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5:40am

Mon August 15, 2011
Around the Nation

Pterodactyl Swoops Down On Surfer Statue

A bronze statue of a young surfer can't seem to catch a break. Since the sculpture was unveiled four years ago near San Diego, pranksters have dressed him up as a birthday clown, a Hooters waitress and cupid. Over the weekend, a stealth artist outdid them all with an elaborate prehistoric diorama of a volcano and a pterodactyl carrying the much maligned surfer away.

5:28am

Mon August 15, 2011
Around the Nation

Runaway Blimp Crashes In Woman's Backyard

A 94-year-old Ohio woman didn't think much of the bang she heard during a weekend thunderstorm, until police started knocking on her door. They were coming to retrieve a blimp that had crashed in her backyard. The blimp became untethered at a Columbus airport, which is two miles away. It was on a 20-city tour to advertise a brand of vodka.

4:36am

Mon August 15, 2011
Around the Nation

Statue Of Civil War General Forrest Still Draws Fire

The 25-foot statue of Nathan Bedford Forrest, controversial Civil War general and early member of the Ku Klux Klan, sits off Interstate 65. It's behind a gate that's secured with six padlocks because Forrest's hard-charging style draws fire.

2:00am

Mon August 15, 2011
NPR Story

UK Stunned By Rioters' Racial, Economic Diversity

Many people in Britain are still reeling in shock from the violent riots that broke out in a number of English cities just over a week ago. The country is now experiencing a period of political sniping over why the riots broke out, and how they can be avoided.

2:00am

Mon August 15, 2011
NPR Story

Perry, Bachmann Share Billing At Iowa Fundraiser

It was a political whirlwind of a weekend in Iowa, culminating in an event last night in Waterloo. Ames Straw Poll winner Michele Bachmann and new entrant in the race, Texas Governor Rick Perry, gave back to back speeches at the same County GOP dinner. People in the audience were sizing both up, as the campaign moves into a new phase. NPR's Don Gonyea has the latest.

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