticket made him the one who should've held the hockey stick.

5:30am

Thu September 1, 2011
Around the Nation

Alaska Woman Rescues Her Dog From Bear's Jaw

When Juneau, Alaska, resident Brooke Collins looked up, she saw a bear. Worse than that: She saw a bear carrying her dog in its mouth. Collins ran up and punched the bear in the face. The bear dropped the dog and ran away.

3:34am

Thu September 1, 2011
Business

In Dispute, 'Financial Times' Pulls App Off iTunes

A major newspaper publisher is refusing to swallow demands from Apple, and it pulled its App off of iTunes. The Financial Times didn't want to pay Apple 30 percent of its revenue from customers who downloaded the App.

2:00am

Thu September 1, 2011
Business

The Last Word In Business

Steve Inskeep has the Last Word in business.

2:00am

Thu September 1, 2011
Africa

Rebels Tasked With Ensuring Libyans Security

Nearly all Libyans agree that security should be a top priority for the country's interim government. Some councilmen and rebel commanders say the first step to ensuring security will be to take away the light arms that both sides handed out en masse.

2:00am

Thu September 1, 2011
NPR Story

Justice Department Blocks AT&T, T-Mobile Merger

AT&T says it's disappointed by the government's decision to block its acquisition of wireless rival T-Mobile. The Justice Department said Wednesday it would go to court to prevent the two companies from merging. The deal involves the country's second and fourth biggest wireless companies. U.S. officials say the deal would hurt competition and send wireless prices higher.

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