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Tue December 6, 2011
U.S.

W.Va. Mine Settlement Expected

Originally published on Tue December 6, 2011 6:21 am

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LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Linda Wertheimer.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

And I'm Steve Inskeep. Good morning.

Let's talk, now, about the reported settlement in last year's deadly coal mine disaster in West Virginia. Details are expected later this morning, but NPR and other news organizations have confirmed some elements of a $200 million settlement that involves civil and criminal penalties levied against the owner of the Upper Big Branch mine.

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2:00am

Tue December 6, 2011
Afghanistan

Blasts Across Afghanistan Kill Dozens

Originally published on Tue December 6, 2011 6:21 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

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

LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

And I'm Linda Wertheimer.

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2:00am

Tue December 6, 2011
Africa

Fears Of Violence Over Congo Election Results

Originally published on Tue December 6, 2011 6:21 am

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LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

On November 28th, elections were held in the Democratic Republic of Congo. They were only the second democratic polls in the nation's turbulent half-century of independence, and even before voters went to the polls there were signs that all was not well.

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Violence marred the run-up to the actual voting day, so polling was extended in some areas up to three days. Opposition candidates said the election itself was tainted.

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4:55pm

Mon December 5, 2011
The Two-Way

Scientists Rediscover A Rare Species Of Bumblebee In The U.S.

G. Ballmer UC Riverside

Take a look at this picture:

A pretty bumblebee you're thinking, but that is actually a very rare bee called Cockrell's Bumblebee and this past August scientists rediscovered it. The last time it was seen in the wild was 55 years ago.

NPR's Chris Joyce filed this report for our Newscast unit:

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4:15pm

Mon December 5, 2011
It's All Politics

Ron Paul's 'Big Dog' Ad One Of GOP Race's Coolest Commercials

Originally published on Mon December 5, 2011 5:01 pm

Rep. Ron Paul may not be leading in any of the major presidential polls (though he's in second place in Iowa according to a recent poll.) But he arguably is setting the pace when it comes to the 2012 presidential campaign ads.

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