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5:43 am
Fri October 25, 2013

GOP Lacks A Clear Favorite For Iowa Senate Race

With Democrat Tom Harkin retiring, Iowa will have an open U.S. Senate seat for the first time in nearly 30 years. For Republicans hoping to gain a majority in the Senate, this is a key opening. But the GOP is far from settling on a candidate.

Politics
5:43 am
Fri October 25, 2013

House Unlikely To Turn To Immigration Anytime Soon

As House Republicans pummeled the White House at a hearing Thursday on the rocky online debut of federal insurance exchanges, President Obama tried changing the subject. He again urged Republicans in the House to do as the Senate has done and pass a broad rewrite of the nation's immigration laws. But the chances that could happen any time soon appear remote.

Business
5:43 am
Fri October 25, 2013

Icahn Sinks His Teeth Into Apple's Stock Buyback Plan

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The billionaire Carl Icahn has been called a corporate raider and an activist investor. Now he's trying to tell Apple what to do.

NPR's Dan Bobkoff explains.

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Business
5:43 am
Fri October 25, 2013

What Small Businesses May Lose By Using Online Tools

Originally published on Fri October 25, 2013 9:58 am

Digital tools make starting a small business easier than ever. There are apps and websites to incorporate, find lawyers, make payroll, manage HR and marketing. Convenience can come at a price, however, if it means entrepreneurs aren't making personal connections as they establish their businesses.

Business
5:06 am
Fri October 25, 2013

It's Not Just You: Airline Seats Are Shrinking

Originally published on Fri October 25, 2013 5:43 am

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And today's last word in business is rubbing shoulders. Last time you got on a flight, did you have an "Alice in Wonderland" moment and think to yourself: Is this seat smaller or did I somehow get bigger.

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Business
5:00 am
Fri October 25, 2013

Twitter Announces Share Price Range For IPO

Originally published on Fri October 25, 2013 5:43 am

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NPR's business news starts with the price of a tweet.

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INSKEEP: Twitter announced late yesterday that share prices for its hotly anticipated initial public offering will be between 17 and $20, far less than what many analysts were predicting the social media site would list for. With 70 million shares up for sale, the offering should raise about $1.4 billion. And according to The Wall Street Journal, this would value Twitter at about $11 billion total.

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Strange News
4:50 am
Fri October 25, 2013

Row Over Stilton Could Cause A Stink

Originally published on Fri October 25, 2013 5:43 am

The British government has told a pub in the village of Stilton that it can't call its cheese Stilton. The name is protected by a law that says true Stilton cheese can come from three specific regions — not Cambridgeshire, where Stilton is located. The pub's landlord is weighing his legal options.

Around the Nation
4:44 am
Fri October 25, 2013

Scottsdale, Ariz., Warms Up To Ice Cream Trucks

Originally published on Fri October 25, 2013 5:43 am

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Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep, with the triumph of the ice cream truck. Last week, we told you a Swedish businessman so hated the noise, he drilled holes in the tires of an ice cream truck. Maybe Scottsdale, Arizona will be more receptive. The city lifted a decades-old ice cream truck ban. Dismissing fears of accidents or strangers on the streets, officials gave a license to Sydney Kirsch. She tells The Arizona Republic she will sell ice cream when not studying in high school.

NPR Story
4:37 am
Fri October 25, 2013

Soulless 'Counselor' Is Terminally Bleak

Originally published on Fri October 25, 2013 5:43 am

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OK. The writer Cormac McCarthy has won a Pulitzer Prize and a National Book Award. He has never written an original screenplay produced until now. That film, "The Counselor," opens this weekend. Kenneth Turan has our review.

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NPR Story
4:37 am
Fri October 25, 2013

Before Sherlock: An Ancient Chinese Sleuth's Enduring Appeal

Hong Kong director Tsui Hark's latest film, Young Detective Dee: Rise of the Sea Dragon, just hit cinemas in Asia.
Sam Yeh AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri October 25, 2013 11:19 am

The sleuthing exploits of Judge Dee, a character based on a 7th-century Chinese official, are gripping new audiences as new generations of writers, movie directors and storytellers tell his tale and build on his legend.

Judge Dee was cracking tough cases for centuries in China before Sherlock Holmes even got a clue. But perhaps more importantly, his stories continue to inform ordinary Chinese people's understanding of justice and law.

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NPR Story
4:37 am
Fri October 25, 2013

Why We Care More About Losses Than Gains

Originally published on Fri October 25, 2013 5:43 am

People care more about losing a dollar than gaining a dollar. This ideal, known as loss aversion, has national consequences, too, according to new research. David Greene discusses the phenomenon with NPR's Shankar Vedantam.

Planet Money
2:29 am
Fri October 25, 2013

What Happens When You Just Give Money To Poor People?

Bernard Omondi got $1,000 from GiveDirectly.
Jacob Goldstein NPR

Originally published on Fri October 25, 2013 9:34 am

For more of our reporting on this story, please see our work in The New York Times Magazine and on This American Life.

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StoryCorps
2:28 am
Fri October 25, 2013

'Never Say Goodbye': A Love And Life Kept Vivid

Danny and Annie Perasa on their wedding day on April 22, 1978.
Courtesy of Annie Perasa

Originally published on Fri October 25, 2013 10:08 am

When we first met Danny and Annie Perasa in 2004, we heard about how their first date unfolded into an on-the-spot marriage proposal. We got a sense of Danny's big personality and his deep love for his wife. And we heard about his daily love notes to her.

To my princess, the weather out today is extremely rainy, I'll call you at 11:20 in the morning. And I love you, I love you, I love you.

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Health
2:27 am
Fri October 25, 2013

Clinics Close As Texas Abortion Fight Continues

In July, abortion rights advocates marched in Austin, Texas, to protest legislation that could shut down all but five abortion clinics and restrict abortion rights throughout the state.
Tamir Kalifa AP

Originally published on Fri October 25, 2013 9:52 am

The fight over abortion in Texas is being played out in federal court, where abortion rights activists are challenging a new state law.

The measure bans abortions at 20 weeks, adds building requirements for clinics and places more rules on doctors who perform abortions. Some clinics have shut down, saying they can't comply with the law set to go into effect Oct. 29.

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Business
2:27 am
Fri October 25, 2013

A Family Bible And Other Heirlooms, Found Online

This poster from 1904 describes Charles Jamieson as a petty thief, crap shooter, "glib talker and general all-around crook and hobo." An online business helps reunite people like Jamieson's descendants with such pieces of their family history.
Joy Shivar

Originally published on Fri October 25, 2013 5:43 am

At the recent International Collectibles and Antiques Show in Charlotte, N.C., dealers spread out items in different booths. The warehouse looks like an old-school flea market, except for Joy Shivar's booth.

She's on her laptop, demonstrating JustAJoy.com. Enter a name in a database, and see if something hits.

The website bills itself as a family heirloom exchange for sellers and buyers. That's not unusual — there is eBay, after all.

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