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China's President Visits South Korea, Snubs North Korea

Fri, 07/04/2014 - 4:05am

China's president is in Seoul where he's meeting his South Korean counterpart. In a not-so-veiled gibe at North Korea, the two leaders repeated their opposition to nuclear weapons on the Korean Peninsula. The two-day trip also comes just after Japan made moves to increase the reach of its own military. And all of this happens while the U.S. and China are openly jockeying for power in East Asia.

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20th Essence Music Festival Opens In New Orleans

Fri, 07/04/2014 - 4:05am

The Essence Music Festival is a must for any true lovers of rhythm and blues music. Thousands flock to New Orleans every year to hear music acts like Prince and Lionel Richie. David Greene talks to Jason King, who hosts NPR's 24/7 R&B and Soul music stream, about the festival which kicked off Thursday night.

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The Last Word In Business

Fri, 07/04/2014 - 4:05am

David Greene has the Last Word in business.

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2010 World Cup Helped South Africa Attract Latin American Tourists

Fri, 07/04/2014 - 4:05am

Brazil's World Cup soccer stadiums and hotels are packed. But events like that don't pay for themselves. South Africa hosted the last World Cup and the country wasn't left entirely empty handed.

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Business News

Fri, 07/04/2014 - 4:05am

David Greene has business news.

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Fighting In Eastern Ukraine Is Described As Fierce But Indecisive

Fri, 07/04/2014 - 4:05am

Diplomats are trying to arrange a new ceasefire in eastern Ukraine. But Ukraine's president is under domestic pressure to take decisive military action against pro-Russian separatists.

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Border Patrol Maintains Silence After Shootings

Fri, 07/04/2014 - 4:05am

Steve Inskeep talks to the mother of a 15-year-old boy who was shot under a bridge that spans the border from El Paso, Texas, to Juarez, Mexico. (This piece aired on June 9, 2014 on Morning Edition.)

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Individual Conscience And Society Collide Over Contraception

Fri, 07/04/2014 - 4:05am

Contraception is the latest in a long line of often bitter history of balancing the right of conscience with the needs of society. (This piece first aired on Feb. 16, 2012 on All Things Considered.)

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Fastest Growing U.S. City Faces Housing Shortage

Fri, 07/04/2014 - 4:05am

Census data show San Marcos, Texas, is the U.S.'s fastest growing city. Students make up many of the 10,000 people who've moved there since 2010, pushing the population from 45,000 to over 54,000.

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Bangor PD's Facebook Page Isn't Typical Police Blotter Fodder

Fri, 07/04/2014 - 4:05am

The police department in Bangor, Maine, has had a surprise hit with its Facebook page. In a city of 33,000, the page has earned almost 20,000 followers.

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Facebook Apologizes For Manipulation; Data Research Likely To Go On

Fri, 07/04/2014 - 4:05am

A mood study that Facebook conducted on unwitting users has been criticized. Data science plays an integral role at Facebook — for bottom line reasons, and in collaboration with academic researchers.

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New Orlean's Murder Rate Drops, But Violence Is Rampant

Fri, 07/04/2014 - 4:05am

A young woman has died following last weekend's shoot-out on a busy part of Bourbon Street in New Orleans. Nine other passers-by were wounded by the gunfire.

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Emotions Are Raw After Israeli And Palestinian Teens Are Killed

Fri, 07/04/2014 - 4:05am

Tensions intensified after the kidnapping and killing of 3 Israeli teens, and the apparent retribution murder of a Palestinian teen. David Greene talks to ex-U.S. Ambassador to Israel Daniel Kurtzer.

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Dance of Human Evolution Was Herky-Jerky, Fossils Suggest

Fri, 07/04/2014 - 2:36am

Maybe it was messier than we thought, some scientists now say. Big brains, long legs, and long childhoods may have evolved piecemeal in different spots, in response to frequent swings in climate.

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Passing The Torch: A Firefighter Dad's Legacy

Fri, 07/04/2014 - 2:36am

When he was a boy growing up in Chicago in the 1990s, Dekalb Walcott III says all the kids wanted to be like Michael Jordan. But not Dekalb. It was his dad, a fire chief, that he idolized.

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Report Shows 288,000 New Jobs In June

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 10:03am

June was a good month for job creation, according to the new Labor Department report. Employers added 288,000 positions to payrolls and the unemployment rate fell to 6.1 percent.

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Mosquito-Repellent Paper Attracts Readers

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 5:51am

Sri Lanka has been hit by an epidemic of dengue fever, a potentially deadly disease spread by mosquitoes. A newspaper printed an entire issue with ink made from citronella. Sales went up 30 percent.

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Traded MLB Pitchers Meet For The First Time During Bathroom Break

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 5:44am

Ernesto Frieri of the Anaheim Angles was traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates for Jason Grilli. During a layover in Chicago, they both decided to hit the bathroom. Same terminal. Same bathroom.

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Shiite Clerics Inspire Volunteers To Fight Iraq's Sunni Insurgency

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 4:18am

When Islamist militants surged in Iraq last month, the army collapsed and whole cities fell with frightening speed. Three weeks later, the army has been able to push back. That came after a call to arms by Shiite religious leaders in the holy city of Najaf. Deep emotion and symbolism fuel the Shiite response.

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Award-Winning Children's Book Author Walter Dean Myers Dies

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 4:18am

Walter Dean Myers, an acclaimed children's and young adult writer, died Tuesday after a brief illness. He was 76 years old. Myers captured what it was like to be young and black while growing up in the city. As he often said, he wrote the books he would have wanted to read as a kid.

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