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5:11 am
Tue May 7, 2013

The Last Word In Business

Originally published on Tue May 7, 2013 11:04 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

And in our last word in business today, we remember a woman who inspired one of TVs most famous moms.

(SOUNDBITE FROM TV SHOW, "THE SIMPSONS")

JULIE KAVNER: (as Marge Simpson) Oh, I've never been so proud. You both deserve a big, big reward.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

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Animals
3:04 am
Tue May 7, 2013

This Bat Knows How To Drink

The Pallas' long-tongued bat.
B. G. Thomson Science Source

Originally published on Tue May 7, 2013 3:15 pm

Imagine it's a hot day, and you're craving some cold lemonade. Someone offers you a glass, but with one condition: You can drink it only using your tongue, with no lips touching the glass. No straw.

You might have a problem.

But many animals — bees, butterflies, hummingbirds and bats — have tongues specifically designed to do this. All drink nectar from flowers using only their tongues.

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National Security
3:03 am
Tue May 7, 2013

U.S. Turns Up Heat On Costly Commercial Cybertheft In China

Chinese cyber-espionage is threatening U.S. economic competitiveness.
Andy Wong AP

Originally published on Wed May 8, 2013 1:04 pm

American companies that do business with China make good money. They also lose a lot of money there to cyberthieves, who routinely hack into the computers of the U.S. firms and steal their trade and technology secrets.

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The Changing Lives Of Women
3:02 am
Tue May 7, 2013

Germany's Paradox: Family-Friendly Benefits, But Few Kids

German Labor Minister Ursula von der Leyen (at left, shown here with German Chancellor Angela Merkel) has been the main government architect of measures aimed at helping women reconcile careers with having children.
John MacDougall AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue May 7, 2013 11:04 am

Germany is regarded as one of the most generous countries in the world when it comes to helping women raise families. The government invests about $260 billion each year into 156 separate family-friendly benefits, including health care, generous parental leave, subsidized day care and tax breaks.

Yet on a continent with low birthrates, Germany has the lowest of all, with just 1.39 children per woman.

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Joe's Big Idea
2:59 am
Tue May 7, 2013

Envisioning The Future With Cori Lathan

AnthroTronix Founder and CEO Corinna Lathan, at the company's offices in Silver Spring, Md.
Courtesy of AnthroTronix, Inc.

Originally published on Tue May 7, 2013 11:04 am

Computers were created to be useful tools, but all too often it's still a chore to get technology to do our bidding.

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The Two-Way
9:41 pm
Mon May 6, 2013

Stolen Dinosaur Heads Back To Mongolia

The skull of the Tyrannosaurus bataar skeleton is displayed during a ceremony to repatriate the bones to Mongolia.
Stan Honda AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon May 6, 2013 8:30 pm

A 70 million-year-old Tyrannosaurus skeleton that was looted from Mongolia and smuggled into the U.S. is on its way home after nearly being sold at auction in New York last year.

NPR's Margot Adler reports that the skeleton was seized by Immigrations and Customs Enforcement after a Florida fossils dealer pleaded guilty to smuggling charges in December and agreed to surrender the dinosaur bones.

The nearly complete Tyrannosaurus bataar skeleton, measuring 8 feet high by 24 feet long, was handed over to the Mongolian government in a special ceremony on Monday.

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The Two-Way
9:41 pm
Mon May 6, 2013

North Korea Reportedly Moves Missiles Off Launch Status

A 2009 image released by Korean Central News Agency of a medium-range Musudan missile.
Associated Press

Originally published on Mon May 6, 2013 8:25 pm

North Korea has reportedly moved two medium-range missiles away from a launch site in the country's east in an apparent ratcheting down of tensions in the region.

Reuters and the BBC quoted unnamed U.S. officials as saying that two Musudan missiles that were in launch-ready status have been moved after being on standby for weeks.

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The Two-Way
9:40 pm
Mon May 6, 2013

Three Women Found In Ohio Years After Disappearing

Cleveland police and FBI agents search a yard on the west side of Cleveland in July 2012 for evidence of Amanda Berry's disappearance. It turned out to be a false lead.
Mark Duncan Associated Press

Originally published on Tue May 7, 2013 8:45 am

Three women, at least two of whom had been missing since they were teenagers a decade ago, were found alive in a residential area near Cleveland, news agencies reported.

Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus were found alive Monday a few miles from where they disappeared in 2003 and 2004 respectively, along with a third woman, whose identity has not yet been confirmed.

CNN is reporting that a suspect in their apparent abduction has been taken into custody, but NPR has not confirmed this.

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The Two-Way
8:10 pm
Mon May 6, 2013

Singer Lauryn Hill Sentenced To Three Months For Tax Evasion

Lauryn Hill departs the court on Monday in Newark, New Jersey.
Dave Kotinsky Getty Images

Originally published on Mon May 6, 2013 7:35 pm

Grammy-winning singer Lauryn Hill will spend three months in jail for failing to pay income tax on about $1.8 million in earnings.

Hill, 37, pleaded guilty last year to three counts of tax evasion. She was sentenced on Monday.

The Associated Press reports:

"During a forceful statement to the judge, Hill explained she had always meant to eventually pay the taxes but was unable to during a period of time when she dropped out of the music business.

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The Two-Way
7:00 pm
Mon May 6, 2013

FBI Says It Prevented Terrorist Attack In Rural Minnesota

A photo provided by the Chippewa County, Minn., Sheriff shows Buford Rogers, who was arrested on Friday.
AP

Originally published on Tue May 7, 2013 6:04 am

The FBI says Monday it foiled a terrorist attack in a small Minnesota town, but officials offered few details.

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