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2:54 am
Thu September 29, 2011

Violent Attacks On Transgender People Raise Alarm

Earline Budd, a transgender advocate, speaks to a D.C. police officer about a spate of attacks in Washington, D.C.
Photo by Dakota Fine

A series of shootings and violent attacks put Washington, D.C.'s transgender community on edge this summer. Police hesitate to call the attacks hate crimes, but they've stepped up their patrols. Still, the transgender community is demanding more action.

It's 2 o'clock in the afternoon on Dix Street in northeast Washington. The neighborhood is a popular gathering place for transgender women, but tensions arose when Lashai Mclean, 23, was murdered here in late July.

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Life In Retirement: The Not-So-Golden Years
2:45 am
Thu September 29, 2011

'Retirement Heist': How Firms Trimmed Pensions

Originally published on Thu September 29, 2011 10:03 am

As companies have been moving away from traditional pension plans, they have been shifting employees to new retirement plans, such as 401(k)s, that transfer the cost — and the risk — to workers.

Companies have claimed for years that old-style pensions were unsustainable. Author Ellen Schultz tells Morning Edition host Steve Inskeep that there's another explanation.

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Europe
2:22 am
Thu September 29, 2011

German Lawmakers Pass Expanded Euro Bailout Fund

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou speak during talks Tuesday in Berlin. Germany's lower house of parliament voted 523-85 to bolster the European bailout fund, which is designed to help Greece and other troubled countries.
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Originally published on Thu September 29, 2011 2:53 pm

Germany's parliament approved a plan Thursday to expand the power of a European bailout fund for troubled countries that use the euro.

The Bundestag, or lower house, passed the bill 523-85 in a vote considered one of the biggest in Chancellor Angela Merkel's career.

Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle welcomed the result, saying, "This signals to our European partners that you can rely on Germany."

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Middle East
2:00 am
Thu September 29, 2011

Saudi Woman's Driving Violation Spurs Controversy

Originally published on Thu September 29, 2011 5:56 am

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DAVID GREENE, Host:

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Europe
2:00 am
Thu September 29, 2011

British Leaders Object To EU's Proposed Tax

Originally published on Thu September 29, 2011 5:56 am

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DAVID GREENE, Host:

NPR's business news starts with a call for banks to pay up.

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GREENE: The head of the European Commission has renewed calls for a tax on financial transactions. He said yesterday it was time for banks to step up and contribute to solving Europe's debt crisis. But Europe's financial center lies in London, and as Vicki Barker reports, the British government is likely to veto such a plan.

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