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Chokeholds: The Difference Between Sleeper And Airway Holds

Thu, 12/04/2014 - 4:06am

It's generally said that Eric Garner died as a result of a chokehold. But police trainers say there are two different maneuvers that can look like the same thing.

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Justice Department To Continue Investigating Eric Garner's Death

Thu, 12/04/2014 - 4:06am

A Staten Island grand jury didn't charge a police officer in the death of Eric Garner. The unarmed black man died after police pulled him aside for selling loose cigarettes and put him in a chokehold.

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Making Electronics Cheaper Requires Detective Work

Thu, 12/04/2014 - 4:06am

Consumer electronics get cheaper year after year. Our Planet Money team visited a company called Monoprice, where employees spend their days trying to figure out how to make stuff get cheaper.

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Senators Try Again To Make Disclosure Process Electronic

Thu, 12/04/2014 - 4:06am

The Senate still prefers paper instead of electronic filings for disclosures of donors and spending. The massive amounts of paper create all sorts of disclosure headaches.

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Divide Occurs Between Hong Kong Democracy Protesters

Thu, 12/04/2014 - 4:06am

Hong Kong's protests have gone on for more than two months, but the movement has splintered. Several older activists tried to surrender to police on Wednesday, and urged students to leave the streets.

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Unlike Ferguson, Staten Island Grand Jury Testimony Isn't Made Public

Thu, 12/04/2014 - 4:06am

Steve Inskeep examines the grand jury process that led to no charges against an NYPD officer with Roger Fairfax, a former federal prosecutor and now a law professor with George Washington University.

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Protests Begin After Grand Jury Declines To Indict NYPD Officer

Thu, 12/04/2014 - 4:06am

Demonstrations were mostly peaceful in New York Wednesday. Eric Garner died after he was held in a chokehold by Daniel Pantaleo, who was trying to arrest him for apparent illegal cigarette sales.

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Teachers Go Door-Knocking In Nashville

Thu, 12/04/2014 - 3:49am

In Nashville, several public schools are struggling to compete with nearby charters. To recruit more students, teachers are tearing a page from the charter playbook: going door to door.

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A Syrian Entrepreneur Looks To Build The Amazon Of The Arab World

Thu, 12/04/2014 - 2:37am

Souq.com, created by U.S.-educated Ronaldo Mouchawar, has a strong presence in the Middle East. Since the boom in cell phones in the region, "you can feel the crescendo" in its tech sector, he says.

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Health Law's Big Tent Still Leaves Some People Out

Thu, 12/04/2014 - 2:29am

About 10 million more people in the U.S. now have health insurance than did this time last year. But some immigrants, low-income adults and others are still falling through the gaps.

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With The Economy At Stake, Japan Wants More Women To Get A Job

Wed, 12/03/2014 - 4:05am

The Japanese government has set up a female lumberjacks program to employ women and harvest trees. "Womenomics" in has suffered setbacks, with two female cabinet ministers resigning after scandals.

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Russian Economy Takes Multiple Hits

Wed, 12/03/2014 - 4:05am

Sanctions, in response to Russia's role in eastern Ukraine, and falling oil prices are biting. Russia's reliance on tax revenues from the oil industry makes it sensitive to price movements.

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French Lawmakers Vote To Recognize Palestinian State

Wed, 12/03/2014 - 4:05am

The lower house of Parliament on Tuesday voted to urge the French government to recognize a Palestinian state. The 339-151 vote is non-binding, but it's a symbolic boost for the Palestinians.

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Martin Litton, Devoted Conservationist, Dies At 97

Wed, 12/03/2014 - 4:05am

Litton devoted his life to preserving wilderness. Whether it was keeping dams from the Colorado River or a ski resort in the southern Sierra or preserving the redwoods, he refused to compromise.

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Texas Death Row Case Draws Attention To Mentally Ill Convicts

Wed, 12/03/2014 - 4:05am

On Wednesday, Texas is scheduled to execute Scott Panetti for killing his in-laws. Panetti is mentally ill, and there are last-minute efforts underway to halt his execution.

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London Conference May Help Afghanistan Hit The Reset Button

Wed, 12/03/2014 - 4:05am

London hosts a conference this week that could set the course for the next decade in Afghanistan. The new Afghan President will meet Western government leaders, some of them for the first time.

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Obama Appoints Too Many Big Donors To Ambassadorships, Critics Say

Wed, 12/03/2014 - 4:05am

A couple of big Obama campaign donors were confirmed by the Senate on Tuesday. But this year, there have been some bad performances in confirmation hearings that raise questions about the practice.

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NYPD Hopes Garner Case Doesn't Trigger Ferguson-Like Violence

Wed, 12/03/2014 - 4:05am

A grand jury in New York could reach a decision as soon as Wednesday in the case of Eric Garner. His death caused an uproar after a video showed him being placed in a choke-hold by a NYPD officer.

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Sports Commissioners Absent From Senate Hearing On Domestic Abuse

Wed, 12/03/2014 - 4:05am

With domestic violence by sports figures in the news, members of the Senate Commerce Committee held a hearing on the issue. But not one commissioner — from the NFL, MLB, NBA or NHL — showed up.

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The 2014 Book Concierge Is Here To Help You Find Your Next Great Read

Wed, 12/03/2014 - 4:05am

NPR's Lynn Neary and Petra Mayer introduce an interactive guide to the books NPR staff and critics loved this year.

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