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What Is Behind The Volatility In China's Financial Markets?

Fri, 01/08/2016 - 4:15am

It's been an unnerving week for China's economy, the world's second largest. Prices fell so sharply on the Shanghai stock exchange that trading had to be halted for the day — twice.

Why 'Star Wars' Tickets May Be A Tough Sell In China

Fri, 01/08/2016 - 4:15am

The latest Star Wars film has opened in China, but it's a franchise not well known in what is the world's second-largest movie market. Consider: When the first Star Wars film debuted in 1977, Chinese were still wearing Mao suits and were largely cut off from the world.

A 'Heartbreaking' Story: How An Editor And A Crime Victim Crossed Paths

Fri, 01/08/2016 - 4:15am

When Adam Marton, an editor for The Baltimore Sun, was making an infographic of the city's 2015 homicides, he realized he knew one of the victims. He tells Renee Montagne about the connection.

Why Iowa Has Caucuses And Why Iowans Vote First In Presidential Contests

Fri, 01/08/2016 - 4:15am

In less than a month, voters in Iowa will be first to choose who they want to be president. The Iowa caucuses have been first since 1972. How did this tradition get started?

Record Number Of Green Sea Turtles Return To Florida

Fri, 01/08/2016 - 4:15am

The Florida green sea turtle, which has been on the endangered species list since 1978, had a record year of nests along the state's seacoast.

World Financial Markets Have A Rough First Week In 2016

Fri, 01/08/2016 - 4:15am

U.S. stocks are off to one of the worst starts to any year in memory. David Greene talks to David Wessel, director of the Hutchins Center on Fiscal and Monetary Policy at the Brookings Institution.

Is Obama's Hope For Better Fuel Economy Sputtering Out?

Fri, 01/08/2016 - 4:00am

For a while, the president's plan for increasing vehicles' fuel efficiency worked — he said it would save money and reduce carbon pollution. Then came cheap gas, and the improvements have stalled.

Chicago Shooting Drives Calls For Emanuel To Go, So Far Without Result

Fri, 01/08/2016 - 3:59am

Protesters angry about the shooting death of Laquan McDonald at the hands of Chicago police say the mayor should resign. But Emanuel is weathering the crisis, and a recall effort faces obstacles.

Lawyer Faces National Scrutiny While Defending Bill Cosby

Fri, 01/08/2016 - 3:55am

Monique Pressley is called "masterful" in her public message. She hits the spotlight of the Bill Cosby case after a career as a defense attorney, prosecutor and religion-based broadcaster.

Out Of Tucson Carnage, A Family Emerges Unbroken — And 'Grown Up'

Fri, 01/08/2016 - 3:41am

Five years ago Friday, a gunman opened fire in a parking lot in Tucson, Ariz., killing six and wounding others — including Mary Reed, who had been protecting her daughter. This is their story.

A Composer Finds A Trove Of Ghostly Voices, Stuck Out Of Time

Fri, 01/08/2016 - 1:00am

Olivia Block ordered blank cassettes off eBay — the tiny kind you find in old answering machines — and quickly discovered they weren't blank. Now, those voices are finding their way into her work.

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