7:43am

Thu January 31, 2013
The Two-Way

Hagel: 'No One Individual Vote, Quote Or Statement Defines Me'

Originally published on Sun February 3, 2013 9:53 am

Former Sen. Chuck Hagel, R-Neb., during his Senate nomination hearing earlier today.
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Responding to those who have questioned his views on Israel, Iran and defense spending, former Sen. Chuck Hagel said Thursday at the opening of a Senate hearing on his nomination to be secretary of defense that:

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6:53am

Thu January 31, 2013
The Two-Way

Shooting Death Of Chicago Teen Ignites Outrage, Enters National Gun Debate

Originally published on Thu January 31, 2013 7:50 am

Hadiya Pendleton.
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Hadiya Pendleton's shooting death Tuesday in a park just a mile from President Obama's home in Chicago has generated outrage "from City Hall to the White House" and is now part of the "national debate over guns and crime," The Chicago Tribune writes.

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5:51am

Thu January 31, 2013
The Two-Way

Growth In Incomes, Spending Slowed In 2012; Jobless Claims Jumped Last Week

Consumer spending rose in 2012, but not by as much as the year before. In December, these shoppers were out and about in Glendale, Calif.
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Americans' personal incomes grew by 3.5 percent in 2012, compared with 5.1 percent growth the year before, the Bureau of Economic Analysis reports. And it says consumer spending rose 3.6 percent last year, vs. 5 percent in 2011.

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5:38am

Thu January 31, 2013
The Salt

Future Farms Of America Might Not Include Much Family

Honey, what if the kids don't want it?
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It may sound like a line from The Godfather, but some agricultural specialists advise that farming isn't personal; it's business. And family farms need to think and act more like a business to survive in a competitive world, says Bernie Erven, professor emeritus in the department of agricultural economics at Ohio State University.

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5:22am

Thu January 31, 2013
KALW Almanac

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Since the heaviest snow usually falls during this month, native tribes of the north and east most often calle

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5:09am

Thu January 31, 2013
The Two-Way

Hack Attack On 'New York Times' Looks Like Part Of Chinese Campaign

Originally published on Thu January 31, 2013 1:57 pm

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  • From 'Morning Edition': Renee Montagne speaks with reporter Nicole Perlroth

This news ...

"For the last four months, Chinese hackers have persistently attacked The New York Times, infiltrating its computer systems and getting passwords for its reporters and other employees."

... appears to be "part of a broader campaign against American media reporting on Chinese leaders," NPR's Louisa Lim reports from Beijing.

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4:49am

Thu January 31, 2013
Europe

German Company's Giant Cookie Goes Missing

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne. When the huge golden cookie that stood for 100 years outside the headquarters of a big German cookie maker went missing, the company put up a reward. Then the kidnapper sent a ransom note. I have the biscuit, it said with text cut from magazines. It demanded the company donate cookies to children in a local hospital, and the reward to an animal shelter. Signed: Cookie Monster. Cute. But so far the bakery has not bitten. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

4:40am

Thu January 31, 2013
Around the Nation

Super Bowl Attracts Battle Of Craft Breweries

Originally published on Thu January 31, 2013 4:41 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep.

Sunday's Super Bowl - a contest between the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers - is also a battle of craft breweries. Maryland's Flying Dog Brewery made a bet with Anchor Brewing of San Francisco. The loser must pour the winner's beer in its taproom for a week. And the loser's brewery tour guides will have to wear the winner's Super Bowl championship gear. Could be tough, but if they need a beer after all that, they're all set.

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4:32am

Thu January 31, 2013
The Two-Way

Iran, Israel, Defense Cuts To Be Key Topics At Hagel Hearing

Originally published on Sun February 3, 2013 9:52 am

Former Sen. Chuck Hagel, R-Neb., who has been nominated to be the next secretary of defense.
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What's shaping up to be one of the more contentious nomination hearings for one of President Obama's cabinet choices is set to open at 9:30 a.m. ET when members of the Senate Committee on Armed Services get their chance to publicly grill former Sen. Chuck Hagel, R-Neb., who has been tapped for the post of defense secretary.

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3:33am

Thu January 31, 2013
Politics

Gun Hearing Airs Issues, Disagreements On Solutions

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

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

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

And I'm Renee Montagne.

This is the time when we begin to find if the emotional power of the Newtown school shooting will translate into political change. People affected by mass shootings are now talking with state and federal lawmakers.

Susan Aaron's daughter escaped the shooting in Newtown after seeing her teacher and friends killed.

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