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Vermont became an unexpected casualty of Hurricane Irene. The storm dropped up to seven inches of rain Sunday — flooding streams and sending rivers crashing over their banks. In the state highway system alone, 12 bridges were washed out.

Residents along the New Jersey Shore were expecting the worst from Hurricane Irene. Many there boarded up windows and put sand bags around front doors. But the region was spared all but minor damage.

Major storms like Hurricane Irene often bring with them political consequences. Over the last few days, politicians from the president on down to local mayors, have been showing up on the airwaves.

Business News

Aug 29, 2011

Japan's finance minister moves to the prime minister's office after the country's ruling party voted him in Monday. Yoshihiko Noda is known as a fiscal hawk. Noda will be Japan's sixth prime minister in only five years.

Hurricane Irene destroyed houses, flooded cities and caused billions of dollars of damage. But the destruction was less than expected because Irene turned out to be less powerful than forecasters predicted.

The Last Word In Business

Aug 29, 2011

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DAVID GREENE, host:

Our last word in business today is tempest in a teapot. I know it's a cliche, but there is really no other way to describe the storm brewing over a change that the British tea maker Twinings made to its Earl Grey recipe in the UK. The distinctive flavor of Earl Grey comes from bergamot oil. Bergamot is a kind of orange, and Twinings recently jazzed up the 180-year-old recipe with some extra citrus flavor.

STEVE INSKEEP, host:

In Libya, the tide has turned against Moammar Gadhafi and his supporters. And that has left an uncomfortable question for the new rebel authority: What to do with his loyalists and supporters?

Are dogs racist? Why is TV the best roommate you'll ever have? Those are some of the questions comedian Wyatt Cenac addresses in his new DVD and CD of stand-up comedy, Wyatt Cenac: Comedy Person.

Cenac is best known for his work on Comedy Central's The Daily Show, where he goes out into the field to interview real people — and then makes them look ridiculous. In one recent story, he reported on the growing threat of importing oil from dangerous regimes — like Canada.

No Big Rescue Plans From Fed Chief Bernanke

Aug 26, 2011

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RENEE MONTAGNE, host:

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

DAVID GREENE, host:

And I'm David Greene.

Nervous investors - and these days that's most investors - were all ears this morning as Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke delivered a speech in Wyoming. The investors were listening for any clues about additional steps the Fed might take to shore up the sagging economy. Bernanke did not outline any big rescue plans, but he did say the Fed has tools it can use if necessary.

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DAVID GREENE, host:

That is part of the reason the government is urging people to begin now taking this storm very seriously.

Craig Fugate heads the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and he joins us on the line from Washington, D.C.

Good morning.

Mr. CRAIG FUGATE (Administrator, FEMA): Good morning.

Real Clowns Steal Fake Jewelry

Aug 26, 2011

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DAVID GREENE, host:

Good morning, I'm David Greene. Two clowns walked into a Colorado jewelry store this week, guns blazing. The men wore white face paint, black lipstick and wigs. They pointed guns at employees and forced the owner to unlock his jewelry cases. The clown duo made off with the loot. But the joke was on them, Sonny's Rocks Jewelry Store in Denver does not display real jewelry. The display cases are full of fake gold and platinum, which is exactly what ended up in the clown's garbage bags.

Shooting Rampage Case May be On Hold

Apr 11, 2011

 

The military judge presiding over the 2009 Fort Hood shooting rampage is considering whether to delay the trial.

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