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Around the Nation
7:24 am
Tue July 15, 2014

Giant Snails Stopped From Entery The U.S. At LAX

Originally published on Tue July 15, 2014 7:53 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne. U.S. Custom inspectors at LA's international airport are trained to watch for anything fishy. But slimy? This month inspectors discovered dozens of live giant African snails. Each weighs about 2 pounds and measures nearly six inches. Packed in picnic baskets, the snails arrived from Nigeria where they're considered a delicacy. Here in California, though, they're considered an invasion - able to eat paint and 500 types of plants. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

Around the Nation
7:02 am
Tue July 15, 2014

Vegas Authorities Bust Up World Cup Betting Ring

Originally published on Tue July 15, 2014 7:53 am

The illegal gambling operation is accused of taking millions of dollars in bets on FIFA World Cup soccer games.

Around the Nation
6:55 am
Tue July 15, 2014

Colorful Politician Buddy Cianci Wants To Be Providence Mayor...Again

Former Providence Mayor Buddy Cianci speaks with reporters moments after announcing he will again run for mayor. Cianci, who made the announcement June 24 on WPRO-AM, was mayor for 21 years - longer than anyone else.
Steven Senne AP

Originally published on Tue July 15, 2014 6:35 pm

Buddy Cianci, the man known as Rhode Island's "Rascal King," is attempting another political comeback.

The 73-year-old Cianci served over two decades as mayor of Providence – though his time in office was split up by a felony conviction for assault, another for corruption, and time in federal prison.

Now he wants the people of Providence to elect him as mayor once again.

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Middle East
6:20 am
Tue July 15, 2014

Hamas Has Yet To Agree To Cease-Fire Proposal

Originally published on Tue July 15, 2014 7:53 am

Steve Inskeep talks to Ehab El-Ghussain, deputy information minister for the Palestinian government.

Environment
5:37 am
Tue July 15, 2014

Underwater Meadows Might Serve As Antacid For Acid Seas

UC Santa Barbara's Jay Lunden and Andrew Brinkman, a summer intern for NOAA, prepare to deploy an instrument that measures temperature and salinity throughout the water column, and collects water samples.
Umihiko Hoshijima UCSB

Originally published on Tue July 15, 2014 12:45 pm

The world's oceans are changing — chemically changing. As people put more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, the oceans absorb more of it, and that's making the water more acidic.

The effects are subtle in most places, but scientists say that if this continues, it could be a disaster for marine life.

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Middle East
5:21 am
Tue July 15, 2014

Air Raid Sirens Keep Israelis On High Alert

Originally published on Tue July 15, 2014 7:53 am

Steve Inskeep talks to Israeli author Etgar Keret about tensions on the streets of Tel Aviv during the current violence with Hamas, and what the difference is between peace and compromise.

NPR Story
5:18 am
Tue July 15, 2014

Employees Criticize CIA Cafeteria, FOI Request Reveals

Originally published on Tue July 15, 2014 7:53 am

The news website MuckRock published complaints about the CIA cafeteria which came from a 2010 Freedom of Information Act request. Spies prefer individual ketchup packets to pump dispensers.

Business
12:34 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Citigroup Settles Subprime Mortgage Case For $7 Billion

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Citigroup has agreed to settle allegations that it defrauded investors in the years leading up to the financial crisis. The settlement requires Citigroup to pay $7 billion. Two and a half billion will go toward mortgage relief for homeowners. Now, this settlement involves mortgage-backed securities the bank packaged and sold to investors, and it was announced this morning by U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder. We're going to talk this through with NPR's Jim Zarroli who's on the line. Jim, good morning.

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Business
8:22 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Citigroup Agrees To Settlement Over Risky Mortgages

Originally published on Mon July 14, 2014 12:34 pm

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Asia
7:51 am
Mon July 14, 2014

McDonald's Is A Popular Wedding Destination In Hong Kong

Originally published on Mon July 14, 2014 12:34 pm

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne.

You know, nothing says happily ever after like a big Mac - at least in Hong Kong. Their McDonald's has become a popular wedding destination. It's fast food venues now offer wedding packages. The Deluxe includes a pair of balloon wedding rings, and a crystal McDonald's house.

It seems the young couples have fond memories of first dates of Hong Kong McDonald's, where true love blossomed under golden arches.

It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

Around the Nation
7:12 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary Hosts Underwater Concert

Originally published on Mon July 14, 2014 12:34 pm

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep. Hundreds of people attended an underwater concert on Saturday. It happened at the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. Four hours of music were piped through underwater speakers as we're hearing now - songs from "Flipper" and "the Little Mermaid" were played, it is said, to entertain diverse, snorkelers and marine life. No word if any dolphins asked for the music to be turned down or if they requested music from "Moby Dick" or "Jaws." It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

NPR Story
5:06 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Firemen's Ball Ushers In France's Bastille Day

Originally published on Mon July 14, 2014 12:34 pm

On this day in 1789, crowds stormed the Bastille prison, where the king kept his enemies. The monarchy was overthrown in a revolution.

NPR Story
5:06 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Israel's U.S. Ambassador: We're Fighting In Surgical Fashion

Originally published on Mon July 14, 2014 12:34 pm

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

We're hearing many voices about the latest conflict this week. Ron Dermer, Israel's ambassador to the United States is next. He's on the line. Ambassador, welcome back to the program.

RON DERMER: Thank you for having me again.

INSKEEP: OK. So the tactics here seem pretty clear. Hamas is shooting from Gaza into Israel. So Israel is shooting into Gaza. But can you take us a little farther than that, Ambassador, into the long-term - into strategy? What strategic gain is Israel making by its moves in the last several days?

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NPR Story
5:06 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Gaza Conflict Enters 7th Day, Israel Downs Drone

Originally published on Mon July 14, 2014 12:34 pm

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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. Israel says, it shot down a drone this morning near one of it's coastal cities, about 20 miles north of Gaza. The armed wing of Hamas is claiming the drone, saying it's the first time it's sent an unmanned aircraft into Israel.

For more on the week-long conflict between Israel and militants in the Gaza Strip, we turn now to NPR's Emily Harris who is in Gaza City. Good morning.

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NPR Story
5:06 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Italian Workers Try To Refloat Capsized Costa Concordia

Originally published on Mon July 14, 2014 12:34 pm

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

The most complicated part of the largest maritime salvage in history gets underway in Italy today. It's the re-floating of the 1,000 foot long wreck of the Costa Concordia - a luxury liner capsized in 2012.

NPR's Sylvia Poggioli joins us on the line from an island off the Tuscan coast.

Hi, Sylvia.

SYLVIA POGGIOLI, BYLINE: Hi, Steve.

INSKEEP: So, what have you seen?

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