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Preliminary Results Show Ghani Winning Afghan Presidency

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 11:17am

Former World Bank economist Ashraf Ghani had about a million more votes than Abdullah Abdullah, who had been considered the front-runner. Abdullah has charged massive fraud in the election.

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Funnel Cloud Photo Bombs Wedding Pix

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 6:50am

As a Canadian bride and groom posed for a close-up — down the road from their ceremony — a funnel cloud appeared behind them.

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Firecracker Man Calls Himself A Little Nuts

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 6:45am

John Fletcher of Michigan celebrated Independence Day by setting off 10,500 firecrackers attached to his body. He's done this for years. Sometimes he gets injured.

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Ex-Georgia President Eduard Shavardnadze Dies. He was 86

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 5:45am

The groundbreaking Soviet foreign minister and later the president of an independent Georgia died after a long illness. Steve Inskeep talks to Pavel Palazhchenko, an interpreter for Shevardnadze.

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Preaching Video Said To Be Of Extremist Sunni Group's Leader

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 4:21am

Iraq's security forces are battling the Islamic State — the descendant of an al Qaida group American soldiers once fought. But Iraqi soldiers are not making much headway, and the extremist group's propaganda is growing more grandiose. Last week, it was declared that they rule over all Muslims in a new caliphate.

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CBS Lost Appetite For Government Watchdog Stories, Attkisson Says

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 4:21am

When the investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson left CBS this year, she did not do so quietly. She contends the network refused to run stories that might damage President Obama. Her claims are a flashpoint in arguments over ideological bias in the media.

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Politics In The News

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 4:21am

President Obama is to meet with a group of teachers on Monday. The White House is characterizing the session as part of the administration's "effort to ensure that every student is taught by an effective educator." First Lady Michelle Obama is lobbying Congress on the details of a school lunch program. These administration efforts emerge as Congress remains gridlocked over early childhood education, and just about every other issue facing the legislature this year.

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The Last Word In Business

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 4:21am

Steve Inskeep and Renee Montagne have the Last Word in business.

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Land Bank In Newburgh, N.Y., Tasked With Fixing Up Decay

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 4:21am

Land banks are public entities created to revive vacant or tax-foreclosed properties. The small city of Newburgh on the Hudson River has been trying to revive itself using a land bank.

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Business News

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 4:21am

Steve Inskeep has business news.

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6 Jewish Youths Arrested In Palestinian Teen's Death

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 4:21am

Israel has arrested six suspects in connection with last week's killing of a Palestinian teen. Meanwhile, an American cousin of the victim was beaten and arrested by Israeli police at a protest over his cousin's death. He has been sentenced to nine days of home detention.

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After Years Of Performing, Lake Street Dive Reaps Sold-Out Shows

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 4:21am

The members of the band Lake Street Dive have been making music together for nearly 10 years — but only recently have experienced commercial success.

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Beatle's Song Inspires Lake Street Dive's 'You Go Down Smooth'

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 4:21am

The band Lake Street Dive struggled in its early days to use its jazz education without scaring off audiences. For inspiration, they turned to another band, known for transforming the sound of pop.

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Djokovic, Kvitova Crowned Wimbledon Champions

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 4:21am

Novak Djokovic won his first Wimbledon championship in three years beating Roger Federer. Petra Kvitova won the women's singles final. Steve Inskeep talks to Jon Wertheim of Sport's Illustrated.

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Oops! We Left Out 2 Words In The Declaration Of Independence

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 4:21am

In the broadcast reading of the Declaration of Independence we inadvertently dropped two words: establish commerce. We muse about what would be different if those words had not been in the document.

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Lake Street Dive And The Chemistry Of Harmony

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 2:21am

The band's four men and women met at music school and experimented with different sounds before landing on their signature: pop and soul with jazz instrumentation and lots of harmony singing.

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Rainbow Rowell Does Romance With A Subversive (Read: Realistic) Twist

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 2:19am

The author's female leads are plus-sized, and sometimes, instead of falling in love, they are just trying to stay in it. Her new book, Landline, opens with a marriage on the verge of collapse.

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A Presidential Contest ... For Obama's Library

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 2:18am

There are 13 presidential libraries and soon there will be a 14th, for President Obama. Places vying for the prize stretch from Hawaii to New York. Chicago is so eager it's pitched multiple proposals.

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For Many Americans, Stress Takes A Toll On Health And Family

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 2:18am

Half of Americans say they've had a major stressful event in the past year, according to a poll by NPR, the Harvard School of Public Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Here's how it hurts.

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Banksy Buyer Turns $60 Art Purchase Into $215,000

Fri, 07/04/2014 - 6:12am

At an anonymous sidewalk stall, British graffiti artist Banksy put dozens of his signed spray-painted works up for sale for $60. Only 3 people bought something. Two pieces have been sold at auction.

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