7:10am

Wed December 21, 2011
Europe

6-Year-Old British Boy Wins $4,700 Pie In Raffle

Mince pies are a centuries-old Christmas tradition. And this year, a six-year-old boy in England won the most expensive mince pie in the world. A London pie maker raffled it off. To make the $4,7000 dessert, he used rare ingredients. And, buried in the holiday treat was a solid platinum coin worth nearly $1,000.

7:00am

Wed December 21, 2011
Hollywood

"What's Scrooge's Problem?!"

Whether interpreted by actors Alistair Sims or George C-Scott or Patrick Stewart, fans of “A Christmas Carol” must wonder ‘what was Scrooge’s problem?”  Most explanations of his behavior are superficial.  Fortunately, Charles Dickens provides a list of symptoms and a nearly complete case history.   It allowed a couple psychologists at the University of Kentucky to speculate on Mister Scrooge’s mental health. 

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6:47am

Wed December 21, 2011
Business

Booming Buffalo Market Comes With Growing Pains

More consumers are turning to buffalo meat as a healthier choice that's often better for the environment. South Dakota is the biggest producer of buffalo, and ranchers there say their biggest challenge is keeping up with the demand.

6:43am

Wed December 21, 2011
Media

CNN's Piers Morgan Testifies In Phone-Hacking Case

Originally published on Wed December 21, 2011 10:35 am

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LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

It was a reversal for CNN celebrity interviewer Piers Morgan yesterday. He had to answer questions about journalists in Britain hacking into phone messages and bribing police. A scandal about press practices has struck at the heart of Rupert Murdoch's media empire in the UK and has led to more than 20 arrests.

NPR's David Folkenflik reports that Morgan insisted he had no involvement in or knowledge of any of it back when he was a high profile tabloid editor in London.

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6:30am

Wed December 21, 2011
Election 2012

Romney, Gingrich Spar Over Negative Super PAC Ads

There's a spirited debate going on between GOP presidential candidates Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich. A Super PAC called Restore Our Future is running negative ads against Gingrich on Romney's behalf. Gingrich called on Romney to get the ads off the air. Romney responded by saying the law does not allow him to communicate with a Super PAC.

6:30am

Wed December 21, 2011
Business and the Economy

Busiest Time for Changing Shipping Industry

Owner Mark Weber behind the counter at The Mail Center.
Eleanor Boudreau WKNO Radio, Memphis, TN

At The Mail Center on Madison Avenue, Mark Weber pours foam peanuts into a box of Christmas gifts. Weber is the only one working this Saturday. He’s also the owner. There’s a steady stream of customers, but Weber can handle it. He says years ago the shop was more frenetic.

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5:01am

Wed December 21, 2011
It's All Politics

In A Year Of Partisan Brawls, Congress Goes One More Round

Originally published on Wed December 21, 2011 10:35 am

President Obama speaks in the White House's Brady Briefing Room on Tuesday. Behind the president, a ticking clock counts down the time until taxes will go up if Congress can't reach an extension deal on payroll tax cuts.
Haraz N. Ghanbari AP

In a year of deadlines and political fights, Congress is closing with one last partisan brawl. At stake are billions of dollars in tax breaks and unemployment benefits for millions of Americans set to expire Jan. 1.

Just in case you've been out buying presents, working or not watching C-SPAN with bated breath, what happened Tuesday was that the House — specifically Republicans in the House — rejected a bill that had broad bipartisan support in the Senate.

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4:40am

Wed December 21, 2011
Election 2012

Romney Focuses On N.H. Primary Over Iowa Caucuses

Originally published on Wed December 21, 2011 10:35 am

Transcript

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Most of the Republican presidential candidates are focusing their campaign efforts on Iowa at the moment; the first-in-the-nation caucuses there are less than two weeks away.

But not former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney. He's hundreds of miles away from Iowa, in New Hampshire. And today he's setting off on a three-day tour of the state, eyeing an early primary win.

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4:38am

Wed December 21, 2011
Business

Why Do Americans Bother To Fly Over The Holidays?

Originally published on Wed December 21, 2011 10:35 am

Transcript

LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

Many Americans begin their holidays with travel, and complaining about that travel is quickly becoming a favorite national pastime. Long lines, small seats, hidden fees for everything from carry-ons to a can of Coke - the list goes on. To help us understand why this is the new reality, we reached Seth Kaplan. He's the editor of Airline Weekly.

Mr. Kaplan, good morning.

SETH KAPLAN: Good morning, Linda.

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4:00am

Wed December 21, 2011
NPR Story

Pyongyang Ups Police Presence Ahead Of Kim's Funeral

North Korea has tightened internal security since the announcement of the death of its leader Kim Jong Il. Kim had picked his son Kim Jong Un to replace him, and while it's not official yet, there are indications that the transition is moving forward. NPR's Anthony Kuhn reports from Seoul.

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