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2:17 am
Tue April 29, 2014

'To Kill A Mockingbird' Goes Digital

Originally published on Tue April 29, 2014 9:52 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

And today's last word in business is: Digital Mockingbird.

Yesterday, on her 88th birthday, author Harper Lee announced that her classic novel "To Kill A Mockingbird" will finally be made available as an e-book and a digital audio book. It was first printed on old fashion paper in 1960 and still sells over a million copies per year.

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

In a statement, the reclusive author proclaimed: I'm still old-fashioned. I love dusty old books and libraries. But she added: This is "Mockingbird" for a new generation.

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Europe
2:17 am
Tue April 29, 2014

Swedish Town To Move As Iron Mine Swallows It

Originally published on Tue April 29, 2014 9:52 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

OK, as Greensburg rebuilds from the ground up, people in a town in Sweden are preparing to move their community a couple of miles to the east.

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

That be the town of Kiruna sits on the edge of an iron mine. Officials realized the mine would slowly swallow the community about 10 years ago, so they began preparing to empty the town and rebuild it - hopefully new and improved - two miles down the road.

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One Lane Each Way
5:00 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

I-5 Bottleneck In Phoenix To Last Until May 22

Day One of the road work. Note the clogged traffic approaching the single-lane section.
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Interstate Five travelers will endure three weeks of daily delays between Ashland and Medford, now that work has begun on an excavation project.

The project, related to a new Phoenix interchange (exit 24 in Oregon), will install a large drainage pipe under the freeway north of the exit.

While the work goes on, traffic will be restricted to a single lane in each direction.  The Oregon Department of Transportation--ODOT--expects delays of up to 20 minutes each way.

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Around the Nation
4:14 am
Mon April 28, 2014

Old Atari Games Found In N.M. Landfill

Originally published on Mon April 28, 2014 4:37 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST: Good morning. I'm David Greene. The movie "E.T." was a smash hit in the '80s; not so for the video game based on the film. You might say the creators at Atari phoned it in. They rushed it to market. People playing the game found it so bad it was as if aliens had created it. It's been rumored Atari dumped truckloads of unused game cartridges in a landfill in New Mexico.

Around the Nation
4:06 am
Mon April 28, 2014

Students Met Their Goal So Teacher Has To Deliver

Originally published on Tue April 29, 2014 2:22 am

A 4th grade teacher in Wichita, Kan., challenged her students to do their homework for 100 straight days. Mission accomplished — now she has to dye her hair orange and come to class in a prom dress.

Business
3:53 am
Mon April 28, 2014

Hersman: Growing North American Oil Industry Tests Rail Safety

Originally published on Mon April 28, 2014 4:37 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

The Chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board left office on Friday and on her final day she sat down with us to talk about a longstanding concern. Deborah Hersman says the growing North American oil industry is leading to a railroad safety problem.

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NPR Story
2:15 am
Mon April 28, 2014

Mass Trial In Egypt Sentences 683 To Death

Originally published on Mon April 28, 2014 4:37 am

More than 680 alleged supporters of the country's ousted Islamist president have been sentenced to death for acts of violence last August. Included was the Muslim Brotherhood's spiritual leader.

NPR Story
2:15 am
Mon April 28, 2014

Conservatives Yet To Rally Around Obamacare Replacement

Originally published on Wed April 30, 2014 9:18 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Here at home, President Obama has repeatedly criticized House Republicans for voting to repeal his health care law without offering a replacement.

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: They have no alternative answer for millions of Americans with pre-existing conditions who'd be denied coverage again.

GREENE: Republicans have promised an alternative but have yet to release it. And that left one Republican lawmakers on the defensive during a town hall meeting in Florida.

Here's NPR's Scott Horsley.

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NPR Story
2:15 am
Mon April 28, 2014

Russia Faces Further Sanction Over Its Actions In Ukraine

Originally published on Mon April 28, 2014 4:37 am

U.S. and European Union officials are meeting to impose more sanctions on Russia. At the same time, pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine continue to hold a group of European military observers.

NPR Story
2:15 am
Mon April 28, 2014

Burger King Revives Subservient Chicken

Originally published on Mon April 28, 2014 4:37 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Which now brings us to today's last word in business, which is Subservient Chicken.

Maybe you remember a 2004 Burger King ad campaign that featured a website where a giant chicken in a nondescript living room would perform almost any task requested of it by Web users. Burger King claims the site got over a billion hits and some ad watchers credit the Subservient Chicken with the start of viral marketing.

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