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Around the Nation
6:00 am
Thu December 29, 2011

Great Day In South Carolina? Depends Who You Ask

Under orders from GOP Gov. Nikki Haley, state employees must answer the phone saying: "It's a great day in South Carolina." Two Democratic legislators want to ban the cheery mandate. They say no sunny hellos as long as unemployment is more than 5 percent in the state.

Around the Nation
5:52 am
Thu December 29, 2011

With No Day Job To Quit, Specter Turns To Standup

Former U.S. Senator Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania performed at a Philadelhia comedy club Tuesday night. He joked he'd already been in comedy for 30 years. But he added in politics, it's sit-down comedy rather than standup.

Iraq
5:40 am
Thu December 29, 2011

Iraqi Journalist Reflects On 8 Years Of War

At NPR's Baghdad bureau, Isra' al Rubei'i has long worked as a reporter and translator. She submitted this short piece of fiction about a man standing before a judge — a character, who she says represents the Iraqi experience.

News
5:00 am
Thu December 29, 2011

R. Allen Appeal Rejected

R. Allen Stanford’s appeal for a postponement of his trial has been rejected by a federal judge.

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5:00 am
Thu December 29, 2011

Crash Kills Two, Injures Two

A pickup that crashed into a mobile home in Parker County has killed two people and injured two more. The accident occurred just after midnight this morning in Springtown, about 30 miles northwest from Fort Worth. The occupants of the mobile home were uninjured, but two of the occupants were killed immediately and two others were hospitalized.

News
5:00 am
Thu December 29, 2011

Cold Temperatures Bring NFPA Reminder

The temperature in North Texas is expected to remain above normal for 2011, but 2012 will be ushered in with another cold front; and with that cold front comes a reminder from the National Fire Protection Association.

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News
5:00 am
Thu December 29, 2011

Pearl Harbor Survivor Dies at 91

One of only 15 men to survive the 1941 attack on the USS Arizona at Pearl Harbor has died at a Texas hospice.

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News
5:00 am
Thu December 29, 2011

More Christmas Shooting Coverage

The man who killed six family members and himself tried to stage the scene, according to authorities.

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News
5:00 am
Thu December 29, 2011

State Reaches Settlement in Medicaid Case

Texas has reached an $84 million settlement with a prescription drug maker convicted of inflating drug prices to the Medicaid program.

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News
5:00 am
Thu December 29, 2011

Dry Year for Greenville

2011 has been one of the driest years ever for the City of Greenville.

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