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3:05am

Fri July 4, 2014
Business

It's Going To Cost More To Have A Burger This July 4

Originally published on Fri July 4, 2014 5:52 am

"For most people, this is going to be the most expensive hamburger they've eaten in their life," says economic analyst Joe Deaux of the street.com. Prices are soaring because of the on-going drought.

9:14am

Thu July 3, 2014
Economy

Report Shows 288,000 New Jobs In June

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This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

And I'm David Greene. Good morning. We begin this hour with more positive signs about the nation's economy. The Labor Department this morning said the U.S. unemployment rate fell to its lowest level in nearly six years last month, and employers added some 288,000 jobs to their payrolls. Here's NPR's Jim Zarroli.

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4:52am

Thu July 3, 2014
Asia

Mosquito-Repellent Paper Attracts Readers

Originally published on Thu July 3, 2014 9:14 am

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4:46am

Thu July 3, 2014
Sports

Traded MLB Pitchers Meet For The First Time During Bathroom Break

Originally published on Thu July 3, 2014 9:14 am

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3:18am

Thu July 3, 2014
NPR Story

In Iraq's Sacred City Of Najaf, Clerics Call On Shiites To Fight

Originally published on Thu July 3, 2014 11:08 am

Iraqi Shiite volunteers with the Labayk ya Hussein Brigade take part in a training session in the holy city of Najaf in late June. Clerics in the city called for Shiites to step forward and fight the Sunni group formerly known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (which now calls itself simply the Islamic State).
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Sunni militants claimed vast swaths of Iraq last month, thanks largely to the collapse of the Iraqi army.

But three weeks later, the army has been able to win back some territory. The gains come after a call to arms by Shiite religious leaders in the holy city of Najaf, where deep emotion and symbolism are inspiring Shiite volunteers.

Najaf is home to the ancient Valley of Peace cemetery, which seems crowded. Miles of desert stretch under blistering sun, the gilded domes of mausoleums pressed up against the dusty headstones of the ordinary dead.

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3:18am

Thu July 3, 2014
NPR Story

Award-Winning Children's Book Author Walter Dean Myers Dies

Originally published on Thu July 3, 2014 9:14 am

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3:18am

Thu July 3, 2014
NPR Story

Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby Ruling Yields Polarized Debate

Originally published on Thu July 3, 2014 9:14 am

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Now let's get one more perspective on a deeply polarized debate, a debate set off by this week's Supreme Court ruling in a case brought by the craft store chain Hobby Lobby. The court found that some business owners with religious objections to contraceptives cannot be required to provide them to their employees with their health insurance plans. But does that ruling end there? Our Steve Inskeep digs deeper into what's fueling this debate.

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3:18am

Thu July 3, 2014
NPR Story

Ale Ads Rethink Revolutionary War Outcome

Originally published on Thu July 3, 2014 9:14 am

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And our Last Word In Business today is, if they won.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "RULE, BRITANNIA!")

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Imagine an America where trucks are called lorries, garbage cans are bins.

GREENE: Taxicabs are black, elevators are lifts, and English muffins are, well, just muffins.

MONTAGNE: That's the idea behind, If We Won. It's a cheeky, new advertising campaign from Newcastle Brown Ale. It envisions what the United States would be like if Britain had won the Revolutionary War.

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3:18am

Thu July 3, 2014
NPR Story

China Announces Another Easing Of Its Currency Controls

Originally published on Thu July 3, 2014 9:14 am

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4:53am

Wed July 2, 2014
Animals

Ukraine Wants Its Dolphins Back

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 5:53 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne. Ukraine wants its dolphins back. It seems when Russia invaded the Ukrainian nation of Crimea, it also seized Ukraine's military dolphins. Those dolphins were trained to detect mines and enemy divers. Now they're under Russian control. A Russian news site reports Ukraine is demanding Russia return the dolphins as it has other military equipment. But Russia is saying nyet, the dolphins are in the navy now - the Russian Navy. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

4:15am

Wed July 2, 2014
Sports

U.S. Goalkeeper Becomes Social Media Star

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 5:53 am

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3:05am

Wed July 2, 2014
Research News

Living 63 Feet Underwater Helps Cousteau Team Conduct Experiments

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 12:03 pm

Fabien Cousteau and a crew of scientists and explorers have spent the past 31 days underwater in the Aquarius Reef Base off the coast of Florida. David Greene talks to Cousteau about the experience.

3:05am

Wed July 2, 2014
NPR Story

World Cup Sparks More Interest In U.S. Soccer

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 5:53 am

All through the World Cup, Kansas City has been a terrific place to watch a match. Interest in soccer has exploded there, stoked by the rise of the city's professional soccer team.

3:05am

Wed July 2, 2014
Sports

Belgium Ends U.S. Team's World Cup Hopes

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 12:09 pm

The U.S. men's soccer team is out of the World Cup. For 90 minutes, the score was tied at 0-0, but the team lost in extra time to Belgium on Tuesday, 2-1.

10:00am

Tue July 1, 2014
Business

Own A South Dakota Prairie Town For $400,000

Originally published on Tue July 1, 2014 12:24 pm

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And that brings us to the last word in Business which is no sweat. You too can own a piece of the old American frontier.

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An entire town nestled in the flat prairie lands of South Dakota is up for sale for $400,000. You can own Swett - S, W, E, T, T - Swett, South Dakota.

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9:55am

Tue July 1, 2014
Business

GM Recalls Another 8.5 Million Vehicles

Originally published on Tue July 1, 2014 12:24 pm

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5:27am

Tue July 1, 2014
Food

In Support Of U.S. Soccer, Don't Eat Belgian Waffles

Originally published on Tue July 1, 2014 12:24 pm

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4:55am

Tue July 1, 2014
Food

IBM's Watson Is Out With Its Own Barbecue Sauce

Originally published on Thu July 3, 2014 9:12 am

The barbecue sauce concocted with the help of Watson contains a dozen ingredients.
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A company specializing in bytes is offering a special flavor for your Fourth of July: IBM's Watson barbecue sauce.

The supercomputer first showed off its intellectual process on Jeopardy, but Watson now seems ready for the Food Channel.

After analyzing massive numbers of recipes, Watson went gourmet. The condiment, called Bengali Butternut BBQ Sauce, contains a dozen ingredients, including butternut squash, white wine, dates, Thai chilies and tamarind. According to IBM, "it's got a slow, warm heat and a kick."

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4:52am

Tue July 1, 2014
Middle East

Israeli Military Responds After 3 Missing Teens Found Dead

Originally published on Tue July 1, 2014 12:24 pm

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Three Israeli teenagers are being buried side-by-side today. They were kidnapped almost three weeks ago while hitchhiking in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, and it now appears they were shot and killed almost immediately. Israeli soldiers found their bodies yesterday under a pile of rocks in a West Bank field. Israel blames the Palestinian militant group Hamas for the murders. NPR's Emily Harris is based in Jerusalem, but she's spending sometime in Washington right now, so she joins us in our studios. Emily, good morning.

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4:46am

Tue July 1, 2014
Iraq

Sunni Muslims Declare New Caliphate, Is It For Real?

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 9:06 am

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This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. Good morning. I'm David Greene.

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