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8:07 am
Fri February 28, 2014

Book News: Author Criticizes S.C. School Funding Cuts Over Gay-Themed Books

Alison Bechdel is the author of the graphic memoir Fun Home and the comic strip Dykes to Watch Out For.
Elena Seibert Courtesy Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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Music Articles
8:03 am
Fri February 28, 2014

Music Takes Center Stage In Oscar-Nominated Documentaries

Egyptian singer-songwriter Ramy Essam, in the heady early days at Tahrir Square in 2011.
Mark LeVine Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri February 28, 2014 10:06 am

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Alt.Latino
8:03 am
Fri February 28, 2014

Saudade: An Untranslatable, Undeniably Potent Word

Gilberto Gil, pictured here on the cover of Luar (A Gente Precisa Ver o Luar), is one of the many artists we listen to this week to understand the concept of "saudade."
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri February 28, 2014 2:27 pm

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The Two-Way
7:53 am
Fri February 28, 2014

Mt. Gox Files For Bankruptcy; Nearly $500M Of Bitcoins Lost

A bow and an apology: Mark Karpeles, CEO of Mt. Gox, was contrite at the start of a news conference in Tokyo on Friday in which it was announced that the firm has filed for bankruptcy.
Kyodo Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Wed March 5, 2014 4:07 pm

The scope of the collapse of what once was the world's largest bitcoin exchange took shape Friday when Mt. Gox filed for bankruptcy protection in Japan, saying it had lost track of nearly $480 million worth of the virtual currency.

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The Two-Way
7:04 am
Fri February 28, 2014

Crisis In Ukraine: Gunmen At Airport; Yanukovych Vows To Return

On Friday, armed men took control of the international airport in the city of Simferopol, on the Crimean peninsula. Gunmen took control of another airport in Crimea, as well.
David Mdzinarishvili Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Fri February 28, 2014 9:28 pm

  • On 'Morning Edition': NPR's Peter Kenyon reports from Kiev
We'll be adding updates as the day continues.

The crisis in Ukraine took another ominous turn when gunmen in unmarked military uniforms on Friday took control of two airports on the Crimean peninsula — where the majority of people are ethnic Russians and many want to break away from the new government in Kiev.

Update at 5:15 p.m. ET: Obama Warns Russia On Ukraine

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NPR Story
7:03 am
Fri February 28, 2014

Double Take 'Toons: Tombstoned In Arizona?

Originally published on Fri February 28, 2014 9:57 am

Gov. Jan Brewer vetoed a bill that could have allowed anti-gay discrimination. Dave Granlund thinks it wasn't a painless task, while Ed Hall argues it was fraught with unintended consequences.

Code Switch
7:03 am
Fri February 28, 2014

The Count Of Many Mistresses: Alexandre Dumas' Lively Life

For this second installment of the NPR Books/Code Switch Black History Month project, we asked the legendary Kyle Baker — his work includes Why I Hate Saturn, and stints on the X-Men, Deadpool and Plastic Man — to illustrate one of his literary inspirations. Baker chose Alexandre Dumas, creator of the Three Musketeers — whose life was almost as eventful as his fiction. We recommend you click on the enlargement to get the full effect of all the detail!

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Around the Nation
6:42 am
Fri February 28, 2014

Police Not Amused By Leashed Tiger Out For A Walk

Originally published on Fri February 28, 2014 7:27 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Good morning, I'm David Greene.

OK, stop me if you've heard this one before. A man walks into a bar with a tiger. People swear that's what happened at Uncle Richie's in the Chicago suburb of Lockport this week. Sure, the tiger was little and on a leash but, according to, WBBN TV, police didn't think a tiger out for an evening walk was very funny at all. The owner is facing misdemeanor charges. He runs a place called the Big Run Wolf Ranch where he keeps mountain lions, tigers and wolves, oh my.

Business
5:25 am
Fri February 28, 2014

Woman Trapped After Hours In A Toronto Department Store

Originally published on Fri February 28, 2014 7:27 am

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Europe
5:21 am
Fri February 28, 2014

Upheaval In Ukraine Shifts To Crimea Peninsula

Originally published on Fri February 28, 2014 7:27 am

Armed men are patrolling two airports in the Ukrainian province of Crimea, and Ukraine's acting president is blaming Russia. Russia says its troops have nothing to do with it.

NPR Story
5:21 am
Fri February 28, 2014

13 Workers Exposed To Radiation At N.M. Nuclear Waste Dump

A hunk of salt from the underground nuclear waste dump in Carlsbad, New Mexico. A piece of salt is believed to have fallen from a cavern ceiling and crushed drums of waste.
Meg Vogel/NPR

Originally published on Fri February 28, 2014 1:21 pm

There's never a good week for nuclear waste, but this week has been a particularly bad one. Officials at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in New Mexico have disclosed that 13 employees inhaled radioactive material after a major accident earlier this month.

While there's no risk to the public and the exposed workers did not need immediate medical treatment, the incident is shaping up to be a major setback for the nation's only dedicated nuclear waste dump.

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NPR Story
5:21 am
Fri February 28, 2014

Action Hero Liam Neeson Stars In 'Non-Stop'

Originally published on Fri February 28, 2014 7:27 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Now any day of the week is a good time to watch Liam Neeson play an action hero. He famously chased down bad guys and blew things up in the movie "Taken" and its sequel a few years back. Los Angeles Times and MORNING EDITION film critic Kenneth Turan has this review of "Non-Stop," Neeson's latest action flick.

KENNETH TURAN: "Non-Stop" is a crisp, efficient thriller that benefits from the intangibles Liam Neeson brings to a role.

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NPR Story
5:21 am
Fri February 28, 2014

On Broadway, Thursday Is The New Wednesday.

Originally published on Fri February 28, 2014 7:27 am

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(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

On Broadway, Thursday is about to become the new Wednesday.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG FROM THE MOVIE, "PHANTOM OF THE OPERA")

UNIDENTIFIED MAN: (Singing in a foreign language)

GREENE: Several shows, including the "Phantom of the Opera," plan to move their traditional Wednesday matinee to Thursday. Wednesday afternoon performances have never been huge money makers, and some Broadway executives think Thursday matinees will draw in tourists coming for a good long weekend in New York.

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NPR Story
5:21 am
Fri February 28, 2014

Soviet Legacy May Fuel Ukraine's Resistance To Russian Domination

Originally published on Fri February 28, 2014 7:27 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Now, as Michele mentioned, one flashpoint between Russia and Ukraine is the region of Crimea, a Russian province for hundreds of years that only became part of Ukraine in 1954. At the time, Russia and Ukraine were both Soviet republics, so the transfer was largely symbolic. Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev did it to mark the 300th anniversary of a Russian-Ukrainian alliance.

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Business
5:21 am
Fri February 28, 2014

App Allows Guys To Automate Texts To Girlfriend

Originally published on Fri February 28, 2014 7:27 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

And that brings us to our last word in business today: Really, Bro?

For guys who forget to give enough attention, there's the Broapp. It automates text messages from guys to their girlfriends. Here are some of their sweet nothings.

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UNIDENTIFIED MAN: Morning, Sweet Pea, I hope you have a great day. Thinking of you, Fluff Muffin.

Business
5:21 am
Fri February 28, 2014

Delaware, Nevada Sign First Multistate Internet Gaming Deal

Originally published on Tue March 4, 2014 2:00 pm

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

NPR's business news starts with dealing with long distance.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

GREENE: Dealing - we're talking about poker. Poker players in Delaware and Nevada will one day get to sit at the same virtual table. This week, their governors signed the first multi-state Internet gambling law.

NPR's Allison Keyes reports that while some casino I'm not so thrilled, the states see a winning hand.

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Business
5:21 am
Fri February 28, 2014

Delta Customers Angered By Changes To Frequent-Flier Program

Originally published on Fri February 28, 2014 9:55 am

Delta is making radical changes to its Sky Miles frequent-flier program. It is rewarding the customers who buy the most expensive tickets instead of giving miles equally based on miles flown.

Movies
5:21 am
Fri February 28, 2014

Oscar Swag Bag Valued At $85,000

Originally published on Fri February 28, 2014 7:27 am

The Oscars are this Sunday, and Hollywood stars will flock to the red carpet with hopes of getting an Academy Award. But even those who don't get a trophy, still get a pretty nice consolation prize.

Politics
5:21 am
Fri February 28, 2014

Schumer: 'Broken' Immigration System Should Be Tackled In 2014

Originally published on Fri February 28, 2014 7:27 am

Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer of New York talks to David Greene about his ongoing efforts to get immigration overhaul passed this year. Schumer says don't kick the can down the road on this issue.

Economy
5:21 am
Fri February 28, 2014

CBO Assesses Affordable Care Act's Economic Effects

Originally published on Fri February 28, 2014 7:27 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

On a Friday, this is MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. I'm David Greene.

The Affordable Care Act will change the way millions of Americans think about their jobs. That's essentially what the Congressional Budget Office has said in its assessment of the law's effect on the economy. They think the law will give some people the option to retire early and others the flexibility to work less.

As NPR's John Ydstie reports, this is already happening.

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