10:51am

Wed February 6, 2013
Business

In Cost-Saving Move, Post Office Cuts Saturday Delivery

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

NPR's business news begins with an ending.

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GREENE: The U.S. Postal Service has just announced the end of first class mail deliveries on Saturday. It is part of an effort to slow enormous financial losses. And NPR's Yuki Noguchi has come into the studio to tell us what all this means for customers and the Postal Service. And Yuki, so when will my Saturday deliveries stop?

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10:36am

Wed February 6, 2013
Shots - Health News

With Elbows, Cortisone Shots May Hurt More Than Help

Originally published on Wed February 6, 2013 1:17 pm

Thinking a cortisone shot would help? You might want to reconsider.
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Go to the doctor with an aching elbow, and the prescription may well be a cortisone shot. Ah, relief!

But that short-term gain may make for long-term pain. There's mounting evidence that cortisone shots, long the first response for the painful tendon problem known as tennis elbow, increases the risk of continued problems or relapse one year out.

That may come as a surprise to those who have availed themselves of this seemingly miraculous quick fix.

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9:44am

Wed February 6, 2013
Strange News

Hasbro's Monopoly Trades Its Old Iron For A New Cat

Originally published on Wed February 6, 2013 10:51 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Good morning, I'm David Greene.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Monopoly players, your game will never be the same. Hasbro, which has been making the for some 80 years, is retiring a game piece. The iron will no longer be passing Go or stopping at Park Place. The company ran a Save Your Token campaign, and only eight percent of respondents fought for the iron. The winner? That little Scottie dog, who may prefer the old iron to the token replacing it - a cat - though players using the cat may get nine chances to win.

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9:43am

Wed February 6, 2013
The Two-Way

Two Days After Rescue From Bunker, Ethan Turns 6

Originally published on Wed February 6, 2013 11:24 am

Birthday cards for Ethan have been arriving at the town hall in Napier Field, Ala., where he lives.
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9:35am

Wed February 6, 2013
Married by Captain

Wedding on the Water

The Tennessee River may not be where you would expect to be married on a boat but the captains on the Tennessee Aquarium's River Gorge Explorer are fully licensed to perform weddings. 

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9:11am

Wed February 6, 2013
The Two-Way

The Iron Is Out, A Cat Is In As 'Monopoly' Changes Game Pieces

Originally published on Wed February 6, 2013 3:33 pm

The newest Monopoly token: Cat.
Courtesy of Hasbro

Scottie the dog is not going to like this news:

Monopoly fans have voted to add a cat to the classic game's cast of eight playing pieces. Getting the boot: Well, it wasn't the boot. It's the iron that got flattened.

The results of Hasbro's Facebook vote were revealed on NBC-TV's Today Show.

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9:02am

Wed February 6, 2013
Business

Postal Service Plans To End Saturday Mail Delivery

Originally published on Wed February 6, 2013 10:51 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

NPR's business news begins with an ending.

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9:02am

Wed February 6, 2013
World

Tunisian Opposition Leader's Slaying Prompts Protests

Originally published on Wed February 6, 2013 10:51 am

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A Tunisian politician received death threats in recent days. Chokri Belaid was in a high-profile position. He was among the leaders of a group of politicians urging Tunisia to remain a secular state. That brought him into conflict with religious parties. Despite the death threats, his family says Belaid refused to limit his activities, and as he left home this morning someone shot and killed him.

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8:34am

Wed February 6, 2013
The Two-Way

Book News: Chick-Lit Icon Bridget Jones Returns

Originally published on Wed February 6, 2013 9:53 am

Renee Zellweger in a scene from Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason.
Universal Studios

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

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8:34am

Wed February 6, 2013
Shots - Health News

Nigeria Moves To Clean Up Lead Pollution From Gold Mines

A boy works at an illegal gold mine in northern Nigeria. Lead from these mines has sickened thousands of children in region.
David Gilkey NPR

Finally, the Nigerian government is fulfilling its promise to help thousands of kids, who have been exposed to toxic levels of lead.

After months of delay and red tape, the government has released $4 million to clean up lead in soil near illegal gold mines in northern Nigeria.

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