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Under Pressure To Cut Costs, Wall Street Banks Downsize

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 4:07am

Many banks report earnings this week. Bank of America turned in a loss after taking a big charge for legal expenses. Citigroup will lay off about 300 stock and bond traders in an effort to cut costs.

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Beloved Dutch Priest Killed By Gunman In War-Torn Syrian City

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 4:07am

Last week marked another low-point in the Syrian civil war. A unidentified gunman assassinated a Dutch priest in the city of Homs. Father Frans van der Lugt had lived in Syria for nearly five decades.

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Brazil Has A Lot Riding On Its World Cup Team's Outcome

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 4:07am

Brazil is the spiritual home of soccer and a world powerhouse in the sport. It's woven into the Brazilian psyche. Wins and losses have had repercussions in other realms — including politics.

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Plant Breeders Release First 'Open Source Seeds'

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 2:30am

Scientists and food activists are launching a campaign to promote seeds that can be freely shared, rather than protected through patents and licenses. They call it the Open Source Seed Initiative.

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Polio Hits Equatorial Guinea, Threatens Central Africa

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 2:29am

It's the first polio cases in Equatorial Guinea since 1999. The virus spread from neighboring Cameroon. When polio is on the move in Central Africa, the toll can be tragic.

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Police Trace Heavy-Breathing Emergency Caller

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 5:54am

Police near London received a troubling call, and all the dispatcher could hear was heavy breathing. Cops found the caller running through a yard. It was a dog with a wireless phone in its mouth.

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Sad Panda In China Gets Her Own Play Area

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 5:35am

Si Jia got depressed after her only companion moved to another zoo. The staff at the Yunnan Safari Park in southwest China built her a swing and parallel bars. She may get a real friend soon.

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The Latest From Eastern Ukraine

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 5:14am

David Greene talks to NPR's Ari Shapiro for the latest news on events in eastern Ukraine.

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The Last Word In Business

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 4:08am

David Greene and Kelly McEvers have the Last Word in business.

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Business News

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 4:08am

Kelly McEvers has business news.

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NBA's Regular Season Ends Wednesday, NHL Playoffs Begin

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 4:08am

The National Hockey League playoffs start Wednesday night, and the National Basketball Association playoffs begin Saturday. We run down the post-season picture for both sports.

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NYPD To Disband Controversial Unit That Spied On Muslims

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 4:08am

The Demographics Unit was trying to root out terrorist threats, but never produced a usable lead. Kelly McEvers talks to journalist Matt Apuzzo, who won a Pulitzer Prize for his reporting on the unit.

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Death Toll Expected To Climb In South Korea Ferry Disaster

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 4:08am

Dozens of boats, helicopters and divers scrambled Wednesday to rescue more than 470 people after a ferry sank off South Korea's southern coast. Among those on the boat, 325 high school students.

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Tremendously Gratifying To Win 2 Pulitzers, 'Post' Editor Says

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 4:08am

After years of circulation declines and painful staffing cuts, this year's two Pulitzer Prizes are especially sweet. David Greene talks to Marty Baron, the executive editor for The Washington Post.

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Unique Rose Bush Graces Arizona Desert Town

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 4:08am

The world's largest rose bush is located in an unlikely place for a genteel attraction: Tombstone, Arizona. It blooms during spring break; thousands come to the bush that was planted in 1885.

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Suspected Muslim Extremists Step Up Attacks In Nigeria

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 4:08am

Schoolgirls were kidnapped in Nigeria Tuesday. The suspects are believed to be with a radical group blamed for a bombing Monday. Kelly McEvers talks to Michelle Faul of The Associated Press.

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Despite Everything, Tiger Will Always Be No. 1

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 2:44am

Tiger Woods hasn't won a major in six years, and at 38, says commentator Frank Deford, he's past even a golfer's prime years. Still, no one can touch the reigning king of golf.

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T Rex To Reveal Itself At The Smithsonian

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 2:42am

Scientists at the Smithsonian are set to unpack something rare that the National Museum of Natural History has never had before — a nearly complete skeleton of a Tyrannosaurus rex.

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How One Michigan City Is Sending Kids To College Tuition-Free

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 2:41am

In 2005, a group of anonymous donors in Kalamazoo launched a bold program. It pays for graduates of the city's public schools to attend any of Michigan's public universities or community colleges.

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As La. Coast Recedes, Battle Rages Over Who Should Pay

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 2:40am

A flood protection authority is suing to try to hold the oil and gas industries responsible for Louisiana's land crisis. But policymakers are trying to stop the lawsuit, saying it's bad for business.

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