4:18am

Tue November 5, 2013
Asia

Japanese Burger Chain Finds Way To Appeal To Women

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne. In Japan, a small mouth is considered so attractive on a woman there's a word for it - ochobo - which was a big problem for the country's biggest burger chain. The huge classic burger was a hit with guys but the women and girls weren't biting. So the burger chain introduced a wrapper with a large triangle featuring a serene face, which hides the real mouth chowing down on the burger. And sales to women have gone way up. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

4:12am

Tue November 5, 2013
Around the Nation

Pot And Beer On State Ballots This Election Day

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4:03am

Tue November 5, 2013
It's All Politics

On The Ballot Tuesday: Marijuana, Gambling, GMOs And More

Originally published on Tue November 5, 2013 7:48 am

A car with a giant apple on top promotes a "yes" vote on Initiative 522 in Washington state, which would require genetically modified foods to be labeled as such.
Ted S. Warren AP

Aside from the two high-profile governors' races, there's plenty of political action to be found on statewide ballots Tuesday.

A total of 31 ballot measures, concerning issues ranging from education to gambling to marijuana, will go before voters in six states — Colorado, Maine, New Jersey, New York, Texas and Washington.

That's down slightly from the average of about 42 measures in nine states in odd-numbered years, according to Ballotpedia.

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3:26am

Tue November 5, 2013
Parallels

Madagascar's Bamboo Lemurs Fight For Survival

Originally published on Tue November 5, 2013 9:34 am

Deep in the Madagascan rain forest, a lemur and his daughter chatter softly as they climb through towering spires of bamboo.

Tiny, furry creatures, with snub noses and tufts of white hair sprouting from their ears, they exchange purr-like noises to keep tabs on each other's whereabouts. They definitely don't want to get separated.

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2:08am

Tue November 5, 2013
NPR News Investigations

From Social Welfare Groups, A River Of Political Influence

Originally published on Thu November 7, 2013 8:38 am

The Au Sable River in Michigan is a popular place for fly fishermen and the heart of a debate unexpectedly influenced by largely invisible social welfare organizations.
Christine Arrasmith NPR

Part one of the two-part "Secret Persuasion" investigation, reported with the Center for Responsive Politics.

Bruce Pregler walks down the slope from his cabin, eases into the Au Sable River and casts his line; fishing takes his thoughts away from his downstate law practice.

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1:02am

Tue November 5, 2013
Health Care

Insurance Firms Forced To Cancel Many Individual Policies

Originally published on Tue November 5, 2013 2:08 am

More than 12 million Americans buy health insurance on their own, and many are getting cancellation notices because their individual coverage does not meet the standards of the Affordable Care Act. This is causing anxiety and anger — especially since most of these people can't get onto the healthcare.gov website to figure out their options for 2014.

1:02am

Tue November 5, 2013
Sports

Sacramento Kings Look To India To Attract New NBA Fans

Originally published on Tue November 5, 2013 2:24 am

Last year, Sacramento Kings fans were saying goodbye, expecting the NBA team to move to Seattle. But new ownership came together just in time, and the Kings stayed put. The new management plans to build the Kings into a contender, and a big part of that blueprint involves building up a fan base in — believe it or not — India.

1:02am

Tue November 5, 2013
Politics

Senate Advances Employment Non-Discrimination Act

Originally published on Tue November 5, 2013 2:08 am

With a vote of 61-30, the Senate voted to move forward on legislation that would prohibit workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. Monday's vote opens the floor to debate on the bill and the Senate is expected to schedule a full vote by week's end.

12:04am

Tue November 5, 2013
Music Interviews

'I Built The Platform Myself': M.I.A. On Being Heard

Originally published on Tue November 5, 2013 11:52 am

M.I.A.'s fourth album, Matangi, is out now.
Daniel Sannwald Courtesy of the artist

12:01am

Tue November 5, 2013
Space

Galaxy Quest: Just How Many Earth-Like Planets Are Out There?

Originally published on Tue November 5, 2013 8:36 am

This is an artist's illustration of Kepler-62f, a planet in the "habitable zone" of a star that is slightly smaller and cooler than ours. Kepler-62f is roughly 40 percent larger than Earth.
NASA/JPL-Caltech/T. Pyle

A team of planet hunters estimates that about 22 percent of the sun-like stars in our galaxy may have planets about the size of Earth that are bathed in similar amounts of sunlight — and potentially habitable.

That's the conclusion of a new analysis of observations taken by NASA's Kepler Space Telescope, which was launched in 2009 to hunt for potentially habitable Earth-like planets around other stars.

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