6:06am

Mon December 17, 2012
The Two-Way

S.C. Governor To Name Sen. DeMint's Replacement Today

Originally published on Mon December 17, 2012 10:02 am

Gov. Nikki Haley named Rep. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) to replace retiring Sen. Jim DeMint. In this file photo, Scott makes brief remarks after a meeting with Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner at the U.S. Capitol on June 2, 2011.
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Saying that her choice understands the business sector and is the "right U.S. senator for our state and our country," South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley named Republican Rep. Tim Scott to replace the retiring Sen. Jim DeMint (also a Republican) at a noontime news conference today.

After asking those gathered at the state capitol to pause for a moment of silence to honor the victims of Friday's shootings in Newtown, Conn., Scott said he's honored and excited "for many, many reasons."

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5:43am

Mon December 17, 2012
The Two-Way

Top Stories: Tragedy In Conn.; 'Fiscal Cliff' Talks Continue

Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio.
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5:34am

Mon December 17, 2012
KALW Almanac

Monday December 17, 2012

1843 -
  • 352nd Day of 2012 / 14 Remaining
  • 4 Days Until The First Day of Winter
  • Sunrise:7:19
  • Sunset:4:53
  • 9 Hours 34 Minutes of Daylight
  • Moon Rise:10:35am
  • Moon Set:10:15pm
  • Moon’s Phase: 17 %
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  • Full Cold Moon
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During this month the winter cold fastens its grip, and nights are at their longest and darkest.

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4:53am

Mon December 17, 2012
The Two-Way

For Conn. Teacher Who Lives Near Tragedy, Today's Classes Will Be Difficult

Originally published on Mon December 17, 2012 4:59 am

Signs of support outside Kyle Mangieri's home in Newtown, Conn.
Brigid Bergin WNYC
  • From 'Morning Edition'

The tragedy in Newtown, Conn., touches people in many different ways. On Morning Edition and at WNYC.org, the station's Brigid Bergin tells the story of Kyle Mangieri, a 7th grade social studies teacher at a school in nearby Fairfield, Conn.

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4:32am

Mon December 17, 2012
Around the Nation

Holiday Display Called 'Sensory Explosion'

There are Christmas displays, and then there's the one in Wall Township, N.J. It has synchronized lights, lasers, fog machines, strobe lights, 20-foot flames and the music of the Trans Siberian Orchestra. There's no charge — they only accept donations for a local charity.

4:25am

Mon December 17, 2012
Around the Nation

Police Officer Helps Motorist Register Car

Originally published on Mon December 17, 2012 4:26 am

Hayden Carlo was recently pulled over near Dallas for having an expired registration sticker. He said he had a choice: either feed his kids or get a new registration. The officer issued a citation, and when Carlo unfolded it, he found $100.

4:15am

Mon December 17, 2012
The Two-Way

Funerals Begin In Newtown, Investigation Continues

Originally published on Mon December 17, 2012 12:10 pm

Stuffed animals and a sign calling for prayer lay at the base of a tree near the Newtown Village Cemetery in Newtown, Conn., on Monday, in remembrance of the victims of the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
Charles Krupa AP
  • On 'Morning Edition': The story so far
  • On 'Morning Edition': President Obama expresses nation's grief

Six-year-olds Jack Pinto and Noah Pozner — two of the 20 first-graders killed Friday when a gunman stormed Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. — are to be remembered at funeral services this afternoon.

Jack loved sports and was said to be a big fan of New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz, who wrote the boy's name on the cleats — along with the words "My Hero" — he wore Sunday.

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2:17am

Mon December 17, 2012
NPR Story

Ct. Authorities Release Few Shooting Details

Originally published on Mon December 17, 2012 2:32 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

This is MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. I'm David Greene.

It is Monday morning, and the nation is still waiting for answers, struggling to understand why a 20-year-old man would massacre 27 people, most of them children.

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2:17am

Mon December 17, 2012
NPR Story

Remembering Ct. School Shooting Victims

Originally published on Mon December 17, 2012 3:40 am

David Greene shares the names of the victims killed when gunman Adam Lanza opened fire in Sandy Hook Elementary School last Friday. Before he went to the school, Lanza shot his mother, who was found dead in her pajamas in her bed.

2:09am

Mon December 17, 2012
NPR Story

Japanese Voters Return Conservatives To Power

Originally published on Mon December 17, 2012 12:49 pm

Shinzo Abe of Japan's Liberal Democratic Party marks the name of a parliamentary election winner at party headquarters in Tokyo on Sunday. Japan's conservative LDP stormed back to power Sunday after three years in opposition.
Junji Kurokawa AP

Japan's Liberal Democratic Party won resoundingly in parliamentary elections Sunday that both Washington and Beijing were watching carefully. The conservative LDP's hawkish leader, Shinzo Abe, will become Japan's prime minister for the second time and has pledged to take a harder line on China.

Speaking on Japanese TV, Abe had a message for Japan's most important ally, America, and another for Japan's biggest rival — China.

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