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China's Stock Market Unnerves Investors With Another Nosedive

Tue, 07/28/2015 - 4:13am

China's stock market continues to fall on the heels of a big drop in June, and a government effort failed to prop up the market. Steve Inskeep talks to Patrick Chovanec, chief strategist with Silvercrest Asset Management, about China's recent stock market woes.

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Automakers Still Trying To Get Infotainment Systems Right

Tue, 07/28/2015 - 4:13am

Carmakers want desperately to provide drivers with more entertainment and information, while you keep your eyes on the road. Advances in voice recognition could help them do so.

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Research: Your Fingers Should Walk Further Down Yellow Pages' Listings

Tue, 07/28/2015 - 4:13am

Researchers examine the quality of plumbers in the Chicago area who choose names that are designed to show up first alphabetically in the Yellow Pages. For example, AAAA Plumbing.

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Same-Sex Couples Strive For Marriage Rights In Every EU Country

Tue, 07/28/2015 - 4:13am

The European Union has standards for labor, trade and sanitation, but same-sex marriage is left to member states. Only about a dozen EU countries recognize such unions.

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Research: Let Your Fingers Stroll Down Yellow Pages' Listings

Tue, 07/28/2015 - 4:13am

Researchers examined the quality of plumbers in the Chicago area who choose names that are designed to show up first alphabetically in the Yellow Pages. The first company isn't necessarily the best.

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Immigration Changes Create Refugee Crisis Along Dominican Republic-Haiti Border

Tue, 07/28/2015 - 4:13am

Refugee camps are appearing along Haiti's border with the Dominican Republic as people flee the DR to comply with new immigration laws. It's unclear how the Haitian government will manage the crisis.

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The Struggle To Breathe Life Back Into Empty Schools

Tue, 07/28/2015 - 4:06am

As urban schools across the country continue to lose students, the question districts like St. Louis face is: What to do with all of those empty buildings?

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Squeezed By Drought, California Farmers Switch To Less Thirsty Crops

Tue, 07/28/2015 - 4:05am

Water scarcity is leading farmers away from planting staples and towards planting higher-value, lower-water specialty crops. Think wine grapes and pomegranates instead of citrus and avocados.

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The Demise Of Old-Style Demolition Derby

Tue, 07/28/2015 - 4:03am

Demo derby used to be a low-budget hobby for guys who bought jalopies for one last romp before the scrap heap. But the evemt has changed — and some fear it may be running out of gas.

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Heavy Rotation: 10 Songs Public Radio Can't Stop Playing

Tue, 07/28/2015 - 4:02am

Let our panel of public radio hosts turn you on to new music by Raury, Dafnis Prieto, Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats, Lianne La Havas and more.

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How Finns Make Sports Part Of Everyday Life

Tue, 07/28/2015 - 4:00am

In Finland, 90 percent of adults take part in sports or exercise at least twice a week. The Nordic nation far outpaces the U.S. in adult sports participation. Free and easy access to facilities helps.

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The 'Swim Whisperer' Teaches Kids To Be Water-Safe

Tue, 07/28/2015 - 3:57am

For 20 years, Conrad Cooper has been making children in LA water-safe by earning his young students' unwavering trust.

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Free Speech Lawsuit Centers On Health Warnings On Soda

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 6:39am

San Francisco requires health warnings on soda. The American Beverage Association sued — contending a warning label violates the First Amendment by interfering with the "free market of ideas."

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Florida Man Wins Hemingway Look-A-Like Contest

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 6:36am

At the contest in Key West, Fla., Charlie Boice's beard was white enough, and on the 15th try, he won. He beat a field that included the husband of celebrity cook Paula Deen.

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Major Flaw In Android Phones Would Let Hackers In With Just A Text

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 5:01am

A severe flaw in Android, the world's most popular smartphone operating system, would let hackers take over with just a text message.

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Activists Aim To Expand Reach Of Black Lives Matter Movement

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 4:11am

Black Lives Matter was instrumental in galvanizing protests against deadly police force in several cities across the country. But its members now want to move beyond the hash tag. They met over the weekend in Cleveland with other advocacy groups to talk about how to push for real change in police departments and beyond.

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Career Diplomat Jeffrey DeLaurentis Is Charge D'Affaires In Havana

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 4:11am

It's been a week since the U.S. and Cuba reopened their embassies in each other's capitals. Next up will be appointing ambassadors. Until then, Jeffrey DeLaurentis is the U.S.'s man in Havana.

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Senate Takes A Step Toward Riving Export-Import Bank

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 4:11am

In a rare Sunday session, the Senate voted to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank. The House must also take up the matter. Steve Inskeep talks to David Wessel, director of the Hutchins Center on Fiscal & Monetary Policy at the Brookings Institution. He's also a contributing correspondent to "The Wall Street Journal."

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Feds Levy Record $105 Million Fine Against Fiat Chrysler

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 4:11am

Fiat Chrysler has been fined a record $105 million for safety issues. Federal regulators said the company failed to complete numerous safety recalls on more than 11 million vehicles. Fiat Chrysler released a brief statement on Sunday accepting the consequences "with renewed resolve to improve our handling of recalls and re-establish the trust our customers place in us."

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Turkey Launches Bombing Campaign Against ISIS, PKK Bases

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 4:11am

Over the weekend, Turkey launched a series of bombing campaigns over Iraq and Syria and arrested hundreds of people suspected of having ties to the Islamic State, also known ISIS. It's a boon to the fight against ISIS but Turkey has its own agenda and is targeting more than the Islamic State.

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