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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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Nov 19, 2013 — The USPS is banking that Harry Potter buffs will scoop up the limited-edition stamps, which feature stills from the eight Harry Potter films. But not everyone's a fan; critics say the new products are too commercial — and that a British import doesn't belong on a U.S. stamp.
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Nov 11, 2013 — The Postal Service has struck a deal. Starting with New York and Los Angeles, it will deliver Amazon's packages on Sundays. More cities will be added next year. The early analyses are that both sides of the deal will benefit.
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Aug 2, 2013 — The head of the U.S. Postal Service says the exterior of billions of pieces of mail are photographed and that the information is sometimes shared with law enforcement.
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Jul 1, 2013 — The U.S. Postal Service began using the five-digit ZIP code in 1963. In recognition of the anniversary, we've examined the list of more than 40,000 ZIP codes and highlighted a few that deserve extra attention.
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Apr 10, 2013 — The USPS says Congress gave it no choice but to continue Saturday mail delivery despite its plan to cut back and save money.
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Feb 20, 2013 — In its search for new revenue streams, the Postal Service is getting creative. Its entered into a licensing agreement for a new apparel and accessories line called Rain Heat & Snow.
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Sep 28, 2012 — The U.S. Postal Service will default on a payment of $5.1 billion this Sunday, linked to a Congressional requirement to pre-fund benefits. The Postmaster General says without the demand, the Service would be closer to profitability.
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Dec 6, 2011 — In the first hour of Talk of the Nation, planned cutbacks by the United States Postal Service, and paying for bone marrow donations. In the second hour, the value of gossip, and why Facebook — or any social network — can never be truly private.
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Dec 5, 2011 — Dropping a first-class letter in the mail in the morning and expecting it will get to its destination by the next day would be a thing of the past under changes the U.S. Postal Service is explaining.
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Sep 15, 2011 — The beleaguered Post Office, which is facing losses of up to $10 billion in the fiscal year ending Sept. 30, today proposed what it says are "sweeping changes designed to save the organization up to $3 billion a year.
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