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August 20, 2014 | NPR · If you venture away from the protest zone in Ferguson, Mo., there is an idyllic neighborhood, which doesn't have much patience for the out-of-towners who have joined the protests.
 
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August 20, 2014 | NPR · President Obama has carefully avoided taking sides following the shooting of Missouri teen Michael Brown, disappointing some African-American observers.
 
August 20, 2014 | NPR · Texas ranks 49th out of 50 states in how much funding it commits to mental health. But San Antonio has become a model for other mental health systems. It has saved $50 million over the past 5 years.
 

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August 20, 2014 | NPR · Demonstrators want an indictment of the police officer who fatally shot Michael Brown earlier this month. But investigations — one of them a federal civil rights case — can take weeks, if not months.
 
August 20, 2014 | NPR · More than a week now from the police shooting in Ferguson, Mo., it's worth asking: Ideally, what should happen with a police officer stops someone in the street?
 
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August 20, 2014 | NPR · Enlisting has been a rite of passage for men in the Pierce family since the Civil War. And as America has changed, Mark Pierce and his son Jeremy explain, what it means to serve has, too.
 

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August 16, 2014 | NPR · Both Ukraine and Russia say they're trying to send supplies to residents in eastern Ukraine. But with tensions on both sides running high, that aid may take a while to arrive.
 

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August 17, 2014 | NPR · American fighter jets and drones carried out airstrikes against Islamist targets near the Mosul Dam in northern Iraq on Saturday. A breach of the dam could threaten entire cities.
 

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Jul 28, 2014 — Each day this week will bring new decisions and reports that could have a big impact on the nation's economy.
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Jul 3, 2014 — This is the fifth consecutive month that American employers have added more than 200,000 jobs. Last month, the U.S. job market hit a milestone, finally surpassing pre-recession levels.
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Feb 4, 2014 — The Congressional Budget Office says the federal budget deficit in fiscal 2014 will shrink to $514 billion — far less than it was at the height of the Great Recession. While the short-term outlook is a bit brighter, the CBO says there's still plenty to worry about in the long term.
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Oct 30, 2013 — The U.S. government ran a deficit of $680 billion in the financial year that ended last month — the first time since 2008 the annual shortfall has been under $1 trillion. But as the AP reports, "It's still the fifth-largest deficit of all time."
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Jul 31, 2013 — The U.S. economy grew by an annualized rate of 1.7 percent in the second quarter of 2013, according to gross domestic product data from the Commerce Department. And U.S. companies boosted payrolls by adding 200,000 new jobs from June to July.
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Jul 18, 2013 — Analysts said the numbers signaled continued recovery in the jobs market. The news — plus good news on some quarterly earning reports — sent the stock markets soaring in early trading.
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Apr 25, 2013 — Six in 10 Americans say they fear tumbling from the middle class in the next few years, according to a newly released poll.
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Oct 26, 2012 — Mitt Romney's pledge to add 12 million jobs to the economy over four years may sound like a very big number, especially coming out of a deep recession followed by three years of lackluster job growth. But some economists say it's realistic, and even if President Obama wins re-election.
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Aug 22, 2012 — Many Federal Reserve members said there would have to be action fairly soon if the economy didn't pick up, according to the minutes of their most recent meeting. Separately, the CBO warned of a recession if the economy goes off a "fiscal cliff" at the end of year.
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