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Afghanistan
4:33 am
Fri May 18, 2012

NATO Summit To Reaffirm Afghan Commitment

Originally published on Fri May 18, 2012 3:49 pm

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

All right. As protestors make their preparations outside, inside the NATO summit, there's an expectation that leaders will showcase a unified, long-term commitment to Afghanistan after the 2014 troop drawdown. The United States already signed a strategic security pact with Afghanistan, pledging support for that country until 2024. The Obama administration hopes to convince other countries at the summit to do the same, but as NPR's Jackie Northam reports, it could be a hard sell.

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Remembrances
4:19 am
Fri May 18, 2012

Queen Of Disco Donna Summer Dies Of Cancer At 63

Originally published on Fri May 18, 2012 3:49 pm

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Let's take a moment, now, to remember Donna Summer. She died of cancer yesterday at age 63.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

The Boston native, a 10-year-old soloist in her church choir, grew up to make music that defined the dance floor, the poolside, and the beach in the 1970s and '80s.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "BAD GIRLS")

DONNA SUMMER: (Singing) Bad girls, talking 'bout the sad girls. Sad girls, talking 'bout bad, bad girls, yeah.

GREENE: And she was known as the Queen of Disco.

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Law
4:03 am
Fri May 18, 2012

Evidence Sheds Light On Trayvon Martin Shooting

Originally published on Fri May 18, 2012 3:49 pm

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

This is MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. Good morning. I'm David Greene.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

And I'm Steve Inskeep.

Americans now have a little more information on which to base their debate about Trayvon Martin. The teenager's killing in Florida - where he was shot by a man named George Zimmerman - prompted an intense and politically charged national discussion about violence, about gun laws and about race.

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Election 2012
3:48 am
Fri May 18, 2012

Donation Gap Narrows Between Obama, Romney

Originally published on Fri May 18, 2012 3:49 pm

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Now let's talk about the money the campaigns themselves raise. All through the Republican primaries, President Obama's campaign raised far more money than Mitt Romney's campaign. But now the money gap is narrowing, as NPR's Peter Overby reports.

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Europe
3:48 am
Fri May 18, 2012

French President To Meet With Obama

Newly installed French President Francois Hollande and his partner, Valerie Trierweiler, leave the presidential Elysee Palace in Paris after a formal handover ceremony Tuesday.
Lionel Bonaventure AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri May 18, 2012 9:19 pm

Valerie Trierweiler is a journalist and a twice-divorced mother of three teenage boys. She never thought she'd also end up as the first lady of France.

Americans will get their first close-up look at the woman who now calls France's Elysee Palace home when she and her partner, President Francois Hollande, visit the White House this afternoon.

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Around the Nation
3:48 am
Fri May 18, 2012

Chicago Police Plan To Keep Their Cool During NATO Summit Protests

Originally published on Fri May 18, 2012 3:49 pm

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

It's MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. Good morning. I'm David Greene.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

And I'm Steve Inskeep.

More than 50 world leaders come to Chicago this weekend for a summit meeting of NATO, the North Atlantic Alliance. They will discuss, among other things, how to end the war in Afghanistan. They will talk in a city where anti-war protestors famously clashed with police outside the 1968 Democratic convention. In 2012, anti-war activists are making preparations. NPR's David Schaper reports.

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Business
3:48 am
Fri May 18, 2012

Hewlett-Packard Set To Layoff 30,000 People

Originally published on Fri May 18, 2012 3:49 pm

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

NPR's business news starts with layoffs at HP.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

INSKEEP: Technology giant Hewlett-Packard is poised to eliminate as many as 30,000 jobs worldwide. These cuts, though, will reportedly spare China - the company's largest source of growth, as well as its research and development divisions.

NPR's Wendy Kaufman reports.

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Business
3:48 am
Fri May 18, 2012

Did Bank's Culture Lead To JPMorgan's Big Loss?

Originally published on Fri May 18, 2012 3:49 pm

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

The head of JPMorgan Chase, Jamie Dimon, has gotten an invitation to testify in front of the Senate Banking Committee about his bank's recent trading loss of at least $2 billion.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Dimon is very much the public face of his firm. In a Wall Street culture where banks are defined as much by the executives who run them is by the assets they hold. So, what kind of culture led to the multibillion dollar losses at JPMorgan Chase?

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Asia
3:48 am
Fri May 18, 2012

Previewing New Series On Mineral-Rich Mongolia

Originally published on Fri May 18, 2012 3:49 pm

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Let's get a sneak preview, now, of a coming attraction.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "BELOVED OTTER-COLORED HORSE")

INSKEEP: Mongolia is the land of Genghis Khan and nomadic herders.

(SOUNDBITE OF SHEEP)

INSKEEP: And it's also now riding a mining boom.

(SOUNDBITE OF INDUSTRIAL CRASH AND HORNS)

INSKEEP: All next week, NPR's Frank Langfitt takes us to Mongolia where the rush to extract mineral resources is transforming a nomadic culture.

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Business
3:48 am
Fri May 18, 2012

The Last Word In Business

Originally published on Fri May 18, 2012 3:49 pm

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

And today's last word in business is: free flight - to somewhere less exotic than Nepal.

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