6:46am

Thu April 25, 2013
The Two-Way

Anger Rises Along With Death Toll At Bangladesh Factory

Originally published on Thu April 25, 2013 8:31 pm

Volunteers use a length of textile as a slide to move victims Thursday from the rubble of a collapsed building in Savar, Bangladesh.
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Update at 11:28 p.m. ET: Toll At 275

Authorities said early Friday that 275 bodies have been recovered from the site.

Brig. Gen. Mohammed Siddiqul Alam Shikder, head of the rescue operation, said 61 people had been rescued since Thursday afternoon, according to The Associated Press. More than 2,000 people have been rescued since the building's collapse on Wednesday.

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6:23am

Thu April 25, 2013
The Two-Way

Weekly Jobless Claims Dip To Near Five-Year Low

Originally published on Thu April 25, 2013 7:07 am

Will there soon be more signs like this? A "now hiring" advertisement in San Francisco last year.
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There were 339,000 first-time claims for unemployment insurance last week, down 16,000 from the week before, the Employment and Training Administration says.

The drop brought claims down to around their lowest level since early 2008, when the latest recession was just getting started and before the downturn got its grip on the economy.

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5:48am

Thu April 25, 2013
KALW Almanac

Thursday April 25, 2013

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  • 115th Day of 2013 / 250 Remaining
  • 57 Days Until The First Day of Summer
  • Sunrise:6:19am
  • Sunset:7:55pm
  • 13 Hours 36 Minutes of Daylight
  • Moon Rise:8:13pm
  • Moon Set:6:08am
  • Full Moon @ 12:59pm
  • Full Pink Moon
  • Full Sprouting Grass Moon
  • Full Egg Moon
  • Full Fish Moon

This moon’s  name came from the herb moss pink, or wild ground phlox, which is one of the earliest widespread flower

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5:47am

Thu April 25, 2013
The Two-Way

5 Presidents Set To Help Dedicate George W. Bush's Library

Originally published on Thu April 25, 2013 8:14 am

Statues of former Presidents George W. Bush (left) and his father, George H.W. Bush, stand at the George W. Bush Presidential Center on the SMU campus in Dallas, where the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum will be dedicated Thursday.
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  • From 'Morning Edition': Former first lady Laura Bush talks with NPR's David Greene

We're due for one of those rare moments Thursday morning when the current president and all of his living predecessors will be together.

The occasion: The dedication of the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum on the campus of Southern Methodist University in Dallas. Presidents Jimmy Carter, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama are due to be there along with, of course, George W. Bush.

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4:14am

Thu April 25, 2013
The Two-Way

Boston Bombing Investigation: Thursday's Developments

Originally published on Thu April 25, 2013 12:04 pm

In Boston's Copley Square on Wednesday, people gathered at a makeshift memorial to those killed and injured in the April 15 marathon bombings.
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  • From 'Morning Edition': Dina Temple-Raston on the latest news in the Boston bombings investigation

The latest developments in the investigation into the April 15 bombings at the Boston Marathon and related news include:

Update at 2 p.m. ET. FBI Says Suspects Planned Explosions In Times Square, New York Mayor Bloomberg Says:

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4:12am

Thu April 25, 2013
The Two-Way

Book News: Maya Angelou Out Of Hospital, Recovering At Home

Originally published on Thu April 25, 2013 6:27 am

Writer and poet Maya Angelou attends her 82nd birthday party in Winston-Salem, N.C.
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The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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4:08am

Thu April 25, 2013
Around the Nation

Lady Bugs Protect Mall Of America's Greenery

Originally published on Thu April 25, 2013 11:46 pm

Transcript

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne. Minnesota's Mall of America is home to some 500 stores, a theme park and now some 72,000 ladybugs. Third graders released them inside the shopping center this week. Ladybugs protect the mall's 30,000 plants by eating aphids. Some mall-goers worried the bugs might descend on the food court, but a spokesman says the mall has released the ladybugs for years, and there's been no ladybug takeover yet. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

3:59am

Thu April 25, 2013
Around the Nation

Forget Maple Syrup. Put Some Beer In The Mail

Originally published on Thu April 25, 2013 11:46 pm

Transcript

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Good morning, I'm Steve Inskeep with news of a changing retail environment.

We've told you of a plan to let states collect sales tax from online retailers. Now we're on the way to an online bar. Vermont lawmakers are considering a bill to let brewers ship their beer directly to consumers. This proposal faces the concern that underage drinkers might order beer but wineries already do this. If the measure should pass, you could order a six-pack or maybe a keg by UPS.

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2:51am

Thu April 25, 2013
Business

House Panel Examines Government Loan To Fisker Automotive

Originally published on Thu April 25, 2013 11:46 pm

Transcript

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Auto executives got a grilling on Capitol Hill yesterday. Not the usual suspects from Detroit's Big Three. Think much, much smaller. Executives from the hybrid carmaker Fisker testified about hundreds of millions of dollars in loans Fisker got from the government. Today, the company is on the verge of collapse.

NPR's Sonari Glinton reports.

SONARI GLINTON, BYLINE: Fisker, the car company, isn't dead yet. But Congress has already begun the autopsy.

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2:16am

Thu April 25, 2013
Around the Nation

Other Presidential Libraries Inspire Design Of George W. Bush Center

Originally published on Thu April 25, 2013 11:46 pm

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

This does not happen very often. This morning all five living presidents, past and present, are in the same place at the same time.

The occasion is the dedication of the George W. Bush Presidential Center on the campus of Southern Methodist University.

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

The design committee for this presidential library had a former librarian as its chairperson, former First Lady Laura Bush. She told our colleague David Greene she studied the libraries of presidents past.

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