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NPR Story
4:06 am
Mon May 12, 2014

China Looks To Expand Rail Lines

Originally published on Mon May 12, 2014 7:04 am

Rail officials in China are talking about a high-speed rail line running to North America — including a 120-mile tunnel under the Bering straits, connecting to Alaska.

Around the Nation
6:28 am
Fri May 9, 2014

Truck Driver Follows GPS Instructions. He Shouldn't Have

Originally published on Mon May 12, 2014 2:26 pm

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep with a reminder to watch where you're going even if guided by GPS. Last year in Alabama, I followed an electronic map that guided me onto a dirt path. I had to turn around.

Same thing happened to a truck driver in Idaho. He was hauling sand to a golf course when the GPS led him onto a one-lane dirt road in the forest. He couldn't turn around. The rig rolled over, and an Idaho forest now has an unplanned sand trap.

Around the Nation
6:28 am
Fri May 9, 2014

Driver In Carpool Lane Pulled Over For Suspicious Passenger

Originally published on Mon May 12, 2014 2:26 pm

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Good morning, I'm Steve Inskeep.

A state trooper outside Boston saw a car pulling into the carpool lane on I-93. Cars in that lane should have at least two occupants, but something caught the trooper's eye. He pulled over the car and that's when he discovered the driver was using the lane accompanied only by a mannequin head propped up in the passenger seat.

The driver was ticketed despite the artistic effort used on the mannequin which had a mustache drawn on.

NPR Story
4:36 am
Fri May 9, 2014

Tensions Heat Up In South China Sea Between China, Vietnam

Originally published on Mon May 12, 2014 2:26 pm

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

On a Friday, it's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep. Let's look more closely now at the competition for control of the South China Sea. That's a strategic body of water surrounded by growing Asian nations like the Philippines, Vietnam and of course, China. Many nations have made overlapping claims for that sea and the resources beneath it. Since several nations are U.S. allies, it's a conflict in which the United States has a big interest.

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NPR Story
4:36 am
Fri May 9, 2014

This Week Is Screen-Free Week,

Originally published on Mon May 12, 2014 2:26 pm

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

And that brings us to today's last word in business - screen-free.

Maybe you read something about this on your phone, or saw a story on television. This week has been Screen-Free Week. Kids and parents around the world made pledges to stop using TVs, tablets, computers or video games - for a while.

The notion is to get kids to spend more time being physically active, playing outside or reading. Kids under 18 spend an average of seven hours and 38 minutes on media devices each day - which concerns pediatrician Michael Rich.

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NPR Story
4:36 am
Fri May 9, 2014

Apple Expected To Buy Beats Electronics

Originally published on Mon May 12, 2014 2:26 pm

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

NPR's business news starts with iPhones and headphones.

Apple is set to buy Beats Electronics for more than $3 billion. That's according to a report in the Financial Times. Beats is a headphone maker founded by hip-hop star Dr. Dre and the producer Jimmy Iovine.

Business
4:36 am
Fri May 9, 2014

Crowdfunding Can Help Build Business, But At What Cost?

The website RocketHub connects startups with a funding network. Here, the site's founders (from left): Alon Hillel-Tuch, Vladimir Vukicevic, Brian Meece and Jed Cohen.
RocketHub

Originally published on Mon May 12, 2014 2:26 pm

Entrepreneur Andy Krafsur raised money for Spira Footwear by reaching out to friends and family. But that was a dozen years ago. After the economy tanked, the common tactic became a lot more difficult.

"The pool of people that you can go to has shrunken significantly," Krafsur says, "and everybody goes to those same people."

Then Krafsur found a crowdfunding website that helped his cash flow enormously. The Securities and Exchange Commission is about to approve rules allowing small businesses to reach out to investors through these kinds of crowdfunding networks.

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NPR Story
4:36 am
Fri May 9, 2014

Why Has China Become More Aggressive Toward Vietnam?

Originally published on Mon May 12, 2014 2:26 pm

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

The writer Robert Kaplan wrote a book about the South China Sea. He calls it "Asia's Cauldron." And we talked about why it would be that China could slowly claim seascapes there using oil rigs, water canons and ship collisions. I wonder if part of the Chinese thinking in a situation like that might simply be you know you don't want a war with China, 'cause we're a lot bigger than you, and therefore we can do everything short of war to push you around because we think we have rights here. Is that possibly what the Chinese are thinking?

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Around the Nation
6:58 am
Thu May 8, 2014

Calif. Boy Enjoys Homemade Roller Coaster

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Africa
6:58 am
Thu May 8, 2014

U.S. Team To Assist Nigeria In Locating Kidnapped School Girls

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

And I'm Steve Inskeep. Good morning. Let's talk through what the United States may be able to do in searching for kidnapped girls in Nigeria. The U.S. has promised assistance, Nigerian officials have now accepted. This would involve the United State more overtly than before in fighting Boko Haram, the extremist group that says it took the girls.

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