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Afghanistan
9:17 am
Mon July 7, 2014

Preliminary Results Show Ghani Winning Afghan Presidency

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 10:14 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Preliminary results are out for the run-off in Afghanistan's presidential elections. And the winner seems to be former World Bank economist Ashraf Ghani. His opponent, Abdullah Abdullah, was considered the front-runner after winning 45 percent of the vote in the first round back in April. Now Ashraf Ghani appears to be winning with almost a million more votes than Abdullah. NPR's Sean Carberry joins us from Kabul. Good morning.

SEAN CARBERRY, BYLINE: Hi, Renee.

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Around the Nation
5:06 am
Mon July 7, 2014

Funnel Cloud Photo Bombs Wedding Pix

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 10:14 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne. Weddings are always a whirlwind - from the engagement to the wedding photos, which for a couple in Saskatchewan, Canada involved a real tornado. As the bride and groom posed for a close-up, down the road from their ceremony a funnel cloud swirled behind them. The tornado touched down far enough behind them that the wedding photographer was able to capture the moment - perhaps the best wedding photo-bomb ever. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

Around the Nation
5:06 am
Mon July 7, 2014

Firecracker Man Calls Himself A Little Nuts

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 10:14 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep. Remember that old safety advice - if your fireworks don't go off, lean over the top and shake them. That's a joke but this is not. John Fletcher of Michigan celebrated Independence Day by setting off 10,500 firecrackers attached to his body. He's done this for years. In the past, he's fractured ribs and been knocked unconscious. This year, he only got a bloody nose. Though he admits, he says, he is a little nuts. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

Remembrances
3:49 am
Mon July 7, 2014

Ex-Georgia President Eduard Shavardnadze Dies. He was 86

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 10:14 am

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Let's take a moment to remember Edward Shevardnazde. He was the foreign minister for the Soviet Union in the 1980s. That means he was one of the faces of the Soviet Union during its final period of reform under Mikhail Gorbachev. When that union broke apart, Shervardnazde became the president of his home republic, Georgia. And he has died at the age of 86. We're going to talk about Shevardnazde with Pavel Palazhchenko. He was an interpreter for both Gorbachev and this Shervardnazde. He's on the line. Welcome to the program.

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NPR Story
3:46 am
Mon July 7, 2014

'A Hard Day's Night' Premiered In London 50 Years Ago

Originally published on Tue July 8, 2014 1:06 am

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And here's our last word in Business today.

(SOUNDBITE OF FILM, "A HARD DAY'S NIGHT")

THE BEATLES: (Singing) It's been a hard day's night, and I've been working like a dog. It's been a hard day's night, I should be sleeping like a log.

INSKEEP: You hear the screaming in the background. "A Hard Day's Night" premiered at London's Pavilion Theater on July 6, 1964.

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NPR Story
3:46 am
Mon July 7, 2014

Wash. Retailers To Sell Recreational Marijuana On Tuesday

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 10:14 am

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NPR Story
2:21 am
Mon July 7, 2014

Video Of Extremist Sunni Group's Leader Needs To Be Confirmed

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 10:14 am

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This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.

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NPR Story
2:21 am
Mon July 7, 2014

CBS Lost Appetite For Government Watchdog Stories, Attkisson Says

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 10:14 am

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When investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson left CBS this year, she did not go quietly. She contends, the network refused to run stories that might damage President Obama. And her claims have become a flashpoint in arguments over ideological bias in the media. NPR's David Folkenflik has more.

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NPR Story
2:21 am
Mon July 7, 2014

Michelle Obama Lobbies Congress Over School Lunch Program

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 10:14 am

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It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.

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Business
4:52 am
Fri July 4, 2014

2010 World Cup Helped South Africa Attract Latin American Tourists

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