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Des Moines Welcomes Thousands Of Bacon Fans

Feb 20, 2012

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Escaped Emu Runs Around Vermont Island

Feb 20, 2012

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Fox Airs 'The Simpsons' 500th Episode

Feb 20, 2012

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And today's last word in business is...

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This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. Good morning, I'm Renee Montagne.

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Let's talk more about where Rick Santorum stands and about his rivals, with NPR's national political correspondent Mara Liasson. Good morning.

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Japan Logs Record Trade Deficit In January

Feb 20, 2012

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NPR's business news starts with Japan's export.

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This piece was not my idea. It was Linda Holmes'. If you're reading this blog, you probably share my regard for her take on popular culture. So my ears pricked up when she suggested I look into doing a radio piece on Kyle Killen.

This President's Day, a group of historians in Washington, D.C., decided they wanted to do something different to recognize the legacy of Abraham Lincoln. But how do you memorialize someone who is already one of the most memorialized people in history?

Their solution: to physically illustrate Lincoln's importance by creating a tower of books written about him. The tower measures about eight feet around and 34 feet — that's three and a half stories tall.

Call it the resurrection of the time slot of death.

For years, Friday nights have carried a grisly reputation — where shows on broadcast networks are sent to die. But a certain kind of cable show has recently performed well — even really well — on Friday nights.

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Mall In 'Blues Brothers' To Be Demolished

Feb 17, 2012

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And it may be time to stocking up some more of those forever stamps. If Congress acts on the recommendations of the postmaster general, the price of a first class stamp could go up to 50 cents.

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And at his stops in Michigan yesterday, Rick Santorum spoke of economic revival through low taxes, fewer regulations and his commitment to conservative family values.

Here's NPR national political correspondent Don Gonyea.

Fridays used to be infamous as the worst night for TV ratings. It was where shows went to die. Now, between DVRs and people not going out because of the lousy economy, Friday has become a perfectly respectful night to have a certain kind of show on TV and even become a hit.

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Let's go to a very different reality for one student. Our last word in business today: beyond opulent.

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A record rebound for General Motors is at the top of NPR's business news.

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Another blast from a credit rating is at the top of NPR's business news.

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Today's last word in business is: snap, crackle and crunch.

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This is MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.

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China's Vice President Xi Jinping is hitting all the hotspots on his American tour. He's already been to Washington, D.C. and to the White House. Later today, he heads to Los Angeles. And, of course, yesterday he was in Iowa. He has a personal connection to that state, and Iowa farmers now have reason to be glad he does.

Iowa Public Radio's Sandhya Dirks reports.

What's the best way for Mitt Romney to stop Rick Santorum?

For the answer, we went to someone who has done it before.

Democratic strategist Saul Shorr helped Bob Casey defeat then-Sen. Santorum, R-Pa., in a landslide in 2006. Santorum lost by 18 points.

But Shorr says that was a general election; in a Republican primary, Romney will have a much harder job.

Snapping Sea Lion Takes Aim At Shakira

Feb 15, 2012

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Warm Canadian Winter Thaws Outdoor Fun

Feb 15, 2012

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Congress appears to have avoided another showdown over the payroll tax reduction that has been pumping billions of dollars back into the economy. There may even be a deal ahead on jobless benefits and payments to Medicare doctors.

The last time Congress extended the payroll tax holiday was in December, when it passed a two-month extension tied to two other measures. One extended unemployment benefits, and the second fixed a formula by which Medicare doctors are paid. The Medicare fix would stop big cuts in reimbursements for doctors.

Game Developer Zynga Posts Losing Quarter

Feb 15, 2012

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NPR's business news starts with a Zynga fail.

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