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5:20 am
Tue May 13, 2014

Uruguay's President Shuns Trappings Of His Office

Originally published on Tue May 13, 2014 9:25 am

The president of Uruguay is said to be extremely frugal and gives most of his salary to charity. Renee Montagne talks to Simon Romero of The New York Times about Jose Mujica's presidency.

NPR Story
5:20 am
Tue May 13, 2014

Dracula's Transylvania Castle Goes On The Market

Originally published on Tue May 13, 2014 7:30 am

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(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Appropriate music for today's last word in business: real estate.

Dracula's castle is for sale in the central Romanian region of Transylvania.

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Think of it as a fang-tastic deal. You could be - go ahead, laugh.

INSKEEP: Yeah, I am.

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Asia
7:21 am
Mon May 12, 2014

Kenny G. Closes Up Shops In China

Originally published on Mon May 12, 2014 8:04 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep with a song stuck in China's collective head. "Going Home" by Kenny G. It was an American hit in the 80s and the New York Times reports it has spread all over China. It's played at stores and markets all over the country to signal when closing time is near. Shopkeepers themselves aren't sure why. Maybe it's a signal to leave. Maybe it just makes people want to go.

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

Around the Nation
7:21 am
Mon May 12, 2014

Boston Signs Remind Motorists To Use Their Turn Signals

Originally published on Mon May 12, 2014 8:04 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep with another Massachusetts traffic report.

Last week, we told you driver was caught in the carpool lane with a mannequin as a passenger. Now we have a Boston traffic warning. Electronic signs with traffic information now saying: USE YAH BLINKAH. It's spelled that way, B-L-I-N-K-A-H, its Bahston. And last year, Boston cops caught almost 5,000 turn signal violations. Just a remindah to the drivahs to signal when tahning the cah.

It's MAHNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

NPR Story
5:06 am
Mon May 12, 2014

Politics In The News: Kidnapped Nigerian School Girls

Originally published on Mon May 12, 2014 8:04 am

A bipartisan group of female senators got the Senate to pass a resolution condemning the abductions. And Michelle Obama gave the issue additional support in her first solo White House radio address.

NPR Story
5:06 am
Mon May 12, 2014

China Looks To Expand Rail Lines

Originally published on Mon May 12, 2014 8:04 am

Rail officials in China are talking about a high-speed rail line running to North America — including a 120-mile tunnel under the Bering straits, connecting to Alaska.

NPR Story
5:06 am
Mon May 12, 2014

Mormon Bishop Highlights Health Coverage Gap Among Utah's Poor

Originally published on Mon May 12, 2014 3:06 pm

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Many republican governors have taken a stand against Obamacare by refusing to expand Medicaid. Utah, which is one of the most republican states in the nation, remains undecided. But in a state where the majority of the population are Mormons, one bishop from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints says helping the poor is a moral obligation. Andrea Smardon from member station KUER in Salt Lake City has more.

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NPR Story
5:06 am
Mon May 12, 2014

Glass, A New Digital Site, To Obsess On TV And Video

Originally published on Mon May 12, 2014 8:04 am

Senior editor Zach Seward and the all digital publication Quartz are launching a smaller site called Glass. It may offer hints about ways reporters will share information in the future.

NPR Story
5:06 am
Mon May 12, 2014

Crackdown In Egypt Scares Off Presidential Candidates

Originally published on Mon May 12, 2014 8:04 am

There are only two candidates. The man likely to win is Abdel Fattah el Sisi, who led the ouster of Islamist President Mohamed Morsi. The candidate willing to go up against him is Hamdeen Sabahi.

Around the Nation
7:28 am
Fri May 9, 2014

Truck Driver Follows GPS Instructions. He Shouldn't Have

Originally published on Mon May 12, 2014 3:26 pm

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep with a reminder to watch where you're going even if guided by GPS. Last year in Alabama, I followed an electronic map that guided me onto a dirt path. I had to turn around.

Same thing happened to a truck driver in Idaho. He was hauling sand to a golf course when the GPS led him onto a one-lane dirt road in the forest. He couldn't turn around. The rig rolled over, and an Idaho forest now has an unplanned sand trap.

Around the Nation
7:28 am
Fri May 9, 2014

Driver In Carpool Lane Pulled Over For Suspicious Passenger

Originally published on Mon May 12, 2014 3:26 pm

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Good morning, I'm Steve Inskeep.

A state trooper outside Boston saw a car pulling into the carpool lane on I-93. Cars in that lane should have at least two occupants, but something caught the trooper's eye. He pulled over the car and that's when he discovered the driver was using the lane accompanied only by a mannequin head propped up in the passenger seat.

The driver was ticketed despite the artistic effort used on the mannequin which had a mustache drawn on.

Business
5:36 am
Fri May 9, 2014

Crowdfunding Can Help Build Business, But At What Cost?

The website RocketHub connects startups with a funding network. Here, the site's founders (from left): Alon Hillel-Tuch, Vladimir Vukicevic, Brian Meece and Jed Cohen.
RocketHub

Originally published on Mon May 12, 2014 3:26 pm

Entrepreneur Andy Krafsur raised money for Spira Footwear by reaching out to friends and family. But that was a dozen years ago. After the economy tanked, the common tactic became a lot more difficult.

"The pool of people that you can go to has shrunken significantly," Krafsur says, "and everybody goes to those same people."

Then Krafsur found a crowdfunding website that helped his cash flow enormously. The Securities and Exchange Commission is about to approve rules allowing small businesses to reach out to investors through these kinds of crowdfunding networks.

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NPR Story
5:36 am
Fri May 9, 2014

Apple Expected To Buy Beats Electronics

Originally published on Mon May 12, 2014 3:26 pm

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

NPR's business news starts with iPhones and headphones.

Apple is set to buy Beats Electronics for more than $3 billion. That's according to a report in the Financial Times. Beats is a headphone maker founded by hip-hop star Dr. Dre and the producer Jimmy Iovine.

NPR Story
5:11 am
Fri May 9, 2014

Why Has China Become More Aggressive Toward Vietnam?

Originally published on Mon May 12, 2014 3:26 pm

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

The writer Robert Kaplan wrote a book about the South China Sea. He calls it "Asia's Cauldron." And we talked about why it would be that China could slowly claim seascapes there using oil rigs, water canons and ship collisions. I wonder if part of the Chinese thinking in a situation like that might simply be you know you don't want a war with China, 'cause we're a lot bigger than you, and therefore we can do everything short of war to push you around because we think we have rights here. Is that possibly what the Chinese are thinking?

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NPR Story
5:11 am
Fri May 9, 2014

Tensions Heat Up In South China Sea Between China, Vietnam

Originally published on Mon May 12, 2014 3:26 pm

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

On a Friday, it's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep. Let's look more closely now at the competition for control of the South China Sea. That's a strategic body of water surrounded by growing Asian nations like the Philippines, Vietnam and of course, China. Many nations have made overlapping claims for that sea and the resources beneath it. Since several nations are U.S. allies, it's a conflict in which the United States has a big interest.

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