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'Designing Women' Star Meshach Taylor Dies At 67

NPR News - Sun, 2014-06-29 22:19

Taylor, who played a lovable ex-convict surrounded by boisterous Southern belles on the sitcom Designing Women and appeared in numerous other TV and film roles, died of cancer, his agent said.

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GM Crash Victim Payment Plan Won't Have A Limit

NPR News - Sun, 2014-06-29 22:13

Kenneth Feinberg, the country's most well-known compensation expert, is scheduled to reveal the terms Monday, and GM CEO Mary Barra has said there will be no cap on payments.

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For Iraqis, A Ramadan Filled With Fear And Uncertainty

NPR News - Sun, 2014-06-29 17:53

It's typically a holy month of reflection for Muslims, but Iraqis face a bleak Ramadan this year. Extremists have taken over much of the country and show no sign of easing their fighting.

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For Tipped Workers, A Different Minimum Wage Battle

NPR News - Sun, 2014-06-29 14:45

The debate over the federal minimum wage, which raised to $7.25 in 2009, is playing out across the country. Meanwhile, the minimum wage for tipped workers hasn't gone up for 23 years.

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For U.S. Vets, Iraq's Newest Conflict Awakens Complex Emotions

NPR News - Sun, 2014-06-29 13:03

In 2004, Jason Hansman was helping to rebuild Mosul with the 448th Civil Affairs Battalion. A decade later, he and other veterans are watching the cities where they served fall to Sunni militants.

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Obama To Nominate Former Procter & Gamble Chief To Head VA

NPR News - Sun, 2014-06-29 12:17

The Department of Veterans Affairs is currently in a sea of trouble. A White House report said its "corrosive culture" led to systematic failures.

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Should Saying Someone Is 'Off The Reservation' Be Off-Limits?

NPR News - Sun, 2014-06-29 11:41

The term dates back to the 19th century when white traders would swap "firewater" for Indian goods and "off the reservation" was "a lonely and dangerous place for an aboriginal American to be."

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Sunni Extremist Group ISIS Declares New Islamic Caliphate

NPR News - Sun, 2014-06-29 11:03

Some analysts says the move may signal the birth of a new era of transnational jihadism. ISIS also announced a name change: It will now be known simply as The Islamic State.

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In Blogs And Tweets, India's New Leader Bemoans Lack Of 'Honeymoon'

NPR News - Sun, 2014-06-29 10:23

Narendra Modi became prime minister just a month ago. He had a big agenda, but has yet to launch any major programs. But the tech-savvy leader has racked up 5 million Twitter followers.

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Hong Kong Pro-Democracy Poll Garners More Than 780,000 Votes

NPR News - Sun, 2014-06-29 09:29

The unofficial referendum was branded as illegal by local and mainland Chinese officials. The referendum called for Hong Kong to be able to democratically elect its leaders.

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In Paris, Training Wheels For The Littlest Riders

NPR News - Sun, 2014-06-29 08:57

Paris streets are often too dangerous for kids to learn to ride, and most parents have no room to store bikes in their apartments. So the city has started renting bikes for the smallest Parisians.

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Housing Market Fake-Outs Stump Economists

NPR News - Sun, 2014-06-29 08:31

More than six years after the housing crash, the housing market may be better-than-dismal, but the slog back to normal is still disappointingly long and slow.

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Obama Administration Seeks Change In Law To Speed Deportations

NPR News - Sun, 2014-06-29 06:03

President Obama will also seek an emergency appropriation of more than $2 billion to deal with the surge of Central American immigrants flooding the southern border.

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Iraqi Military Launches Offensive Against Insurgents In Tikrit

NPR News - Sun, 2014-06-29 04:20

The city was the hometown of former dictator Saddam Hussein. The government was trying to retake territory from Sunni insurgents.

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Muslim Refugees In Greece Make Do Without A Mosque

NPR News - Sun, 2014-06-29 03:58

Iraqi and Syrian refugees in Athens find themselves in the only major EU capital without a formal mosque. Muslims are celebrating Ramadan at a time when xenophobia in Greece is on the rise.

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Justices To Rule In Hobby Lobby Contraception Case

NPR News - Sun, 2014-06-29 03:58

The Supreme Court is expected to decide Monday whether healthcare plans must cover contraceptives, as legal affairs correspondent Nina Totenberg tells NPR's Don Gonyea.

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In Nigeria, Many Girls Are Married And Divorced Before Adulthood

NPR News - Sun, 2014-06-29 03:58

Nigeria's rate of child marriage is among the highest in the world. Michelle Faul of the Associated Press tells NPR's Don Gonyea that the rate of girls being divorced and abandoned is rising too.

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Emerging Alliances In Mosul Raise Tensions And Complications

NPR News - Sun, 2014-06-29 03:58

Sunni militants were originally welcomed when they rolled into the Iraqi city of Mosul, but now there's a power struggle between the local tribes, Sunnis and Saddam Hussein's former Baathist party.

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Nasa Bends The Rules To Get Two Rovers To Mars

NPR News - Sun, 2014-06-29 03:58

Space is a premium in space. So NASA ended up folding two rovers inside a shipping container, and then unfolding them when they landed. This story originally aired on All Things Considered on June 9.

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Her Baby Is At Risk; Lauren's Story

NPR News - Sun, 2014-06-29 01:18

They were having a baby. Both she and her husband carry a gene that might cause problems, "might" being a 25 percent chance. Is that high? Low? What to do? Here's the story, nicely drawn, deeply felt.

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