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NPR Story
3:55 am
Wed April 9, 2014

UConn Crushes Notre Dame In NCAA Women's Championship

Originally published on Wed April 9, 2014 7:02 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Ah, all the signs that baseball season is here . For me it means being tired, watching a game obsessively on my iPhone in bed instead of sleeping. Baseball fans, you know what I'm talking about here. But as the Major League Baseball season begins, it is bittersweet for some.

Commentator Frank Deford is thinking about endings because it is the beginning of the end for two baseball giants.

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NPR Story
3:55 am
Wed April 9, 2014

Why Men Outnumber Women Attending Business Schools

Originally published on Wed April 9, 2014 7:02 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

All this week we have been focusing on women and wealth. Look across the business world in fields with the biggest paychecks and you find executive ranks and company boards dominated by men. These disparities often begin back in business school where men outnumber women significantly. NPR social science correspondent Shankar Vedantam came in to talk about research that might help explain this. It looked specifically at why some women opt out of a lucrative career path. Hey, Shankar.

SHANKAR VEDANTAM, BYLINE: Good morning, David.

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Around the Nation
5:57 am
Tue April 8, 2014

Except For Duck, Officers Find No Signs Of Foul Play

Originally published on Tue April 8, 2014 7:09 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Europe
5:53 am
Tue April 8, 2014

Some Americans Find It Hard To Pinpoint Ukraine

Originally published on Tue April 8, 2014 7:09 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Good morning, I'm Steve Inskeep with a geography note.

Ukraine is in Europe next to Russia. We say this because academics asked 2,000 Americans to find Ukraine on a world map and most could not. Most did put it in Europe or Asia but some put Ukraine in Alaska, Brazil or Utah. Researchers told The Washington Post of a connection, too. The less people know about Ukraine's location, the more they favor military intervention there. Makes sense. We'd all intervene if Ukraine was in Tennessee.

NPR Story
4:00 am
Tue April 8, 2014

Was ZunZuneo To Promote Free Speech Or Destabilize Cuba?

Originally published on Tue April 8, 2014 7:09 am

David Greene to Julia Sweig, a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, about revelations the USAID created and ran a now-defunct Cuban Twitter communications network from 2010 to 2012.

NPR Story
4:00 am
Tue April 8, 2014

In China, Hagel Outlines U.S. Approach To Cybersecurity

Originally published on Tue April 8, 2014 7:09 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. Good morning. I'm David Greene.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

And I'm Steve Inskeep. The United States is trying to learn more about China's military and cyber capabilities. But the United States is trying an unusual approach, following the philosophy that in order to get something, you have to give something. The U.S. is revealing more about what America's cyber forces can do, hoping that China might reveal something too.

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NPR Story
4:00 am
Tue April 8, 2014

Napier's 22 Points Helps UConn Beat Kentucky In Men's Final

Originally published on Tue April 8, 2014 7:09 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

This year's NCAA men's basketball tournament was billed as wide open. Anyone could win - and a seventh seed did. Makes you wonder what those seeds actually mean. The University of Connecticut was banned from the tournament last year. In a dramatic turnaround, the Yukon Huskies are this year's champs after beating Kentucky last night. Here's NPR's Tom Goldman.

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NPR Story
4:00 am
Tue April 8, 2014

Bliss Ends When Microsoft Pulls The Plug On XP Support

Originally published on Tue April 8, 2014 7:09 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

And today's last word in business is: Bliss.

That's the name of an iconic photograph that you might associate with this sound.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC FOR WINDOWS XP OPERATING SYSTEM)

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Bliss is the default computer desktop image you see on your computer when you launch Microsoft's Windows XP operating system. The photo features rolling green hills, a blue sky with white clouds. The colors are so vivid you might think it's fake.

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World
6:08 am
Mon April 7, 2014

Feathers Fly During International Pillow Fight Day

Originally published on Mon April 7, 2014 7:17 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Good morning. I'm David Greene. People all over the world pummeled each other on Saturday. It was International Pillow Fight Day. In New York City, people dressed as superheroes battled villains - somewhat gently. There was a pillow fight on the National Mall here in Washington, D.C. Feathers were flying in London, Paris, Bucharest and Berlin. In Vienna, one woman described being hit kind of hard in the face.

Around the Nation
6:08 am
Mon April 7, 2014

Bench-Clearing Brawl Involves Police And Firefighters

Originally published on Mon April 7, 2014 7:17 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Good morning, I'm Steve Inskeep.

It wouldn't be a hockey game without a brawl, even true with a charity match. A fight spread across the ice but there was no need to call the police to restore order, because New York City police officers were already on the ice playing against New York City firefighters. Video shows both teams clearing the bench, throwing punches - even heaving hockey sticks. The game did go on eventually and the cops beat the firefighters eight-to-five.

Around the Nation
5:17 am
Mon April 7, 2014

'Morning Edition' Listeners Wax Poetic

Originally published on Mon April 7, 2014 7:17 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Now April is national poetry month and we wanted to hear from the poets among you, our listeners. Here's what we did. We asked people to go to our Facebook page, not to write poems exactly, but to wax poetic.

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

We wanted to hear about your favorite block, whether it's where you live or somewhere you just stopped by once and never forgot. Now we have some of the responses.

KELLY CONROY: My favorite block is the one I lived on land I was 20 years old, studying abroad in Barcelona.

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Business
5:14 am
Mon April 7, 2014

5-Year-Old Boy Exposes Bug In Microsoft's Xbox

Originally published on Mon April 7, 2014 7:17 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Our last word in business today - pint-sized security breach.

KGTV in San Diego says Kristoffer Von Hassel recently exposed a major bug in Microsoft's Xbox. He is 5 years old.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Five years old, but Kristoffer was able to log into his father's Xbox Live account after entering the wrong password, then hitting the space bar.

(SOUNDBITE OF SPACE BAR BEING HIT)

INSKEEP: ...a bunch of times.

(SOUNDBITE OF SPACE BAR BEING HIT)

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Remembrances
4:14 am
Mon April 7, 2014

The Inimitable Mickey Rooney Dies At 93

Mickey Rooney plays Oliver Nugent in the short-lived television series One of the Boys in 1982. Rooney died Sunday at the age of 93.
NBC via Getty Images

Originally published on Mon April 7, 2014 11:48 am

Mickey Rooney was a 5-foot-3 dynamo. Whether he was acting, singing or dancing, he poured an uncanny energy into his performances. It's an energy that sustained a lifelong career alongside some of the biggest names in show business, including Judy Garland and Elizabeth Taylor.

He died Sunday at his North Hollywood home, at age 93. He was still working — on a new film version of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.

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Afghanistan
4:14 am
Mon April 7, 2014

Afghanistan Is One Step Closer To Karzai's Successor

Originally published on Mon April 7, 2014 7:17 am

On Saturday, voters turned out in large numbers despite threats of Taliban violence. It will take weeks to learn who will become Afghanistan's next president. Hamid Karzai can't run for a third term

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4:14 am
Mon April 7, 2014

Gay Candidate May Help Mass. GOP End Losing Streak

Former Republican Massachusetts state Sen. Richard Tisei announces his run for the 6th Congressional District seat held by John Tierney on Jan. 23 in Wakefield, Mass.
Elise Amendola AP

Originally published on Tue April 8, 2014 8:36 am

Republicans in Massachusetts have lost the past 92 U.S. House races. That's a staggering number — the worst GOP drought in the country.

But analysts say this year the party might have a man who could snap that losing streak. He is vying for a seat in the Massachusetts 6th Congressional District, just north of Boston.

In many ways, Richard Tisei is a quintessential New England politician. He even sports the classic side-part hairstyle with a bit of that Kennedy swoosh. Old ladies tell him he's handsome. He's a veteran state senator and a local boy.

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Europe
6:17 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Shop Owner Refuses To Spring Forward

Originally published on Fri April 4, 2014 7:22 am

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LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Linda Wertheimer. This past weekend most of Europe moved the clocks forward for Daylight Saving Time - what they call European Summertime. But one shopkeeper in Berlin said no way she springs forward. Renate Stahn says she needs her sleep and will no longer take part in this circus. She's organizing a boycott. The sign on the door of her pet shop tells customers they are entering a different time zone. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

Around the Nation
5:58 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Stenographer Doesn't Hide His Feelings About His Job

Originally published on Fri April 4, 2014 7:22 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Good morning, I'm Steve Inskeep.

Anybody who's seen a trial knows a stenographer takes down the proceedings. The New York Post reports one stenographer hated his job. And we have a record of this because he wrote it down. Instead of taking down trial testimony, he typed over and over: I hate my job. I hate my job.

(SOUNDBITE OF TYPING)

Afghanistan
5:04 am
Fri April 4, 2014

2 AP Journalists Shot By Afghan Police, 1 Dies

Originally published on Fri April 4, 2014 7:22 am

The AP reports Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Anja Niedringhaus was killed. Reporter Kathy Gannon was wounded. The two were in Khost province in eastern Afghanistan ahead of Saturday's election.

Sports
4:39 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Chicago Celebrates A Century Of Baseball At Wrigley Field

The view inside Wrigley Field during a 1959 Cubs game. The stadium was built in 1914 and celebrates its centennial this year.
AP

Originally published on Fri April 4, 2014 7:22 am

When the first pitch is thrown between the Chicago Cubs and the Philadelphia Phillies on Friday, it will mark the start of the 100th professional baseball season at iconic Wrigley Field.

The ball park on Chicago's North Side, known as the Friendly Confines, opened as the home of the Chicago Federals 100 years ago this month.

The Cubs moved there two years later, and in all that time the Cubs have never won a World Series. There hasn't even been a World Series game played at Wrigley since the end of World War II.

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NPR Story
3:59 am
Fri April 4, 2014

David Letterman To Retire From CBS In 2015

Originally published on Fri April 4, 2014 7:22 am

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LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

David Letterman says he will retire next year. He'll leave "The Late Show" as the longest-serving late night host in network television history, even longer than Johnny Carson when you add up Letterman's time at CBS and NBC before that. NPR TV critic Eric Deggans says Letterman reshaped late night TV and succeeded as an edgy outsider more interested in making fun of show business than participating in it.

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Planet Money
3:59 am
Fri April 4, 2014

New Web Addresses Provide Alternatives To Crowded Domains

Originally published on Fri April 4, 2014 7:22 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

On a Friday it's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep.

LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

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NPR Story
3:59 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Arcane Chinese Holiday Honors Integrity Before Personal Gain

Originally published on Fri April 4, 2014 7:22 am

Cold Food Day in China commemorates a hermit who 2,600 years ago refused wealth and power. His ruler tried to smoke him out of his mountain hideout, but ended up burning him to a death.

Around the Nation
6:32 am
Thu April 3, 2014

Good Manners Pay Off For Pizza Delivery Man

Originally published on Thu April 3, 2014 6:53 am

A pizza delivery man in Oregon received a 23 cents tip on a $22 check. He accepted it graciously. The next day he got a thank you note from the bad tippers and a $20 bill.

Around the Nation
6:16 am
Thu April 3, 2014

Maryland Poised To Outlaw Vaportini

Originally published on Thu April 3, 2014 6:53 am

The state legislature voted to ban the device that heats up a sphere of alcohol, and then you inhale the vapors. Doctors say this is not proven safe.

Business
6:07 am
Thu April 3, 2014

Women Defy Hollywood's Conventional Wisdom

Originally published on Thu April 3, 2014 6:53 am

A new study shows that films featuring prominent female characters profit more than those that don't.

NPR Story
3:51 am
Thu April 3, 2014

4 Dead, Including Shooter, At Army's Fort Hood

Originally published on Thu April 3, 2014 6:53 am

A soldier who was undergoing assessment to determine whether he had post-traumatic stress disorder opened fire on Wednesday at the base. Four people are dead including the shooter, who killed himself.

NPR Story
3:51 am
Thu April 3, 2014

In Ann Arbor, Obama Gathers Support For Minimum Wage Hike

Originally published on Thu April 3, 2014 6:53 am

The Senate could vote on a minimum wage bill as soon as next week. But it is hard to imagine the Republican-controlled House will take it up.

NPR Story
3:51 am
Thu April 3, 2014

ATF Works To Slow Flow Of U.S. Weapons Across Border

Originally published on Thu April 3, 2014 6:53 am

Most of the guns in Mexico come from north of the border. The U.S. has taken steps aimed at slowing gun smugglers, especially since the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives scandal.

NPR Story
3:51 am
Thu April 3, 2014

Democrats: Benghazi Probes Are Wasteful, Politically Motivated

Originally published on Thu April 3, 2014 6:53 am

Citing millions of dollars spent already, Democrats argue politics is not a good reason to spend millions more investigating the attack on the U.S. diplomatic outpost in Libya more than a year ago.

NPR Story
3:51 am
Thu April 3, 2014

Breakfast Waffle Wars Heat Up

Originally published on Thu April 3, 2014 6:53 am

Taco Bell last week announced its Waffle Taco. Not to be outdone, White Castle is adding Waffle Sandwiches to its breakfast line. Fast food breakfast is a $50 billion market.

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