Business
4:11 am
Tue September 10, 2013

Verizon Creates Shock Waves With Planned Debt Sale

Originally published on Tue September 10, 2013 6:08 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

NPR's business news begins with some excitement in the bond market.

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INSKEEP: You want to buy something, you may have to borrow. Verizon is creating shock waves with a planned sale of debt. This telecommunications giant is expected to try to raise $20 billion or more tomorrow in what would be the largest sale of its kind. Those bonds would help fund the company's buyout of Vodafone, which owns nearly half Verizon's wireless division. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

Business
4:11 am
Tue September 10, 2013

Neiman Marcus Sells For $6 Billion

Originally published on Tue September 10, 2013 6:08 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

And we reported yesterday that Neiman Marcus was in the final stages of closing a big deal. Now the deal is done. The upscale retailer has just made its biggest sale ever - itself. The price: $6 billion. The buyers - the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board and a U.S. private equity group.

NPR's Wendy Kaufman reports.

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Business
4:11 am
Tue September 10, 2013

Delta Airlines Woos Ultra Frequent Fliers

Originally published on Tue September 10, 2013 6:08 am

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Delta is trying new ways to cater to the business travelers who make up the heart of the airline business.

Susanna Capelouto reports from Atlanta.

SUSANNA CAPELOUTO, BYLINE: It's a mess at Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. Some flights are delayed, passengers are anxious. But Delta concierge Vangie Potter is in her element.

VANGIE POTTER: We're trying to track down Mr. Greenberg. He's going to LaGuardia. He has about 15 minutes to make it, two concourses over.

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Business
4:11 am
Tue September 10, 2013

Remembering Car Salesman Cal Worthington

Originally published on Wed September 11, 2013 7:43 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

And for today's last word in business, let's take a moment to remember one of the nation's most colorful car salesmen. Cal Worthington built an empire from West Coast car dealerships, and became a TV fixture thanks to his ads, which began running in the 1970s.

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UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN: Here's Cal Worthington and his dog, Spot.

UNIDENTIFIED GROUP: (Singing) If you need a better car, go to Cal. For the better deal by car, go to Cal...

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Around the Nation
4:11 am
Tue September 10, 2013

New York's Gun Control Law Gets Even More Controversial

Originally published on Tue September 10, 2013 6:08 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

The shooting last year at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut just before Christmas and leaving little children dead looked for a moment like it would change gun laws. It didn't, expect in a couple of places. New York was one. That state quickly passed one of the toughest gun control laws in the nation, but it was hugely controversial, especially in rural parts of the state.

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Politics
4:11 am
Tue September 10, 2013

Tea Party Won't Let Congress Forget Obamacare Issues

Originally published on Tue September 10, 2013 6:08 am

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

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

And I'm Renee Montagne. Congress did not expect to spend September debating Syria. Many Republicans, instead, were planning battles over the budget and over the healthcare law that's about to take affect. Tea Party activists are going ahead with meetings on their issues. One event comes in Washington D.C. today. NPR's Don Gonyea has been talking with activists.

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Middle East
4:11 am
Tue September 10, 2013

Russia Proposes Solution To Syria's Chemical Weapons

Originally published on Tue September 10, 2013 6:08 am

Russia seized on an idea voiced by Secretary of State John Kerry and urged Syria to put its chemical weapons under international control. Russia's state-run news agency said Syria welcomed the proposal.

Middle East
4:11 am
Tue September 10, 2013

Obama Prepares For Speech On Syria

Originally published on Tue September 10, 2013 6:08 am

On Tuesday night, President Obama will address the nation — asking for support of his plan to punish the Syrian regime for a chemical weapons attack near Damascus last month. The president must deal with widespread skepticism about his plan.

Middle East
4:11 am
Tue September 10, 2013

Syrian Refugees Voice Opinions On Airstrike Debate

Originally published on Wed September 11, 2013 1:56 pm

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Nobody has a bigger stake in this debate than the people of Syria. Their civil war has killed more than 100,000 people. Millions are refugees inside and outside their country.

NPR's Rima Marrouch has been talking with Syrians inside and outside of the country. And she's on the line from Beirut. Hi, Rima.

RIMA MARROUCH, BYLINE: Hello.

INSKEEP: How closely are refugees following all this?

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Asia
4:11 am
Tue September 10, 2013

India Court Convicts 4 Men In Fatal Gang Rape

Originally published on Tue September 10, 2013 6:08 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

A judge in New Delhi has just delivered his guilty verdict for four men who raped and murdered a young woman on a city bus back in December. It was one of the most high profile cases in Indian history. The horrific crime stirred a national debate over the country's lax prosecution of crimes against women and became an international issue as well. We talk to NPR's Julie McCarthy who was at the courthouse. Good morning.

JULIE MCCARTHY, BYLINE: Good morning, Renee.

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