5:58am

Thu December 19, 2013
The Two-Way

Existing Home Sales Dip, But Prices Rise

Originally published on Thu December 19, 2013 7:33 am

A "sale pending" sign in front of a home in San Anselmo, Calif., earlier this year.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

Update at 10:30 a.m. ET: The day's second major economic indicator is another good news/bad news report.

The good news is that prices of existing homes continue to rise, the National Association of Realtors says.

"The national median existing-home price for all housing types was $196,300 in November, up 9.4 percent from November 2012," according to NAR.

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5:47am

Thu December 19, 2013
KALW Almanac

Thursday December 19, 2013

1903
  • 353rd Day of 2013 / 12 Remaining
  • 2 Days Until The First Day of Winter
  • Sunrise:7:20
  • Sunset:4:53
  • 9 Hours 33 Minutes of Daylight
  • Moon Rise:7:22pm
  • Moon Set:8:45am
  • Moon’s Phase: 95 %
  • Full Moon
  • December 17 @ 1:29am
  • Full Cold Moon
  • Full Long Nights Moon

During this month the winter cold fastens its grip, and nights are at their longest and darkest.

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5:28am

Thu December 19, 2013
The Two-Way

'Duck Dynasty' Dad Doubles Down; Palin Defends Him

Originally published on Thu December 19, 2013 1:36 pm

Four of the stars of Duck Dynasty, from left to right: Phil Robertson, Jase Robertson (Phil's son), Si Robertson (Phil's brother) and Willie Robertson (Phil's son).
Zach Dilgard AP

Saying that his mission "is to go forth and tell people about why I follow Christ and also what the Bible teaches, and part of that teaching is that women and men are meant to be together," Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson isn't backing away from the comments he's made about gays that have led A&E to suspend him from the popular show indefinitely.

Robertson, in a statement to Fox News' FOX411, goes on to say:

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5:26am

Thu December 19, 2013
The Two-Way

Book News: Memoir Coming From Obama's Half-Brother

Originally published on Thu December 19, 2013 11:31 am

Mark Obama Ndesandjo. His half-brother is President Obama.
Vincent Yu AP

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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4:37am

Thu December 19, 2013
Around the Nation

Chicago TV Anchor Wrestles With Alligator Story

Originally published on Thu December 19, 2013 9:08 am

Transcript

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep. A Miami man tried to join the barter economy. He captured a small alligator, took it to a store, offered to trade it for a 12-pack. His attempt made news on Chicago TV, where the anchor tried to tell the story.

(SOUNDBITE OF TV NEWSCAST)

UNIDENTIFIED MAN #1: He tried to trade it for beer.

INSKEEP: But has to pause 44 seconds, laughing.

(SOUNDBITE OF TV NEWSCAST)

UNIDENTIFIED MAN #2: I think he's lost it.

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4:01am

Thu December 19, 2013
Around the Nation

Handcuffed Suspect Proposes To Girlfriend, She Says 'Yes'

Originally published on Thu December 19, 2013 9:08 am

Transcript

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Good morning, I'm David Greene.

In Elk City, Oklahoma, you have the right to remain silent or make a proposal of marriage. A man being arrested for allegedly writing bad checks asked the officer if he could have a moment because he had been just about to propose to his girlfriend. The cop said he couldn't remove the man's handcuffs, but he did help him out by getting the ring from his coat pocket. Police Chiefs Eddie Holland called the incident, quote, policing with a heart. And in case you were wondering, the woman said yes.

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3:47am

Thu December 19, 2013
The Two-Way

Breach At Target Stores May Affect 40 Million Card Accounts

Originally published on Thu December 19, 2013 6:04 am

Justin Sullivan Getty Images

Target Corp. acknowledged early Thursday that there was a massive security breach of its customers' credit and debit card accounts starting the day before Thanksgiving and extending at least to Dec. 15 — the heart of the holiday shopping season.

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3:07am

Thu December 19, 2013
Africa

U.S. Diplomat Tours Central African Republic

Originally published on Thu December 19, 2013 9:08 am

Transcript

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

The American ambassador to the United Nations is visiting Central African Republic today. Before becoming a diplomat, Samantha Power was a journalist who wrote about stopping genocide. And now she is visiting a country where there's fear of one. Fighting between Muslims and Christians has killed nearly 1,000 people. NPR's Michele Kelemen is traveling with Ambassador Power. She's on the line. Hi, Michele.

MICHELE KELEMEN, BYLINE: Hi, Steve.

INSKEEP: Where are you now, and what have you seen?

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2:29am

Thu December 19, 2013
NPR Story

Millions Of Credit Cards Affected By Data Breach At Target

Originally published on Thu December 19, 2013 9:08 am

Transcript

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

NPR's business news starts with Target customers targeted.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

INSKEEP: This is the story of a recent cyber-attack on Target customers around the country, which is now under investigation by the giant retailer. Over 1,500 stores may have been compromised, and at least one million customers. It's being described as one of the largest retail breaches to date. The credit card data was apparently stolen with software installed on the machines customers use to swipe their cards.

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2:29am

Thu December 19, 2013
NPR Story

Researchers Try Paying Kids To Eat Their Veggies

Originally published on Thu December 19, 2013 9:08 am

Transcript

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Our last word in business presents a somewhat crass approach to getting kids to eat healthy.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

You say this: Eat your vegetables. There's money in it for you.

GREENE: Researchers, teachers, parents have tried everything to get kids to eat their vegetables - pile their plates, give tons of options, nothing seems to work.

INSKEEP: Researchers at Brigham Young and Cornell Universities have come up with a last-ditch effort - just pay the kids.

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