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Business
7:38 am
Tue November 29, 2011

American Airlines Files For Bankruptcy Protection

Originally published on Tue November 29, 2011 12:16 pm

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

NPR's business news starts with American Airlines filing for bankruptcy.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

INSKEEP: Let's find out why the parent company of the giant airline sought Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection today. One of the corporate press releases does not offer too much help - not even using the word bankruptcy. Instead, headlined: American Airlines Begins Legal Process in United States to Improve Competitiveness.

NPR's Chris Arnold is covering this story. Chris, what does that actually mean?

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Sports
7:09 am
Tue November 29, 2011

Former Canadian Football Stars Fight Caught On Tape

Originally published on Tue November 29, 2011 12:16 pm

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep. It's never too late to settle a score. Joe Kapp and Angelo Mosca are former Canadian Football League stars. They supposedly haven't liked each other since competing in 1963.

Last week, the 73-year-olds were honored at a lunch. Kapp offered a flower as a peace gesture. Mosca rejected it, and lashed out with his cane. Kapp advanced with his fists.

Movies
6:57 am
Tue November 29, 2011

British Film Archive Discovers Lost Disney Short

The short animated film Hungry Hobos created by a young Walt Disney starred a rabbit. It was one of about 26 cartoons featuring Oswald the rabbit. Hungry Hobos screened in 1928 but sat on the shelf for decades. It will be sold at auction.

Law
4:56 am
Tue November 29, 2011

Judge Rejects Citigroup, SEC Settlement

Originally published on Tue November 29, 2011 12:16 pm

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In New York, yesterday, a federal judge rejected a settlement of a fraud case involving Citigroup. The Securities and Exchange Commission, which brought charges against the bank, had agreed to the $285 million deal. But Judge Jed Rakoff said he didn't believe the settlement was in the public interest. NPR's Jim Zarroli reports.

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NPR Story
4:00 am
Tue November 29, 2011

The Last Word In Business

The long running NBC comedy series The Office is about a group of workers employed by fictitious paper company Dunder Mifflin. The Wall Street Journal reports that an office supply website called Quill.com has struck a licensing agreement with NBC to sell copy paper using the fictitious brand name.

NPR Story
4:00 am
Tue November 29, 2011

Coptic Christians Fear Islamists Will Sweep Egyptian Election

Originally published on Tue November 29, 2011 12:16 pm

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne.

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Economy
4:00 am
Tue November 29, 2011

How To Solve Wealth Inequality

According to the latest Census, the wealthiest Americans saw huge jumps in their income, while the rest had their incomes go down. For a deeper understanding of the wealth gap, Steve Inskeep talks to Tyler Cowen, an economist at George Mason University, and Matthew Yglesias, who writes about economics for the website Slate.com.

Business
4:00 am
Tue November 29, 2011

Business News

Peaceful voting in Egypt has given the country's stock market a boost. Cairo's market was closed on Monday when the landmark elections started. When trading opened Tuesday, the benchmark stock index surged more than 5 percent.

Around the Nation
4:00 am
Tue November 29, 2011

Demand For Denver Apartments Outstrips Supply

The housing crisis has stalled home building but apartment construction is undergoing a bit of a renaissance. There's now a huge pool of people forced to rent because they can't afford to buy a home, or they were a victim of foreclosure. In Denver, there aren't enough apartment vacancies.

Around the Nation
4:00 am
Tue November 29, 2011

Florida A&M's Band 'Needs To Stop' Hazing

Originally published on Tue November 29, 2011 12:16 pm

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Another college campus is facing a scandal. A criminal investigation is under way at Florida A&M University in Tallahassee. It comes after the death of a drum major who was in the school's marching band. Allegations that the 26-year-old man died because of hazing have shaken a group many consider one of the best university bands in the nation. Florida Public Radio's Lynn Hatter reports.

LYNN HATTER, BYLINE: The first thing people associate with the Florida A&M University band is the sound.

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Music News
3:23 pm
Mon November 28, 2011

A Carnegie Hall Debut, Inspired By Trout

Ellen Taaffe Zwilich took her inspiration for the piece from Franz Schubert's famous Trout Quintet.
Bill Keefrey

The Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio — pianist Joseph Kalichstein, violinist Jamie Laredo and cellist Sharon Robinson — will celebrate its 35th anniversary as one of the world's finest chamber-music ensembles this January. For the past 25 years, one of the group's frequent partners has been Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Ellen Taaffe Zwilich. She says it's always great fun to hand over a new piece.

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Around the Nation
7:18 am
Mon November 28, 2011

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.

Around the Nation
7:09 am
Mon November 28, 2011

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.

Business
4:00 am
Mon November 28, 2011

Should CEOs No Longer Be Granted Stock Options?

Originally published on Mon November 28, 2011 6:45 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

The economy is still far from healthy, and we've been asking people for one idea that could help fix even just one small part of the economy. And we have this latest idea from author and management consultant Jim Collins. He wants to change the way that CEOs are paid. Instead of granting stock options, he says executives should have to buy company stock with their own money.

JIM COLLINS: I want executives who are willing to be aligned in their own risk profile with how well the company does over time.

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Business
4:00 am
Mon November 28, 2011

Holiday Weekend Was A Good One For Retailers

Originally published on Mon November 28, 2011 7:33 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

NPR's business news begins with a strong showing for retailers. Consumers spent a record $52.4 billion at stores and on the Internet over the weekend. It's the official start of the holiday shopping season. According to the National Retail Federation, shoppers hunting for Black Friday bargains spent an average of about $400 each, which is a big jump over last year.

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NPR Story
4:00 am
Mon November 28, 2011

After Violent Campaign, Congo Voters Cast Ballots

The Democratic Republic of Congo holds elections for president and parliament Monday. These are the second elections since a long dictatorship ended in 1997. Elections held in 2006 represented a transition to democracy.

NPR Story
4:00 am
Mon November 28, 2011

NATO Strike Further Damages U.S.-Pakistani Relations

Originally published on Mon November 28, 2011 6:38 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

NATO has promised a thorough investigation into the attack, which killed those 24 Pakistani soldiers. NPR's Pentagon correspondent Tom Bowman is on the line with the latest information. Good morning.

TOM BOWMAN, BYLINE: Good morning, Renee.

MONTAGNE: So, we've just heard a version of events from Pakistan. What are you hearing from your sources about what happened?

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NPR Story
4:00 am
Mon November 28, 2011

Swede Fest Attracts Cheap Remakes Of Hollywood Blockbusters

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

The new movie "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1" made more money at the box office over the holiday weekend, beating new releases like "The Muppets" and "Arthur Christmas." Now, going to the movies is fun, but for some fans it's not enough to simply watch the action. They want an interactive experience. In fact, they want to be the stars. NPR's Travis Larchuk explains.

TRAVIS LARCHUK}, BYLINE: All right. So here's a scene from the movie "Scott Pilgrim vs. the World."

(SOUNDBITE OF MOVIE, "SCOTT PILGRIM VS. THE WORLD")

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Africa
4:00 am
Mon November 28, 2011

Voting Begins In Egypt's Parliamentary Elections

Egyptians in Cairo and Alexandria are among those voting today in the first stage of parliamentary elections. These are the first elections since President Hosni Mubarak was ousted. Two other stages are scheduled for December and January.

Europe
4:00 am
Mon November 28, 2011

Desperate Young Briton Looks For Work In Hull

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

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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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Africa
4:00 am
Mon November 28, 2011

Egyptians Cast Ballots In 1st Stage Of Parliamentary Elections

Originally published on Mon November 28, 2011 5:26 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Let's turn to the Egyptian port city of Alexandria, where hundreds of women lined up at one polling center this morning.

(SOUNDBITE OF CROWD CHATTER)

MONTAGNE: For many in this women's line, this is the first election in which they feel their choice will count. We reached NPR's Soraya Sorhadi Nelson in Alexandria. Good morning.

SORAYA SARHADDI NELSON, BYLINE: Good morning, Renee.

MONTAGNE: And generally speaking, what are you seeing at polling stations there in Alexandria?

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Business
4:00 am
Mon November 28, 2011

The Last Word In Business

Officials overseeing a new performance hall had to decide on a mobile phone policy. While theaters generally remind patrons to turn off their devices, The New York Times reports the new theater in Bellevue, Wash., will encourage smartphone use. The theater wants to attract younger audiences, and that means there's no use forbidding the technology.

Analysis
4:00 am
Mon November 28, 2011

Politics In The News

Originally published on Mon November 28, 2011 6:09 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.

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Around the Nation
4:00 am
Mon November 28, 2011

Calif. High Speed Rail Isn't Quick To Take Off

The dream of high speed rail in California is running into tough realities. Cost estimates have more than doubled — to nearly $100 billion — since the project was approved by voters in 2008. The date of completion has been pushed back to 2030.

Latin America
7:17 am
Fri November 25, 2011

Brace Yourself: The World Could End In 2012

Originally published on Fri November 25, 2011 7:19 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep. Mexico's National Institute of Anthropology and History dismisses claims that the apocalypse is coming, but it's still scrupulously providing evidence. Some people predict catastrophe in 2012, supposedly based on forecasts by the ancient people known as Mayans. Anthropologists now say there are two, not just one, ancient references to December 2012. But they say modern forecasters of doom have still, quote, "twisted the Mayan cosmovision." It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

Sports
7:08 am
Fri November 25, 2011

World's Worst Soccer Team Finally Wins A Game

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LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

Good morning, I'm Linda Wertheimer. The world's worst soccer team finally won a game. In 17 years of international play, American Samoa has scored just a dozen goals, compared to the 229 they've allowed. But they scored two this week, to beat Tonga 2-1 in a World Cup qualifying match.

The American Samoans hope their win will raise their ranking. They currently sit at 204th in the world.

It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright National Public Radio.

Asia
4:00 am
Fri November 25, 2011

Why Is China's Baby Care Industry Booming?

Originally published on Fri November 25, 2011 5:31 am

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LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

It's MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. I'm Linda Wertheimer.

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Business
4:00 am
Fri November 25, 2011

The Last Word In Business

Steve Inskeep has the Last Word in business.

Business
4:00 am
Fri November 25, 2011

Tis The Season For Shopping

On this Black Friday, Linda Wertheimer talks to branding expert Martin Lindstrom about the psychology of sales and the array of techniques retailers use to get people to shop.

Afghanistan
4:00 am
Fri November 25, 2011

Afghan Reporters Maneuver Media Minefields

Originally published on Fri November 25, 2011 6:55 am

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LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

In Afghanistan, a media boom followed the ouster of the Taliban in 2001, but there have been problems. Watchdog groups report hundreds of cases of violence and intimidation against journalists, including murder. Afghan reporters have learned which topics are off-limits, and they take great care to avoid offending the country's powerful. NPR's Ahmad Shafi reports from Kabul.

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