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4:58 am
Wed December 12, 2012

Federal Reserve Update

Originally published on Wed December 12, 2012 6:07 am

Federal Reserve officials were meeting this week to decide how much more credit to pump into the U.S. economy. To find out what they're likely to do — and why — Renee Montagne talks to David Wessel, economics editor of The Wall Street Journal.

Asia
4:58 am
Wed December 12, 2012

North Korea Launches Long-Range Rocket

Originally published on Wed December 12, 2012 5:45 am

Defying international warnings, North Korea successfully fired a long-range rocket on Wednesday. The launch was something of a surprise because Pyongyang had indicated technical problems might delay it.

Europe
4:58 am
Wed December 12, 2012

Russia's Defense Shuffle May Tarnish Its Military

Originally published on Wed December 12, 2012 6:32 am

The Russian military is plagued by problems: A top heavy senior officer corps and a defense industry that churns out obsolete equipment, to name just two. Analysts in Russia say the U.S. should be worried about a weaker Russia, which may be becoming a front line in the battle against Islamist extremism.

Middle East
4:58 am
Wed December 12, 2012

Obama Adds Legitimacy To Syrian Rebel Group

Originally published on Wed December 12, 2012 5:55 am

President Obama said the U.S. will recognize a newly formed Syrian opposition group as the country's legitimate representative. That will allow the group to channel international aid money into Syria as well as draw-up plans for a transitional government if the regime of Syrian President Assad falls.

Around the Nation
4:56 am
Wed December 12, 2012

Is California Up Next For An Oil And Gas Boom?

Originally published on Wed December 12, 2012 5:05 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. Good morning. I'm David Greene.

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

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