9:33am

Fri September 28, 2012
The Two-Way

Bank Of America To Pay $2.43 Billion To Settle Class Action Lawsuit

Bank of America's corporate center in Charlotte, N.C.
Scott Olson Getty Images

While denying it did anything wrong, Bank of America announced this morning it will pay "$2.43 billion and institute certain corporate governance policies ... to settle a class action lawsuit brought in 2009 on behalf of investors who purchased or held Bank of America securities at the time the company announced plans to acquire Merrill Lynch."

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9:03am

Fri September 28, 2012
Hardcover Fiction Bestsellers

NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Fiction, Week Of September 27, 2012

Ken Follett continues his epic, 20th century series with Winter of the World. It debuts at No. 1.

8:54am

Fri September 28, 2012
The Two-Way

Income And Spending Both Basically Flat In August

Higher prices at the pump meant the amount of money consumers spent went up last month.
Kevork Djansezian Getty Images

Americans' personal income grew by just 0.1 percent in August from July and consumer spending would have been basically flat as well if it hadn't been for higher gasoline prices, the Bureau of Economic Analysis reported this morning.

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8:22am

Fri September 28, 2012
The Two-Way

After Further Review, Having Regular Refs Back Made It 'A Real NFL Game'

In Baltimore, fans made their feelings clear Thursday night.
Larry French Getty Images

Friday morning quarterbacks seem to be unanimous in saying that having a "regular" crew of officials back on the field for Thursday night's NFL game between the Baltimore Ravens and Cleveland Browns made an immediate — and positive — difference.

"It felt like a real NFL game because the real NFL refs were back," writes ESPN's Jamison Hensley.

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7:48am

Fri September 28, 2012
The Two-Way

Once Prominent Politician Bo Xilai Expelled From China's Communist Party

Originally published on Fri September 28, 2012 2:34 pm

Bo Xilai in 2004.
Jim Watson AFP/Getty Images

Citing "severe disciplinary violations" connected to his wife's murder of a British businessman and other allegations of corruption, the Communist Party of China today expelled once prominent politician Bo Xilai and turned him over to "judicial organs" for prosecution, the state-controlled Xinhua News Agency reports.

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7:44am

Fri September 28, 2012
Movies

'Flight': A Few Million Little Creatures That Could

Originally published on Thu October 4, 2012 10:19 am

"Supergenerations" of monarch butterflies migrate over 2000 miles from Canada to Mexico.
SK Films

A young boy in Canada wondered where butterflies go in the winter — and spent 40 years trying to answer that question.

In 1973, Dr. Fred Urquhart — all grown up by then — placed an ad in a newspaper in Mexico looking for volunteers to tag and observe butterflies and find their destination. A woman named Catalina Aguado and her American husband, Kenneth Brugger, answered that ad. They spent two years searching in remote parts of Mexico.

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7:14am

Fri September 28, 2012
The Two-Way

'It's Insane. It's Crazy:' Gunman Kills Four, Then Himself, In Minneapolis

Originally published on Fri September 28, 2012 9:03 am

In shock: The scene outside a Minneapolis business Thursday. A gunman killed four people, wounded four others and then killed himself.
Richard Tsong-Taatarii Minneapolis Star Tribune/MCT /Landov

"This is something we see on the news in other parts of the country, not here," Minneapolis Deputy Police Chief Kris Arneson said Thursday night as her department began investigating why a man apparently walked into a sign company, killed at least four people and then took his own life.

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5:59am

Fri September 28, 2012
Around the Nation

With Senate Control At Stake, Key Wis. Race Tightens

Originally published on Fri September 28, 2012 11:39 am

Former Gov. Tommy Thompson in Madison, Wis., ahead of the Aug. 14 Republican primary for Wisconsin's open Senate seat. He was one of four candidates.
Andy Manis AP

One of the most important seats in the battle for control of the U.S. Senate is in Wisconsin, where Democrat Herb Kohl is retiring. Early polls showed popular former Gov. Tommy Thompson might easily flip the seat to the GOP, but he's now trailing Democratic Rep. Tammy Baldwin. It's a race that's going down to the wire in this almost evenly divided state.

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5:14am

Fri September 28, 2012
Economy

Spain's Budget Cuts Likely To Provoke Protests

Originally published on Fri September 28, 2012 8:29 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

European finance ministers have asked Spain if it might need a few bucks to tide it over - in particular, $125 billion to prop up failing banks. The Spanish government is expected to announce today how much of that sum it will need.

Shoring up banks is one step Spain is taking to prevent economic collapse. Another step is to slash more than $50 billion dollars in spending.

Lauren Frayer reports from Madrid on Spain's new budget, unveiled last night.

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4:57am

Fri September 28, 2012
Sports

Ryder Cup: Where Golf Meets College Football

Originally published on Fri September 28, 2012 8:29 am

Transcript

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

This weekend, professional golf becomes a team sport. The Ryder Cup pits the United States against Europe. Instead of green jackets and million dollar checks, players compete for country. Today, the Americans will try to take back the cup at Medinah Country Club in Illinois. And joining us from the course, is Christine Brennan, sports columnist for USA Today.

Hey, Christine.

CHRISTINE BRENNAN: Hey, David. How are you?

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