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Business News

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 4:07am

Linda Wertheimer has this morning's business news.

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Is Fracking To Blame For Increase In Quakes In Oklahoma?

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 4:07am

Oklahoma is experiencing more earthquakes, and some scientists say they're caused by wastewater disposal wells. Linda Wertheimer learns more from energy reporter Joe Wertz of StateImpact Oklahoma.

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Water, Electricity And Other Needs In Short Supply In Gaza

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 4:07am

In Gaza, the price of drinking water has soared, there's little electricity — and another shortage is beginning: people displaced by the fighting are waiting in long lines to get food.

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As Volunteerism Explodes In Popularity, Who's It Helping Most?

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 4:07am

More young adults and teens are swapping sun tanning and sightseeing on vacations for working in orphanages, building schools and teaching English abroad.

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On The Eve Of A Possible Lockout, Met Opera Talks Remain Contentious

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 4:07am

Labor disputes are nothing new to the Met Opera, but never have they been so public. With a deadline looming, both sides signal that negotiations are going nowhere.

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Best Seat In The House Of Worship: The Temple Hollywood Built

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 4:07am

Built in the late 1920s by movie moguls, the Wilshire Boulevard Temple is a Los Angeles landmark — and also a statement the LA Jewish community made to itself, and to the city.

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Community Prosecutions Credited With Drops In Crime

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 4:07am

Placing prosecutors in a neighborhood instead of a courtroom is a different kind of "law and order." A University of Chicago law professor says his research shows community prosecution has had an immediate and measurable impact on violent crime.

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A Prospective Pro Athletes' Backup Plan? Pit Crewing For NASCAR

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 4:07am

Some college athletes who dreamed of going into pro sports are instead finding full-time work on NASCAR pit crews. NASCAR is recruiting athletes, not mechanics, and has a special training center.

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In Kansas City, Obama Brushes Off House GOP's Lawsuit Against Him

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 4:07am

Congress leaves some significant business unfinished as it goes on break. But the talk of Washington and beyond is Wednesday's vote by House republicans to authorize a lawsuit against President Obama.

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New Bill Aims To Hold Colleges Accountable For Campus Sex Crimes

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 4:07am

Under new bipartisan legislation, colleges and universities could face strong new penalties for mishandling cases of sexual assault on campus. Critics question whether they can be implemented.

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Argentina Is In Default. What Does That Actually Mean?

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 4:07am

Talks between Argentina and holdout bondholders collapsed Wednesday. With no additional talks scheduled, it appears Argentina has defaulted for the second time in about 12 years.

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Milwaukee Neighborhood Rallies To Put Young Boys On The Right Path

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 4:07am

Activists are trying to teach boys the value of hard work and respect through neighborhood cleanups and mentoring sessions. The community pays the boys $20 for four hours of work.

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France's Nude Models Threaten To Strike

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 5:09am

The models say they have no job security or vacation pay and aren't allowed to collect tips. Organizers have said "not just anyone can take their clothes off and hold a pose."

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NCAA Head-Injury Settlement Includes $70 Million Medical Fund

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 4:58am

The NCAA has settled a class-action lawsuit over its head injury policies, pending approval. Supporters laud a $70 million fund for medical monitoring; others say there's no money for injured players.

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During Chicago's 1990s Crime Wave, A Rush To Judgment?

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 4:56am

Chicago police faced an epidemic of crime — and, with it, pressure to solve high-profile cases. Linda Wertheimer talks with reporter Nicholas Schmidle about a murder case and his New Yorker piece.

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Korean Baseball Team Fills The Stands With Fanbots

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 4:37am

The Hanwha Eagles lost over 400 games in five years. But online fans have stayed true. Now remote fans can control robots at the stadium that are wearing jerseys, cheering and bearing the fans' faces.

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After War's Deadliest Day, Israel Hits Another U.N. School In Gaza

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 4:30am

A U.N. spokesman said Israeli tank shells hit the school Wednesday, killing 15 Palestinians and wounding 90. The agency is housing scores of people displaced by the fighting in schools across Gaza.

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Deford: Is Goodell Good Enough To Lead The NFL?

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 3:59am

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell's two-game suspension of a Baltimore Ravens player for an alleged assault has been widely criticized. Commentator Frank Deford says American football needs a new envoy.

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California Pharmacists Resist Translating Medicine Labels

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 3:59am

Adding a translation to the English label would require bigger bottles, pharmacists say. They worry patients would wind up carrying a few pills around loose — without any instructions at all.

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Senate's Highway Trust Fund Bill Sets Up Conflict With The House

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 3:59am

A short-term fix for the nearly empty Highway Trust Fund is a step closer to President Obama's desk. Congress has been talking about the long-term problems with the construction account, but the two chambers have not agreed on a long-term solution.

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