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Carroll, Iowa: Where The Childhood Paper Route Is Alive And Well

NPR News - Wed, 2014-08-06 12:44

Most newspapers today are delivered by adults in cars, not kids on bikes. But in Carroll, young people who want to make some money on a paper route are growing up in the right place.

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Donald Trump Sues To Remove His Name From Atlantic City Casinos

NPR News - Wed, 2014-08-06 12:34

The real estate mogul was a pioneer of the New Jersey shore town's gambling industry. Its decline is hurting his name by association, Trump claims in a court filing.

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Truth In Labeling: Celiac Community Cheers FDA Rule For Gluten Free

NPR News - Wed, 2014-08-06 12:22

The Food and Drug Administration now requires all food manufacturers to be in compliance with a labeling standard for gluten-free food. Advocates for people with celiac disease say it's about time.

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As Ebola Spreads in Nigeria, Debate About Experimental Drugs Grows

NPR News - Wed, 2014-08-06 12:21

The death toll in the Ebola outbreak has climbed above 900. In response, the World Health Organization will look into whether it's ethical to use experimental medicines in the outbreak.

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Construction Industry Missing Key Tool: Skilled Workers

NPR News - Wed, 2014-08-06 12:02

Construction is booming once again in the Gulf Coast, Midwest and Rocky Mountain states. But there are about 20 percent fewer skilled workers in construction than there were in 2008.

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Ukraine Faces Buildup Outside The Border And Fatigue Within

NPR News - Wed, 2014-08-06 12:00

Anton Troianovski of The Wall Street Journal just left Ukraine and is now in Moscow. He speaks to Audie Cornish about continued clashes in Ukraine and reports that Russia is amassing troops along the border.

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George W. Bush Steals Show In Africa Summit's Finale

NPR News - Wed, 2014-08-06 12:00

President Obama, leaders from Africa and even former President Bush all took part in a busy final day for the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit. NPR's Tamara Keith joins Melissa Block to discuss the gathering's conclusion.

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Ebola Casts A Shadow Over Obama's Africa Press Conference

NPR News - Wed, 2014-08-06 12:00

President Obama delivered remarks to conclude a summit that invited leaders from Africa to meet with U.S. businesses. NPR's Tamara Keith joins Melissa Block to discuss the gathering's last day.

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Uncertainty Stalls Recruiting Efforts For Deportation Relief

NPR News - Wed, 2014-08-06 12:00

Two years ago, the Obama administration began granting relief from deportations with the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. Yet half of the unauthorized immigrants who are eligible still haven't applied.

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Plotting The American Role In Fighting The AIDS Epidemic

NPR News - Wed, 2014-08-06 12:00

To learn about the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit, Melissa Block talks with Deborah Birx, the U.S. Global AIDS coordinator. Birx talks about combating complacency in the fight against the AIDS epidemic.

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Who's The Boss? Labor Board Says It's McDonald's, As Much As Franchisee

NPR News - Wed, 2014-08-06 12:00

In a preliminary finding, the National Labor Relations Board said McDonald's could be held responsible for its franchisees' mistreatment of workers on wage and firing issues. It's an early step, but it's already sending tremors through the fast-food industry and other areas of the economy that depend on contracted or franchised workers.

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Play Doesn't End With Childhood: Why Adults Need Recess Too

NPR News - Wed, 2014-08-06 12:00

Play among children is vital for their social development. So what's in it for adults?

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Up Close And Personal With A 40-Story Oil Rig In The Gulf

NPR News - Wed, 2014-08-06 12:00

The Gulf of Mexico accounts for more than 20 percent of U.S. domestic oil production. But few see these operations far offshore.

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Walgreens Drops Plan To Move Headquarters — And Profits — Overseas

NPR News - Wed, 2014-08-06 11:10

The pharmacy giant will conclude its merger with British retailer Allliance Boots in a $15 billion deal. But the company decided to drop plans to move its headquarters abroad for tax purposes.

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Brief Counseling May Not Help With Most Drug Problems

NPR News - Wed, 2014-08-06 11:02

Studies show that a chat with a doctor during a routine checkup can sometimes be enough to curb problem drinking. But the model doesn't work as well with problem drug use.

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Malaysia Flight Wreckage Was 'Like The End Of The World'

NPR News - Wed, 2014-08-06 10:42

The New York Times' Sabrina Tavernise was among the first to arrive at the site of the downed flight in Ukraine in late July. She says it's hard to get the faces of the dead out of her mind.

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Nearly 50 Killed By Car Bombs In Baghdad Markets

NPR News - Wed, 2014-08-06 10:41

Violence in primarily Shiite neighborhoods has been extreme in recent weeks. On Wednesday, three car bombs were detonated in crowded market areas.

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Ask Me Anything: Correspondent Emily Harris Discusses Gaza

NPR News - Wed, 2014-08-06 10:34

For the past month, Harris has been covering the Israeli-Hamas battles in the Gaza Strip. She's answering questions Wednesday in a Reddit Ask Me Anything.

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Dutch Call Off Search For Additional Remains In Ukraine

NPR News - Wed, 2014-08-06 10:18

The Dutch prime minister said continuing the search at the site of the downed Malaysia Airlines flight is too dangerous. Russia has stationed tens of thousands of troops near its border with Ukraine.

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The NCAA's top conferences break out

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-08-06 10:13

A new proposal that grants the country’s top college athletics programs more money for their athletes and loosens NCAA restrictions is expected to be approved Thursday.

"The move comes amid vigorous public debate about the proper role of sports in higher education, and whether college athletes should be compensated for the billions of dollars they help generate," says Marc Tracy, college sports reporter for The New York Times.

This proposal will make the Big 5 conferences' first-class status official, but it might not be good news for the smaller programs. Non-Big 5 athletic programs could possibly lose their funding or be shut down.

"If you’re a non-Big 5 school that nonetheless feels it needs to compete with Big 5 schools and offer more to students, say in football, then you might need to cut costs elsewhere," says Tracy. "Will that actually be something that happens? I don’t know, but it’s certainly possible."

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