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Art & Design
3:00 am
Wed March 7, 2012

Boulder Gathers No Moss On Its Way To LA

Renee Montagne talks to Terry Emmert, who's in charge of transporting a 340 ton granite boulder to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, where it will be featured in a modern art exhibit.

Energy
3:00 am
Wed March 7, 2012

Oklahoma Needs Qualified Wind Power Technicians

Originally published on Wed March 7, 2012 5:40 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Oklahoma is one state benefitting from the energy boom, and in more ways than one. A wind power rush is underway there with companies competing to secure the windiest spots while breathing life into small towns.

But as Logan Layden of member station KGOU reports, the industry's expansion may be moving too quickly.

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Election 2012
3:00 am
Wed March 7, 2012

Santorum Wins 3 Super Tuesday States

GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum won three Super Tuesday contests: Oklahoma, North Dakota and Tennessee. He just missed in Ohio. Mitt Romney went on to win there.

Business
3:00 am
Wed March 7, 2012

Business News

Another year of growth was enough to edge Brazil past the stagnant United Kingdom in global economic rankings. Agriculture and food processing were the big areas of growth for Brazil.

Election 2012
3:00 am
Wed March 7, 2012

Romney Wins 6 States In Super Tuesday Contests

Originally published on Wed March 7, 2012 5:41 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

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

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

And I'm Renee Montagne.

It was the biggest day yet in the Republican presidential race. Mitt Romney hoped that Super Tuesday would reinforce his frontrunner status. And to some degree it did. He won six of the 10 states, including the most populous and hotly contested state, Ohio.

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Business
3:00 am
Wed March 7, 2012

Stanford Convicted In $7 Billion Ponzi Scheme

In Houston Tuesday, a federal jury convicted Texas financier R. Allen Stanford of running a massive Ponzi scheme. Jurors agreed with prosecutors, who claimed he ran a global scheme that lasted more than 20 years and involved more than $7 billion in investments.

Business
3:00 am
Wed March 7, 2012

Lehman Exits Chapter 11, To Pay Creditors

When Lehman Brothers collapsed in 2008, it was the largest bankruptcy in U.S. history. More than three years later, Lehman is emerging from Chapter 11. The firm is really just back in business to liquidate itself. Lehman has about $65 billion in assets that it intends to distribute among its many creditors starting next month.

Business
3:00 am
Wed March 7, 2012

Dunkin Adds Pork Donuts For Chinese Stores

Originally published on Wed March 7, 2012 6:10 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

And our last word in business today is: culinary frontiers.

When companies come into foreign markets, they often devise products that reflect local tastes - kosher Big Macs in Israel, for instance. So with Dunkin Donuts aiming to nearly double its outlets in China, it has come up with pork donuts.

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Election 2012
3:00 am
Wed March 7, 2012

3 GOP Candidates Split Super Tuesday Wins

Mitt Romney won six of the 10 Super Tuesday contests. Rick Santorum won three while Newt Gingrich won one. Ron Paul was the only candidate who did not win at least one contest.

The Salt
11:01 pm
Tue March 6, 2012

Coca-Cola Modifies Caramel Color To Avoid Cancer Warning Label

Coca-Cola says the caramel coloring in its signature soda has always been safe.
OmerSukruGoksu iStockphoto.com

When the state of California added the compound 4-methylimidazole, also known as 4-MI or 4-MEI, to its list of known carcinogens in 2011, it created a problem for the soda industry.

The caramel color they used to give colas that distinctive, brown hue contained levels of 4-MI that would have warranted a cancer warning label on every can sold in the state.

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Songs We Love
6:21 pm
Tue March 6, 2012

Songs We Love: Disney Songwriters The Sherman Brothers

Robert Sherman (left) and his brother Richard in a documentary of their life and songs, The Boys: The Sherman Brothers' Story.
Disney Enterprises, Inc.

Originally published on Wed March 7, 2012 1:35 pm

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Business
11:13 am
Tue March 6, 2012

Lehman Bros. Says It Has Emerged From Bankruptcy

Nearly four years ago, the bank collapsed in the biggest bankruptcy in U.S. history — a record $639 billion. That set off a chain reaction and sent the economy spiraling. Lehman Bros. says now, it will continue to liquidate its holdings, and will start paying back creditors next month.

Around the Nation
6:17 am
Tue March 6, 2012

George Washington McNugget Sells On eBay

Rebekah Speight spotted the familiar profile on a McNugget left on her child's plate. After stashing it in the freezer for three years, she auctioned it off on eBay. Her church's summer camp will benefit from the winning $8,000 bid.

Around the Nation
6:03 am
Tue March 6, 2012

Navy To Expand Breathalyzer Tests

Navy Secretary Ray Mabus says he wants personnel to adapt to the 21 century. He announced the Navy will give sailors breathalyzer tests and drug tests before they report to duty on a ship. The Marines will adapt a similar program next month.

NPR Story
3:00 am
Tue March 6, 2012

Pigweed: A Genetic Diverse Monster

NPR's Dan Charles has been looking into the problem of weeds that America's most widely used weed-killer won't kill anymore. It's a sneak preview of a story that will air later this week.

NPR Story
3:00 am
Tue March 6, 2012

First Responders Trained In Animal Rescues

Originally published on Tue March 6, 2012 11:13 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Emergency responders never know what they'll find when they're called into action - a car crash maybe or a house fire. They are trained for those scenarios, but many less prepared to pull cows from a collapsed barn, rescue horses from wild fires or move pigs off the highway after the truck carrying them has flipped over. Josephine Bennett of Georgia Public Broadcasting reports on an effort to train emergency responders to handle large animals.

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NPR Story
3:00 am
Tue March 6, 2012

Super Tuesday: 10 States Holding Nominating Contests

Originally published on Tue March 6, 2012 11:13 am

Republican presidential candidates have a chance to win hundreds of convention delegates after voters cast their ballots in Super Tuesday contests. The delegate count wouldn't be enough for any candidate to clinch the nomination, but it would help. Mitt Romney is hoping to return to front-runner status but Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul are trying to prevent that.

Morning Edition has four reports on Monday's campaigning leading up to Super Tuesday's 10 primaries and caucuses.

NPR's Don Gonyea was traveling with former Senator Rick Santorum in Ohio.

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Sports
3:00 am
Tue March 6, 2012

Bounty Hunting In The NFL

Originally published on Tue March 6, 2012 11:50 am

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Business
3:00 am
Tue March 6, 2012

U.S. Economy Shows Positive Signs For Growth

Originally published on Tue March 6, 2012 11:13 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

NPR's business news starts with more positive signs for the economy.

The U.S. economy is improving faster than previously predicted. This, according to two dozen economists surveyed by the Associated Press. The economists foresee stronger growth and more hiring than they did two months ago, and predict an unemployment rate at around eight percent by Election Day.

Business
3:00 am
Tue March 6, 2012

Airline Fares Tick Higher

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

OK. And we all noticed rising costs at the gas pump. But those costs will also mean rising prices for airline tickets.

As NPR's Annie Baxter reports, that's already happening.

ANNIE BAXTER, BYLINE: If you've been looking for a great deal on airline tickets recently, you've probably been disappointed.

BOB MANN: Carriers have raised prices successfully twice, so far this year and that's out of four attempts. And I would expect another attempt literally within in a week.

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Business
3:00 am
Tue March 6, 2012

United, Delta Upgrade Overhead Bins

Originally published on Tue March 6, 2012 11:13 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

And our last word in business has some good news for travelers – bigger bins. People have been avoiding checked-baggage fees by carrying on bags onto airplanes - that includes bags too big for the overhead bins. Now United and Delta Airlines are enlarging their bins, though there is some fear this will prompt people to bring bags that are even bigger.

That's the business news on MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

Europe
3:00 am
Tue March 6, 2012

Moscow Protesters Demand 'Russia Without Putin'

Russia's opposition is turning to the streets to protest Sunday's presidential election which returned Vladimir Putin to power. The protesters may have agreed on a set of very catchy slogans, but they're not a cohesive political movement.

Business
1:55 am
Tue March 6, 2012

Let A Stranger Drive Your Car? More Owners Say 'Yes'

Stanford graduate student Katie Hagey rents her 2002 BMW to strangers through the peer-to-peer car sharing service Wheelz.
Charla Bear for NPR

Originally published on Tue March 6, 2012 11:13 am

It would be difficult for some people to let a stranger drive off with one of their most valuable possessions. But not for Stanford graduate student Katie Hagey.

Hagey is one of a growing number of individual car owners who have started renting their wheels to people they don't know through car-sharing startup companies resembling the better-known Zipcar.

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Music Interviews
3:08 pm
Mon March 5, 2012

K'Naan: A Song 'More Beautiful Than Silence'

K'Naan's new EP, More Beautiful Than Silence, was released Jan. 31.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon March 5, 2012 11:01 pm

The last time Morning Edition spoke with K'naan, he had just gone back to his native Somalia for the first time in 20 years to highlight the effects of the famine there.

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Around the Nation
6:31 am
Mon March 5, 2012

Michigan Moviegoer Sues Over High Snack Prices

Originally published on Fri March 9, 2012 9:51 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne. Joshua Thompson is a big moviegoer, but high prices at the concession stand left a bad taste in his mouth. So after paying $8 for a Coke and a box of Goobers, Thompson filed a class action lawsuit. It accuses Michigan's AMC Theaters of charging grossly excessive prices for snacks. Consumer lawyers told the Detroit Free Press the lawsuit will likely be a flop, but moviegoers are applauding. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright National Public Radio.

Europe
6:17 am
Mon March 5, 2012

Saint's Heart Stolen From Dublin Cathedral

Originally published on Fri March 9, 2012 9:51 am

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Sports
6:02 am
Mon March 5, 2012

70-Year-Old Japanese Equestrian Wins Olympic Spot

Originally published on Fri March 9, 2012 9:51 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Now, we do not know what songs make Hiroshi Hoketsu move, but the Japanese equestrian does move gracefully on a horse. Just shy of his 71st birthday, he has won a spot at the London Olympics for dressage, where you lead a horse through a series of very precise movements. Japanese officials are still deciding whether they'll let him compete.

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Around the Nation
3:00 am
Mon March 5, 2012

Tornado Destroys Only School In Henryville, Ind.

Originally published on Fri March 9, 2012 9:51 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

The death toll from the tornados that slammed Midwestern and Southern states on Friday has now risen to 39. The latest victim is Angel Babcock, 15 months old. She died on Sunday in a hospital in Louisville, Kentucky. The toddler was found in the shattered remains of her family's home. Her parents and two siblings were also killed.

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Business
3:00 am
Mon March 5, 2012

Business News

Originally published on Fri March 9, 2012 9:51 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

NPR's business news starts with more bad news for News Corp.

An FBI investigation of Rupert Murdoch's media company is now looking to Russia. A billboard company, News Outdoor Russia, owned until last year by News Corp, is being scrutinized over possibly bribing public officials. The FBI began looking into News Corps' operations after its British newspapers were embroiled in a bribery and phone hacking scandal.

Asia
3:00 am
Mon March 5, 2012

China's National People's Opens Annual Session

Originally published on Fri March 9, 2012 9:51 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Now just as the U.S. economy seems to be picking up, China's is not. The Chinese government has downgraded its economic growth target to the slowest rate in eight years. China's premier says the country needs to boost consumer demand, and address what he calls unsustainable development.

NPR's Louisa Lim reports from Beijing.

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