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Obama Goes To Martha's Vineyard But Issues Don't Take A Vacation

Mon, 08/11/2014 - 4:06am

President Obama and his family are enjoying what the White House is describing as a working vacation on Martha's Vineyard as American airstrikes continue to hit selected Iraqi targets.

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Kurdish Forces Reclaim 2 Iraqi Cities Taken By Sunni Extremists

Mon, 08/11/2014 - 4:06am

For the latest news out of Iraq, Steve Inskeep talks to Washington Post reporter Loveday Morris and Wladimir van Wilgenburg, a correspondent for the news website Al-Monitor.

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Amazon Blocks Pre-Orders Of Some Disney Movies

Mon, 08/11/2014 - 4:06am

Amazon is taking on another big media company, Disney. The action comes at a time when the retailer's contract dispute with the Hachette Book group is heating up.

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Scientists Investigate Outbreak Of Sea Star Wasting Syndrome

Mon, 08/11/2014 - 4:06am

Sea stars, commonly referred to as starfish, are experiencing a massive die off. Sea star wasting syndrome has wiped out millions of them along the West Coast — from Mexico to Canada.

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First Listen: 'Tudo' By Bebel Gilberto

Mon, 08/11/2014 - 4:06am

Tudo is the latest album from Bebel Gilberto, who began singing at seven years old with her father bossa nova great Joao Gilberto. This latest CD is an artful contribution to Bebel Gilberto's career.

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In China, 'Transformers' Capture Box Office Record

Mon, 08/11/2014 - 4:06am

In the U.S., moviegoers spent more than $240 million to watch Age of Extinction, the series' 4th installment. In China, the movie did even better — becoming the biggest box office hit of all time.

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Detroit Struggles To Get People Who Bailed On Water Bills To Pay

Mon, 08/11/2014 - 4:06am

Bankrupt Detroit is dealing with $90 million in delinquent water bills. And it's not just residents who aren't paying their water bills, even some businesses have missed payments.

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Vigil For Mo. Teen Killed By Police Officer Spirals Into Violence

Mon, 08/11/2014 - 4:06am

In a suburb of St. Louis Sunday night, what was supposed to be a peaceful protest against the shooting of an unarmed teenager by a police officer on Saturday, disintegrated into looting and violence.

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What Makes A Nation Happy?

Mon, 08/11/2014 - 2:34am

A group representing some of the world's richest countries has created an interactive online tool that invites the public to rank 11 factors that contribute to happiness.

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Critics Blame Airbnb For San Francisco's Housing Problems

Mon, 08/11/2014 - 2:30am

Some have found that renting on a nightly basis brings a lot more money than long-term leases, but people concerned about a shrinking rental market have turned to legal action and protests.

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With 50 Games Left Till Playoffs, Few MLB Teams Out Of Contention

Fri, 08/08/2014 - 10:10am

In the dog days of summer, Major League Baseball's regular season has nearly 50 games left. Fans have their eyes on postseason play, and every division has tight races.

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Runaway Toddler Slips Through White House Gate

Fri, 08/08/2014 - 6:13am

Secret Service agents scrambled and the White House was put on lock down. A spokesman joked that they do want to interrogate the young man when he learns to talk.

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Pet Owner Revives Bearded Dragon

Fri, 08/08/2014 - 6:11am

In Salem, Oregon, a woman discovered her lizard wasn't moving. She started chest compressions and blew air in its mouth, performing CPR on the lizard until it was revived.

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Author Fine Tunes Description Of China's Investment In Africa

Fri, 08/08/2014 - 5:45am

In an interview with Steve Inskeep, author Howard French comments on Steve's discussion this week with National Security Advisor Susan Rice about U.S. and Chinese investment in Africa.

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Following 3-Day Truce, Rocket Fire Resumes In Gaza

Fri, 08/08/2014 - 5:04am

Gaza militants renewed rocket fire on Israel after a three-day truce expired on Friday. Israel fired back. Negotiations in Cairo on a new border deal for the coastal strip hit a deadlock.

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West Africa's Ebola Outbreak Declared International Emergency

Fri, 08/08/2014 - 4:18am

World Health Organizations officials have been meeting with disease experts and public health policymakers from around the globe about the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. On Friday, the group declared the outbreak an international public health emergency that requires an extraordinary response.

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Kerry's Afghan Visit Aims To Smooth Disputed Election

Fri, 08/08/2014 - 4:18am

Secretary of State John Kerrywants the two presidential contenders to accept the results of an ongoing audit of the ballots and form a unity government by next month.

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Is It Too Early To Talk About Baseball's Pennant Races?

Fri, 08/08/2014 - 4:18am

We are in the dog days of summer, and there are nearly 50 games left in Major League Baseball's regular season. As fans have their eyes on post-season play, every division has tight races.

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Turkey's Presidential Election Not Immune From Middle East Turmoil

Fri, 08/08/2014 - 4:18am

Turks vote Sunday in their country's first direct presidential election. The backdrop for the vote is the advance of the Islamic State in neighboring Syria and Iraq. David Greene talks to columnist Asli Aydintasbas, of the Turkish newspaper "Milliyet," about if the battle raging next door is a big issue in the election campaign.

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Obama Authorizes Targeted Strikes In Iraq

Fri, 08/08/2014 - 4:18am

The latest on the Obama administrations plans to address a humanitarian crisis in Iraq. NPR Pentagon Tom Bowman discusses U-S options for action to help Iraqis trapped on a mountain in northern Iraq and the broader strategy for combating the group the Islamic State.

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