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Immigrants Sending Money Back Home Face Fewer Options

Wed, 2014-07-09 04:03

The giant remittances economy has been expanding for years. Facing tighter regulations, big banks are nixing services that let people send money across borders.

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Israel Strikes Gaza, As Hamas Rockets Show Increased Range

Wed, 2014-07-09 03:18

In a notable step, rockets fired from Gaza were being aimed at Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. Meanwhile, Israel launched air attacks on more than 150 targets in Gaza.

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A Tough Little Droplet Fights To Stick Around

Wed, 2014-07-09 03:03

It's just a drop of water. It's about to fall. And when it does, a story begins. What happens next may feel oddly familiar. Maybe it's telling you — about you.

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In Google Newsroom, Brazil Defeat Is Not A Headline

Wed, 2014-07-09 00:21

Google is mining its search data from the World Cup games, trying to make factoids that go viral. Its "newsroom" is focused on happy thoughts, not sad ones — like Brazil's brutal defeat.

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Gay Teacher Files Sex Discrimination Claim Against Georgia School

Tue, 2014-07-08 23:33

Flint Dollar had to leave a Catholic school after officials learned he plans to marry his partner. Federal anti-discrimination laws don't cover sexual orientation, so he's fighting back another way.

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States Push For Prison Sentence Overhaul; Prosecutors Push Back

Tue, 2014-07-08 23:32

Several red states, including Louisiana, have been diverting some offenders away from prison and into drug treatment and other incarceration alternatives. But not everyone is embracing the effort.

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Like All Animals, We Need Stress. Just Not Too Much

Tue, 2014-07-08 23:32

A racing mind and a pounding heart aren't all bad — the stress response can help humans and other animals deal with the unexpected. So what makes a vital system, that evolved to help us, turn toxic?

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As Engines Sputter To Life, Vintage Spacecraft Turns Toward Moon

Tue, 2014-07-08 16:30

So far, so good. ISEE-3, the versatile 1978 space probe that took a detour to greet a comet in the 1980s, is now on track to get close to the moon, scientists say, though course fixes can be tricky.

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The Collective Anguish Of The Brazilian Defeat

Tue, 2014-07-08 14:39

NPR's Lourdes Garcia-Navarro watched Brazil's World Cup semifinal against Germany in a bar in Sao Paulo. She speaks to Robert Siegel about the game and the devastation it sowed among Brazilian fans.

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A Senator Turns His Bible Into A Political Tool

Tue, 2014-07-08 14:28

In his new ad, Arkansas Sen. Mark Pryor uses his Bible to respond to an opponent's attack.

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3 Kickstarter Food Projects That Leave Potato Salad In The Dirt

Tue, 2014-07-08 12:59

One guy's Kickstarter quest for $10 to make his first potato salad has now raised over $50,000 — a kind of Internet joke gone viral. Here are three modest food projects to consider instead.

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What Looks Like Overcharging By Your Hospital Might Not Be

Tue, 2014-07-08 12:57

In 2012, Medicare was rocked by allegations that hospitals were systematically overcharging the program by miscoding electronic medical records. A study released Wednesday took another look.

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Germany Gives Brazil Das Boot With 7-1 Win, Enters World Cup Final

Tue, 2014-07-08 12:46

Brazil, without striker Neymar, was in shambles. Thomas Muller and Toni Kroos scored two goals each for Germany, and Miroslav Klose became the highest goal scorer in World Cup history.

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In A Lab Fridge, An Unsettling Surprise: Lost Vials Of Smallpox

Tue, 2014-07-08 12:40

Scientists at the National Institutes of Health made an unpleasant discovery as they cleaned out an old laboratory: The lab contained vials of the smallpox virus, previously unknown to authorities.

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In A Lab Store Room, An Unsettling Surprise: Lost Vials Of Smallpox

Tue, 2014-07-08 12:40

Scientists at the National Institutes of Health made an unpleasant discovery as they cleaned out an old laboratory: The lab contained vials of the smallpox virus, previously unknown to authorities.

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In Oslo, Attorney General Warns Syria May Be A Cradle Of Terrorism

Tue, 2014-07-08 12:12

In a speech in Oslo, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder urged European partners to do more to find and disrupt plans of would-be terrorists who head to Syria — and, once trained, might return to the West.

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In Battle Over Gaza, A Slow Build-up Shows No Signs Of Ending

Tue, 2014-07-08 12:12

Israel stepped up its air assault on the Gaza Strip. Unlike air strikes in the past, Israel has tempered its initial show of force, but the situation appears to be steadily intensifying.

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Battered By Civil War, South Sudan Falters Toward 3rd Birthday

Tue, 2014-07-08 12:12

South Sudan is approaching the third anniversary of its independence. For more on the world's newest country, its civil war and the resulting humanitarian crisis, Melissa Block talks with E.J. Hogendoorn, the deputy director of Africa for the International Crisis Group.

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Obama Requests Nearly $4 Billion In Funds To Speed Deportations

Tue, 2014-07-08 12:12

Amid crises on the U.S.-Mexico border and roiling protests in Murrieta, Calif., President Obama is requesting $3.7 billion from Congress to address the unfolding issues over immigration.

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With Default 23 Days Away, A Little Clause Could Cost Argentina Big

Tue, 2014-07-08 12:12

After missing a June 30 deadline, Argentina has a 30-day grace period to pay investors $539 million in interest. Otherwise, the country will default on its debts. Argentinian officials argue they can't make the payment without triggering other debt payments that would bankrupt the country.

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