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4:00am

Fri July 8, 2011
Economy

Debt-Ceiling Talks Press On

In less than four weeks, the U.S. government could go into default on some of its debts. President Obama has been spending a lot of time talking to lawmakers. On Thursday, he gathered Congress's top brass in a White House conference room to lay the groundwork for what he hopes will be a final deal, which would get the federal budget under control, and raise the debt limit before that default-deadline.

4:00am

Fri July 8, 2011
Africa

Questions Linger: Who Is Fighting For Gadhafi?

Among the prisoners held by anti-Gadhafi rebels in western Libya are many sub-Saharan Africans --from Ghana, Chad and other countries. Rebel leaders have long accused Moammar Gadhafi of recruiting black African mercenaries. Interviews at a rebel prison appear to corroborate the allegations. The prisoners — Libyans as well as sub-Saharan Africans — say Gadhafi's army is running short of food and ammunition, and is plagued by desertions. NPR's Lourdes Garcia-Navarro reports.

4:00am

Fri July 8, 2011
Space

Weather Could Delay Launch Of Atlantis

Originally published on Fri July 8, 2011 10:53 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, host:

At this hour, final preparations are underway for the launch of Atlantis, the last American shuttle to venture into space.

STEVE INSKEEP, host:

Hundreds of thousands of spectators will be on hand in Central Florida to watch the final shuttle launch if the weather permits that launch. We're going to talk about that and more with NPR's science correspondent Joe Palca, who's in our studios here in Washington. Joe, good morning.

JOE PALCA: Morning.

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12:01am

Fri July 8, 2011
Movies

'Boyz N The Hood' Rings Out, 20 Years Later

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 9:41 am

Boyz N The Hood, made by John Singleton in 1991, was the story of three friends — played by(from left) Morris Chestnut, Cuba Gooding, Jr. and Ice Cube – growing up in South Central Los Angeles.
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In the original trailer for John Singleton's 1991 film Boyz N The Hood, violent images play over a thudding drum track, as voice over introduces viewers to the hard heart of South Central Los Angeles. "This is Los Angeles, gang capital of the nation." Then, "In South Central L.A., it's tough to beat the streets."

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11:54pm

Thu July 7, 2011
Monkey See

A Day Of One's OWN: One Man Watches Oprah's Network

Originally published on Fri July 8, 2011 12:01 am

This may be the most harrowing assignment I have ever tackled for NPR: spending a day watching Oprah Winfrey's new cable channel. Winfrey has admitted she could have done a better job with OWN, which launched in January. Ratings have been disappointing and the original CEO has left. Now that her daily talk show is over, Winfrey says that she's going to focus her attention on making OWN more successful. I figured I could check it out to see how it's doing.

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