7:11am

Fri May 31, 2013
The Two-Way

Book News: World's Oldest Torah Scroll Found, Italian Scholar Says

This sheepskin scroll found in the University of Bologna archives dates from 1155 to 1225, according to carbon testing.
AP

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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7:07am

Fri May 31, 2013
The Two-Way

Arizona Mom Released From Mexican Jail

Originally published on Fri May 31, 2013 10:20 am

Yanira Maldonado talked to reporters late Thursday after her release from a prison on the outskirts of Nogales, Mexico.
Cristina Silva AP

This is our first, and possibly last, mention of a story that's been getting lots of play on cable news:

"Mexican Court Frees Arizona Mom Accused Of Drug Smuggling." (CNN.com)

"I'm free now ... and I'm very grateful," Yanira Maldonado told reporters early Friday.

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6:42am

Fri May 31, 2013
The Two-Way

Reports: Texas Man Questioned About Latest Ricin Letters

Originally published on Fri May 31, 2013 10:19 am

None of the possibly ricin-tainted letters mailed to President Obama have reached the White House, authorities say. They were intercepted at a remote mail handling facility.
Larry Downing Reuters /Landov

"Authorities, including the FBI, questioned a New Boston, Texas, man Thursday night in connection with an investigation of ricin-laced letters sent to government officials, including President Barack Obama," KSLA-TV in Shreveport, La., reports.

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5:57am

Fri May 31, 2013
Business

The Last Word In Business

Originally published on Fri May 31, 2013 8:34 am

Transcript

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

And our last word in business today is living on a prayer.

The rock band Bon Jovi recognizes that song is the reality for many cash-strapped fans in Spain, which is deep in recession. So the New Jersey rockers waived their performance fee for an upcoming concert in Madrid. The newspaper El Mundo reports tickets for the show now cost half as much as most of the band's other European shows. And it seems their fans in Madrid are grateful. The concert is completely sold out.

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5:57am

Fri May 31, 2013
Europe

Mired In Recession, EU Eases Some Austerity Measures

Originally published on Mon June 3, 2013 3:39 pm

Transcript

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

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

While there are many signs that the American economy is picking up steam, in much of the European Union, the opposite is true. Austerity programs aimed at reducing national debts have been blamed for crushing growth and sending unemployment in the eurozone nations to a record high of 12 percent.

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5:22am

Fri May 31, 2013
Planet Money

How Recalculating GDP Can Help App Designers In Nigeria

Originally published on Fri May 31, 2013 2:34 pm

AFP/Getty Images

If you're trying to grow a business in Nigeria and you want investors, you want Nigeria's economy to look as big as possible.

Bayo Puddicombe and Zubair Abubakar own a company called Pledge 51, which creates applications for Nigeria's low-tech cellphones. One of their most popular games lets players pretend to drive the notoriously wild buses crisscrossing the Nigerian city Lagos. It's called Danfo, after the buses.

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5:16am

Fri May 31, 2013
Business

Massachusetts Fights New Codfish Limits With A Lawsuit

Originally published on Mon June 3, 2013 5:26 pm

Transcript

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

The state of Massachusetts is suing the Obama administration over fishing regulations. Ocean-going commercial fishermen say new limits on the amount of codfish they can catch will put them out of business.

Curt Nickisch reports from member station WBUR in Boston.

CURT NICKISCH, BYLINE: Generations of fishermen have hauled cod, halibut and flounder into the port of Gloucester, where today Joe Orlando runs a 65-foot trawler, the Padre Pio.

JOE ORLANDO: I've been fishing with this boat almost 38 years.

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5:16am

Fri May 31, 2013
Animals

Big-Mouthed Toucans Key To Forest Evolution

Originally published on Fri May 31, 2013 8:34 am

Channel-billed toucans are important seed dispersers in rain forests.
Courtesy of Lindolfo Souto AAAS/Science

Brazil is a paradise for birds; the country has more than 1,700 species. Among them is the colorful toucan, a bird with an almost comically giant bill that can be half as long as its body. There are lots of different types of toucan — red-breasted, channel-billed, keel-billed, saffron toucanet — each with its own color-scheme and distinctive call.

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3:23am

Fri May 31, 2013
It's All Politics

Obama Presses Congress On Student Loan Rates

Originally published on Fri May 31, 2013 11:25 am

President Obama, with Education Secretary Arne Duncan at his side, calls on Congress on June 21, 2012, to stop interest rates on student loans from doubling. He is going to make that appeal again Friday.
Susan Walsh AP

President Obama surrounded himself with college students at the White House on Friday and warned that the cost of student loans is about to go up.

Interest rates on government-backed college loans are set to double July 1 — unless Congress agrees on a fix before then. Obama has threatened to veto a House-passed bill that would let the cost of student loans go up and down with the market.

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3:22am

Fri May 31, 2013
Shots - Health News

Proton Beam Therapy Sparks Hospital Arms Race

Originally published on Mon June 3, 2013 10:41 am

A construction worker paints walls at the Maryland Proton Treatment Center in Baltimore. Each of the center's five rooms will contain a massive piece of equipment that will rotate around a cancer patient to deliver a special kind of radiation.
Jenny Gold Kaiser Health News

When it comes to reining in health care spending, it still seems like each hospital administrator thinks the guy at the other hospital should do it.

Hospitals are still racing to offer expensive new technology — even when it hasn't been proved to work better than cheaper approaches. Case in point: proton beam therapy, a high-tech radiation treatment for cancer.

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