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4:57 am
Mon December 23, 2013

Weird Stories Make The News In 2013

Originally published on Mon December 23, 2013 7:00 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Good morning. I'm David Greene.

So, the news got weird in 2013. Here's a roundup of off-beat stories from United Press International: Germany dropped the longest word in its language, all 63 letters. Maker's Mark had plans to lower the alcohol content in its whiskey. Angry customers talked them out of it. A Canadian dentist bought John Lennon's tooth at auction, hoping to use it to clone the Beatle. And Denny's opened a wedding chapel in Vegas. The wedding package comes with a cake made with pancake mix.

Race
4:57 am
Mon December 23, 2013

U.S. Demographic Transition Expected To Influence Politics

Originally published on Mon December 23, 2013 7:00 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. Good morning. I'm David Greene.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

And I'm Steve Inskeep. The end of this year is a good moment to reflect on what lies ahead, so we're talking about the future.

GREENE: Rather than big predictions, we're seeking realistic assessments of where we stand and where we're going. Today we explore America's changing demographics and what that means for our politics.

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Europe
4:57 am
Mon December 23, 2013

With Amnesty Russia Polishes Its Image Before Winter Olympics

Originally published on Mon December 23, 2013 7:00 am

There have been more political developments in Russia. A jailed member of the protest band Pussy Riot was freed from prison on Monday. Another band member is expected to be released soon. Over the weekend, jailed oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky was freed from prison.

Television
4:57 am
Mon December 23, 2013

Grab Some Tea And Binge View British TV Dramas

Originally published on Mon December 23, 2013 7:00 am

British dramas, mostly from BBC America, have become gold mines of binge viewing for American TV fans seeking a deep dive into compelling series. Gillian Anderson's The Fall, David Tennant's Broadchurch and Benedict Cumberbatch's Sherlock are just a few of the series which offer hours of escape.

Iraq
3:49 am
Mon December 23, 2013

High Numbers Of Casualties Tell The Story In Iraq

Originally published on Tue December 24, 2013 12:17 pm

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Regular listeners to this program know we are using numbers to highlight some of the stories of 2013. And today, we look at the situation in Iraq. The number here is 6,639. That's how many people have been killed in violence in Iraq so far this year, up to December 21st, according to a regular tally kept by Baghdad bureau of the French Press Agency, AFP.

We're joined now by Will Dunlop, an AFP correspondent in Baghdad. Welcome to the program, sir.

WILL DUNLOP: Thank you.

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Politics
3:24 am
Mon December 23, 2013

Obama Fails To Accomplish Ambitious Agenda In 2013

Originally published on Mon December 23, 2013 7:00 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

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

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

And I'm David Greene.

Here's a way to look at the year 2013 for President Barack Obama: He began the year with two-thirds of Americas saying they approved of the job he was doing. He's ending the year with that number around 40 percent.

He began fresh off a hard-fought electoral victory, going into his second term with a pretty ambitious agenda. He's ending the year with many of his priorities stalled.

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NPR Story
3:20 am
Mon December 23, 2013

Apple Signs Deal With China Mobile

Originally published on Mon December 23, 2013 7:00 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

NPR business news starts with China getting a bigger bite of the apple.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

INSKEEP: Technically, it may be Apple will be getting a bigger bite of China. In any case, China and Apple have announced a deal to bring the iPhone to the world's biggest wireless network.

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NPR Story
3:20 am
Mon December 23, 2013

In Case You Didn't Know: Underwear And Hummus Are Different

Originally published on Mon December 23, 2013 7:00 am

You might think underwear maker Hanes would be worried about competition from Jockey or Fruit of the Loom. In fact, Hanes seems far more concerned about being confused with chickpea dip. The American manufacturer has threatened to sue a Canadian company, Hanes Hummus, for trademark violation.

Shots - Health News
2:46 am
Mon December 23, 2013

Screening Newborns For Disease Can Leave Families In Limbo

Vera Wojtesta was one of 300 babies flagged by New York's newborn screening program as at risk of having life-threatening Krabbe disease.
Ben Shutts Courtesy of the Wojtesta family

Originally published on Tue December 24, 2013 3:24 pm

For Matthew and Brianne Wojtesta, it all started about a week after the birth of their daughter Vera. Matthew was picking up his son from kindergarten when he got a phone call.

It was their pediatrician, with some shocking news. Vera had been flagged by New York's newborn screening program as possibly having a potentially deadly disease, and would need to go see a neurologist the next day.

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Planet Money
2:43 am
Mon December 23, 2013

A Locked Door, A Secret Meeting And The Birth Of The Fed

J.P. Morgan: Not a pussycat.
Hulton Archive Getty Images

Originally published on Mon December 23, 2013 11:01 am

In 1907, the U.S. economy was in the grip of a financial crisis. Unemployment was up. The stock market was down.

People started panicking. They were lining up overnight to pull their money out of healthy banks. This can be deadly for an economy: Healthy banks have to shut down, businesses can't get credit, they lay people off, and the economy gets worse.

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