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5:54am

Wed April 9, 2014
Around the Nation

1969 Birthday Greeting Arrives Decades Late

Originally published on Wed April 9, 2014 6:02 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Good morning, I'm David Greene with a birthday message that might have grown sweeter with age.

A man residing on East 12th Street in Brooklyn recently received a letter postmarked in 1969. It was addressed to Susan Heifetz, who'd lived at the apartment with her family as a child. The letter wished her a happy 19th birthday. When the man contacted Heifetz, she asked if there was any sign of who it came from. On the back there was a lipstick mark. Her late mother did like to seal letters with a kiss.

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4:40am

Wed April 9, 2014
NPR Story

Sixth Grade Investors Outdo College Investment Clubs

Originally published on Wed April 9, 2014 6:02 am

Math classes at Oak Grove Lutheran School in Fargo, N.D., made a number of investments. One of the classes beat out investment clubs at universities including Cornell, Columbia and NYU.

4:40am

Wed April 9, 2014
NPR Story

Tax Preparers Often Get Returns Wrong

Originally published on Wed April 9, 2014 6:02 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

We'll begin NPR's business news with a tax audit.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

GREENE: Tax Day is less than a week away, everyone. And the Government Accountability Office just examined the work of 19 paid tax preparers - 17 got things wrong. Things like, failing to report tips as income or mistakenly applying certain tax credits.

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3:10am

Wed April 9, 2014
Education

Common Core Literary Standards Require Close Reading

Originally published on Wed April 9, 2014 6:02 am

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2:55am

Wed April 9, 2014
NPR Story

UConn Crushes Notre Dame In NCAA Women's Championship

Originally published on Wed April 9, 2014 6:02 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Ah, all the signs that baseball season is here . For me it means being tired, watching a game obsessively on my iPhone in bed instead of sleeping. Baseball fans, you know what I'm talking about here. But as the Major League Baseball season begins, it is bittersweet for some.

Commentator Frank Deford is thinking about endings because it is the beginning of the end for two baseball giants.

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2:55am

Wed April 9, 2014
NPR Story

Why Men Outnumber Women Attending Business Schools

Originally published on Wed April 9, 2014 6:02 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

All this week we have been focusing on women and wealth. Look across the business world in fields with the biggest paychecks and you find executive ranks and company boards dominated by men. These disparities often begin back in business school where men outnumber women significantly. NPR social science correspondent Shankar Vedantam came in to talk about research that might help explain this. It looked specifically at why some women opt out of a lucrative career path. Hey, Shankar.

SHANKAR VEDANTAM, BYLINE: Good morning, David.

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2:55am

Wed April 9, 2014
NPR Story

Senate Panel Considers Nominee To Head Safety Commission

Originally published on Wed April 9, 2014 6:02 am

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5:00am

Tue April 8, 2014
Around the Nation

Except For Duck, Officers Find No Signs Of Foul Play

Originally published on Tue April 8, 2014 6:09 am

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4:53am

Tue April 8, 2014
Europe

Some Americans Find It Hard To Pinpoint Ukraine

Originally published on Tue April 8, 2014 6:09 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Good morning, I'm Steve Inskeep with a geography note.

Ukraine is in Europe next to Russia. We say this because academics asked 2,000 Americans to find Ukraine on a world map and most could not. Most did put it in Europe or Asia but some put Ukraine in Alaska, Brazil or Utah. Researchers told The Washington Post of a connection, too. The less people know about Ukraine's location, the more they favor military intervention there. Makes sense. We'd all intervene if Ukraine was in Tennessee.

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3:00am

Tue April 8, 2014
NPR Story

Was ZunZuneo To Promote Free Speech Or Destabilize Cuba?

Originally published on Tue April 8, 2014 6:09 am

David Greene to Julia Sweig, a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, about revelations the USAID created and ran a now-defunct Cuban Twitter communications network from 2010 to 2012.

3:00am

Tue April 8, 2014
NPR Story

In China, Hagel Outlines U.S. Approach To Cybersecurity

Originally published on Tue April 8, 2014 6:09 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. Good morning. I'm David Greene.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

And I'm Steve Inskeep. The United States is trying to learn more about China's military and cyber capabilities. But the United States is trying an unusual approach, following the philosophy that in order to get something, you have to give something. The U.S. is revealing more about what America's cyber forces can do, hoping that China might reveal something too.

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3:00am

Tue April 8, 2014
NPR Story

Napier's 22 Points Helps UConn Beat Kentucky In Men's Final

Originally published on Tue April 8, 2014 6:09 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

This year's NCAA men's basketball tournament was billed as wide open. Anyone could win - and a seventh seed did. Makes you wonder what those seeds actually mean. The University of Connecticut was banned from the tournament last year. In a dramatic turnaround, the Yukon Huskies are this year's champs after beating Kentucky last night. Here's NPR's Tom Goldman.

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3:00am

Tue April 8, 2014
NPR Story

Bliss Ends When Microsoft Pulls The Plug On XP Support

Originally published on Tue April 8, 2014 6:09 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

And today's last word in business is: Bliss.

That's the name of an iconic photograph that you might associate with this sound.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC FOR WINDOWS XP OPERATING SYSTEM)

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Bliss is the default computer desktop image you see on your computer when you launch Microsoft's Windows XP operating system. The photo features rolling green hills, a blue sky with white clouds. The colors are so vivid you might think it's fake.

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5:08am

Mon April 7, 2014
World

Feathers Fly During International Pillow Fight Day

Originally published on Mon April 7, 2014 6:17 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Good morning. I'm David Greene. People all over the world pummeled each other on Saturday. It was International Pillow Fight Day. In New York City, people dressed as superheroes battled villains - somewhat gently. There was a pillow fight on the National Mall here in Washington, D.C. Feathers were flying in London, Paris, Bucharest and Berlin. In Vienna, one woman described being hit kind of hard in the face.

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5:08am

Mon April 7, 2014
Around the Nation

Bench-Clearing Brawl Involves Police And Firefighters

Originally published on Mon April 7, 2014 6:17 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Good morning, I'm Steve Inskeep.

It wouldn't be a hockey game without a brawl, even true with a charity match. A fight spread across the ice but there was no need to call the police to restore order, because New York City police officers were already on the ice playing against New York City firefighters. Video shows both teams clearing the bench, throwing punches - even heaving hockey sticks. The game did go on eventually and the cops beat the firefighters eight-to-five.

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4:17am

Mon April 7, 2014
Around the Nation

'Morning Edition' Listeners Wax Poetic

Originally published on Mon April 7, 2014 6:17 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Now April is national poetry month and we wanted to hear from the poets among you, our listeners. Here's what we did. We asked people to go to our Facebook page, not to write poems exactly, but to wax poetic.

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

We wanted to hear about your favorite block, whether it's where you live or somewhere you just stopped by once and never forgot. Now we have some of the responses.

KELLY CONROY: My favorite block is the one I lived on land I was 20 years old, studying abroad in Barcelona.

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4:14am

Mon April 7, 2014
Business

5-Year-Old Boy Exposes Bug In Microsoft's Xbox

Originally published on Mon April 7, 2014 6:17 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Our last word in business today - pint-sized security breach.

KGTV in San Diego says Kristoffer Von Hassel recently exposed a major bug in Microsoft's Xbox. He is 5 years old.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Five years old, but Kristoffer was able to log into his father's Xbox Live account after entering the wrong password, then hitting the space bar.

(SOUNDBITE OF SPACE BAR BEING HIT)

INSKEEP: ...a bunch of times.

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3:14am

Mon April 7, 2014
Remembrances

The Inimitable Mickey Rooney Dies At 93

Originally published on Mon April 7, 2014 10:48 am

Mickey Rooney plays Oliver Nugent in the short-lived television series One of the Boys in 1982. Rooney died Sunday at the age of 93.
NBC via Getty Images

Mickey Rooney was a 5-foot-3 dynamo. Whether he was acting, singing or dancing, he poured an uncanny energy into his performances. It's an energy that sustained a lifelong career alongside some of the biggest names in show business, including Judy Garland and Elizabeth Taylor.

He died Sunday at his North Hollywood home, at age 93. He was still working — on a new film version of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.

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3:14am

Mon April 7, 2014
Afghanistan

Afghanistan Is One Step Closer To Karzai's Successor

Originally published on Mon April 7, 2014 6:17 am

On Saturday, voters turned out in large numbers despite threats of Taliban violence. It will take weeks to learn who will become Afghanistan's next president. Hamid Karzai can't run for a third term

3:14am

Mon April 7, 2014
NPR Story

Gay Candidate May Help Mass. GOP End Losing Streak

Originally published on Tue April 8, 2014 7:36 am

Former Republican Massachusetts state Sen. Richard Tisei announces his run for the 6th Congressional District seat held by John Tierney on Jan. 23 in Wakefield, Mass.
Elise Amendola AP

Republicans in Massachusetts have lost the past 92 U.S. House races. That's a staggering number — the worst GOP drought in the country.

But analysts say this year the party might have a man who could snap that losing streak. He is vying for a seat in the Massachusetts 6th Congressional District, just north of Boston.

In many ways, Richard Tisei is a quintessential New England politician. He even sports the classic side-part hairstyle with a bit of that Kennedy swoosh. Old ladies tell him he's handsome. He's a veteran state senator and a local boy.

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