8:54am

Thu March 28, 2013
The Two-Way

Slow But Better Than Thought: 4th Quarter GDP Revised Up Again

Originally published on Thu March 28, 2013 10:22 am

The U.S. economy grew at a 0.4 percent annual rate in fourth-quarter 2012, the Bureau of Economic Analysis reported Thursday morning.

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8:37am

Thu March 28, 2013
Monkey See

The Good News Is That We Know 'Idol' Is Really Live Now

Originally published on Thu March 28, 2013 10:56 am

Michael Becker Fox

Last night on American Idol was Motown Night, when we all learned that Motown songs (like "I Heard It Through The Grapevine") should all be sung as seriously as possible, wearing a scowl, with all the fun sucked out. (And that was a performance that was pretty good.) It's in keeping with this season, in which melodramatic ballads have dominated even more than usual.

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8:23am

Thu March 28, 2013
The Two-Way

Snap! Miami Heat's Streak Ends At 27

Originally published on Thu March 28, 2013 9:40 am

Miami Heat superstar LeBron James during Wednesday night's loss to the Chicago Bulls, which snapped the Heat's 27-game winning streak.
Brian Kersey UPI /Landov

In the end, the Heat couldn't take it.

LeBron James and his Miami teammates saw their win streak end at 27 games when they got gored in Chicago on Wednesday night — losing to the Bulls by a score of 101-97.

So the Los Angeles Lakers' 33-game run, set during the 1971-72 season, still stands as the NBA record.

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7:29am

Thu March 28, 2013
The Two-Way

Judge Rules Pistorius Can Leave South Africa

Originally published on Thu March 28, 2013 9:36 am

South Africa's Oscar Pistorius competing during the London 2012 Paralympic Games.
Glyn Kirk AFP/Getty Images

Olympic and Paralympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius can travel outside his native South Africa while he awaits trial for allegedly murdering his girlfriend, a judge in Pretoria ruled Thursday.

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7:22am

Thu March 28, 2013
The Two-Way

Book News: Taliban Shooting Victim Is Publishing A Memoir: 'I Am Malala'

Originally published on Thu March 28, 2013 8:25 am

Pakistani teen Malala Yousafzai is pictured during her recovery at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, England, about a month after she was shot.
AP

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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7:16am

Thu March 28, 2013
Business

Cheap Natural Gas Pumping New Life Into U.S. Factories

Originally published on Tue April 23, 2013 5:13 pm

A worker hooks up pipe during natural gas drilling by EnerVest on the Barnett Shale near Fort Worth, Texas, in 2012.
Ron Jenkins MCT /Landov

The millions of Americans who lost factory jobs over the past decade may find this hard to believe, but U.S. manufacturing is coming back to life.

The chest compressions are applied by the pumping of cheap, domestic natural gas.

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7:04am

Thu March 28, 2013
The Two-Way

Banks In Cyprus Reopen As Island's Economy Hits Reboot

Originally published on Thu March 28, 2013 8:54 am

At a Laiki Bank branch in Nicosia, Cyprus, early Thursday, customers lined up to be among the first allowed in.
Yannis Behrakis Reuters /Landov
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Banks in Cyprus reopened Thursday morning — after two weeks in which they had to keep their doors closed as European leaders worked out a bailout deal for the island's struggling financial sector in a bid to keep its problems from triggering similar crises in other ailing EU nations.

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7:03am

Thu March 28, 2013
First Reads

Exclusive First Read: Kate Atkinson's 'Life After Life'

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On a snowy night in 1910, a baby girl is born — and dies before she can take her first breath. She is born — and grows up to become an assassin who eliminates Hitler before he can take power. She is born — and lives a handful of different lives in a Britain descending into war; the book jumps from one narrative to another with a dreamy sort of logic. "Time isn't circular," she tells a therapist at one point. "It's like a ... palimpsest. ...

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5:51am

Thu March 28, 2013
Asia

On India's Trains, Seeking Safety In The Women's Compartment

Originally published on Thu March 28, 2013 8:26 pm

Passengers travel in a train car reserved for woman in Mumbai on March 8. The cars are offered in New Delhi and other places as well. Women say they like the security that the cars offer, but say men's attitudes need to change.
Rajanish Kakade AP

Headlines in India's national newspapers tell the story of the state of women in the country. A sampling of what readers in New Delhi encounter makes for sober reading:

"Woman Alleges Gang Rape In Lawyer's Chamber."

"More Shame: Five Rapes In Two Days."

"Woman Resists Molestation, Shot Dead."

India's media have been zealous about exposing the pervasive sexual violence in the country since the gruesome gang rape and subsequent death of a 23-year-old woman in December ignited an international outcry.

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5:51am

Thu March 28, 2013
Around the Nation

Chicago School Closings Widens Gap Between Teachers, City

Originally published on Thu March 28, 2013 9:18 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

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

LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

And I'm Linda Wertheimer.

The city of Chicago wants to close dozens of public schools, claiming that money could be better spent. But protests are growing. Hundreds of members of the Chicago Teachers Union and other labor groups rallied yesterday.

UNIDENTIFIED MAN: Whose schools?

UNIDENTIFIED GROUP: Our schools.

UNIDENTIFIED MAN: Whose schools?

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