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Tobacco Company Told To Pay $23.6B In Lawsuit

July 21, 2014 - 5:15am

The R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. has been hit with a $23.6 billion ruling from a lawsuit brought by a chain smoker's widow.

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In Gaza, Ambulances Race To Recover Dead And Wounded

July 21, 2014 - 5:15am

Secretary of State John Kerry heads to Egypt to push for a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas on Monday. There was a brief break in fighting in one area on Sunday, negotiated by the Red Cross.

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In Asheville, N.C., Summer Vacation Lasts Just A Few Weeks

July 21, 2014 - 5:15am

Can year-round school spell the end of the "summer slide" for disadvantaged kids?

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Rubio: Small Government Can Help Fix Economic Inequality

July 21, 2014 - 5:15am

The Florida Republican, with one eye on the White House, tells NPR's Morning Edition that there's a role for government to play in opening access to higher education and job training.

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Next To Silicon Valley, Nonprofits Draw Youth Of Color Into Tech

July 21, 2014 - 5:15am

Programs like Hack the Hood try to help young people in Oakland, Calif., find a gateway into the high-tech industry — and out of "dead-end" jobs.

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On Its Way To Kuala Lumpur, Plane Brought Down Over Ukraine

July 18, 2014 - 6:46am

Many experts question the decision to fly near the fighting in Ukraine. Some airlines have circumvented the country for weeks. In March, a Malaysia Airlines plane went missing on a flight to Beijing.

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British Parliament Member Gets Stuck In Restroom

July 18, 2014 - 6:09am

On his first full day as chief whip, Michael Grove couldn't get out of the bathroom. The chief whip's job is to make sure members of his party are in place to vote.

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Reminder: Better Pay Your Trash Bill

July 18, 2014 - 5:48am

A customer of trash hauler in Red Wing, Minn., hadn't paid so an employee dumped almost 2 tons of garbage on his driveway. Paul's Industrial Garage has been fined for illegal dumping.

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When It Comes To Thinking, 2 Fish Heads Are Better Than 1

July 18, 2014 - 5:29am

Maybe we can learn from fish — they don't call a group of them a school for nothing. Researchers found that when 2 fish swim together, they make better decisions than when 2 fish are swimming alone.

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Actor Kurt Russell Talks About The Family Business: Baseball

July 18, 2014 - 5:29am

David Greene talks to actor Kurt Russell about the Portland Mavericks, a 1970s independent baseball team created by Kurt's father Bing. Battered Bastards is a documentary about the team.

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Afghan Businesses: Election Season Caused Economic Hardship

July 18, 2014 - 5:29am

The Afghan presidential election has been a financial disappointment. Businesses say revenue is down, and even companies you'd think would make money off a campaign, say they're in the red.

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Police Chief Lessons Gave Kerlikowske Insight Into Protesters

July 18, 2014 - 5:29am

New commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection Gil Kerlikowske talked to Steve Inskeep in his first extended interview on the use of force and controversial shootings by the Border Patrol.

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Israel Begins Ground Offensive In Gaza

July 18, 2014 - 5:29am

Israel's chief military spokesman says they're going after tunnels, terror activists and infrastructure. Thousands of Israel soldiers have moved into the territory backed by tanks.

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Pro-Russian Separatists Accused Of Shooting Down Malaysia Jetliner

July 18, 2014 - 5:29am

Ukraine charges pro-Russian separatists shot down a Malaysia Airlines jet with 298 people aboard. It blames Russia for supplying the weapons to do it. The rebels deny downing the aircraft.

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Sony Forgets To Renew Games Domain Name

July 18, 2014 - 5:29am

The lapse temporarily knocked out online games like Everquest and Landmark. Sony says it's possible the expiration notices were sent to the wrong email.

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Microsoft Announces Biggest Layoffs In Company's History

July 18, 2014 - 5:29am

Microsoft will eliminate 18,000 jobs in the next year. That's 14 percent of the company's global workforce, and the largest reduction in its history. The changes reflect Microsoft's shift to mobile.

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Broadway Legend Elaine Stritch Dies At 89

July 18, 2014 - 5:29am

Elaine Stritch, whose career spanned more than half a century and went from stage to screen to TV and back to stage again, died Thursday at her home in Birmingham, Mich.

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Calif. Officials Debate How To Get Residents To Cut Water Use

July 18, 2014 - 5:29am

How do you make people conserve water? Officials in California are asking that question, as the state enacts unprecedented water-use restrictions during the severe drought.

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While Campaigning For Other Democrats, Sen. Warren Gains Fans

July 18, 2014 - 5:29am

Senator Elizabeth Warren has had a busy mid-term election season campaigning for Democratic Senate hopefuls — especially women — across the country. Warren has ruled out a presidential run in 2016.

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Missile Likely Shot Down Malaysia Airlines Jet

July 18, 2014 - 5:29am

A Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 with 298 passengers and crew aboard crashed in eastern Ukraine, an area wracked by separatist insurgents. David Greene talks to Sabrina Tavernise of The New York Times.

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