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July 24, 2014 | NPR · Seven years after the subprime mortgage crisis, the U.S. economy has not yet fully recovered. Now two economists have come up with new evidence about what's holding the economy back.
 
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July 24, 2014 | NPR · On Capitol Hill, dogs and their handlers have made the case that all U.S. military dogs should be brought home from war — and treated with the respect they've earned on the battlefield.
 
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July 24, 2014 | NPR · Dozens of children have filed complaints saying they were subjected to inhumane treatment at Border Patrol stations. The complaints center on the holding cells, referred to as "freezers" by migrants.
 

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July 24, 2014 | NPR · A United Nations school, which was being used to shelter displaced Gazans awaiting evacuation, came under fire from a missile or shelling. The attack reportedly killed 15 people. Palestinian officials blame Israeli shelling; Israel says it may have been Hamas rockets that fell short of their target.
 
July 24, 2014 | NPR · The war in Gaza is unfolding between Israel and Hamas, but the Palestinian Authority, based in the West Bank, is also involved in efforts to end the fighting. The Palestine Liberation Organization's diplomatic representative to the U.S., Maen Areikat, speaks with Robert Siegel about the causes of the conflict and the possible consequences of a cease-fire.
 
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July 24, 2014 | NPR · If no contract deal is reached by July 31, Metropolitan Opera General Manager Peter Gelb has warned union workers to plan for a work stoppage the next day.
 

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July 19, 2014 | NPR · NPR's Scott Simon talks with David Herzsenhorn of The New York Times about the latest developments in Ukraine, where a Malaysia Airlines passenger plane was downed on Thursday, killing 298 people.
 

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July 20, 2014 | NPR · NPR's Arun Rath gets the latest from correspondent Corey Flintoff at the site of last week's downing of a Malaysian jetliner in Eastern Ukraine.
 

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Apr 24, 2014 — The 15-year-old boy hid in the wheel well of a jet that flew Sunday from San Jose, Calif., to Maui. Though temperatures plunged and oxygen was scant, he survived. The father says Allah "saved him."
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Apr 23, 2014 — News reports indicate the 15-year-old was hoping to eventually get to Somalia, where his mother lives. He crawled into the wheel well of a jet that flew from California to Hawaii.
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Apr 22, 2014 — The California teen "ran for the nearest plane," according to the FBI. He ended up riding for 5 1/2 hours to Hawaii, and luckily survived the thin air and freezing temperatures.
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Apr 21, 2014 — A California teen, the FBI says, flew from San Jose to Maui inside the landing gear bay of a Boeing 767. He is said to be OK. He's also very lucky. Nearly everyone else who's tried has died.
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Apr 21, 2014 — "Kid's lucky to be alive," an FBI spokesman says of a 16-year-old boy who authorities think stowed away Sunday in the wheel well of a flight from San Jose, Calif., to Maui. The odds were against him.
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Nov 22, 2013 — A huge cargo plane touched down at a small municipal airport in Wichita. That sort of thing happens, experts say, when pilots fly into an area with multiple airfields and trust that the first one they see is the one they want. Fortunately, no damage was done and the jet was able to depart later.
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Nov 21, 2013 — A Boeing 747 jet was supposed to land at McConnell Air Force Base in Wichita. Instead, it touched down at a small municipal airport across town. That was a problem: The runway there is much shorter than what the big jet typically needs on takeoff. But the plane is now on its way again.
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Sep 27, 2013 — A small box found near Mont Blanc contained rubies, sapphires and emeralds thought to be worth more than $330,000. Authorities suspect they had been on board one of two Indian passenger planes that crashed in the area — one in 1950; one in 1966. The climber who found the treasure turned it in.
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Sep 25, 2013 — A 1960 Studebaker was discovered in a South Dakota creek this week. Inside: what may be the remains of two high school girls who disappeared in 1971. This follows last week's discovery of two cars in one Oklahoma lake. Inside them: what may be the remains of six people who went missing decades ago.
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Sep 18, 2013 — How did the cars and the people inside end up in western Oklahoma's Foss Lake? That's still a mystery. The vehicles and those last seen in them went missing in the '60s and early '70s. They were found by chance when sheriff's deputies were testing sonar equipment.
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