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4:12am

Fri April 11, 2014
NPR Story

Amazon Buys Digital Comics Company ComiXology

Originally published on Fri April 11, 2014 6:37 am

The company makes a mobile app for buying and reading digital comics, including titles from Marvel and DC Comics. The terms of the deal have not been disclosed.

6:54am

Thu April 10, 2014
Music News

Yusuf Islam To Perform At Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Ceremony

Originally published on Thu April 10, 2014 10:33 am

Cat Stevens, now known as Yusuf Islam, churned out hits in the 1970s before leaving pop music after a conversion to Islam. He's among this year's inductees to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

6:13am

Thu April 10, 2014
World

Century-Old Message Pulled From Bottle In Baltic Sea

Originally published on Thu April 10, 2014 6:54 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Good morning. I'm David Greene. Last month a fisherman on the Baltic Sea near Germany pulled a beer bottle from the water. Inside - a postcard written on May 17, 1913, nearly 101 years ago. If Guinness verifies it, it would be the oldest message in a bottle on record. Sadly, the postcard is mostly illegible, but a German museum was able to make out who wrote it - the son of a baker who was 20 at the time.

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6:07am

Thu April 10, 2014
Around the Nation

Rat Shakes Up New York Subway Commuters

Originally published on Thu April 10, 2014 6:54 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Good morning, I'm David Greene.

Maybe you remember that 2006 film Snakes on a Plane. Well, today we bring you rats on a train. New Yorkers pride themselves on being pretty tough. But one morning this week, commuters could not keep their cool when a rat joined them in their subway car. A YouTube video of the incident shows the riders screaming, sobbing, and jumping up onto their seats, just as the train conductor comes over the loudspeaker and tells them to have a safe day.

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4:19am

Thu April 10, 2014
NPR Story

Many Millennials Expect To Spend Decades Paying For College

Originally published on Thu April 10, 2014 8:01 am

When Morning Edition asked millennials what their concerns are, almost two-thirds responded college debt. David Greene talks to three women, who are wading through massive college debts.

4:19am

Thu April 10, 2014
NPR Story

Court To Hear Utah's Appeal In Same-Sex Marriage Case

Originally published on Thu April 10, 2014 6:54 am

Same-sex marriage in Utah goes before a federal appeals court on Thursday. A three-judge panel will hear Utah's appeal of a lower court ruling that struck down the state's gay marriage ban.

4:19am

Thu April 10, 2014
NPR Story

Ex-Interns Want Credit For Taco Bell Idea

Originally published on Thu April 10, 2014 6:54 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

And our last word in business today is: Getting Credit for a Crunch.

Crunch, as in the sound of biting into a Doritos Locos Tacos. A variety Taco Bell has been serving since 2012. But four former Taco Bell interns say they came up with the idea all the way back in 1995. Andrea Watt and three fellow interns were told that their idea wasn't really all that marketable. But Taco Bell has netted $1 billion from the Doritos Locos Tacos. The former interns say they don't want money, just a little bit of recognition.

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4:19am

Thu April 10, 2014
Asia

2 Pakistani Musicians Gain Fame Singing Political Satire

Originally published on Thu April 10, 2014 6:54 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

There's also anxiety in Pakistan because it is a country where you can get into big trouble because of what you say. Recently, gunmen there opened fire on a prominent journalist who's a critic of Islamic extremism, killing his driver. Twenty-five journalists have been killed over the last decade. Non-journalists like the young activist Malala Yousafzai have been attacked. NPR's Philip Reeves went to see two young Pakistanis who think they're better off singing about their political views than talking. He sent this postcard from Lahore.

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4:19am

Thu April 10, 2014
NPR Story

Why People Exaggerate Religious Behavior

Originally published on Thu April 10, 2014 6:54 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. Good morning. I'm David Greene. Social scientists have learned over the years that they can't always trust what people tell them. Ask about their behavior and some people lie - even to themselves. You have to compare what people say to some measurement of what they actually do. That's what researchers did when looking at religious behavior in three parts of the Muslim world. Our colleague Steve Inskeep discussed this with NPR's Shankar Vedantam.

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6:54am

Wed April 9, 2014
Around the Nation

Police Dispatcher Listens To Burglary In Progress

Originally published on Wed April 9, 2014 7:02 am

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6:54am

Wed April 9, 2014
Around the Nation

1969 Birthday Greeting Arrives Decades Late

Originally published on Wed April 9, 2014 7:02 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Good morning, I'm David Greene with a birthday message that might have grown sweeter with age.

A man residing on East 12th Street in Brooklyn recently received a letter postmarked in 1969. It was addressed to Susan Heifetz, who'd lived at the apartment with her family as a child. The letter wished her a happy 19th birthday. When the man contacted Heifetz, she asked if there was any sign of who it came from. On the back there was a lipstick mark. Her late mother did like to seal letters with a kiss.

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5:40am

Wed April 9, 2014
NPR Story

Sixth Grade Investors Outdo College Investment Clubs

Originally published on Wed April 9, 2014 7:02 am

Math classes at Oak Grove Lutheran School in Fargo, N.D., made a number of investments. One of the classes beat out investment clubs at universities including Cornell, Columbia and NYU.

5:40am

Wed April 9, 2014
NPR Story

Tax Preparers Often Get Returns Wrong

Originally published on Wed April 9, 2014 7:02 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

We'll begin NPR's business news with a tax audit.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

GREENE: Tax Day is less than a week away, everyone. And the Government Accountability Office just examined the work of 19 paid tax preparers - 17 got things wrong. Things like, failing to report tips as income or mistakenly applying certain tax credits.

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4:10am

Wed April 9, 2014
Education

Common Core Literary Standards Require Close Reading

Originally published on Wed April 9, 2014 7:02 am

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3:55am

Wed April 9, 2014
NPR Story

UConn Crushes Notre Dame In NCAA Women's Championship

Originally published on Wed April 9, 2014 7:02 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Ah, all the signs that baseball season is here . For me it means being tired, watching a game obsessively on my iPhone in bed instead of sleeping. Baseball fans, you know what I'm talking about here. But as the Major League Baseball season begins, it is bittersweet for some.

Commentator Frank Deford is thinking about endings because it is the beginning of the end for two baseball giants.

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