Morning Edition for December 27, 2013
Dec 27, 2013 — Along with the usual traffic citations, police in Melbourne, Fla., gave out scratch-off lottery tickets. The cops themselves paid for them — in the spirit of the season, they said. No word of any big winners, just yet.
Dec 27, 2013 — After making its way into Dick's Sporting Goods in Spring Township, Pa., the hapless creature promptly slipped on the floor.
Dec 27, 2013 — With the NBA season a third of the way through, the Portland Trailblazers are having a very good year. But they'll be tested when they meet defending champions the Miami Heat on Saturday.
Dec 27, 2013 — Two 19-year-olds from New Jersey noticed all of the cars in long-term parking at the airport. They had an idea: Why not rent them out? They raised $6 million in venture capital funding for their company FlightCar.
Dec 27, 2013 — Two decades after NAFTA created a giant North American free trade zone, the U.S. is negotiating more big trade deals that would span the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. President Obama has embraced the potential agreements as a way to improve the U.S. economy.
Dec 27, 2013 — The restaurant chain pulled the plug on the website after what it said was "unwarranted scrutiny and inappropriate commentary."
Dec 27, 2013 — Morning Edition co-host David Greene talks to Chi Chi Wu, an attorney with the National Consumer Law Center, about how consumers can better protect themselves against credit and debt card fraud.
Dec 27, 2013 — Long-term interest rates are ticking higher. The yield on the 10-year Treasury bond hit 3 percent Thursday. After a long period of extraordinarily low rates, analysts say the improving economy and a slightly less accommodating Fed will combine to make borrowing a bit more expensive.
Dec 27, 2013 — Shoppers spent 2.3 percent more this holiday season, according to data released Friday morning. This would make for the highest holiday sales growth in three years.
Dec 27, 2013 — In these last days of the year, Morning Edition is having conversations that look ahead. Co-host Steve Inskeep talks to David Kilcullen, who spent 22 years in the Australian army and advised U.S. Gen. David Petraeus in Iraq, about how warfare is different than it used to be.