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5:34 am
Mon February 6, 2012

Queen Elizabeth Celebrates 60 Years On The Throne

Elizabeth was just 25 and visiting the then-colony of Kenya, when word came her father the King had died. The royals will celebrate her Diamond Jubilee by visiting the nations that once made up the British empire.

The Two-Way
5:30 am
Mon February 6, 2012

Syrian Regime Has 'License To Kill' After Diplomatic Impasse, Activists Say

Activists say this image, taken from a video uploaded to YouTube, shows Syrians outside a field hospital in Homs earlier today. Blood stains the sidewalk. Because few foreign journalists are inside Syria, images such as this cannot be independently verified.
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  • Steve Inskeep talks with Kelly McEvers about the violence in Homs

People in Homs, Syria, say government forces are shelling the city and that at least 15 to 20 people have died so far today. The renewed attacks follow an even deadlier weekend barrage — human rights groups say government forces killed about 200 people in Homs on Saturday, making it perhaps the bloodiest day since opposition protests began last spring.

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Around the Nation
5:28 am
Mon February 6, 2012

Polar Bear Clubs Finder Warmer Than Normal Water

It's the season of the Polar Bear Plunge, when many Americans take a challenge to leap into icy water. If they can find cold water. In Rehoboth Beach, Del., people leaped into ocean water that was 47 degrees — the warmest on record.

Middle East
2:00 am
Mon February 6, 2012

Syrian Troops Strike Neighborhoods In Homs

Originally published on Mon February 6, 2012 4:56 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

This is MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

And I'm Steve Inskeep. Good morning. Here's the latest on the crisis in Syria. The U.S. State Department says it has closed the U.S. Embassy in Damascus, and evacuated its diplomats. The U.S. also issued a warning for all American citizens to leave the country immediately. A State Department spokewoman says the embassy was shut because of concerns that it's not sufficiently protected from armed attack.

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Sports
2:00 am
Mon February 6, 2012

Giants Tower Over Patriots As Super Bowl Champs

The New York Giants came back with a last-minute score to beat the New England Patriots 21-17 Sunday night for New York's fourth Super Bowl title. It was a rematch of the 2008 NFL championship, when Eli Manning led New York past New England to ruin the Patriots' bid for a perfect season.

Middle East
2:00 am
Mon February 6, 2012

Egypt To Try 19 Americans In NGO Dispute

Originally published on Mon February 6, 2012 5:04 am

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The military-led government in Egypt, in a defiant gesture, says it will put on trial 19 Americans and some two dozen others, over work they've been doing to help Egypt in its transition to democracy. Those facing charges include the son of U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, along with others working for nonprofits promoting civil society and good governance.

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Around the Nation
2:00 am
Mon February 6, 2012

Storing Grain Can Aid Farmers In Commodity Pricing

Originally published on Mon February 6, 2012 4:45 am

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American farmers depend on the commodities market. The smallest change in the price of grain can increase their profit, or wipe it out. Corn farmers have done well in recent years, and some are using the cash in an effort to make themselves into players on the commodities market. They're investing in big grain bins, allowing them to hold on to their harvest until they get the price they want. Harvest Public Media's Kathleen Masterson reports.

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Around the Nation
2:00 am
Mon February 6, 2012

Komen Foundation Struggles To Lure Back Donors

Aurora Jewell, Mandi Moshay and Kirsten Dees (left to right) hold up signs following a press conference by U.S. Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) outside at a Planned Parenthood Clinic in Seattle, on Feb. 3.
Stephen Brashear Getty Images

Originally published on Thu February 9, 2012 12:07 pm

The Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation is facing a fight to keep controversy from undermining its fundraising efforts.

After announcing that it would withdraw funding from Planned Parenthood screening programs last week — and then reversing that decision three days later — the foundation now faces the challenging task of repairing its image and trying to lure back disillusioned donors.

One of the nation's largest breast cancer charities, the foundation spends tens of millions of dollars annually on breast cancer research, education and screening.

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Election 2012
2:00 am
Mon February 6, 2012

Voters Gear Up For Minnesota Caucuses

Originally published on Mon February 6, 2012 3:28 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

The Super Bowl of political contests is the presidential campaign. And if 2012 is not compelling enough for you, not to worry. Journalists are already writing about the prospects for 2016. But this year's Republican nominating contest is far from over. Tomorrow, Missouri which holds a primary, and there's a caucus in Minnesota, which is where we find Matt Sepic of Minnesota Public Radio.

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Politics
2:00 am
Mon February 6, 2012

After Cuts, New Mexico Now Has Budget Surplus

Originally published on Mon February 6, 2012 5:07 am

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Our periodic look at state finances takes us next to New Mexico. The situation there looks a lot less awful than it did.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

After three years of painful cuts, the state has a projected surplus. The question now is what to do with the money. Here's NPR's Ted Robbins.

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Food
2:00 am
Mon February 6, 2012

Chef Picked To Represent U.S. In France's Bocuse d'Or

Originally published on Mon February 6, 2012 5:15 am

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For many chefs, winning the prize we'll talk about next is like winning the Super Bowl. But in the international contest's 26-year history, no American has ever won the Bocuse d'Or - that's D-apostrophe-O-R. The first step in deciding who represents the United States is a nation competition, which was recently held at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York. Karen Michel was there.

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Business
2:00 am
Mon February 6, 2012

GOP Contests Move To Colorado, Minnesota

Originally published on Mon February 6, 2012 4:52 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.

The Republican presidential primary season heads into another phase this week, as Colorado and Minnesota voters choose their candidates tomorrow. Over the weekend, Mitt Romney scored a huge victory in the Nevada caucuses, besting his closest rival, Newt Gingrich, by double digits.

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Business
2:00 am
Mon February 6, 2012

Deadline Closes In For Mortgage Relief Settlement

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NPR's business news begins with possible mortgage relief.

U.S.
1:25 am
Mon February 6, 2012

Unions Create TV Ad To Appeal To Young People

A new TV ad recently test-launched by the AFL-CIO discusses work, but never mentions unions specifically.
Courtesy of the AFL-CIO

At a time when young activists from Zucotti Park to Tahrir Square have shown what the Internet and social media can do to help organize people, some American unions have been taking notes.

The AFL-CIO is embarking on a new advertising campaign that combines new and old technologies.

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The Record
10:01 pm
Sun February 5, 2012

Get To Know The Song Of The Year Nominees: Bruno Mars, 'Grenade'

Bruno Mars.
Andreas Laszlo Konrath Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue December 11, 2012 10:59 am

This Sunday the annual Grammy Award winners will be announced. One of the biggest categories is Song of the Year, which goes to a songwriter. Every day this week, we'll give you a little intel on one of the nominees. Today, Bruno Mars' "Grenade."

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The Salt
10:01 pm
Sun February 5, 2012

California's Stevia Growers Bet On Fast Track To Sweetener Success

The S&W Seed Co., in Five Points, Calif., will grow these seedlings of zero-calorie stevia in the fields of California's Central Valley.
Dan Charles NPR

Originally published on Mon February 6, 2012 1:23 am

It's stevia time!

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Shots - Health Blog
10:01 pm
Sun February 5, 2012

What Spermicide Users Should Know, But Often Don't

Many over-the-counter contraceptives contain a spermicide known as nonoxynol-9.
Gretchen Cuda Kroen For NPR

When Lisa Rentz decided she'd had enough of birth control pills, she walked into her local drug store and picked up something different: a vaginal contraceptive film that contains the spermicide nonoxynol-9, or n-9.

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Shots - Health Blog
10:01 pm
Sun February 5, 2012

The 'Morning After' Pill: How It Works And Who Uses It

Plan B is available over the counter for people 17 and older.
AP

Originally published on Thu February 14, 2013 9:52 am

Access to emergency contraception has swirled at the center of a recent flurry of debate over insurance coverage. It's a pill women can take if their birth control fails or they forget to use it.

The most popular brand of emergency contraception is called "Plan B One-Step." You might better know it as the morning-after pill. Today, about 10 percent of sexually active women say they've used it.

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Your Money
10:01 pm
Sun February 5, 2012

In Idaho, Two Workers Take Jobs, And Hope For Best

When he was laid off in 2008., Nathan Bussey had been working for Hewlett-Packard for just under 10 years. He's now hoping to advance in his new job at a call center.
Molly Messick StateImpact Idaho

Originally published on Mon February 6, 2012 11:11 am

StateImpact Idaho's Molly Messick reports on two people coping with the lingering effects of an economic downturn.

Before the recession, Idaho had one of the fastest growing economies in the country. But last year, its jobless rate peaked at nearly 10 percent. That number has begun to creep downward – but many workers in the state are still struggling to replace the jobs they've lost.

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Music Interviews
10:01 pm
Sun February 5, 2012

Songs To Spin To, From A Fitness Guru

For gymgoers, the right soundtrack can be a critical part of an effective workout.
Arthur Tilley Getty Images

For the latest installment of The Ultimate NPR Workout Mix, Morning Edition reached out to someone who makes workout mixes for a living.

Justin Rubin teaches spin classes at Equinox Fitness in Los Angeles, where dozens of riders fill a dark room, pedaling against varying resistance levels on stationary bikes. Riders reserve their bikes online 26 hours before a class, and the bikes for Rubin's class are gone within minutes. The key to his popularity: People love his music.

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Economy
3:39 pm
Sun February 5, 2012

Stopping The 'Brain Drain' Of The U.S. Economy

Recent surveys show that a large percentage of graduates from the nation's top schools are taking jobs in consulting or financial sector.
Mary Altaffer AP

Yale University student Marina Keegan received an email last May from Bridgewater Associates, one of the world's largest hedge funds, offering her $100 if she said why she didn't apply for a summer internship.

Keegan, an English major, decided to take Bridgewater up on its offer.

"It was only sort of once I was inside the room when I realized ... maybe I'm helping them perfect their recruiting machine, which is exactly what we were doing," Keegan tells weekends on All Things Considered host Guy Raz.

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Music
3:00 pm
Sun February 5, 2012

New Staging Of 'Yentl' Tells A Transgender Girl's Story

Actress Hillary Clemens portrays Yentl/Anshel in the new staging of Isaac Bashevis Singer's play at the Asolo Repertory Theatre in Sarasota, Fla.
Daniel Perales Studio

Singer-songwriter Jill Sobule is probably best known for her 1995 hit single, "I Kissed a Girl." These days, she's taking on a new musical project: the gender-bending play by Isaac Bashevis Singer, Yentl.

Barbra Streisand turned Singer's play into her 1984 hit movie musical of the same name. Although Sobule's version features music, it's a little more Singer and a little less Streisand.

"She changed the ending and made it kind of Funny Girl coming to America. ... We keep to the word," Sobule tells weekends on All Things Considered host Guy Raz.

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Health
1:56 pm
Sun February 5, 2012

Fewer Autopsies Mean Crucial Info Goes To The Grave

Colleagues of Renee Royak-Schaler at the University of Maryland School of Medicine paid for and conducted an autopsy that revealed that cancer had ravaged her body. Today, autopsies are conducted on just 5 percent of patients.
Jenna Isaacson Pfueller ProPublica

Originally published on Tue May 8, 2012 1:52 pm

A half-century ago, autopsies — sometimes called the ultimate medical audit — were an integral part of American health care, performed on roughly half of all patients who died in hospitals. But today, autopsies are conducted on roughly 5 percent of such patients, and experts say that is a troubling trend.

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Author Interviews
1:10 pm
Sun February 5, 2012

How Whitey Bulger Corrupted The Justice System

These 1984 file photos originally released by the FBI show New England organized crime figure James "Whitey" Bulger.
Federal Bureau of Investigation, File AP

Originally published on Mon February 6, 2012 11:32 am

When Whitey Bulger was captured last year, he'd spent close to 20 years on the run — and on the FBI's Most Wanted list.

Bulger was the head of an Irish gang terrorizing the streets of South Boston. The Massachusetts State Police wanted him gone, but curiously couldn't touch him.

Why? Bulger was a confidential FBI informant, and the bureau shielded him for years.

Robert Fitzpatrick, the author of Betrayal: Whitey Bulger and the FBI Agent Who Fought to Bring Him Down, says Bulger was widely known to be an unsavory character.

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The Two-Way
10:09 am
Sun February 5, 2012

Russia's Hottest Protest Song, Courtesy Of The Military Elite

A screen grab from the YouTube video, "Putin and the Paratroopers."
YouTube

An Internet hit is becoming the anthem for Russian protesters as they march against Vladimir Putin's rule.

In the few days since it was posted, more than 1 million people have watched the YouTube video for the song, catapulting its band into sudden stardom. Yet this is no ordinary story of the latest Web sensation.

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Middle East
8:21 am
Sun February 5, 2012

Egypt To Try 19 Americans Over NGO Funding

Egyptian official media reported Sunday that 40 people, including at least 19 Americans, have been referred to trial on charges they illegally provided foreign funding to non-governmental organizations in the country.

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Presidential Race
6:00 am
Sun February 5, 2012

Voting Their Own Way: Maine's Extra-Long Caucuses

Originally published on Sun February 5, 2012 11:27 am

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Europe
6:00 am
Sun February 5, 2012

Greece: Partial Agreement Reached With Creditors

The moment of truth has arrived for Greece. Sunday the government must finally reach agreement on the terms of a $170-billion bailout from the so-called troika: the European Commission, the European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund. John Psaropoulos reports from Athens.

Middle East
6:00 am
Sun February 5, 2012

Violence Rises In Syria As UN Falters

For nearly a year, Syria's government has sustained a violent crackdown against opposition protesters. The international community has struggled to agree on a unified response, and on Saturday, the latest effort to bring pressure on Syria's leaders fell apart. Host Rachel Martin talks with NPR's Kelly McEvers, who is monitoring developments in Syria.

Middle East
6:00 am
Sun February 5, 2012

Syria Veto 'Outrageous' Says U.N. Envoy Susan Rice

United States Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice spoke after the Security Council vote on Saturday, saying the United States was "disgusted" by Russia and China's veto.
Mary Altaffer AP

Originally published on Sun February 5, 2012 1:53 pm

For nearly a year, Syria's government has sustained a violent crackdown against opposition protesters. The international community has struggled to agree on a unified response, and on Saturday, the latest effort to bring pressure on Syria's leaders fell apart.

Russia and China blocked a U.N. Security Council resolution that would have condemned the Syrian government for attacks against civilians. U.S. Ambassador Susan Rice said the United States was "disgusted" by the double veto.

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