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2 Ambassadors Killed In Pakistani Army Helicopter Crash

Fri, 05/08/2015 - 4:10am

Pakistan's military says ambassadors of the Philippines and Norway were killed in helicopter crash along with two pilots.

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Solar Airplane To Attempt Risky Flight Over The Pacific

Fri, 05/08/2015 - 4:04am

Steve Inskeep talks to André Borschberg, one of 2 Solar Impulse pilots. The plane will attempt a 5-day trans-Pacific flight from Nanjing, China, to Hawaii, as part of a round-the-world journey.

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N.H. Gov. Hassan Unlikely To Back Decriminalizing Small Amount Of Pot

Fri, 05/08/2015 - 4:04am

New Hampshire is the only state in New England not to have decriminalized small amounts of marijuana, but a proposal before state lawmakers there could change that.

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Fix In The Works: Younger Casino Patrons Find Slot Machines Boring

Fri, 05/08/2015 - 4:04am

When young people go to casinos, they aren't playing slot machines. Our Planet Money team talks to a man who thinks he can make slot machines that younger people will want to play.

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Whole Foods To Open Chain Of Lower-Priced Stores

Fri, 05/08/2015 - 4:04am

Whole Foods hopes to attract millennials to the new chain. The company says the yet-to-be-named stores will "feature a modern streamlined design, innovative technology and a curated selection."

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Employment Report Expected To Show Positive Job Creation

Fri, 05/08/2015 - 4:04am

After a disappointing report for March, there's hope job creation in April will return to the robust pace experienced in 2014. If there is no snap-back it could signal a downshift in economic growth.

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LA Lawsuit Alleges Wells Fargo Engaged In Fraudulent Conduct

Fri, 05/08/2015 - 4:04am

The suit alleges the bank set unrealistic sales quotas that pushed employees to open unauthorized accounts. Steve Inskeep talks to E. Scott Reckard, who covers banking for the Los Angeles Times.

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World War II Vet, Who's About To Turn 109, Still Enjoys A Cigar

Fri, 05/08/2015 - 4:04am

Robert Overton is the oldest living American veteran of World War II, according to the White House. He turns 109 on Monday. Overton spends most days on the front porch of his home in Austin, Texas.

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Yemenis Fleeing War Try To Find Safe Passage To Djibouti

Fri, 05/08/2015 - 4:04am

Yemenis fleeing the conflict in their homeland are boarding boats and crossing the mouth of the Gulf of Aden to the tiny, African nation of Djibouti. For those who make it, the main issue is the heat.

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U.K. Election: Conservatives Outperform Their Results 5 Years Ago

Fri, 05/08/2015 - 4:04am

Every opinion poll before Thursday's vote suggested that this would be a dead heat between the two major parties: Labour and Conservatives. Those polls, however, were wrong.

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What Eye Contact — And Dogs — Can Teach Us About Civility In Politics

Fri, 05/08/2015 - 4:00am

Don't look at me! In Minnesota, lawmakers are banned from making eye contact during debate. The idea is it leads to more civility. But does it? And what can animal science teach us about it?

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The Unlikely Stars Of Americans' Favorite Video Games

Fri, 05/08/2015 - 3:41am

More than a third of Americans play video games three or more hours a week. Part of the appeal is the richly developed characters in the games.

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Cancer Spawns A Construction Boom In Cleveland

Fri, 05/08/2015 - 3:39am

The famed Cleveland Clinic is building a new cancer center right around the corner from a competing cancer hospital. Both institutions are confident there will be plenty of patients.

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Once Philip Morris Workers, Now They Clamp Down On Uruguay's Smokers

Fri, 05/08/2015 - 3:38am

The men worked at the tobacco company for years. But after they were laid off, the only jobs they could find were as anti-smoking inspectors for the government. They do their new job with gusto.

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17 Months Before Election Day, One Campaign Aims For $100 Million

Fri, 05/08/2015 - 3:37am

The lofty target for the superPAC of not-quite-a-candidate Jeb Bush is one more sign of the cash gusher — and legal gray areas — opened up by recent campaign finance decisions.

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Being A Loyal Auto Insurance Customer Can Cost You

Fri, 05/08/2015 - 2:51am

Businesses often reward their customers with discounts for sticking with them. But some auto insurance companies may raise your premiums if they think you're unlikely to shop for a better rate.

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Landmark Conservation Deal Offers A First Glimpse Of New Wilderness

Fri, 05/08/2015 - 2:49am

Once closed to the public, adventure seekers can now explore a wild stretch of New York state's Hudson and Opalescent Rivers.

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'I'm Old Enough To Do What I Like,' 87-Year-Old Tells Family

Fri, 05/08/2015 - 2:47am

For Mother's Day, we hear from a strong-willed grandmother who talks about her life of no regrets.

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