8:42am

Mon November 19, 2012
Asia

President Makes History, Stirs Controversy In Asia

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CELESTE HEADLEE, HOST:

This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Celeste Headlee. Michel Martin is away. Coming up, the fiscal cliff is seen as a serious threat to the nation's financial health but for federal workers the impact could be even more immediate and devastating. We'll take a closer look at that in a moment.

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8:04am

Mon November 19, 2012
The Two-Way

Will San Francisco Tell Its Nudists To Cover Up?

Originally published on Mon November 19, 2012 9:30 am

Woody Miller, a "naturist," was among the men out on Market Street in San Francisco this day.
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San Francisco Supervisor Scott Wiener (yes, that's his name) says last year's law ordering those who bare everything in public to put a towel between their bottoms and public benches or restaurant seats hasn't stopped the complaints he gets about men who prefer to go without (clothes, that is) in the city's Castro District.

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7:25am

Mon November 19, 2012
The Two-Way

Good Signs: Home Sales Are Up; Builders' Confidence Is Also Higher

Originally published on Mon November 19, 2012 11:39 am

This home sold last month in Miami.
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Two positive economic indicators:

-- "Sales of existing homes increased in October, even with some regional impact from Hurricane Sandy, while home prices continued to rise due to lower levels of inventory supply," the National Association of Realtors reports.

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7:04am

Mon November 19, 2012
The Two-Way

Outrage In India Over Woman's Arrest For Facebook Post

Bal Thackeray's funeral cortege made its way through a sea of supporters in Mumbai on Sunday.
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There was no violence, as had been feared, when hundreds of thousands of people gathered Sunday in Mumbai, India, to express their grief over the death of Bal Thackeray, "a Hindu extremist leader linked to waves of mob violence against Muslims and migrant workers in India."

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5:56am

Mon November 19, 2012
The Two-Way

Top Stories: Israel, Hamas Trade More Fire; Obama Visits Cambodia

In New York City's Rockaway neighborhood, a sign asking for help in the clean-up.
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5:23am

Mon November 19, 2012
The Two-Way

U.S. Policy Is To Say 'Burma'; Obama Also Uses 'Myanmar'

Originally published on Mon November 19, 2012 9:31 am

President Obama and President Thein Sein of Myanmar (also known as Burma) earlier today in Yangon.
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  • NPR's Scott Horsley, reporting on 'Morning Edition'

We've noted before that whether you call the Southeast Asian nation Burma or Myanmar has mattered to many for many years.

It's official U.S. policy, out of support for the opposition that has pressed for democratic reform in that country, to call it Burma. That's the name the nation was known by before a military regime took power in 1989 and started using Myanmar.

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4:40am

Mon November 19, 2012
Asia

Why Obama Put Asia On The Agenda Now

Originally published on Mon November 19, 2012 6:07 am

President Obama (center) and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (right) toured the Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon, Myanmar, on Monday.
Carolyn Kaster AP

President Obama, in the midst of a five-day trip to Asia, is making stops in Thailand, Cambodia and Myanmar. But the strongest diplomatic signals are probably aimed farther north, at China, which has significant economic and strategic interests in the region.

Obama, who has billed himself as "America's first Pacific president" has already made several trips to Asia, but his administration's goal of making a "pivot" to the region — both militarily and diplomatically — has been hamstrung by the need to wind down wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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4:25am

Mon November 19, 2012
The Two-Way

Pressure For Truce Grows, But Israel And Hamas Continue Firing

Originally published on Sun November 25, 2012 6:48 am

A man covers his face as he passes smoke and fire after Israeli air strikes in Gaza City earlier today.
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  • On 'Morning Edition': Anthony Kuhn reports from Gaza City
  • On 'Morning Editon': Sheera Frankel reports about 'Iron Dome'

(We rewrote the top of this post at 7:45 p.m. ET to sum up the day's news.)

The sixth day of Israel's military operation in the Gaza Strip saw Israel striking a media center and other Palestinian targets, raising the Palestinian death toll to more than 100. Palestinian militants fired 95 rockets at Israel; a third of them were intercepted by Iron Dome, the Israeli missile shield. Also Monday, a flurry of diplomacy that attempted to mediate a cease-fire between the two sides.

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3:58am

Mon November 19, 2012
Business

Visa Card Worth Its Weight In Gold

Originally published on Tue November 20, 2012 7:38 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne with a credit card that's worth its weight in gold. For those who want to buy bling with bling, a bank in Kazakhstan plans to offer a Visa card made of gold, plus a couple of dozen diamonds and mother of pearl. It will require $100,000 upfront and an annual fee of $2,000, but there are no late fees and you get a free iPhone. It won't be the first bejeweled card, just the first made of pure gold. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

3:53am

Mon November 19, 2012
Europe

ATM Spews Cash In Glasgow, Scotland

Originally published on Tue November 20, 2012 7:38 am

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LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Linda Wertheimer. Does technology enrich our lives? This weekend in Glasgow, Scotland, it did. A Bank of Scotland ATM was dispensing cash at double the amount requested. Lines formed around the block until the police came. The bank says it's unlikely they'll try to get their money back. And they apologize for, quote, "any inconvenience caused." We suspect no apologies needed. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

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