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Strange News
7:23 am
Wed November 30, 2011

Study: Chewing Gum Boosts Brain Power

Researchers at St Lawrence University found a distinct "gum advantage" in tests taken by "chewing" and "non-chewing" students. The effect lasted 20 minutes. It seems chewing wakes people up.

Business
7:15 am
Wed November 30, 2011

Elvis Costello Thinks His New Box Set Is Overpriced

Elvis Costello's box set includes three CD's, a vinyl record and a coffee table book. To get all this, however, you are asked to pay $225. Costello seems to be shocked. On a website, he declares, "we are unable to recommend this lovely item as the price appears to be either a misprint or a satire."

Around the Nation
5:19 am
Wed November 30, 2011

Hundreds Of LA Police Takeover Occupy Camp

Police in LA moved in overnight at the camp of Occupy protesters. The raid began two days after protesters were told to leave. Police took also took similar action in Philadelphia.

NPR Story
4:00 am
Wed November 30, 2011

Fair Trade Labeling Dispute

The fair-trade movement, which pays premiums to farmers in developing countries for meeting social and environmental standards, is growing quickly, and contentiously. The nation's largest fair-trade certifying agency has split from its international partner, hoping to expand the program to plantation-grown coffee. Some coffee sellers say the agency is just lowering standards to benefit corporate coffee companies, and consumers will be left confused.

NPR Story
4:00 am
Wed November 30, 2011

FCC Report Criticizes AT&T, Mobile Proposed Merger

AT&T may have suffered another setback to its proposed $39 billion merger with rival wireless company T-Mobile. The FCC on Tuesday released a detailed analysis of its reasons for opposing the deal, contrary to AT&T's wishes.

NPR Story
4:00 am
Wed November 30, 2011

Workers Likely To Lose Out In AMR Bankruptcy

Originally published on Wed November 30, 2011 12:07 pm

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

And let's follow-up now on yesterday's news that American Airlines filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. It's part of an effort to cut debt and reduce labor costs. NPR's Sonari Glinton reports on what a post-bankruptcy American Airlines might look like.

SONARI GLINTON, BYLINE: During the economic downturn, American Airlines already pared down its work force. Analysts don't think there will be massive layoffs this time.

AARON GELLMAN: Many elements of labor are going to pay a terrible price for this.

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NPR Story
4:00 am
Wed November 30, 2011

After 10 Years, Houston Still Feels Enron's Presence

Originally published on Wed November 30, 2011 12:07 pm

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

And this week marks 10 years since Enron declared bankruptcy. At the time, 4,000 employees at the company's headquarters in Houston were given 30 minutes to clean out their desks and leave the building.

Andrew Schneider, of member station KUHF, sent us this report on how Enron employees and the city have coped with the company's demise.

ANDREW SCHNEIDER, BYLINE: In Houston, many of the physical signs of Enron's presence remain, even if the name and tilted E logo are long gone.

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NPR Story
4:00 am
Wed November 30, 2011

Daimler To End MayBach Brand In 2013

Originally published on Wed November 30, 2011 12:07 pm

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

And today's last word in business is lost luxury. Maybach cars are in a rarified niche market called ultra-luxury, for those for whom luxury is not enough. Maybach, the historic brand now owned by Daimler, is made for customers who can pay $400,000 for a car, and who appreciate touches like back seats that recline - back seats, that is - laser-engraved motifs in the armrest and black lacquer trim. Rappers like Kanye and Jay-Z have immortalized the car in their rhymes.

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NPR Story
4:00 am
Wed November 30, 2011

Business News

Renee Montagne has business news.

NPR Story
4:00 am
Wed November 30, 2011

British Panel Told Phone-Hacking Was Necessary

Originally published on Wed November 30, 2011 12:07 pm

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

The British government continues investigating the phone-hacking scandal at newspapers owned by Rupert Murdoch. More than a dozen journalists and editors have been arrested, top police and media executives have lost their jobs and an official ethics investigation may challenge the whole idea that the British press can regulate itself. And then, a former features editor for one of Murdoch's papers stole the show at a government hearing yesterday.

Here's NPR media correspondent David Folkenflik.

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Law
4:00 am
Wed November 30, 2011

Dr. Conrad Murray Sentenced In King Of Pop's Death

Michael Jackson's personal physician has been sentenced to four years in prison for his role in the pop icon's death in 2009. Because of overcrowding in California's state prisons, Murray will serve his sentence in a downtown jail.

NPR Story
4:00 am
Wed November 30, 2011

Egyptian Protesters Ponder Their Next Step

Originally published on Wed November 30, 2011 12:07 pm

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

And now, let's go to Egypt where days of protests gave way to two days of peaceful and well-attended elections. Now, the protesters, who had been occupying the famous Tahrir Square in Cairo, are wondering what their next steps should be. The crowds dwindled as the voting continued.

NPR's Lourdes Garcia-Navarro reports.

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Sweetness And Light
10:00 pm
Tue November 29, 2011

For Two Old Teammates, Risks Of Loyalty Are Real

Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim (above), two days after sexual abuse allegations against a former assistant were made public, and Detroit Mayor Dave Bing (below), during a youth leadership event last year, played alongside each other in the 1960s.
Nate Shron Getty Images

Originally published on Wed November 30, 2011 12:01 am

It is not uncommon for outstanding athletes to succeed in later life, but it is rare for teammates, literally playing side by side, both to be in the spotlight almost half a century later.

But such is the case with two old boys from Syracuse, who were roommates as freshmen, went on to become the starting backcourt, saw their lives diverge after college — and now, at an age when most men have retired, are facing two very different but very painful challenges in the professions they've chosen, in the places they love.

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World
12:15 pm
Tue November 29, 2011

Protesters In Iran Storm British Embassy

In Iran on Tuesday, students and other protesters stormed the British Embassy in the capital Tehran, smashing windows, throwing firebombs and burning the British flag. The crowd had gathered at the embassy to protest new severe economic sanctions imposed by Britain, cutting off all banking with Iran. Renee Montagne talks with Washington Post reporter Thomas Erdbrink, who is in Tehran.

Business
7:38 am
Tue November 29, 2011

American Airlines Files For Bankruptcy Protection

Originally published on Tue November 29, 2011 12:16 pm

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

NPR's business news starts with American Airlines filing for bankruptcy.

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INSKEEP: Let's find out why the parent company of the giant airline sought Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection today. One of the corporate press releases does not offer too much help - not even using the word bankruptcy. Instead, headlined: American Airlines Begins Legal Process in United States to Improve Competitiveness.

NPR's Chris Arnold is covering this story. Chris, what does that actually mean?

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Sports
7:09 am
Tue November 29, 2011

Former Canadian Football Stars Fight Caught On Tape

Originally published on Tue November 29, 2011 12:16 pm

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep. It's never too late to settle a score. Joe Kapp and Angelo Mosca are former Canadian Football League stars. They supposedly haven't liked each other since competing in 1963.

Last week, the 73-year-olds were honored at a lunch. Kapp offered a flower as a peace gesture. Mosca rejected it, and lashed out with his cane. Kapp advanced with his fists.

Movies
6:57 am
Tue November 29, 2011

British Film Archive Discovers Lost Disney Short

The short animated film Hungry Hobos created by a young Walt Disney starred a rabbit. It was one of about 26 cartoons featuring Oswald the rabbit. Hungry Hobos screened in 1928 but sat on the shelf for decades. It will be sold at auction.

Law
4:56 am
Tue November 29, 2011

Judge Rejects Citigroup, SEC Settlement

Originally published on Tue November 29, 2011 12:16 pm

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

In New York, yesterday, a federal judge rejected a settlement of a fraud case involving Citigroup. The Securities and Exchange Commission, which brought charges against the bank, had agreed to the $285 million deal. But Judge Jed Rakoff said he didn't believe the settlement was in the public interest. NPR's Jim Zarroli reports.

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NPR Story
4:00 am
Tue November 29, 2011

Demand For Denver Apartments Outstrips Supply

The housing crisis has stalled home building but apartment construction is undergoing a bit of a renaissance. There's now a huge pool of people forced to rent because they can't afford to buy a home, or they were a victim of foreclosure. In Denver, there aren't enough apartment vacancies.

NPR Story
4:00 am
Tue November 29, 2011

The Last Word In Business

The long running NBC comedy series The Office is about a group of workers employed by fictitious paper company Dunder Mifflin. The Wall Street Journal reports that an office supply website called Quill.com has struck a licensing agreement with NBC to sell copy paper using the fictitious brand name.

Africa
4:00 am
Tue November 29, 2011

Coptics Fear Islamists Will Sweep Egypt Elections

Originally published on Tue November 29, 2011 12:16 pm

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

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Around the Nation
4:00 am
Tue November 29, 2011

Florida A&M's Band 'Needs To Stop' Hazing

Originally published on Tue November 29, 2011 12:16 pm

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Another college campus is facing a scandal. A criminal investigation is under way at Florida A&M University in Tallahassee. It comes after the death of a drum major who was in the school's marching band. Allegations that the 26-year-old man died because of hazing have shaken a group many consider one of the best university bands in the nation. Florida Public Radio's Lynn Hatter reports.

LYNN HATTER, BYLINE: The first thing people associate with the Florida A&M University band is the sound.

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Economy
4:00 am
Tue November 29, 2011

How To Solve Wealth Inequality

According to the latest Census, the wealthiest Americans saw huge jumps in their income, while the rest had their incomes go down. For a deeper understanding of the wealth gap, Steve Inskeep talks to Tyler Cowen, an economist at George Mason University, and Matthew Yglesias, who writes about economics for the website Slate.com.

Music News
3:23 pm
Mon November 28, 2011

A Carnegie Hall Debut, Inspired By Trout

Ellen Taaffe Zwilich took her inspiration for the piece from Franz Schubert's famous Trout Quintet.
Bill Keefrey

The Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio — pianist Joseph Kalichstein, violinist Jamie Laredo and cellist Sharon Robinson — will celebrate its 35th anniversary as one of the world's finest chamber-music ensembles this January. For the past 25 years, one of the group's frequent partners has been Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Ellen Taaffe Zwilich. She says it's always great fun to hand over a new piece.

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Around the Nation
7:18 am
Mon November 28, 2011

Texas Sure Has Some Strange Town Names

Texans don't have to leave the state to visit Paris or Port-au-Prince. Just the most exotic among the state's many colorful town names which were dug up by the San Antonio Express-News. There's Uncertain, Texas, and also Nameless. Its founders gave up on a name after the postmaster rejected several choices.

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