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Around the Nation
6:13 am
Tue April 29, 2014

Richard Gere Plays Homeless Man Convincingly

Originally published on Tue April 29, 2014 11:52 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Good morning, I'm David Greene.

Here's a story that might get Richard Gere some Oscar buzz. He plays a homeless man in an upcoming movie so convincingly that he fooled a French tourist in New York. Karim Gumbo(ph) saw a straggly man digging through trash near Grand Central Station. She offered him some pizza. The 64-year-old actor accepted. Gumbo didn't realize who it was until a few days later when she saw a photo in the newspaper of her with Richard Gere, whom she described as, quote, very handsome even at his age.

Europe
4:17 am
Tue April 29, 2014

Swedish Town To Move As Iron Mine Swallows It

Originally published on Tue April 29, 2014 11:52 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

OK, as Greensburg rebuilds from the ground up, people in a town in Sweden are preparing to move their community a couple of miles to the east.

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That be the town of Kiruna sits on the edge of an iron mine. Officials realized the mine would slowly swallow the community about 10 years ago, so they began preparing to empty the town and rebuild it - hopefully new and improved - two miles down the road.

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Around the Nation
4:17 am
Tue April 29, 2014

Kansas Town Destroyed By Tornado Spreads Blame For Lack Of Growth

Originally published on Wed April 30, 2014 1:25 pm

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Television
4:17 am
Tue April 29, 2014

PBS Documentary Examines Ruben Salazar's Life And Death

Originally published on Wed April 30, 2014 12:07 pm

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

A new documentary explores the life and death of Ruben Salazar. He was a journalist. He's considered one of the founders of the modern Chicano movement and by many a martyr. He was killed in 1970 while covering an anti-war demonstration in East Los Angeles. He was shot with a tear gas canister. His death added to the urgency for Mexican-American civil rights in Southern California.

A documentary on his life airs tonight on PBS and Karen Grigsby Bates of NPR's Code Switch Team has more.

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NPR Story
4:17 am
Tue April 29, 2014

'To Kill A Mockingbird' Goes Digital

Originally published on Tue April 29, 2014 11:52 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

And today's last word in business is: Digital Mockingbird.

Yesterday, on her 88th birthday, author Harper Lee announced that her classic novel "To Kill A Mockingbird" will finally be made available as an e-book and a digital audio book. It was first printed on old fashion paper in 1960 and still sells over a million copies per year.

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In a statement, the reclusive author proclaimed: I'm still old-fashioned. I love dusty old books and libraries. But she added: This is "Mockingbird" for a new generation.

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Around the Nation
6:14 am
Mon April 28, 2014

Old Atari Games Found In N.M. Landfill

Originally published on Mon April 28, 2014 6:37 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST: Good morning. I'm David Greene. The movie "E.T." was a smash hit in the '80s; not so for the video game based on the film. You might say the creators at Atari phoned it in. They rushed it to market. People playing the game found it so bad it was as if aliens had created it. It's been rumored Atari dumped truckloads of unused game cartridges in a landfill in New Mexico.

Around the Nation
6:06 am
Mon April 28, 2014

Students Met Their Goal So Teacher Has To Deliver

Originally published on Tue April 29, 2014 4:22 am

A 4th grade teacher in Wichita, Kan., challenged her students to do their homework for 100 straight days. Mission accomplished — now she has to dye her hair orange and come to class in a prom dress.

Business
5:53 am
Mon April 28, 2014

Hersman: Growing North American Oil Industry Tests Rail Safety

Originally published on Mon April 28, 2014 6:37 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

The Chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board left office on Friday and on her final day she sat down with us to talk about a longstanding concern. Deborah Hersman says the growing North American oil industry is leading to a railroad safety problem.

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NPR Story
4:15 am
Mon April 28, 2014

Burger King Revives Subservient Chicken

Originally published on Mon April 28, 2014 6:37 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Which now brings us to today's last word in business, which is Subservient Chicken.

Maybe you remember a 2004 Burger King ad campaign that featured a website where a giant chicken in a nondescript living room would perform almost any task requested of it by Web users. Burger King claims the site got over a billion hits and some ad watchers credit the Subservient Chicken with the start of viral marketing.

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NPR Story
4:15 am
Mon April 28, 2014

Stronger Patent Protections Sought In Pacific Rim Trade Pact

Originally published on Mon April 28, 2014 11:29 am

President Obama landed in the Philippines on Monday for the last stop on his eight-day tour through Asia.

Much of the trip has focused on a free-trade deal being negotiated by a dozen countries along the Pacific Rim. The Trans-Pacific Partnership would establish standards on everything from intellectual property to labor.

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