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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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.
AFP/Getty Images

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.

4:21am

Thu May 30, 2013
Around the Nation

Missing Senior Citizen Comes Home In Time For TV Deadline

Originally published on Thu May 30, 2013 5:19 am

Transcript

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Good morning, I'm David Greene.

A television news crew in Maine was reporting a story about a man who had gone missing. Seventy-three-year-old Robert McDonough suffers from dementia and had not been seen for more than 14 hours. As the TV reporter prepared to go live, standing outside McDonough's home, an elderly man wandered into the camera shot. The reporter said hello, then did a double take. Robert McDonough had returned home, safe and sound, just in time for the newscast.

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4:10am

Thu May 30, 2013
The Two-Way

FBI Pick Is A Republican With Deep Roots In Law Enforcement

Originally published on Thu May 30, 2013 10:13 am

President Obama is expected to nominate James Comey, seen in 2004, to be the next director of the FBI.
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  • From 'Morning Edition': NPR's Carrie Johnson talks about James Comey

"Name any high office in federal law enforcement ... odds are Jim Comey's had it over the years."

That's some of what NPR's Carrie Johnson had to say early Thursday on Morning Edition about the man who she has been told, by two sources with knowledge of the decision, will be President Obama's choice to be the next director of the FBI.

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4:07am

Thu May 30, 2013
The Two-Way

Book News: Sci-Fi Author Jack Vance Dies At 96

Jack Vance wrote more than 60 books.
David M. Alexander

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

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3:25am

Thu May 30, 2013
Animals

Scientists Say Species Is Earliest Known Bird

Originally published on Thu May 30, 2013 5:19 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

You know what they say about the early bird? Well, a new species is vying for that title. Scientists have long-regarded an ancient creature, known as the Archaeopteryx, as the earliest bird known to science. But a discovery made in China could change that, according to a study published in Nature magazine. Scientists have found evidence of a feathered, chicken-sized species that's 10 million years older. It's called Aurornis xui, and it lived about 160 million years ago.

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