Fri December 14, 2012
The Salt

Sowing The Seeds For A Great American Chestnut Comeback

Originally published on Mon December 17, 2012 7:02 pm

Though we hear about them every holiday season in that famous song, chestnuts – whether roasting on an open fire or otherwise – have been noticeably absent from many American tables for decades, thanks to a deadly fungus that decimated the species near half a century ago. But a small army of determined growers have been on a seemingly quixotic quest to put chestnuts back on the American table, and they're just starting to see results.

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Fri December 14, 2012
The Two-Way

Top Stories: Missiles For Turkey; Inflation In Check; Egypt Prepares To Vote

A supporter of the opposition to Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi was playing soccer near a Republican Guard tank earlier today outside the presidential palace in Cairo. Egyptians are being called to vote over the next two weekends in a referendum on a draft constitution.
Patrick Baz AFP/Getty Images


Fri December 14, 2012
The Two-Way

Inflation Is In Check; Consumer Prices Fell 0.3 Percent In November

Sign of the times: Markdowns at a discount clothing store in New York City last month. Such stiff competition for consumers' dollars is helping to keep inflation in check.
Spencer Platt Getty Images
  • From 'Morning Edition': Does The CPI Need A Fix?

A sharp drop in the cost of a gallon of gasoline helped pull consumer prices down 0.3 percent in November, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports.

According to BLS, gas prices plunged 7.4 percent last month.

Excluding the food and energy sectors, the so-called core rate of inflation rose just 0.1 percent.

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Fri December 14, 2012
KALW Almanac

Friday December 14, 2012

1909 - Indianapolis Motor Speedway (highlighted story below)
  • 349th Day of 2012 / 17 Remaining
  • 7 Days Until The First Day of Winter
  • Sunrise:7:17
  • Sunset:4:52
  • 9 Hours 35 Minutes of Daylight
  • Moon Rise:8:28am
  • Moon Set:6:51pm
  • Moon’s Phase: 3 %
  • The Next Full Moon
  • December 28 @ 2:22 am
  • Full Cold Moon
  • Full Long Nights Moon

During this month the winter cold fastens its grip, and nights are at their longest and darkest.

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Fri December 14, 2012
The Two-Way

In Repeat Of Disturbing News, Man With Knife Attacks School Children In China

Wei Jingru, one of the students injured in today's attack, is being treated at a hospital in central China's Henan Province.
Li Bo Xinhua /Landov
  • NPR's Louisa Lim on the NPR Newscast

Twenty-two children and one adult are reported to have been injured at a school in China today by a man wielding a knife.

It happened in a village about 500 miles south of Beijing. As NPR's Louisa Lim tells our Newscast Desk, the attack is the latest of what has been a disturbing series of such incidents in recent years.

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Fri December 14, 2012
The Two-Way

Syrian Crisis: Turkey Getting Patriot Missiles, Some U.S. Troops To Operate Them

Originally published on Fri December 14, 2012 6:12 am

A U.S. Army Patriot Surface-to Air missile system on display in South Korea.
Kim Jae-Hwan AFP/Getty Images

"The U.S. will send two batteries of Patriot missiles and 400 troops to Turkey as part of a NATO force meant to protect Turkish territory from a potential Syrian missile attack, the Pentagon said Friday." (The Associated Press)

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Fri December 14, 2012
Around the Nation

Stephen Colbert Announces Charity Donations

Originally published on Fri December 14, 2012 4:30 am



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Fri December 14, 2012
Around the Nation

Will The Real Indiana Jones Stand Up?

That's what the University of Chicago is asking. The admissions office received mail addressed to Henry Walton Jones, Jr., aka Indiana Jones. The character is said to have attended the school. The package contained a dust-covered replica of the journal in the Raiders of the Lost Ark film.


Fri December 14, 2012

Business News

Originally published on Fri December 14, 2012 4:02 am

The bank UBS has been in the middle of a huge investigation into interest rate manipulation. There are several reports that a subsidiary of UBS is making a settlement deal with U.S., British and Swiss officials.


Fri December 14, 2012
NPR Story

SEC Chairman Schapiro's Exit Interview

Originally published on Fri December 14, 2012 4:51 am

In an interview with David Greene, outgoing Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Mary Schapiro reflects on her tenure at the agency, and the disappointment that she wasn't able to overhaul money market funds. She leaves the job on Friday.