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Middle East
2:27 am
Mon July 21, 2014

After An Ultimatum, Christians Flee Iraqi City

Originally published on Mon July 21, 2014 5:30 am

For the first time since the first century, there are basically no Christians left in the historic Iraqi city of Mosul.

World
2:27 am
Mon July 21, 2014

International Observers Work To Keep Tabs On Site Of Malaysia Jet Crash

Originally published on Mon July 21, 2014 5:30 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Secretary of State John Kerry spent a lot of time on TV yesterday, laying out what he says is extraordinary circumstantial evidence that rebels in Eastern Ukraine shot down the Malaysia Airlines jetliner. Kerry said on NBC's "Meet The Press" they did it with Russian help.

(SOUNDBITE OF TV SHOW, "MEET THE PRESS")

SECRETARY OF STATE JOHN KERRY: It is clear that Russia supports the separatists, supplies the separatists, encourages the separatists, trains the separatists and Russia needs to step up and make a difference here.

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Around the Nation
2:27 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Legal Battle Looms Over Florida Congressional Districts

Florida's state capitol. A redistricting plan crafted by the Republican-controlled Legislature in Tallahassee was partially thrown out by a state judge.
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Originally published on Mon July 21, 2014 12:18 pm

With the midterm election a little more than three months away, a legal battle in Florida has cast uncertainty over the state's upcoming congressional races.

A state judge ruled this month that maps for two of Florida's 27 congressional districts violated the state constitution. He ordered the Legislature to redraw the maps.

The question now is when.

Like most states, Florida redrew the maps for its congressional districts after the 2010 census. Some states appoint special commissions to do the job, but in Florida, redistricting is done by the state Legislature.

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Asia
3:56 am
Fri July 18, 2014

On Its Way To Kuala Lumpur, Plane Brought Down Over Ukraine

Originally published on Fri July 18, 2014 5:00 am

Many experts question the decision to fly near the fighting in Ukraine. Some airlines have circumvented the country for weeks. In March, a Malaysia Airlines plane went missing on a flight to Beijing.

Europe
3:10 am
Fri July 18, 2014

British Parliament Member Gets Stuck In Restroom

Originally published on Fri July 18, 2014 5:00 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Good morning. I'm David Greene. Michael Gove, a member of Britain's Parliament, might be feeling a little flushed. He got stuck in the bathroom on Wednesday, his first full day as chief whip - that's the person in charge of making sure members of his party are in place to vote the right way. Now, a colleague came to Gove's defense, pointing out that knowing who is using the toilet at any moment is part of the whip's job, so he was likely just carrying out his duties. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

Around the Nation
2:49 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Reminder: Better Pay Your Trash Bill

Originally published on Fri July 18, 2014 5:00 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep with a reminder to pay your trash bill. This comes courtesy of a trash hauling company in Redwing Minnesota. The company is called Paul's Industrial Garage, P-I-G, PIG. A customer did not pay for trash hauling, so a company employee dumped almost two tons of garbage on his lawn. PIG has now been fined for dumping, quote, "wet putrescible waste."

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Putrescible?

NPR Story
2:30 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Actor Kurt Russell Talks About The Family Business: Baseball

Originally published on Fri July 18, 2014 5:00 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

The Portland Mavericks were a minor league baseball team that played in the 1970s. Their story is told in a new documentary on Netflix. It's called "The Battered Bastards Of Baseball." This team was irreverent, unorthodox. The roster included a bunch of hopefuls and has-beens.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

The Mavericks were founded by a baseball outsider, the actor Bing Russell probably best known for his role as Deputy Clem on "Bonanza." But he was also a serious student of baseball.

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NPR Story
2:30 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Afghan Businesses: Election Season Caused Economic Hardship

Originally published on Fri July 18, 2014 5:00 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Afghanistan is a little closer to having a new president. The country has launched an audit of every VOTE cast in last month's runoff election to ensure the outcome is free fraud. Now, in many countries election season means big money for pollsters and media consultants and restaurants and local TV stations. But as the fight for power in Afghanistan continues, businesses across Kabul have faced hardship. NPR's Sean Carberry reports.

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NPR Story
2:30 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Sony Forgets To Renew Games Domain Name

Originally published on Fri July 18, 2014 5:00 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

And now to today's last word in Business, which is shutdown.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

That's what happened to Sony's popular online gaming service Tuesday morning after the company forgot to renew a key domain name.

GREENE: This domain name was for the site www.sonyonline.net. The lapse temporarily knocked out online games like "EverQuest" and "Landmark."

INSKEEP: OK, so how did they forget? Well, Sony says it's possible that expiration notices were sent to the wrong email.

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NPR Story
2:30 am
Fri July 18, 2014

When It Comes To Thinking, 2 Fish Heads Are Better Than 1

Originally published on Fri July 18, 2014 8:52 am

Maybe we can learn from fish — they don't call a group of them a school for nothing. Researchers found that when 2 fish swim together, they make better decisions than when 2 fish are swimming alone.

Business
8:05 am
Thu July 17, 2014

Microsoft Announces Biggest Layoffs Yet: Up To 18,000 Workers

Originally published on Thu July 17, 2014 8:22 am

In the largest layoff in the company's history, it's stripping 14 percent of its workforce. CEO Satya Nadella says it's part of a plan to make the 39-year-old company more agile and productive.

Bad Ideas
4:31 am
Thu July 17, 2014

Washington State Man Tries To Rid House Of Spider

Originally published on Thu July 17, 2014 8:09 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep. Some people really don't like spiders. So you can sympathize with the Washington state man who found a spider in his laundry room. Maybe showing a touch of arachnophobia, he made a makeshift blowtorch. He took a lighter and a can of spray paint. He sprayed flames toward the spider. And of course, he set his house on fire, costing $60,000 worth of damage. We have no word as of this morning on the spider's condition. You're listening to MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

Around the Nation
3:43 am
Thu July 17, 2014

Panama's Ex-Strongman Sues Over 'Call Of Duty' Video Game

Originally published on Thu July 17, 2014 8:09 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne. Panama's most famous dictator is suing the makers of "Call of Duty." In the video game "Black Ops 2," Manuel Noriega is a character who works with and turns against the CIA.

(SOUNDBITE OF VIDEO GAME, "BLACK OPS 2")

UNIDENTIFIED ACTOR: (As Manuel Noriega) (Spanish spoken).

NPR Story
2:55 am
Thu July 17, 2014

U.S. Border Patrol Chief Faces Media Scrutiny Head-On

Originally published on Thu July 17, 2014 8:09 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

And we've been reporting on another border controversy, a series of violent incidents in which U.S. Border Patrol agents killed civilians. Sometimes, years passed without any conclusion on whether the shootings were right or wrong.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

A new commissioner, Gil Kerlikowske, says that Border Patrol needs to show greater openness. And he has now given MORNING EDITION his first extended interview on the agency's use of force.

(SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED RECORDING)

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NPR Story
2:55 am
Thu July 17, 2014

Seattle Cab Drivers Go Back To School To Learn Manners

Originally published on Thu July 17, 2014 8:09 am

The cabbies are trying to win back customers lost to ride service companies like Uber and Lyft, whose customers rate their drivers.

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