Morning Edition for Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Iran's President Rouhani To Address U.N. For 1st Time

Iran's new president makes his U.N. debut on Tuesday, and Hassan Rouhani's charm offensive appears to be paying off. His foreign minister will be meeting his counterparts from the U.N. Security Council later this week. The possibility of a thaw in the standoff over Iran's nuclear program is just one of the surprising elements to this year's U.N. General Assembly. The other is the possibility of diplomatic progress on Syria.
Scientists are about to deliver another major assessment of climate change. The report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change involved hundreds of scientists from around the world and has left some of them wondering whether there's a more effective way to put the document together.
Was King's 1977 The Shining your first fictional scare? Now, after nearly 40 years, King has followed up his horror tale of a little boy and a haunted hotel with a sequel called Doctor Sleep. "I wanted to revisit Danny and see what he was like as a grown-up," King says.
Veronica, a 4-year-old, part-Cherokee child, has been returned to her white adoptive parents. Her biological father had custody of the child for two years, but a series of courts ruled the adoption was legal.

After The Floods, Colorado Hospital Braces For Winter

A hospital in Estes Park, Colo., escaped the flood damage that affected much of the area this month. But the small hospital in the mountains now relies on a single road to evacuate critical patients. A bad snowstorm could stop traffic and ground helicopters, leaving the hospital isolated.

When It Comes To Businesses, How Big Is Small?

Small businesses are celebrated and exalted as the hard-working, most deserving members of the political economy. They get tax breaks, and they're touted as the engines of job creation. But it turns out that when trying to figure out what a small business is, there is no one definition.

Chrysler Announces Initial Public Offering

The automaker's stock is set to go on sale to the public in mid-November. But that sale could be as much about brinksmanship as it is an IPO.

In Vermont, During Fall, Money Grows On Trees

Fall foliage, it's not just a bunch of pretty colored leaves. In some Northeastern states, it's key to the tourist trade between summer and winter. But the timing has to be just right to take advantage of the long Columbus Day weekend.

Volkswagen To End VW Van Production

Sao Paulo, Brazil, is the last place where the iconic vehicle is manufactured. Production is scheduled to stop at the end of the year. In Brazil, many the vans are turned into food trucks or school buses.

Obama To Appear Before U.N. General Assembly

President Obama addresses the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday morning. He's expected to talk about the need to get rid of Syria's chemical weapons, and the potential for progress on Iran's nuclear program — among other topics.

Sen. Cruz Battles To Regain Trust Of GOP House Members

Texas Senator Ted Cruz won the ire of House Republicans last week. They managed to get House leaders to agree to a plan to defund Obamacare. But after that, Cruz announced he wouldn't be able to move the idea in the Senate. Cruz now has to deal with the proposal as it comes to the Senate floor.

Deal Would Take Ailing BlackBerry Private

The $4.7 billion deal comes just days after BlackBerry announced a nearly $1 billion quarterly loss, and that it was shedding about 40 percent of its workforce. David Greene talks to Bloomberg Technology Columnist Rich Jaroslovsky about the deal to sell BlackBerry.

Cuban Defector Yasiel Puig Ignites Los Angeles Dodgers

A couple of months ago the Dodgers were ranked last in their division — now they're Western Division champs on their way to the playoffs. A 22-year-old Cuban defector has been credited with sparking the team's come-back, No. 66, Yasiel Puig.
In a secret location, revealed minutes before the event, thousands came all dressed in white. They brought white tables and chairs, elegant china, wine and food, and they set up in a park in New York City. These elegant pop-up "white garb" dinners, called Diner en Blanc, are happening all over the world.

Kenya Security Forces In Control Of Mall Terrorist Seized

The bloody siege at an upscale mall in Nairobi, Kenya, has entered its fourth day. Authorities there are trying to wrap up their standoff with al-Shabab, a group allied with al-Qaida. At least 62 people have been killed. The death toll is expected to rise.

Militant Group Al-Shabab Evolves With Help From Al-Qaida

In a conversation with Bronwyn Burton of the Atlantic Council, Steve Inskeep gets a history of al-Shabab, the Islamist militant group that's claimed responsibility for the terrorist attack on a Nairobi mall. She says the attack was aimed more at the West than Kenyans.
Mechanical Bull is Kings of Leon's comeback record after a two-year hiatus brought about by a memorable onstage breakdown. The gritty Southern rock group is ready to pick up where its members left off.

Sen. Durbin Wants Budget Showdown To End Quickly

The Senate is considering a bill to keep funding the federal government past next Tuesday. The measure was passed last week by the Republican-controlled House, and it includes language to defund the Affordable Care Act. To discuss what is the path forward, Steve Inskeep talks to Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin, a Democrat from Illinois.

Double Yolks Found In 6 Consecutive Eggs

In England, a man went to the store and bought a package of six eggs. He cracked the first one open, and found a double yolk. Then he cracked open the second. Two yolks in that one as well. It turns out all six eggs were like that. The chances of that happening:about one in a trillion.
State officials have set up designated text stops along the New York State Thruway and other highways, where motorists can pull over to use their phones. Blue highway signs read: It can wait, text stop 5 miles.
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