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12:12 pm
Thu December 1, 2011

A European Solution Germany Can Feel Good About

German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks with Mario Draghi, president of the European Central Bank, on the second day of the G20 Summit in France.
Chris Ratcliffe Getty Images

Originally published on Fri December 2, 2011 11:15 am

There are basically two solutions to the European debt crisis. One, someone can show up with really deep pockets and bail out all the countries. Or, two, the European Central Bank can create a bunch of money and loan it to the countries who need it. The problem is there's a barrier blocking both these potential solutions — a certain European country known for its beer and brats: Germany.

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The Two-Way
12:05 pm
Thu December 1, 2011

Dog Shoots Man: Butt, And Pride, Injured

It's best to keep this out of Rover's paws.
Sandra Mu Getty Images

We're a day late, but some stories just beg to be passed along:

"Utah Duck Hunter Shot In Buttocks By His Dog." (The Salt Lake Tribune)

It seems two guys and a dog were out hunting on Sunday. One man was in their boat with the canine. A loaded shotgun was lying across the bow pointed toward the other guy, who was in the water. Fido got excited, stepped on the gun and ... a little while later doctors were plucking 27 pieces of birdshot out of a butt.

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The Two-Way
11:27 am
Thu December 1, 2011

U.N. Says Death Toll In Syria Has Surpassed 4,000

Despite international condemnation and tough sanctions from the Arab League, the government of Syrian President Bashar Assad has continued clashing with protesters.

The United Nation's top human rights official said today that the death toll during the eight-month conflict has reached at least 4,000 and he characterized the conflict as a civil war.

The AP reports:

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The Two-Way
11:25 am
Thu December 1, 2011

Afghan Rape Victim Pardoned After Agreeing To Marry Her Attacker

For many women in Afghanistan, life has not changed significantly in the 10 years since the fall of the Taliban.
Shah Marai AFP/Getty Images

An Afghan woman who was sentenced to prison after being raped by a relative — because in the eyes of authorities she had committed adultery — has been pardoned by President Hamid Karzai.

But her freedom comes with a price, according to news reports: She must become the second wife of the man who attacked her. Karzai's office says the woman and her attacker both have agreed to the marriage.

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Shots - Health Blog
11:02 am
Thu December 1, 2011

MRIs More Likely To Be Negative When The Doctor Profits

Do you really need that MRI, or is your doctor just trying to make a buck?
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If your doctor says you need an MRI, your health may not be the only thing on his mind. Doctors who have a financial interest in the imaging equipment are more likely to send patients for scans when they don't have anything wrong with them. That's the conclusion of a researcher who combed through hundreds of patient records to examine MRI referral patterns.

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Author Interviews
10:41 am
Thu December 1, 2011

Going 'One On One' With Sports' Greatest Stars

Some of the most talented and temperamental athletes and coaches in the world have opened up to John Feinstein.

The acclaimed sportswriter's latest book One on One: Behind the Scenes with the Greats of the Game details his conversations over the years with notoriously difficult coaches like Bobby Knight and star athletes like Tiger Woods and John McEnroe.

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The Two-Way
10:39 am
Thu December 1, 2011

'All Eyes On Sarkozy,' As He Sets Out Vision For Europe

France's President Nicolas Sarkozy delivers a speech on road safety at the Elysee Palace in Paris on Nov. 30.
Philippe Wojazer AFP/Getty Images

French President Nicolas Sarkozy is set to deliver a speech that will set out his vision for Europe. This is a big speech: First because Sarkozy and German Chancellor Angela Merkel have been leading the efforts to save the euro and contain the European sovereign debt problems. Secondly, Sarkozy is facing a tough reelection campaign next spring and he is expected to make the case that he's the best person to take the country forward.

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Television
10:29 am
Thu December 1, 2011

At Midseason, Serial Dramas Serve Up Some Big Twists

Showtime's Dexter, starring Michael C. Hall, just served up the biggest twist of the season to date.
Randy Tepper Showtime

By now, I hope my position on spoiler alerts is firmly established. My feeling is that once something has been televised, it's fair game for discussion. I feel it's the responsibility of the person who's delaying his or her enjoyment of a TV show to avoid mentions of it, rather than putting the onus on critics. And believe me, I know that's not always easy. I have to do some time-shifting myself — there are so many good shows presented on Sundays this season that it sometimes takes me the whole week to catch up on the episodes I've recorded.

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The Two-Way
10:05 am
Thu December 1, 2011

'Top Gear' Host Clarkson Slammed For Saying Strikers Should Be Shot

Jeremy Clarkson. (2007 file photo)
Edmond Terakopian AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu December 1, 2011 10:18 am

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The Two-Way
9:05 am
Thu December 1, 2011

New NPR CEO Gary Knell Starts Work, Will Take Listeners' Calls

NPR CEO and President Gary Knell.
Sesame Workshop

Our new boss started work today and if you're interested in what NPR CEO and President Gary Knell is thinking as he settles into the job:

-- He's due on Talk of the Nation just after 2 p.m. ET, and will be answering questions from callers. When we get closer to the time he's scheduled to be on, we'll embed an audio player in this post so that we can stream the conversation. To find a station that broadcasts or streams the show, click here.

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The Salt
8:51 am
Thu December 1, 2011

Tainted Nectar? Consumer Group Warns Of Arsenic In Fruit Juice

In addition to arsenic, dangerous levels of lead have been found in apple juice, according to Consumer Reports.
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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has said it will consider setting a standard for how much arsenic should be permitted in apple juice after a consumer group found high levels of the carcinogen in samples of apple juice it tested.

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Shots - Health Blog
8:26 am
Thu December 1, 2011

End Of An Era: Lipitor Goes Generic

After 17 years, the cholesterol-lowering drug Lipitor is going generic.
JB Reed Landov

Medication used for lowering cholesterol should also be lower in price now that two generic brands have entered the ring.

Back in 1996, cholesterol-fighter Lipitor became the fifth drug of its kind to be approved by the Food and Drug Administration. This week, the biggest hit in the history of the pharmaceutical industry lost its patent protection in the U.S., opening the door to generic versions to replace the iconic brand.

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The Two-Way
7:30 am
Thu December 1, 2011

'Monster Winds' Roar Across Utah

Yellow: Gusts of 40 to 60 mph are likely. Orange: Gusts of 50 to 70 mph are likely. Red: Gusts of 60 to 80 mph are likely (and higher gusts have already been recorded).
National Weather Service

Originally published on Thu December 1, 2011 5:02 pm

The National Weather Service has clocked winds above 90 mph around Centerville, Utah, today — "monster winds" that are blowing with hurricane-force and have overturned semi-trailer rigs, toppled trees and knocked out power, The Salt Lake Tribune reports.

The newspaper adds that:

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The Two-Way
6:40 am
Thu December 1, 2011

Jobless Claims Pop Above 400,000

Originally published on Thu December 1, 2011 6:43 am

The number of Americans filing first-time claims for jobless benefits rose by 6,000 last week, to 402,000, the Employment and Training Administration just reported.

They've basically been hovering around that 400,000 mark all year — another sign that while the economy appears to be growing slowly, it isn't advancing fast enough to boost job growth.

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The Two-Way
6:15 am
Thu December 1, 2011

Obama, Presidents Clinton And Bush To Mark 'World AIDS Day'

The ONE Campaign will be live-streaming at 10 a.m. ET as President Obama, former President Bill Clinton, former President George W. Bush and others take part in a forum on "The Beginning of the End of AIDS" at George Washington University.

It's one of many events marking World AIDS Day.

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The Two-Way
5:45 am
Thu December 1, 2011

Meth-For-Sex Charge Lands Former Sheriff In Jail Named For Him

Former Arapahoe County Sheriff Patrick Sullivan in court on Wednesday (Nov. 30, 2011).
RJ Sangosti AP

Originally published on Thu December 1, 2011 5:47 am

Charged this week with trying to trade methamphetamine for sex with a man, former Arapahoe County (Colo.) sheriff Patrick Sullivan is now sitting in jail.

More specifically, he's being held in the county's Patrick J. Sullivan Jr. Detention Facility. That's right. It's named after him. His bail has been set at $500,000.

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Around the Nation
5:07 am
Thu December 1, 2011

Utah Duck Hunter Is Shot By His Dog

A man was duck hunting in Box Elder County, Utah, when he climbed out of a boat to move decoys. He left his shotgun and his dog behind. The dog ended up stepping on the shotgun, and the hunter received 27 pellets of birdshot in the rear.

The Two-Way
5:00 am
Thu December 1, 2011

Signs Signal Pause In Stock Market Rally

Three days of big gains, including the best day for the Dow Jones industrial average in more than two years, look like they'll be followed today by a bit of a pause in the latest stock market rally on Wall Street.

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Around the Nation
4:02 am
Thu December 1, 2011

Life Savings Left In Donated Suit

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Good morning, I'm Steve Inskeep. Many of us have left something in a jacket at the dry cleaners, so it's easy to relate to the man who took his suit to Goodwill and gave it away. Only after he left did he realize what a donation he'd made. The suit had $13,000 inside. The elderly man doesn't use banks. That's his life savings.

Goodwill is now trying to find the gray coat and pants, which may be in a warehouse or may already have been purchased. You're listening to MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

Economy
2:00 am
Thu December 1, 2011

Obama Uses Pa. Trip To Push Payroll Tax Cut Extension

At a high school in Scranton, Pa., Wednesday, President Obama exhorted Republicans in Congress to extend the pay roll tax cut. He said putting money in the pockets of working people is more important than partisan politics.

Economy
2:00 am
Thu December 1, 2011

White House Wants Extension For Tax Holiday

Steve Inskeep talks to Gene Sperling, head of the president's National Economic Council, about extending the payroll tax cut. The Obama administration is pushing Congress to extend the cut before it expires at the end of the year.

Around the Nation
2:00 am
Thu December 1, 2011

Students Speak Their Mind At Penn State Forum

Originally published on Thu December 1, 2011 3:21 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

The last time the world paid attention to students at Penn State, the image was not pretty. Some protested the firing of football coach Joe Paterno; people even overturned a TV news truck after Paterno lost his job for failing to do more about allegations of child sexual abuse.

Criminal proceedings and lawsuits in that case may continue for years. And last night, Penn State held a forum on campus so students could tell administrators what's on their minds. NPR's Jeff Brady was there.

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Health
2:00 am
Thu December 1, 2011

Medicare To Cover Weight Loss Counseling

Medicare has announced that it will pay for primary care providers to counsel obese patients on losing weight and maintaining the weight loss. Medicare will pay doctors, nurses and physicians' assistants to help plan weight loss programs.

Business
2:00 am
Thu December 1, 2011

Iowa Drainage Ditch To Be Renamed

Originally published on Thu December 1, 2011 4:07 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

And today's last word in business is West Drainage Ditch. That is currently the name of the creek that runs through Kalona, Iowa. Not the most appealing of names, but a local newspaper editor is exploring plans to change it.

The editor wants a more noble name for the waterway - or the crick(ph), as locals call it, according to the Iowa Press Citizen. City council embraced the idea of a name change, and the editor has put the naming rights up for auction on eBay. Funds will go toward replacing the sidewalks. So get in your bid now.

Election 2012
2:00 am
Thu December 1, 2011

Gingrich Attracts Crowds In South Carolina

Originally published on Thu December 1, 2011 3:24 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

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

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Europe
2:00 am
Thu December 1, 2011

Will Eurozone Countries Give Up Control Of Budgets?

European Central Bank Chief Mario Draghi speaks with Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti at EU headquarters in Brussels on Wednesday. European leaders will meet there next week to discuss their options for fixing the region's sovereign debt crisis.
JohnThys AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu December 1, 2011 12:45 pm

Next week, leaders of the euro area countries will gather in Brussels in an effort to take a bigger step toward ending the region's sovereign debt crisis. They hope that by agreeing to tougher penalties for countries that break the euro area's budget rules, they can entice the European Central Bank to do more to stem the crisis.

But the question is whether the eurozone countries are willing to give up control of their budgets.

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Business
2:00 am
Thu December 1, 2011

Competitor Permitted To Sell Lipitor Generic

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

NPR's business news starts with cheaper cholesterol drugs for many Americans.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

INSKEEP: The drug maker Pfizer has lost the patent on its drug Lipitor. The patent expired in the United States yesterday. And on the same day, regulators granted an Indian company approval to sell a cheaper, generic version of the cholesterol drug in the U.S. market.

Business
2:00 am
Thu December 1, 2011

Boeing, Machinists Union Reach Tentative Deal

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Boeing announced a surprise deal with its machinists' union yesterday. It tentatively extends the workers' contract for four years. The company also promises to build a new version of its popular 737 in union-friendly Washington State.

From Seattle, NPR's Martin Kaste reports.

MARTIN KASTE, BYLINE: The International Association of Machinists also got pay raises and more pension benefits. Local president Tom Wroblewski calls it a new day.

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Asia
2:00 am
Thu December 1, 2011

Poor Get A Stake In India's Booming Economy

Originally published on Thu December 1, 2011 3:26 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

As Americans debate how to revive their economy, nations in the developing world are looking for ways to keep their growth going - including India, where the government promises to help some of its poorest people, who live in remote areas without services or even official identities. NPR's Corey Flintoff reports on a program that starts with a tiny piece of land.

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