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As Millions Of People Fast For Ramadan, Does The Economy Suffer?

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 5:01am

New research examines the effects of Ramadan, the Muslim holy month during which millions of people around the world go without food all day. Does religious practice affect economic growth?

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Videographer's 'Happy' View Of Gaza Turns Tragic

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 5:01am

A few months ago, 24-year-old Anas Hamra made a "Happy" video about Gaza. If the rest of the world was playing off Pharrell Williams' song, he figured Gaza ought to step up, too. Plus, even with salty tap water and travel restrictions, life in Gaza was not all misery. On Wednesday, Hamra spent 24 hours with his video camera in Shifa Hospital in Gaza and emerged unable to find a word to describe how he feels. The first song that came to mind is "Wake Me Up When It's Over."

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The 313 Turns 313: Happy Birthday, Detroit

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 5:01am

ENTER TEASER

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In Detroit Porch Shooting Trial, It's Murder Vs. Self-Defense

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 5:01am

The murder trial is underway for Theodore Wafer, the Detroit homeowner who shot Renisha McBride, an unarmed black teen, on his porch. Wafer claims self-defense; prosecutors say there was no threat.

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Iowa Mayor Calls For 'Caring Cities' To Take In Young Immigrants

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 5:01am

The governor of Iowa says he's empathetic but doesn't want to host any of the unaccompanied and undocumented children from Central America. But advocacy groups and other officials in the state are urging Iowans to welcome them.

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Last Word

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 5:01am

Renee Montagne and Steve Inskeep have today's last word in business.

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Rural Startups, Often Overlooked, Are The Focus Of New Investment Programs

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 5:01am

Small-town startups often struggle to attract serious investors. But efforts are under way to help entrepreneurs outside the urban beltway find financing.

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New Rules Proposed For Oil-Carrying Trains In Wake Of Fiery Crashes

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 5:01am

The Obama administration is proposing new safety rules for railroad oil tank cars, after a series of fiery derailments. The rules would phase out thousands of older cars in two years.

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Complications During Ariz. Inmate's Execution Reignite Controversy

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 5:01am

An Arizona inmate took almost two hours to die after receiving a lethal injection Wednesday. Jude Joffe-Block of member station KJZZ reports.

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With New Safety Measures, Nuclear Reactors May Reopen In Japan

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 5:01am

Three years after the Fukushima disaster shut down Japan's nuclear power plants, reactors at a different plant may reopen. Steve Inskeep talks with Wall Street Journal Tokyo bureau chief Peter Landers.

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Military Dogs' Advocates Say The Canines Aren't Pets — They're Vets

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 5:01am

Military war dogs serve combat tours, save lives and suffer injuries like the soldiers they serve. On Capitol Hill this week, dogs and their handlers made the case that all dogs should be brought home from war and treated with the respect they've earned.

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Despite Mideast Turmoil, More French Jews Are Moving To Israel

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 5:01am

Anti-Semitism in France and across Europe is fueling emigration, Jews say. One father whose son is leaving says, "France is no longer the beautiful country it was."

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Syrian Babies Born To Refugees Face A Future In Limbo

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 5:01am

Syrians have flooded into neighboring countries and now they are having babies. But the children are not receiving citizenship from either Syria or the country where they are born.

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Advocates Say Military Dogs Aren't Pets — They're Veterans

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 5:01am

On Capitol Hill, dogs and their handlers have made the case that all U.S. military dogs should be brought home from war — and treated with the respect they've earned on the battlefield.

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As Gaza Fighting Rages, West Bank Palestinians Can Only Watch

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 4:29am

The West Bank and Gaza are less than 40 miles apart and many Palestinians have ties to both places. Yet the current fighting has made it even harder than usual to stay in touch, let alone visit.

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Skype A Vital Bridge For Palestinians In West Bank, Gaza

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 4:29am

By most accounts, the war between Israel and Hamas is getting worse. As the casualties mount, so does the frustration of Palestinian families living apart who rarely if ever get to see each other.

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Don't Make Me Come Back There: Toyota's New Parent-Friendly Options

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 4:24am

The new Sienna minivan has an optional pull-down mirror to allow better surveillance of the backseat, and a "Driver Easy Speak" feature that lets you speak to the kids without shouting.

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$500,000 Gets You A 170-Foot-Tall Ketchup Bottle In Illinois

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 4:19am

The condiment container towers above the former Brooks Old Original and Tangy Ketchup factory. The company moved out decades ago; now the space is for sale. It doesn't come with a giant side of fries.

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Conflicting Obamacare Rulings Set Stage For Supreme Court Face-Off

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 3:45am

Two federal appeals courts issued conflicting views of the subsidies available under Obamacare. The problem is the language in one subsection of the 950-page law — boiling down to just three words.

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How A Chokehold, Aka Neck Restraint, Is Supposed To Work

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 3:45am

After a New York man died during a police takedown, police trainers say properly administered "neck restraint" moves do not result in choking and are safer than alternatives like Tasers.

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