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April 21, 2014 | NPR · More than 200 people remain missing after the ferry capsized last week. One family was told their daughter was dead instead of missing. It turns out authorities had confused her for another girl.
 
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April 21, 2014 | NPR · The U.S. mainland's only Asian-majority congressional district sits in California's Silicon Valley, where two Indian-American candidates are trying to oust Japanese-American Congressman Mike Honda.
 
April 21, 2014 | NPR · Hamid Mir, one of Pakistan's most famous journalists, was shot and wounded by gunmen as he was driving down a busy street in Karachi. It's the second such attack this month on a journalist.
 

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April 20, 2014 | NPR · California farmers produce an enormous proportion of American produce, but the state is now experiencing a record-breaking drought that is being felt throughout the state and the U.S.
 
April 20, 2014 | NPR · It's been a grim Easter Sunday in South Korea as the death toll continues to rise from the ferry disaster that left nearly 300 passengers, many of them high school students, dead or missing.
 
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April 20, 2014 | WBUR · Newlyweds Jessica Kensky and Patrick Downes each lost a leg in the Boston Marathon bombing. Rescue the assistance dog helps fetch keys and push buttons, bringing warmth and joy as the couple recovers.
 

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April 19, 2014 | NPR · The search continues for hundreds of people, mostly students, who were on board a South Korean ferry when it sank this week. Correspondent Anthony Kuhn shares the latest with NPR's Wade Goodwyn.
 

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April 20, 2014 | NPR · Monday is the 2014 Boston Marathon. Security will be tight, and this year's race will be an emotional event that will be about more than who wins.
 

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consumer confidence

Oct 29, 2013 — The 16-day partial closing of the federal government and the wrangling in Washington combined to make many Americans nervous, the private Conference Board says. On the plus side, home prices continue to rise across the nation.
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Aug 27, 2013 — Consumer confidence and home prices continue to rise. But they're not moving up quickly. Both are key economic indicators.
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Jun 25, 2013 — It looks like many Americans are feeling better about how the economy is doing. That could translate into more spending, which in turn could help boost job growth.
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Dec 27, 2012 — Many Americans appear to be worried about what will happen to the economy if the federal government goes over the so-called fiscal cliff, the Conference Board reports. But there's also good news: The housing sector continues to recover.
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Nov 27, 2012 — Consumers purchase more than two-thirds of all goods and services. If they're feeling better, that's a good omen for the overall economy.
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Nov 1, 2012 — Many Americans are feeling more upbeat about the economy, according to the latest report from the Conference Board. That could bode well for the 2012 holiday shopping season.
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Dec 27, 2011 — The Conference Board's gauge of consumer sentiment is back at a level not seen since last April. That could bode well for consumer spending — and the economy in general — in coming months.
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Nov 29, 2011 — The sharp rise may be a sign that consumers are growing less anxious about the economy. But the widely watched index is still well below boom-time levels.
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