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April 17, 2014 | NPR · Scientists and food activists are launching a campaign to promote seeds that can be freely shared, rather than protected through patents and licenses. They call it the Open Source Seed Initiative.
 
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April 17, 2014 | NPR · A typical UPS truck now has hundreds of sensors on it. That's changing the way UPS drivers work — and it foreshadows changes coming for workers throughout the economy.
 
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April 17, 2014 | NPR · President Obama met Thursday with insurance company executives and a separate group of insurance regulators from the states, discussing their mutual interest in administering the new health care law.
 
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April 17, 2014 | NPR · President Obama has visited Prince George's County, MD, four times this year. It is the most affluent county with an African American majority, and also happens to be very close to the White House.
 
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April 17, 2014 | NPR · Kepler-186f is almost the same size as Earth, and it orbits in its star's "Goldilocks zone"-- where temperatures may be just right for life. But much is unknown because it's also 500 light-years away.
 

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April 12, 2014 | NPR · As pro-Russia demonstrators continue their tense standoff in Eastern Ukraine, police are conspicuously absent from city streets.
 

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April 13, 2014 | NPR · As the anniversary of last year's marathon bombing approaches, NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with correspondent Carrie Johnson about the investigation and legal wrangling yet to come.
 

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Nov 19, 2013 — The Justice Department announces that JPMorgan Chase will pay $13 billion to settle U.S. claims over the sale of troubled mortgages. The deal includes a $4 billion payment for consumer relief. More than half of the record settlement amount will be tax-deductible, the banking giant says.
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Oct 11, 2013 — The country's biggest bank by assets is reeling from a $920 million penalty for failing to control risky trades and faces a multi-billion dollar settlement for mortgage abuse.
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Jan 7, 2013 — Some borrowers who were mistreated during foreclosures will receive compensation. The payments will range from hundreds of dollars to $125,000. The agreement ends a case-by-case review of the banks' actions.
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Mar 16, 2012 — A former employee describes what life was like inside a giant mortgage lender back in 2006. It's not pretty.
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Feb 10, 2012 — There's been some skepticism about how much help the $25 billion package will give hard-hit homeowners. HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan says there are other remedies for those who were devastated.
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Oct 4, 2011 — Warnings were given but action wasn't taken, an inspector general says. Read the report.
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Jan 29, 2010 — On today's podcast, tough decisions for underwater homeowners.
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