7:20am

Thu May 3, 2012
The Two-Way

No Note, No Firm Clues So Far In Junior Seau's Death

Junior Seau in 2002, when he was with the San Diego Chargers.
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While the signs so far point to suicide, there aren't yet any really revealing clues to why former NFL star Junior Seau apparently killed himself Wednesday.

About all there is so far is a hint that, in retrospect, Seau may have said some goodbyes. The San Diego Union-Tribune reports that:

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6:49am

Thu May 3, 2012
Around the Nation

Computer Glitch Summons Too Many Jurors

Originally published on Thu May 3, 2012 9:31 am

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6:42am

Thu May 3, 2012
Around the Nation

San Francisco Transit Worker Fired For 'Good' Deed

Originally published on Thu May 3, 2012 9:31 am

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6:33am

Thu May 3, 2012
The Two-Way

Chinese Activist Wants To Leave With Clinton; U.S. Diplomats Back In Touch

Originally published on Thu May 3, 2012 7:07 pm

Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng (in wheelchair) held the hand of Gary Locke (at right) the U.S. ambassador to China in Beijing as he arrived at a hospital in Beijing on Wednesday.
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  • Chen speaks with NPR
  • Michele Kelemen talks with Steve Inskeep

The fate of Chinese legal activist Chen Guangcheng remains uncertain one day after he left the U.S. embassy in Beijing.

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6:17am

Thu May 3, 2012
Business

Argentina Takes Over Spanish Energy Firm YPF

Originally published on Thu May 3, 2012 9:31 am

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NPR's business news starts with control of the energy.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

GREENE: In South America, a shift towards political populism has led to the nationalism of an oil company in Argentina and an electricity provider in Bolivia. Both of the companies seized are Spanish. The nationalizations are hitting Spain during a time of deep economic crisis. And as we'll hear in a few minutes from reporter Lauren Frayer, they sparked a lot of anger in Spain.

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5:51am

Thu May 3, 2012
Europe

Angry Greek Voters May Lash Out In Sunday's Polls

Originally published on Thu May 3, 2012 10:50 am

A member of the Golden Dawn far-right political organization takes part in a demonstration in Peraia, a suburb outside Thessaloniki, on April 26. Some polls indicate that in the national elections May 6, Golden Dawn may surpass the 3 percent threshold needed to enter Parliament.
Sakis Mitrolidis AFP/Getty Images

Greeks go to the polls Sunday in a climate of intense voter anger at the politicians they blame for turning their country into an international economic pariah. Protest votes could fill Parliament with an array of new parties, and most surprising is the growing popularity of the xenophobic Golden Dawn, which espouses a neo-Nazi ideology.

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5:51am

Thu May 3, 2012
Politics

Plenty Of Gingrich Campaign Memorabilia Left Over

Originally published on Thu May 3, 2012 9:31 am

Newt Gingrich officially pulled out of the Republican presidential race Wednesday. So what happens to the leftover T-shirts and campaign buttons?

5:12am

Thu May 3, 2012
Around the Nation

States Looking To Make Some Taxes Less Inevitable

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin proposed slashing state income tax rates this year and eventually phasing out the tax.
Sue Ogrocki AP

North Dakota may be about to go where no state has gone before. On June 12, voters will decide the fate of a ballot measure that would eliminate all property taxes in the state.

"We think it's a horse race," says Bob Harms, spokesman for a coalition of business, local government and farm groups that are opposed to the measure. "It has a real possibility of passing."

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5:05am

Thu May 3, 2012
Afghanistan

Afghans Fear Their Country Will Fall Back Into War

Originally published on Thu May 3, 2012 9:31 am

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It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.

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And I'm David Greene.

Our own Renee Montagne is in Afghanistan at a moment when its relationship with the United States is turning a corner. And for the next couple of weeks, Renee is going to be bringing us a range of voices and also opinions about what lies ahead. Renee joins us now from Kabul.

Renee, good morning.

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Morning, David.

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5:05am

Thu May 3, 2012
Business

The Last Word In Business

Originally published on Thu May 3, 2012 9:31 am

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Last night at the Sotheby's auction house in New York, there was something to scream about. Our last word in business is: "The Scream."

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As we reported yesterday, the Expressionist masterpiece by Edvard Munch went up for sale. There are four versions of this composition, but just one had been privately held by an heir of one of Munch's patrons.

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