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Author Of 'Trainspotting' Backs Scotland's Bid For Independence

Thu, 09/11/2014 - 3:55am

Polls show that next week's referendum on whether to separate from the United Kingdom is too close to call. For a pro-independence view, Steve Inskeep talks to Scottish author Irvine Welsh.

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Jazz Arranger Gerald Wilson Dies At 96

Thu, 09/11/2014 - 3:55am

Bandleader, composer and arranger Gerald Wilson died Monday at his home in Los Angeles. Wilson's career stretched from the swing era of the 1930s into the 21st century.

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Mideast Region Reacts To Obama's Speech With Skepticism

Thu, 09/11/2014 - 3:55am

In a prime-time speech Wednesday, President Obama said the U.S. plans to "take out" the Islamic State "wherever they exist." Signaling a broadening of the American offensive so far.

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Is Amazon's Failed Phone A Cautionary Tale?

Thu, 09/11/2014 - 2:24am

While Apple unveils a futuristic new smartwatch, Amazon slashes prices on its smartphone-for-shoppers. Both companies are searching for the innovation sweet spot in mobile.

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Dogs Are Invited To A Costume Party In Boulder, Colo.

Wed, 09/10/2014 - 5:24am

It's a competition, meant to encourage people to clean up after their dogs and use a waste composting program. The contest is called: There's No Such Thing as the Poop Fairy.

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German Waiter Trained To Carry 27 Beer Steins

Wed, 09/10/2014 - 5:19am

Oliver Struempfel set a reputed world record for carrying beer. Video shows him pressing the 27 steins together in one great two-tiered mass.

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Shakey Cease-Fire Manages To Hold In Ukraine

Wed, 09/10/2014 - 4:03am

The ceasefire in eastern Ukraine is largely holding, but the mood in the capital Kiev is cautious. Each side accused the other of sporadic shelling, and Ukraine said five of its servicemen had been killed.

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Amercians Renew Their Love For Butter

Wed, 09/10/2014 - 4:03am

Butter is back. But the increased demand is not the reason for recent price hikes. It turns out that the U.S. is exporting more — dipping into our stores of precious butter fat. (Stations note: This story first aired on Weekend Edition Saturday on Sept. 6, 2014)

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Ray Rice Video Sets Off Barrage Of Twitter Conversations

Wed, 09/10/2014 - 4:03am

The assault by former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice on his then-fiancee was public knowledge. But a new video released by TMZ grabbed the public's attention. That prompted a new round of conversations across both traditional and social media — specifically around the hashtags #Why I Stayed and #Why I Left.

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The Last Word In Business

Wed, 09/10/2014 - 4:03am

Steve Inskeep has the Last Word in business.

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Business News

Wed, 09/10/2014 - 4:03am

Steve Inskeep has business news.

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How Court Fees Became An Emotional Issue In Ferguson, Mo.

Wed, 09/10/2014 - 4:03am

The City Council met for the first time since the shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown. A proposal was introduced to address one source of tension: heavy collection of court fines and fees.

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Every Briton Will Be Affected If Scots Secede, British Journalist Says

Wed, 09/10/2014 - 4:03am

A referendum will be held next week on whether Scotland should break away from the U.K. Steve Inskeep talks to British journalist Jonathan Freedland about why he doesn't want Scotland to leave.

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Google Sets Out To Repair Its Image In Europe

Wed, 09/10/2014 - 4:03am

Google is the latest in a string of American technology companies that has run into roadblocks in Europe. Steve Inskeep learns more from Danny Hakim of The New York Times.

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Apple Pay Wants To Be Your Mobile Wallet

Wed, 09/10/2014 - 4:03am

At a product event on Tuesday, Apple announced a mobile payment system called Apple Pay. CEO Tim Cook says that Apple Pay will provide a secure way to make transactions using one of Apple's devices.

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Built In Better Times, University Labs Now Lack Research Funding

Wed, 09/10/2014 - 4:03am

When the National Institutes of Health budget doubled, some schools scrambled to build new laboratory buildings. But the funding has declined, leaving institutions struggling to pay for the buildings.

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Detroit Agrees To Lease Water System To Neighboring Counties

Wed, 09/10/2014 - 4:03am

As Detroit struggles to emerge from bankruptcy, the city reaches a historic deal. After years of acrimony, the city and its suburbs have a tentative deal to share control of Detroit's water system.

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Obama To Push Military Campaign Against Islamic State Militants

Wed, 09/10/2014 - 2:49am

Experts say it's not so much the American people that the president has to convince, but the Middle East leaders he's counting on for help.

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Campaign Ads Featuring Veterans Swarm The Airwaves

Wed, 09/10/2014 - 2:29am

Candidates on both sides of the aisle have found something they can agree on this campaign season. Ads critical of the treatment of the nation's veterans.

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Dogged By Controversy, A Jewish Sect Is On The Move Again

Wed, 09/10/2014 - 2:28am

Members of Lev Tahor left Canada with trail of allegations of child abuse. Then leaders of the Guatemalan village where they settled asked them to leave. The sect is again looking for a new home.

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