9:00am

Mon November 28, 2011
The Two-Way

Holiday Sales Have Strong Start, Will The Trend Continue?

Black Friday at Macy's in Manhattan: Shoppers lined up.
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The news that the holiday shopping season got a strong start on its unofficial launch day — Black Friday — has helped push stock index futures up sharply this morning.

After all, if American consumers are indeed feeling good this holiday season, that would be very welcome news for an economy still struggling to produce jobs. Stronger demand, in theory, should eventually put pressure on businesses to add to their workforces.

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8:15am

Mon November 28, 2011
The Two-Way

'We Do Not Tolerate Abuse,' Syracuse Chancellor Says As She Fires Coach

Originally published on Mon November 28, 2011 8:53 am

Syracuse University assistant basketball coach Bernie Fine during a game in March 2009. He was fired Sunday.
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The news from Syracuse University concerning child molestation allegations against assistant basketball coach Bernie Fine — which he denies — took several dramatic turns Sunday.

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7:54am

Mon November 28, 2011
Environmental Watchdog

Wilson Creek Surface Mining Case

 

Judges are considering a coal company’s appeal of a state decision that places restrictions on surface mining in an area of Floyd County. The case was heard by the Franklin County Court of Appeals ten days ago.  Several years ago, Beverly May spearheaded a petition asking the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet to declare the area around Wilson Creek in Floyd County unsuitable for mining. The petition was denied, but Cabinet Secretary Len Peters put certain restrictions on mining in the area.

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7:49am

Mon November 28, 2011
Business and the Economy

A Chance to Weigh-In on Proposed Post Office Closure

- The Postal Service's Processing and Distribution Center in Lexington is among 252 centers targeted for closure as the USPS looks to consolidate its facilities. But the public will get a chance to have their say about the proposal at a meeting tonight.

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7:30am

Mon November 28, 2011
The Two-Way

'Rage' In Pakistan, Deep Concern In U.S. After NATO Attack

Pakistani boys in Lahore joined in a protest Sunday about the NATO attacks that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers.
Arif Ali AFP/Getty Images

The foreign minister says there is "rage" in Pakistan about the NATO airstrike over the weekend that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers near the border with Afghanistan.

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7:18am

Mon November 28, 2011
Around the Nation

Texas Sure Has Some Strange Town Names

Texans don't have to leave the state to visit Paris or Port-au-Prince. Just the most exotic among the state's many colorful town names which were dug up by the San Antonio Express-News. There's Uncertain, Texas, and also Nameless. Its founders gave up on a name after the postmaster rejected several choices.

7:09am

Mon November 28, 2011
Around the Nation

High School Tweeter Won't Apologize To Kansas Gov.

Emma Sullivan, who wrote a disparaging tweet about Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback, said Sunday that she is rejecting her high school principal's demand for a written apology.

6:45am

Mon November 28, 2011
The Two-Way

Egypt's Historic Day Begins Peacefully, Turnout High For Elections

Originally published on Mon November 28, 2011 3:06 pm

An Egyptian woman shows her ink-stained finger after voting at a polling station in the Manial neighborhood of Cairo earlier today (Nov. 28, 2011).
Mahmud Hams AFP/Getty Images

Voting has begun in Egypt, where the nation's first parliamentary elections are being held since the toppling of President Hosni Mubarak's regime nine months ago.

So far, according to reports from NPR, The Associated Press and other news outlets, turnout is high and things are going well — a relief after last week's protests in major cities and the violent response to them from authorities.

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5:00am

Mon November 28, 2011
Politics

Obama Office Alters More Federal Rules Than Bush

Originally published on Mon November 28, 2011 6:26 pm

Cass Sunstein is the director of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs. A new study finds that the office has altered more federal regulations under President Obama than it did under George W. Bush.
AP

Tucked away in a corner of the White House's Old Executive Office Building, an office that most people have never heard of affects millions of Americans' lives. It's the last hurdle that every proposed regulation must surmount before seeing the light of day. And a new study of this obscure part of the government suggests that President Obama is altering more of those regulations than President George W. Bush did.

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4:00am

Mon November 28, 2011
Europe

Desperate Young Briton Looks For Work In Hull

Originally published on Mon November 28, 2011 11:48 am

Transcript

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

We've been hearing a lot about the economic meltdown affecting a string of European countries, and the sort of tough austerity measures that they're now facing. Britain was among the first to embrace a tough austerity program. And now, the economy is stalled. Unemployment is going up. Young people are hit hardest of all - one in five is now out of work. NPR's Philip Reeves spent a day with one of those jobless Britons, a young man named Dean Smith.

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