Morning Edition for Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Treasury Department Sells Its Stake In GM

The U.S. Department of Treasury has gotten out of the auto business. The government completed its sales of stock in General Motors on Monday.

LA Sheriff's Deputies Face Charges Of Inmate Abuse

Eighteen current and former Los Angeles sheriff's deputies are facing federal charges, accused of civil rights violations and obstruction of justice. The indictments are part of an ongoing FBI probe into allegations of widespread abuse against inmates at county jails.

Mandela Memorial Service Underway In South Africa

People danced and swayed to music under a sea of colorful rain umbrellas as crowds gathered at a huge soccer stadium in Johannesburg on Tuesday to celebrate the life of Nelson Mandela.

Women Still Largely Absent From Corporate Boards

New research on Fortune 500 companies found that women hold only about 17 percent of the seats on boards of directors, and they have an even smaller percentage of senior executive positions.

In Egypt, Protests Shift To University Campuses

Student activism is now at the heart of dissent against the state. But like Egypt itself, the movement is divided. Secular and Islamist protesters are closing down their campuses and demanding that the police be tried for their crimes.

Businesses Object To Posting On-Job Injuries Online

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is pushing to post employers' workplace injury records online for easy public examination. But business groups oppose the proposed rules.

Rain Is Pouring On Capacity Crowd At Mandela Memorial

On the day Nelson Mandela emerged from 27 years in prison, it was raining in Johannesburg — a good omen in South Africa. It was pouring again Tuesday on a stadium overflowing with those celebrating and saying farewell to Mandela. Renee Montagne has the latest on Tuesday's public memorial service.

Malala, Hailed Around The World, Controversial At Home

Malala Yousafzai is feted across the world for her courageous stance against the Taliban's violent repression of the right of girls to be educated. The 16-year-old has become the poster child for the West's core values of gender equality and liberal democracy. But some Pakistanis wonder whether she's being exploited.

Marc Myers' Holiday Music Picks

Steve Inskeep talks with the Wall Street Journal's Marc Myers about the season's best holiday music. Myers sifted through more than 100 Christmas albums to find his favorites.
China's factory output is up 10 percent from a year ago, and exports are up almost 13 percent. That rebound has been helped by a boost in demand for Chinese goods in the U.S. and the E.U. in the lead-up to the holiday shopping season.

Sysco To Buy U.S. Foods

Two mammoth U.S. food distributors are set to become one. Sysco agreed on Monday to buy U.S. Foods for about $3.5 billion in stock and cash, setting Sysco up to be the biggest player in the industry.

Study Shows Rising Rent Straining Family Budgets

Many Americans who live in rental properties can't keep up with the cost of higher and higher rents, according to a new study by Harvard's Joint Center for Housing Studies. The report finds that half of U.S. renters spend more than 30 percent of their income on rent. David Greene speaks with Chris Herbert, one of the report's authors, about why there isn't more affordable housing.
A new leak from former NSA contractor Edward Snowden reveals that intelligence agencies spied on popular online fantasy games, like Second Life and World of Warcraft.
Tens of thousands crowded into South Africa's national soccer stadium in Johannesburg in the pouring rain to pay tribute to Nelson Mandela, who helped transform the nation. The deputy president of the African National Congress party, Cyril Ramaphosa, made the opening remarks, referring to Mandela by his clan name.

AP Reporter Tracks Down Bodies In Mali

Steve Inskeep talks with Rukmini Callimachi, who brings a whole new meaning to the term "dogged reporter." Last summer, while in Mali, the West Africa bureau chief for the AP personally found and exhumed six alleged victims of illegal military assassinations and brought out their families to identify them.

For Veterans, 'Bad Paper' Is A Catch-22 For Treatment

Reed Holway served in Iraq, where he developed PTSD. His symptoms worsened back in the U.S. He got in trouble and ultimately received a bad-conduct discharge. Now Holway is stuck: He can't get medical care from the VA for the disorder that he says caused him to get kicked out of the Army in the first place.

High Stakes For Banks As Volcker Rule Is Finalized

Federal regulators on Tuesday unveil and vote on a final version of the so-called Volcker Rule. It's part of the Dodd-Frank regulatory overhaul and prohibits banks from trading stocks, bonds and derivatives for their own accounts. Defining what the rule covers has taken years of work.
Coverage of the memorial service for Nelson Mandela in Johannesburg includes part of President Obama's speech.

Surveillance Revelations Give Creative Writers Pause

A recent survey by the PEN American Center, a nonprofit writers group, suggests that recent revelations about government surveillance are affecting creative expression. David Greene talks about the survey with David Simon, the writer and producer who created the HBO series The Wire, among other hits, and Azar Nafisi, author of Reading Lolita in Tehran.
The Florida Prayer Network put up the scene, with a state permit. Chaz Stevens thinks that's an annoying mixture of church and state, so he applied for a permit for a Festivus pole — made of Pabst Blue Ribbon cans.
Canada's wish list this year might not please Santa. It's preparing to ask the U.N. to extend its nautical borders farther into the Arctic — far enough to include the North Pole, which is home to vast deposits of oil and gas.
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