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Morning Edition

On The Ground In Puerto Rico

Corrected on September 21, 2017

In this story, as in a previous version of the Web introduction, we mistakenly refer to WRTU as a member station. It was a member station in the past but is not currently.

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Irma's Caribbean Destruction Sends Tourists Packing For Other Destinations

Corrected on September 18, 2017

In this story, we say Irma was the strongest hurricane ever recorded in the Caribbean. Irma was the strongest recorded in the Atlantic outside of the Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico. Hurricane Gilbert's peak winds of 185 mph in 1988 are thought to have matched Irma's.

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Facebook Enabled Ads Targeting Anti-Semites

Corrected on September 15, 2017

We heard back from a lot of listeners on this story. Many complained about the example we gave to portray the dangerous search terms used by some Facebook advertisers that use targeted ads. The intent of the example was to illustrate how online advertisers searched extreme subgroups. We didn't mean to either offend anyone or perpetuate a stereotype; the specific example we used was provided by a leading online marketer that uses Facebook tools. We should have made that clearer during the conversation.

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Amazon's 1-Click Patent Is About To Expire. What's The Big Deal?

Corrected on September 7, 2017

In this report, economist Ken Wilbur is described as being an associate professor at the Rady School of Economics at UC San Diego. In fact, it's the Rady School of Management at UC San Diego.

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After 'Guru Of Bling' Sentencing, Indian State Stays On Alert For Violence

Corrected on August 30, 2017

An earlier version of this story identified Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh as a "self-proclaimed Sikh guru." Singh was born a Sikh but is not a Sikh guru. Sikhs say there is no living human guru. Singh's followers come from a variety of religions.

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I Saved Every Letter You Wrote Me: The Library of Congress Digitizes Hamilton

Corrected on August 29, 2017

In the audio version of this story, as in a previous Web version, the number of Hamilton documents digitized by the Library of Congress is reported to be almost 900. In fact, there are approximately 12,000 documents — arranged into almost 900 groups.

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How The Trump-McConnell Rift Could Affect Tax Policy

Corrected on August 24, 2017

During this interview, a line from poet William Blake's The Marriage of Heaven and Hell is misstated. Blake wrote "without contraries is no progression," not "without conflict, there is no progress."

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'What Carter Lost' Tells The True Story Of 'Friday Night Lights' Football Rivals

Corrected on August 23, 2017

In a previous photo caption, filmmaker Adam Hootnick's last name was misspelled as Hootnik. Additionally, the audio story, as did a previous Web version, state that six Carter High School football players served time in prison. In fact, five players served time and one got probation.

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How Police Can Keep The Peace During Tense Protests

Corrected on August 16, 2017

In an earlier version of this report, it was mistakenly said that people on both sides of the violence in Charlottesville were seen openly carrying automatic weapons. In fact, reports so far indicate that almost all of those seen carrying guns were among the white supremacists there that day, and that they were not automatic weapons.

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Senators Plan Bipartisan Hearings On Health Care

Corrected on August 9, 2017

In this report, we mistakenly say that the insurance industry has made $78 million in contributions to political campaigns so far this year. In fact, the $78 million has been spent on lobbying, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.

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Looking Back On Bank Of America's Countrywide Debacle

Corrected on August 8, 2017

In the introduction to this report, we mistakenly say Bank of America bought Countrywide Financial for $40 billion. In fact, BoA paid $4 billion for Countrywide. As of early 2013, when this story was broadcast, BoA had paid about $40 billion in legal costs related to earlier claims made against Countrywide.

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What's It Like To Be A Historian At This Political Time? 'Every Day Is Christmas'

Corrected on July 28, 2017

During this conversation, it's said that the household income for a family of four in the U.S. is around $57,000. That's incorrect. The figure that should have been cited is the median household income, which isn't based on the number of people in a home. In 2015, that figure was $55,775.

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Trump Administration Considers End To Citizenship For Military Service Program

Corrected on July 20, 2017

We mistakenly say that it takes eight years for a member of the armed services who is in the MAVNI program to get U.S. citizenship. In fact, under the program's fast track to citizenship, officials say, the process can sometimes take weeks, months or years — but not eight years. A previous Web introduction had the same incorrect information.

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Morning News Brief: Trump Meets Putin Again; Protests At Jerusalem Holy Site

Corrected on July 19, 2017

During the Up First podcast, a holy site in Jerusalem's Old City — known to Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary and to Jews as the Temple Mount — is described as being shared by Jews and Muslims. It is more accurate to say the site is revered by Jews and Muslims.

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George W. Bush And Bill Clinton Talk Leadership In Dallas

Corrected on July 14, 2017

In an earlier introduction to this report, we mistakenly said it was former President Obama who was onstage with former President George W. Bush. As the report makes clear, it was former President Clinton who was there.

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Republicans Remain Divided Over Health Care Plan

Corrected on July 14, 2017

Republican Sen. Dean Heller of Nevada has criticized the Senate health care bill's impact on Medicaid in Nevada, not Medicare as is said in this report.

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Italy Threatens To Close Its Ports Over Spike In Migrant Arrivals

Corrected on July 5, 2017

Slovakia is among a small number of European nations that in the past declined to accept migrants, and it is challenging the EU's quota system. But it has recently allowed in a small number of migrants.

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How Hong Kong's Banks Turned Chinese

Corrected on July 5, 2017

The audio version of this story states that Weiqi Zhu believes many Hong Kongers are like servants, compared with 20 years ago. A previous Web version of this story stated the same. In fact, Zhu said Hong Kongers now focus more on serving clients than they did before the rise of competition from well-trained mainland Chinese.

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California's Near-Record Snowpack Is Melting Into Raging Rivers

Corrected on July 5, 2017

This story refers to Mount Whitney as the highest point in the continental United States. At more than 14,500 feet, its summit is the highest point in the contiguous U.S. But Alaska's Denali, until recently called Mount McKinley, is the highest peak in North America and therefore the highest in the continental U.S.

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Correction: Canadian Woman Didn't Miss Out On Banana Bread

Corrected on June 30, 2017

We got fooled. Earlier, we told Morning Edition listeners that a woman in Canada had died before she could turn her refrigerator full of bananas into banana bread. It turns out that story was from a satirical website.

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JAY-Z Bares His Soul On '4:44'

Corrected on June 30, 2017

A previous Web version of this story referred to the Knowles-Carters as a family of four. The arrival of their twins brings the total to five.

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Former Tennis Player James Blake On Athletes And Activism

Corrected on June 29, 2017

In this report, we incorrectly say that a legal fellowship to investigate civilian complaints will be established within the New York City Police Department. It will, in fact, be a community outreach fellowship run by the city's Civilian Complaint Review Board.

Morning Edition

Desert Aid Camp Turning Away Migrants Following Border Patrol Raid

Corrected on June 28, 2017

In the audio, as in a previous Web version, we incorrectly state that the Tucson sector of the Border Patrol is hiring 4,000 new agents. In fact, the Border Patrol plans to hire more than 4,000 new agents nationally, with many of those expected to go to the Tucson sector.

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Russia Aims To Meddle In State Elections, Sen. King Says

Corrected on June 21, 2017

Earlier audio incorrectly linked new sanctions to Russian attempts to meddle in the American election. They are actually related to Russian actions in Ukraine. In addition, the Web description incorrectly said the interview was conducted by Steve Inskeep. It was done by David Greene.

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How To Deal With North Korea? Some Options Are Worse Than Others

Corrected on June 19, 2017

In this report, it's said that North Korea has continued to develop and test nuclear weapons despite warnings from the Trump administration. While North Korea is believed to still be developing nuclear weapons, it has not tested any since President Trump took office.

Morning Edition

Gene Simmons Wants To Trademark Hand Gesture

Corrected on June 15, 2017

In the audio, as in a previous headline and Web summary, we say Gene Simmons is looking to patent a hand sign. He wants to trademark it.

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A Pesticide, A Pigweed And A Farmer's Murder

Corrected on June 14, 2017

In a previous Web summary, we mistakenly said that a farmer had misused a Monsanto pesticide. The misused pesticide was not a Monsanto product.

Morning Edition

The Science Of Identifying Soldier Remains

Corrected on May 30, 2017

In the version of this report that was broadcast, we say that Lt. Bussa was killed in action on Guadalcanal. Bussa fought there, but died later in the war during the battle of Tarawa in the Gilbert Islands.

Morning Edition

Seattle Mom Sues Trump To Stop Travel Ban And Bring Her Son Home

Corrected on May 24, 2017

On Monday, the federal judge hearing Ali v. Trump put the case on hold while the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals considers a similar challenge to President Trump's executive order that was brought by the state of Hawaii.

Morning Edition

Former FBI Director To Lead Probe Of Russian Meddling

Corrected on May 20, 2017

A previous version of this story incorrectly stated that Robert Mueller was James Comey's boss back when Mueller served as FBI director and Comey served as deputy attorney general. The attorney general heads the Department of Justice. The FBI director does not oversee the Department of Justice, the attorney general or the deputy attorney general.

Morning Edition

For Families With Special Needs, Vouchers Bring Choices, Not Guarantees

Corrected on May 17, 2017

In the audio of this story, as in a previous Web version, we incorrectly attribute a quotation to the wrong staff member of The Arc. The speaker was Annie Acosta, the director of fiscal and family support policy, not Shawn Ullman.

Morning Edition

News Brief: Sally Yates Testimony, South Korea Election, 'Frontline' Probe

Corrected on May 9, 2017

In an earlier version of this report, it was said that the cost in tax credits for a government-funded low income housing program is rising 66 percent every year. In fact, the cost in tax credits has gone up 66 percent over a span of 20 years.

Morning Edition

Stabenow To Vote Against Gorsuch, Says Country Needs Mainstream Judges

Corrected on April 28, 2017

During this interview, Sen. Stabenow says that in recent decades only Judge Clarence Thomas did not receive at least 60 votes in the Senate. When a vote was taken in 2006 to end debate over Justice Samuel Alito's nomination, there was a supermajority (72 senators) in favor. But Alito was confirmed by a vote of 58-42.

Morning Edition

The Stakes In France's Presidential Election

Corrected on April 21, 2017

Earlier audio versions of this report characterized President Trump's views as being "anti-immigrant" and "anti-Muslim." It is more accurate to say he is seeking to shut off illegal immigration and that he has vowed to fight "radical Islamic terrorism."

Morning Edition

Some VAs Are Dropping Veteran Caregivers From Their Rolls

Corrected on April 21, 2017

A previous version of the graphic on this page mistakenly said that in 2017 there were 133 supported caregivers at the Harry S. Truman Memorial VA facility in Columbia, Mo. In fact, there were 87 supported caregivers there.

Morning Edition

Mike Pesca Makes The Case For James Harden As MVP

Corrected on April 19, 2017

In a previous version of this story, Mike Pesca said that Russell Westbrook averaged double digits this season in points, steals and rebounds. Westbrook did not average double digits in steals. His triple-double was for double-digit averages in points, assists and rebounds.

Morning Edition

840 Horsepower And Revving To Go: A 'Last Gasp' For Supercars?

Corrected on April 14, 2017

In the audio of this story, we say the Dodge Demon is the fastest car in production. The Demon has tested fastest on a drag strip. But Tesla's Model S P100D is the current record holder going from 0 to 60 — clocking in at 2.28 seconds.

Morning Edition

States Find Other Execution Methods After Difficulties With Lethal Injection

Corrected on April 13, 2017

In the audio of this report, as well as an earlier Web version, we say the Death Penalty Information Center opposes capital punishment. In fact, DPIC has not taken that position. The nonprofit organization is a resource for information about the death penalty.

Morning Edition

Chemical Attack And Bombs Kill At Least 58 In Syria

Corrected on April 12, 2017

Medical facilities, including Allied hospital ships, were attacked during World War II. And gas chambers were among the methods used by the Nazis to kill millions of Jews during the war. We should have noted both those facts during this conversation.

Morning Edition

SpaceX Reuses A Rocket To Launch A Satellite

Corrected on March 31, 2017

A previous version of this post referred to the College of Engineering and Science at the University of Colorado, Boulder. In fact, it is the College of Engineering and Applied Science.

Morning Edition

'Nabokov's Favorite Word Is Mauve' Crunches The (Literary) Numbers

Corrected on March 31, 2017

An earlier version of this post slightly misstated Blatt's finding about adverbs, by concluding "Of [the 37 books generally considered 'Great'], 2 out of 3 — 67 percent — contained a significantly lower number of adverbs (less than 50 per 10,000 words) than occurs, on average, in written English."

The 67 percent figure instead refers to the portion of books by "great authors" that are considered great, and that meet criteria for low-adverb rate stated in the corrected text.

Morning Edition

When America Needed Them, 'The Waltons' Were There

Corrected on March 27, 2017

A previous Web introduction incorrectly said the show was based on the creator's early life in a tiny town in North Carolina. It should have said Virginia.

Morning Edition

Former Colleague Says Judge Gorsuch Works Across Party Lines

Corrected on March 22, 2017

After this piece aired, it was brought to our attention that Judge Michael McConnell misremembered the case he mentioned in the interview.

When asked to describe an example of a case where he and Judge Neil Gorsuch disagreed, McConnell mentioned a case involving Denver telecom CEO Joe Nacchio. In fact, Gorsuch had recused himself from that case.

McConnell apologizes for his memory lapse.

Morning Edition

Who Has The Healthiest Hearts In The World?

Corrected on March 21, 2017

A previous version of this story incorrectly stated the amount of extra sugar the average American eats each day. That amount is 22 teaspoons, not 22 tablespoons.

Morning Edition

Leaked Returns Give Insight Into Trump's Taxes

Corrected on March 15, 2017

In a previous version of this story, David Cay Johnston said President Trump would have paid at a 35 percent tax rate if it wasn't for the lingering effects of negative income from a tax shelter and the alternative minimum tax. In fact, the alternative minimum tax prevented Trump from taking as big a deduction as he otherwise would have been able to do.

Morning Edition

Female Workers Asked To Join In 'A Day Without A Woman' Protests

Corrected on March 8, 2017

In the audio of this story, we say there were more than 1 million demonstrators in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 21. In fact, city officials and researchers have said the crowd size was less than that — perhaps 500,000 to 750,000.

Morning Edition

Kona Beer's Name Causes Something Of A Brouhaha

Corrected on March 8, 2017

A previous version of the headline stated that despite the name, Kona Brewing isn't in Hawaii. While not all of Kona's beer is brewed in Hawaii, the company notes that its flagship brewhouse is in Kailua-Kona on Hawaii's Big Island.

Morning Edition

With Republicans In Charge, Democrats Plan To Redefine Their Mission

Corrected on February 28, 2017

An earlier version of this Web story incorrectly identified the seats picked up in the Kansas state Legislature as moderate Republicans, not Democrats. Also, during the conversation, DNC Chair Tom Perez said Democrats netted 14 seats in the Kansas Legislature. In fact, the correct number is 12.

Morning Edition

How The Media Are Using Encryption Tools To Collect Anonymous Tips

Corrected on February 27, 2017

A previous Web version of this story quoted Trevor Timm as saying a record number of journalists had been prosecuted over the past eight to 10 years. Timm subsequently informed us that he had misspoken and had meant to say a record number of sources.

Morning Edition

White House Orders The Hiring Of 15,000 New Immigration Agents

Corrected on February 22, 2017

A previous headline on this story said the White House ordered the hiring of 15,000 new border agents. The order is for the hiring of 5,000 new Border Patrol agents and 10,000 new Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents, who work in the interior of the country.

Morning Edition

Muslim Brotherhood, Mainstream In Many Countries, May Be Listed As Terrorist Group

Corrected on February 22, 2017

A previous Web version of this story incorrectly stated that Egyptians elected a Muslim Brotherhood president six years after the fall of Hosni Mubarak. The election took place in 2012, a year after Mubarak's fall. The audio version of the story incorrectly states that the 2012 election took place six years ago; it has been five years.

Morning Edition

Stonewall Riots Grab The Spotlight From Black Cat Protests

Corrected on February 13, 2017

In this story, as in a previous Web introduction, we say that the 1967 protest at the Black Cat tavern in Los Angeles was the country's first organized LGBT demonstration. In fact, there had been earlier protests in the U.S., including the first "Annual Reminder" demonstration in Philadelphia in 1965.

Morning Edition

Broadcasting Board of Governors' Chief On The Future Of VOA

Corrected on February 10, 2017

A previous Web version of this story called John Lansing the Voice of America chief. Lansing is the head of the Broadcasting Board of Governors. It also called the group a governing body. It is an independent agency.

Morning Edition

A Romance That Began With A Mistake

Corrected on February 10, 2017

A previous Web version of this story said the Dewanes were married after about three months of dating. They were engaged after about three months.

Morning Edition

Threat Of Rain Doesn't Deter Crowds From National Mall

Corrected on February 2, 2017

A previous Web introduction to this story misspelled Audie Cornish's first name as Audio. Additionally, a previous version of the transcript misspelled Cory Turner's first name as Corey.

Morning Edition

Trump's Immigration Order Is 'Un-American,' Rep. Carson Says

Corrected on January 31, 2017

Following the broadcast of this report, Carson's office sent NPR the following statement about his comment regarding racial supremacist groups:

"This assertion was not based on a single statistic or on relative terror threat, but rather an assessment of the current environment. The congressman believes that when looking at relative membership numbers, hateful rhetoric, racially based hate crimes, and fatalities by right-wing organizations, it paints a picture of a larger threat to the safety of Americans and society as a whole. New America has an assessment of deaths from far right wing vs. violent jihadist terrorism. The FBI reported that in 2014, 47% of hate crimes were racially motivated. And the white supremacist group Stormfront has claimed additional interest in their content on the back of Donald Trump's recent comments. Additionally, it is important to remember that many attacks are inspired by an ideology rather than directed by an organization. Just as [the Islamic State] bears responsibility for lone wolf attacks in the United States, so do racial supremacist groups who inspire hate crimes. Taken together, he believes it is reasonable to say that the racial supremacist groups pose a more significant threat."

Morning Edition

This Tiny Submarine Cruises Inside A Stomach To Deliver Drugs

Corrected on January 29, 2017

Work on the project was done at the University of California, San Diego and not the University of California, Davis as was previously stated in this story. Additionally, Joseph Wang is the chair of nanoengineering at UCSD, not UC Davis.

Morning Edition

Southern Border Wall: Campaign Slogan Meets Reality

Corrected on January 24, 2017

In the audio, the following quote should have been attributed to Border Patrol spokesman Joshua Devack, not agent James Nielsen: "At the time that this fence was built, it was too expensive to continue. And there's also this natural barrier here that a lot of crossers choose not to climb this mountain. They prefer to have easier access to roads and civilization."

Morning Edition

New Ghanaian President's Speech Sounds Familiar

Corrected on January 10, 2017

A previous version of this story, including the headline, incorrectly said that the communications director for Ghana's president had been fired from his job.

Morning Edition

Trump Business Deals In Southeast Asia Raise Conflict Of Interest Concerns

Corrected on January 6, 2017

The audio version of this story, as did a previous Web version, incorrectly states that Indonesian politician Setya Novanto was a business partner of President-elect Donald Trump. In fact it was Trump's Indonesian business partner who arranged for Novanto and Trump to meet.

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Gun Deaths In Chicago Reach Startling Number As Year Closes

Corrected on January 6, 2017

A previous Web version of this story incorrectly said that Laquan McDonald was unarmed. In fact, he was carrying a knife.

Previously posted Dec. 28, 2016: A previous Web version of this story incorrectly said that in September Chicago had surpassed last year's total of about 740 killings. The correct number is 470.