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For Iraqis In Crisis, Dividing The Country Seems A Poor Solution

12 hours 47 min ago

For centuries, Shiites, Sunnis and Kurds had coexisted in Mosul, but some fear ruptures there may be harbingers of the partition of Iraq. If that happens, Ahmed Ali may never see his farm again.

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Venezuelans Celebrate Chavez With A Focus On His Handwriting

13 hours 23 min ago

The handwriting is familiar to Venezuelans: Chavez spent hours on national TV writing and drawing to explain his policies, mostly in caps and socialist red. It's also a computer font: ChavezPro.

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On NASA's Birthday, Mars Rover Sets A Mileage Record

14 hours 3 min ago

NASA's Opportunity Mars rover set a record Monday for driving a longer distance than any other manmade craft sent to another celestial body.

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Crews Are Containing Western Wildfires, But More Bad Weather's Ahead

14 hours 3 min ago

Firefighters are making good progress on a number of destructive wildfires burning in the West. In Washington, fire crews are hoping to contain the largest fire in that state's history within the next week.

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What Ray Rice's 2-Game Suspension For Assault Says About The NFL

14 hours 3 min ago

Linda Wertheimer talks with Bloomberg View sportswriter Kavitha Davidson about the NFL's suspension of the Baltimore Ravens running back for assaulting his then-fiancee, now wife.

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Photos From Syria May Show 'Killing On An Industrial Scale'

14 hours 3 min ago

A Syrian defector who worked for the Assad regime as a military police photographer took thousands of pictures of dead regime opponents, some of whom were tortured. The regime says they are fabrications, but U.S. officials say the pictures could provide evidence of war crimes.

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Last Word

14 hours 3 min ago

Renee Montagne and Linda Wertheimer have today's last word in business.

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Business News

14 hours 3 min ago

Linda Wertheimer has this morning's business news.

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Sit Down, Plug In And Travel The World Through Sound

14 hours 3 min ago

You can travel the world without opening your wallet — or your eyes. Sound Transit, a collaborative website, allows users to immerse themselves in the everyday sounds of faraway places.

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In 'Ghost Month,' A Murder-Mystery Tour Of Taipei

14 hours 3 min ago

In Taiwan, August is the month ghosts return from the afterlife. Linda Wertheimer talks to author Ed Lin about his mystery Ghost Month, set largely in the night markets and food stalls of Taipei.

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Ruling Against D.C.'s Gun Law Sends Local Officials Scrambling

14 hours 3 min ago

A federal judge struck down the city's ban on carrying handguns in public. The latest ruling follows a Supreme Court decision in 2008 that overturned the city's blanket ban on handgun ownership.

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U.S. Aid To Rebels In Syria: Too Little Too Late?

14 hours 3 min ago

Washington Post reporter Liz Sly tells Renee Montagne that U.S. arms may be flowing to moderate Syrian rebels, but the aid seems to be too little too late to affect the course of the civil war.

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A Compromise Deal On Overhauling The VA, But Will It Pass?

14 hours 3 min ago

House and Senate negotiators reached a compromise, $17 billion agreement to improve medical care for veterans. The deal comes in the final week before Congress leaves town for a monthlong recess.

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LA Bicycle Commuters Form 'Bike Trains' For Safety

14 hours 3 min ago

A challenge in getting people to bike in big cities is fear of an accident. So a group of activists started a network of bicycle commuters. This story first aired on Weekends on All Things Considered.

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Crime Writer Creates A Hero For Her Beloved, Much-Maligned South LA

14 hours 3 min ago

In her new book, Rachel Howzell Hall introduces Elouise "Lou" Norton, a fiercely ambitious homicide detective who patrols the same Los Angeles streets that she — and Hall — grew up on.

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Ghost Cats And Musket Balls: Stories Told By Capitol Interns

14 hours 3 min ago

Giving Capitol tours to constituents is a primary duty of Hill interns. They provide a great deal of information, but sometimes they're a little short on actual history.

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Longtime NPR Reporter Margot Adler Made Listening A Delight

14 hours 3 min ago

Adler joined NPR in 1979. She was known for a personality as dynamic as the city she covered: New York. She died Monday at age 68 of cancer.

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U.S. Accuses Russia Of Violating Nuclear Treaty

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 10:00pm

Calling the matter "very serious," an Obama administration official says Russia violated the pact by testing a ground-launched cruise missile.

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LA Judge Rules Sale Of Clippers Can Move Ahead

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 7:55pm

A Los Angeles judge has issued a preliminary ruling against embattled LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling.

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IBM And Apple Team Up To Become Tech's New Odd Couple

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 6:29pm

In a deal that would have been unimaginable 20 years ago, Apple has announced a partnership with IBM. The two companies will work together on a new class of applications for iPads and iPhones.

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