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Europe
6:58 am
Fri August 31, 2012

Family Finds Medieval Well Under Their House

Originally published on Fri August 31, 2012 12:48 pm

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New England News
6:55 am
Fri August 31, 2012

Senator Scott Brown Defends GOP Convention Attendance

U.S. Sen. Scott Brown is defending his decision to attend the final day of the Republican National Convention, saying it's important to show that moderate Republicans have a place in the party.

Brown also said Thursday is a special day for Massachusetts since the state's former governor, Mitt Romney, is accepting the GOP nomination for president.

Brown says he respects Romney even though he doesn't agree with him on every issue. Brown says he'll continue to be an independent voice.

Brown's Democratic challenger, Elizabeth Warren, says Brown can't have it both ways.

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WAMC News
6:53 am
Fri August 31, 2012

Morning Weather with WNYT's Paul Caiano

WNYT's Paul Caiano delivers his morning forecast. 

Around the Nation
6:49 am
Fri August 31, 2012

40-Year-Old Cheese To Sell For $10 An Ounce

Originally published on Fri August 31, 2012 12:48 pm

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WAMC News
6:36 am
Fri August 31, 2012

NY State Police Seize Thousands of Marijuana Plants

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State police in a helicopter have spotted and seized what they say will end up being more than 6,000 marijuana plants growing in upstate New York's Washington County.

Using a helicopter earlier in the week, troopers spotted the pot and seized about 2,200 plants in the town of Kingsbury, 50 miles north of Albany. They went back on Thursday to get the rest and expect the total take will be more than 6,000 plants.

Typically, they say they spot a couple hundred plants at a time during aerial surveillance.

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Election 2012
5:08 am
Fri August 31, 2012

Mitt Romney Makes His Case For Change

Originally published on Fri August 31, 2012 12:48 pm

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

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And I'm David Greene. During his acceptance speech last night at the Republican convention, Mitt Romney told a story about his father. He said his father gave his mother a rose every day, and left it by the bed. She found out he had died on the day the rose did not appear.

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Business
4:44 am
Fri August 31, 2012

Buffett Donates More To His Children's Foundations

Originally published on Fri August 31, 2012 12:48 pm

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And our last word in business today is Happy Birthday.

Turns out when you're a billionaire investor you can celebrate any way you want. Warren Buffett turned 82 yesterday and his wish was to give away billions, so he did, in the form of millions of dollars worth of his company stock. All told, those shares will eventually be worth about $3 billion. That gift was divided between his three children's charitable foundations.

NPR's Sonari Glinton has more.

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Around the Nation
4:44 am
Fri August 31, 2012

Slow-Moving Isaac Waterlogs Parts of Louisiana

Originally published on Fri August 31, 2012 12:48 pm

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The remnants of Isaac have left Louisiana behind, but parts of the state will be rebuilding for a while. The storm brought extensive flooding to communities that had been largely spared during earlier hurricanes. NPR's Joel Rose rode along as Louisiana's governor toured one such town on the north shore of Lake Pontchartrain outside New Orleans.

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Election 2012
4:44 am
Fri August 31, 2012

GOP Uses Convention To Reach Out To Female Voters

Originally published on Fri August 31, 2012 12:48 pm

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OK. So the president is focused on young voters. At the Republican National Convention, Mitt Romney and his supporters were focused on women. Their effort is driven by the big deficit that Romney has had among women in poll matchups with the president. And that's why the GOP convention featured one high-profile female speaker after another. Here's NPR's Don Gonyea.

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National Security
4:44 am
Fri August 31, 2012

Pentagon: SEAL Author Violated Publication Agreement

Originally published on Fri August 31, 2012 12:48 pm

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

The Pentagon has sent a letter, warning author Mark Owen that he could be in trouble. Owen is the author of "No Easy Day," an account of the raid that killed Osama bin Laden by one of the Navy SEAL's who killed the al-Qaida leader. The Pentagon says Owen violated agreements to submit any publications for review. And joining us to discuss this, is NPR's Larry Abramson.

Larry, good morning.

LARRY ABRAMSON, BYLINE: Good morning, David. How are you?

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