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Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby Ruling Yields Polarized Debate

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

In its Hobby Lobby decision, did the U.S. Supreme Court protect religious freedoms without denying access to contraceptives? Or did it set a stage for an array of challenges to the kind of medical insurance required of companies by the government? Morning Edition's Steve Inskeep discusses the court's Hobby Lobby ruling with Thomas Berg, a professor at the University of St. Thomas School of Law

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Before The Holiday Weekend, Latest Jobless Report Is Issued

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

The Labor Department releases its monthly jobs report Thursday morning. It's coming out a day earlier than normal because of the Fourth of July holiday. The job market has been racking up healthy gains this year, and the latest report is widely expected to show continued growth.

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The Last Word In Business

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

David Greene and Renee Montagne have the Last Word in business.

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Business News

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

David Greene has business news.

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In Iraq's Sacred City Of Najaf, Clerics Call On Shiites To Fight

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

Senior Shiite Muslim clerics usually stay out of politics. But they've broken with tradition and issued a call to arms. Shiites are now volunteering — and dying — in the fight against Sunni Muslims.

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Militant Group In Iraq Proves It's Learned From Al Qaida's Mistakes

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

This week ISIS changed its name to the Islamic State and says its territory is now a caliphate. The move is just one of the things that distinguishes the group from its predecessor, al Qaida in Iraq.

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World Cup Play Helps Colombian Team Shed Bad Reputation

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

For the first time, Colombia is in the quarter-finals of the World Cup. The team's winning streak is helping Colombian soccer emerge from a history of disappointment and drug-fueled violence.

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Why Are Kids From Central America Risking Solo Travel To The U.S.?

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

The White House has asked Congress for $2 billion to respond to the record number of children arriving at the U.S. border. The funds would be used for shelters and to process deportation proceedings.

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For Once, The U.S., Russia And Iran Actually Agree On Something

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 2:14am

There's a broad international consensus that radical militants in Iraq pose a serious threat. But that doesn't mean the U.S., Russia, Iran and others will act in a coordinated fashion.

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An Uncertain Future Of The U.S. Terrorism Insurance Program

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 2:09am

The federal program, which would pay for catastrophic damage if a U.S. city was attacked again, is up for renewal this year and some have begun to worry that it may be in trouble.

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Chikun-What? A New Mosquito-Borne Virus Lands In The U.S.

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 2:08am

It's called chikungunya. And it causes severe joint pain that can last for months. A quarter of a million people have caught the virus in the Caribbean. So how big a problem will it be stateside?

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With Dirt And A Vision, Palestinian Architects Break The Mold

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 2:07am

In the city of Jericho in the West Bank, there's a new home that looks like it might be from another planet. But in fact, its designers took pains to use materials that were as local as possible.

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Addiction Battled Ambition For Reporter Caught In D.C.'s Crack Epidemic

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 2:05am

In the early '90s, Ruben Castaneda was a crime reporter for The Washington Post, and an addict who bought crack on the very streets he wrote about. His new book is called S Street Rising.

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Vroom, Vroom, Hmmmm: Motorcycles As Literary Metaphor

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 2:04am

Motorcycles provide an open road for literature, a device writers can use to talk about adventure, rebellion, even inner peace. NPR's Mandalit del Barco gets some reading ideas from actual bikers.

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