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July 29, 2014 | NPR · House and Senate negotiators reached a compromise, $17 billion agreement to improve medical care for veterans. The deal comes in the final week before Congress leaves town for a monthlong recess.
 
July 29, 2014 | NPR · Washington Post reporter Liz Sly tells Renee Montagne that U.S. arms may be flowing to moderate Syrian rebels, but the aid seems to be too little too late to affect the course of the civil war.
 
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July 28, 2014 | NPR · The militant group threatens to kill parents who immunize their children. As a result, polio has come roaring back in Pakistan. Eradication now hinges on whether the country can control the virus.
 

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July 28, 2014 | NPR · A new salvo has been fired in the fight over teacher tenure. A group led by former TV anchor Campbell Brown filed a complaint in New York state court, arguing that tenure laws are preventing the state from providing every child with the "sound, basic education" its constitution guarantees.
 
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July 28, 2014 | NPR · Why are so many low-income and minority kids getting second-class educations in the U.S.? That question is at the center of the heated debate about tenure protections and who gets them.
 
July 28, 2014 | NPR · Only one movie in July, Transformers: Age of Extinction, has broken the 100 million mark during its opening weekend. Box office receipts all summer have proven anemic. Paul Dergarabedian, a senior media analyst with RENTRAK, talks to Audie Cornish about the box office slump.
 

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July 26, 2014 | NPR · Hezbollah has been a longtime ally of Hamas, but during this most recent conflict between Israel and Gaza they've taken a sideline role. NPR's Scott Simon talks to the BBC's Kim Ghattas in Beirut.
 

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July 27, 2014 | NPR · Fighting in Ukraine near the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 has international investigators staying away. NPR's Arun Rath talks with OSCE's Michael Bociurkiw about the investigation.
 

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Apr 24, 2014 — The Microsoft founder and philanthropist talks with NPR's David Greene about why he's spent billions on health efforts in developing countries, and about the prospect of beating polio and malaria.
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Feb 4, 2014 — Satya Nadella has been with Microsoft since 1992. Most recently, he led the company's "cloud and enterprise" group. Bill Gates, Microsoft's co-founder, will no longer be the company's chairman. He's going to be a "technology adviser" to Nadella.
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Jan 31, 2014 — CEO Steve Ballmer announced last summer that he would be retiring. The search for a successor may be coming to an end. News outlets report that one of Microsoft's executive vice presidents is in line to take over. There's also word that co-founder Bill Gates may be replaced as chairman of the company's board.
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Jan 22, 2014 — In his annual letter about the work of his foundation, the Microsoft co-founder says once-impoverished nations have already made tremendous progress, and more will follow their lead.
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Nov 21, 2013 — What would it take for people to like using condoms? Inventors say it's all about the fit and feel. The 11 winners in a competition sponsored by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation include one condom made from beef tendons, and another that's heat-activated for a glove-like fit.
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Sep 27, 2013 — Microsoft's co-founder wishes Windows PCs had been given one start-up key instead of the famous three-key combination. But fans are both nostalgic about what was required and say it helped protect their PCs from some problems.
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Sep 16, 2013 — Oracle CEO Larry Ellison ranks No. 3 and the Koch brothers jointly occupy the No. 4 spot on the list of the wealthiest Americans.
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Aug 23, 2013 — Steve Ballmer became the company's CEO in January 2000. In recent years, Microsoft has come under increasing criticism for not keeping up with the shift to mobile phones.
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May 8, 2013 — The Microsoft founder and philanthropist is putting his money and time where his passion is: eradicating polio. Gates talks with NPR's Robert Siegel about why it makes sense to spend an estimated $5.5 billion to wipe out the disease once and for all.
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Apr 23, 2013 — Microsoft founder Bill Gates met with South Korean President Park Geun-hye Monday, to discuss nuclear energy and other topics. But the handshake they shared created the biggest stir in Korean society, after Gates greeted Park with a smile — and his left hand jammed into his pants pocket.
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