6:48am

Tue February 5, 2013
The Two-Way

Dell Seals $24.2 Billion Buyout Deal; Founder Among Buyers

Originally published on Tue February 5, 2013 9:56 am

Matt Rourke AP

"Slumping personal computer maker Dell is selling itself for $24.4 billion to its founder and a group of investors that includes Microsoft," The Associated Press writes, in "the largest deal of its kind since the Great Recession dried up financing for risky maneuvers like this."

The wire service adds that "the complex agreement announced Tuesday will end Dell Inc.'s nearly 25-year history as a publicly traded company. Shareholders are receiving $13.65 per share for their stock. ... Founder Michael Dell will remain the company's CEO and largest shareholder."

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6:03am

Tue February 5, 2013
It's All Politics

Lonely And Frustrated: These May Be The Worst Jobs In Politics

Originally published on Tue February 5, 2013 11:56 am

Democrats have dominated Rhode Island's Capitol building in Providence for decades. One state Republican says it's an "uphill battle" to sell voters and candidates on the GOP's message.
Myles Dumas iStockphoto.com

Politics is filled with thankless jobs.

It's the nature of the business that plenty of people have to work for highly demanding egomaniacs. Among elected officials, few relish having to spend big chunks of their time asking other people for money, one of the essential chores.

There are certain jobs, however, that appear from the outside to be so hopeless that you wonder why anyone agreed to take them on.

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5:35am

Tue February 5, 2013
The Two-Way

Broader Justification Emerges Of When U.S. Can Kill Americans Who Join Al-Qaida

Originally published on Tue February 5, 2013 9:57 am

October 2011: Men stand on the rubble of a building destroyed by a U.S. drone strike in southeastern Yemen. Among those killed was U.S. citizen Abdulrahman al-Awlaki, the son of U.S.-born cleric Anwar al-Awlaki ā€” who himself was killed by a drone strike the month before.
Khaled Abdullah Reuters /Landov
  • From 'Morning Edition': Carrie Johnson talks with Steve Inskeep

American citizens who become leaders in al-Qaida or other terrorist organizations overseas and pose "an imminent threat" to Americans may be killed with drone strikes even when there's no evidence that they have specific plans to attack Americans or U.S. interests, according to a Justice Department memo that surfaced Monday.

NPR's Carrie Johnson tells our Newscast Desk that:

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5:00am

Tue February 5, 2013
The Two-Way

Book News: Mary Ingalls May Not Have Gone Blind From Scarlet Fever

Originally published on Tue February 5, 2013 11:30 am

Mary Ingalls, the sister of Laura Ingalls Wilder, went blind from illness at age 14.
Wikimedia

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

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4:55am

Tue February 5, 2013
KALW Almanac

Tuesday February 5, 2012

  • 36th Day of 2013 / 330 Remaining
  • 43 Days Until The First Day of Spring
  • Sunrise:7:09
  • Sunset:5:38
  • 10 Hours 29 Minutes of Daylight
  • Moon Rise:2:55am
  • Moon Set:1:03pm
  • Moonā€™s Phase: 25 %
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  • Full Snow Moon
  • Full Hunger Moon

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

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4:53am

Tue February 5, 2013
Around the Nation

Tuba Players Take Valentine's Day Requests

Originally published on Tue February 5, 2013 10:47 am

Transcript

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Renee Montage. As one considers the many ways of wooing a beloved on Valentine's Day, the ungainly tuba and its deep bass sound are not the most obviously romantic. Still, a dozen tuba players at the University of Memphis in cute red vests and bow ties are offering a tuba serenade that will at least bring smiles. Their fee includes chocolates, a card, and two classic tunes like "My Girl" and "My Guy."

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

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4:43am

Tue February 5, 2013
Asia

Osama Bin Laden's Hideout City Plans Makeover

Originally published on Tue February 5, 2013 10:47 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep.

Abbottabad, Pakistan became world famous in 2011. Osama bin Laden was killed at his hiding place there. Now, the city plans an image makeover. It plans a family-friendly amusement park. The Hazara Heritage Park and Amusement City will include restaurants, mini golf, a butterfly zoo and a lake. A lawmaker tells the Guardian newspapers the park should reassure the world the city is not full of militants and is safe.

It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

4:41am

Tue February 5, 2013
The Two-Way

Dramatic End To Alabama Hostage Standoff Took Careful Planning

Originally published on Tue February 5, 2013 6:29 pm

Law enforcement officials, including some from the FBI, near the scene of the hostage situation in Midland City, Ala., on Friday.
Philip Sears Reuters /Landov
  • From the NPR Newscast: Dan Carsen reports

(We updated the top of this post with new material at 9:50 a.m. ET.)

As more becomes known about how authorities on Monday rescued an almost-6-year-old boy named Ethan from his nearly week-long captivity in an Alabama bunker with a gunman, some fascinating details are emerging.

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3:26am

Tue February 5, 2013
Politics

In Minn., Obama Appeals For Movement On Gun Background Checks

Originally published on Tue February 5, 2013 10:47 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Now, on the same as that funeral, President Obama continued his push for tougher gun laws. He was talking yesterday in Minneapolis on a subject he is expected to address in next week's State of the Union speech.

NPR's David Welna reports.

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3:10am

Tue February 5, 2013
NPR Story

Business News

Originally published on Tue February 5, 2013 10:47 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

NPR's business news starts with a slip for BP.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

The British oil company, BP, announced its 4th quarter earnings today, and its net profit was about a billion dollars lower than a year earlier. BP has been shrinking as assets have been sold off to pay for its liabilities tied to the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

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