7:57am

Fri April 26, 2013
The Two-Way

Economy Picked Up In First Quarter: Grew At 2.5 Percent Pace

Originally published on Sat April 27, 2013 12:20 pm

Shoppers came out in the first quarter, pushing up economic growth.
Robyn Beck AFP/Getty Images

The U.S. economy grew at a 2.5 percent annual rate in the first quarter of 2013, the Bureau of Economic Analysis estimated Friday morning.

That's modest growth, and was below the 3.2 percent pace economists had expected to hear about. But growth was up substantially from fourth-quarter 2012, when the economy expanded at a scant 0.4 percent annual rate.

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7:45am

Fri April 26, 2013
Arts

Seventeenth Annual Murfreesboro JazzFest

Credit jazzfestmainstreet.com

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Murfreesboro’s annual Main Street Jazz Fest is fast approaching.

This is the festival’s 17th year and it will kick off Friday evening, May 3 on Murfreesboro’s historic downtown square. On Saturday there will be acts performing on two stages with WMOT’s Greg Lee hosting the main stage.

Main Street Murfreesboro Director Kathleen Herzog says JazzFest features local talent Friday afternoon and evening with no less than 9 Rutherford County student jazz bands performing.

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6:53am

Fri April 26, 2013
The Two-Way

Dozens Dead After Fire In Russian Psychiatric Hospital

Firefighters battling the blaze at a psychiatric hospital north of Moscow early Friday.
Jiang Kehong Xinhua /Landov

An estimated 38 people died early Friday at a psychiatric hospital north of Moscow when a fire swept through the facility.

The state news agency RIA Novosti says it has been told by a "police source" that most of the victims "died in their sleep [from] inhaling the fumes as they were likely sedated by prescribed medicine."

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6:18am

Fri April 26, 2013
The Two-Way

Book News: DeLillo Wins First Library Of Congress Fiction Prize

Don DeLillo at the 2012 Carl Sandburg Literary Awards dinner in Chicago.
Timothy Hiatt Getty Images

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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6:00am

Fri April 26, 2013
The Two-Way

Boston Bombing Suspect Moved To Prison Medical Center

Originally published on Fri April 26, 2013 10:52 am

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, in an undated photo released by the FBI.
FBI.gov

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the surviving suspect in the April 15 Boston Marathon bombings and the crimes that followed, has been moved out of Boston's Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center "and is now confined at the Bureau of Prisons facility FMC Devens at Ft. Devens, Mass.," U.S. Marshals Service spokesman Drew Wade said in a statement emailed to reporters Friday morning.

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3:33am

Fri April 26, 2013
The Salt

VIDEO: The NPR Virtual Coffeehouse

Originally published on Thu January 9, 2014 2:47 pm

Courtesy Kazuki Yamamoto

All this week on The Salt and on Morning Edition, we've been exploring the stories behind your ritual cup of joe. On Friday afternoon, we held an NPR virtual coffeehouse to discuss. You can watch archived video of the first of what we hope will be a series of Google+ Hangouts with the NPR food team. Our goal is to get you involved.

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2:03am

Fri April 26, 2013
Space

Can You Hear Me Now? Cellphone Satellites Phone Home

Originally published on Fri April 26, 2013 5:59 pm

Three PhoneSats, like the one seen here during a high-altitude balloon test, were launched into space on Sunday. The slightly modified cellphone satellites cost a few thousand dollars in parts.
NASA Ames Research Center

Smartphones can check e-mail, record videos and even stream NPR. Now NASA has discovered they make pretty decent satellites, too. Three smart phones launched into space this past Sunday are orbiting above us even now, transmitting data and images back to Earth. The PhoneSats, which cost just a few thousand dollars each, could usher in big changes for the satellite industry.

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2:02am

Fri April 26, 2013
Planet Money

The Lollipop War

Originally published on Fri April 26, 2013 5:59 pm

Spangler Candy via Flickr

I recently got a tour of the Spangler Candy Co., a family-owned firm in Bryan, Ohio. The company makes 10 million Dum Dums lollipops there every day, and it has a whole separate building where it stores the sugar — enough to fill eight Olympic-size swimming pools.

The CEO, Kirk Vashaw, says he wants to expand the factory and make even more candy there. There's just one thing he needs.

"Let us buy sugar on the free market," he says.

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2:00am

Fri April 26, 2013
Shots - Health News

A $5.5 Billion Road Map To Banish Polio Forever

Originally published on Fri April 26, 2013 5:59 pm

A health worker marks a baby's finger after giving her a polio vaccine in Moradabad, India.
Michaeleen Doucleff NPR

Polio isn't going easily into the dustbin of history.

The world needs to push it in, throw down the lid and then keep an eye out to make sure it doesn't escape.

That's the gist of a new plan released Thursday by the World Health Organization and other foundations at a vaccine meeting in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

It's a six-year, $5.5 billion program, and its goal is to wipe out polio for good.

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1:57am

Fri April 26, 2013
The Salt

Exploring Coffee's Past To Rescue Its Future

Originally published on Thu January 9, 2014 2:47 pm

Eduardo Somarriba is a researcher at the Center for Tropical Agricultural Research and Education in Turrialba, Costa Rica.
Dan Charles NPR

At the Center for Tropical Agricultural Research and Education (CATIE) in Turrialba, Costa Rica, you can touch the history of coffee — and also, if the optimists have their way, part of its future.

Here, spread across 25 acres, are coffee trees that take you back to coffee's origins.

"The story starts in Africa, no? East Africa," says Eduardo Somarriba, a researcher at CATIE, as we walk through long rows of small coffee trees.

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