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Russia Puts Its Troops On 'Full Combat Alert'

NPR News - Sat, 2014-06-21 04:14

The move is seen as another show of force by Russia as tensions with Ukraine continue to mount. It comes after reports of violence spilling over into the Russian-Ukraine border.

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An Urban Stonehenge For The New World

NPR News - Sat, 2014-06-21 03:58

Around the world, civilizations have been fascinated by the solstice. In the first of our series, Summer Stargazing, NPR's Scott Simon talks to astronomer Jackie Faherty about Manhattanhenge.

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Chicago Girl Designs A Parkinson's-Proof Cup

NPR News - Sat, 2014-06-21 03:58

Lily Born, 11, has designed a spill-proof cup for people with Parkinson's disease. She and her dad, Joe Born, talk with NPR's Scott Simon about the invention she's named Kangaroo Cups.

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Suburban D.C. Bear Gets Social Before Getting Relocated

NPR News - Sat, 2014-06-21 03:58

A bear that was found walking around Bethesda, Md., has been returned to his natural home. But not before gaining a moment of Internet fame with two fake Twitter accounts created on his behalf.

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With IRS, Email Lost Could Be More Alarming Than A Cover-Up

NPR News - Sat, 2014-06-21 03:58

A former IRS director's missing emails reminded some of the gap on Richard Nixon's Watergate tapes. Columnist Megan McArdle tells NPR's Scott Simon the disappearance indicates bigger problems within the agency.

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Iraq Turmoil Reignites A Decade-Old Debate

NPR News - Sat, 2014-06-21 03:58

NPR's Scott Simon talks with political correspondent Tamara Keith about the reaction to President Obama's decision to send up to 300 military advisers to Iraq.

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Will U.S. Military Advisors Be Enough To Secure Iraq?

NPR News - Sat, 2014-06-21 03:58

President Obama says he'll send military advisers to Iraq, but not combat forces. NPR's Scott Simon talks to retired Army Col. Derek Harvey about whether that's enough to help regain stability.

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Trump Stands Firm On Giant Chicago SIgn

NPR News - Sat, 2014-06-21 03:58

Donald Trump and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel are warring over a sign on the side of a skyscraper bearing Trump's name. The mayor wants it removed, but Trump has emphatically said no, via the media.

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Report Of Drone Crashes A 'Record Of Calamity'

NPR News - Sat, 2014-06-21 03:58

More than 400 U.S. military drones have been involved in major crashes around the world since 2001. NPR's Scott Simon reflects on the news, which was revealed in a Washington Post investigation.

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Palestinian Hunger Strikers Begin 3rd Month Of Protest

NPR News - Sat, 2014-06-21 03:58

Scores of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli custody have been on a hunger strike for almost two months, trying to change the system that allowed them to be held without being charged.

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Shiites Step Up To Arm Against Sunni Militias

NPR News - Sat, 2014-06-21 03:58

Iraqi security officials say Sunni militants have seized a Syrian border crossing in Iraq. NPR's Scott Simon gets an update on the situation from NPR's Alice Fordham in Baghdad.

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Presbyterians To Divest As Protest Against Israel

NPR News - Sat, 2014-06-21 03:13

Presbyterians to divest as protest against Israel

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In Search For Missing Teens, Israel Cracks Down On Hamas

NPR News - Sat, 2014-06-21 01:19

The Israeli security forces are searching for three missing teenagers in the West Bank. In the process, the forces have also arrested more than 300 suspected militants.

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Presbyterians To Divest As Protest Against Israel

NPR News - Fri, 2014-06-20 19:23

The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) on Friday became the most prominent religious group in the United States to endorse divestment as a protest against Israeli policies toward Palestinians.

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IRS scams to look out for

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-06-20 17:20

Just because it's summer doesn't mean that scammers are taking a break. And just because Tax Day is in the rearview mirror doesn't mean the IRS isn't figuring into some of these scams. Marketplace Money guest host David Lazarus is joined by Cameron Huddleston, a contributing editor at Kiplinger.com, to talk about what to watch out for in the latest set of criminal schemes.

Callers claiming to be IRS agents. The IRS initiates contact with taxpayers by mail, not by phone. If you get a call from someone claiming to be with the IRS, don't reveal any personal information or credit-card information because the IRS doesn't ask for payments over the phone. Instead, hang up and call the IRS at 1-800-829-1040 to see if an agent has a legitimate need to contact you.

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CDC Says More Workers Potentially Exposed To Live Anthrax

NPR News - Fri, 2014-06-20 14:55

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention increased to 86 the number of its personnel who it says may have been exposed to live anthrax at three labs in Atlanta.

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After Mosul's Fall, Iraqis Adjust To New Normal Under ISIS

NPR News - Fri, 2014-06-20 13:44

Not all Sunnis are on board with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, even if they oppose the Iraqi government. One ranking Sunni cleric in northern Iraq hints at limits to the group's influence.

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Dust Clouds Big Bang Signal

NPR News - Fri, 2014-06-20 13:35

A team claiming to have spied the earliest moments of the universe may have actually seen little more than galactic dust.

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Weekly Wrap: An almost eerie calm

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-06-20 13:29

The week that was with Leigh Gallagher, from Fortune, and John Carney, from the Wall Street Journal.

New Highs:

Carney: We're sort of slowly grinding higher, but there's almost no volatitlity and a lot of people find it to be an almost eerie calm.

Gallagher: I'm among the people that think we're in for a bit of a shock probably later this year.

Indications of Inflation?:

Gallagher: She has done a good job at being very artful with her words... she was trying to reassure us that growth is happening and that there are improvements in the labor market. I think the biggest problem is the D-word, demand and there's only so much the Fed can do to spur that.

Carney: The most shocking thing about the Fed meeting is the long term projections of where the interest rates will eventually be are coming down. Meaning, instead of everybody thinking will go back to 4 percent long term, it's now down to like 3.75. And that's a change. 

Mary Barra's trip back to Washington:

Gallagher: The irony in all of this is that GM's car sale are actually doing quite well.

Carney: There's a really weird symmetry betweeen what happened with the banks and what's happening with general motors. We rescued them and then it turns out there's all these calamities out there. and they end up having to pay lots of money for things they did a long time ago.

Oil Markets and the Middle East

Carney: "There's a possibility for the biggest war in the Middle East in decades and yet we added like $4 or $5 to the price of crude.

GE nears deal for Alstom

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-06-20 13:28

General Electric has won a bidding war for a French company called Alstom.

GE mostly wants the company’s turbine business. But other issues had to be taken into account.

“The country of France is really concerned with jobs. And also technology security,” says Daniel Holland, an equity analyst at Morningstar.

GE has agreed to a 50-50 partnership on the nuclear business. Plus other joint ventures. And it promises thousands of new jobs in France.

But that may not be enough. Government officials have asked GE to revise its bid.

“The French government is completely capable of screwing up this transaction,” says Cliff Ransom, an independent equity analyst with Ransom Research.

But French politicians could be more than gate-keepers. More like business partners. The government intends to buy 20 percent of Alstom.

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