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10:08 am
Wed August 29, 2012

With Photo And A Joke, Neil Bush Becomes Internet Sensation In China

Neil Bush in a picture he posted on Weibo.
Weibo

Originally published on Wed August 29, 2012 10:29 am

China's latest online sensation is a Bush, but perhaps surprisingly, it's neither the 41st or the 43rd President of the US. In fact, Neil Bush, the younger brother of 43 and the son of 41 has become an online sensation in China after posting a joke photo on China's version of twitter.

Neil Bush was virtually unknown in China a week ago, despite being co-chairman of Beijing-based real estate company, CIIC.

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Shots - Health Blog
10:00 am
Wed August 29, 2012

With West Nile On The Rise, We Answer Your Questions

A Beechcraft airplane sprays insecticide over Dallas early Monday morning to curb the spread of West Nile virus.
LM Otero AP

Originally published on Fri August 31, 2012 4:45 am

This year is on track to be the worst ever for West Nile virus in the United States. Here are the latest numbers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

  • 1,590 reported cases, nearly 500 more than a week ago for a rise of 44 percent.
  • 889 cases, or 56 percent, involve severe neurological disease.
  • 66 deaths, compared to 41 last week.
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The Two-Way
9:43 am
Wed August 29, 2012

Bank Of America Hasn't Modified Any Mortgages, As It Had Agreed To

Last February, five major banks came to an agreement with the United States government that would provide $26 billion in mortgage relief aid to homeowners.

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It's All Politics
9:13 am
Wed August 29, 2012

For Party Defectors, A Warm Welcome (Then Maybe Siberia)

Former Democratic Rep. Artur Davis spoke Tuesday at the Republican National Convention: "Some of you may know," he said, "the last time I spoke at a convention, it turned out I was in the wrong place."
J. Scott Applewhite AP

Originally published on Wed August 29, 2012 12:26 pm

There's a lot of glory in switching parties, but often not much future.

Both major parties are giving prominent speaking roles to political apostates at their conventions. On Tuesday, Artur Davis — a former Democrat and a former congressman from Alabama — condemned President Obama during a speech at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla.

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It's All Politics
9:13 am
Wed August 29, 2012

Love On Stage At The GOP Convention: Staffer Pops Question; She Says Yes

Bradley Thompson proposes to his girlfriend Laura Bowman on the stage of the Republican National Convention this morning in Tampa.
David Goldman AP

Awww:

Bradley Thompson, a production manager at the Republican National Convention here in Tampa, took the opportunity this morning to propose to his girlfriend, Laura Bowman. He popped the question right in front of the big on-stage screen — on which were the words "Laura Bowman, will you marry me" and some lovely photos.

From the kiss he got in return, it appears she said yes.

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Africa
8:53 am
Wed August 29, 2012

Despite Critics, Gambia Plans Dozens Of Executions

Gambian President Yahya Jammeh says all 47 death-row inmates will be executed by mid-September. Nine were killed this week by firing squad. Gambia's human rights record has frequently come under criticism during the 18 years of rule by Jammeh, shown here attending the African Union summit last month in Ethiopia.
Simon Maina AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed August 29, 2012 3:16 pm

There is growing international criticism over plans by Gambia's hard-line president to execute all of the country's death-row inmates within the next couple of weeks.

Gambia's leader, President Yahya Jammeh, has long faced criticism for his human rights record. In a recent speech marking the end of Ramadan, the Muslim holy month, the president vowed to put to death all prisoners facing the death penalty by mid-September, as a way to curb crime.

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The Two-Way
8:34 am
Wed August 29, 2012

Paralympics Begin In London, Near 'Spiritual Home' Of Games

A team of torchbearers brings the Paralympic flame through Piccadilly Circus as the torch heads across London to the Olympic Stadium. The Paralympic Games' opening ceremony will be held Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. ET.
LOCOG Getty Images

Originally published on Thu August 30, 2012 10:23 am

More than 4,000 athletes from 147 countries will compete in the 2012 Paralympic Games in London, where the opening ceremony is being held today. The games, which conclude on Sept. 9, include 20 sports such as cycling, judo and swimming — three sports that will hold medal events when competition begins in earnest Thursday.

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Participation Nation
8:33 am
Wed August 29, 2012

Reuniting Siblings In Lincoln, Neb.

Canoeing at Camp Catch-Up.
Courtesy of CCU

Camp Catch-Up, hosted by the publicly and privately supported Nebraska Children & Families Foundation, enables children separated by foster care and adoption to spend a fun-filled weekend with their brothers and sisters — at no cost to the families.

Whether campers haven't seen their siblings in a week or a year, they bond at camp as only siblings can, through activities structured to bring them together.

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It's All Politics
8:04 am
Wed August 29, 2012

Is Clint Eastwood Going To Make Mitt Romney's Day?

Clint Eastwood.
Frazer Harrison Getty Images for AFI

Originally published on Wed August 29, 2012 8:31 am

Thanks to Townhall.com's Guy Benson, one of the hotter stories of the morning here in Tampa seems to be that actor/director/American icon Clint Eastwood is reportedly coming to the Republican National Convention and may be the "to be announced" speaker on Thursday night's schedule.

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The Two-Way
7:37 am
Wed August 29, 2012

VIDEO: Hurricane Isaac As Seen From The International Space Station

Isaac at night.
NASA Earth Observatory

Originally published on Wed August 29, 2012 7:55 am

For a bit of perspective on just how big Isaac is, NASA has released a video taken from the International Space Station, yesterday.

It shows the tropical cyclone churning slowly, its outer bands stretching for 200 miles:

Update at 12:47 p.m. ET. Isaac At Night:

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U.S.
7:08 am
Wed August 29, 2012

FEMA's Fugate On Isaac's Progress, Response

Originally published on Wed August 29, 2012 11:04 pm

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm David Greene.

And I'm Steve Inskeep. Good morning.

We've been hearing, all morning, reports of Hurricane Isaac coming ashore along the gulf coast, and we're going, now, to Craig Fugate. He is the FEMA Administrator, the Federal Emergency Management Agency - and he is spending the morning on the gulf coast. Mr. Fugate, where are you now?

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Election 2012
6:51 am
Wed August 29, 2012

GOP Platform Aims To Garner Female Votes

In her convention speech, Ann Romney talked about the role of women in America. Host Michel Martin caught up with Rep. Marsha Blackburn before the speech. Blackburn says the concerns of women voters were key in drafting the Republican platform. She co-chairs the GOP platform committee, and heads the Women's Policy Committee in the House.

Participation Nation
6:33 am
Wed August 29, 2012

Reading For Life In South Bend, Ind.

A stack of Reading For Life favorites.
Courtesy of RFL

Originally published on Thu August 30, 2012 1:08 pm

Seven years ago, Alesha Seroczynski became a central character in an incredible story about second chances for juvenile offenders in South Bend. With the University of Notre Dame, she developed Reading for Life, a program that combines reading literature, studying seven classic virtues — Justice, Prudence, Temperance, Fortitude, Fidelity, Hope, Charity — and being mentored to help students make better life choices.

Alesha and more than 30 volunteer mentors have graduated 150 juveniles from the program — 97 percent have not re-offended.

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The Two-Way
5:24 am
Wed August 29, 2012

Former Navy SEAL's Account Of Bin Laden Raid Differs From Govt. Version

This image courtesy of publisher Dutton, a member of Penguin Group USA, show the cover of the upcoming book "No Easy Day."
AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed August 29, 2012 6:45 am

The Associated Press and The Huffington Post have gotten their hands on early copies of No Easy Day. As Mark wrote earlier this month, the book is a firsthand account of the secret military raid that killed Osama bin Laden.

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Shots - Health Blog
5:18 am
Wed August 29, 2012

When Flu Hits, Kids With Neurological Problems Are Vulnerable

People wait in line at the Durham County Health Department for the H1N1 flu vaccination in Durham, N.C., in November 2009.
Gerry Broome AP

Flu is most deadly for children with neurologic problems and disorders, an analysis of swine flu fatalities finds.

The results come from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention researchers who looked at childhood fatalities during the H1N1 flu pandemic of 2009, when there were five times the usual number of deaths.

In all, 43 percent of the deaths occurred in children who had neurologic diseases, such as cerebral palsy and epilepsy, or developmental disorders.

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It's All Politics
5:03 am
Wed August 29, 2012

Convention Lineup Aside, Minority Votes Still A Tough Sell For GOP

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley speaks Tuesday at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla. Earlier in the day, she said: "It's offensive to me as a woman and as a minority that Democrats can go and say, 'That party hates you,' and can get away with that."
Mark Wilson Getty Images

It's become a perennial problem for Republicans, but not one that the party yet knows how to solve.

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Around the Nation
4:07 am
Wed August 29, 2012

Flooding Strands Residents In Plaquemines Parish

Originally published on Wed August 29, 2012 11:04 pm

Transcript

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Now, Greg mentioned Plaquemines Parish. Look at a map of Louisiana and you'll see that parish, a finger of land sticking far out into the Gulf of Mexico. Jennifer Hale of WVUE Television is in the parish, spent the night there. And Ms. Hale, where are you now?

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The Two-Way
3:53 am
Wed August 29, 2012

U.S. Economy Grew At 1.7 Percent Annual Rate In Second Quarter

The Bureau of Economic Analysis revised its GDP numbers today, saying that during the second quarter of this year, the United States economy grew at a 1.7 percent annual rate.

That's up from its original estimate of 1.5 percent.

The BEA reports:

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Around the Nation
3:50 am
Wed August 29, 2012

Even At Category 1, Isacc Packs A Punch

Originally published on Wed August 29, 2012 11:04 pm

Transcript

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

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

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

And I'm David Greene. Hurricane Isaac made landfall last night in Louisiana and it is battering the Gulf Coast with high winds and a lot of rain. For the latest we turn to NPR's Greg Allen. He's in New Orleans and we have reached him by telephone. And Greg, give us a sense of this storm. It sounds like, you know, Category 1, which, you know, makes you not worry so much, but a lot of people fearing that it could just stay in one place for a good while.

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Around the Nation
3:36 am
Wed August 29, 2012

Missing Tourist In Iceland Finds Herself

Originally published on Wed August 29, 2012 11:04 pm

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Around the Nation
3:35 am
Wed August 29, 2012

Larry Bird Looms Large Over Magic Johsnon

Originally published on Wed August 29, 2012 11:04 pm

Transcript

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep. Finally, Larry Bird looms larger than Magic Johnson. The two players fought a famous rivalry in the '80s. Bird's Celtics and Johnson's Lakers battled for NBA titles again and again. But one thing could never change. In the college championship game in 1979, Johnson's Michigan State beat Bird's Indiana State. Now, Indiana State plans a 15-foot tall statue of Larry Bird, larger than any existing statue of Magic Johnson. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright National Public Radio.

The Two-Way
3:34 am
Wed August 29, 2012

Plaquemine Parish President: Damage Is Just As Bad As Katrina

A Plaquemines Parish vehicle rides through rising floodwater behind the levee as Isaac approaches on Tuesday.
Gerald Herbert AP

Originally published on Wed August 29, 2012 2:08 pm

The eye of Isaac made its first landfall at Plaquemines Parish, a stretch of thin land southeast of New Orleans that extends into the Gulf from Louisiana.

According to the parish president, the damage there is just as bad, perhaps even worse, than what happened during Katrina.

In an interview with Morning Edition's Steve Inskeep, Billy Nungesser said the parish's levee had been overtopped and parts of the parish that had never flooded during a hurricane were under 5 feet of water.

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It's All Politics
3:08 am
Wed August 29, 2012

Words, Good And Bad, Come Quickly To Mind For Many About Paul Ryan

Republican Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, who tonight is set to accept his party's vice presidential nomination.
Jeffrey Phelps Getty Images

Originally published on Wed August 29, 2012 5:07 am

When we arrived in Tampa for the Republican convention, much of the buzz centered on vice presidential pick, Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin.

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Participation Nation
2:03 am
Wed August 29, 2012

Finding A Home In Arlington, Va.

Phillip, the skittish puppy.
Courtesy of Caroline Lacey

Who: A family looking for a dog and a black dog named Phillip

What: Lucky Dog Animal Rescue adoption event

When: Sat., Aug. 18, 2012

Where: Dogma Dog Bakery, Arlington Va.

Why: Lucky Dog Animal Rescue is an all-volunteer, non-profit animal rescue organization devoted to saving the lives of homeless animals and spreading the word about responsible pet ownership.

Caroline Lacey is a photographer in suburban Washington. She listens to WAMU.

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The Two-Way
1:59 am
Wed August 29, 2012

Floods, Power Outages In Isaac's Wake

Rescue workers transport residents trapped by rising water from Hurricane Isaac in the River Forest subdivision on Wednesday in LaPlace, Louisiana. The large Level 1 hurricane slowly moved across southeast Louisiana, dumping huge amounts of rain and knocking out power across the Gulf Coast.
Chris Graythen Getty Images

Originally published on Wed August 29, 2012 7:04 pm

The Latest at 10:20 p.m. ET. More Than 650,000 Power Outages In La.

That tidbit emerged in a letter from gov. Bobby Jindal to President Obama in which he requested expedited major disaster declaration for the state as a result of damage caused by Isaac.

Here's more from the letter:

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Around the Nation
1:55 am
Wed August 29, 2012

South Carolina Drenched By Isaac Spinoff

Originally published on Wed August 29, 2012 11:04 pm

Transcript

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Hurricane Isaac has produced what TV writers might call a spin off - a second storm detached itself from the hurricane and its effects are being felt far from the Gulf Coast.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

This mass of moist air detached itself from Isaac and moved up the Atlantic Coast, and yesterday dumped nearly eight inches of rain over South Carolina. The rain caused flooding in Charleston, including the city's historic downtown market. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

It's All Politics
1:44 am
Wed August 29, 2012

As Ryan Takes The Stage, He Gives Hope To Republicans, Democrats Alike

Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, seen at a weekend rally in Powell, Ohio, is set to formally accept the GOP nomination to become Mitt Romney's running mate.
Jewel Samad AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed August 29, 2012 2:15 am

Like a lot of Republicans, Jane Jech is excited about Paul Ryan. Maybe even more excited than she is about Mitt Romney.

Ryan, a seven-term representative from Wisconsin and the chairman of the House Budget Committee, will formally accept the Republican Party's nomination for vice president on Wednesday.

His speech is expected to touch on all the hallmarks he's emphasized since getting the nod as running mate on Aug. 11, including the need to get the federal deficit under control, in part by curbing entitlement programs like Medicare.

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Around the Nation
1:43 am
Wed August 29, 2012

Isaac Rains On Gulf Coast On Hurricane Katrina Anniversary

Originally published on Wed August 29, 2012 11:04 pm

Transcript

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

People naturally focus on New Orleans, a great American city that is below sea level in many places, but you cannot understand the full effect of the storm without moving along the Gulf Coast. Mississippi, for example, has faced high water, tropical storm-force winds and pounding rain. NPR's Debbie Elliott reports.

(SOUNDBITE OF WIND AND SURF)

DEBBIE ELLIOTT, BYLINE: As Isaac moves ashore near the mouth of Mississippi River in neighboring Louisiana, outer bands of the hurricane swept into Gulfport, Mississippi.

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Around the Nation
1:43 am
Wed August 29, 2012

Louisiana's Plaquemines Parish Flooded By Isaac's Rain

Originally published on Wed August 29, 2012 11:04 pm

Transcript

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

This is MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. Good morning. I'm David Greene.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

And I'm Steve Inskeep.

Let's get one perspective on Hurricane Isaac from Billy Nungesser. He is president of Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana. If you look at a map of Louisiana, you'll see Plaquemines, that finger of land sticking far out into the Gulf of Mexico, the farthest reach of the Mississippi River Delta. And he's on the line from there.

Mr. Nungesser, welcome to the program.

BILLY NUNGESSER: How are you today?

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Asia
1:43 am
Wed August 29, 2012

Chinese Blame Failed Infrastructure On Corruption

Eight bridges have collapsed around China since 2011. Here, government investigators examine a recently built entrance ramp that collapsed last week in the northeastern city of Harbin, killing three people. Local residents believe government corruption and substandard materials are to blame.
Frank Langfitt NPR

Originally published on Wed August 29, 2012 11:04 pm

When the Yangmingtan bridge opened in the northeastern Chinese city of Harbin in November, local officials hailed it as a grand achievement.

The bridge stretched more than nine miles and cost nearly $300 million. Construction was supposed to take three years, but workers finished in half that time.

"A lot of comrades didn't go home for more than a year, never took a holiday, never took off a weekend," Yang Qingwei, the party secretary of a bridge construction company, proudly told Heilongjiang provincial TV.

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