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5:20am

Thu October 27, 2011
Strange News

Long-Lost Pets Resurface

"Jack the Cat" became an Internet sensation when he disappeared in baggage claim at New York's Kennedy airport. Two months later, American Airlines says, Jack has resurfaced at customs. A Jack Russell terrier named Petey traveled a bit farther: from Tennessee to Detroit — nearly 600 miles.

5:12am

Thu October 27, 2011
Strange News

For One Arizona Bride, Something Blew

A wedding video shows a couple pouring two bottles of sand into one to represent their union. Then a lot more sand arrives as a full-fledged Arizona sandstorm blasts through, turning the scene dusty red.

5:10am

Thu October 27, 2011
The Two-Way

European Debt Deal: Markets Rally Because It Could Have Been Worse

Originally published on Thu October 27, 2011 8:17 am

A pedestrian passes a vendor selling Greek flags in Athens on Wednesday (Oct. 26, 2011). Greece's crushing debts triggered the latest crisis.

Thanassis Stavrakis AP

Marathon talks that ended around 4 a.m. local time today in Brussels produced a deal that European leaders hope will mark the beginning of the end of the continent's debt crisis, as NPR's Eric Westervelt reports for Morning Edition.

And financial markets are rallying on the news.

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3:41am

Thu October 27, 2011
Technology

Phone Cameras Challenge Point-And-Shoot Compacts

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 9:18 am

These two images were taken at the same time of day — one with a digital camera, and one with an iPhone 4S.

Mallory Benedict and Cristina Fletes NPR

Nearly every new smartphone has a better camera than its predecessor. One of the latest is Apple's iPhone 4S — but there are plenty of other cellphones with advanced cameras on the market, such as the HTC myTouch 4G and the Samsung Galaxy SII.

The cameras are so good, in fact, that it raises the question of whether it's worth it for amateur photographers to own a separate point-and-shoot camera.

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3:41am

Thu October 27, 2011
Middle East

Iran's Largest Banks Swindled Out Of $2.6 Billion

The banking scandal has political implications in Iran, and the president's top adviser, Rahim Mashaei, has come under criticism. He's shown here in a 2007 photo.

Paul White AP

A bank fraud scandal of unprecedented proportions is shaking domestic politics in Iran.

Several of Iran's largest banks have been swindled out of an estimated $2.6 billion. The scandal has sparked a widening investigation with more than 30 arrests so far. It has also led to charges that some of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's closest advisers were involved.

On its face, it appears it was easy for some of Iran's most important bankers to steal so much money.

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