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2:15pm

Wed September 14, 2011
Planet Money

A Slow-Motion Bank Run In Europe

Originally published on Fri September 16, 2011 11:39 am

MICHEL GANGNE AFP/Getty Images

Update: This post was published on Sept. 14. On Sept. 15, the European Central Bank, along with other central banks from around the world, announced a new lending program to fight the slow-motion run on Europe's banks. Here's more on that program.

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7:55am

Wed September 14, 2011
Around the Nation

Candy Company Claims World's Biggest Chocolate Bar

The Chicago company World's Finest Chocolate may have just made the world's biggest chocolate bar. It weighs six tons and sort of looks like an edible brown bus. The company hopes it breaks the world record.

7:45am

Wed September 14, 2011
Around the Nation

Gumby Turns Out To Be A Stand-Up Guy

Recently a man who tried to rob a California 7-Eleven. He disguised himself as Gumby, but he was foiled when his bulky gloves kept him from reaching the gun he claimed to have in his pocket. The San Diego Union-Tribune reports police identified Gumby and gave him a call. He turned himself in, brought his accomplice and also surrendered the Gumby suit.

7:07am

Wed September 14, 2011
Middle East

Iranian Court Reviews Plan To Offer Hikers Bail

In Iran Tuesday, President, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told NBC authorities would soon release two American hikers convicted on espionage charges. A lawyer for the hikers also said an appeals court would release them on bail. Judges say they're still reviewing the plan to offer bail.

4:00am

Wed September 14, 2011
Economy

Portion Of Obama Jobs Bill Would Update School Buildings

President Obama's road trip to push his jobs bill takes him to North Carolina Wednesday. It's the third election battleground state the president has visited in less than a week. He's promoting his plan to prop up the economy with $447 billion in tax cuts and new government spending. Some of that money would go to refurbish outdated school buildings. Obama stressed that idea during a stop in Columbus, Ohio, Tuesday.

4:00am

Wed September 14, 2011
Afghanistan

20-Hour Insurgent Attack Ends In Afghan Capital

Originally published on Wed September 14, 2011 7:07 am

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DAVID GREENE, host: This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm David Greene.

STEVE INSKEEP, host: And I'm Steve Inskeep. Good morning.

An attack on Kabul, Afghanistan is over. Attackers took control of a building that had a clear line of fire down to the U.S. embassy and NATO headquarters in the heart of the city. And it's taken 20 hours for Afghan forces to finally clear that building. It is inside that building that we have found NPR's Renee Montagne and Quil Lawrence.

Hello to you both.

QUIL LAWRENCE: Good morning, Steve.

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4:00am

Wed September 14, 2011
Around the Nation

Neighbors Help Each Other Get Past Vermont Flood Waters

Thousands of Vermonters were hammered by flooding due to Tropical Storm Irene. Many say they're counting less on federal or state emergency aid. Instead, they are relying on help from their neighbors and their own resilience to get back to business. Nina Keck of Vermont Public Radio reports.

4:00am

Wed September 14, 2011
NPR Story

Moody's Downgrades Ratings Of 2 French Banks

The downgrade by Moody's Investors Service didn't come as a huge surprise. French banks hold a large amount of Greek debt and their shares have taken a beating in world markets lately. France is at the heart of the eurozone crisis because its banks are some of the most heavily invested in Greek debt.

4:00am

Wed September 14, 2011
Business

The Last Word In Business

David Greene has the Last Word in Business

4:00am

Wed September 14, 2011
NPR Story

Israel Grows More Isolated After Arab Spring

David Greene talks with Robert Malley, Middle East and North Africa Program Director at the International Crisis Group, about Israel's growing isolation in the Middle East, following problems with Turkey and other countries.

4:00am

Wed September 14, 2011
Economy

Census Bureau: Poverty Rate Rises Past 2009 Level

The nation's overall poverty rate climbed to 15.1 percent last year, according to new data from the Census Bureau. That's up from 14.3 percent in 2009 — which means 46.2 million Americans were living in poverty in 2010.

3:25pm

Tue September 13, 2011
All Songs Considered Blog

Country Music Pioneer Wade Mainer Dies At 104

Originally published on Wed September 14, 2011 1:09 pm

Wade Mainer's sons of the Mountaineers, the South's "Leading Hillbillies."
Southern Folklife Collection University of North Carolina

8:45am

Tue September 13, 2011
Afghanistan

Gunmen Attack U.S. Embassy, NATO Headquarters

In the Afghan capital Kabul, insurgents fired rocket-propelled grenades and assault rifles at the U.S. Embassy and NATO headquarters. Other buildings were also targeted in Kabul. U.S. officials say there are no causalities at the Embassy.

8:26am

Tue September 13, 2011
Afghanistan

Insurgents Fire On U.S. Embassy In Afghan Capital

Insurgents appear to have launched a coordinated attack in the heart of Afghanistan's capital city. Rocket propelled grenades and assault weapons could be heard across Kabul — targeting the U.S. Embassy and NATO headquarters.

8:14am

Tue September 13, 2011
Afghanistan

Afghan Insurgents Launch Multiple Attacks In Kabul

Originally published on Tue September 13, 2011 8:47 am

The Taliban is claiming responsibility for gunfire and explosions heard around the Afghan capital Kabul. Insurgents have been firing in the direction of the U.S. Embassy as well as other landmarks.

7:44am

Tue September 13, 2011
Around the Nation

Warning! Bear Spray Is Not Meant To Be Sat On

The National Park Service says if you're hiking, it's good to carry an approved bear pepper spray. Just don't sit on it. At Grand Teton National Park, a ranger was speaking at the visitors center when a guest sat on a can of bear spray. The blog, "National Parks Traveler," says the building was evacuated.

7:37am

Tue September 13, 2011
Around the Nation

Would-Be Authors Marry At Maine Public Library

Alicia Proulx married Jared Fiori in Maine over the weekend. According to the Sun Journal of Lewiston, Maine, she wants to be a novelist. He wants to become a comic book artist. They decided to get married in the Auburn Public Library, a century-old building that, from the outside, does look a little like a church.

7:30am

Tue September 13, 2011
Books

Ikea Changes Design Of Popular Bookcase

According to The Economist magazine, Ikea is changing the design of its popular Billy Bookcases to make the shelves deeper. The magazine asserts that's because Ikea thinks its customers will use the shelves for ornaments and tchotchkees – not books. But an Ikea spokesman insists "Billy is best for books."

6:30am

Tue September 13, 2011
Afghanistan

Rockets Fired At U.S. Embassy In Kabul

Originally published on Tue September 13, 2011 8:47 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, Host:

President Obama left behind the debate in Washington yesterday to campaign for his jobs bill, which includes money to upgrade infrastructure. He visited the Brent Spence Bridge in Cincinnati, which is considered obsolete. NPR's Ari Shapiro reports.

ARI SHAPIRO: Gerardo Claudio lives in Augusta, Georgia, and works all over the country. He spends about three weeks out of every month on the road, which gives him a good look at the nation's infrastructure.

GERARDO CLAUDIO: The roads are in real, real awful condition, should I say.

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4:00am

Tue September 13, 2011
NPR Story

Business News

Steve Inskeep has business news.

4:00am

Tue September 13, 2011
Middle East

Egypt to Stop Trying Civilians In Military Court

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STEVE INSKEEP, host: Meaningful qualification there, saying that most of those shots in other parts of Kabul seem to be wild shots that miss the embassy. We're also following the upheavals in Egypt, where last winter's revolution was only the beginning of change. The military - after Hosni Mubarak's fall - replaced civilian courts with courts of its own, and military justice has proved to be harsher. The military says it will end civilian trials in military courts, but many activists doubt that. Here's NPR's Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson.

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4:00am

Tue September 13, 2011
Europe

Sex-Abuse Victims Want Hague Tribunal To Investigate Vatican

Originally published on Tue September 13, 2011 12:44 pm

Members of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests pose in front of the International Criminal Court in The Hague, Netherlands, Tuesday. A group representing the victims is asking the world court to investigate top Vatican officials over the clerical sex abuse scandal.
Rob Keeris AP

The international tribunals at The Hague have dealt with horrific war crimes and brought Balkan war criminals and African warlords to trial.

Now, the tribunal is being asked to investigate top Vatican officials over the global clerical sex abuse scandal, and victims say these offenses meet the legal definition of crimes against humanity.

Pope Benedict XVI has repeatedly apologized for crimes committed by priests.

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4:00am

Tue September 13, 2011
Business

Investors Want Europe To Take Bold Steps Against Crisis

Markets in Europe began the week lower on concerns Greece could be edging closer to default. Greece received an international rescue package earlier but an agreement to double the bailout's size hasn't been enacted.

4:00am

Tue September 13, 2011
Election 2012

7 GOP Presidential Candidates Gang Up Against Perry

Eight Republican presidential candidates gathered Monday night in Tampa, Fla., for a debate sponsored by CNN and the Tea Party Express. The event marked the first time The Tea Party Express has been an official sponsor of a presidential debate. Texas Governor Rick Perry was the center of attention.

4:00am

Tue September 13, 2011
Election 2012

Tea Party Audience Learns More About Perry

NPR's Greg Allen talks with voters for reaction to last night's Republican presidential debate.

12:01am

Tue September 13, 2011
Tina Brown's Must-Reads

Tina Brown's Must-Reads: The Women Of The World

Originally published on Wed September 14, 2011 10:36 am

Tina Brown, editor of The Daily Beast and Newsweek, tells us what she's been reading in a feature that Morning Edition likes to call Word of Mouth.

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12:01am

Tue September 13, 2011
Books News & Features

'Wonderstruck': A Novel Approach To Picture Books

A Wordless World: The story of Rose, a deaf little girl in Brian Selznick's Wonderstruck, is told primarily in pictures. "We experience [Rose's] story in a way that perhaps might echo the way she experiences her own life," Selznick explains.
Brian Selznick

It's not often that a writer can illustrate his own books, but Brian Selznick is that rare find. He began his career as an artist collaborating with authors on children's books. But he gradually realized that he wanted to tell his own stories in both words and pictures — and to do that, Selznick invented a unique narrative device.

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10:55pm

Mon September 12, 2011
Music

Anamanaguchi: The Band That Plays Nintendo

Anamanaguchi combines the sound chips of old Nintendos and Game Boys with the guitars and drums of rock.
Courtesy of the artist

Anamanaguchi is a punk band that's part of an underground music scene known as "chiptune," an emerging form of electronic music that creates a layered sound from limited technology: video-game systems from the '80s. The group's music got its name because it combines the sound chips of old Nintendos and Game Boys with the guitars and drums of rock; it uses software designed for writing songs, then installs those songs on chips into old game machines. On stage, its members play traditional instruments like guitars and drums along with the video-game console, chirping a digital melody.

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7:33am

Mon September 12, 2011
Around the Nation

Ohio Woman 'Trashes' Mayor's Office

Officials in Portsmouth, Ohio, made changes to the garbage pick-up last week, following a holiday. But Janice Shanks was overlooked, and so her trash piled up. Wanting to send a message, she bagged up the garbage and delivered it to the mayor's office.

7:21am

Mon September 12, 2011
Around the Nation

Engaged Ohio Couple Takes The Plunge, Literally

Phil Mathis said he wanted to do something crazy. So the 58-year-old Ohio man told his bride-to-be that he would only get married if they went skydiving together. Gail decided to take the leap. The couple held the ceremony in a plane, and then tumbled out from 7,500 feet.

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