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New Orlean's Murder Rate Drops, But Violence Is Rampant

Fri, 07/04/2014 - 4:05am

A young woman has died following last weekend's shoot-out on a busy part of Bourbon Street in New Orleans. Nine other passers-by were wounded by the gunfire.

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Emotions Are Raw After Israeli And Palestinian Teens Are Killed

Fri, 07/04/2014 - 4:05am

Tensions intensified after the kidnapping and killing of 3 Israeli teens, and the apparent retribution murder of a Palestinian teen. David Greene talks to ex-U.S. Ambassador to Israel Daniel Kurtzer.

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Dance of Human Evolution Was Herky-Jerky, Fossils Suggest

Fri, 07/04/2014 - 2:36am

Maybe it was messier than we thought, some scientists now say. Big brains, long legs, and long childhoods may have evolved piecemeal in different spots, in response to frequent swings in climate.

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Passing The Torch: A Firefighter Dad's Legacy

Fri, 07/04/2014 - 2:36am

When he was a boy growing up in Chicago in the 1990s, Dekalb Walcott III says all the kids wanted to be like Michael Jordan. But not Dekalb. It was his dad, a fire chief, that he idolized.

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Report Shows 288,000 New Jobs In June

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 10:03am

June was a good month for job creation, according to the new Labor Department report. Employers added 288,000 positions to payrolls and the unemployment rate fell to 6.1 percent.

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Mosquito-Repellent Paper Attracts Readers

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 5:51am

Sri Lanka has been hit by an epidemic of dengue fever, a potentially deadly disease spread by mosquitoes. A newspaper printed an entire issue with ink made from citronella. Sales went up 30 percent.

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Traded MLB Pitchers Meet For The First Time During Bathroom Break

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 5:44am

Ernesto Frieri of the Anaheim Angles was traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates for Jason Grilli. During a layover in Chicago, they both decided to hit the bathroom. Same terminal. Same bathroom.

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Shiite Clerics Inspire Volunteers To Fight Iraq's Sunni Insurgency

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 4:18am

When Islamist militants surged in Iraq last month, the army collapsed and whole cities fell with frightening speed. Three weeks later, the army has been able to push back. That came after a call to arms by Shiite religious leaders in the holy city of Najaf. Deep emotion and symbolism fuel the Shiite response.

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Award-Winning Children's Book Author Walter Dean Myers Dies

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 4:18am

Walter Dean Myers, an acclaimed children's and young adult writer, died Tuesday after a brief illness. He was 76 years old. Myers captured what it was like to be young and black while growing up in the city. As he often said, he wrote the books he would have wanted to read as a kid.

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Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby Ruling Yields Polarized Debate

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 4:18am

In its Hobby Lobby decision, did the U.S. Supreme Court protect religious freedoms without denying access to contraceptives? Or did it set a stage for an array of challenges to the kind of medical insurance required of companies by the government? Morning Edition's Steve Inskeep discusses the court's Hobby Lobby ruling with Thomas Berg, a professor at the University of St. Thomas School of Law

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Before The Holiday Weekend, Latest Jobless Report Is Issued

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 4:18am

The Labor Department releases its monthly jobs report Thursday morning. It's coming out a day earlier than normal because of the Fourth of July holiday. The job market has been racking up healthy gains this year, and the latest report is widely expected to show continued growth.

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The Last Word In Business

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 4:18am

David Greene and Renee Montagne have the Last Word in business.

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Business News

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 4:18am

David Greene has business news.

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In Iraq's Sacred City Of Najaf, Clerics Call On Shiites To Fight

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 4:18am

Senior Shiite Muslim clerics usually stay out of politics. But they've broken with tradition and issued a call to arms. Shiites are now volunteering — and dying — in the fight against Sunni Muslims.

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Militant Group In Iraq Proves It's Learned From Al Qaida's Mistakes

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 4:18am

This week ISIS changed its name to the Islamic State and says its territory is now a caliphate. The move is just one of the things that distinguishes the group from its predecessor, al Qaida in Iraq.

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World Cup Play Helps Colombian Team Shed Bad Reputation

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 4:18am

For the first time, Colombia is in the quarter-finals of the World Cup. The team's winning streak is helping Colombian soccer emerge from a history of disappointment and drug-fueled violence.

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Why Are Kids From Central America Risking Solo Travel To The U.S.?

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 4:18am

The White House has asked Congress for $2 billion to respond to the record number of children arriving at the U.S. border. The funds would be used for shelters and to process deportation proceedings.

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For Once, The U.S., Russia And Iran Actually Agree On Something

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 2:14am

There's a broad international consensus that radical militants in Iraq pose a serious threat. But that doesn't mean the U.S., Russia, Iran and others will act in a coordinated fashion.

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An Uncertain Future Of The U.S. Terrorism Insurance Program

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 2:09am

The federal program, which would pay for catastrophic damage if a U.S. city was attacked again, is up for renewal this year and some have begun to worry that it may be in trouble.

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Chikun-What? A New Mosquito-Borne Virus Lands In The U.S.

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 2:08am

It's called chikungunya. And it causes severe joint pain that can last for months. A quarter of a million people have caught the virus in the Caribbean. So how big a problem will it be stateside?

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