9:03am

Fri January 4, 2013
Business

Elio Motors plans to build futuristic car in Shreveport

Elio Motors executives placed a temporary sign outside the former General Motors plant in Shreveport. The Phoenix-based company plans to manufacture a three-wheeled vehicle in Shreveport.
Credit Kate Archer Kent

Phoenix-based Elio Motors has formally announced its agreement to buy the former Shreveport General Motors plant, where it will build three-wheeled vehicles that it says will get more than 80 miles per gallon.

The startup car maker will use one-third of the 3 million acre plant site. Elio Motors said it will hire 1,500 workers by late 2015. Founder Paul Elio said at Thursday's news conference at the plant that he aims to create good-paying U.S. jobs, whether they’re unionized, he said, is up to his workforce.

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8:47am

Fri January 4, 2013
The Two-Way

Secretary Clinton Now Expected Back In Her Office Next Week

Originally published on Fri January 4, 2013 11:00 am

Wednesday: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (in sunglasses) as she left New York Presbyterian Hospital with her husband, former president Bill Clinton (top right), and their daughter, Chelsea.
Joshua Lott Reuters /Landov

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is "looking forward to coming back to work next week," spokeswoman Victoria Nuland says.

Clinton, 65, was discharged from New York Presbyterian Hospital on Wednesday.

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7:56am

Fri January 4, 2013
Monkey See

In NFL Football, As In Hollywood, Does Anybody Know Anything?

Originally published on Fri January 4, 2013 12:30 pm

Head coach Andy Reid of the Philadelphia Eagles looks on during a game against the Washington Redskins on Dec. 23, 2012 in Philadelphia.
Alex Trautwig Getty Images

Baseball: The San Francisco Giants, in winning the 2012 World Series, participated in 16 playoff games — and they'd have had more, had they not swept Detroit 4-0 in the World Series itself.

Football: The San Francisco 49ers played 16 games in their entire regular season. Three more wins would make them Super Bowl champions.

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7:35am

Fri January 4, 2013
The Two-Way

155,000 Jobs Added In December, Jobless Rate At 7.8 Percent

Originally published on Fri January 4, 2013 11:00 am

Looking for work: The scene at a "diversity job fair" in Manhattan last month.
John Moore Getty Images

There were 155,000 jobs added to public and private payrolls in December, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday morning.

That's right in line with economists' expectations and is another sign of steady, though modest, growth in employment. In November, employers added an estimated 161,000 jobs. The average monthly gain in 2012 was 153,000 jobs, BLS says. That's the same average as in 2011.

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7:35am

Fri January 4, 2013
Commentary

Gary Borders: Cursive lives on, thanks to Mr. Penmanship

Commentator Gary Borders pays homage to cursive writing and the teachers who help to keep it alive.

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7:16am

Fri January 4, 2013
The Two-Way

In War-Torn Northern Syria, Children 'Only Paint In Red'

Originally published on Fri January 4, 2013 8:18 am

Children often show signs of trauma from their experiences inside Syria. A U.N. team interviewing Syrian children in a refugee camp found that most lost a loved one in the fighting, and almost half have post-traumatic stress disorder.
Jodi Hilton for NPR
  • From 'Morning Edition': Deborah Amos on the children of Northern Syria

Shocking statistics, such as the U.N.'s estimate that more than 60,000 people have died in Syria since anti-regime protests and fighting began in March 2011, tell only part of the story.

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6:37am

Fri January 4, 2013
The Two-Way

Malala Released From Hospital; Taliban's Attack On Teen Sparked Outrage

Originally published on Fri January 4, 2013 12:08 pm

Malala Yousafzai waved earlier today as she was released from a hospital in Birmingham, England.
University Hospitals Birmingham EPA /Landov

6:17am

Fri January 4, 2013
Around the Nation

Goodbye Casual Fridays Hello Formal Fridays

Originally published on Fri January 4, 2013 7:46 am

Transcript

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep.

First, people wore suits and ties, dresses or skirts to work. Then came casual Fridays. Then the tech industry destroyed dress codes. Congress is one of the last places people dress up, and we know how that's turned out.

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6:14am

Fri January 4, 2013
The Two-Way

Did Hiring Pick Up As 2012 Ended? We'll Find Out Shortly

Originally published on Fri January 4, 2013 7:38 am

The scene at a job fair in San Mateo, Calif., earlier this year.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images
  • From 'Morning Edition': NPR's Yuki Noguchi previews the jobs report

8:35 a.m. ET. And the answer is: 155,000 jobs added to payrolls in December; the jobless rate held at 7.8 percent. (November's rate was revised up to 7.8 percent.)

Our original post:

Here it comes — the always eagerly anticipated news about jobs and the nation's unemployment rate.

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5:47am

Fri January 4, 2013
Latin America

Mexican Bakers Go Big To Celebrate 3 Kings Day

Originally published on Fri January 4, 2013 7:46 am

Transcript

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Good morning. I'm David Greene. At this point in the program we sometimes tell you about record-breaking feats. Well, this one takes the cake. Sunday is Three Kings Day and in Mexico some bakers are celebrating in a big way. Rosca de Reyes is a sweet bread with a Baby Jesus figurine baked inside.

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