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Research News
4:00 am
Tue April 1, 2014

Methane-Producing Microbes Caused 'The Great Dying'

Originally published on Tue April 1, 2014 5:23 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

And I'm David Greene. Good morning. The biggest extinction the Earth has ever seen took place 250 million years ago and it remains something of a mystery. Scientists suspected giant volcanoes or perhaps an asteroid caused it, but NPR's Christopher Joyce has seen new research suggesting the cause might not have been so cataclysmic - maybe something much more subtle.

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NPR Story
2:16 am
Tue April 1, 2014

Calvin and Zatera Spencer Have Midas Touch

Originally published on Tue April 1, 2014 5:23 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Our last word in business is an old saying: Sooner or later, everybody's luck evens out.

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

It's impressive that saying has lasted so long - given so much evidence that it isn't true. Consider the story of Calvin and Zatera Spencer, they won the lottery three times in less than a month.

INSKEEP: The Spencers won a million dollars playing the lottery in March. They also won another million dollars.

GREENE: And they picked up an extra 50,000 bucks in a daily drawing.

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NPR Story
2:16 am
Tue April 1, 2014

MGM Announces New 'Pink Panther' Is In The Works

Originally published on Tue April 1, 2014 5:23 am

The movie studio on Monday said the new Pink Panther flick would be part live-action part animated-hybrid.

NPR Story
2:16 am
Tue April 1, 2014

Despite Action, Gov. Christie Warns Again Of Pension Crisis

Originally published on Tue April 1, 2014 5:23 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Bad planning plus a tough economy left many states struggling to pay retirement and health benefits to public workers. New Jersey was behind on its payments for years before Governor Chris Christie pushed public pension reform in 2011. Now the governor is calling for another round of reform, saying the system is still broken. Here's Jessica Gould of member station WNYC.

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Europe
4:41 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Russian City Honors Oscarless Leonardo DiCaprio

Originally published on Mon March 31, 2014 4:55 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Good morning. I'm David Greene. Leonardo DiCaprio's been nominated for four Oscars. He's 0-for-four but he's getting love from a Russian city that knows a thing or two about feeling down and out. Chelyabinsk is a polluted industrial place. Oh, and it was hit by a meteorite last year. A region nearby is known for producing cast iron and cast iron sculptures.

Around the Nation
4:01 am
Mon March 31, 2014

2nd Annual Baconfest Held in Juneau, Alaska

Originally published on Mon March 31, 2014 4:55 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Good morning, I'm Steve Inskeep.

Elsewhere today, we report that cutting back fat may not help your health. People in Juneau, Alaska knew that. They held the Second Annual Juneau Baconfest this month. It includes a hog-calling contest, a bacon eating contest and special dishes like bacon caramel brownies. The star attraction was a bacon bustier worn by a model. Its creator said the only real problem here was keeping her cats away while she made it.

NPR Story
2:05 am
Mon March 31, 2014

New GM CEO To Face Congressional Panels Over Delayed Recall

Originally published on Mon March 31, 2014 4:55 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

General Motors' CEO Mary Barra takes questions in Washington this week. She'll be asked about a defective ignition switch linked to at least 13 deaths and 30 injuries. General Motors has known about it since at least 2004, but only ordered a recall last month.

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

The House subcommittee examining the matter said on Sunday that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration also knew about the issue and failed to investigate. The agency says there wasn't enough data to do so.

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2:05 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Researchers Detail How Climate Change Will Alter Our Lives

Originally published on Mon March 31, 2014 4:55 am

A United Nations panel has released a report from scientists who are getting a much better understanding of the effects of climate change.

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2:05 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Politics In The News: Ukraine And Obamacare

Originally published on Mon March 31, 2014 4:55 am

Monday is the deadline to sign up for insurance under the Affordable Care Act. And the U.S. continues to try to find ways to diffuse the crisis between Ukraine and Russia.

Around the Nation
4:25 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Taco Bell Commercial Takes A Jab At McDonald's

Originally published on Mon March 31, 2014 9:12 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Good morning, I'm Steve Inskeep. Taco Bell stuck it to McDonald's. The fast-food chain is broadcasting TV ads featuring Ronald McDonald. Dozens of people who are really named Ronald McDonald promote Taco Bell. While tweaking the McDonald's mascot, they also promote Taco Bell's authentic Mexican cuisine, including a breakfast waffle taco.

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