The News Tip On Weekend Edition Sunday
6:53 am
Sun November 27, 2011

The News Tip: Beyond A Strong Brand

In a new book coming out next month, business tycoon and sometimes presidential candidate Donald Trump estimates his entire net worth is $7 billion. Trump says a hefty chunk — some $3 billion — alone covers the "brand value" of the Trump name.

It isn't just pop culture gadflies making a buck from that intangible factor known as "brand value" anymore. Journalists, too, are trying to build their own brands.

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Around the Nation
6:38 am
Sun November 27, 2011

Alaskan Winter Doesn't Freeze Protesters' Resolve

The frigid air needles exposed flesh and sinks through clothing, but that hasn't kept at least one protester from occupying a park in Fairbanks, Alaska, for more than a month. The temperature has been 30 to 40 degrees below zero in recent weeks.

This time of year, the days are short. It's dim, bleak and other-worldly in the nation's northernmost Occupy protest. While local officials want the protesters' tents taken down, occupiers say the shelter is necessary in such cold weather.

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Middle East
6:00 am
Sun November 27, 2011

Sexual Violence On The Rise In Egypt

Protestors in Egypt's Tahrir Square have called for another massive demonstration in advance of Monday's parliamentary elections, bringing on fears of renewed violence on election day. As turmoil continues, sexual violence and paranoia are on the rise. NPR's Lourdes Garcia-Navarro reports from Cairo.

Middle East
6:00 am
Sun November 27, 2011

Egyptians Abroad Vote From Afar

Egyptians living abroad are eligible to vote in the upcoming election. Absentee ballots are being accepted at Egyptian embassies around the world, including Washington, D.C. Several of those voting there spoke with NPR about their hopes as well as their frustrations with the process.

Middle East
6:00 am
Sun November 27, 2011

Protest Roil Alexandria Before Egyptian Elections

Originally published on Sun November 27, 2011 9:51 am

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This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Audie Cornish. In Egypt today, protests are continuing ahead of tomorrow's parliamentary elections, the first since the fall of President Hosni Mubarak and his replacement by a military council. The turmoil is not limited to Cairo. NPR's Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson is in the city of Alexandria and she joins us now. Welcome, Soraya.

SORAYA SARHADDI NELSON, BYLINE: Good morning, Audie.

CORNISH: Describe the mood today in Alexandria.

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Research News
6:00 am
Sun November 27, 2011

An Amnesia Patient's Strange Power Of Recall

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Latin America
6:00 am
Sun November 27, 2011

Mexican Drug Violence Spilling Into Central America

Originally published on Sun November 27, 2011 9:51 am

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The spillover effects of Mexico's drug war are taking a grim toll in Central America. The region has the highest homicide rate in the world, according to a new U.N. report, as traffickers move more and more U.S.-bound cocaine through Central America's struggling and weak states.

Nick Miroff has this story from Honduras, with support from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.

NICK MIROFF, BYLINE: Operation Lightning is Honduras's response to the murder problem.

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Latin America
6:00 am
Sun November 27, 2011

ICC Called To Investigate Mexican President

A group of human rights activists in Mexico has asked the International Criminal Court in The Hague to investigate President Felipe Calderon in connection with the deadly war on drug cartels. The complaint, spearheaded by human rights lawyer Netzai Sandoval, claims war crimes have occurred. The complaint was filed a day after two dozen bodies were found dumped in Guadalajara. NPR's Jason Beaubien has more.

Politics
6:00 am
Sun November 27, 2011

Congress Stuck With Supercommittee's Holiday Leftovers

The Congressional supercommittee, charged with coming up with a plan to cut the national deficit, had been invested with handling so many unrelated tasks that its failure last week has left Congress with a sizeable workload in its remaining weeks this year. Among them: possible extensions of the payroll tax cut and unemployment benefits, and a continuation of the entire federal budget. NPR congressional correspondent David Welna joins us to set the stage for December.

Around the Nation
6:00 am
Sun November 27, 2011

Crowded Prisons: Calif. Solving Problem If Not Cause

Originally published on Sun November 27, 2011 9:51 am

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