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4:59am

Fri August 12, 2011
Animals

Officials Enlist Geese To Patrol Brazilian Prison

In Brazil, prison officials needed to goose up their alarm system at an overcrowded prison. They could have done many things, but instead they turned to geese. According to the warden, geese will honk loudly when they sense strange movements — like someone escaping over a wall.

4:55am

Fri August 12, 2011
Around the Nation

Halloween Prop Frightens Young Fisherman

A boy in Illinois was fishing when something caught his hook. He got a look at the terrible sight only briefly before it fell off the hook again. He alerted authorities that he had found a severed foot. A search and rescue team spent eight hours looking for what turned out to be a Halloween prop.

4:50am

Fri August 12, 2011
Europe

A Different Wall Divides Berlin These Days

Writer Hogler Teschke talks to Renee Montagne about his thoughts on the divisions that remain in Germany 50 years after the Berlin Wall was built. He says the financial crisis has created a new "invisible wall," and he believes it will take at least one more generation before identities aren't attached to the ideas of East and West.

4:47am

Fri August 12, 2011
Europe

Berlin Neighborhood Remembers Wall's Construction

It will be 50 years ago Saturday that construction began on the Berlin Wall. The barrier that divided East and West Berlin eventually grew to be 27 miles long. In one area in the center of the city, a section of the wall still stands.

4:41am

Fri August 12, 2011
Europe

European Central Bank Orders Italy To Reduce Debt

Originally published on Mon August 22, 2011 10:29 am

With Italy in the crosshairs of the eurozone debt crisis, the European Central Bank is dictating to Rome the measures it should take to reduce its massive debt mountain.

But the government is divided over draconian measures that go against the grain of Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's populist policies.

MP's of the Budget and Constitutional Affairs Committees were summoned back to Rome from their vacations for an emergency session — many of them tanned and fitter than usual.

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4:28am

Fri August 12, 2011
Education

Detroit Residents Monitor Fate Of Local Schools

Detroit Public Schools will continue closing schools this year, in an effort to keep up with a steady decline in the number of students. Neighbors fear that a closed school will add to the city's rapid decline in population.

3:22am

Fri August 12, 2011
Around the Nation

'Bad News Bears' Kid Runs For Congress

David Pollock played one of the kids in the movie made famous in the 1970s. He played Rudi Stein, the nervous kid with glasses who got on base by intentionally getting hit with a pitch. Pollock is running as a Democrat in the new 26th Congressional district in California.

2:00am

Fri August 12, 2011
Politics

GOP Presidential Candidates Spar In Iowa Debate

Republican presidential candidates debated in Ames, Iowa, Thursday night — just two days before Saturday's straw poll. The debate featured two frontrunners: Mitt Romney, who leads in national polls, and Michele Bachmann, who has polled well in Iowa. It also marks the debate debut of former Utah Gov. Jon Hunstman.

2:00am

Fri August 12, 2011
Economy

Financial Exchanges Struggle To Find Their Footing

Renee Montagne talks to Greg Ip of "The Economist" about Europe's bad financial week and the impact it's having on U.S. and world markets. Ip is the U.S. economics editor for the magazine, and he's been in London this week.

2:00am

Fri August 12, 2011
Politics

Romney Stops By Iowa State Fair

The Iowa State Fair opened this week, and it provides the backdrop for two major political events in the state — last night's GOP presidential candidate debate and Saturday's Ames Straw Poll. The fair is an essential destination for the candidates. It's where they get the chance to engage with voters and eat deep-fried novelties on sticks.

2:00am

Fri August 12, 2011
Middle East

Twitter Created Echo Chamber During Egyptian Protests

An assistant professor at UCLA recently returned from Egypt, where he researched the effect of social media on the movement to bring down former President Hosni Mubarak. Ramish Srinivasan tells Steve Inskeep the notion that the revolution was driven by social media is vastly overstated.

2:00am

Fri August 12, 2011
Business

Business News

In a letter to employees, the U.S. Postal Service says it will be insolvent next month. That's due to a significant decrease in the volume of mail and a significant increase in retiree health care costs. The Postal Service proposes cutting 20 percent of its workforce. The unprecedented move would require congressional approval.

2:00am

Fri August 12, 2011
Business

Spain Criticized For Giving Tax Break For Pope's Visit

Many Spaniards are grumbling at the cost of their government's red carpet welcome for Pope Benedict, who heads to Madrid next week for World Youth Day. Local priests have issued a rare complaint about tax breaks offered to the event's corporate sponsors. The Spanish government is paying millions for the pope's security, at a time when it's also slashing public salaries and the education budget.

2:00am

Fri August 12, 2011
Business

The Last Word In Business

When French customers complained that they didn't have time to shop for bread, a Parisian baker created a vending machine for baguettes. It's no ordinary vending machine. The partially cooked bread is steamed once a selection is made.

2:00am

Fri August 12, 2011
Around the Nation

Utah Criticized For Limiting Liquor Licenses

Utah's hospitality and tourism industry is suing the state for outlawing Happy Hour and refusing to increase the number of liquor licenses. Currently, there are no liquor licenses left in the state for bars, clubs, hotels or music venues. Based on Utah's quota system, it could be two years before one is available.

2:00am

Fri August 12, 2011
Middle East

U.S. Gropes For Coherent Policy In Egypt

Although the U.S. military used its influence to help ease former President Hosni Mubarak out of power, Washington gets very little credit for that. Egyptians of all political stripes distrust the U.S., and want the Americans to stay out of the way of a revolution that they have embraced.

10:01pm

Thu August 11, 2011
Spotlight on Country

Jeff Bridges: An On-Screen Country Singer Enters The Studio

Jeff Bridges' self-titled studio album comes out Aug. 16.
Dustin Cohen Courtesy of the artist

In the 2009 film Crazy Heart, Jeff Bridges played a country singer named Bad Blake. The character was fictional, but Bridges' passion for country music is real. Now he has recorded an album with some of the people who helped him portray a musician on-screen. His studio album, Jeff Bridges, comes out Aug. 16 on Blue Note Records.

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8:00pm

Thu August 11, 2011
StoryCorps

In Meeting His Dad, A Son Finds 'Another Part Of Me'

George Robinson and his daughter, Katie, at a recent visit to StoryCorps in Edina, Minn.
StoryCorps

George Robinson's parents never married, and he didn't know his biological father. Growing up, Robinson always wondered what his dad was like. It took Robinson more than 40 years to find him, eventually tracking him down on the Internet, and it turns out his father never knew he had a son.

Robinson recently told his 19-year-old daughter, Katie, about finally meeting his father.

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4:58am

Thu August 11, 2011
Around the Nation

Chad Ochocinco Wants To Be A Fan's Houseguest

Football wide receiver Chad Ochocinco is new to the New England Patriots. The former Cincinnati player hasn't found a permanent home. So he told reporters he intends to spend the first few weeks of the season living with a football fan. The fan must have the Internet and Xbox.

4:49am

Thu August 11, 2011
Strange News

Balloon Dresses Are Time Sensitive

A Japanese balloon artist has twisted hundreds of balloons into transparent minidresses. An English artist wove 5,000 into a dress inspired by Kate Middleton's wedding gown. The latex creations can only be worn once — after 24 hours, the balloons start to deflate.

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