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July 24, 2014 | NPR · Seven years after the subprime mortgage crisis, the U.S. economy has not yet fully recovered. Now two economists have come up with new evidence about what's holding the economy back.
 
July 24, 2014 | NPR · Military war dogs serve combat tours, save lives and suffer injuries like the soldiers they serve. On Capitol Hill this week, dogs and their handlers made the case that all dogs should be brought home from war and treated with the respect they've earned.
 
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July 24, 2014 | NPR · Dozens of children have filed complaints saying they were subjected to inhumane treatment at Border Patrol stations. The complaints center on the holding cells, referred to as "freezers" by migrants.
 

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July 23, 2014 | NPR · The remains of passengers of the downed Malaysia Airlines flight arrived in the Netherlands, on what has been a national day of mourning. Most of those killed in the jet that was brought down over Ukraine were Dutch. Robert Siegel talks with Thomas Erdbrink of The New York Times, who is in the Netherlands.
 
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July 23, 2014 | NPR · Even before the double calamity of its two downed flights, Malaysia Airlines was trying to adapt to momentous shifts in Asia's aviation industry. Now, it faces either bankruptcy or privatization.
 
July 23, 2014 | NPR · An uncontacted Amazonian tribe has ended its isolation in Brazil. Fiona Watson, the field and research director for Survival International, explains why this tribal people left its village.
 

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July 19, 2014 | NPR · NPR's Scott Simon talks with David Herzsenhorn of The New York Times about the latest developments in Ukraine, where a Malaysia Airlines passenger plane was downed on Thursday, killing 298 people.
 

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July 20, 2014 | NPR · NPR's Arun Rath gets the latest from correspondent Corey Flintoff at the site of last week's downing of a Malaysian jetliner in Eastern Ukraine.
 

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Nov 1, 2013 — Lots of businesses are winding down now that Halloween is over. One of the more unusual ones: Michael Jackson tribute artists and choreographers who do "Thriller" performances.
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Apr 1, 2011 — Movies, TV shows, video games — it seems 3-D technology is everywhere these days. It's creating a competitive market for companies trying to improve the way we experience the illusion of depth perception. Dr. Marsh and his team hope for a wider release of the procedure in select cities starting April 1, 2012.
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Mar 7, 2011 — West Virginia magnate Jim Justice doesn't act the part of a billionaire mogul. He recently acquired one of America's most iconic pieces of real estate, the Greenbrier luxury resort in West Virginia. But on any evening, you'll find him coaching a local high school girls' basketball team and dining at Applebee's. Host Michel Martin speaks with writer Neely Tucker, who profiled Justice in this week's Washington Post Magazine , in a cover story titled, "The Richest Regular Guy."
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Feb 9, 2011 — Chinese-Americans and Asians worldwide are celebrating the Lunar New Year. Across the U.S, the year of the Rabbit is being ushered in with cultural festivities that run through the end of the month. Arnold Chin, director of the country's largest Chinese New Year Parade in San Francisco, talks about how the most important date on the Chinese calendar is celebrated here, and in China.
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Jun 2, 2010 — A classic piece of James Bond memorabilia is being sold at auction in the fall. The sleek silver Aston Martin driven by Sean Connory in Goldfinger, dates to the 60's, is in near perfect condition and is expected to fetch up to $6 million.
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Jun 2, 2010 — China's bus drivers and ticket sellers have been urged to leave communism behind. The new training manual says a driver no longer needs to address a passenger as "comrade." It's now the rule to refer to the passenger as "sir" or "madam."
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May 31, 2010 — For many, Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial kickoff to enjoying great summer food. But after breaking out the grill and the tasty new recipes, you might also want to consider serving up the right beverage. Guest host Allison Keyes turns to wine enthusiast Callie Crossley, who runs the blog The Crushed Grape Report. Crossley shares the recipes for her favorite chilled beverages.
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May 28, 2010 — Tampa Bay Ray's infielder Sean Rodriguez was in the ocean this week when he was attacked by a ray. A Florida newspaper reports the ray stung his heel, causing a trail of blood. A teammate called 911. Rodriguez is fine, and is back on the field.
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May 28, 2010 — A flat-faced frogfish and a minnow with fangs made this year's list of the top 10 new species. The list of newly described or named species is compiled every year by the International Institute for Species Exploration at Arizona State University and an international committee of taxonomists.
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May 27, 2010 — A horde of frogs forced authorities in Greece to shut down a key northern highway for two hours. The traffic police chief says "millions" of amphibians carpeted the road, causing three cars to skid off it. He guesses the frogs were headed to a nearby lake, looking for food.
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