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7:51am

Wed October 19, 2011
Europe

Workers Discover Love Lingers After 1,500 Years

Originally published on Wed October 19, 2011 1:21 pm

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne.

They died around 1,500 years ago, at the end of the Roman Empire. They were buried inside the walls of a palace in the northern Italian town of Modena. But their love lived on. Workers renovating the palace discovered the couple laying side by side, now just bones, but still holding hands, their arms entwined, her head turned towards his. As one who saw the couple put it, a rare and touching scene. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

4:00am

Wed October 19, 2011
Business

Business News

Originally published on Wed October 19, 2011 1:21 pm

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ARI SHAPIRO, HOST:

NPR's business news starts with Wall Street taking a bite out of Apple. Apple shares dropped more than six percent, after the company said quarterly profits rose only 54 percent over last year. Investors are used to Apple blowing past analysts' expectations, and yesterday's numbers came in below predictions, so they were a disappointment.

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4:00am

Wed October 19, 2011
Economy

Protesting Austerity Moves, Unions Shut Down Greece

Originally published on Wed October 19, 2011 1:21 pm

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

NPR's Sylvia Poggioli is in Athens and she joins us on the line for a look at what the strike is looking like there. Good morning, Sylvia.

SYLVIA POGGIOLI, BYLINE: Good morning, Renee.

MONTAGNE: What's the scene there? Pretty quiet, I imagine.

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4:00am

Wed October 19, 2011
NPR Story

GOP Debate: Hottest Show On Las Vegas Strip

In Las Vegas, Tuesday night's Republican presidential debate was arguably the hottest show on the Strip.

It was supposed to be a test for businessman Herman Cain, who has gone from nowheresville to competing for the title of front-runner. But Texas Gov. Rick Perry, whose debates and poll numbers have been lackluckster, showed a combative side that had been missing up until now.

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4:00am

Wed October 19, 2011
NPR Story

Post Prisoner Exchange: Palestinians Call For More Resistance

Palestinians have been celebrating the release of nearly 500 prisoners in an exchange with Israel that freed Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit. It will be weeks before the second phase of the prisoner exchange takes place.

4:00am

Wed October 19, 2011
NPR Story

Ariz. Retirees React To GOP Debate

Older voters were President Obama's weakest age group in his 2008 win. They were the GOP's strongest in 2010. Some members of the Saddlebrooke Republican Club near Tucson, Ariz., watched the debate on TV and discussed the issues that resonated with them.

4:00am

Wed October 19, 2011
Business

American Airlines To Report 3rd Quarter Earnings

Originally published on Wed October 19, 2011 1:21 pm

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

All of the major U.S. airlines are expected to report a profit for the third quarter, except for American Airlines. Its earnings come out later today. If United Airlines and Delta can make money in this economy, what's the problem with American? NPR's Wade Goodwyn explains.

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4:00am

Wed October 19, 2011
Business

Fed Chairman Want Better Communication With The Public

Ari Shapiro talks to David Wessel, of "The Wall Street Journal," about why the Federal Reserve and its Chairman Ben Bernanke are very unpopular these days.

4:00am

Wed October 19, 2011
Business

The Last Word In Business

Renee Montagne has the Last Word in business.

4:00am

Wed October 19, 2011
Middle East

Israelis React To Gilad Shalit Being Freed

Israelis reflect on the release of Gilad Shalit, after five years as a prisoner in the Gaza Strip. Sheera Frenkel reports.

4:00am

Wed October 19, 2011
Economy

Greek Parliament To Vote On New Austerity Package

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ARI SHAPIRO, host: Unions are shutting down Greece today in what a prominent Greek newspaper calls the mother of all strikes. Flights are grounded, state offices are shuttered and shops are closed in the biggest organized protest against austerity measures since the debt crisis began almost two years ago. This week, parliament is expected to pass the latest package of cuts. But the protests show that the country's big unions will continue to resist. Joanna Kakississ has this story from Athens.

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12:01am

Wed October 19, 2011
Music

Girl In A Coma: Rockers Tackle Their Second Language

Originally published on Fri October 21, 2011 4:19 pm

Girl in a Coma performs in both English and Spanish — though none of the members is fluent in the latter.

Josh Huskin Courtesy of the artist

Girl in a Coma is a trio of young women from San Antonio who play rock music — loud rock music — in both English and Spanish. Lead singer and songwriter Nina Diaz, 23, is the youngest member of the band. Her sister Phannie plays drums, while their longtime friend Jenn Alva slaps the bass. Girl in a Coma is signed to Blackheart Records — a label owned by rocker Joan Jett — and takes its name from the song "Girlfriend in a Coma" by The Smiths.

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8:15am

Tue October 18, 2011
Middle East

Freed Soldier Gilad Shalit Returns To Israel

Looking thin, weary and dazed, Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit returned home Tuesday from more than five years of captivity in the Gaza Strip. In exchange, hundreds of Palestinian prisoners were released.

8:09am

Tue October 18, 2011
Around the Nation

Bloomberg: Wall Street Protests Not Topic For Home

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has a connection to the Occupy Wall Street protesters. The mayor's girlfriend Diana Taylor is on the board of directors of Brookfield Office Properties. That company owns Zuccotti Park, where protesters have been camping for weeks. He insists they don't discuss the demonstrations or her business interests at home.

7:42am

Tue October 18, 2011
Strange News

Followers Go Bananas Over Keisuke Yamada's Art

A young Japanese artist has developed quite a web following for his banana art. Keisuke Yamada uses a toothpick and spoon to sculpt faces onto the fruit.

6:55am

Tue October 18, 2011
Africa

Hillary Clinton Travels To Libya

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is visiting Libya, where she will meet with members of the National Transitional Council. This is the first time a cabinet-level official from the U.S. has traveled to Libya since 2008.

4:00am

Tue October 18, 2011
Middle East

Israeli Soldier Freed In Exchange For Palestinian Prisoners

Originally published on Tue October 18, 2011 8:20 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

And I'm Renee Montagne.

A dramatic prisoner swap is underway now, between Israel and the Palestinians. After five years in captivity, Israeli soldier, Gilad Shalit, is free. He is in Israel, and we'll go there in a moment.

First, to the West Bank and the city of Ramallah. That's where NPR's Peter Kenyon is, surrounded by a jubilant crowd of Palestinians.

Good morning, Peter.

PETER KENYON, BYLINE: Good morning, Renee.

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4:00am

Tue October 18, 2011
Middle East

Held For 5 Years, Shalit Will Need Time To Adjust

The Israeli soldier being released in the prisoner exchange with the Palestinian group Hamas is Gilad Shalit. The head of Israel's largest support group for captured soldiers knows better than most what Shalit will experience when he emerges from captivity.

4:00am

Tue October 18, 2011
Election 2012

Cain's 9-9-9 Plan Gets Positive Voter Reaction

Herman Cain's simplified tax plan has vaulted him into the spotlight and has sent his poll numbers soaring. But do people actually know much about the Republican presidential candidate's 9-9-9 tax plan, and how it would affect them?

4:00am

Tue October 18, 2011
Election 2012

Critic Warns: 'Look' At 9-9-9 Proposal's 'Numbers'

Originally published on Tue October 18, 2011 8:20 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

While Herman Cain's 9-9-9 tax proposal has proven effective as a marketing device, it's also inspired criticism from across the political spectrum. Here's tax attorney and Republican candidate, Michele Bachmann, attacking the plan.

MICHELE BACHMANN: One thing I would say, is when you take the 9-9-9 plan and you turn it upside down, I think the devil's in the details.

MONTAGNE: There's also been plenty of skepticism about the details from liberal quarters. That includes Cornell University economist, Robert H. Frank.

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4:00am

Tue October 18, 2011
Africa

Liberia's Presidential Runoff Set For Next Month

The election pits Nobel Peace Prize winner and incumbent, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, against fellow Harvard graduate Winston Tubman, who is a one-time justice minister and former U.N. diplomat. Prince Johnson, a rebel leader turned senator, is backing the incumbent because she's the lesser of two evils.

4:00am

Tue October 18, 2011
Europe

EU To Decide Food Aid Program's Future

As Europe's debt crisis drags on, the social safety nets in place in eurozone countries are beginning to fray. One long-standing program, which is financed by the European Union, and uses surplus food stocks, may end soon. The decision on whether to cut funding to the food aid program comes as more people join the soup lines.

4:00am

Tue October 18, 2011
Business

The Last Word In Business

A men's store in Tokyo is using Radio-frequency identification technology inside the clothes hangers. When a customer removes an item from the rack, that triggers a display on a nearby screen to show product information for that item, and even matching accessories.

12:01am

Tue October 18, 2011
2 Languages, Many Voices: Latinos In The U.S.

Author Malin Alegria Builds On 'Estrella's' Star Power

Originally published on Mon September 16, 2013 2:39 pm

Malin Alegria lives in San Jose, Calif., where she teaches and writes.

Dulce Baron

Writer Malin Alegria's first novel, Estrella's Quinceanera, covers familiar territory for anyone who has ever been a 15-year-old girl battling with her mother — but the fact that the book's sassy protagonist, Estrella Alvarez, is Mexican-American makes her unique in the world of young adult fiction.

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12:01am

Tue October 18, 2011
Tina Brown's Must-Reads

Tina Brown's Must Reads: The Republican Schism

Daily Beast Editor-in-Chief Tina Brown

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.

This week, Brown says the media is taking a closer look at the gap between the Republican establishment and the Tea Party. "There's a kind of fire bomb that's about to go off when the debt talks again resume," she says.

The Republicans Are 'Playing With Fire'

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7:17am

Mon October 17, 2011
Games & Humor

Centenarian Sets Marathon Record In Toronto

Over the weekend, Fauja Singh became the oldest person to complete a marathon. He is 100. Singh said he was "overjoyed" at finishing in just over eight hours. Toronto was his eighth marathon. He ran his first at age 89.

7:10am

Mon October 17, 2011
Around the Nation

90-Year-Old Kansas Woman Fulfills Sorority Dream

In 1941, Bertie McConnell attended rush parties for Zeta Tau Alpha sorority at Washburn University in Topeka, Kan. But then World War Two intervened, and she left college to work at an ammunition plant. Decades later, her daughter was a teacher at the same university, and shared her mother's story in class. Members of the sorority responded by inviting Bertie McConnell to become a pledge at age 90.

4:00am

Mon October 17, 2011
NPR Story

Obama Helps Dedicate Memorial To Martin Luther King Jr.

President Obama spoke at the long-delayed dedication of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial on Sunday. Almost 50 years after the March on Washington, Obama said, barricades and bigotry have come down. But the nation still faces severe economic challenges and too many neighborhoods with too little hope.

4:00am

Mon October 17, 2011
NPR Story

Indy Champ Wheldon Dies In Las Vegas Speedway Crash

Originally published on Mon October 17, 2011 5:25 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

The world of IndyCar racing has lost one of its stars. Two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Dan Wheldon was killed yesterday during an IndyCar race in Las Vegas. Wheldon was trailing a pack of cars when he was unable to avoid a massive pile-up.

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UNIDENTIFIED MAN: Oh, here we go. (Unintelligible) a huge crash. Up at turn number two. Oh, multiple cars involved.

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4:00am

Mon October 17, 2011
NPR Story

Americans Urged To Reconsider Use Of Dietary Supplements

There's been an explosion in the number of Americans who take vitamins and other dietary supplements. But do they do any good? And might they actually be doing harm? Two new studies raise serious questions.

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