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11:41 am
Thu May 9, 2013

Top Stories: Cleveland Kidnappings; Boston Bombings Latest

Originally published on Thu May 9, 2013 7:31 am

Good morning, here are our early stories:

-- Cleveland Kidnappings: Horrors Began With Offers Of Rides.

-- Reports: Cousin Of Boston Suspects Is 'Prominent Islamist'.

And here are more early headlines:

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Book Reviews
11:41 am
Thu May 9, 2013

Farm Team Saga 'Class A' Hits It Out Of The Park

Cover of Class A

Originally published on Thu May 9, 2013 6:03 am

Is there room for another book about America's favorite pastime? Lucas Mann's Class A earns a position in a lineup that already includes Bang the Drum Slowly, The Natural, The Boys of Summer, Moneyball and The Art of Fielding because, remarkably, it offers a fresh, unexpected angle on this well-trodden game.

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The Two-Way
11:40 am
Thu May 9, 2013

Bombing Suspect's Widow Hires New Lawyer

Katherine Russell leaves the law office of DeLuca and Weizenbaum with Amato DeLuca, last month.
Stew Milne Associated Press

Originally published on Thu May 9, 2013 8:24 am

Katherine Russell, the widow of Boston bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev, has added an attorney experienced with terrorism cases to her legal team, according to The Associated Press.

Her lead attorney, Amato DeLuca, said Wednesday that his client has brought on New York lawyer Joshua Dratel.

DeLuca said Dratel's "unique, specialized experience will help insure that Katie can assist in the ongoing investigation in the most constructive way possible."

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It's All Politics
11:40 am
Thu May 9, 2013

Do GOP's Benghazi Charges Harm Hillary Clinton For 2016?

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at the Kennedy Center on April 2.
Nicholas Kamm AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu May 9, 2013 7:36 am

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton hasn't said whether or not she's running for president in 2016. Indeed, if her husband, President Clinton, is to be believed, she hasn't even told him of her intentions.

Polling suggests, however, that among potential Democratic candidates, Clinton is the runaway favorite — at least at this early stage.

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This Is NPR
11:39 am
Thu May 9, 2013

Burt Bacharach Hearts NPR

Melissa Kuypers NPR

Originally published on Wed May 8, 2013 5:35 pm

First off, a warning: If you're like us, you'll find yourself singing Burt Bacharach tunes for the rest of the day after you listen to his interview with Weekend Edition Saturday. But it's pretty hard to be in a bad mood while singing about raindrops falling on your head, so listen away.

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Political Junkie
11:39 am
Thu May 9, 2013

It's ScuttleButton Time!

Ken Rudin collection

Originally published on Wed May 8, 2013 3:46 pm

Disgraced but asking for redemption.

I'm describing me, of course, after a spate of uneven ScuttleButton puzzles. Though, I must admit, I liked last week's offering.

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The Two-Way
11:35 am
Thu May 9, 2013

Smaller Airports Take Bigger Hit As Airlines Cut Flights

Southwest airline jets are lined up at Long Island MacArthur Islip airport in 2010. Departures at the New York City suburban airport dropped nearly 50 percent between 2007 and 2012, according to an MIT study.
Bruce Bennett Getty Images

Originally published on Wed May 8, 2013 1:11 pm

If you want to see the Fourth of July parade in your little hometown, you should book your flight now. Otherwise, you may have to drive there, or watch a video of the floats via an old friend's smartphone.

That's because air service — especially to smaller markets — is shrinking as airlines merge to boost profits, according to a study released Wednesday.

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Planet Money
11:35 am
Thu May 9, 2013

Hospital Prices, Revealed! (Sort Of)

How much is this going to cost me?
Jason Redmond AP

Originally published on Thu May 9, 2013 2:44 pm

Economists think prices are close to magic — constantly changing signals that help people figure out what to buy and who to buy it from (and what to sell and who to sell it to).

But in health care, it seems like nobody knows the price of anything. This recent study, for example, found most hospitals can't provide an up-front price estimate for a hip replacement.

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The Checkout: Live
11:35 am
Thu May 9, 2013

Boom Tic Boom: Live From 92Y Tribeca

Allison Miller.
John Rogers for NPR johnrogersnyc.com

Originally published on Thu June 13, 2013 9:11 am

Drummer Allison Miller, a go-to choice for jazz heavies and arena-level singer-songwriters alike, has made time to cultivate her own working band in the past few years. Boom Tic Boom features some of her favorite female instrumentalists in pianist Myra Melford and violinist Jenny Scheinman, as well as a long-running partner-in-crime in bassist Todd Sickafoose, and it interprets her jaunty tunes with plenty of headroom for any onomatopoeia from her percussion palette.

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Monkey See
11:35 am
Thu May 9, 2013

Yippee-Kai-Yay, Mr. President: 'White House Down' Looks Very Familiar

Channing Tatum stars in White House Down.
Reiner Bajo Sony Pictures

Originally published on Wed May 8, 2013 12:12 pm

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