8:22am

Mon April 23, 2012
The Two-Way

To Keep His Job, France's Sarkozy Must Reach To The Right

French President Nicolas Sarkozy after Sunday's vote.
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"Far-right National Front candidate Marine Le Pen" now has a chance to swing the French presidential election, as France 24 reports, after pulling in 18 percent of the ballots in the first round of voting Sunday.

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7:49am

Mon April 23, 2012
World

A Year After Tsunami, Japanese Ball Found In Alaska

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Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne. A precious piece of his childhood is going back to a teenager in Japan. Misaki Murakami and his family lost everything in last year's tsunami. But waves carried his soccer ball, covered in notes from third grade friends, to a beach in Alaska. David Baxter found it there and his Japanese wife translated the writing, including the teenager's name. It will be the first bit of North American tsunami debris officially returned to Japan. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

7:39am

Mon April 23, 2012
Around the Nation

Rats Are Good Luck For NHL's Florida Panthers

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7:22am

Mon April 23, 2012
The Two-Way

Now It Snows?

Originally published on Mon April 23, 2012 12:12 pm

Don Buckley took his dog Gracie for a walk during the snowstorm this morning in Akron, N.Y.
David Duprey AP

The Northeast and mid-Atlantic began the cold season with an unusual Halloween snowstorm that knocked out power to millions. And after that? Almost no snow in may parts of those regions.

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6:46am

Mon April 23, 2012
The Two-Way

Zimmerman Released After Posting Bail, Will Go Into Hiding But Be Monitored

George Zimmerman, left, as he walked out of jail earlier today. The other man was not identified.
Brian Blanco AP

Just after midnight earlier today, George Zimmerman — the man at the center of a killing that has become a national story because of its racial overtones — was released from the Sanford, Fla., jail where he was being held while awaiting trial.

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6:36am

Mon April 23, 2012
Politics

Charity Status Of Conservative Group Challenged

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This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

And I'm Steve Inskeep. Good morning.

Opponents have intensified a campaign against a group that drafts and promotes bills for state lawmakers to enact. The American Legislative Exchange Council, or ALEC, says it stands for limited government, free markets and federalism. The corporate-funded group has promoted much debated ideas - from voter ID rules to stand your ground gun laws.

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6:36am

Mon April 23, 2012
Around the Nation

Artist Tosses Salad For 1,000 People

As a part of Earth Day celebrations, performance artist Alison Knowles took salad making to the extreme in New York City. Knowles chopped romaine lettuce, carrots and cucumbers to the beat of live music. She then tossed the avalanche of salad off a balcony into a giant tarp, where the salad was served up to audience members.

6:08am

Mon April 23, 2012
Business

Continued Job Growth Will Help Housing Industry

Originally published on Mon April 23, 2012 6:36 am

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Later this week, we get some key data to help judge the state of the nation's housing market. There are some early signs of recovery, but home prices are still falling in many areas, as NPR's Chris Arnold reports.

CHRIS ARNOLD, BYLINE: Tomorrow, we'll get the latest word on home prices from what's called the S&P Case-Shiller index. That keeps showing price declines in many areas. Though those price drops have been leveling off, so things definitely aren't as bad as they were.

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5:19am

Mon April 23, 2012
The Commonwealth

Adventure Racing Series at State Parks

Beginning this summer, four Kentucky state parks will each host a combination biking, trekking, and paddling competition.  It’s called the  20-12 Unbridled Adventure Racing Series.The first of four races will be June ninth at General Butler State Resort Park in Carrolton.  Gil Lawson, with the State Department of Parks, says each race includes mountain biking on trail and road, plus paddling on slow moving water.

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4:42am

Mon April 23, 2012
Business

Nestle To Buy Pfizer's Infant-Nutrition Line

Originally published on Mon April 23, 2012 7:09 am

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NPR's business news starts with an acquisition for Nestle.

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