Around the Nation
3:48 am
Fri July 20, 2012

Witness Recalls Colo. Shooting Nightmare

Originally published on Fri July 20, 2012 11:42 am

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This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

And I'm Steve Inskeep.

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Around the Nation
3:27 am
Fri July 20, 2012

Gunman Opens Fire During 'Batman' Movie

Originally published on Fri July 20, 2012 11:42 am

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It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep. Good morning. We are continuing to follow news of a shooting today in Aurora, Colorado. There, according to Police Chief Dan Oates, 14 people have been killed, approximately 50 wounded, when a gunman opened fire inside a multiplex where the new Batman film was playing.

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Around the Nation
3:27 am
Fri July 20, 2012

14 Dead In Auro, Colo., Theater Shooting

Originally published on Fri July 20, 2012 11:42 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

And we're gonna return now to the breaking news this morning. Fourteen people are dead after a shooting at a movie theater in a suburb of Denver. There were several dozen more hurt. The shooting occurred during a showing of the latest Batman move, "The Dark Night Rises." We're gonna now to Ben Markus, who's with Colorado Public Radio, and he is on the scene in Aurora. Good morning.

BEN MARKUS, BYLINE: Good morning, Renee.

MONTAGNE: So bring us up to date on what we know happened, please.

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KNAU and Arizona News
3:00 am
Fri July 20, 2012

Lowell commemorates new telescope with Neil Armstrong at first-light gala

On July 21, 1969, NASA astronaut Neil Armstrong became the first person to walk on the moon.
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Lowell Observatory will commission its newest, largest and most advanced telescope Saturday.

And a special guest at the telescope’s gala celebration will be astronaut Neil Armstrong, the first person to walk on the moon.

Lowell astronomers hope the new telescope will spark the scientific imaginations of a new generation, just as Armstrong’s moonwalk did 43 years ago.

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Business
2:39 am
Fri July 20, 2012

GM Retirees Face Crucial Pension Deadline

Originally published on Fri July 20, 2012 11:42 am

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You've got to escape from your Escape.

Now, today is an important day for more than 40,000 salaried retirees of General Motors. They're facing a major financial decision. This evening marks the deadline for accepting a pension buyout.

Michigan Radio's Tracy Samilton explains.

TRACY SAMILTON, BYLINE: The GM retirees have two choices: either take a lump-sum payment - which can range from 400,000 to $800,000 - or their pensions will be shifted from GM's books to the private insurance company Prudential.

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Middle East
1:39 am
Fri July 20, 2012

Syrian Fighting Spreads Across Damascus

Originally published on Fri July 20, 2012 12:41 pm

A gunman opened fire early Friday at a movie theater in a Denver suburb, killing at least 12 people and leaving dozens more injured, Aurora Police Chief Dan Oates said. Steve Inskeep talks to Chayyiel Jackson about the shooting.

Business
1:39 am
Fri July 20, 2012

The Last Word In Business

Originally published on Fri July 20, 2012 11:42 am

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And today's last word in business is: Sylvia - Sylvia Woods, the name behind soul food haven Sylvia's.

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

It's a restaurant, and for many, it's much more. The Harlem institution has been around for half a century, but it will never be the same because yesterday, Sylvia Woods died at the age of 86, on the same day New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg was due to celebrate her legacy.

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Business
1:39 am
Fri July 20, 2012

Business News

Originally published on Fri July 20, 2012 11:42 am

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NPR's business news starts with a recall from Ford.

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MONTAGNE: A recall from Ford Motor Company comes with a strong and unusual message. If you own a certain 2013 model of the Ford Escape, the company says stop driving it. Ford issued this warning yesterday and said dealers will come pick up the SUVs from owners and drop off a loaner car.

Around the Nation
1:39 am
Fri July 20, 2012

Drought Affects Large Swaths Of U.S.

Originally published on Fri July 20, 2012 11:42 am

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Colorado has been at the center of another devastating story in recent days -the worst wildfires in its history. Those fires are just one consequence of record heat in a drought that has spread across the Rockies and the Midwest. Local news is filled with pictures of farmers gripping shriveled ears of corn and boats marooned in empty reservoirs. It's a drought that will go down in history, much like that of the Dust Bowl in the 1930s, and another in the 1950s that hit the central plains and the Southwest.

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Middle East
1:39 am
Fri July 20, 2012

An Update On the Syrian Free Army

Originally published on Fri July 20, 2012 11:42 am

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In other news this morning, the Free Syrian Army has claimed responsibility for the bombing attack in Damascus earlier this week. To learn more about the group, we reached Amr al Azm. He's a Syrian activist and professor of history at Shawnee State University.

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Who is the Free Syrian Army exactly?

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