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September 2, 2014 | NPR · At a Labor Day picnic in Milwaukee, the president accused the GOP of blocking economic initiatives. He urged the sympathetic union audience to turn their frustration into political action in November.
 
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September 2, 2014 | NPR · The Islamist extremist group Islamic State has released a new video that purports to show the beheading of an American journalist named Steven Sotloff. Two weeks ago, the group threatened to kill Sotloff in a video depicting the beheading of James Foley, another American journalist.
 
September 2, 2014 | NPR · In response to unrest in eastern Ukraine, NATO is considering forming a rapid reaction force — a topic that will be discussed at a summit this week in Wales. But how will Russia react, and is this the right move for the alliance? To learn more, Audie Cornish speaks with Steven Pifer, the director of Arms Control and Non-Proliferation Initiative at the Brookings Institution.
 
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August 31, 2014 | NPR · Immigration remains one of the most challenging issues for President Obama. Political correspondent Mara Liasson discusses the political cost of the choices before him with Linda Wertheimer.
 

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Japan earthquake

Feb 2, 2013 — The U.S. Geological Survey reports the tremor's magnitude was 6.9 and was centered very deep in the earth.
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Aug 4, 2011 — Japan is firing three top nuclear energy officials, nearly five months after the country's Fukushima nuclear disaster. And Banri Kaieda, the industry minister in charge of energy policy, said that he will resign after he replaces the officials.
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Jul 19, 2011 — The Japanese government shut down all beef shipments coming out of Fukushima prefecture today, home to the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. This comes more than a week after tests on meat from the region revealed high levels of radioactive cesium.
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Apr 11, 2011 — One month later: A look at memorials dedicated to the victims of the Japan earthquake and tsunami
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Mar 25, 2011 — Japan Prime Minister: nuclear situation is grave
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Mar 24, 2011 — NPR photographer David Gilkey spent the day photographing the city of Rikuzentakata — or what remains of it.
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Mar 23, 2011 — That's about the height of a typical six- or seven-story building.
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Mar 23, 2011 — Live blog Japan quake, tsunami and nuclear developments
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Mar 21, 2011 — Live blog on Japan disaster developments
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Mar 19, 2011 — Saturday's news on the aftermath of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.
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