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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.

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.

2:00am

Tue August 16, 2011
NPR Story

401(k) Owners Hope Markets Play Nice

Over the last two decades, employers have been shutting down defined-benefit pension plans and steering their workers into 401(k)-type savings plans. But the returns on many of these retirement funds have been dismal for more than a decade.

2:00am

Tue August 16, 2011
Business

Weiner War: Kraft, Sara Lee Battle Over Hot Dogs

There's a hot dog war going on between Kraft Foods which makes Oscar Mayer hot dogs and Sara Lee the maker of Ball Park franks. A judge in Chicago is hearing a case in which each side says the other broke false-advertising laws by saying that their respective hot dogs won a national taste test.

2:00am

Tue August 16, 2011
Middle East

Navy Aids In Syria's Crack Down On Protesters

In Syria, the navy is being used for the first time against the protest movement there. Gunships have been shelling the coastal city of Latakia, where more than 30 people have been killed over the last four days. Residents say they fear the crackdown could get worse.

5:40am

Mon August 15, 2011
Around the Nation

Pterodactyl Swoops Down On Surfer Statue

A bronze statue of a young surfer can't seem to catch a break. Since the sculpture was unveiled four years ago near San Diego, pranksters have dressed him up as a birthday clown, a Hooters waitress and cupid. Over the weekend, a stealth artist outdid them all with an elaborate prehistoric diorama of a volcano and a pterodactyl carrying the much maligned surfer away.

5:28am

Mon August 15, 2011
Around the Nation

Runaway Blimp Crashes In Woman's Backyard

A 94-year-old Ohio woman didn't think much of the bang she heard during a weekend thunderstorm, until police started knocking on her door. They were coming to retrieve a blimp that had crashed in her backyard. The blimp became untethered at a Columbus airport, which is two miles away. It was on a 20-city tour to advertise a brand of vodka.

4:36am

Mon August 15, 2011
Around the Nation

Statue Of Civil War General Forrest Still Draws Fire

The 25-foot statue of Nathan Bedford Forrest, controversial Civil War general and early member of the Ku Klux Klan, sits off Interstate 65. It's behind a gate that's secured with six padlocks because Forrest's hard-charging style draws fire.

2:00am

Mon August 15, 2011
NPR Story

Perry, Bachmann Share Billing At Iowa Fundraiser

It was a political whirlwind of a weekend in Iowa, culminating in an event last night in Waterloo. Ames Straw Poll winner Michele Bachmann and new entrant in the race, Texas Governor Rick Perry, gave back to back speeches at the same County GOP dinner. People in the audience were sizing both up, as the campaign moves into a new phase. NPR's Don Gonyea has the latest.

2:00am

Mon August 15, 2011
Europe

UK Stunned By Rioters' Racial, Economic Diversity

Many people in Britain are still reeling in shock from the violent riots that broke out in a number of English cities just over a week ago. The country is now experiencing a period of political sniping over why the riots broke out, and how they can be avoided.

2:00am

Mon August 15, 2011
Africa

Defiant Gadhafi Pushes Rebels To Fight On

Originally published on Mon August 15, 2011 4:40 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, host:

Let's turn now to another story we're following: Libya, where rebel forces have made some dramatic gains. Rebels have fought their way out of the mountains to a key coastal city just 30 miles from the Libyan capital of Tripoli.

In a defiant speech last night, Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi exhorted his followers to fight, even as reports surfaced of talks between the regime and the rebels.

We've got NPR's Lourdes Garcia-Navarro on the line. She's in the rebel stronghold of Benghazi.

And Lulu, what is the latest?

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2:00am

Mon August 15, 2011
Business

Business News

Renee Montagne has business news.

2:00am

Mon August 15, 2011
Business

The Last Word In Business

Renee Montagne has the Last Word in business.

2:00am

Mon August 15, 2011
Middle East

Mubarak Returns To Cairo Courtroom For Trial

The trial of ousted Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak is scheduled to resume today in a heavily-guarded courtroom at the police academy in Cairo. NPR's Mike Shuster reports.

10:01pm

Sun August 14, 2011
The Picture Show

Jumping Dogs And Photo-Toons: Meet Photographer Elliott Erwitt

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 9:34 am

Paris, France, 1989
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Photographer Elliott Erwitt loves babies, bare bottoms and dogs — specifically, jumping dogs. And he'll go to great lengths — however unorthodox — to get the shot. To get a dog to jump? Bark at it, Erwitt says: "You have to speak their language. ... Sometimes they bark back, sometimes they jump." But it's a perilous approach. "Once, one of them peed on my leg as a consequence," he says.

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10:01pm

Sun August 14, 2011
Movies

Dominic Cooper On Becoming 'The Devil's Double'

Originally published on Mon August 15, 2011 7:09 am

In The Devil's Double, Dominic Cooper plays two characters: Saddam Hussein's oldest son, Uday, and Iraqi military man Latif Yahia, who was made to undergo plastic surgery so he could become Uday's body double.
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Evil though Saddam Hussein may have been, his oldest son, Uday, was in some ways worse. In the years before 2003, when Uday Hussein was killed by American special forces, he was a drug-addled playboy capable of rape and murder on a whim.

In the 1980s and '90s, Uday was a dangerous man — but he was also in danger. Like his father, he needed a body double, so he called upon Latif Yahia, an old school chum who looked just like him, and forced him to fill that role.

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