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Politics
6:22 am
Fri June 20, 2014

GOP: McCarthy Voted Majority Leader; Scalise Chosen As Whip

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 7:29 am

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House Republicans have elected a new majority leader. As expected, Kevin McCarthy of California, currently the third-ranked Republican in the House, easily prevailed. And Steve Scalise of Louisiana won the fight to replace McCarthy as majority whip. The leadership shuffle followed last week's unexpected primary defeat of the previous majority leader, Eric Cantor. NPR's Ailsa Chang takes a look at the frenzied, 10-day contest to fill the newly vacated positions.

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Iraq
6:20 am
Fri June 20, 2014

Political Solution Needed In Iraq, Obama Says

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 7:29 am

President Obama is sending up to 300 military advisers to Iraq to gather intelligence on the insurgency. He was adamant there will be no American combat operations on the ground in Iraq.

NPR Story
5:08 am
Fri June 20, 2014

Prolific Pop Lyricist Gerry Goffin Dies At 75

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 8:25 am

Along with his musical partner and onetime wife, Carole King, Gerry Goffin wrote such Top 40 hits as "Will You Love Me Tomorrow" and "Up on the Roof."

NPR Story
5:08 am
Fri June 20, 2014

High Court Ruling Supports Employees In Retaliation Cases

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 7:29 am

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The U.S. Supreme Court has handed public employees a victory, ruling that they cannot be fired for testifying truthfully on matters of public concern. The unanimous decision broadens protections for government employees. NPR's Nina Totenberg reports.

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NPR Story
5:08 am
Fri June 20, 2014

New York City To Pay Millions To End Central Park Jogger Case

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 7:29 am

Officials in New York City reportedly have agreed to pay $40 million to five men who were convicted in the 1989 Central Park jogger case, but who were later exonerated.

NPR Story
5:08 am
Fri June 20, 2014

Ecuadoran Province Churns Out Top-Notch Soccer Players

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 7:29 am

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Soccer's World Cup always produces some great underdog stories. One of them, this year, comes from Ecuador. That tiny South American nation is making a rare World Cup appearance. And nearly half of its players come from the same poor and sparsely populated coastal province called Esmeraldas. John Otis has the story.

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Europe
7:12 am
Thu June 19, 2014

Hikers Trapped In Dense Rhododendron Forest

Originally published on Thu June 19, 2014 7:50 am

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Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne with news of a rhododendron rescue. Who knew a shrub known for its brilliantly colored blooms could be life-threatening? But a couple hiking in Ireland's Knockmealdown Mountains was trapped when they got lost on a hillside so thick with wild rhododendrons, one rescuer told the BBC it was as impenetrable as a jungle - so dense that people could not hear each other, which is why it took five hours to rescue them. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

Around the Nation
7:04 am
Thu June 19, 2014

96 Years Later, Va. Woman Gets Honorary Diploma

Originally published on Thu June 19, 2014 7:50 am

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Good morning. I'm Linda Wertheimer. In 1918, schools were shut down in Norfolk, Virginia, because of the deadly Spanish-flu pandemic. When they reopened, then 15-year-old Lela Burden was holding down two jobs. She didn't come back. This week, 96 years later, Burden received an honorary high school diploma - a fitting tribute for a woman who noted on her 110th birthday, you learn something everyday, every time you wake up. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

World
6:56 am
Thu June 19, 2014

United Nations Launches Review Of Peacekeeping Efforts

Originally published on Thu June 19, 2014 7:50 am

U.N. peacekeepers are in some of the world's most violent places. Linda Wertheimer talks to Herve Ladsous, U.N. under-secretary-general for Peacekeeping Operations about the changing mission.

NPR Story
5:14 am
Thu June 19, 2014

Speechwriters Deliberately Use Rhythm To Help Make Their Point

Originally published on Thu June 19, 2014 7:50 am

President Obama's biggest speeches have a musicality to them. That's not an accident. His speechwriters obsess over rhythm and cadence.

NPR Story
5:14 am
Thu June 19, 2014

With Loyal Customers In Mind, Amazon Unveils Fire Phone

Originally published on Thu June 19, 2014 7:50 am

At a gala party on Wednesday, Amazon launched its first smartphone. It is distinguished from other phones by the ease with which you can use it to buy things from Amazon.

NPR Story
5:14 am
Thu June 19, 2014

U.S. Program Hopes To Inspire Young Africans To Be Tomorrow's Leaders

Originally published on Thu June 19, 2014 7:50 am

President Obama is organizing the first of its kind African summit in Washington. In the run-up to that high-level gathering, young African leaders are in the U.S. for a leadership training program.

NPR Story
5:14 am
Thu June 19, 2014

When It Comes To Dating, Some People Have A Type

Originally published on Thu June 19, 2014 7:50 am

Match.com is partnering with another service to offer facial-recognition technology. It will compare photos of clients' exes with database photos in the hopes of finding faces with similar features.

NPR Story
5:14 am
Thu June 19, 2014

American Apparel Fires Its Controversial CEO

Originally published on Thu June 19, 2014 7:50 am

Dov Charney was the founder of the sweatshop-free clothing company. He's been forced out amid an investigation into alleged misconduct

Asia
6:44 am
Wed June 18, 2014

In Japan, A KitKat Bar May Be A Ticket To Ride

Originally published on Wed June 18, 2014 7:09 am

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LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Linda Wertheimer. Got a piece of a Kit Kat bar? In Japan, that could be your ticket to ride. People traveling on the Sanriku Railway there can now use special Kit Kat candy wrappers as train tickets. It's part of a campaign to revive tourism after the tsunami in 2011, which badly damaged the railway's tracks and bridges. In Japan, it's common to give Kit Kats to wish somebody good luck for the next year. It also means a train ride. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

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