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Around the Nation
5:27 am
Fri July 20, 2012

Moviegoers Shot At Suburan Denver Theater

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

At least 12 people were killed in Aurora, Colo., when a gunman walked into a theater showing the new Batman movie. One witness saw an explosion at the bottom of the theater near the screen.

Around the Nation
5:01 am
Fri July 20, 2012

Gay Pride Marchers In San Diego To Make History

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

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Around the Nation
4:55 am
Fri July 20, 2012

1,600 Turtles Escape From Georgia Farm

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

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Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep, with news of a gradual escape. More than 2,000 turtles were in captivity at a northwest Georgia farm. The owner sells them as pets, or to the Chinese market. Turtles are not known for their speed, but somehow 1,600 of them got away. The farmer suspects vandals tore down the fences around his farm. Turtles known as snappers, eastern paints and yellow belly sliders made their way to nearby waterways and freedom - slowly. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright National Public Radio.

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.

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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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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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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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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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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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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.

Business
1:39 am
Fri July 20, 2012

GM Retirees Face Friday 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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