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8:16 am
Wed November 23, 2011

The Newest Magazine Fad: The Mug-Shot Tabloid

Each week, Little Rock, Ark., residents snap up some 7,000 copies of The Slammer.
Dave Anderson

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The Two-Way
8:15 am
Wed November 23, 2011

It's Crowded Out There Again, Got A Holiday Travel Tip To Share?

News nuggets like these are holiday classics:

-- "42.5 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more from home during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, a four percent increase from the 40.9 million people who traveled one year ago," the AAA says.

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It's All Politics
8:05 am
Wed November 23, 2011

Fact-Checking The GOP Debate: What The Candidates Said On National Security

PolitiFact.com's Truth-O-Meter
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Bill Adair, editor of PolitiFact.com and Washington bureau chief for The St. Petersburg Times, wrote about about how candidates at Tuesday night's GOP debate rated on PolitiFact's Truth-O-Meter for PolitiFact.com and It's All Politics:

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The Two-Way
7:30 am
Wed November 23, 2011

Noriega To Be Extradited To Panama

Gen. Manuel Noriega back in the day (August, 1989).
Manoocher Deghati AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed November 23, 2011 7:33 am

It looks like former dictator Manuel Noriega will spend his last days in a Panamanian jail cell.

"A Paris appeals court ruled Wednesday to grant an extradition request from Panama so the elderly ex-military strongman can serve out sentences given after he was convicted in absentia there, in the latest phase of his complex legal odyssey," The Associated Press reports.

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The Two-Way
7:10 am
Wed November 23, 2011

Spending Barely Grew In October, But Income Growth Picked Up

The good news: Americans' personal income grew 0.4 percent in October from September, the Bureau of Economic Analysis says. It's the best gain in seven months and could mean consumers will have enough money in hand to make the critical holiday shopping season a pretty good one.

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The Two-Way
6:58 am
Wed November 23, 2011

Penn State Scandal: Sandusky Likely To Be Remanded To Jail, Lawyer Says

The news that Jerry Sandusky is being investigated in two more cases of alleged child sex abuse will likely mean that the former Penn State assistant football coach will be remanded to jail before a Dec. 13 preliminary hearing about the case, his lawyer says.

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The Two-Way
6:00 am
Wed November 23, 2011

Texas Judge Videotaped Beating Daughter Is Suspended With Pay

Hillary Adams (left) as her father was striking her with a belt. She set up a video camera to record what she says was one of many such beatings.
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The Texas judge who sparked national outrage earlier this month when he was seen on video beating his then-16-year-old daughter has been suspended with pay while authorities continue their investigation, the Texas Supreme Court has announced.

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Around the Nation
5:41 am
Wed November 23, 2011

'Hamburglar Turns Himself In To Police'

That was the headline in the Des Moines Register after Whitley Allen Teslow reportedly broke into a McDonald's. Police say he climbed through a window and grilled hamburgers and fired up the deep fryer. His actions were captured on security cameras.

Strange News
5:34 am
Wed November 23, 2011

Want To Play '4.74 Degrees Of Kevin Bacon?'

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LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Linda Wertheimer, with news for Kevin Bacon. According to a new study on Facebook, six degrees of separation is too much. On the social network, people are connected by an average of 4.7 degrees. Rough translation: The Facebook data team concludes that users from the Siberian Tundra and the Peruvian rainforest are likely connected by a friend of a friend of a BFF. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright National Public Radio.

The Two-Way
5:30 am
Wed November 23, 2011

Yemeni Leader Saleh Reportedly Ready To Sign Handover Deal

Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh in a photo provided his office earlier this month. He wears gloves to protect his hands, which were injured during an assassination attempt earlier this year.
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He's said he'd do something like this before and then not followed through. So keep that in mind when you hear that:

"Ali Abdullah Saleh, the president of Yemen, has arrived in Saudi Arabia to sign a Gulf power-transfer initiative brokered by the six-member Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC), the country's state television has reported." (Al-Jazeera)

Yemen's Foreign Press office has released this statement:

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The Two-Way
5:22 am
Wed November 23, 2011

More Clashes In Cairo As Protests Continue; Opposition May Be Splitting

Egyptian protesters carried away a man suffering from tear gas during clashes with riot police earlier today near Tahrir Square, in Cairo.
Mahmud Hams AFP/Getty Images

It's Day 5 of the renewed protests in Cairo and elsewhere in Egypt.

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Business
2:00 am
Wed November 23, 2011

Business News

The Fed wants to ensure the country's largest banks are prepared to weather another recession. The move comes as the debt crisis in Europe threatens to destabilize global markets. Banks will be required to show they have enough capital to continue lending money under severe economic conditions.

Business
2:00 am
Wed November 23, 2011

Merck To Settle Charges Vioxx Was Improperly Promoted

Originally published on Wed November 23, 2011 2:56 am

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The pharmaceutical company Merck has agreed to pay nearly a billion dollars to settle charges that it illegally marketed its painkiller, Vioxx. The drug was taken off the market in 2004 after questions were raised about its safety. NPR's Jim Zarroli reports.

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Business
2:00 am
Wed November 23, 2011

The Last Word In Business

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Our last word in business is: Don't jack up the Jack. The makers of Jack Daniels are raising their glasses after a tax proposal was voted down this week in Lynchburg, Tennessee.

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The proposal called for a referendum on a plan to tax Jack Daniels whiskey by the barrel to bring it up to $5 million annually. The drive by some residents was killed after a 10 to five vote by the Moore County Council. The company that owns the distillery currently pays one-and-a-half million dollars in local property taxes.

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Around the Nation
2:00 am
Wed November 23, 2011

13 More Students Charged In SAT Cheating Scandal

Originally published on Wed November 23, 2011 3:31 am

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On Long Island in New York, a high school cheating scandal is widening. The local district attorney says 13 additional people now face charges for trying to cheat on college entrance exams. More from NPR's Larry Abramson.

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Election 2012
2:00 am
Wed November 23, 2011

Debate Shows GOP Has Little Unity On National Security Issues

Originally published on Wed November 23, 2011 4:38 am

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LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Linda Wertheimer.

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And I'm Steve Inskeep, good morning.

The new man at the top of some Republican presidential polls is Newt Gingrich. He's the latest of many candidates to emerge as an alternative to Mitt Romney in the race for the nomination. And Gingrich took some bold positions in last night's presidential debate.

CNN and two conservative think-tanks sponsored a talk in Washington on foreign policy, and NPR's Ari Shapiro was there.

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Economy
2:00 am
Wed November 23, 2011

In N.H. Trip, Obama Pushes Keeping Payroll Tax Cut

Originally published on Wed November 23, 2011 4:10 am

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It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Linda Wertheimer.

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And I'm Steve Inskeep. Good morning.

While Republicans prepared to debate yesterday, a debate we've heard elsewhere in this program, President Obama was visiting New Hampshire. He appeared in that state, which holds the nation's first primary. New Hampshire is also an important general election state and the president's appearance offered a counterweight to all the Republicans who've been busy there. NPR's Scott Horsley reports.

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Africa
2:00 am
Wed November 23, 2011

Egyptian Elections To Go On As Planned Monday

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

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

LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

And I'm Linda Wertheimer. In Egypt, a much anticipated speech by the top military ruler failed to address the demands of a growing number of protestors around the country.

HUSSEIN TANTAWI: (Foreign language spoken)

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Election 2012
2:00 am
Wed November 23, 2011

GOP Candidates Address Iranian Nuclear Issues

Originally published on Mon November 28, 2011 1:17 pm

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LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

NPR's Tom Gjelten watched the debate last night to assess the accuracy of the candidates statements, and he's here now to share that fact checking. Good morning, Tom.

TOM GJELTEN, BYLINE: Good morning, Linda.

WERTHEIMER: So, did anything you heard last night jump out as especially in need of having its facts checked?

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It's All Politics
10:07 pm
Tue November 22, 2011

At GOP Security Debate, Gingrich's Tolerance On Immigration Stands Out

Mitt Romney, Herman Cain and Newt Gingrich before a GOP presidential debate in Washington, Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2011.
Evan Vucci AP

Originally published on Wed November 23, 2011 11:00 am

The big theme out of Tuesday night's Republican presidential debate in Washington was Newt Gingrich's compassionate stance toward illegal immigrants who have put down deep roots in the U.S.

That position by Gingrich, who has recently surged to join Mitt Romney at the head of the Republican field according to recent polls, conflicted with the more hardline views of many conservative voters.

Many of those GOP voters who will decide their party's nominee oppose allowing illegal immigrants to remain in the U.S., period.

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A Thanksgiving How-To
10:05 pm
Tue November 22, 2011

Thanksgiving Secrets: Cook's Tips From Chris Kimball

Chris Kimball uses "secret" ingredients to make his Thanksgiving dishes special, including herb roasted turkey, green beans, corn-flake stuffing and multigrain rolls. And for dessert, he made a spiced pumpkin cheesecake.
Becky Lettenberger NPR

Originally published on Fri August 3, 2012 2:40 pm

A cook's secrets are meant to stay in the kitchen. An off-recipe substitution, a unique addition, an improvised technique — they often come from inspiration, or just a sense of craft, that can make a home chef both proud and protective. Luckily for us, Chris Kimball of America's Test Kitchen is happy to share the secrets he's picked up in more than 30 years of cooking.

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Asia
10:01 pm
Tue November 22, 2011

Memo Costs Pakistan's Envoy His Job

Pakistan's ambassador to the U.S. has resigned amid a brewing scandal involving his country's civilian leadership and its powerful military.

Hussain Haqqani, a well-regarded ambassador for more than three years, is alleged to have been involved in writing a memo that asked the U.S. to prevent a military coup in Pakistan, something he denies. This latest crisis will do little to calm an already-turbulent relationship between Pakistan and the U.S.

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Getting To 55 MPG
10:01 pm
Tue November 22, 2011

A Push To Make Gasoline Engines More Efficient

Professor Anna Stefanopoulou (left) examines an internal combustion engine test with engineers Jacob Larimore and Xinfan Lin at the University of Michigan's Automotive Research Center. The researchers model engine performance to improve efficiency.
Courtesy Automotive Research Center

Third in a three-part series

The auto industry has work ahead to meet ambitious fuel efficiency goals of 55 miles per gallon by 2025 — nearly twice the current average required. Hybrid and electric cars will play a role, but the plain old internal combustion engine can't be overlooked.

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The Message Machine
10:01 pm
Tue November 22, 2011

For Thanksgiving, Debunk Your Family's Chain Emails

Many families serve up a helping of political misinformation along with the sweet potatoes. Be prepared with PolitiFact's handy guide to chain emails and other viral messages.
Marjory Collins Library of Congress

At Thanksgiving dinner, there's probably a good chance you'll end up sitting beside your uncle.

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Around the Nation
10:01 pm
Tue November 22, 2011

Kansas City Cashes In On A Big-Time Sports Bet

Kansas City's four-year-old Sprint Center has no permanent big-league tenant, but it makes a profit from events like this 2009 preseason NHL hockey game between the Los Angeles Kings and the New York Islanders.
Ed Zurga AP

Originally published on Wed November 23, 2011 6:02 am

Four years ago, on the cusp of what would become a national economic meltdown, Kansas City made a bet. And the Missouri river town bet big, plunking down $300 million for a brand-new sports arena with no full-time tenant.

Today, that bet is paying off. Pollstar magazine ranks Kansas City's Sprint Center as America's fifth-busiest arena and No. 13 among worldwide venues.

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Asia
10:01 pm
Tue November 22, 2011

Made In China Doesn't Mean Cheap In China

Workers at the Hong Kong Apple Store hand over Apple iPhone 4s to customers on Nov. 11. Some goods made in China cost more in China than they do abroad.
Aaron Tam/AFP/Getty

China has made a fortune producing cheap products that sell for low prices around the world.

Yet many high-end goods manufactured in China –- everything from iPads to Coach bags — actually cost more in China than they do in the United States.

To figure out why, I recently visited a luxury shopping mall in Beijing with Professor Nie Huihua, who teaches economics at the People's University.

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Africa
10:01 pm
Tue November 22, 2011

Opposition Builds In South Africa To Security Law

South Africa's Parliament has passed a highly controversial state information bill that gives a limited number of government officials the authority to classify information and imposes harsh penalties on those who possess or distribute state secrets. Critics say it will allow officials to cover up corruption and greatly restrict the flow of information.

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Sweetness And Light
8:00 pm
Tue November 22, 2011

An Eternal Tee Time Option For Die-Hard Golfers

For the most avid golf fans, there's now a golf course where they can be laid to rest for all eternity.
iStockphoto.com

The most involved sports fans cannot let a little thing like death get in their way for their devotion to a team.

For several years now it's been possible to buy caskets that feature the logo of your favorite, so that you can lie forever with, say, the emblem of the Chicago Cubs resting right before your sightless eyes. Not perfect, but the best available option.

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Law
6:09 pm
Tue November 22, 2011

Government Whistle-Blowers Gain New Advocate

Carolyn Lerner is the new head of the U.S. Office of Special Counsel.
Peter Krogh Courtesy of U.S. Office of Special Counsel

The U.S. Office of Special Counsel is one of those small corners of the government with an important mission: It's supposed to help protect federal whistle-blowers and shield civil service workers from politics.

But during the Bush years, the office was engulfed in scandal. It was raided by FBI agents, and its chief was indicted for obstructing justice.

It's into that unsettled environment that the new leader, Carolyn Lerner, arrived five months ago. And good government groups say she's already taking the office in new directions.

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