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The Two-Way
7:28 am
Fri May 16, 2014

Book News: If Jesus Dictates A Book To You, Who Holds The Copyright?

A seagull flies over a statue of Jesus on the top of St. Peter"s Basilica in Rome.
Andreas Solaro AFP/Getty Images

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

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Around the Nation
7:24 am
Fri May 16, 2014

S.C. Lawmakers Reconsider Old-School Cursive Writing

Originally published on Fri May 16, 2014 12:07 pm

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Around the Nation
7:04 am
Fri May 16, 2014

Couch Produces More Than Loose Change

Originally published on Fri May 16, 2014 12:07 pm

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Good morning, I'm Steve Inskeep.

Three roommates bought an old couch from the Salvation Army. They found envelopes filled with cash in it. One finder was a New Paltz, New York geology student who said she'd never found more than 50 cents. This time it was $40,000. They tracked down the original owner, a woman who had kept her savings in the couch where she slept. Her relatives had not known this, and when she was in the hospital they helpfully gave away her couch and replaced it with a bed.

Latin America
5:15 am
Fri May 16, 2014

Brazilians Use Lead Up To World Cup To Protest Grievances

Originally published on Fri May 16, 2014 12:07 pm

Protests against June's World Cup — soccer's biggest tournament — swept across host country Brazil on Thursday. Twelve Brazilian cities saw demonstrations as well as many labor strikes.

Middle East
5:10 am
Fri May 16, 2014

Flattened Syrian City Of Homs Is Scene Of Devastation

Originally published on Fri May 16, 2014 12:07 pm

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It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep.

If one city could represent Syria's suffering in its civil war, it is the city of Homs. That was the country's third largest city once, a mix of ethnic and religious groups. Now much of the city is in ruins and the government of Bashar al-Assad is back in full control after a U.N.-brokered cease-fire ended a siege of rebels there. The regime has just allowed Western journalists to see what is left of the city.

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Asia
4:59 am
Fri May 16, 2014

Opposition Party Wins, India's Congress Party Concedes Defeat

Originally published on Fri May 16, 2014 12:07 pm

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It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep. Good morning. We have today the sound of an historic election victory in India.

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NPR Story
4:59 am
Fri May 16, 2014

Propublica: Doctors Overcharge Medicare For Office Visit

Originally published on Fri May 16, 2014 12:07 pm

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It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep. Medicare pays for more than 200 million office visits each year. Most visits require only a modest amount of time and expertise. But a new investigation by the nonprofit news organization ProPublica suggests that hundreds of health professionals are overcharging Medicare for office visits. ProPublica senior reporter Charles Ornstein tells us what he found.

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NPR Story
4:59 am
Fri May 16, 2014

U.S. Men's Soccer Team Tries To Jell Before World Cup

Originally published on Fri May 16, 2014 12:07 pm

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OK. Soccer's World Cup is coming. One month from today, the U.S. Men's national team plays Ghana. That's the first of three extremely tough opening round games for the Americans. So they have one month to prepare. In fact, to play catch up with their opponents, in the words of their coach. A World Cup training camp opened this week at Stanford University. NPR's Tom Goldman was there.

TOM GOLDMAN, BYLINE: It's that time again. World Cup time when non-soccer fans and media finally pay attention to some of the country's best athletes.

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NPR Story
4:59 am
Fri May 16, 2014

Mine Disaster Has Ramifications For Turkey's Prime Minister

Originally published on Fri May 16, 2014 12:07 pm

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Now, let's go to Turkey now where the government says at least 284 people are dead and another 18 still missing in a mining accident. Earlier this week, an explosion in a mine set off a fire and trapped hundreds of miners underground. Hope for more survivors is running out and the anger toward Turkey's government is growing. NPR's Leila Fadel spent the day in the mining town of Soma.

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4:59 am
Fri May 16, 2014

Chipotle Dishes Up Food For Thought

Originally published on Fri May 16, 2014 12:07 pm

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We stay with Chipotle our last word in business today, which is: Burritos with a side of literature.

Chipotle restaurants are dishing out some food for thought with their meals. Starting this week, two minute essays can be found printed on the sides of Chipotle cups and takeout bags, essays written by contributors like Toni Morrison, Judd Apatow, Michael Lewis, Malcolm Gladwell, author Jonathan Safran Foer is also featured. He pitched the idea to Chipotle after eating alone their one day with nothing to read.

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NPR Story
4:59 am
Fri May 16, 2014

Chipotle Shareholders Reject Executives' Compensation Plan

Originally published on Fri May 16, 2014 12:07 pm

Chipotle is one of the fastest-growing restaurant chains but shareholders gave a thumbs down to the company's executive compensation plan. The board can still override the shareholders' vote.

NPR Story
4:59 am
Fri May 16, 2014

Contractors Have A Tough Time Finding Experienced Workers

Originally published on Fri May 16, 2014 12:07 pm

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NPR's business news starts with an oil boom and a labor shortage.

As we reported on this program, new methods of drilling have created a huge boost to domestic oil and gas production. In energy producing states like Texas, that has led to a big rise in commercial construction. So builders are finding it hard to get skilled workers they need to keep up demand.

From Houston Public Media, Andrew Schneider reports.

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4:59 am
Fri May 16, 2014

Shinseki Pressed By Senate Panel On VA Hospital Delays

Originally published on Fri May 16, 2014 12:07 pm

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Yesterday, the secretary of Veterans Affairs had to answer some questions on Capitol Hill. Eric Shinseki told lawmakers he's trying to get to the bottom of a problem. Veterans say they are waiting months for medical appointments. But VA hospitals say everyone is being seen within just 14 days. Both can't be right.

NPR's Quil Lawrence has our report.

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NPR Story
4:59 am
Fri May 16, 2014

Big Sunday Encourages Baby Steps To Volunteerism

Originally published on Fri May 16, 2014 12:07 pm

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This weekend is an annual nationwide event known as Big Sunday. It's such Big Sunday it now lasts the whole weekend. It's aimed at boosting the numbers of Americans who volunteer in their communities. It began 16 years ago, started by a film writer who decided to channel his frustration over endless script edits into something more productive.

Reporter Alex Schmidt has the story.

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NPR Story
4:59 am
Fri May 16, 2014

'Million Dollar Arm' Delivers Ball-Park Size Enjoyment

Originally published on Fri May 16, 2014 12:07 pm

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Next on this Friday morning, our film critic Kenneth Turan has this pitch for a baseball movie.

KENNETH TURAN, BYLINE: You can see the stuff "Million Dollar Arm" throws at you from miles away, but that doesn't stop it from being genially enjoyable. It's an example of the pleasant things that happen when a better class of people work on Disney family films.

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Shots - Health News
3:44 am
Fri May 16, 2014

Corruption In Ukraine Robs HIV Patients Of Crucial Medicine

The mask of this Kiev protester (at a 2012 demonstration demanding more funding for HIV treatment) reads "quarantine." There are enough drugs to treat only half the HIV patients in Ukraine.
Sergei Supinsky AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri May 16, 2014 12:07 pm

I recently took a Ukrainian taxi from the airport to my hotel. The fare should have been $20. The cab driver was adamant that I pay $30. When I finally paid him $30, the driver gave me a receipt with a wink. He'd made it out for $40.

The driver got a cut by overcharging me, and assumed that I would take a cut by overcharging NPR (which I did not).

In Ukraine, corruption is a daily fact of life. It reaches into big business, law enforcement, education and even the smallest transactions between people on the street.

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StoryCorps
3:42 am
Fri May 16, 2014

An Inmate Who Killed Another Rethinks His Own Past

Carlos Rocha, 40, is serving a 30-year sentence for possession of a weapon and murder.
Courtesy of the Danville Correctional Center

Originally published on Fri May 16, 2014 12:07 pm

Carlos Rocha grew up in Chicago and became a gang member like his brothers. In 1998, he was arrested for weapons possession and sent to prison.

Right before he was to be released on bond, Carlos, now 40, got into a fight with another inmate and killed him, resulting in an additional 24 years behind bars.

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All Tech Considered
3:41 am
Fri May 16, 2014

Are Filmmakers Using Drones Illegally? Looks Like It

Jeff Blank, of Los Angeles-based Drone Dudes, prepares a quadcopter for takeoff. The drone has to chase a motorcycle down a hill.
Aarti Shahani NPR

Originally published on Tue May 20, 2014 12:11 pm

It is illegal in the U.S. to operate a drone for cash. That's the position of the Federal Aviation Administration — which is in charge of protecting air space. But at least one industry has decided that it doesn't care and it's going to put drones to work anyway: the film industry.

Drone Startups Hit Hollywood

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Code Switch
3:39 am
Fri May 16, 2014

Before 'Brown V. Board,' Mendez Fought California's Segregated Schools

Sylvia Mendez was a young girl in the 1940s when her parents fought for Latinos to have access to white schools in the California court case Mendez v. Westminster. They won in 1947.
Shereen Marisol Meraji NPR

Originally published on Fri May 16, 2014 10:51 pm

Sylvia Mendez says the only reason she wanted to go to an all-white school in California's Westminster District in the 1940s was because of its beautiful playground. The school that she and other Latino students were forced to attend didn't have monkey bars or swings.

"I was 9 years old," she says. "I just thought my parents wanted us to go to the nice-looking school."

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Politics
3:35 am
Fri May 16, 2014

Amid Complaints, Lawmakers Seek More Oversight For Border Agents

United States border patrol agents monitor a fence in Hidalgo, Texas. Two congressmen, from Texas and New Mexico, are seeking a review of some agency policies.
Kainaz Amaria NPR

Originally published on Fri May 16, 2014 12:07 pm

U.S. Reps. Beto O'Rourke of Texas and Steve Pearce of New Mexico are looking for answers to their questions about the Border Patrol. These Southwest representatives, one Democrat and the other Republican, have neighboring districts along the U.S.-Mexico border.

They introduced legislation in March that calls for more oversight and accountability for U.S. Customs and Border Protection, or CBP.

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