4:55am

Fri June 22, 2012
Around the Nation

Ring Found In Donated Capri Pants Worth $5,000

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne. A Minnesota woman went to a local Goodwill looking for a deal and, as she put it, some bling. And Deb Thompson got both: a pair of gem-studded pants for $3.99, and in one of the pockets, a diamond ring worth at least $5,000. Thompson showed her own goodwill. She asked the charity to help find the rightful owner. And there have been dozens of claims, but for the moment, it's finders, keepers. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

4:26am

Fri June 22, 2012
Middle East

More Syrians Openly Criticizing Assad's Government

Originally published on Fri June 22, 2012 4:32 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Here's a little of what's happened in Syria over the past 24 hours. A Syrian air force colonel flew his jet out of the country, defecting to Jordan. Syria's army intensified its offensive against a rebel army. And the Red Cross had to abandon a mission to evacuate civilians from the city of Homs.

We're going to get some perspective on all of this from NPR's Deborah Amos, who's just left Syria after a very rare 10-day trip to Damascus. She's now in Lebanon. Hi, Deborah.

DEBORAH AMOS, BYLINE: Good morning.

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4:23am

Fri June 22, 2012
Sports

In Debt, Greece Looks To Soccer For A Win

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JOANNA KAKISSIS, BYLINE: And I'm Joanna Kakissis in Athens. Five young single friends are sharing a single bottle of Heineken on a weathered park bench in a neighborhood of anarchists and bohemians. They're peering into a bar to see the widescreen TV playing the latest Euro championship game. This is where they'll be watching the game between Greece and the other country, the big bossy one who's loaned Greece billions and forced it to cut spending. George Tagaris is putting his money on the bossy guys.

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4:20am

Fri June 22, 2012
Europe

Germany, Greece Face Off On Soccer Field

The eurozone will take a short break from its financial crisis to enjoy a sporting event. The soccer teams of Germany and Greece meet Friday in the quarter finals of the Euro 2012 championship in Gdansk, Poland. Germany's coach doesn't think political tensions will have an impact on the field.

2:20am

Fri June 22, 2012
Politics

Senate Strips Public Funds From Party Conventions

Originally published on Fri June 22, 2012 4:54 am

Later this summer, Republicans will gather in Tampa, Fla., for their presidential nominating convention; Democrats will then do the same in Charlotte, N.C. Each party gets more than $18 million in public funds this year to help pay for the gatherings.

The money comes from that $3 box that taxpayers can check on their federal tax returns. But this could be the last time party conventions get taxpayer funding.

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2:14am

Fri June 22, 2012
Economy

Credit Rating Agency Moody's Downgrades 15 Banks

Originally published on Fri June 22, 2012 4:17 am

Fifteen major banks were downgraded Thursday in a reflection of the slowing global economy and volatility in financial markets. In a sweeping move, Moody's cut the credit ratings of some of the world's largest financial institutions, including Bank of America, Goldman Sachs and Citigroup.

2:14am

Fri June 22, 2012
Research News

Bird Flu Research Illustrates Dual-Use Issues

Originally published on Fri June 22, 2012 4:47 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

And in other news, a scientific journal has finally published the details of how to make mutant forms of bird flu. These viruses were created last year by a lab that's trying to stay one step ahead of a possible flu pandemic, so that the world can get ready. The work, though, is highly controversial. Critics say the man-made viruses pose serious risks: the germs could escape, or be used as a bio weapon.

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1:54am

Fri June 22, 2012
Business

The Last Word In Business

Originally published on Fri June 22, 2012 4:36 am

Product safety regulators announced the recall Thursday after hundreds of people reported explosions in their toilet tanks. The faulty flushing system is made by the brand Flushmate — specifically the Flushmate Three Pressure-Assist Flushing System. It's used by several toilet manufacturers including American Standard and Crane.

1:54am

Fri June 22, 2012
Economy

Calif. Budget Plan Cuts Programs To Trim Deficit

Originally published on Fri June 22, 2012 4:17 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

NPR's business news starts with a budget deal in California.

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INSKEEP: This deal comes just days before the start of the new fiscal year. It cuts social programs and it would knock three weeks off of Californian's school year unless voters approve a proposal for new taxes.

Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler reports from Sacramento.

BEN ADLER, BYLINE: The Democrats running this year's California budget process say they have one overarching goal: to bring years of festering shortfalls to an end.

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1:40am

Fri June 22, 2012
NPR Story

Pa. Jury To Resume Deliberations In Sandusky Trial

Originally published on Fri June 22, 2012 4:17 am

Jerry Sandusky's trial on child sexual abuse charges is in the jury's hands. As they consider the 48 counts filed against the former Penn State assistant football coach, new allegations have emerged. Sandusky's adopted son now says he's also a victim.

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