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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.

11:04am

Wed April 2, 2014
Law

Supreme Court Strikes Down Key Part Of Campaign Finance Law

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(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC) Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

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.

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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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4:38am

Wed April 2, 2014
Europe

Russia Cautions Against A Return Of Cold War Rhetoric

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

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Ever since Russia annexed Crimea, NATO has been watching and waiting for Russia's next moves. This morning, NATO's military commander, U.S. Air Force General Philip Breedlove, said Russia has the forces it needs along Ukraine's border to carryout a full scale invasion of the eastern part of that country within a matter of days. Hoping to exert some pressure, NATO announced its suspending what it calls practical civilian and military cooperation with Russia.

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4:16am

Wed April 2, 2014
Around the Nation

Finding A More Nuanced View Of Poverty's 'Black Hole'

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

Ask Anne Valdez what poverty means for her, and her answer will describe much more than a simple lack of money.

"It's like being stuck in a black hole," says Valdez, 47, who is unemployed and trying to raise a teenage son in Coney Island, New York City. "Poverty is like literally being held back from enjoying life, almost to the point of not being able to breathe."

For years, researchers have complained that the way the government measures income and poverty is severely flawed, that it provides an incomplete — and even distorted — view.

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3:07am

Wed April 2, 2014
NPR Story

Ryan's Budget Plan Takes Midterm Elections Into Consideration

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

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

And I'm David Greene. Elsewhere on the program today we heard of President Obama's push to raise the minimum wage. Maybe it will become law; maybe it won't. Either way, Democrats believe it helps them in this election year. Now let's hear about Republicans.

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3:07am

Wed April 2, 2014
NPR Story

Ranch Dressing Is The Cream Of The Crop

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

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Our last word in business today: Dip it.

That's what millions of Americans are doing with ranch dressing. A new report says it is the salad topping of choice in cafeterias and restaurants in the United States. Its sales and shipments are doubled that of the number two dressing: blue cheese.

We are using ranch on salads, on broccoli, baked potatoes, chicken wings, even pizza.

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3:07am

Wed April 2, 2014
NPR Story

Concerns Linger For N.C. Residents After Coal Ash Spill

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

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

A federal criminal investigation is focusing on Duke Energy and a North Carolina state environmental agency. A couple of months ago, as you may recall, a storm water pipe ruptured and poured as much as 39,000 tons of potentially toxic carbon byproduct into the Dan River in North Carolina.

North Carolina Public Radio's Jeff Tiberii reports.

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6:02am

Tue April 1, 2014
Around the Nation

Michigan Firefighter Safely Evacuates Snake

Originally published on Tue April 1, 2014 6:23 am

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5:13am

Tue April 1, 2014
Around the Nation

Car Rolls Off Valet Parking Deck Into Gulf Of Mexico

Originally published on Tue April 1, 2014 6:23 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep.

If you've ever done valet parking, you may have wondered just where they parked your car. At casino in Fort Meyers Beach, Florida there's no doubt. A valet took charge of a $23,000 vehicle and maybe forgot to put it in park. In any case, the car rolled right off a dock, into the Gulf of Mexico. Channel 2 showed images of the car sinking in a slow and dignified manner.

On the upside, the casino did pay for the car, in full.

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4:50am

Tue April 1, 2014
Author Interviews

Post Arab Spring, Where Do Islamist Parties Stand?

Originally published on Tue April 1, 2014 6:23 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Here's a more immediate issue. Egypt says it will hold presidential elections in May. The likely winner is General Abdel Fattah el-Sisi. He led the military coup last summer which overthrew the elected government.

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4:46am

Tue April 1, 2014
Research News

Methane-Producing Microbes Caused 'The Great Dying'

Originally published on Tue April 1, 2014 6:23 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

And I'm David Greene. Good morning. The biggest extinction the Earth has ever seen took place 250 million years ago and it remains something of a mystery. Scientists suspected giant volcanoes or perhaps an asteroid caused it, but NPR's Christopher Joyce has seen new research suggesting the cause might not have been so cataclysmic - maybe something much more subtle.

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3:16am

Tue April 1, 2014
NPR Story

MGM Announces New 'Pink Panther' Is In The Works

Originally published on Tue April 1, 2014 6:23 am

The movie studio on Monday said the new Pink Panther flick would be part live-action part animated-hybrid.

3:16am

Tue April 1, 2014
NPR Story

Despite Action, Gov. Christie Warns Again Of Pension Crisis

Originally published on Tue April 1, 2014 6:23 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Bad planning plus a tough economy left many states struggling to pay retirement and health benefits to public workers. New Jersey was behind on its payments for years before Governor Chris Christie pushed public pension reform in 2011. Now the governor is calling for another round of reform, saying the system is still broken. Here's Jessica Gould of member station WNYC.

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3:16am

Tue April 1, 2014
NPR Story

Calvin and Zatera Spencer Have Midas Touch

Originally published on Tue April 1, 2014 6:23 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Our last word in business is an old saying: Sooner or later, everybody's luck evens out.

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

It's impressive that saying has lasted so long - given so much evidence that it isn't true. Consider the story of Calvin and Zatera Spencer, they won the lottery three times in less than a month.

INSKEEP: The Spencers won a million dollars playing the lottery in March. They also won another million dollars.

GREENE: And they picked up an extra 50,000 bucks in a daily drawing.

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5:41am

Mon March 31, 2014
Europe

Russian City Honors Oscarless Leonardo DiCaprio

Originally published on Mon March 31, 2014 5:55 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Good morning. I'm David Greene. Leonardo DiCaprio's been nominated for four Oscars. He's 0-for-four but he's getting love from a Russian city that knows a thing or two about feeling down and out. Chelyabinsk is a polluted industrial place. Oh, and it was hit by a meteorite last year. A region nearby is known for producing cast iron and cast iron sculptures.

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5:01am

Mon March 31, 2014
Around the Nation

2nd Annual Baconfest Held in Juneau, Alaska

Originally published on Mon March 31, 2014 5:55 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Good morning, I'm Steve Inskeep.

Elsewhere today, we report that cutting back fat may not help your health. People in Juneau, Alaska knew that. They held the Second Annual Juneau Baconfest this month. It includes a hog-calling contest, a bacon eating contest and special dishes like bacon caramel brownies. The star attraction was a bacon bustier worn by a model. Its creator said the only real problem here was keeping her cats away while she made it.

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