7:15am

Thu November 29, 2012
The Two-Way

What Will A U.N. Upgrade Mean For Palestinians?

Originally published on Thu December 13, 2012 7:39 am

In the southern West Bank city of Hebron today, supporters of Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas gathered in anticipation of today's vote at the U.N.
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  • NPR's Philip Reeves, reporting on 'Morning Edition'

At the United Nations this afternoon, the General Assembly is expected to overwhelmingly approve a resolution that would shift the status of Palestinians from that of a "non-member observer entity" to a "non-member observer state."

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6:33am

Thu November 29, 2012
Strange News

A Night Of Spectacle In New York City

Originally published on Thu November 29, 2012 8:18 am

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6:33am

Thu November 29, 2012
Middle East

Palestinians' Abbas Goes To U.N. Seeking New Status

Originally published on Thu December 13, 2012 7:38 am

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The United States is strongly against it. So even more strongly is Israel, but this will not deter the Palestinians from going to the United Nations today to secure a vote formally upgrading Palestine's U.N. status. There's little doubt the vote will pass easily, securing what the Palestinian leadership considers a significant diplomatic victory.

NPR's Philip Reeves reports.

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6:33am

Thu November 29, 2012
Business

N.Y. Electrician Shortage Hampers Sandy Recovery

Originally published on Thu December 6, 2012 9:26 am

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It's been a month since Sandy made landfall in the northeast. For millions in that big storm's path, life is returning to normal - not for tens of thousands of people in New York City who still, still don't have electricity or heat. Many of them are waiting for an electrician to come to repair or certify wiring that was damaged by all the flooding. But as NPR's Joel Rose reports, there aren't enough electricians to go around.

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6:33am

Thu November 29, 2012
Politics

Indiana's GOP Leaders Cautious Amid Supermajorities

Originally published on Thu November 29, 2012 8:18 am

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In so many ways our country seems politically divided. Nevertheless, last month's election left 11 states controlled by supermajorities, meaning one party occupies the governor's mansion and owns the overwhelming majority in the legislature. Let's get a sense for the dynamic in one of these states - Indiana. Republicans seem in command. And yet despite their new leverage, Indiana's Republican lawmakers are preaching caution and a need for increased bipartisanship. Indiana Public Broadcasting's Brandon Smith reports.

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6:33am

Thu November 29, 2012
Business

Contract Ban, Civil Litigation Add To BP's Woes

Originally published on Thu November 29, 2012 8:18 am

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The multinational oil firm BP is being taken to account for the massive 2010 spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Yesterday, the Obama administration banned BP from any new contacts with the federal government, citing, quote, "a lack of business integrity" related to the spill - that after BP admitted criminal wrongdoing in its recent settlement with the U.S. Justice Department.

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6:33am

Thu November 29, 2012
Europe

Judge's Report Due On Regulating British Press

Originally published on Thu November 29, 2012 8:18 am

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Later this morning, a British judge who spent eight months investigating the excesses of the nation's media will issue his suggestions for how to rein in the sometimes rambunctious British press. Prime Minister David Cameron ordered the wide-ranging inquiry in the wake of revelations of illegal phone hacking at The Tabloid News of the World and other papers owned by Rupert Murdoch.

But as Vicki Barker reports, Cameron's likely to face an uproar whether or not he accepts Brian Leveson's recommendations.

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6:30am

Thu November 29, 2012
The Two-Way

Winning Powerball Tickets Sold In Arizona And Missouri; Who Bought Them?

Originally published on Thu November 29, 2012 1:15 pm

Ticket sales soared as the jackpot grew.
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After all the hype and hoopla, millions of Americans (including us) are waking up this morning to learn that they aren't sudden millionaires.

Yes, there were winning tickets sold for Wednesday night's $580 million Powerball jackpot.

But there were only two tickets that correctly matched the numbers drawn: 5, 16, 22, 23, 29 and Powerball of 6.

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6:00am

Thu November 29, 2012
Strange News

Start Your Day With Bacon ... Shaving Cream

Originally published on Thu November 29, 2012 8:18 am

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4:01am

Thu November 29, 2012
Planet Money

A Huge Pay Cut For Doctors Is Hiding In The Fiscal Cliff

Originally published on Thu November 29, 2012 8:53 am

How much is it worth?
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Yesterday, in the Bronx, Chris Veres took his grandfather to see Dr. Bob Murrow. He was worried about his grandfather's heart. Dr. Murrow talked to the family and ordered a cardiogram, which came back normal.

It was a pretty routine visit. But what happens next for the doctor — getting paid by Medicare, the government-run health insurance program for the elderly — is suddenly sort of a big deal.

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