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4:27am

Wed August 22, 2012
Latin America

Haiti's Quake Damaged National Palace To Be Razed

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Haiti plans to clear away a symbol of the country's devastation. The earthquake in 2010 ruined the National Palace, one of the most spectacular buildings in Port-au-Prince.

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We've been looking at some recent photographs. They show the white building still standing, if barely. The earthquake did not knock down its elegant rows of columns. But the white dome on top was left sloping at a dangerous angle, the supporting walls half-crushed beneath its weight.

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4:23am

Wed August 22, 2012
Business

The Last Word In Business

Originally published on Wed August 22, 2012 6:15 am

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OK. And our last word in business today is Wi-Fi donkeys. Just follow along here.

A theme park in Israel called Kfar Kedem, or Village of Yore, depicts life in Israel in the first and second centuries. The Times of Israel describes it as a Galilean version of Colonial Williamsburg.

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4:05am

Wed August 22, 2012
NPR Story

Obama Highlights Steps To Affordable Education

Originally published on Wed August 22, 2012 6:23 am

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Battleground states are not always neighbors. And for President Obama, yesterday was one of those days when a candidate stops in one and flies across most of the entire country to another. Mr. Obama was in Ohio and then Nevada, visiting college campuses. This morning he'll keep with the education theme at a high school near Las Vegas. The president has been highlighting steps he's taken to make higher education more affordable.

Here's NPR's Scott Horsley.

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: How many students do we have here?

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4:05am

Wed August 22, 2012
NPR Story

'Expendables 2'

Originally published on Wed August 22, 2012 5:41 am

The Expendables 2 — the movie starring a host of aging action heroes — opened at No. 1 over the weekend. Morning Edition commentator and Hollywood screenwriter John Ridley found the movie surprisingly stirring following last month's shootings in Aurora, Colorado.

3:51am

Wed August 22, 2012
Law

Jury To Decide Apple's Patent Case Against Samsung

Originally published on Wed August 22, 2012 3:10 pm

What your next smart phone or tablet computer might look like is in the hands of a California jury. In one of the biggest patent infringement cases ever, Apple is suing Samsung — charging that in creating its products, Samsung ripped off iPhone and iPad technology. Samsung countered with its own allegations.

This case is complex, the legal issues are daunting, and the jury's decision has to be unanimous.

"What's at stake here is the future of smartphones and the tablet market," says intellectual property expert Christopher V. Carani.

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2:06am

Wed August 22, 2012
Middle East

Syrian Conflict Stokes Unease In Lebanon

Originally published on Wed August 22, 2012 8:43 am

Lebanese masked gunmen from the al-Mokdad clan gather for a news conference in Beirut's southern suburbs on Aug. 15. The Mokdads, a large Lebanese Shiite Muslim clan, said they kidnapped at least 20 Syrians to try to secure the release of a family member abducted by Syrian rebels near Damascus this week.
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In Lebanon, a wave of kidnappings and an alleged plot to destabilize the country with bombings — both related to the uprising in Syria — are shaking Lebanon's precarious sectarian balance.

That's been apparent on al-Mokdad Street in south Beirut, which has been tense in recent days. The Mokdads are a large Shiite clan who control the street that is named for them. Young men with pistols in their pockets cruise the street on motor scooters, acting as the clan's lookouts.

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2:05am

Wed August 22, 2012
Around the Nation

Trying To Tame The (Real) Deadliest Fishing Jobs

Originally published on Wed August 22, 2012 3:09 pm

Crew members of a scallop boat float in their survival suits during a drill in Point Judith, R.I.
Jesse Costa WBUR

On the fishing-boat piers of New England, nearly everyone knows a fisherman who was lost at sea.

Boat captain Joe Neves remembers when a crew member got knocked overboard. "We heard him screaming 'Help me!' " Neves says, grimacing. "But you know, on the water at night, your head is like a little coconut." They didn't find him.

Mike Gallagher discovered a friend who was entangled in still-running hydraulics. "I knew right away he was dead," he says.

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2:04am

Wed August 22, 2012
It's All Politics

Are Independents Just Partisans In Disguise?

Originally published on Wed August 22, 2012 6:31 am

Don Nichols iStockphoto.com

Independent voters have grown in recent years into a mega voting bloc. By some estimates they outnumber registered Republicans, and even registered Democrats.

Every election cycle, independents generate enormous amounts of interest as candidates, pollsters and the media probe their feelings. These voters are widely considered to hold the key to most elections.

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2:04am

Wed August 22, 2012
First And Main

Wis. State Senator Connects Her Politics To Her Past

Originally published on Wed August 22, 2012 7:35 pm

Wisconsin state Sen. Jessica King stands at the corner of Main Street and Algoma Boulevard in downtown Oshkosh. She won her seat in a senatorial recall campaign last year.
John W. Poole NPR

As the presidential election nears, Morning Edition is visiting swing counties in swing states for our series First and Main. We're listening to voters where they live — to understand what's shaping their thinking this election year. This week, we're spending time in Winnebago County, Wis., where we spoke with two women — one Democrat, one Republican — who embody their state's Midwestern charm and spirit of self-reliance. First, we hear from the Democrat.

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9:09pm

Tue August 21, 2012
Sweetness And Light

Serena Williams Takes Tennis For A Ride

Originally published on Wed August 22, 2012 12:44 pm

Serena Williams returns a shot during a match at the Western & Southern Open tennis tournament in Mason, Ohio.
Tom Uhlman AP

For the first time in a long time there is actually more than a modicum of interest in the women's side of a Grand Slam tournament. And, of course, it's all strictly due to a party of one: Serena Williams.

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6:04am

Tue August 21, 2012
Around the Nation

Wealthy Koch Brother Builds Old West Town

Originally published on Wed August 22, 2012 8:01 am

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5:58am

Tue August 21, 2012
Around the Nation

10-Year-Old Son Gets Dad Help For Bee Stings

Originally published on Wed August 22, 2012 8:01 am

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5:11am

Tue August 21, 2012
Business

Drought Dries Up Crops, But Not Airline Schedules

Originally published on Wed August 22, 2012 8:01 am

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The airline industry is having a better than expected summer. Airline stocks have been on the rise and customer service is improving. These days, airlines are less likely to lose your luggage. They're also seeing the highest percent of on-time arrivals since the government started keeping track in the late 1980s.

NPR's Sonari Glinton reports the industry is getting some help from an unlikely source.

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4:20am

Tue August 21, 2012
Latin America

Lesbian Couple Tests Colombia's Adoption Laws

Originally published on Wed August 22, 2012 8:01 am

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In Latin America, the highest courts have increasingly been ruling in favor of gay rights, and that includes the right to marry. Now, some countries are moving to allow adoption by people who are gay. It is a hot-button issue that has drawn fierce opposition. One case that could set an important precedent involves a lesbian couple in Colombia. NPR's Juan Forero has the story.

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4:20am

Tue August 21, 2012
Remembrances

Comedian Phyllis Diller Had Us Laughing For Decades

Originally published on Wed August 22, 2012 8:01 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Okay. It can be a sensitive matter to mention a woman's age, but if people failed to mention it, Phyllis Diller was liable to bring it up herself. Diller died at home in Los Angeles yesterday at the age of 95, after decades of making people laugh by poking fun at herself, as she did in this stand-up performance in 2004.

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PHYLLIS DILLER: You know you're old when your walker has an airbag.

(LAUGHTER)

DILLER: And your birthday cake looks like a prairie fire.

(LAUGHTER)

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