Wed December 7, 2011
Kentuckians at War

Fifteen KY Pearl Harbor Survivors on 70th Anniversary

They witnessed history at Pearl Harbor, and lived to tell about it. Vaughn Drake, 93, of Lexington, and Frankfort's Herman Horn, 91, are among the area's last living Pearl Harbor survivors. Indeed, Drake is the last known survivor still living in Lexington. Statewide, only 15 survivors are still listed with the Kentucky Chapter of the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association, according to chapter president Jon Toy of Mount Sterling. The chapter once had more than 100 members.


Wed December 7, 2011
The Two-Way

Mexico Says It Blocked Plot To Smuggle Gadhafi's Son Into Country

Originally published on Wed December 7, 2011 10:10 am

Saadi Gadhafi at January 2010 news conference in Tripoli.
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A report in Canada's National Post that former Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi's "playboy son Saadi made plans to flee to a Mexican beach resort whose celebrity visitors include Kim Kardashian, Charlie Sheen and Lady Gaga," has prompted Mexico's interior secretary to say today that his country's intelligence service has broken up the plot, The Associated Press says.

According to the AP:

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Wed December 7, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Call Now To Get A Medicare Enrollment Extension

If you need more time to make a decision on your Medicare plan, get on the phone right away.

Federal officials are extending today's deadline some people picking a Medicare prescription drug or private health plan because of the crush of last-minute sign-ups.

There's a catch. The extension is available only to seniors who seek official help with their decision by the close of business today, said a spokesman for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid.

And one other thing, the extension is only three days long.

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Wed December 7, 2011
The Two-Way

Pearl Harbor Attack's 70th Anniversary: Memories, Moment Of Silence

Dec. 7, 1941: The USS Shaw explodes during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.
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On this 70th anniversary of the date "which will live in infamy," there will be a moment of silence in Hawaii at 7:55 a.m. (12:55 a.m. ET) to remember the 2,390 Americans who died when Japan attacked Pearl Harbor.

It was 7:55 a.m. local time when the attack began — a strike that would push America into World War II.

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Wed December 7, 2011

Anti-Mafia Police Nab Fugitive Mobster In Italy

Originally published on Wed December 7, 2011 12:30 pm

Italian policemen celebrated Wednesday outside police's headquarters in the town of Caserta following the arrest of Michele Zagaria, the boss of the Casalesi clan.
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One of Italy's most-wanted mobsters was captured by Italian anti-mafia police units Wednesday after spending 16 years on the run.

Michele Zagaria ran one of bloodiest clans of the Naples mafia, which is known as the Camorra. He was found hiding under 15 feet of reinforced concrete in an underground bunker in his hometown of Casapesenna, north of Naples.

NPR's Sylvia Poggioli said that Zagaria reportedly told police: "You have won. The state has won." He had been on the run since 1995.

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Wed December 7, 2011
Monkey See

Raise A Glass Of Butterbeer As Potter's 'Wizarding World' Comes To Hollywood

Originally published on Wed December 7, 2011 8:36 am

You might think Harry Potter fever would be petering out now that the books and the films have come and gone. You, of course, would be wrong, as Ben Bergman reports on today's Morning Edition.

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Wed December 7, 2011
The Two-Way

Roadside Bomb Kills 19 In Afghanistan

One day after dozens of people were killed in two suicide bomb attacks aimed at Shiites, there's been another deadly explosion in Afghanistan:

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Wed December 7, 2011
The Two-Way

Trip To Dubai Raises Questions About Pakistani Leader's Future

Originally published on Wed December 7, 2011 8:54 am

President Asif Ali Zardari is in Dubai for heart treatment, his office says. But Zardari's government is embroiled in controversy. That has Pakistanis wondering if he might resign while he's out of the country.
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With his government embroiled in controversy over a memo that many in Pakistan view as potentially treasonous, President Asif Ali Zardari's sudden departure for medical treatment in Dubai has "people [here] questioning the timing" and wondering if Zardari might be about to step down, NPR's Corey Flintoff reported this morning from Islamabad.

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Wed December 7, 2011
Strange News

Alec Baldwin Finds American Airlines Unfriendly

Originally published on Wed December 7, 2011 8:36 am



Good morning, I'm Linda Wertheimer. American Airlines filed for bankruptcy last week. Now, they might lose a customer after kicking Alec Baldwin off a New York flight. Baldwin tweeted he was reamed out for playing the mobile game Words with Friends after lights out for electronic devices.

He later boarded another American Airlines flight but hinted it might be his last. He tweeted: There's always United. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.