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Oman Recalls Its Trade Empire With Hand-Built Boats

NPR News - Sat, 2014-11-22 03:51

The country of Oman once ran a vast maritime trading network. Today, a group there devotes itself to preserving that legacy by recreating the traditional boats that sailed the seas back then.

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Asians Benefit, Not Just Latinos, From Obama's Immigration Action

NPR News - Sat, 2014-11-22 03:51

President Obama used executive action this week to reshape the country's immigration system. NPR's Scott Simon talks to Karthick Ramakrishnan of the University of California about the new policies.

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Obama Grandmother Continues Life's Work Of Educating Young Kenyans

NPR News - Sat, 2014-11-22 03:51

Sarah Obama, 94, received an award from the United Nations on Wednesday, and hopes to raise money during the trip to build a school and hospital in her home village.

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Starfish Illness Harms Other Sea Creatures

NPR News - Sat, 2014-11-22 03:51

Starfish in the Pacific northwest are being decimated by what's called wasting disease. Researcher Drew Harvell tells NPR's Scott Simon that warming seas are making it worse.

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Shoveling Off To Buffalo Promises A Snowy Holiday Challenge

NPR News - Sat, 2014-11-22 03:51

While snowed-in Buffalo, N.Y. digs out, some Buffaloans are trying to figure out how to get home for Thanksgiving. That includes college students preparing for a difficult drive.

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In Las Vegas, Obama Sells His Immigration Plan

NPR News - Sat, 2014-11-22 03:51

President Obama has begun to try to sell the American public on his controversial executive action on immigration. He started Friday, with a visit to Del Sol High School in Las Vegas.

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London's Mayor Calls U.S. Tax Bill 'Outrageous'

NPR News - Sat, 2014-11-22 03:51

NPR's Scott Simon explains the controversy London Mayor Boris Johnson waded into recently. He's a U.S. citizen, and the Internal Revenue Service says he owes them taxes.

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Tensions In Ferguson Simmer As Grand Jury Meets

NPR News - Sat, 2014-11-22 03:51

A grand jury decision on whether Officer Darren Wilson will face charges for killing Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. may be near. The grand jury met behind closed doors Friday.

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National Parks Look To Lock Out Wild Ginseng Diggers

NPR News - Sat, 2014-11-22 01:50

It's illegal to dig wild ginseng out of national park land. But it sells for thousands of dollars overseas, so poachers find it hard to resist.

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You Might Be Surprised When You Take Your Temperature

NPR News - Sat, 2014-11-22 01:33

Ebola has made us all obsessed with body temperature. 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit is normal, right? But what about 98.2? Or 99? And how high and low can you go on the thermometer and survive?

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Wealthy Arabs Flock To Pakistan To Kill The Bustards

NPR News - Sat, 2014-11-22 01:32

The Houbara bustard, a large bird whose numbers are declining, migrates to Pakistan every winter. Rich Arabs follow close behind and hunt them in large numbers. Some Pakistanis say this must stop.

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Wealthy Arabs Flock To Pakistan To Kill The Bustards

NPR News - Sat, 2014-11-22 01:32

The Houbara bustard, a large bird whose numbers are declining, migrates to Pakistan every winter. Rich Arabs follow close behind and hunt them in large numbers. Some Pakistanis say this must stop.

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Plague Outbreak In Madagascar Spreads To Its Capital

NPR News - Fri, 2014-11-21 17:22

Madagascar reports hundreds of plague cases each year. Health officials are concerned that this year's outbreak could grow rapidly now that it has reached a densely-populated city.

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Buffalo Blizzard Brings Odd NFL Game: Free, And Far From Home

NPR News - Fri, 2014-11-21 16:30

Monday night's game between the Buffalo Bills and New York Jets is being played in Michigan, and tickets are being given away at no charge. Some Bills players began their trips on snowmobiles.

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Weekly Wrap: Immigration and the New York Fed

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-11-21 16:21

Joining Kai to talk about the week's business and economic news is Business Insider's Linette Lopez and Sudeep Reddy of the Wall Street Journal. The big topics this week: Obama's immigration plan, the Fed's relationship with Wall Street and more stimulus in the eurozone and China.

House Panel Finds 'No Intelligence Failure' Before Benghazi Attack

NPR News - Fri, 2014-11-21 14:52

The final report by the House Intelligence Committee concludes that the CIA "ensured sufficient security for CIA facilities in Benghazi and... bravely assisted the State Department" on Sept. 11, 2012.

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Macy's new target: Millennials

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-11-21 14:42

As Black Friday nears, we're looking at the strategies big brands are making.

“It’s always a fight to the finish as we get through this season. My sensibility is that shoppers are going to go out there and spend like they always do: Load up their credit cards with things that they don’t need," says Teri Agins, author of "Hijacking the Runway"  (2014).

"Of course, retailers will come up with all kinds of gimmicks to get people shopping," Agins says.

In the Black Friday sale game, Macy's stands as a juggernaut, according to Agins. “They are the big Goliath and they really have a big footprint.”

The reason for this success? Millennials, a demographic not typically associated with department stores.

Macy's is targeting 13- to 30-year-olds by teaming up with celebrities to draw shoppers into stores. Celebrity fragrances by Katy Perry, One Direction, Taylor Swift, and even Justin Bieber are offered in Macy's stores around the country.

These celebrity collaborations are meant to create a buzz similar to that which surrounds fast-fashion, and that’s just to get people into the store. Even if the targeted millennials don’t buy the fragrance they walked in for, it’s likely they’ll buy something else.

This upcoming Black Friday will probably be like the ones in the past – long lines, doorbusters and big savings – but the crowd might turn out to be a little younger.

Kerry, Iranian Counterpart Meet Again In Nuclear Talks

NPR News - Fri, 2014-11-21 14:06

Diplomats are meeting in Vienna ahead of Monday's deadline to reach an accord on Iran's nuclear program. NPR's Peter Kenyon notes that there is speculation over who is offering a last-minute proposal.

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Obama's Immigration Moves Do Little To Help Businesses, Groups Say

NPR News - Fri, 2014-11-21 14:05

The actions do make it easier for people with work visas to move between jobs. But they don't address something employers have long pushed for: an increase in visas for low- and high-skilled workers.

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These 'True Tales' Add Nuance To The Immigration Discussion

NPR News - Fri, 2014-11-21 13:27

President Obama announced an executive action on immigration this week. For an in-depth look at the issue, author Gustavo Arellano recommends two nonfiction collections about Mexican immigrants.

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