Morning Edition for December 19, 2013
Dec 19, 2013 — David Greene talks to NPR's Elise Hu for an update on the investigation into the theft of Target customers' credit and debit card information. Up to 40 million credit card accounts and more than 1,500 stores across the country are affected.
Dec 19, 2013 — A Miami man captured a small alligator, took it to a store and offered to trade it for a 12-pack. His attempt made news on Chicago TV, where an anchor tried to tell the story. Instead, he started laughing uncontrollably.
Dec 19, 2013 — A man being arrested in Elk City, Okla., for allegedly writing bad checks asked the officer if he could have a moment because he had been about to propose to his girlfriend. The cop said he couldn't remove the man's handcuffs, but did help him out by getting the ring from his coat pocket.
Dec 19, 2013 — Before becoming the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power was a journalist who wrote about stopping genocide. Now she's visiting a country where there's fear of one. Fighting between Muslims and Christians has killed nearly 1,000 people.
Dec 19, 2013 — Delta CEO Richard Anderson says frequent flyers believe voice calls in the cabin would disrupt travel. So the airline announced it will ban in-flight calls even if the FCC changes the rules.
Dec 19, 2013 — Congress has approved the bipartisan Budget Act of 2013. It temporarily ends months of partisan gridlock over spending.
Dec 19, 2013 — Dolphins are getting very sick from exposure to the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. A government study confirms a host of problems in dolphins who live in one of the heaviest-oiled bays in Louisiana. Scientists say the dolphins are gravely ill with injuries consistent with the toxic effects of exposure to petroleum hydrocarbons.
Dec 19, 2013 — A review group appointed by President Obama has recommended major changes to government surveillance programs. The group effectively called for the end of one of the most controversial programs run by the National Security Agency: the collection and storage of phone records of millions of Americans.
Dec 19, 2013 — University researchers at Brigham Young and Cornell experimented paying kids to consume vegetables. When paid, veggie consumption went up. When payments stopped, so did eating veggies.
Dec 19, 2013 — The retailer acknowledged early Thursday that there was a massive security breach of its customers' credit and debit card accounts. It started the day before Thanksgiving and extended at least to Dec. 15 — the heart of the holiday shopping season.