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7:34 am
Fri October 25, 2013

Norway Says It Can't Destroy Syria's Chemical Weapons

A convoy of United Nations vehicles at the Lebanon-Syria Masnaa border crossing on Oct. 1 as a chemical weapons disarmament team awaited entry into Syria.
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Originally published on Fri October 25, 2013 11:41 am

Norway has turned down a U.S. request to take on the destruction of Syria's chemical weapons, saying it lacks the capabilities to carry out the task.

The country's foreign ministry said it had given "serious and thorough consideration" to the U.S. query but that "due to time constraints and external factors, such as capacities, [and] regulatory requirements," Norway would be unable to fulfill the request.

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The Two-Way
7:28 am
Fri October 25, 2013

Book News: Arizona Lifts Ban On 7 Mexican-American Studies Books

Originally published on Fri October 25, 2013 11:18 am

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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The Two-Way
7:10 am
Fri October 25, 2013

France, Germany Want To Set New Rules For Surveillance

German Chancellor Angela Merkel (right) talks with Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta on the second day of an European Council meeting in Brussels on Friday.
John Thys AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri October 25, 2013 11:52 am

This post was updated at 10:15 a.m.

A day after reports surfaced that the NSA may have spied on dozens of world leaders, France and Germany are offering to hold talks with the U.S. to establish new rules on surveillance.

"What is at stake is preserving our relations with the United States," French President Francois Hollande said at an EU summit in Brussels, according to The Associated Press.

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Business
6:43 am
Fri October 25, 2013

Icahn Sinks His Teeth Into Apple's Stock Buyback Plan

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

The billionaire Carl Icahn has been called a corporate raider and an activist investor. Now he's trying to tell Apple what to do.

NPR's Dan Bobkoff explains.

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Business
6:43 am
Fri October 25, 2013

What Small Businesses May Lose By Using Online Tools

Originally published on Fri October 25, 2013 10:58 am

Digital tools make starting a small business easier than ever. There are apps and websites to incorporate, find lawyers, make payroll, manage HR and marketing. Convenience can come at a price, however, if it means entrepreneurs aren't making personal connections as they establish their businesses.

Sports
6:43 am
Fri October 25, 2013

World Series Now Tied At One Game Apiece

The St. Louis Cardinals evened the World Series with a 4-2 win at Fenway against the Boston Red Sox on Thursday night.

Business
6:06 am
Fri October 25, 2013

It's Not Just You: Airline Seats Are Shrinking

Originally published on Fri October 25, 2013 6:43 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

And today's last word in business is rubbing shoulders. Last time you got on a flight, did you have an "Alice in Wonderland" moment and think to yourself: Is this seat smaller or did I somehow get bigger.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

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Business
6:00 am
Fri October 25, 2013

Twitter Announces Share Price Range For IPO

Originally published on Fri October 25, 2013 6:43 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

NPR's business news starts with the price of a tweet.

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INSKEEP: Twitter announced late yesterday that share prices for its hotly anticipated initial public offering will be between 17 and $20, far less than what many analysts were predicting the social media site would list for. With 70 million shares up for sale, the offering should raise about $1.4 billion. And according to The Wall Street Journal, this would value Twitter at about $11 billion total.

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Strange News
5:50 am
Fri October 25, 2013

Row Over Stilton Could Cause A Stink

Originally published on Fri October 25, 2013 6:43 am

The British government has told a pub in the village of Stilton that it can't call its cheese Stilton. The name is protected by a law that says true Stilton cheese can come from three specific regions — not Cambridgeshire, where Stilton is located. The pub's landlord is weighing his legal options.

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