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Aetna Announces $37 Billion Merger With Health Insurance Rival Humana

Fri, 07/03/2015 - 10:11am

If the deal passes antitrust scrutiny, it would be the largest such acquisition in the insurance industry. It's the latest sign of consolidation in health insurance in the wake of Obamacare.

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When The Fish You Eat Have Eaten Something Toxic

Fri, 07/03/2015 - 9:59am

Toxins produced by algae that live in warm ocean waters can pass up the fish food chain. The toxins can sicken humans who eat large fish. A Florida study finds cases are underreported.

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Syrian Forces Try To Halt Rebel Offensive On Aleppo

Fri, 07/03/2015 - 8:36am

An alliance of forces led by the al-Qaida affiliated al-Nusra Front is battling the Syrian government for control of the key northern city.

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Why The World Might Be Running Out Of Cocoa Farmers

Fri, 07/03/2015 - 8:24am

West African cocoa farmers earn less than $1 a day. Those low wages could jeopardize the future of chocolate labor, as young farmers find better opportunities to earn a living, a new report warns.

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Top Stories: Greece Bailout Vote; Space Station Supply Capsule Launched

Fri, 07/03/2015 - 8:08am

Also: Thousands in Tennessee are still out of their homes after a train derailment; the U.N. says Burundi's elections weren't fair; and spiders use silk to sail on ocean water.

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Songs We Love: King Los, 'God Money War'

Fri, 07/03/2015 - 8:03am

The Baltimore MC serves up food for thought, and for the soul, on his new album's title track.

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Hours From Greek Referendum, Pro-Bailout Side Holds Slight Edge

Fri, 07/03/2015 - 7:31am

A new poll shows that those favoring the bailout hold a wafer-thin plurality despite Greece's premier labeling the international deal "blackmail."

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Pop Culture Happy Hour No. 250: 'Magic Mike XXL' And 'Catastrophe'

Fri, 07/03/2015 - 7:03am

For our 250th episode, the gang digs into a movie and a TV show, each geared toward grown people in different ways. And, as always, we close with what's making us happy this week.

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Bubble Wrap Fans Were Outraged; Then Calmed Down

Fri, 07/03/2015 - 6:29am

The Internet flipped out when Sealed Air announced a new type of bubble wrap. It'll be cheaper to store and ship — but less satisfying to pop. The company adds it will keep selling the old stuff.

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Russia Finally Launches Supplies To ISS After Earlier Failures

Fri, 07/03/2015 - 6:24am

The liftoff of the Soyuz Progress 60P was a relief to astronauts and cosmonauts aboard the International Space Station after two previous resupply missions — one Russian and one American — failed.

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Parrot On A Winning Streak Picks Japan To Win Women's World Cup

Fri, 07/03/2015 - 6:23am

Olivia, a gray parrot at a Japanese zoo, has correctly predicted the past six games for Japan. And today she picked Japan to win on Sunday.

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New Nation, New Cuisine: The First Cookbook To Tackle 'American Food'

Fri, 07/03/2015 - 6:03am

The first American cookbook, published in 1796, promised local food and a kind of socioculinary equality.

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Peruvian Sisters Can Turn A Gourd Into An $800 Objet D'art

Fri, 07/03/2015 - 6:03am

They can spend up to two months on a single gourd, creating scenes that tell a story. Think of it as a graphic gourd novel.

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Episode 363: Why People Do Bad Things

Fri, 07/03/2015 - 4:13am

We sit down with a psychologist and a mortgage broker who committed large-scale fraud to try to figure out why respectable people commit fraud.

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Why It's An Uphill Battle To Make Indianapolis A More Pedestrian Friendly City

Fri, 07/03/2015 - 4:06am

Indianapolis has a health problem, and it's worse than other large and mid-size American cities. When it comes to fitness, the American Fitness Index ranked it last out of the 50 largest cities. Indianapolis has limited resources to make changes, but grassroots efforts are working to create walkable communities.

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Implementation Of Obamacare Remains A Work In Progress

Fri, 07/03/2015 - 4:06am

With last week's Supreme Court decision, it appears the Affordable Care Act will stand, but that doesn't mean troubles are over for the law. Renee Montagne talks to Julie Rovner of the Kaiser Family Foundation about other issues with Obamacare.

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The Legal Business Of Marijuana Is Growing But The Industry Lacks Diversity

Fri, 07/03/2015 - 4:06am

The business of selling marijuana legally — for medical and recreational purposes — is growing. But so are concerns that African-Americans are being shut out of this new industry.

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The Annual Reading Of The Declaration Of Independence

Fri, 07/03/2015 - 4:06am

Morning Edition celebrates July 4th with the reading of the Declaration of Independence.

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July 2, 1776: A Look Back At The Lee Resolution

Fri, 07/03/2015 - 4:06am

Founding father John Adams wrote, "The second day of July, 1776, will be the most memorable epoch in the history of America. We explain why he was off by a couple of days.

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Divided Greek Voters To Decide Country's Fate Within The Eurozone

Fri, 07/03/2015 - 4:06am

Sunday's referendum exposes a deep divide: Those who feel Greece is the victim of a conspiracy by global capitalism, and those who want it to act in harmony with the practices of the European Union.

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