8:04am

Wed January 16, 2013
The Two-Way

Fireball, Panic As Helicopter Crashes In London

Originally published on Wed January 16, 2013 10:00 am

A firefighter walks toward some of the wreckage at the scene of today's helicopter crash in London.
Andy Rain EPA /LANDOV

At least two people were killed today in London when a helicopter struck a tall crane, exploded and came crashing to the ground in a ball of fire.

Reporting from London, NPR's Philip Reeves tells our Newscast Desk that "the wreckage landed close to a very busy commuter station at Vauxhall, and not far from a rail line running into Waterloo. ... Several cars caught fire."

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7:39am

Wed January 16, 2013
The Two-Way

Blast Rocks Kabul; Dozens Wounded, Attackers Killed

Originally published on Wed January 16, 2013 8:57 am

Debris littered the street at the scene of today's attack in Kabul.
Sean Carberry NPR

Men wearing bombs strapped to their bodies and traveling in two vehicles carrying more explosives wounded dozens of civilians in Kabul today when they attacked a government security office, NPR's Sean Carberry reports from the scene.

Sean tells the NPR Newscast desk that the Taliban is claiming responsibility and that:

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7:16am

Wed January 16, 2013
The Two-Way

Chaos Expected As NYC School Bus Drivers Strike; 152,000 Students Affected

Originally published on Wed January 16, 2013 10:20 am

All locked up: School buses sat idle this morning in the Jamaica section of New York City.
Justin Lane EPA /LANDOV

It's been a rough morning for many parents and their children in New York City, where about 8,000 school bus drivers and monitors have gone on strike — meaning about 152,000 students had to get to school some other way.

According to The New York Times:

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7:12am

Wed January 16, 2013
Around the Nation

Mass. Pub Names Changed Until After Playoff Game

Transcript

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep. Years ago, I had a drink at a bar called The Raven. Great name for a bar, invoking a poem by Edgar Allen Poe. A Massachusetts man would agree. He owns the Raven's Nest and the Mad Raven. The trouble is, he's in New England, and pro football's New England Patriots are prepping for a playoff game against the Baltimore Ravens. The bar owner did what he had to do. He temporarily renamed his bars the Patriot's Nest and the Mad Patriot. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

7:02am

Wed January 16, 2013
Around the Nation

Wayne Dobson Doesn't Have Your Lost Cellphone

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Good morning, I'm Renee Montagne with a message: Wayne Dobson does not have your cell phone. Many cell phones allow you to track them using GPS if they go missing. But the Las Vegas Review Journal reports that technical glitch has, for two years, directed some Sprint customers, who've lost their phones in Vegas, to the home of Wayne Dobson. Sprint says it's researching the problem. Meanwhile, Dobson has come up with his own low-tech solution, a sign on his door reading: No lost cell phones.

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6:04am

Wed January 16, 2013
Asia

Japan Grounds All Boeing Dreamliners

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

We are also following a story in Japan that strikes a blow at one of the world's great aircraft makers. Japan has grounded its entire fleet of 787 Dreamliners. This move came after an electrical problem forced an All Nippon Airlines 787 to make an emergency landing. Here's NPR's Wendy Kaufman.

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5:37am

Wed January 16, 2013
Business

Sick Workers' Dilemma: Stay Home Or Go To Work?

Originally published on Wed January 16, 2013 8:18 am

Chaim Gross, 24, is known as "Patient Zero" at his company Zeno Radio. About half of the workers have fallen ill in the past couple of months.
Ailsa Chang NPR

As the earliest flu outbreak in years continues to claim victims, businesses are taking a hit, too. They're faced with an unsolvable problem: If they tell too many sick employees to stay home, the work doesn't get done. But when people sick with flu and other bugs show up, they're spreading illness through the workplace.

It's a dilemma the staff at Zeno Radio, a media technology company in Midtown Manhattan, has seen unfold this winter.

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5:37am

Wed January 16, 2013
Politics

House Approves Sandy Aid, Senate Votes Next

Originally published on Wed January 16, 2013 11:07 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Yeah, it's Wednesday. It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

And I'm Renee Montagne.

Victims of Hurricane Sandy are one step closer to getting a major infusion of federal disaster aid after a long delay. Last night, the House approved a $50 billion assistance package.

NPR congressional correspondent Tamara Keith reports.

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5:37am

Wed January 16, 2013
Business

Who Is The Real Victims Of The NHL Lockout?

Originally published on Wed January 16, 2013 5:59 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

The lockout is over and the much delayed National Hockey League's season is now set to begin on Saturday. The regular season will run 48 games instead of the usual 82.

So what's the economic effect of missing almost half the season? NPR's Mike Pesca finds, not as bad as you might think.

MIKE PESCA, BYLINE: We've all seen the reports during the lockout, the empty bar near the arena should be brimming with Bruins backers or a Washington Avalanche acolytes. Or maybe it's not a bar. Maybe it's pizza in Pittsburgh.

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3:07am

Wed January 16, 2013
Planet Money

Is Herbalife A Pyramid Scheme?

Originally published on Wed January 16, 2013 6:34 pm

Susan Goldman AP

Herbalife, a company that sells weight loss shakes, vitamins and other similar products, is worth billions of dollars. The company has been around for more than 30 years, and it's traded on the New York Stock Exchange.

Bill Ackman thinks the whole thing is a pyramid scheme.

Ackman manages a hedge fund that has shorted more than a billion dollars' worth of Herbalife stock. If the stock falls — and Ackman says he thinks it will fall all the way to zero — the fund will make money.

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