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Business
4:04 am
Mon November 11, 2013

Amazon Offers Sunday Delivery In Selected Cities

Originally published on Mon November 11, 2013 5:52 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Let's begin NPR's business news starts with Amazon Sundays.

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GREENE: The U.S. Postal Service is breaking new ground, teaming up with the online retail giant Amazon in an exclusive deal to deliver Amazon packages on Sundays. Residents of Los Angeles and New York can now take advantage of the additional delivery day at no extra charge. The Sunday service is expected to expand to more cities next year.

Television
4:04 am
Mon November 11, 2013

Are Flesh-Eating Zombies The Future Of Television?

Originally published on Mon November 11, 2013 5:52 am

AMC's The Walking Dead has key ratings better than network dramas. The show gets desirable young viewers by not skimping on explicit action, gore or storytelling. So why haven't the networks tried to imitate the show? Blame the FCC, which cracks down on explicit network broadcast content but overlooks cable.

World
6:11 pm
Sun November 10, 2013

Lighting Up The Investigative Path With Polonium-210

Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat boards a helicopter in Ramallah, the West Bank, for the start of his journey to a hospital in France on Oct. 29, 2004. He died 2 weeks later.
Scott Nelson Getty Images

Originally published on Sun November 10, 2013 6:58 pm

With a Swiss forensics investigation pointing to polonium-210 as a possible cause of Yasser Arafat's death, the radioactive element is back in the news.

Confirming whether the Palestinian leader died from an assassination attempt will be difficult, given polonium's short half-life and the fact that Arafat has been dead nine years, science writer Deborah Blum says.

Whatever happened to Arafat, polonium does have a deadly history.

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Asia
12:54 pm
Sun November 10, 2013

Dispatch From One Of The Philippines' Hardest-Hit Areas In

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RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Rachel Martin.

Typhoon Haiyan swept to the Philippines with nearly 200 mile per hour winds. Thousands are now feared dead. Save the Children's Lynette Lim was in one of the hardest-hit areas, Tacloban City, this morning. She joins us now from the capital, Manila. Thanks so much for being with us.

LYNETTE LIM: Not problem.

MARTIN: So describe what you saw. How were conditions in Tacloban City when you left this morning?

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The Two-Way
11:54 am
Sun November 10, 2013

Doctors OK Return Of Argentine President Cristina Fernández

Argentine President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner.
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Originally published on Sun November 10, 2013 1:30 pm

A month after undergoing surgery for a blood clot in her brain, Argentine President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner has received the OK from doctors to return to some presidential duties on Monday.

Reuters reports:

"Fernandez was given the go-ahead after tests on Friday night, but would not be allowed to travel by airplane for the next 30 days, government spokesman Alfredo Scoccimarro said.

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The Two-Way
10:14 am
Sun November 10, 2013

Oops! Minnesota Wins Rivalry Trophy, Then Breaks It

Minnesota Players carry an intact Governor's Victory Bell trophy after defeating Penn State 24-10 in an NCAA college football game in Minneapolis on Saturday.
Ann Heisenfelt AP

It started off great: Minnesota won its fourth consecutive Big Ten game for the first time in 40 years when it beat Penn State 24-10 on Saturday.

Then, they were handed the Governor's Victory Bell trophy and they were so excited, they broke it. Oops.

Via SB Nation here's a gif of the moment:

ESPN says the Gopher's 8-2 season is the Big Ten's surprise this year. They explain:

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The Two-Way
9:05 am
Sun November 10, 2013

2 Dead, 22 Injured In Houston-Area Party Shooting

Originally published on Sun November 10, 2013 6:32 pm

Two people were killed and 22 people were injured late Saturday near Houston when gunfire erupted at a birthday party.

The Houston Chronicle reports most of the injured were between 17- and 20-years-old, and the party was billed on Twitter as an 18th birthday celebration. The Chronicle reports:

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Asia
7:34 am
Sun November 10, 2013

Thousands Feared Dead In Philippines After Super Typhoon

Originally published on Sun November 10, 2013 12:54 pm

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RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Rachel Martin.

Typhoon Haiyan swept to the Philippines with nearly 200 mile per hour winds. Thousands are feared dead. Aaron Aspi is a communications officer with World Vision Philippines, a Christian relief organization. And he joins me now from the island of Cebu.

Thank you so much for being with us.

AARON ASPI: Yes. Thank you.

MARTIN: So can you just tell us what you have seen since the storm has hit?

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Africa
7:34 am
Sun November 10, 2013

The Big Business Of High-Seas Piracy

Originally published on Sun November 10, 2013 12:54 pm

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RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

In Tom Hanks' latest movie, "Captain Phillips" audiences were taken aboard a ship under attack by Somali pirates. This past week, a new report by the World Bank, the U.N., and Interpol followed the money trail behind Somali pirates and found...

STUART YIKONA: This is a business. It was investors coming together to invest.

MARTIN: That's Stuart Yikona from the World Bank, who co-authored the report.

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Law
7:34 am
Sun November 10, 2013

Trafficking Victim Now Advocates For Others

Originally published on Sun November 10, 2013 12:54 pm

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RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Congressman Royce heard testimony from victims of trafficking this past week. One of them was the woman he mentioned in the conversation you just heard, Angela Guanzon, who came to the U.S. from the Philippines in 2005. She arrived in Long Beach, California, thinking she had it made.

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National Security
7:34 am
Sun November 10, 2013

Veterans Group Helps Troops By Helping Locals

Originally published on Sun November 10, 2013 12:54 pm

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RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Rachel Martin. Tomorrow is Veteran's Day, a time to honor all those who have served in America's armed forces. To mark the occasion, we'd like to bring you the story of one group of recent veterans helping those still in uniform and deployed overseas. Here is the newest member.

CHRIS CLARY: My name is Chris Clary.

MARTIN: Chris Clary is a native Oklahoman who served two tours in Afghanistan with the Army Special Forces. Now, he's about to make his third trip to the country.

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Asia
7:34 am
Sun November 10, 2013

China Plots Its Economic Future

Originally published on Sun November 10, 2013 12:54 pm

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RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Now to China, where after more than three decades of incredible growth, the country is at a crossroads. Chinese leaders are meeting today to plot a new course for the world's second-largest economy. For more we turn to NPR's Shanghai correspondent, Frank Langfitt. Good morning, Frank.

FRANK LANGFITT, BYLINE: Good morning, Rachel.

MARTIN: So, Frank, no other country has enjoyed a boom like China's. Is that economic upturn coming to an end?

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The Sunday Conversation
5:15 am
Sun November 10, 2013

Nazi Hunter Dedicates Career To Pursuing Justice

Eli Rosenbaum's team has investigated and prosecuted more than 1700 Nazi cases.
Department of Justice

Originally published on Sun November 10, 2013 12:54 pm

Each week, Weekend Edition Sunday host Rachel Martin brings listeners an unexpected side of the news by talking with someone personally affected by the stories making headlines.

More than 65 years after World War II, many Nazis are living out their lives in quiet retirements. The crimes scenes are, for the most part, cold. But Eli Rosenbaum is hot on the trail. He and his team at the Justice Department are Nazi hunters. They track down Nazis who moved to the U.S. after the war, and deport them.

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The Two-Way
1:50 am
Sun November 10, 2013

Thousands Feared Dead After Typhoon Haiyan

Residents rest outside a stadium used as an evacuation center in Tacloban, Leyte province, central Philippines on Sunday after devastating Typhoon Haiyan hit the city on Friday.
Ted Aljibe AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sun November 10, 2013 12:16 pm

The vicious typhoon that raged through the center of the Philippines appears to have killed hundreds, if not thousands of people, and officials were reportedly struggling Sunday to distribute aid to survivors left homeless and destitute.

Deaths in the province of Leyte — mainly from drowning and collapsed buildings — could escalate to 10,000, the regional police chief told the AP. The administrator of the province capital, Tacloban, said the toll could climb that high in the city alone.

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History
5:00 pm
Sat November 9, 2013

75 Years Ago, Kristallnacht Presaged The Holocaust

Originally published on Sun November 10, 2013 2:27 pm

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ARUN RATH, HOST:

If you're just joining us, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR West. I'm Arun Rath.

It was once impossible to imagine Germany without Jews. You only have to look at the Yiddish language to have a sense of how richly the Jewish experience was integrated in the cultural life of Germany. That ended in the most vicious and heinous manner 75 years ago today.

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World
5:00 pm
Sat November 9, 2013

In Egypt, Ousted President's Appearance Brings Fresh Clashes

Originally published on Sun November 10, 2013 12:17 pm

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ARUN RATH, HOST:

The first democratically elected president of Egypt, Mohammed Morsi, appeared in court on Monday. It was the first time he had been seen in public since the military coup that ousted him in early July. Morsi is being tried on charges of inciting murder and violence. He's become a rallying symbol for his supporters who have been protesting his ouster for more than four months. One person was killed and three others injured in the violence yesterday.

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National Security
5:00 pm
Sat November 9, 2013

Edward Snowden's NSA Revelations Keep Coming

Originally published on Sat November 9, 2013 5:23 pm

Since June, documents leaked by National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden have produced revelation upon revelation about the nation's top-secret intelligence gathering operations. The latest information, about U.S. spying on foreign leaders, has angered even some dependable U.S. allies. New York Times national security reporter Scott Shane, and Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., a senior member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, discuss the latest Snowden-related leaks.

The Two-Way
8:23 am
Sat November 9, 2013

Super Typhoon Leaves More Than 150 Dead In Philippines

Children play near electric posts which were damaged after super Typhoon Haiyan battered Tacloban city in the central Philippines.
Romeo Ranoco Reuters /Landov

Originally published on Sun November 10, 2013 1:27 pm

(Updated 7 p.m. ET)

The Philippines is just now starting to assess the damage caused by the landfall of one of the most powerful tropical cyclones in recorded history.

As Mark reported, Typhoon Haiyan roared over the Philippines with top sustained winds at nearly 200 mph.

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Europe
5:18 am
Sat November 9, 2013

Bearing Witness To Nazis' Life-Shattering Kristallnacht

View of a destroyed Jewish shop in Berlin on Nov. 11, 1938, after the anti-Semitic violence of Kristallnacht. The pogrom unleashed Nazi-coordinated attacks on thousands of synagogues and Jewish businesses.
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Originally published on Sun November 10, 2013 2:26 pm

On a busy street in Berlin's shabby-chic district of Kreuzberg, the gray and dirty pavement glistens with little brass cobblestones. Millions of these stones are embedded in sidewalks all over Europe. They commemorate the last address the city's Jewish residents called home before the war.

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Middle East
5:30 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

Iran Nuclear Deal Seems Close, But What Might It Look Like?

Originally published on Sun November 10, 2013 12:24 pm

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MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

And to talk further about chances for that nuclear diplomacy, we're joined by veteran diplomat Dennis Ross. Most recently, he was the Obama administration's chief adviser on Iran at the State Department and the National Security Council. Ambassador Ross, welcome back to the program.

DENNIS ROSS: Nice to be with you. Thank you.

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