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Is 'Womenomics' The Answer To Japan's Economic Woes?

Wed, 12/03/2014 - 4:05am

The government has set up a female lumberjacks program, part of a wider effort to fuel growth after long-term stagnation. But critics of 'womenomics' say it does little to tackle fundamental problems.

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Russia Heads Toward Recession, With No Relief In Sight

Wed, 12/03/2014 - 4:05am

Western sanctions are biting, oil prices are down sharply and the Russian currency is tanking. The government now expects the economy to shrink in 2015.

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Missing Book Racks Up $475 Overdue Library Fine

Wed, 12/03/2014 - 4:05am

Gone With the Wind disappeared in 1946 from a library in Spokane, Wash. It turned up in New England. The New Englander offered to return the book as long as he didn't have to pay the fine.

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Australia Cracks Down On Travel Amenity Requests

Wed, 12/03/2014 - 4:05am

The foreign minister says Australians abroad should not expect their embassies to pay for: repairs to their jet skis, provide pest-removal assistance or lend out armored cars. All real requests.

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Hong Kong Visitors Tour Protest Site Where History Is Being Made

Wed, 12/03/2014 - 4:05am

During quiet times of the pro-democracy protests, some people bring their kids to the main camp for a civics lesson. And to witness the extraordinary: a pro-democracy demonstration on Chinese soil.

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U.N. Team Strives To Reach Ebola Emergency Response Goals

Wed, 12/03/2014 - 4:05am

David Greene talks to Tony Banbury, head of the U.N. Ebola response mission in West Africa. Banbury says, "The world has never faced an emergency of this nature before."

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Did UPS Discriminate Against A Pregnant Worker By Letting Her Go?

Wed, 12/03/2014 - 3:03am

When Peggy Young became pregnant, her doctor recommended not lifting more than 20 pounds and she lost her job. Now a federal law banning pregnancy discrimination faces a test before the Supreme Court.

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Man Ends Fight With Girlfriend By Driving Into Pole, Walking Away

Tue, 12/02/2014 - 5:04am

David Scarpa's neighbors heard yelling, then a crash, then nothing — because he was gone, apparently preferring being charged with fleeing an accident to dealing "with his girlfriend yelling at him."

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For This Reindeer, The Game Is Hide And Seek

Tue, 12/02/2014 - 4:54am

Tinsel, a rare albino reindeer who is the main attraction at a Christmas tree farm in England, has hoofed it. After escaping his enclosure, he remains on the loose.

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NASA Prepares To Test New Spacecraft (That You've Likely Never Heard Of)

Tue, 12/02/2014 - 4:45am

The new vehicle, named Orion, is designed to carry humans into deep space. But most Americans aren't aware it exists.

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Study Shows Riding The Quiet Car Is Crushing Your Spirit

Tue, 12/02/2014 - 3:59am

An experiment in Chicago randomly assigned train and bus riders to either talk to the stranger next to them or commute quietly. The result? Even for introverts, silence leaves you sadder.

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Star Wars Fans Force Sands Back From Darth Vader's Tunisia Birthplace

Tue, 12/02/2014 - 3:59am

Sets from George Lucas' films had become buried by sand dunes, but a partnership between Tunisian tourism officials and online donors has helped them emerge again.

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Attorney General's Talk Doesn't Satisfy Those Troubled By Ferguson

Tue, 12/02/2014 - 3:59am

Eric Holder started a U.S. tour with a closed-door discussion with local leaders in Atlanta, but like many activists, some say they're hungry for less chat and more action by the Justice Department.

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Food Aid To Starving Syrian Refugees Is At Risk

Tue, 12/02/2014 - 3:59am

The World Food Program, which had been feeding 1.7 million Syrian refugees in five countries, is suspending its aid for lack of funds. WFP Regional Emergency Coordinator Muhannad Hadi explains.

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Drop In Oil Prices Is Being Felt By U.S. Drillers, Oil Field Firms

Tue, 12/02/2014 - 3:59am

OPEC's decision not cut production is sending ripples throughout the industry as drillers pull back and reassess their plans. The next few months could send some companies under, one consultant says.

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After Rape Scandal, University Of Virginia Reworks Relationship With Frats

Tue, 12/02/2014 - 3:59am

Following a Rolling Stone report on brutal assaults at the school, its president may force the campus' Greek system to ban hard liquor. New programs also encourage reporting of sexual assaults.

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Ohio State Players Say No Warning Signs Preceeded Teammate's Death

Tue, 12/02/2014 - 3:59am

The football team is baffled by the disappearance and apparent suicide of Kosta Karageorge, who was found dead inside a dumpster Sunday. Friends described him as positive, goofy and lighthearted.

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Kent Haruf, Author Of Moving, Colorado-Set Novels, Dies At 71

Tue, 12/02/2014 - 3:59am

Novelist Kent Haruf chased writing in his youth, but it wasn't until he was 40 that he'd developed his skills enough to be published. He's best known for National Book Award finalist "Plainsong."

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In Israel, A Clash Over What The Nation Is And Who It's For

Tue, 12/02/2014 - 3:59am

Israel's prime minister says the country needs to be officially defined as a Jewish state, but opponents say that would undermine its goal of equality for all.

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President Hopes To Draw Attention, And Funding, To Ebola Research

Tue, 12/02/2014 - 3:59am

Obama on Tuesday visits the National Institutes of Health, site of some promising anti-Ebola research, where he'll renew his call for Congress to approve $6 billion in funding to fight the disease.

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