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2:00am

Thu September 22, 2011
Business

Google Chief Defends Company's Search Practices

Google critics accuse the company of playing favorites with its search results. Google executives have always denied this, but the accusations haven't gone away. Eric Schmidt, the company's chairman, was on Capitol Hill Wednesday to answer questions about the company's business practices.

2:00am

Thu September 22, 2011
Middle East

Obama Tries To Nudge Palestinians, Israel Back To Peace Talks

President Obama held separate meetings yesterday with the Israeli and Palestinian leaders on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly. Obama said there is no shortcut to Palestinian statehood. The administration is trying to revive peace negotiations.

2:00am

Thu September 22, 2011
Around the Nation

Islamic Culture Center Opens Near Ground Zero

The first phase of the Islamic Cultural Center near the World Trade Center has opened. Detractors have called it the ground zero mosque. As part of the opening for the Park51 center, invited guests got to see a photo exhibit of children from more than 160 countries who live in New York City.

2:00am

Thu September 22, 2011
Business

The Last Word In Business

Steve Inskeep has the Last Word in business.

2:00am

Thu September 22, 2011
Music

REM Calls Its Quits After 3 Decades Of Making Music

After 15 albums and 31 years in the music business, the band REM is breaking up. In a farewell to fans, frontman Michael Stipe wrote on the band's website that a wise man once said "the skill in attending a party is knowing when it's time to leave."

7:10pm

Wed September 21, 2011
Music Interviews

'Nevermind' At 20: Producer Butch Vig On Nirvana

Nirvana (from left): Dave Grohl, Kurt Cobain and Krist Novoselic.
Kirk Weddle

Twenty years ago, it was hard to imagine a grunge album unseating Michael Jackson for the No. 1 position at the top of the Billboard charts, but that's what happened when Nirvana's Nevermind came out in September 1991. Since then, it's sold more than 30 million copies — which is certainly not what the album's co-producer, Butch Vig, was expecting.

But Vig says he remembers, when he first met Nirvana, that it was a band eager to work.

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4:36am

Wed September 21, 2011
Around the Nation

Giant Stuffed Bear 'Escapes' Pennsylvania Bar

The professionally-mounted bear was 8 ft. long, and adorned the second floor of a bar in Uniontown, Pa. Police say five people at the bar shoved the bear over a railing onto the ground, and then fled. The bear was too heavy to put back so it was moved off to the side. The next morning it was gone.

4:27am

Wed September 21, 2011
Sports

Turkey Bans Men From Some Soccer Games

If a team's fans have been sanctioned for unruly behavior, the new no-man policy applies. Women and children get free admission. The rule may be working. Some 40,000 women and children packed a stadium in Istanbul on Tuesday. One player said, "It was such a fun and pleasant atmosphere."

2:00am

Wed September 21, 2011
Europe

Speculation Grows That Greece Will Default On Its Debts

Greek leaders yesterday held a second telephone conference with the IMF, the European Union and the European Central bank. Greece is hoping for approval of the next scheduled payment of bailout money. There is growing speculation that Greece will default on its debts. The only questions are how and when, and if Greece can still stay within the eurozone.

2:00am

Wed September 21, 2011
Europe

What Would A Greek Default Mean To Europe?

Financial analysts speculate that Greece will default on some, or all, of its national debt. NPR's Philip Reeves reports on the likely international impact of such a default, particularly if Greece is forced to leave the group of countries using the euro currency.

2:00am

Wed September 21, 2011
Middle East

U.N. Membership Could Give Palestinians A Diplomatic Tool

Palestinians say they are undeterred and plan to seek full U.N. membership as a state on territories Israel occupied in the 1967 war. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is to present his application when he speaks to the U.N. on Friday. The issue is dominating high level meetings as countries scramble to try to revive a peace process that has failed for decades.

2:00am

Wed September 21, 2011
Business

The Last Word In Business

Steve Inskeep has the Last Word in business.

2:00am

Wed September 21, 2011
Business

Business News

David Greene has business news.

2:00am

Wed September 21, 2011
Business

Senate Panel To Examine Google's Competitive Streak

Google CEO Eric Schmidt testifies before a Senate subcommittee on Wednesday. The panel is examining whether the Internet giant is stifling competition. The European Commission and the Federal Trade Commission have opened inquiries into Google's business practices.

2:00am

Wed September 21, 2011
Business

Fed May Move To Lower Interest Rates Further

The Federal Reserve is still searching for ways to help boost the economy and lower unemployment. Most economists expect the Fed to announce some sort of action today. David Greene talks to David Wessel of "The Wall Street Journal" about what action the Fed might take.

10:00pm

Tue September 20, 2011
Movie Interviews

Syd Mead, Still Designing The Future After 50 Years

The classic future: Ridley Scott's Blade Runner, released in 1982, envisioned a cityscape with buildings wrapped in video displays — well before New York's Times Square went digital.
Warner Bros. Pictures

Look around. There's a good chance you'll spot a tablet computer, if you don't have one yourself. Touch-screen phones are even more common. Biometric scanners scan your fingerprints at your bank, or your irises at the airport. They're devices that used to be the stuff of science fiction — the sort of thing you'd see in Star Trek or Blade Runner or Minority Report. Now they're here in the real world. And they're everywhere.

How did so many films and TV shows get so much right about what was coming down the technological pipeline?

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10:49am

Tue September 20, 2011
Afghanistan

Afghanistan's Former President Rabbani Assassinated

Burhanuddin Rabbani, the head of the Afghan Peace Council and former president of Afghanistan, was killed in a bombing in the nation's capital.

5:26am

Tue September 20, 2011
Around the Nation

U.S. Customs Tries To Confiscate Vegemite

Australian Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd was stopped with a jar of Vegemite at an airport this week on his way to New York for the U.N. General Assembly meeting. To U.S. custom officials, the brown spread looked like a "potentially dangerous liquid." Those who don't enjoy the taste, may agree.

5:16am

Tue September 20, 2011
Around the Nation

Ohio Mansion Along Lake Erie Up For Sale

For $19.5 million, you too could have a wine grotto, a sauna, 38,000 sq. ft. of living space and a garage with a rotating floor. The man who lived there invented the drop ceiling but he died last year.

2:00am

Tue September 20, 2011
Business

Business News

S&P dropped Italy's government debt a notch, pointing to weak economic growth and political divisions that could make it harder to resolve its debt problems. Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi shot back with a statement saying the move was "dictated more by newspaper articles than by reality."

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