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'Kill My Mother' Is A Darkly Drawn Confection

August 28, 2014 - 7:03am

Veteran cartoonist Jules Feiffer has just written his first graphic novel, the noirish Kill My Mother. Reviewer Alan Cheuse is discovering graphic novels equally late, but still finds it a good read.

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Telling Crimea's Story Through Children's Books

August 28, 2014 - 7:02am

Blending history, myth and geopolitics, Lily Hyde uses fairy tales to teach children and young adults about Eastern European history. To cover the current unrest, though, she's put fiction on hold.

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China Accuses Panda Of Faking Pregnancies To Get Treats

August 28, 2014 - 6:55am

When pandas have symptoms of pregnancy, keepers put them in private rooms and feed them extra food. When it's clear the pandas aren't pregnant, some maintain the act to keep the better accommodations.

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Jamaica Sets Its Sights On Winter Olympic Hockey Team

August 28, 2014 - 6:37am

Payers recently gathered in Toronto for the Jamaica Olympic Ice Hockey Federation trials. The Toronto Sun is accusing Jamaica of "poaching" Canadians of Jamaican descent.

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Ex-Assistant Pleads Guilty To Art Theft

August 28, 2014 - 5:01am

A former assistant to pop artist Jasper Johns has pleaded guilty to interstate transportation of stolen property. James Meyer admitted he lacked permission to take or transport art from 2006 to 2011.

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Survey: Americans Are Grumpy About Economic Recovery

August 28, 2014 - 5:01am

A new survey by Rutgers University found two out of three Americans felt no improvement in the last year. And only about one in four expect things to get better in the year to come.

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Colossal Dam Removal Project Frees Washington's Elwa River

August 28, 2014 - 5:01am

Two dams blocked the river for more than 100 years. The lower dam is completely gone and the last 30 feet of the upper dam were blown up this week. Now, the river is returning to life.

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There's Something New This College Football Season: Playoffs

August 28, 2014 - 5:01am

College football's top division has a new playoff system this season. We'll talk about how it works, and how the field of potential contenders looks.

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Pro-Russian Separatists Widen Their Attack In Eastern Ukraine

August 28, 2014 - 5:01am

The past few days have seen the opening of a new front in the fighting between government forces and pro-Russian separatists in Eastern Ukraine. According to U.S. officials, Russia is behind it.

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Get A Russian Mortgage, Get A Cat

August 28, 2014 - 5:01am

Much like your mortgage, the cat is a loan. Cats are delivered to the new residence for a two-hour visit. In Russia, it's considered good luck for a cat to cross the threshold of a new home.

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Has The Federal Budget Deficit Problem Been Solved?

August 28, 2014 - 5:01am

David Greene talks to David Wessel of the Brookings Institution about the federal deficit: after so much talk about it, the subject seems to have faded from attention.

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Supermarket Chain Workers Get Their Beloved CEO Back

August 28, 2014 - 5:01am

Arthur T. Demoulas has regained control of the company in a deal worth $1.5 billion. The move ends a battle between rival factions of the family that left store shelves bare and stakeholders angry.

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Court Rules For FedEx Drivers In Suit Over Job Classification

August 28, 2014 - 5:01am

A federal appeals court in Oregon ruled FedEx Ground misclassified more than 2,000 drivers in California as independent contractors. There could be back claims for unpaid wages and benefits.

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Rep. Ryan Cautions Obama Not To Issue Immigration Executive Order

August 28, 2014 - 5:01am

Steve Inskeep talks to House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan about the prospects for an immigration bill. On Friday, Morning Edition will talk to Ryan about his ideas for fighting poverty.

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Colo. Democrats Bet On Immigration To Boost Udall's Re-Election Bid

August 28, 2014 - 5:01am

Sen. Mark Udall's campaign has been hitting Republican Rep. Cory Gardner hard on the issue, and the state's Latino community is once again thought to be the constituency that could decide the race.

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Austria's Social Democrat Party Wants Its Gnomes Back

August 25, 2014 - 6:15am

The BBC reports that on Saturday more than 400 garden gnomes were stolen from an Austrian town, where they were holding election campaign signs while tied to lampposts.

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The Last Word In Business

August 25, 2014 - 5:07am

Steve Inskeep has the Last Word in business.

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Business News

August 25, 2014 - 5:07am

Steve Inskeep has business news.

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Legendary Actor Lord Richard Attenborough Dies At 90

August 25, 2014 - 5:07am

Lord Richard Attenborough, the acclaimed actor and Oscar-winning director died Sunday. He forged a lengthy acting career. As a director, he was known for Gandhi, for which he won two Academy Awards.

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Strongest Earthquake In 25 Years Hits Napa Valley

August 25, 2014 - 5:07am

Early Sunday, a magnitude 6.1 earthquake hit Napa Valley — shaking some houses off their foundations, sparking fires and causing extensive damage to the historic downtown district.

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