7:30am

Thu February 14, 2013
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February 14, 2013


Today is Valentines Day
It's National Organ Donor Day
It's Ferris Wheel Day
International Flirting week


On this day in...


1929 The St. Valentines Day Massacre took place . 
1931 "Dracula" starring Bela Lugosi opened in movie theaters.
1946 IBM switched on its first real computer at the University of Pennsylvania
1972JOHN lennon and Yoko Ono began a week as hosts of the "Mike Douglas Show"


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7:22am

Thu February 14, 2013
Business

Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway To Buy Heinz

Originally published on Fri February 15, 2013 12:05 am

Warren Buffett is teaming up with another big investor in the $28 billion deal. Berkshire Hathaway has been looking for places to invest, with other recent deals involving consumer icons Coca-Cola and Mars.

6:49am

Thu February 14, 2013
The Two-Way

Warren Buffett Puts Heinz In His Pantry

J.B. Reed Landov

The Oracle of Omaha is again showing he's got a taste for companies that make the kinds of food many Americans love.

Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway is joining with the Brazilian investment group 3G Capital to buy H.J. Heinz Co. for $23.3 billion. Add in the debt that the new owners will assume and the deal's value grows to $28 billion, Buffett's company says.

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6:05am

Thu February 14, 2013
The Two-Way

Jobless Claims Fell By 27,000 Last Week

The number of people filing first-time clams for unemployment insurance fell by 27,000 last week, to 341,000 from 368,000 the week before.

The Employment and Training Administration also reports that the "4-week moving average was 352,500, an increase of 1,500." That average, in theory, gives a better picture of the trend.

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5:45am

Thu February 14, 2013
The Two-Way

'I Thought We Were Dead,' Says One Of Cop Killer's Hostages

Originally published on Thu February 14, 2013 10:05 am

Karen and Jim Reynolds.
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5:40am

Thu February 14, 2013
Shots - Health News

Scientists Pass The Hat For Research Funding

Originally published on Tue February 26, 2013 10:28 am

Car commercial? Nope. Jessica Richman, Zachary Apte (center) and William Ludington are looking to the crowd for money to fund uBiome, which will sequence the genetic code of microbes that live on and inside humans.
Courtesy of uBiome

When the X-ray was invented, people clamored to get one. Not for any medical reason, but just to see what was typically hidden inside their bodies.

Something like that seems to be happening with DNA sequencing technology. First it was companies offering to sequence people's genomes. Now it's learning all about your microbiome, the collection of microorganisms living on and in your body.

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5:05am

Thu February 14, 2013
The Two-Way

Book News: LBJ And Lady Bird Johnson's Love Letters Go Public

Originally published on Thu February 14, 2013 7:02 am

Lady Bird Johnson and President Lyndon Johnson at an election rally in 1964.
Terry Fincher Getty Images

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

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4:40am

Thu February 14, 2013
Animals

Pets Feel The Love On Valentine's Day

Originally published on Fri February 15, 2013 12:05 am

Transcript

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne. Chocolate is bad for dogs and cats, but that doesn't mean they won't be feeling the love on this Valentine's Day. The National Retail Federation says Americans will spend more than $800 million on gifts for their pets - from heart-shaped treats to heart-healthy vitamins. And in honor of Valentine's Day, the ASPCA hosted an online dating show to match humans and animals in need of a home. They called that event "Puppy Love." It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

4:40am

Thu February 14, 2013
Around the Nation

Canada Is Ready For Attacking Zombies

Originally published on Fri February 15, 2013 12:05 am

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LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Linda Wertheimer. This summer, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released Preparedness 101, a just-in-case guide for of a zombie pandemic. Yesterday, a Canadian parliament member asked the foreign minister how his country's preparing for zombies. The foreign minister said he's dedicated to the proposition that...

(SOUNDBITE OF PARLIAMENT SESSION)

JOHN BAIRD: Canada will never become a safe haven for zombies, ever.

UNIDENTIFIED MAN: Here, here!

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4:40am

Thu February 14, 2013
Sports

Pistorius In Custody After Girlfriend's Death

Originally published on Fri February 15, 2013 12:05 am

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LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

This is MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. I'm Linda Wertheimer.

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

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