Morning Edition for Thursday, December 12, 2013

When Jeremy Richman and Jennifer Hensel lost their daughter in the Connecticut shooting, they couldn't understand why someone would do such a thing. In seeking an answer, they're funding research into the forces that increase a person's risk of aggression — and have also found a path to healing.

South Africans Say Goodbye To Mandela In Pretoria

Nelson Mandela is lying in state for a second day in South Africa's capital, Pretoria. It's a chance for one last glimpse of the country's most beloved leader. The remote location of Sunday's burial — far away in Mandela's home province — means that for most, filing past his casket is their final farewell.

Shifting Gears To Make Bike-Sharing More Accessible

Bike-sharing is supposed to make commuting easier, greener and cheaper. But the people who arguably need these bikes the most are often the least likely to access them.
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The Los Angeles County supervisor wants to create an independent commission to oversee the department following charges of inmate abuse and racial profiling.

Ukraine Protesters Blame Violence On Government Thugs

A major concern among peaceful anti-government protesters crowding into Kiev's central square is that Ukraine's government is trying to provoke violence in order to justify a police crackdown. In one incident, according to protest organizers, the government used provocateurs.

Why The Timing Is Right For Uruguay To Legalize Pot

Uruguay is poised to legalize the production and sale of marijuana to regulate the drug and scale back its black market. Steve Inskeep talks with John Walsh of the Washington Office on Latin America about how the country proposes to regulate pot.
The bank was fined $100 million Wednesday for violating the U.S. sanctions. It had given its U.K. employees step-by-step instructions on how to keep transactions from being detected for sanctions violations.
Ireland has made a concerted effort to grow its tech industry, through tax incentives and development programs. Officials credit the initiative with helping uplift the country's economy. But the country has also faces local and international criticism for its approach.

WestJet Plays Santa To Calgary-Bound Passengers

Passengers told a virtual Santa what they wanted before boarding their flights. While they were in the air, secret shoppers at their destination hit the stores. The passengers arrived in Calgary to find their gifts on the baggage carousel.
In November, Doug Normington, a self-employed videographer in Madison, Wis., became one of the scores of Americans who got letters from their insurance companies canceling their coverage because it wouldn't meet Affordable Care Act standards. Then the 58-year-old diabetic became one of the countless people frustrated by HealthCare.gov.

High Insurance Rates Anger Some Ski-Country Coloradans

Gas, groceries and rents are all pricier in Summit and Eagle counties than in Denver, just a hundred miles away. Health insurance costs a lot more in these mountain communities, too, and some folks are crying foul. Their congressman — a Democrat — is asking the feds for relief.

Filling The Gaps For Veterans With Bad Discharges

Community and charity groups are scrambling to provide care where the VA is failing veterans who left the military with less-than-honorable discharges. Many of these groups have extensive experience with the problem; they say tens of thousands of Vietnam veterans faced the same problem.

Mexico's Patron Saint Is Also Its Hello Kitty

As many as 6 million pilgrims have made their way to the Mexican capital to pay homage to the Virgin of Guadalupe on Thursday. One woman has turned the country's most revered religious icon into a cartoon characterization, using it to build a multimillion-dollar company.
To combat an upsurge in shootings and other violence, the town of Miami Gardens adopted "zero tolerance" policies aimed at addressing even small violations. Now a local merchant has filed a civil rights lawsuit saying the policy has led to harassment of his customers and employees.

California Still Owes U.S. Billions For Unemployment

The state of California owes the federal government billions of dollars — money it borrowed to fund unemployment benefits. And even as the economy and job market recover, the state is going further into the red.

At 90, Disney Animation Nowhere Near Drawing To A Close

Nearly a century after it was founded by Walt Disney, the studio is still producing magical cartoons. NPR's Renee Montagne talks about history and the future with John Lasseter — the chief creative officer of both Disney and Pixar Animation Studios.

Alabama's Kicker Gets Condolences From 'Another 43'

No. 43 Cade Foster saw his game-ending kick fall short against Auburn — who returned it for a touchdown to win. But Foster got a note from someone who can relate: George W. Bush, the 43rd president. "Life has its setbacks. I know!" he wrote.

French Cafe Charges Rude Customers More

The manager of Le Petit Syrah in Nice imposed a cost on rudeness. Demand "a coffee," and it's $9.50, in dollars. Say "please," and the price drops to $6. And if you greet the waiter with a friendly "bonjour," the bill comes to $2.
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