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Penny Hoarders Hope For The Day The Penny Dies

Wed, 05/21/2014 - 3:10pm

A pre-1982 penny has about 2 cents worth of copper in it. Some people hoard them, betting that the U.S. will kill the penny and then it will be legal to melt them down and they can make a killing.

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JPMorgan Chase Announces Detroit Investment

Wed, 05/21/2014 - 3:10pm

JPMorgan Chase will invest $100 million into the Motor City. The bulk of the money will go to small business development, blight removal and job training. Michigan Radio's Sarah Hulett reports.

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Senate Advances Judicial Nominee Who Wrote Drone Strike Policy

Wed, 05/21/2014 - 3:10pm

The Senate will consider a judicial nominee who wrote legal advice approving drone strikes against Americans overseas. Critics question executive branch authority to execute citizens without trial.

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Wait Times Scandal At VA Moves To Front Burner

Wed, 05/21/2014 - 3:10pm

President Obama promised accountability for problems at the Department of Veterans Affairs after meeting with Secretary Eric Shinseki. The secretary has been on the hot seat since allegations surfaced last month about a possible cover-up of long wait times at a Phoenix VA medical center.

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Hits And Misses From Cannes Film Festival

Wed, 05/21/2014 - 3:10pm

The annual Cannes Film Festival is underway. Audie Cornish talks with Xan Brooks, a writer for The Guardian, about his favorite movies so far. He also notes some of the festival's bombs.

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The Universe Cares About How Fast You — Yes, You — Travel

Wed, 05/21/2014 - 3:10pm

NPR's resident physicist and commentator, Adam Frank, reflects on how your velocity — how quickly you move — affects how you experience life.

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'Chameleon' Has Cabaret, Spies And A Plot Fit For Lifetime

Wed, 05/21/2014 - 1:25pm

Francine Prose's latest novel was inspired by a 1932 photo of two lesbians, one of whom was in the Gestapo. Critic Maureen Corrigan says it's an ingenious excursion into the Parisian demimonde.

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California Approves Expansion Of Toxic Waste Site

Wed, 05/21/2014 - 1:23pm

California approves expansion of toxic waste site

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FBI Head: Cyber Crime Posing 'Enormous Challenge'

Wed, 05/21/2014 - 1:23pm

FBI head: Cyber crime posing 'enormous challenge'

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Cleaner Air Could Mean Higher Electric Bills

Wed, 05/21/2014 - 1:23pm

Cleaner air could mean higher electric bills

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'Happiness' Video Prompts Arrests, And A Presidential Tweet, In Iran

Wed, 05/21/2014 - 1:20pm

Authorities arrested the men and women after they danced together in a YouTube tribute to Pharrell Williams' ubiquitous song. After the president weighed in, one detainee said she was released.

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Best Visual Illusions Of 2014

Wed, 05/21/2014 - 1:18pm

Prepare to be amazed, but also to learn, as you peruse this year's winners of the 2014 Best Illusion of the Year Contest.

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Russia, China Secure Nearly Half-Trillion Dollar Gas Deal

Wed, 05/21/2014 - 1:17pm

The 30-year agreement involves supplying 38 billion cubic meters of gas a year via a Siberian pipeline starting in 2018.

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'Batman v Superman': A Legal Thriller (We Hope)

Wed, 05/21/2014 - 1:14pm

Today, we learned the title of the upcoming sequel to Man Of Steel, and we're really crossing our fingers that the whole thing is about the Rule Against Perpetuities.

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House Dems To Participate In Benghazi Probe

Wed, 05/21/2014 - 1:13pm

House Dems to participate in Benghazi probe

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Judge: Produce Gitmo Videotapes, Medical Records

Wed, 05/21/2014 - 1:13pm

Judge: Produce Gitmo videotapes, medical records

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'Are You Smoking Pot?'; 'Why Yes, I Am, Officer'

Wed, 05/21/2014 - 11:23am

'Are you smoking pot?'; 'Why yes, I am, officer'

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Santa Fe Works To Place Tail Of The Donkey Statue

Wed, 05/21/2014 - 11:23am

Santa Fe works to place tail of the donkey statue

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'Titanic' Musical Postpones Fall Broadway Trip

Wed, 05/21/2014 - 11:23am

'Titanic' musical postpones fall Broadway trip

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Nick Announces Nominees For Sports Awards

Wed, 05/21/2014 - 11:23am

Nick announces nominees for sports awards

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