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Around the Nation
8:05 am
Tue September 18, 2012

Zoo Staffers Gave Panda Pro-Pregnancy Pep Talks

Panda Mei Xiang hadn't given birth in seven years. After five attempts of trying to help her get pregnant, workers at the National Zoo were worried. So they started talking to her. One panda keeper told Mei Xiang, "I know you can do this." It worked — she gave birth Sunday night.

Business
7:48 am
Tue September 18, 2012

Controversial Drilling Project Is Delayed Again

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

NPR's business news starts with a delay in Arctic drilling.

A controversial oil drilling project in Arctic waters off Alaska is being pushed back to next year. Oil giant Shell blames a combinations of problems with an oil containment device, drifting sea ice and the need for permits. This is the second delay this year in oil companies search for oil in the Arctic. In July, BP shelved its plans to drill in the Beaufort Sea because of new stricter safety standards. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright National Public Radio.

Elections
7:28 am
Tue September 18, 2012

Vt. Judge Expected to Finalize Primary Results

Republican Marty Searight, left, looks over the certification of the official results of the August primary in Montpelier.
Toby Talbot AP

 A Vermont judge is expected to give the final OK to results confirming Progressive Party Chairwoman Martha Abbott as winner of the party's gubernatorial primary. 

Judge Robert Bent said that as of Monday afternoon, Abbott was leading environmental group leader Annette Smith by a margin of 381 to 340 with six ballots in dispute.

Bent is planning a hearing on Tuesday to review the disputed ballots and declare final results.

New England News
7:22 am
Tue September 18, 2012

Hometown Honors For Ex-SEAL Killed in Libya Attack

Glen Doherty
AP

Family, friends and neighbors are preparing to honor a former Navy SEAL killed in last week's attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya.

A wake is planned Tuesday afternoon for Glen Doherty at St. Eulalia Parish in his home town of Winchester. Gov. Deval Patrick is among the hundreds of people expected.

The 42-year-old Doherty and three others, including the U.S. ambassador to Libya, died in the attack. They were honored by President Barack Obama at Andrews Air Force Base near Washington on Friday. Doherty was a private security contractor.

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Sports
7:20 am
Tue September 18, 2012

WAMC Sports News

Fenway turns 100

During last night’s Monday Night Football matchup in Denver, Taking advantage of Manning's three stunning first-quarter interceptions, Matt Ryan and the Falcons built a big lead and held on for a 27-21 victory over the Denver Broncos. The erratic effort by Manning showed his comeback in the Mile High City is still a work in progress.

Turning to baseball, Boston hurt Tampa Bay's postseason hopes by beating the Rays 5-2. Tampa Bay is five games out of the final wild card in the AL. Jacoby Ellsbury homered and drove in three runs.

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Hudson Valley News
7:15 am
Tue September 18, 2012

St. Francis Patients Possibly Infected with Hepatitis C Cleared

David Kwiatkowski
AP Photo

Eighteen of the former patients at St. Francis Hospital in Poughkeepsie who came in contact with a traveling technician who infected people at other hospitals with hepatitis C came up clean from the illness at St. Francis. One of the former patients, did, however, have hepatitis C, but it was a strain other than that carried by David Kwiatkowski, who is now under arrest in Massachusetts.

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Capital District News
7:08 am
Tue September 18, 2012

Morning headlines with Mike Spain of the Albany Times Union

Mike Spain

WAMC's David Guistina gets the morning headlines from Mike Spain, associate editor of the Albany Times Union.

WAMC News
7:06 am
Tue September 18, 2012

Morning Weather with WNYT's Paul Caiano

WNYT's Paul Caiano delivers his morning forecast. 

Africa
6:56 am
Tue September 18, 2012

Tunisians Fear Protests Scared Away Tourists

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

This is MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

And I'm Steve Inskeep. Let's catch up, now, on protests that have swept through nation after nation, in response to an anti-Islamic film. And today, we go to Tunisia. It was the first nation to stage a successful uprising in the Arab Spring. It's a popular destination for tourists. And violence there, last week, took some by surprise. Eleanor Beardsley reports.

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Afghanistan
6:51 am
Tue September 18, 2012

NATO Suspends Operations With Afghan Soldiers

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At the heart of NATO's strategy to turn over security to Afghanistan, is the joint patrol: Afghan and international troops training and fighting shoulder-to-shoulder. Now faced with a rash of insider attacks - Afghans in uniform turning their guns on international troops - NATO is suspending most of those joint operations.

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