5:49am

Fri December 7, 2012
The Two-Way

Unemployment Rate Drops To 7.7 Percent, As Economy Adds 146,000 Jobs

Originally published on Fri December 7, 2012 8:44 am

The unemployment rate dropped to 7.7 percent in November, the Bureau of Labor Statistics says. That's a four-year low.

The economy added 146,000 jobs, beating expectations. Surprisingly the BLS said that Hurricane Sandy "did not substantively impact the national employment and unemployment estimates for November."

The BLS adds that employment increased "in retail trade, professional and business services, and health care."

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5:03am

Fri December 7, 2012
The Two-Way

Strong Earthquake Strikes Japan, Triggering Small Tsunami

A 7.3-magnitude earthquake stuck the Japanese coast that was battered by 2011's 9.0-magnitude earthquake that triggered a devastating tsunami.

According to NHK, the state broadcaster, the tremor was felt from the coast all the way inland to Tokyo and at least 10 people were injured.

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4:36am

Fri December 7, 2012
Books

'Gray' Has Random House Employees Seeing Green

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne. The publishing industry isn't doing too hot, except Random House, where things got downright steamy this year after it published "Fifty Shades of Grey." That bestselling tale of kinky passion has sold over 60 million copies, which is why Random House employees are now seeing green. The big announcement at the publisher's Christmas party: a $5,000 bonus for every employee, from editors to the mailroom. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

4:26am

Fri December 7, 2012
Europe

Honest Bus Driver Returns Missing Euros

The Austrian press reports after his shift in Vienna, the driver was inspecting his bus and found a bag of cash. Stacks of euros worth $500,000. He gave the money to police, and they tracked down the owner, a 77-year-old woman.

2:18am

Fri December 7, 2012
Economy

Superstorm Sandy May Hurt November's Jobs Report

Originally published on Fri December 7, 2012 8:51 am

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1:55am

Fri December 7, 2012
Around the Nation

Michigan Likely To Become A Right-To-Work State

Originally published on Fri December 7, 2012 2:42 am

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1:55am

Fri December 7, 2012
Middle East

Egyptian Protesters Display Newfound Unity

Originally published on Fri December 7, 2012 3:58 am

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Protests in Egypt rage on, despite President Mohammed Morsi's offer in a televised speech last night to meet with his opponents. Demonstrators filled Cairo's streets again today. The opposition in Egypt is confident and they're displaying a newfound unity, something Egypt hasn't seen since the early days of the revolution that ousted Morsi's predecessor, Hosni Mubarak. But as NPR's Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson reports, many question whether this unity will last beyond the ongoing political crisis.

(SOUNDBITE OF PROTEST)

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1:55am

Fri December 7, 2012
Politics

South Carolina's Jim DeMint To Leave U.S. Senate

Originally published on Fri December 7, 2012 2:19 am

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This is MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne.

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And I'm David Greene.

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12:00am

Fri December 7, 2012
Politics

Today on Your Call: Friday Media Roundtable

On today's Your Call, it's our Friday media roundtable. This week, we'll discuss coverage of the budget and tax standoff between Republicans and President Obama.  We’ll ask Decode DC’s Andrea Seabrook and the Huffington Post’s Michael McAuliff: Who’s doing reporting that takes us beyond the official narratives?  Mexico has a new President from an old party – the PRI’s Enrique Pena Nieto – we’ll hear from NPR’s Carrie Kahn about the nationwide protests following his inauguration.  It's Your Call, with Holly Kernan, and you.


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11:57pm

Thu December 6, 2012
Politics

Tea Party May Be Losing Steam, But Issues Still Boil

Originally published on Fri December 7, 2012 6:56 am

The battle over how to avoid the looming cuts and tax increases known as the fiscal cliff is a frustrating one for the Tea Party. The movement is still a force within the GOP, even as its popularity has fallen over the past two years.

But in the current debate, there have been no big rallies in Washington, and Tea Party members in Congress seem resigned to the fact that any eventual deal will be one they won't like — and one they'll have little influence over.

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