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2:00am

Thu August 18, 2011
Business

Justice Department Puts S&P Under A Microscope

The Justice Department reportedly is investigating Standard and Poor's to see whether the nation's largest credit ratings agency improperly rated mortgage securities prior to the financial crisis. The New York Times says the probe started before S&P downgraded the nation's credit rating earlier this month.

10:01pm

Wed August 17, 2011
Theater

Wendy Wasserstein, 'Lost' And Found

From the late 1970s until her death in 2006, at the age of 55, playwright Wendy Wasserstein was a force in the New York theatre. She won the Pulitzer, the Tony and many other awards for writing about her generation of educated, successful women struggling to balance their professional and family lives.

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5:32am

Wed August 17, 2011
Around the Nation

Young Fill-In Mayor Has Bieber Fever

In Forney, Texas, Caroline Gonzalez, 11, recently served as mayor for a day. She won an essay contest aimed at getting young people interested in local government. Her first order of business: rename Main Street. So in a ceremony Tuesday, a sign went up for Justin Bieber Way.

5:23am

Wed August 17, 2011
World

Mouse Grounds International Flight

The Scandanavian airline SAS grounded a plane after a security guard spotted a mouse aboard. The passengers were trying to fly from Stockholm to Chicago. The Swedish newspaper The Local described an extraordinary mouse hunt involving traps and potentially smoke.

4:39am

Wed August 17, 2011
Sports

College Football Booster Tells Of Illicit Gifts

An investigation by Yahoo Sports is sending shockwaves through college sports. The website reports a University of Miami football booster, who was sentenced to 20 years in jail for running a Ponzi scheme, gave players thousands of illicit gifts over eight years. The gifts, which included money, cars and visits from prostitutes, are prohibited by the NCAA. David Greene talks to Dan Wetzel, a reporter for Yahoo! Sports.

2:00am

Wed August 17, 2011
Movies

'Senna' Captures Racing Legend's Personality

Brazil's Ayrton Senna was the boy genius of Formula One racing. He won three world championships before he died in a crash in 1994 at age 34.

2:00am

Wed August 17, 2011
Media

Documents Revive Focus On Murdoch's Phone-Hacking Scandal

In London, a parliamentary committee has released documents that question James Murdoch's July testimony about the News of the World phone-hacking scandal. A newly revealed letter from a jailed reporter claims hacking was "widely discussed" at editorial meetings at the now closed British paper.

2:00am

Wed August 17, 2011
Around the Nation

Manuscript Casts Doubt On Butch Cassidy's Ending

The classic movie "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" ends with Butch dying in a Bolivian shootout. But Brent Ashworth, a rare books dealer in Utah, recently found a manuscript, which he says might have been written by Butch Cassidy — who did not die in Bolivia, but went on to live a quiet life in Washington state.

2:00am

Wed August 17, 2011
World

Greenlanders Divided On Arctic Oil, Gas Exploration

This week we are looking at the fast-changing region of the Arctic, which is believed to have vast oil and gas reserves — and other mineral riches, too. Mineral companies are looking for them, and the region's people are watching anxiously — wondering what change we'll mean for them.

2:00am

Wed August 17, 2011
Business

Mobile Landscape Changes With Google's Bid For Motorola

Google has entered the phone business with its 12 billion dollar acquisition of Motorola's mobile division. David Greene talks to Steven Levy, author of "In The Plex," about what the means for Google and consumers.

2:00am

Wed August 17, 2011
Economy

Bridge Club Members Fret About Retirement

The recent volatility in the stock market is causing many Americans, young and old, to worry about retirement. Will the money they've saved last? NPR's Kathy Lohr visited an Atlanta area bridge club to talk with people about their retirement plans.

2:00am

Wed August 17, 2011
Iraq

U.S. Waits For Iraqi Decision On Troop Departure

One year after the Obama administration pulled the last U.S. combat troops out of Iraq, about 48-thousand forces still remain in that country. Unless the Iraqi government requests them to stay, these troops are scheduled to leave by the end of the year.

2:00am

Wed August 17, 2011
NPR Story

Business News

Renee Montagne has business news.

2:00am

Wed August 17, 2011
NPR Story

Sarkozy, Merkel Want Balanced Budgets For Eurozone

European financial market-watchers are monitoring reaction to yesterday's meeting between French President Nicolas Sarkozy and Germany Chancellor Angela Merkel. The two leaders are trying to stop the European debt crisis from expanding.

2:00am

Wed August 17, 2011
NPR Story

The Last Word In Business

Originally published on Tue July 3, 2012 5:41 pm

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DAVID GREENE, host:

And our last word in business today is a big number: eight million. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office issued patent number eight million yesterday. It went to Second Sight Medical Products for an invention the company says enhances visual perception for a certain kind of blindness.

RENEE MONTAGNE, host:

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6:33am

Tue August 16, 2011
Around the Nation

Survey: Cell Phones Help Users Avoid Others

Even if your cell phone has been switched off, it still has at least one use: avoiding other people. A new survey from the Pew Internet and American Life Project shows that young adults frequently use their phones to avoid interaction.

6:14am

Tue August 16, 2011
Around the Nation

What's The Hurry? App Recommends Scenic Routes

Originally published on Tue August 16, 2011 6:38 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, Host:

Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne. The point of using GPS navigation is to find the quickest way between point A and B. Now a new phone app encourages travelers to slow down and enjoy the scenery. The free BMW app lets users upload routes offering the loveliest views plus eateries. One Arkansas route takes driver to the state's oldest continuously operated general store. Another alerts drives outside Denver to watch for bighorn sheep. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

6:07am

Tue August 16, 2011
Around the Nation

Fair's Butter Cow Unwitting Vegan Messenger

One highlight at the Iowa State Fair is the famous butter cow. But the 600 lbs. butter sculpture had an unlikely message on it this weekend: "Go Vegan." According to the Des Moines Register, animal rights activists have admitted they snuck past a guard and hung the sign on the cow.

3:15am

Tue August 16, 2011
Around the Nation

Study: Are Cohabiting Parents Bad For Kids?

Originally published on Mon August 15, 2011 10:01 pm

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As more and more U.S. couples decide to have children without first getting married, a group of 18 family scholars is sounding an alarm about the impact this may have on those children.

In a new report out on Tuesday, they say research shows the children of cohabiting parents are at risk for a broad range of problems, from trouble in school to psychological stress, physical abuse and poverty.

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2:00am

Tue August 16, 2011
NPR Story

Business News

David Greene has business news.

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