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Around the Nation
4:23 am
Wed January 8, 2014

Wis. Gov. Walker Called For Jury Duty

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Good morning. I'm David Greene. Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker will be at the Milwaukee County Courthouse early this morning. Not for a press conference. This isn't tied to any political scandal. He's got jury duty. The governor was bumped from a murder trial but then put on a jury for a personal injury lawsuit. Not the most high-profile case.

Around the Nation
3:17 am
Wed January 8, 2014

It's So Cold That Hell Freezes Over

Originally published on Wed January 8, 2014 4:12 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Good morning, I'm Renee Montagne.

Making headlines this week is the polar vortex. And we can report that Hell has frozen over. That would be Hell, Michigan where temperatures fell to minus 13 degrees and even colder with the wind-chill. There are conflicting histories as to how the tiny town got its name, probably from the German word for bright - not because it resembles a fiery underworld. Hell, Michigan is due to warm up today to a balmy high of 16 degrees.

Politics
2:21 am
Wed January 8, 2014

Senate Moves Forward On Unemployment Benefits

Originally published on Wed January 8, 2014 4:12 am

In a tally that surprised even its sponsors, a half dozen Republican senators gave Democrats enough votes to move forward with a bill extending emergency unemployment benefits for another three months. The proposal likely faces an even tougher hurdle in the Republican-controlled House.

NPR Story
2:10 am
Wed January 8, 2014

Why One Expert Says Edward Snowden Deserves Clemency

Originally published on Wed January 8, 2014 6:26 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Edward Snowden is, of course, facing some serious criminal charges here in the United States for stealing classified documents and leaking details of domestic and international surveillance programs. It's unclear if Snowden will ever return to this country to face charges, but that hasn't stopped a vigorous debate in recent days over whether Snowden should be eligible for clemency.

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NPR Story
2:10 am
Wed January 8, 2014

Former Banker Could Help Feds Learn More About Swiss Accounts

Originally published on Wed January 8, 2014 4:20 am

A Swiss banker has pleaded not guilty to charges he helped thousands of Americans evade paying their taxes. Raoul Weil was one of the top managers at UBS, a Swiss bank that helped nearly 20,000 Americans hide their assets in secret accounts.

Business
11:19 am
Tue January 7, 2014

JPMorgan Chase Settles Madoff Case For $1.7 Billion

Originally published on Wed January 8, 2014 3:56 am

JPMorgan Chase & Co. has agreed to pay $1.7 billion to settle criminal charges accusing the bank of ignoring obvious warning signs of Bernard Madoff's massive Ponzi scheme.

Around the Nation
4:36 am
Tue January 7, 2014

Owner Of Confiscated Raccoon Runs For Tenn. Governor

Originally published on Wed January 8, 2014 3:56 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Good morning. I'm David Greene. YouTube videos can be all fun and games. Until your raccoon gets arrested. Mark Brown of Tennessee posted videos last summer that went viral. It was him dancing and showering with his pet raccoon Rebekah. But with the attention came Tennessee wildlife officials, who confiscated the masked animal.

Around the Nation
4:36 am
Tue January 7, 2014

Detroit Barber Fails To Break Haircut Record

Originally published on Wed January 8, 2014 3:56 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Good morning, I'm Renee Montagne.

It's actually not that surprising that Detroit barber Brian "B-Dogg" Price did not get enough volunteers to help him break the record for most haircuts in one hour. The current record is 34. And would you like a haircut that took less than two minutes? Still, it would be free, so he's reached out to churches and shelters for volunteers for another run at the record this spring. The barber plans to use two electric clippers simultaneously.

Remembrances
4:36 am
Tue January 7, 2014

Movie Mogul Who Popularized Kung Fu Fighting Dies At 106

Originally published on Wed January 8, 2014 3:56 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

If you've ever enjoyed an action packed Kung Fu film, take a moment to thank Sir Run Run Shaw, who passed away today at age 106.

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GREENE: The television and movie mogul popularized the Kung Fu genre, opening Shaw Brothers film studio in Hong Kong in his early 20's.

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UNIDENTIFIED MAN: The new movie sensation that's stunning the world, a martial arts masterpiece...

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NPR Story
1:59 am
Tue January 7, 2014

Millions Forced To Cope With Frigid Weather

Originally published on Wed January 8, 2014 3:56 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

A bone chilling cold snap will affect nearly 200 million people in the United States before it subsides. Many areas of the country have wind chill warnings or advisories in place. The cold is sweeping today, east and even south. The Midwest has been frozen now for a couple days. Here's NPR's Cheryl Corley.

CHERYL CORLEY, BYLINE: Walk down a Chicago street and you might not even recognize your best friend. The frigid temperatures mean just about everybody is bundled - scarves drawn tight, hats pulled down low, often only eyes visible.

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