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Around the Nation
7:10 am
Fri May 16, 2014

S.C. Lawmakers Reconsider Old-School Cursive Writing

Originally published on Fri May 16, 2014 12:07 pm

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Around the Nation
7:04 am
Fri May 16, 2014

Couch Produces More Than Loose Change

Originally published on Fri May 16, 2014 12:07 pm

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Good morning, I'm Steve Inskeep.

Three roommates bought an old couch from the Salvation Army. They found envelopes filled with cash in it. One finder was a New Paltz, New York geology student who said she'd never found more than 50 cents. This time it was $40,000. They tracked down the original owner, a woman who had kept her savings in the couch where she slept. Her relatives had not known this, and when she was in the hospital they helpfully gave away her couch and replaced it with a bed.

NPR Story
6:07 am
Fri May 16, 2014

Chipotle Dishes Up Food For Thought

Originally published on Fri May 16, 2014 12:07 pm

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We stay with Chipotle our last word in business today, which is: Burritos with a side of literature.

Chipotle restaurants are dishing out some food for thought with their meals. Starting this week, two minute essays can be found printed on the sides of Chipotle cups and takeout bags, essays written by contributors like Toni Morrison, Judd Apatow, Michael Lewis, Malcolm Gladwell, author Jonathan Safran Foer is also featured. He pitched the idea to Chipotle after eating alone their one day with nothing to read.

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NPR Story
6:07 am
Fri May 16, 2014

Big Sunday Encourages Baby Steps To Volunteerism

Originally published on Fri May 16, 2014 12:07 pm

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This weekend is an annual nationwide event known as Big Sunday. It's such Big Sunday it now lasts the whole weekend. It's aimed at boosting the numbers of Americans who volunteer in their communities. It began 16 years ago, started by a film writer who decided to channel his frustration over endless script edits into something more productive.

Reporter Alex Schmidt has the story.

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NPR Story
4:59 am
Fri May 16, 2014

Propublica: Doctors Overcharge Medicare For Office Visit

Originally published on Fri May 16, 2014 12:07 pm

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It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep. Medicare pays for more than 200 million office visits each year. Most visits require only a modest amount of time and expertise. But a new investigation by the nonprofit news organization ProPublica suggests that hundreds of health professionals are overcharging Medicare for office visits. ProPublica senior reporter Charles Ornstein tells us what he found.

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NPR Story
4:59 am
Fri May 16, 2014

U.S. Men's Soccer Team Tries To Jell Before World Cup

Originally published on Fri May 16, 2014 12:07 pm

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OK. Soccer's World Cup is coming. One month from today, the U.S. Men's national team plays Ghana. That's the first of three extremely tough opening round games for the Americans. So they have one month to prepare. In fact, to play catch up with their opponents, in the words of their coach. A World Cup training camp opened this week at Stanford University. NPR's Tom Goldman was there.

TOM GOLDMAN, BYLINE: It's that time again. World Cup time when non-soccer fans and media finally pay attention to some of the country's best athletes.

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NPR Story
4:59 am
Fri May 16, 2014

Mine Disaster Has Ramifications For Turkey's Prime Minister

Originally published on Fri May 16, 2014 12:07 pm

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Now, let's go to Turkey now where the government says at least 284 people are dead and another 18 still missing in a mining accident. Earlier this week, an explosion in a mine set off a fire and trapped hundreds of miners underground. Hope for more survivors is running out and the anger toward Turkey's government is growing. NPR's Leila Fadel spent the day in the mining town of Soma.

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Asia
4:59 am
Fri May 16, 2014

Opposition Party Wins, India's Congress Party Concedes Defeat

Originally published on Fri May 16, 2014 12:07 pm

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It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep. Good morning. We have today the sound of an historic election victory in India.

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U.S.
10:28 am
Thu May 15, 2014

San Diego County Wildfires Prompt Evacuations, State Of Emergency

Originally published on Thu May 15, 2014 10:55 am

More than a half-dozen wildfires are burning in the Southern California county. Thousands of residents have been evacuated. Renee Montagne speaks with reporter Erik Anderson of member station KPBS.

Around the Nation
7:14 am
Thu May 15, 2014

Studio Turns Potholes Into Art

Originally published on Thu May 15, 2014 10:55 am

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Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne. "Positively Filling Negative Space" was the arty title of a 2012 project by the Pop Up Studio in Scranton, Pennsylvania. And what space could more negative than a pothole? This month the art group is challenging residents to turn potholes into art. Photo entries show potholes transformed into a bird's nest, oysters on ice, a sudsy sink, a bowl of spaghetti and a swimming pool surrounded by Barbies in bikinis. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

Around the Nation
7:14 am
Thu May 15, 2014

Police Apprehend Man Looking For Eggs In Neighbor's Home

Originally published on Thu May 15, 2014 10:55 am

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Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep.

Police in Bucks County, Pennsylvania responded to a burglary report. They found a suspect who said it was a misunderstanding. According to the Courier Times, Christopher King said he was just doing as neighbors do. He broke into his neighbor's home to borrow some eggs for breakfast. Something about that story so makes you want to believe, but King appeared to have been looking for eggs by opening dresser and cabinet drawers throughout the entire house.

Planet Money
5:31 am
Thu May 15, 2014

Why Inflation Is So Low

Originally published on Thu May 15, 2014 3:55 pm

With the Federal Reserve pumping trillions of dollars into the economy the past several years, why has inflation remained so low?

NPR Story
5:12 am
Thu May 15, 2014

700,000 Jobs Are At Stake If The Highway Trust Fund Goes Broke

Originally published on Thu May 15, 2014 10:55 am

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

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And I'm Steve Inskeep. Transportation advocates are calling this Infrastructure Week. To mark that week, President Obama spoke yesterday on the banks of the Hudson River just north of New York City. Construction is underway there on $3.9 billion replacement for the old Tappan Zee Bridge. Engineers say one out of nine bridges in this country needs repair.

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5:12 am
Thu May 15, 2014

Dozens Of Protesters Picked Up Ahead Of Tiananmen Anniversary

Originally published on Thu May 15, 2014 10:55 am

Chinese authorities have arrested or detained dozens of people ahead of the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square crackdown. This is an annual ritual ahead of a sensitive political date in China.

Around the Nation
5:12 am
Thu May 15, 2014

Lawyer Reflects On Nation's First Gay Marriages: 'The Cage Had Been Lifted'

Bonauto celebrates on May 17, 2005, the one-year anniversary of legal same-sex marriage in Massachusetts. Bonauto argued the case that benefited couples like Hillary and Julie Goodridge (at right), here with their daughter Annie.
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Originally published on Fri May 16, 2014 7:20 am

Ten years ago this week, attorney Mary Bonauto woke up with more than just your average case of pre-wedding jitters. It had been six months since her arguments had persuaded Massachusetts' highest court to allow the nation's first legal gay marriages, but opponents were still trying to stop the weddings before they started.

"I had been so scared, so many times, during really what had been really a ferocious onslaught to try to keep marriages from ever happening, so I continued to worry," Bonauto recalls.

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