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5:56 am
Mon May 12, 2014

Separatists Vote To Split From Ukraine; Russia 'Respects' Decision

In the eastern Ukrainian city of Lugansk, the "chairman of the Central Election Commission" Alexander Malykhin shows a document with the results of a referendum outside the regional state administration building Monday. He said voters had chosen to leave Ukraine.
Dimitar Dilkoff AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon May 12, 2014 5:01 pm

A referendum on independence from Ukraine shows strong support for secession, according to separatist leaders in the districts where Sunday's vote was held. Kiev and Western governments say the vote is illegitimate.

Russia, which has been accused of orchestrating the unrest in eastern Ukraine, says it "respects the expression of will of the population of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions." But the Kremlin's statement also called for dialogue with Kiev, not violence.

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Asia
5:21 am
Mon May 12, 2014

Kenny G. Closes Up Shops In China

Originally published on Mon May 12, 2014 6:04 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep with a song stuck in China's collective head. "Going Home" by Kenny G. It was an American hit in the 80s and the New York Times reports it has spread all over China. It's played at stores and markets all over the country to signal when closing time is near. Shopkeepers themselves aren't sure why. Maybe it's a signal to leave. Maybe it just makes people want to go.

It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

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5:21 am
Mon May 12, 2014

Boston Signs Remind Motorists To Use Their Turn Signals

Originally published on Mon May 12, 2014 6:04 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep with another Massachusetts traffic report.

Last week, we told you driver was caught in the carpool lane with a mannequin as a passenger. Now we have a Boston traffic warning. Electronic signs with traffic information now saying: USE YAH BLINKAH. It's spelled that way, B-L-I-N-K-A-H, its Bahston. And last year, Boston cops caught almost 5,000 turn signal violations. Just a remindah to the drivahs to signal when tahning the cah.

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The Two-Way
5:13 am
Mon May 12, 2014

Boko Haram Says Video Shows Missing Nigerian Girls

A still image taken from a video that the extremist group Boko Haram says is of more than 100 girls who were abducted from a Nigerian school last month.
AFP/YouTube

Originally published on Mon May 12, 2014 6:08 pm

The group that took more than 200 girls from a Nigerian school last month released what it says is a video of the girls, along with demands that the government release militants from prison. The group's leader, Abubakar Shekau, says the video shows around 130 of the girls.

In the undated video released Monday, a crowd of girls is seen outdoors, arranged as if for a class photo. They are wearing the full-length hijab; some portions of the footage show them praying.

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NPR Story
3:06 am
Mon May 12, 2014

Mormon Bishop Highlights Health Coverage Gap Among Utah's Poor

Originally published on Mon May 12, 2014 1:06 pm

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Many republican governors have taken a stand against Obamacare by refusing to expand Medicaid. Utah, which is one of the most republican states in the nation, remains undecided. But in a state where the majority of the population are Mormons, one bishop from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints says helping the poor is a moral obligation. Andrea Smardon from member station KUER in Salt Lake City has more.

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NPR Story
3:06 am
Mon May 12, 2014

Glass, A New Digital Site, To Obsess On TV And Video

Originally published on Mon May 12, 2014 6:04 am

Senior editor Zach Seward and the all digital publication Quartz are launching a smaller site called Glass. It may offer hints about ways reporters will share information in the future.

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3:06 am
Mon May 12, 2014

Crackdown In Egypt Scares Off Presidential Candidates

Originally published on Mon May 12, 2014 6:04 am

There are only two candidates. The man likely to win is Abdel Fattah el Sisi, who led the ouster of Islamist President Mohamed Morsi. The candidate willing to go up against him is Hamdeen Sabahi.

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3:06 am
Mon May 12, 2014

Politics In The News: Kidnapped Nigerian School Girls

Originally published on Mon May 12, 2014 6:04 am

A bipartisan group of female senators got the Senate to pass a resolution condemning the abductions. And Michelle Obama gave the issue additional support in her first solo White House radio address.

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3:06 am
Mon May 12, 2014

Top Suppliers Rate Dealing With Auto Producers

Originally published on Mon May 12, 2014 6:04 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

NPR's business news begins with more failing grades for GM.

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INSKEEP: A new survey of the auto industry's top suppliers ranked General Motors as the worst major automaker to deal with. Ouch. The survey conducted by an automotive consultant group Planned Perspectives asked suppliers to rank their relationships with the six biggest auto producers in the United States.

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The Two-Way
3:03 am
Mon May 12, 2014

Rocket Wars: Will A Suit By SpaceX Get Off The Ground?

Atlas V (left); Falcon 9 (right)
ULA; SpaceX

Originally published on Tue May 13, 2014 8:01 am

The two rockets pictured above may look the same, and in many ways they are: Both are launched pointy-end up, and both can carry a satellite into orbit.

But the rocket on the left, known as an Atlas V, costs between $100 million and $300 million more to launch (depending on whom you ask) than the one on the right, the Falcon 9.

So why has the U.S. Air Force just signed a contract to buy dozens of rockets like the Atlas V from a single supplier?

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