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12:49pm

Tue September 20, 2011
Afghanistan

Afghanistan's Former President Rabbani Assassinated

Burhanuddin Rabbani, the head of the Afghan Peace Council and former president of Afghanistan, was killed in a bombing in the nation's capital.

7:26am

Tue September 20, 2011
Around the Nation

U.S. Customs Tries To Confiscate Vegemite

Australian Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd was stopped with a jar of Vegemite at an airport this week on his way to New York for the U.N. General Assembly meeting. To U.S. custom officials, the brown spread looked like a "potentially dangerous liquid." Those who don't enjoy the taste, may agree.

7:16am

Tue September 20, 2011
Around the Nation

Ohio Mansion Along Lake Erie Up For Sale

For $19.5 million, you too could have a wine grotto, a sauna, 38,000 sq. ft. of living space and a garage with a rotating floor. The man who lived there invented the drop ceiling but he died last year.

4:00am

Tue September 20, 2011
Economy

Spain Auctions Airports, Lottery To Generate Cash

Originally published on Tue September 20, 2011 12:50 pm

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DAVID GREENE, Host:

As Spain struggles to cope with its national debt, the socialist government there is turning to some extreme measures. It's auctioning off state industries, like airports and the national lottery. The government is hoping to generate enough cash to avoid asking the E.U. and International Monetary Fund for a bailout. But as Lauren Frayer reports from Madrid, selling off state assets is not the most straightforward solution.

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4:00am

Tue September 20, 2011
Business

Tata's Jaguar Land Rover Unit To Build Plant In U.K.

British carmaker Jaguar Land Rover has announced it is investing more than $500 million in a new British plant to build fuel-efficient, four-cylinder engines. And the company's Indian owner Tata Motors says it plans to pour more than $2 billion a year into Jaguar Land Rover over the next five years.

4:00am

Tue September 20, 2011
Economy

Obama Proposes Higher Tax Revenue To Curb Deficit

President Obama's call for $1.5 trillion in tax hikes to reduce the deficit puts him on a collision course with congressional Republicans. Some of Democratic supporters may welcome Obama's newly combative negotiating style, but deficit watchdogs warn his plan falls short in key areas.

4:00am

Tue September 20, 2011
Middle East

Anti-Government Protests In Yemen Turn Bloody

Dozens of anti-government protesters have died in Yemen over the last two days, when loyalist security forces opened fire on the main square in the capital, Sanaa. It has been one of the most violent periods in Yemen's nine-month uprising — which has otherwise been largely peaceful. Les Campbell, who runs the Middle East and North Africa programs at the National Democratic Institute, talks to Steve Inskeep about the political wrangling over the future of the country.

4:00am

Tue September 20, 2011
Politics

GOP Not Interest In Raising Taxes On Anyone

President Obama's deficit reduction plan is just a proposal unless Congress acts. Most Republicans don't like what they heard from the president about taxing the wealthy to shrink long-term deficits.

4:00am

Tue September 20, 2011
Business

Standard & Poor's Downgrades Italy's Debt

S&P dropped Italy's government debt a notch, pointing to weak economic growth and political divisions that could make it harder to resolve its debt problems. Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi shot back with a statement saying the move was "dictated more by newspaper articles than by reality."

4:00am

Tue September 20, 2011
Business

Will Sony's Tablet S Delight Customers?

The Japanese company Sony has had a tough year. It's endured a string of attacks from hackers, earthquake damage and lower earnings and profits. Now the company has released a new product: Tablet S. David Greene talks to Bloomberg tech columnist Rich Jaroslovsky about what the success of the computer tablet would mean for the one-time king of consumer electronics.

4:00am

Tue September 20, 2011
Business

The Last Word In Business

Steve Inskeep has the Last Word in business.

12:01am

Tue September 20, 2011
Books

Shel Silverstein's Poems Live On In 'Every Thing'

Originally published on Tue September 20, 2011 5:13 pm

When Shel Silverstein wrote the poem "Years From Now," he seemed to know that one day he'd be gone but that his playful words and images would still be making children happy. "I cannot see your face," he writes to his young readers, but in "some far-off place," he assures them, "I hear you laughing — and I smile."

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12:01am

Tue September 20, 2011
Author Interviews

Daniel Yergin Examines America's 'Quest' For Energy

Daniel Yergin is the author behind the Pulitzer Prize-winning book The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil, Money & Power.
Jon Chomitz

A television ad running in upstate New York has been warning residents that the state's water supply is headed for ruin.

"New York tap water has always been the best in the world," it says. "In places where gas companies are already using a dangerous process called fracking, like Pennsylvania, the water is cloudy and full of toxic chemicals."

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7:41am

Mon September 19, 2011
Around the Nation

Gamers Solve Problem That Stumped Scientists

A virus like HIV needs a protein to multiply. Find how that protein is created, and you take a step toward stopping it. The problem is so complex even computers couldn't figure it out. So University of Washington scientists created a video game. It required players to figure out the protein structure. The winning team found a solution in just 10 days.

7:32am

Mon September 19, 2011
Europe

Judge Orders $2.4 Million In Traffic Fines Refunded

In a small English village, a speed camera on Duck Street was registered erroneously as being on Seatown Road. Because of that technicality, the judge ordered more than 24,000 drivers over 10 years be refunded $2.4 million in fines.

4:00am

Mon September 19, 2011
Business

Business News

Steve Inskeep has business news.

4:00am

Mon September 19, 2011
Business

The Last Word In Business

David Greene has the Last Word in business.

4:00am

Mon September 19, 2011
Economy

Obama To Propose Deficit Reduction Plan

President Obama today releases his plan to bring down the federal deficit. The proposal will include new taxes, Medicare reductions and savings from troop withdrawals.

4:00am

Mon September 19, 2011
Europe

Greece Tries To Show It Can Reduce Budget Deficit

Originally published on Tue August 7, 2012 3:43 pm

A woman walks past an advertisement of the national lottery in Athens. Public outrage over austerity measures is intense, and a new levy on real estate has been dubbed the "monster tax."
Louisa Gouliamaki AFP/Getty Images

It's a critical period for Greece: It has to convince international lenders that it can slash its budget deficit before getting a vital $11 billion installment of last year's $150 billion bailout deal.

Prime Minister George Papandreou canceled a trip to the U.S. to hold an emergency Cabinet meeting Sunday on finding more cuts to plug this year's budget shortfall. Greece has blamed the shortfall on a deeper-than-expected recession — the unintended effect of a year and a half of draconian austerity measures.

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4:00am

Mon September 19, 2011
Asia

U.S. Accuses Pakistan Of Harboring Haqqani Network

Originally published on Mon September 19, 2011 6:35 am

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DAVID GREENE, host: It's Morning Edition from NPR News. Good morning. I'm David Greene in for Renee Montagne.

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

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4:00am

Mon September 19, 2011
Analysis

Politics In The News

Originally published on Mon September 19, 2011 7:05 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, host: And you heard Scott say part of this is politics. Let's talk about that part with NPR's Cokie Roberts, who joins us most Mondays. Cokie, good morning once again.

COKIE ROBERTS: Hi. Hi, Steve.

INSKEEP: Glad you're with us. Glad you're with us.

ROBERTS: Yes. Good to be with you.

INSKEEP: Now, let's just note a couple of things that Scott said there. Speaker John Boehner said forget about new taxes and a couple of days later, we hear about the president's plan for a millionaires' tax. Why now?

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4:00am

Mon September 19, 2011
Television

'Mad Men,' 'Modern Family' Capture Multiple Emmys

The 1960s Madison Avenue saga Mad Men won its fourth consecutive Emmy Award for Best drama series. Modern Family won its second consecutive trophy for best comedy.

4:00am

Mon September 19, 2011
Europe

Strauss-Kahn Speaks Publicly For The First Time Since Arrest

The former head of the International Monetary Fund has given his first television interview since returning to France after being arrested in May on accusations he sexually assaulted a hotel maid in New York. The charges were dropped but Dominique Strauss Kahn still faces a lawsuit brought by the maid. A French writer also claims he tried to rape her. Eleanor Beardsley reports from Paris.

12:01am

Mon September 19, 2011
Monkey See

NBC's 'Prime Suspect' Hopes To Fill Some Very Big And Very British Shoes

Maria Bello plays Detective Jane Timoney — a revamped version of Helen Mirren's iconic Jane Tennison — in NBC's remake of the British drama Prime Suspect.
Patrick Harbron NBC

When a British television show is remade for an American audience, it usually hews closely to the original, at least at the uncertain beginning, while it fumbles to find its own identity.

The Office found one. Most don't.

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12:01am

Mon September 19, 2011
Krulwich Wonders...

Lucretius, Man of Modern Mystery

Lucretius, circa 55 B.C.
Spencer Arnold Getty Images

Before he became a Professor of literature at Harvard, and way before he wrote his classic Shakespeare biography, Will in The World, Stephen Greenblatt was an I'll-read-anything kind of kid. One day, he was standing in the campus book store, and there, in a bin, selling for ten cents (good price, even in 1961) he noticed a thin, little volume called On the Nature of Things, by a Roman writer named Lucretius.

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7:17am

Fri September 16, 2011
Around the Nation

Big Y Supermarket To Phase Out Self-Checkout Lanes

The self-serve checkout lanes were meant to speed service and save money, but checkout times increased. Cashiers will return, helping people baffled by bar codes, coupons and ways to pay.

7:10am

Fri September 16, 2011
Around the Nation

Grandparents Monkeying With Camera Are Web Stars

Esther and Bruce Huffman were playing with the camera on their new laptop but didn't know millions were about to see it. Their granddaughter posted on YouTube the retired couple's first attempt at uploading video. It went viral.

4:00am

Fri September 16, 2011
NPR Story

Libya's Oil Production To Resume Shortly

Libya is poised to bring its major source of wealth back on line in a matter of days. Oil profits will be vital to a government that has much of its money tied up in frozen overseas assets. The Transitional National Council has said repeatedly it will honor all the contracts made with oil companies by the Gadhafi regime. Critics say those contracts were riddled with corruption.

4:00am

Fri September 16, 2011
Politics

Boehner Commands Supercommitee Not To Raise Taxes

House Speaker John Boehner on Thursday unveiled his own jobs proposal. He also weighed in on President Obama's jobs plan. And in both instances, the Ohio congressman touted one main theme: the need to avoid raising taxes.

4:00am

Fri September 16, 2011
Politics

Politics In The News

Originally published on Fri September 16, 2011 8:23 am

Transcript

STEVE INSKEEP, Host:

Let's talk about politics, the economy and more with NPR national political correspondent Mara Liasson, who's on the line.

Mara, good morning.

MARA LIASSON: Good morning Steve.

INSKEEP: Okay, we heard Speaker Boehner's proposals having to do with this supercommittee that's supposed to reduce the deficit. The president takes his swing at this on Monday, right?

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