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'Cartel' Of 4 Big Banks To Plead Guilty To Gaming The Exchange Rate

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 10:15am

Four banks agreed to plead guilty to currency manipulation and pay over $5 billion in fines. Officials say the banks used secret codes to manipulate the exchange rate between U.S. dollars and Euros.

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It's David Letterman Day In Indianapolis

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 5:45am

Indianapolis is honoring its own. After three decades, David Letterman is retiring from his late-night CBS show. Wednesday is his final broadcast.

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That's One Way To Deal With A Loose Tooth

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 5:18am

Calvin Stanley was desperate to get rid of a loose tooth. He tried a bow and arrow with dental floss. Next he tried fishing line. It worked. His dad told KRT-TV that it took an hour to find the tooth.

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Recent Immigrants Find Ellis Island Still Relevant

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 4:06am

Twelve million immigrants passed through Ellis Island before it closed as an inspection station in 1954. The museum is expanding to tell the history of immigration to the U.S. in more recent decades.

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FTC And States File Suit Against 4 Sham Cancer Charities

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 4:06am

The charities have been charged with bilking consumers out of more than $187 million. The Federal Trade Commission along with every state and the District of Columbia brought the charges.

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Ramadi's Fall To ISIS Revives Questions About U.S. Strategy

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 4:06am

Steve Inskeep talks to Ali Soufan, a former FBI agent and CEO of The Soufan Group, about how the U.S. should shape its strategy to stop the self-proclaimed Islamic State from taking Iraqi cities.

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U.S. Should Take A Tougher Stand Toward China, Report's Authors Say

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 4:06am

Two former U.S. diplomats argue it's time to think of China less as a trading partner and more as a threat. Steve Inskeep talks to Robert Blackwill and Ashley Tellis about a paper they co-wrote.

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U.S. Charges 6 Chinese Nationals With Stealing Tech Secrets

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 4:06am

A 32-page indictment by federal prosecutors charges the six with economic espionage and trade secret theft. They are accused of stealing wireless technology from a pair of U.S. companies.

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Recent Immigrants Find Ellis Island Still Relevant

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 4:06am

Twelve million immigrants passed through Ellis Island before it closed as an inspection station in 1954. The museum is expanding to tell the history of immigration to the U.S. in more recent decades.

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New Texas Law Makes Local Fracking Bans Illegal

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 4:06am

Legislation was signed by Republican Gov. Greg Abbott after the city of Denton voted to restrict fracking. Denton officials say oil companies should not wield more power than citizens.

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After Derailment, Congress Debates Lifting Amtrak's Damage Cap

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 4:06am

Democrats are moving to raise the liability cap on Amtrak accidents, which was set at $200 million 18 years ago. They say the cap prevents full compensation for last week's derailment in Philadelphia.

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Los Angeles Minimum-Wage Workers To Get A Raise

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 4:06am

In a vote of 14-1, the Los Angeles City Council voted Tuesday to increase the city's minimum wage from $9 to $15 an hour by 2020. More than 40 percent of the workforce earns less than the hourly wage.

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In The Classroom And On the River, Modeling Success In Science

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 2:31am

Meet Caroline Solomon, an associate professor of biology at Gallaudet University, the renowned school for deaf and hard-of-hearing students.

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Pollinator Politics: Environmentalists Criticize Obama Plan To Save Bees

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 2:30am

The White House's new plan to reverse dramatic declines in bee numbers calls for the restoration of 7 million acres of bee-friendly habitat. Critics say the plan ignores a key culprit: pesticides.

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The Other Sacred Thing Tom Brady Squashed: Sportsmanship

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 2:29am

Tom Brady could be guilty of one of the worst transgressions in sport — purposely defiling the part of the game that makes it fair and square.

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An NPR Reporter Raced A Machine To Write A News Story. Who Won?

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 2:27am

Machines are taking on jobs that once seemed robot-proof. But can a machine replace radio reporters? We pit a human against a machine to find out.

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Live On Pakistani TV: A Call-In Show About Sex

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 2:25am

Sex is a topic not often broached in a conservative Muslim country like Pakistan. Yet a cable TV program hosted by a male doctor has proved popular, particularly among 30-something women.

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She's Got One Of The Toughest Diseases To Cure. And She's Hopeful

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 2:25am

Drug-resistant tuberculosis is a growing problem. It's spread through the air. It can kill you. And it's incredibly difficult to treat. But a program in Peru shows that the disease can be cured.

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Abandoned Books Spark Long Career In Law

Tue, 05/19/2015 - 6:30am

Joseph Crea found law books along the side of the road during the Great Depression. He celebrated his 100th birthday on Monday. He taught law classes up until last September.

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School Board Member Accused Of Inappropriate Gesture

Tue, 05/19/2015 - 6:25am

He wasn't excessively blatant. But a photo in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel shows Erbert Johnson using his middle finger to scratch his head.

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