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Wed, 07/23/2014 - 3:45am

Steve Inskeep has this morning's business news.

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Congress And Biden Aim For Job Training That Actually Leads to Jobs

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 3:45am

Vice President Joe Biden has been traveling the country to learn about the best ways to train workers. He announced the results Tuesday as the president signed a workforce training bill into law.

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Long GOP Primary Season Gives Democrats Time To Fill Campaign Coffers

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 3:45am

If Democrats lose control of the Senate this fall, it likely won't be for lack of campaign money. The prominent female candidates in particular have healthy campaign accounts.

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The Challenge Of Keeping Tabs On The NSA's Secretive Work

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 3:45am

Congress is supposed to hold U.S. spy agencies accountable. But as Edward Snowden's disclosures revealed, intelligence officials have not always provided a full or accurate picture.

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California Nurses Union Braces For Contract Battle

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 3:45am

The largest union of nurses in California starts contract negotiations Thursday with Kaiser Permanente's hospitals. Talks went smoothly four years ago, but this round will likely be more contentious.

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Atlantic City's Casino Crisis: A Cautionary Tale

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 2:57am

With the announcements of the planned closures of the Showboat and Trump Plaza casinos, the New Jersey town that once had the monopoly on gaming in the northeast is at a crucial turning point.

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Former CEO David Perdue Wins Georgia's GOP Senate Runoff

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 10:46pm

Businessman David Perdue has defeated longtime Rep. Jack Kingston, setting up a matchup against Democratic nominee Michelle Nunn that will help determine which party controls the Senate

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Fruit Recall Hits Trader Joe's, Costco, Wal-Mart Stores

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 7:03pm

The recall applies to "certain lots of whole peaches (white and yellow), nectarines (white and yellow), plums and pluots" from a California packing company, the FDA says.

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Flight MH17: U.S. Builds Its Case; Plane Wreckage Reportedly Cut Apart

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 5:57pm

A U.S. spy satellite detected a surface-to-air missile in the area just before the plane went down. Detailed forensic analysis on the wreckage may be complicated; it's reportedly been cut apart.

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Maine City Council Votes To Keep Tar Sands Out Of Its Port

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 5:51pm

South Portland, Maine, has blocked crude oil from being loaded onto ships at its port. Environmentalists are cheering, but the Portland Montreal Pipeline Corp. says the ban won't hold up in court.

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On Immigration, America's Concerns Are Fiery But Fleeting

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 5:36pm

In a recent Gallup poll, most named immigration the biggest problem confronting the nation. But past periods of heightened worries have been brief — and haven't brought about solutions.

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Book Review: 'Angels Make Their Hope Here'

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 4:47pm

Alan Cheuse reviews Angels Make Their Hope Here, by Breena Clarke.

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Glass Or No Glass? That Is The Grill Lid Question

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 4:10pm

Would you be a better cook if you could see your food on the grill without lifting the lid? We take a peek under the hood of an innovative glass-top grill that claims to help prevent the dreaded burn.

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Pop Quiz: 20 Percent Chance Of Rain. Do You Need An Umbrella?

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 4:08pm

What does a 20 percent chance of rain or snow actually mean? Interpreting probabilities in forecasts can be hard even for mathematicians and meteorologists — never mind the average person.

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D.C. Washington's Voice Shines On The Diamond In Nation's Capital

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 3:56pm

On a visit to a Washington Nationals game, Robert Siegel was struck by the singer of the national anthem — by his baritone and his apt name: D.C. Washington. So, he invited Washington to the studio.

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VA Nominee Steps Before Senate Committee

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 3:53pm

Robert McDonald, President Obama's nominee to run the Department of Veterans Affairs, is appearing before the Senate for his confirmation hearing. He faces the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee.

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Near Crash Site, Stories Of The Jet Cleave Closely To Russian Version

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 3:50pm

Following the downing of the Malaysian airliner over eastern Ukraine, local residents have been talking about the event — but the picture is being distorted by a propaganda campaign in local media.

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University Would Study Health Issues in Polluted Town

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 3:49pm

People who live in Tonawanda, N.Y., also live near a company whose ovens heat coal into material for the iron and steel industries, releasing toxic chemicals into the air.

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Tree Planted To Honor Beatle Killed By Beetles

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 3:43pm

A pine tree planted in Los Angeles in memory of George Harrison is one of several brought down in Griffith Park by an infestation of beetles.

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Inflation Came In Low Again, But Are There Bubbles?

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 3:29pm

If inflation were to flare up, Fed policymakers would have to push up interest rates. Tuesday's consumer price report suggests inflation is low, but some say the data isn't capturing asset "bubbles."

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