7:47am

Thu May 30, 2013
The Two-Way

Assad Says Missiles Are There; Rebels Said To Balk At Talks

Originally published on Fri May 31, 2013 5:46 am

Update at 7 a.m. ET, May 31:

Since we first posted about the reports of what Syrian President Bashar Assad said regarding the delivery to his military of Russian anti-aircraft missiles, new reports have surfaced:

-- "Russian S-300 missiles unlikely to reach Syria for months." (Reuters)

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6:50am

Thu May 30, 2013
The Two-Way

Paterno Family To Sue NCAA To Reverse Sandusky Sanctions

Originally published on Thu May 30, 2013 12:31 pm

The site in where a statue of former Penn State University football coach Joe Paterno once stood sits empty after it was removed last summer. The late coach's family is suing the NCAA to overturn sanctions against the school.
Patrick Smith Getty Images

The family of late football coach Joe Paterno has filed a lawsuit in Pennsylvania Thursday, seeking the reversal of NCAA sanctions against Penn State that resulted from the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal.

Update at 3 p.m. ET. Lawsuit Filed, Posted Online:

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6:39am

Thu May 30, 2013
The Two-Way

Tornadoes, Severe Storms Again Forecast For U.S. Midsection

Originally published on Thu May 30, 2013 2:27 pm

Thursday's forecast: More storms across the nation's midsection.
National Weather Service

Unfortunately, the forecasts have been pretty accurate in recent days. The National Weather Service warned there would be more tornadoes and severe storms on Wednesday — and there were.

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6:22am

Thu May 30, 2013

6:10am

Thu May 30, 2013
Code Switch

Arab-Americans: A 'Growing' Community, But By How Much?

Originally published on Thu May 30, 2013 6:53 am

Arab-Americans join in a traditional dance during the sixth annual Arab-American Heritage Festival in Brooklyn in 2011.
Robert Nickelsberg Getty Images

One-and-a-half million Americans today claim Arab ancestry, according to a new Census Bureau report.

That's less than 1 percent of the total U.S. population.

Still, Maryam Asi, a demographer at the Census Bureau who co-wrote the report, says the Arab-American community is "growing," with a 76 percent increase since 1990 and 25 percent increase since 2000.

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6:04am

Thu May 30, 2013
The Two-Way

New Data Confirm The Economy Isn't Growing As Fast As Hoped

Originally published on Thu May 30, 2013 7:57 am

The U.S. economy grew at a 2.4 percent annual rate in the first quarter, the Bureau of Economic Analysis reported Thursday morning.

That basically confirms what the agency said a month ago, when it released its initial estimate for gross domestic product growth in the quarter. Then, it reported the economy had expanded at a 2.5 percent pace.

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5:38am

Thu May 30, 2013
KALW Almanac

Thursday May 30, 2013

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  • 150th Day of 2013 / 215 Remaining
  • 23 Days Until The First Day of Summer
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This name was universal to every Algonquin tribe. However, in Europe they called it the Rose Moon.

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5:23am

Thu May 30, 2013
The Two-Way

VIDEO: Miranda Lambert's Tears At 'Healing In The Heartland'

Originally published on Thu May 30, 2013 9:55 am

Miranda Lambert during her performance at Wednesday's Healing in the Heartland: Relief Benefit Concert in Oklahoma City.
Trae Patton/NBC Getty Images

There were several emotional moments during Wednesday's nationally broadcast "Healing in the Heartland" benefit concert to raise money for victims of the May 20 tornado that devastated Moore, Okla., and nearby communities.

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4:43am

Thu May 30, 2013
The Two-Way

China's 'Pipe Baby' Out Of Hospital; With Mother's Family

Originally published on Thu May 30, 2013 9:55 am

"Baby 59," who survived being trapped in a sewer pipe, on Wednesday at the Pujiang People's Hospital.
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The newborn boy whose rescue from a sewer pipe in eastern China drew attention around the world earlier this week has been released from a hospital and is now in the care of his mother's family, according to media reports from Beijing.

There's also word that the mother will not be facing any charges. According to The Associated Press:

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4:31am

Thu May 30, 2013
Around the Nation

New Jersey Man Tries To Auction Off A Place In Heaven

Originally published on Mon June 3, 2013 11:51 am

Transcript

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne, reporting there is no heaven on Earth, at least according to eBay. Seller Ari Mandel, formerly Orthodox Jewish, figured he'd done lot of good deeds and never worshipped false gods, so he would be a shoe-in for heaven. His offer on eBay reached $100,000 before the auction was shut down for violating eBay's policy against selling intangible things. This is MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

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