8:48am

Wed December 26, 2012
The Two-Way

'Housing Recovery Is Gathering Strength,' New Report On Prices Signals

A "sold" sign outside a home under construction in Peoria, Ill., in October.
Daniel Acker Landov

Home prices were up 4.3 percent in October from the same month a year before in the 20 major U.S.

Read more

7:59am

Wed December 26, 2012
The Two-Way

By Showing Ammo Magazine On NBC, Did David Gregory Break The Law?

Originally published on Wed December 26, 2012 1:50 pm

Meet the Press host David Gregory, holding what he said was a high capacity magazine, during Sunday's broadcast.
NBC News

Washington, D.C., city police are investigating whether NBC News' David Gregory broke the district's laws when he displayed what he said was a "magazine for ammunition that carries 30 bullets" on Sunday's edition of Meet the Press.

Read more

7:20am

Wed December 26, 2012
Politics

After Beating Allen West, House Freshman Faces New Fight

Originally published on Wed December 26, 2012 7:44 am

Rep.-elect Patrick Murphy, D-Fla., speaks during a news conference introducing 37 of the newly elected House Democrats at the U.S. Capitol on Nov. 13.
Chip Somodevilla Getty Images

Of the eight new seats that Democrats picked up in the House of Representatives in November, four of them come from Florida.

Democrats were aided by a big turnout for President Obama, plus new rules that helped erase a Republican advantage in how districts are drawn in the Sunshine State.

Read more

6:59am

Wed December 26, 2012
The Two-Way

Top Stories: Frightful Weather; Fiscal Cliffhanger; Soft Shopping Season

Will someone come back to fill it up? On Christmas Day at the Lakeside Mall in New Orleans, this shopping cart sat all alone. After what's been said to have been a soft holiday shopping season, retailers are hoping that post-holiday sales will be strong.
David Grunfeld The Times-Picayune /Landov

Good morning.

Our early headline:

-- Weather Outside Is Frightful; Tornadoes, Snow, Rain Lash Much Of Nation.

Some of the other stories making news today:

-- " 'Fiscal Cliff' To Bring President Obama Back Early From Hawaii." (Los Angeles Times)

Read more

6:43am

Wed December 26, 2012
Around the Nation

Blind Dog Returned To Alaska Family

Transcript

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Read more

6:33am

Wed December 26, 2012
Around the Nation

Zappos Logs Record Service Call

Transcript

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Read more

6:27am

Wed December 26, 2012
The Two-Way

Weather Outside Is Frightful; Tornadoes, Snow, Rain Lash Much Of Nation

Originally published on Thu December 27, 2012 6:27 am

The wicked weather covers a lot of territory. (Image shows conditions as of late afternoon Wednesday, ET.
National Weather Service
  • From the NPR Newscast: Giles Snyder on the storm

(On Wednesday, we weaved new information into the top of this post and in updates below. Thursday, we began a new post about the weather.)

Read more

5:07am

Wed December 26, 2012
NPR Story

Business News

Originally published on Wed December 26, 2012 6:23 am

Holiday Sales rose by less than 1 percent from the year before, according to MasterCard's SpendingPulse unit. That's the slowest growth in spending since the 2008 recession. Even online sales — which posted double digit gains over the past few years — were lackluster this year.

5:07am

Wed December 26, 2012
Games & Humor

Google Integrates Kevin Bacon In Its Search Function

Originally published on Wed December 26, 2012 5:41 am

Transcript

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

OK, remember the game "Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon"? Google, which can bring you the weather forecast for any spot on the planet, launched another very useful service this year. The search engine's "Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon" game will connect any movie star, living or dead, to the veteran Hollywood actor Kevin Bacon.

The game has become so popular, we went in search of its origins this past September. We had so much fun that once again we bring what we found on our expedition.

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Read more

5:07am

Wed December 26, 2012
Movie Interviews

Vic Flick's Riff Captures The Sound Of James Bond

Originally published on Wed December 26, 2012 3:39 pm

Transcript

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

We've been looking back at some of the stories we heard on MORNING EDITION in the past year and bringing you encore performances of our favorites. 2012 marked the 50th anniversary of the first Bond film, "Dr. No." and to help 007 celebrate, we investigated one of the ingredients that helps make Bond films so Bond.

(SOUNDBITE OF JAMES BOND THEME SONG)

MONTAGNE: Ah, yes, the music. This is one of the most famous themes in movie history, and here's the part that gives it that secret agent feel.

Read more

Pages