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4:00am

Wed September 7, 2011
Business

Amazon May Use 7-Eleven As Package Pick-Up Station

Amazon.com is testing out a new delivery system in Seattle. It involves a customer picking up their Amazon order at a nearby 7-Eleven.

12:00am

Wed September 7, 2011
NPR Story

For Hollywood's Dream Factory, A Sober 'New Normal'

Denis Leary's troubled Tommy Gavin is a firefighter haunted by Sept. 11 memories (and more) on the FX drama Rescue Me.
FX

In September 2001, Hollywood found itself in a place where it doesn't much like to dwell: reality.

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8:08am

Tue September 6, 2011
Africa

Libyan Rebels Block Gadhafi Stronghold Bani Walid

The town of Bani Walid is the latest location of a front line in the war to capture the final strongholds of ousted leader Moammar Gadhafi. Over the weekend, efforts to negotiate the town's surrender broke down. The talks have resumed, even as rebels threaten to attack.

7:54am

Tue September 6, 2011
Around the Nation

The White Zone is For Loading ... Explosives?

At the airport in Phoenix, Ariz., police had a container full of explosives they used for training. On Friday, it vanished from an airport terminal. On Monday, a motorist spotted the container by the side of the road. A bomb squad determined that nobody tampered with the explosives, other than stealing them in the first place.

7:48am

Tue September 6, 2011
Around the Nation

Terrapin Fans Want Maryland's New Uniforms Sacked

In college football Monday night, the Maryland Terrapins beat Miami. But Terps' fans were left wondering: What was our team wearing? Maryland debuted new uniforms, and the Twitter reviews were decidedly negative.

4:00am

Tue September 6, 2011
Africa

Libyan Rebels Threaten To Invade Bani Walid

Rebels in Libya have encircled the pro-Gadhafi stronghold of Bani Walid and are threatening to attack the town. Bani Walid is one of only a handful of towns still controlled by Gadhafi forces.

4:00am

Tue September 6, 2011
NPR Story

Tripoli Has Changed Tremendously Since February

After nine weeks reporting on the progress of Libyan rebels, NPR's Lourdes Garcia-Navarro reflects on the state of the country. Having just left the capital, she tells Steve Inskeep that Tripoli is a different city today from the one she encountered in February when the revolution began.

4:00am

Tue September 6, 2011
NPR Story

Convoy Of Gadhafi Troops Cross Into Niger

David Greene reports on news that a troop convoy from Libya has crossed into the country of Niger. It's not clear if any family members of Libya's leader Moammar Gadhafi are part of the convoy.

4:00am

Tue September 6, 2011
Business

Business News

David Greene has business news.

4:00am

Tue September 6, 2011
Business

Airbnb Connects Homeowners With Travelers Looking To Save

NPR's Asma Khalid reports on one of several new websites that connect travelers with homeowners who have a spare room. Airbnb is one of the fastest growing of these rental-by-owner sites. But as with other fast-growing businesses, it faces several challenges.

4:00am

Tue September 6, 2011
Economy

Obama Previews Jobs Plan In Detroit

President Obama is trying to rally public support for the jobs program he'll spell out to Congress later this week. At a Labor Day rally in Detroit Monday, Obama offered a sneak preview of parts of the plan. Labor leaders said they're encouraged by the president's new-found aggressiveness on the jobs front.

4:00am

Tue September 6, 2011
Business

The Last Word In Business

David Greene has the Last Word in business.

4:00am

Tue September 6, 2011
Economy

Economy Needs More than A Quick Fix

David Greene has been revisiting some of the stories from a trip he took across America back in 2009 to mark President Obama's first 100 days in office. In his second report in the series "100 Days Revisited," he talks to Dorothy Jerse and Carolyn Toops, two of the ladies he spoke to in 2009. The women — both in their 80s — have been meeting every Wednesday for the last 25 years at Boo's Crossroads Café in Terre Haute, Indiana, for breakfast.

12:01am

Tue September 6, 2011
Hidden World Of Girls

Ex-L.A. Gang Member Trades Streets For Family Life

Originally published on Tue June 10, 2014 3:20 pm

BooBoo (right) flashes a Playboys gang hand sign, 1993.
Robert Yager

Los Angeles is arguably the epicenter of street gangs stretching back for generations. NPR's Mandalit del Barco has been documenting the lives of gang members in the city for nearly two decades. For the series "The Hidden World of Girls," produced with the Kitchen Sisters, del Barco revisits one gang girl she profiled for an NPR documentary in 1995.

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7:47am

Mon September 5, 2011
Business

Cooking School Owners May Soon Eat Losses

Many people dream of becoming chefs. Some have gone to the California Culinary Academy or other Le Cordon Bleu cooking schools. And now former students are suing. They claim school recruiters misled them about their job prospects after graduation. The school's parent company has now agreed to offer millions of dollars in rebates to students: $20,000 each.

7:47am

Mon September 5, 2011
Around the Nation

'Rookie' Takes The Field

Originally published on Mon September 5, 2011 4:18 pm

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STEVE INSKEEP, host:

Good morning, I'm Steve Inskeep.

If this story is not already being made into a movie, it could be. In 1968, Alan Moore left behind his college football career when he headed off to serve in Vietnam. Now, at age 61, he's decided to pick up where he left off. He's a junior at Faulkner University in Alabama, where he nabbed a spot on the team as place kicker. His first game is September 10th. The head coach says it took a while to stop calling his new player sir.

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6:48am

Mon September 5, 2011
Business

So Long, Snooze Button

The latest batch of high-tech alarm clocks explode, roll away, fly away and even make you solve math problems to keep you from oversleeping.

5:58am

Mon September 5, 2011
NPR Story

Rebels Tighten Hold On Gadhafi Stronghold

Originally published on Mon September 5, 2011 5:58 am

Rebel forces in Libya have surrounded the town of Bani Walid, southeast of the capital Tripoli. The rebels are still hoping to negotiate a peaceful takeover of the town, a stronghold of embattled leader Moammar Gadhafi, and avoid further civilian casualties. But Gadhafi loyalists are refusing to surrender.

10:42am

Fri September 2, 2011
NPR Story

August Jobless Rate Remained 9.1 Percent

The Labor Department reported Friday that the nation's jobless rate remained unchanged at 9.1 percent in August, as employers added no new workers.

7:03am

Fri September 2, 2011
Around the Nation

Plane Passenger Spots Burglars At His House

An Arkansas homeowner recently caught a pair of burglars. Stephen Lynn wasn't home at the time, he was flying overhead in a friend's plane. The Jonesboro Sun says Lynn was taking photos of his house when he spotted the criminals. He called the police and gave them turn-by-turn directions.

6:54am

Fri September 2, 2011
Around the Nation

Arizona Wedding Reception Gets Out Of Hand

Someone called police to report a brawl in the backyard of a home in suburban Phoenix. Police tried to stop the fighting and pepper-sprayed the crowd. You could predict that this would displease the bride, who was soon accused of kicking a police officer. A judge sentenced her to community service but no prison time.

5:07am

Fri September 2, 2011
Around the Nation

Powell: Don't Let Terrorism Change 'Who We Are'

Former Secretary of State Colin Powell reflects on how the country has changed in the 10 years since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Powell tells Steve Inskeep, "We have to be on guard that we don't spend so much time worrying about terrorism and guarding ourselves that we start to lose the essence of who we are as an open, freedom-loving people."

4:00am

Fri September 2, 2011
NPR Story

Irene Chases Away Catskills' Labor Day Tourists

Labor Day is usually a busy one for towns in New York's Catskills. Tourists from New York City and nearby states come to enjoy the last long weekend of summer. But this year, many towns are still cleaning up from the floods that followed Hurricane Irene. Business owners worry that even if they manage to reopen, the tourists won't come.

4:00am

Fri September 2, 2011
NPR Story

Famous Bookstore Attracts Photographers, Not Buyers

The bookshop made famous in the movie Notting Hill will close next week unless a buyer is found. A campaign has been started to keep the travel bookshop open. The founder of the shop says people are more interested in taking the store's picture than coming inside to buy a book.

4:00am

Fri September 2, 2011
Business

Spain's Lawmakers Set To Pass Debt Amendment

Spain's lower house of Parliament votes Friday on a constitutional amendment limiting the country's future budget deficit. The amendment would almost balance Spain's budget by the year 2020. The Senate is expected to vote on the measure next week.

4:00am

Fri September 2, 2011
Business

The Last Word In Business

Steve Inskeep has the Last Word in business.

12:01am

Fri September 2, 2011
Crime In The City

Sleuthing Around Dublin's Darkest Corners

Originally published on Wed February 6, 2013 11:55 am

O'Connell Street, 1952: Dublin in the 1950s is "perfect noir territory" says writer John Banville (who writes crime fiction under the pen name Benjamin Black). The city's dark history is incorporated into his work. "I am a novelist and therefore a cannibal," he says. "I eat whatever comes near me. Everything is material."
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"If you are going to write noir fiction, Dublin in the '50s is absolutely perfect," novelist Benjamin Black tells NPR's Philip Reeves. "All that poverty, all that fog, all that cigarette smoke, all those drink fumes. Perfect noir territory."

You may know Black better as Irish writer John Banville, winner of the 2005 Man Booker Prize for his novel The Sea. Banville writes his crime fiction under the name Benjamin Black. His novels star an oddball sleuth named Quirke — a bachelor in his early 40s who works as a consultant pathologist in a Dublin morgue.

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7:39am

Thu September 1, 2011
Around the Nation

Insurance Company Denies Winning Slap Shot Payout

Nate Smith, 11, slapped a hockey puck through a tiny hole from 89 feet away. The shot during a charity game in Minnesota was for a $50,000 prize. But the insurance company won't pay. Nate was standing in for his twin brother Nick, whose winning raffle ticket made him the one who should've held the hockey stick.

7:30am

Thu September 1, 2011
Around the Nation

Alaska Woman Rescues Her Dog From Bear's Jaw

When Juneau, Alaska, resident Brooke Collins looked up, she saw a bear. Worse than that: She saw a bear carrying her dog in its mouth. Collins ran up and punched the bear in the face. The bear dropped the dog and ran away.

5:34am

Thu September 1, 2011
Business

In Dispute, 'Financial Times' Pulls App Off iTunes

A major newspaper publisher is refusing to swallow demands from Apple, and it pulled its App off of iTunes. The Financial Times didn't want to pay Apple 30 percent of its revenue from customers who downloaded the App.

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