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Pro-Russian Separatists Accused Of Shooting Down Malaysia Jetliner

Fri, 07/18/2014 - 4:29am

Ukraine charges pro-Russian separatists shot down a Malaysia Airlines jet with 298 people aboard. It blames Russia for supplying the weapons to do it. The rebels deny downing the aircraft.

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Microsoft Announces Biggest Layoffs In Company's History

Fri, 07/18/2014 - 4:29am

Microsoft will eliminate 18,000 jobs in the next year. That's 14 percent of the company's global workforce, and the largest reduction in its history. The changes reflect Microsoft's shift to mobile.

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Broadway Legend Elaine Stritch Dies At 89

Fri, 07/18/2014 - 4:29am

Elaine Stritch, whose career spanned more than half a century and went from stage to screen to TV and back to stage again, died Thursday at her home in Birmingham, Mich.

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Calif. Officials Debate How To Get Residents To Cut Water Use

Fri, 07/18/2014 - 4:29am

How do you make people conserve water? Officials in California are asking that question, as the state enacts unprecedented water-use restrictions during the severe drought.

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While Campaigning For Other Democrats, Sen. Warren Gains Fans

Fri, 07/18/2014 - 4:29am

Senator Elizabeth Warren has had a busy mid-term election season campaigning for Democratic Senate hopefuls — especially women — across the country. Warren has ruled out a presidential run in 2016.

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Missile Likely Shot Down Malaysia Airlines Jet

Fri, 07/18/2014 - 4:29am

A Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 with 298 passengers and crew aboard crashed in eastern Ukraine, an area wracked by separatist insurgents. David Greene talks to Sabrina Tavernise of The New York Times.

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Israel Intensifies Its Campaign Against Gaza

Fri, 07/18/2014 - 4:29am

Escalating its conflict with Hamas, Israel began shelling the Gaza Strip on Thursday — clearing the way for ground troops. Israel is targeting tunnels Hamas uses to attack its territory.

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Microsoft Announces Biggest Layoffs Yet: Up To 18,000 Workers

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 10:05am

In the largest layoff in the company's history, it's stripping 14 percent of its workforce. CEO Satya Nadella says it's part of a plan to make the 39-year-old company more agile and productive.

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Washington State Man Tries To Rid House Of Spider

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 6:19am

The man made a makeshift blowtorch with a lighter and a can of spray paint. He sprayed flames toward the spider, and of course set his house on fire — causing $60,000 in damage.

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Panama's Ex-Strongman Sues Over 'Call Of Duty' Video Game

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 5:43am

Manuel Noriega accuses the makers of the game of profiting from his likeness and harming his reputation.

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With 2 Top Riders Out, Tour De France Could Have A Surprise Winner

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 4:10am

Phil Liggett and Paul Sherwen are known as the "voices of cycling." For 29 years, they've shared the microphone covering one of cycling's most grueling races: the Tour de France. The pair talk about the race with Renee Montagne.

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North Carolina's Governor Causes Controvery With Poet Laureate Appointment

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 4:10am

North Carolina's governor has announced that Valerie Macon would be the state's next poet laureate. Macon works fulltime at the state's Department of Health and Human Services. The literary community is not happy with the selection because the governor bypassed normal channels and the advice of the literary community.

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Commission To Decide If 50,000 Federal Inmates Will Be Released Early

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 4:10am

The Sentencing Commission meets Friday to vote on a plan that could send home more than 20,000 federal inmates convicted of drug trafficking. The move represents the single biggest piece of sentencing overhaul in decades — even though prosecutors and police are raising doubts.

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Google Experimnents With Mapping Climate Change

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 4:10am

Google and the Environmental Defense Fund have teamed up to detect methane leaks in a few U.S. cities. The leaks don't usually pose an immediate threat, but they do contribute to climate change.

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U.S. Border Patrol Chief Faces Media Scrutiny Head-On

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 4:10am

For many months, we've been reporting on the Border Patrol's controversial use of force along the U.S. Mexico border. On Friday, we'll hear from the new commissioner of Customs and Border Protection, Gil Kerlikowske, and find out why he's pushing for more transparency at his agency.

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Children Are Fleeing For Their Lives, Says Journalist Covering Border Crisis

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 4:10am

Steve Inskeep talks to journalist Sonia Nazario talks about her recent trip to Honduras, the epicenter of violence that has gripped Central America and pushed north tens of thousands of migrant children and families. In a Pulitzer Prize-winning account in the "Los Angeles Times," Nazario long ago chronicled the dangers of street gangs who target teens, and the treacherous journey young people have taken to reach the U.S.-Mexico border.

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Talks On Iran's Nuclear Program Are Likely To Be Extended

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 4:10am

President Obama says talks on Iran's nuclear program have shown "real progress" and there's a "credible way forward." That's the strongest indication yet that the negotiations will be extended beyond Sunday's deadline.

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The Last Word In Business

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 4:10am

Steve Inskeep and Renee Montagne have the Last Word in business.

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Business News

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 4:10am

Steve Inskeep has business news.

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U.S. Firms Beat Corporate Taxes By Moving Their Headquarters Abroad

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 4:10am

Renee Montagne talks to David Wessel of the Brookings Institution about corporate income taxes. Many businesses, analysts and politicians argue the U.S. system is broken.

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