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Philly Preps Blessed Beer And Other Edible Swag To Greet Pope Francis

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 4:02am

Enterprising businesses will mark the pope's visit to Philadelphia next month with irreverent tchotchkes — including beers brewed with holy water and toasters that etch the pontiff's face on bread.

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In Britain, Who's Tormenting The Queen's Swans?

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 3:56am

Wild swans — which all belong by law to the Queen — are among Britain's most cherished birds. But there's been an uptick in incidents of neglect and cruelty. Some swans are even being eaten.

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London's Big Ben Chimes Are Behind The Times

Wed, 08/26/2015 - 6:49am

Big Ben is the name for the giant bell inside Elizabeth Tower. The chimes are slow by as many as six seconds. Mechanics are placing or removing pennies from the pendulum to alter its speed.

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Australian Wombat Is Looking For Love

Wed, 08/26/2015 - 6:36am

Patrick is a celebrity at Ballarat Wildlife Park in Australia. He's got 30,000 Facebook followers. For his 30th birthday, he got a wheelbarrow. So like any good millennial, Patrick is now on Tinder.

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Authors' Garden Clippings Grow Students' Love Of Literature

Wed, 08/26/2015 - 4:06am

High school English teacher Jennifer McQuillan spent the summer collecting clippings from the gardens of American authors. She's using them to plant a "literary garden" in her school's courtyard.

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Louisiana Discovers GPS Tracking Of Government Vehicles Saves Money

Wed, 08/26/2015 - 4:06am

Louisiana has become the first state to track nearly all of its government vehicles. It's hoped to cut down on fuel use and prevent accidents. And, the project is working.

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Donald Trump Escalates His Fight With The Media

Wed, 08/26/2015 - 4:06am

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump continues his brawl with the news media. During a news conference in Dubuque, Iowa, Tuesday night, Trump had Jorge Ramos of Univision, the largest Spanish-language network in the U.S., thrown out. He was ultimately let back in.

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How Do Wildfires Get Their Names? The National Park Service Explains

Wed, 08/26/2015 - 4:06am

Wildfires can have some awfully strange names. Most of the time, they're named for where they started.

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After Scandals, Ireland Is No Longer 'The Most Catholic Country In The World'

Wed, 08/26/2015 - 4:06am

Although Ireland was once called "the most Catholic Country in the World," the scandals of recent years have destroyed popular support for the church there, with many Irish people ignoring the hierarchy's guidance on social issues.

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Firefighters Get The Upper Hand In Washington State Wildfire

Wed, 08/26/2015 - 4:06am

The Okanogan (OH-kah-NAH-gun) fire in central Washington state has burned more than a quarter million acres. That makes it the largest wildfire in the state's history. But it has only destroyed a small number of homes because the location of the fire is so sparely populated.

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U.S. Investors Watch Nervously As Retirement Funds Drop

Wed, 08/26/2015 - 4:06am

The topsy-turvy stock market lately is giving indigestion to some people who told their financial adviser or online asset allocation interface that they're okay with moderate risk. But others are just trying to tune out the roller coaster market news.

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Has China's Communist Party Lost Its Touch With Economic Managment?

Wed, 08/26/2015 - 4:06am

When it comes to economic management, China's leadership has been among the world's most competent. But this month, the government appears to have bungled a currency devaluation, the country's stock market collapse and the response to a chemical explosion. Is the party losing its touch?

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Another Sound From Nature Coming Up On Thursday's Show

Wed, 08/26/2015 - 4:06am

There are the summer sounds we know: the buzz of a mosquito or the chirp of a cricket — and then there are the sounds we're only just discovering, like the thumping language of treehoppers. David Greene and Steve Inskeep Listeners encourage listeners to search high and low for the mysterious sounds in their backyard.

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Zap Racket Helps Brazilians Deal With Mosquitoes

Wed, 08/26/2015 - 4:06am

Brazilians bedeviled by mosquitoes have a way to bat away the nuisance. The Zap Racket. It's an electrified tennis racket that kills mosquitoes. It's deeply satisfying to use, but it takes technique.

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Rosé Wine Sales Pick Up Stream Across The U.S. And Europe

Wed, 08/26/2015 - 4:06am

It used to be that wine makers just made a little rosé for themselves. Now they are making hundreds of thousands of bottles and selling out.

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Why Can't We Bet On U.S. Elections? Blame 16th Century Rome

Wed, 08/26/2015 - 4:06am

You can spend millions of dollars on lobbyists or ads to influence the presidential election, but it is mostly illegal to place an actual bet on who will win the White House.

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Spilled Sewage Forces Closure Of Hawaii's Famed Waikiki Beach

Wed, 08/26/2015 - 4:06am

A sewage spill has shut down miles of beaches along Waikiki (WHY-kee-kee) during the height of Hawaii's summer tourist season. Flooding from heavy rains caused more than 500,000 gallons of waste to overflow from manholes and cascade into the surf.

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Turkey And ISIS Are Both Fighting The Kurds And Each Other

Wed, 08/26/2015 - 4:06am

As Turkey escalates its military operations against Kurdish fighters in the country's southeast, Kurds there are bracing for attacks from another enemy at the same time: the Islamic State.

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China's Missteps Tarnish A Reputation For Economic Management

Wed, 08/26/2015 - 4:06am

China's leaders were, until recently, seen as highly competent in managing the economy. But a bungled currency devaluation and a stock market collapse have challenged the conventional wisdom.

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Why French Winemakers Are Seeing The World Through Rosé-Colored Glasses

Wed, 08/26/2015 - 4:06am

Many vintners in southern France used to make a few bottles of rosé only for themselves. But demand for the pale, dry wine has skyrocketed, transforming the lives of the region's winemakers.

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