5:41am

Fri July 13, 2012
The Two-Way

Nervous On This Friday The 13th? Once Again, We Can Help

Originally published on Fri July 13, 2012 8:55 am

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We'll be done with Friday the 13ths for 2012 once today comes to a close.

If you're nervous, once again we offer something that's supposed to help.

Learning how to say paraskevidekatriaphobia supposedly cures one of any Friday the 13th-related fear.

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5:22am

Fri July 13, 2012
The Two-Way

Destruction Of Timbuktu's Treasures Continues; Humanitarian Crisis Looms

Originally published on Fri July 13, 2012 6:40 am

In this image from a video, an Islamist militant celebrates after the destruction of a Sufi shrine earlier this month in Timbuktu.
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  • Renee Montagne speaks with Corinne Dufka

Morning Edition today catches up on the news from Mali, where as we reported last week Islamist extremists are destroying centuries-old historical sites in Timbuktu because they find them offensive.

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4:48am

Fri July 13, 2012
Business

JPMorgan: Trading Loss Grows To $4.4 Billion

Originally published on Thu August 30, 2012 11:23 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

The largest bank in the U.S., JPMorgan Chase, this morning released its second quarter results. It's net income was $5 billion, but it turns out that loses in a failed hedging strategy involving a secretive trader were much higher than what the bank originally said the loss would be. In fact, JPMorgan lost $4.4 billion last quarter on those risky trades.

As NPR's Yuki Noguchi reports, that's not the full extent of the firm's damage.

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4:44am

Fri July 13, 2012
The Two-Way

200 Feared Dead In Syria's Bloodiest Day So Far

Originally published on Fri July 13, 2012 5:29 am

Kofi Annan says he is "shocked and appalled" by reports of a mass killing in the Syrianvillage of Tremseh.
AP

The grim numbers vary and independent observers haven't yet been able to get to the scene. But there's word from Syria of what may be the single worst day of bloodshed so far in what's become a long line of such horrible events since protests against the regime of President Bashar Assad began in March 2011:

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4:24am

Fri July 13, 2012
Around the Nation

Surfing Goats Amaze California Beachgoers

Originally published on Fri July 13, 2012 8:04 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

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4:18am

Fri July 13, 2012
World

Lebanese Tire Of Protesters Using Tires

Originally published on Fri July 13, 2012 8:04 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep. People in Beirut are sick of political protests across the country. Protesters have been blocking highways with burning tires. So there was only one thing to do. Yesterday, they held a protest using tires against protests using tires. Instead of burning the tires in the street, they painted the tires many colors. The protesters held up signs reading: We are tired. And a police officer refused to ticket them, saying, their tires are pretty. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

4:17am

Fri July 13, 2012
The Two-Way

JPMorgan Earned $5B In Second Quarter Even After $4.4B Trading Loss

Originally published on Fri July 13, 2012 11:30 am

Though it suffered an estimated $4.4 billion second-quarter loss related to its bungled trading in some very risky types of investments, JPMorgan Chase said this morning that it still did well enough in its other businesses that it had net income of $5 billion in those three months.

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3:57am

Fri July 13, 2012
Books

Original Fiction In All The 'Shades' Of Fandom

Originally published on Tue July 17, 2012 7:17 am

courtesy of Vintage/Anchor Books

This Friday the 13th, fans of horror films and hobbits, science fiction and fantasy are descending upon the San Diego Convention Center. They're gathering for the annual explosion of pop culture fandom that is Comic-Con. One of the biggest phenomena in pop culture at the moment will be making an appearance, and it's not a man of steel or a boy slinging webs.

It's a 40-something woman who writes... wait for it... steamy romance.

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2:39am

Fri July 13, 2012
Remembrances

'Woody At 100' Celebrates Guthrie's Music

Originally published on Tue July 17, 2012 7:16 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Let's take a moment to remember one of America's great folk singers.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND")

WOODY GUTHRIE: (Singing) This land is your land. And this land is my land. From California to the New York island. From the Redwood forest...

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2:09am

Fri July 13, 2012
Business

Geithner Pointed Out LIBOR Concerns In 2008

Originally published on Fri July 13, 2012 8:04 am

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(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

NPR's business news starts with a warning about LIBOR.

It came years ago. We now know that Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner pointed out problems with the way that London's key interest rates were set. He did this in 2008, in the midst of the financial crisis at the time he was head of the New York Federal Reserve.

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