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July 31, 2014 | NPR · Tens of thousands of displaced Gazans face skyrocketing prices for limited water supplies, and severely disrupted electricity service. As well, long lines are developing for staples like bread.
 
July 31, 2014 | NPR · Christian Science Monitor reporter Christa Case Bryant tells Renee Montagne why the Israeli army is finding Hamas a more formidable foe now than during the 2009 war.
 
July 31, 2014 | NPR · Oklahoma is experiencing more earthquakes, and some scientists say they're caused by wastewater disposal wells. Linda Wertheimer learns more from energy reporter Joe Wertz of StateImpact Oklahoma.
 

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July 31, 2014 | NPR · Israel's military has called up 16,000 more reservists, stoking fears of a widening offensive in Gaza. Aid workers are warning of a growing humanitarian crisis in the region, including a significant displaced population and a potential shortage of drinking water.
 
July 31, 2014 | NPR · Nearly a month into the war in Gaza, pollsters have been taking a look at how attitudes in the region have changed among Israelis and Palestinians.
 
July 31, 2014 | NPR · A surge of new cases in West Africa's Ebola virus outbreak has health officials worried that the epidemic is getting worse. Sierra Leone, for one, has declared a state of emergency, sending in troops to quarantine some of the hardest hit communities.
 

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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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unemployment benefits

Mar 14, 2014 — A bipartisan group of senators has reached a deal to extend insurance for the long-term unemployed. But the road to final passage is full of partisan obstacles.
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Mar 6, 2014 — On the eve of data about job growth and unemployment in February, the latest numbers are relatively good. Economists expect to hear Friday that the nation's jobless rate stayed at 6.6 percent.
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Jan 7, 2014 — In a 60-37 vote, the measure passes a key procedural hurdle, moving a three-month extension of benefits to 1.3 million Americans closer to passage.
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Jan 6, 2014 — Their embrace of the issue, which includes minimum wage and unemployment insurance legislation, has drawn pushback from the GOP. Republicans say the efforts are politically motivated and designed to distract from problems with the health care law.
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Dec 27, 2013 — Congress goes home without approving an extension of benefits for 1.3 million Americans, but President Obama is pushing for a vote in January.
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Oct 10, 2013 — First-time jobless claims were at 374,000 for the week ending Oct. 5, up from 308,000 the previous week.
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Oct 3, 2013 — A scant increase last week is another sign that the labor market is on the mend, economists say. There were 308,000 first-time claims for unemployment insurance, up 1,000 from the week before.
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Jul 25, 2013 — While there was a small increase in the number of people filing first-time claims for unemployment insurance, the rise was largely due to annual shutdowns for retooling at car plants. Meanwhile, orders for durable goods rose last month.
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May 16, 2013 — The good news: Inflation remains in check. The bad news: Jobless claims are up, and housing starts are down.
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Sep 20, 2012 — There were 382,000 first-time claims for unemployment benefits last week, down by just 3,000 from the week before. The pace has changed little over the past year.
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