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4:04am

Fri April 4, 2014
Afghanistan

2 AP Journalists Shot By Afghan Police, 1 Dies

Originally published on Fri April 4, 2014 6:22 am

The AP reports Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Anja Niedringhaus was killed. Reporter Kathy Gannon was wounded. The two were in Khost province in eastern Afghanistan ahead of Saturday's election.

3:39am

Fri April 4, 2014
Sports

Chicago Celebrates A Century Of Baseball At Wrigley Field

Originally published on Fri April 4, 2014 6:22 am

The view inside Wrigley Field during a 1959 Cubs game. The stadium was built in 1914 and celebrates its centennial this year.
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When the first pitch is thrown between the Chicago Cubs and the Philadelphia Phillies on Friday, it will mark the start of the 100th professional baseball season at iconic Wrigley Field.

The ball park on Chicago's North Side, known as the Friendly Confines, opened as the home of the Chicago Federals 100 years ago this month.

The Cubs moved there two years later, and in all that time the Cubs have never won a World Series. There hasn't even been a World Series game played at Wrigley since the end of World War II.

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2:59am

Fri April 4, 2014
NPR Story

David Letterman To Retire From CBS In 2015

Originally published on Fri April 4, 2014 6:22 am

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LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

David Letterman says he will retire next year. He'll leave "The Late Show" as the longest-serving late night host in network television history, even longer than Johnny Carson when you add up Letterman's time at CBS and NBC before that. NPR TV critic Eric Deggans says Letterman reshaped late night TV and succeeded as an edgy outsider more interested in making fun of show business than participating in it.

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2:59am

Fri April 4, 2014
Planet Money

New Web Addresses Provide Alternatives To Crowded Domains

Originally published on Fri April 4, 2014 6:22 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

On a Friday it's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep.

LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

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2:59am

Fri April 4, 2014
NPR Story

Arcane Chinese Holiday Honors Integrity Before Personal Gain

Originally published on Fri April 4, 2014 6:22 am

Cold Food Day in China commemorates a hermit who 2,600 years ago refused wealth and power. His ruler tried to smoke him out of his mountain hideout, but ended up burning him to a death.

5:32am

Thu April 3, 2014
Around the Nation

Good Manners Pay Off For Pizza Delivery Man

Originally published on Thu April 3, 2014 5:53 am

A pizza delivery man in Oregon received a 23 cents tip on a $22 check. He accepted it graciously. The next day he got a thank you note from the bad tippers and a $20 bill.

5:16am

Thu April 3, 2014
Around the Nation

Maryland Poised To Outlaw Vaportini

Originally published on Thu April 3, 2014 5:53 am

The state legislature voted to ban the device that heats up a sphere of alcohol, and then you inhale the vapors. Doctors say this is not proven safe.

5:07am

Thu April 3, 2014
Business

Women Defy Hollywood's Conventional Wisdom

Originally published on Thu April 3, 2014 5:53 am

A new study shows that films featuring prominent female characters profit more than those that don't.

2:51am

Thu April 3, 2014
NPR Story

Breakfast Waffle Wars Heat Up

Originally published on Thu April 3, 2014 5:53 am

Taco Bell last week announced its Waffle Taco. Not to be outdone, White Castle is adding Waffle Sandwiches to its breakfast line. Fast food breakfast is a $50 billion market.

2:51am

Thu April 3, 2014
NPR Story

China Produces Plan To Boost Disappointing Economic Growth

Originally published on Thu April 3, 2014 5:53 am

China's new package is designed to keep the country on track to reach target growth rates of 7.5 percent for this year.

2:51am

Thu April 3, 2014
NPR Story

Chemical Spill In W. Va. Tests Tolerance For Big Coal

Originally published on Thu April 3, 2014 8:27 am

Linda Wertheimer talks to Evan Osnos about his New Yorker piece in which he explores how the coal industry has become a political player in the state, and what that could mean for future regulation.

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2:51am

Thu April 3, 2014
NPR Story

4 Dead, Including Shooter, At Army's Fort Hood

Originally published on Thu April 3, 2014 5:53 am

A soldier who was undergoing assessment to determine whether he had post-traumatic stress disorder opened fire on Wednesday at the base. Four people are dead including the shooter, who killed himself.

2:51am

Thu April 3, 2014
NPR Story

In Ann Arbor, Obama Gathers Support For Minimum Wage Hike

Originally published on Thu April 3, 2014 5:53 am

The Senate could vote on a minimum wage bill as soon as next week. But it is hard to imagine the Republican-controlled House will take it up.

2:51am

Thu April 3, 2014
NPR Story

ATF Works To Slow Flow Of U.S. Weapons Across Border

Originally published on Thu April 3, 2014 5:53 am

Most of the guns in Mexico come from north of the border. The U.S. has taken steps aimed at slowing gun smugglers, especially since the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives scandal.

2:51am

Thu April 3, 2014
NPR Story

Democrats: Benghazi Probes Are Wasteful, Politically Motivated

Originally published on Thu April 3, 2014 5:53 am

Citing millions of dollars spent already, Democrats argue politics is not a good reason to spend millions more investigating the attack on the U.S. diplomatic outpost in Libya more than a year ago.

11:04am

Wed April 2, 2014
Law

Supreme Court Strikes Down Key Part Of Campaign Finance Law

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10:56am

Wed April 2, 2014
Afghanistan

Suicide Bomber Targets Afghan Police

Originally published on Wed April 2, 2014 11:04 am

In the Afghan capital Kabul, a suicide bomber wearing a police uniform walked up to a checkpoint outside the headquarters of the Interior Ministry and killed several members of the national police.

5:32am

Wed April 2, 2014
Sports

Hockey Players Suspended But Not For Fighting

Originally published on Wed April 2, 2014 11:04 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Good morning. I'm David Greene. Hockey fans know the moment well when two players stare each other down, skating around until they're in position. Gloves drop, punches fly. Well, in a recent game in the lesser known Federal Hockey League things went differently. A player for the Danville Dashers seemed ready to go at it with his opponent from the Dayton Demons. Instead, the two men hugged one another.

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5:20am

Wed April 2, 2014
Animals

Which 'Morning Edition' Story Was The Joke?

Originally published on Wed April 2, 2014 11:04 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Good morning, I'm Steve Inskeep with the answer to a mystery. It was such an odd day of news. People wrote us asking which of our stories was the April Fool's joke. Well, it was not the museum exhibit on the color pink, that's real. So was the news of the "Pink Panther" starring in a movie. Russians really are watching "Simpsons" episodes in Ukrainian.

However, the hooded sweater for your cat that makes it look like the cat is a very hairy-chested man may be hard to find in stores.

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

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5:14am

Wed April 2, 2014
Business

Protesters Fault Taiwan For Trade Deal With China

Originally published on Wed April 2, 2014 11:04 am

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(SOUNDBITE OF CHANTING PROTESTORS)

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

And this is what a protest sounded like a few days ago in Taiwan, more than 100,000 people protesting a new trade agreement building ties between Chinese and Taiwanese businesses. Students are also upset. They've been occupying Taiwan's legislature for almost two weeks now.

NPR's Frank Langfitt explains why people are so angry.

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