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10:14 am
Fri December 7, 2012

Nurse Who Transferred Prank Call About Pregnant Kate Middleton Is Found Dead

Two Police Officers stand guard in the early morning at the King Edward VII Private Hospital in London, England.
Chris Jackson Getty Images

Originally published on Fri December 7, 2012 2:11 pm

A prank call by two Australian DJs pretending to be Queen Elizabeth has ended in tragedy this morning: The nurse who transferred the call that led to the divulging of information about a pregnant Kate Middleton was found dead in an apartment today.

The Guardian reports that the woman, Jacintha Saldanha, worked at the King Edward VII hospital, where Middleton was admitted, suffering from severe morning sickness.

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Deceptive Cadence
10:12 am
Fri December 7, 2012

Classical Crib Sheet: Top 5 Stories This Week

Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony, whose recording of music by John Adams made our Top 10 of 2012.
Bill Swerbenski courtesy of the artists

Originally published on Fri December 7, 2012 1:50 pm

  • We've made a list, checked it way more than twice — and now it's your turn. Take a look at our list of top 10 classical releases of 2012.
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The Two-Way
9:45 am
Fri December 7, 2012

PHOTO: Obama Receives Concession Call From Mitt Romney

President Barack Obama talks on the phone with former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney in the Presidential Suite at the Fairmont Chicago Millennium Park.
Pete Souza The White House

Originally published on Fri December 7, 2012 11:19 am

The White House just released a picture by Pete Souza that shows President Obama taking a concession call from Gov. Mitt Romney on election day.

It shows Obama taking the call on a cellphone from the Presidential Suite at the Fairmont Chicago Millennium Park.

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Economy
9:43 am
Fri December 7, 2012

Why A 'Fiscal Cliff' Failure Could Help The Economy

If President Obama and Congress fail to reach a deal on tax and spending changes, the nation would feel a lot of fiscal pain. But it also may benefit from the long-term fiscal restraint that would come from keeping tax hikes and spending cuts in place.
Getty Creative Images

Originally published on Fri December 7, 2012 11:11 am

It wouldn't be the worst thing that could happen to the country.

If President Obama and Congress can't come to agreement on new tax and spending policies by the end of year, the U.S. could slip into recession, defense and domestic programs will see damaging cuts, and the American people may become convinced that Washington can't govern the nation.

On the other hand, the lack of a deal would do a lot to help erase the federal deficit.

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The Fresh Air Interview
9:42 am
Fri December 7, 2012

Celebrating The Life Of Jazz Pianist Dave Brubeck

In a 1999 interview with Fresh Air's Terry Gross, Dave Brubeck talked about his decades in the music industry and his first love: rodeo roping.
Stephen Lovekin Getty Images

Originally published on Fri December 7, 2012 12:28 pm

This interview was originally broadcast in 1999. Brubeck died on Wednesday at age 91.

In 1954, polls in the leading jazz magazines Metronome and Downbeat selected Dave Brubeck's band as the year's best instrumental group. That same year, Brubeck was the second jazz musician ever featured on the cover of Time Magazine (the first being Louie Armstrong).

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The Two-Way
9:14 am
Fri December 7, 2012

Three 'Should Read Stories' About The Fiscal Cliff

Speaker of the House John Boehner listens as President Obama speaks during a meeting with bipartisan group of congressional leaders in November.
Pool Getty Images

Originally published on Fri December 7, 2012 10:17 am

The bottom line on the fiscal cliff negotiations on Capitol Hill is that things seem far from resolved. As Politico put it, the last we heard is that White House congressional liaison Rob Nabors went to Capitol Hill to tell lawmakers that President Obama is not budging.

If Congress does not come to an agreement, the country is facing steep spending cuts and tax hikes that economist warn could send the economy back into recession.

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The Two-Way
8:43 am
Fri December 7, 2012

Hamas Leader Khaled Meshal Returns To Gaza Strip After 45-Year Exile

The exiled Hamas chief Khaled Mashaal shakes hands with supporters upon his arrival at Rafah crossing in the southern Gaza Strip.
Suhaib Salem AP

Originally published on Fri December 14, 2012 8:14 am

For the first time since his exile in 1967, the leader of Hamas, Khaled Meshal, returned to the Gaza Strip today. He arrived through the border with Egypt, kissing the ground in celebration and as NPR's Philip Reeves reports, Meshal received a hero's welcome as well as military one.

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The Two-Way
7:49 am
Fri December 7, 2012

Unemployment Rate Drops To 7.7 Percent, As Economy Adds 146,000 Jobs

Originally published on Fri December 7, 2012 10:44 am

The unemployment rate dropped to 7.7 percent in November, the Bureau of Labor Statistics says. That's a four-year low.

The economy added 146,000 jobs, beating expectations. Surprisingly the BLS said that Hurricane Sandy "did not substantively impact the national employment and unemployment estimates for November."

The BLS adds that employment increased "in retail trade, professional and business services, and health care."

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Best Music Of 2012
7:03 am
Fri December 7, 2012

Top 10 Folk & Americana Albums Of 2012

The Stray Birds released one of the finest debuts of the year.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sat December 29, 2012 8:31 am

More than any year in recent memory, the folk and roots music of 2012 was focused on collective roots, elements of ancestry, the stories and events which unite us. The finest traditional albums released paid homage to Nova Scotia and Appalachia. The strongest singer-songwriter records told of the hard struggles of working class people — stories which haven't changed drastically from generation to generation, but continue to be provide hope and promise.

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The Two-Way
7:03 am
Fri December 7, 2012

Strong Earthquake Strikes Japan, Triggering Small Tsunami

A 7.3-magnitude earthquake stuck the Japanese coast that was battered by 2011's 9.0-magnitude earthquake that triggered a devastating tsunami.

According to NHK, the state broadcaster, the tremor was felt from the coast all the way inland to Tokyo and at least 10 people were injured.

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