Business
4:00 am
Thu December 1, 2011

Competitor Permitted To Sell Lipitor Generic

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

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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.

Europe
4:00 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.
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Originally published on Thu December 1, 2011 2:45 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
4:00 am
Thu December 1, 2011

Iowa Drainage Ditch To Be Renamed

Originally published on Thu December 1, 2011 6:07 am

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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.

Health
4:00 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.

Around the Nation
4:00 am
Thu December 1, 2011

Students Speak Their Mind At Penn State Forum

Originally published on Thu December 1, 2011 5:21 am

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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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Economy
4:00 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.

Economy
4:00 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.

NPR Story
4:00 am
Thu December 1, 2011

Poor Get A Stake In India's Booming Economy

Originally published on Thu December 1, 2011 5:26 am

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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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NPR Story
4:00 am
Thu December 1, 2011

Drug Smuggling Tunnel Found On U.S.-Mexico Border

Federal agents in San Diego have discovered a sophisticated drug smuggling tunnel running under the U.S. Mexico border. The tunnel runs between two warehouses, one in Tijuana, the other in an industrial area of San Diego. It's so elaborate it even has an elevator at its entrance in Tijuana.

NPR Story
4:00 am
Thu December 1, 2011

Gingrich Attracts Crowds In South Carolina

Originally published on Thu December 1, 2011 5:24 am

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

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