8:12am

Thu August 9, 2012
Sports

U.S. Women's Soccer, Water Polo Team Go For Gold

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Two big gold medal matches of the Olympics are set for tonight in London. Both involve American women's teams with extraordinary incentives to win.

In water polo, the U.S. women are trying to end 12 years of frustration and finally take the gold. And in soccer, the Americans have a chance at redemption. They play Japan, which beat them in last year's World Cup final in a game-ending shootout.

From London, NPR's Howard Berkes reports.

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8:09am

Thu August 9, 2012
Election 2012

Election Spotlight Returns To Iowa

At the beginning of the presidential race, Iowa was among the most important states in the country. Now, after a few months out of the spotlight, it's the center of political attention again. Mitt Romney campaigned in Des Moines Wednesday. Barack Obama will be there next week.

8:03am

Thu August 9, 2012
The Two-Way

Assad Names New Prime Minister; Fighting Continues In Aleppo

As Syrian President Bashar Assad today chose a replacement for the prime minister who defected earlier this week, there were conflicting reports about just what's happening in the key northern city of Aleppo.

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8:03am

Thu August 9, 2012
Election 2008: Voting Problems

Obama Campaigns On GOP Turn In Colorado

President Obama is in the midst of a two-day campaign swing through Colorado. The Rocky Mountain West is a key battleground area in the November election. A new poll shows the president leading Mitt Romney among women in the state but trailing his Republican rival among Colorado men. NPR's Scott Horsley reports.

8:03am

Thu August 9, 2012
Business

The Last Word In Business

Originally published on Thu August 9, 2012 8:33 am

Austin Wierschke, 16, has maintained his place atop the pantheon of texters. The competition took place Wednesday in New York City's Times Square. There were 11 competitors.

8:03am

Thu August 9, 2012
Business

Business News

Originally published on Thu August 9, 2012 8:30 am

Nancy Brinker the founder of the breast cancer charity is giving up her CEO role for a lower profile job. President Liz Thompson has resigned. The statement issued by the charity makes no mention of it, but Komen's been dealing with fall-out from a decision earlier this year to stop funding cancer screenings conducted by Planned Parenthood. The funding was restored, but following the flap, participation in races has dropped by as much as 30 percent.

8:03am

Thu August 9, 2012
Business

Retailers Go For Gold By Evoking Olympic Games

More than 20 percent of online retailers have referred to the Olympics in their promotional materials in recent weeks. But unless they're official sponsors, they can't directly use trademarked Olympic symbols or even the word Olympics. So many have had to get creative, using language such as "go for the gold," "podium" or "world-class" to catch the attention of fans.

8:03am

Thu August 9, 2012
Business

How Other Networks Compete Against Olympic Games

Originally published on Fri August 10, 2012 2:51 pm

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

NBC's coverage of the London Olympics is a ratings hit - which can present a problem for other networks looking to lure viewers, especially those dedicated to broadcasting sports. John Ourand is a media reporter for Sports Business Daily, and he's been checking to see what else is on.

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8:03am

Thu August 9, 2012
Sports

Olympic Preview: Decathlon Medals To Be Awarded

Originally published on Thu August 9, 2012 8:43 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

And I'm Renee Montagne.

At the London Summer Olympics, it's one star-studded 200-meter race down and one to go - today. American Allyson Felix won the women's 200 last night and was part of a U.S. track and field medal-winning binge. The Americans took seven medals at Olympic Stadium, helping push the Americans past arch-medal rival China in the overall race.

Not that anyone's counting, right, Tom Goldman?

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7:32am

Thu August 9, 2012
The Two-Way

Done In A Day: China Wraps Up Murder Trial Of Once-Prominent Politician's Wife

Originally published on Thu August 9, 2012 9:10 am

Gu Kailai during today's trial at the Hefei Intermediate People's Court. (Screen image from Chinese TV.)
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  • Frank Langfitt on 'Morning Edition'

As we said two weeks ago, China's state-controlled media had already concluded that Gu Kailai was guilty of murder even before any sort of a trial.

Today in central China the wife of once-prominent politician Bo Xilai got her day in court.

Literally.

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