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With Loyal Customers In Mind, Amazon Unveils Fire Phone

Thu, 06/19/2014 - 4:14am

At a gala party on Wednesday, Amazon launched its first smartphone. It is distinguished from other phones by the ease with which you can use it to buy things from Amazon.

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U.S. Program Hopes To Inspire Young Africans To Be Tomorrow's Leaders

Thu, 06/19/2014 - 4:14am

President Obama is organizing the first of its kind African summit in Washington this summer. In the run-up to that high-level gathering, young African leaders are in the U.S. for a leadership training program. We catch up with some of them on the campus of University of Virginia.

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Spaniards Can't Hide Disappointment In World Cup Elimination

Thu, 06/19/2014 - 4:14am

In a major upset, the world's champion soccer team, Spain, lost to Chile 2-0 and has been eliminated from the World Cup tournament. Spaniards have had to deal with a lot of bad news of late. This is the last thing they expected from the world's No. 1 champion team.

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The Last Word In Business

Thu, 06/19/2014 - 4:14am

Linda Wertheimer has the Last Word in business.

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Business News

Thu, 06/19/2014 - 4:14am

Renee Montagne has business news.

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China Forges Stronger Economic Ties With Greece

Thu, 06/19/2014 - 4:14am

China is one of the largest investors in Greece, and has poured money into the country at a time when other investors balked. Beijing wants Greece to be its gateway to Europe's marketplaces.

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Sunni Insurgency Threatens To Plunge Iraq Into Sectarian War

Thu, 06/19/2014 - 4:14am

Islamist Sunni militants reportedly control most of Iraq's largest oil refinery, as they vow to push on to Baghdad. Meanwhile, there is a growing call for Prime Minister Nouri al Maliki to step down.

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D.C. Real Estate Agent Attracts Buyers With His Prose

Thu, 06/19/2014 - 4:14am

Real Estate agents often take poetic license with listings: light-filled patio unit means basement apartment. Tom Faison got bored writing the usual listings, and now his are mini works of art.

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Rep. McCarthy, Possible Cantor Successor, Walks Fine Line On Immigration

Thu, 06/19/2014 - 4:14am

House Republicans are to pick a new majority leader Thursday, following Eric Cantor's primary defeat. The favorite is Rep. Kevin McCarthy of California, whose district is more than a third Latino.

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NPR Poll: In Senate Battleground States, Obama Ratings Lag

Thu, 06/19/2014 - 4:01am

According to a new NPR poll, in the 12 states with competitive Senate races this fall, only 38 percent of likely voters said they approved of the way the president is handling his job.

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National Data Confirm Cases Of Restraint And Seclusion In Public Schools

Thu, 06/19/2014 - 4:00am

A controversial practice to tie, hold down or seclude agitated students mostly impacts kids with disabilities. Schools say it's for safety, but opponents say it's dangerous and a civil rights issue.

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Plan To House Immigrant Teens Prompts A Backlash In Virginia Town

Thu, 06/19/2014 - 2:01am

Federal officials have struck a deal to detain unaccompanied migrant children at an empty college in the tiny town of Lawrenceville, Va. But local pushback has put the plan on hold.

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Stromae, Global Star In The Making, Set To Touch Down In The U.S.

Thu, 06/19/2014 - 2:00am

The Belgian pop artist took Europe by storm in 2009 with the song "Alors On Danse." Five years later, he hopes to ride a wave of new hits across the Atlantic.

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Still Learning From 'Pearl Harbor' Of The Civil Rights Movement

Thu, 06/19/2014 - 1:59am

Fifty years ago, three civil rights workers were killed by Ku Klux Klan members in Mississippi. Organizers who pushed for justice then are now educating youth so they can continue to call for change.

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In Japan, A KitKat Bar May Be A Ticket To Ride

Wed, 06/18/2014 - 5:43am

People traveling on the Sanriku Railway Network can now use special KitKat candy wrappers as train tickets. It's part of a campaign to revive tourism after the tsunami in 2011.

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International Space Station Gets Espresso Machine

Wed, 06/18/2014 - 5:07am

An Italian aerospace firm, in conjunction with coffee company Lavazza and the Italian space agency, have jointly developed a system for producing zero-G espresso.

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Bitter, Incomplete Divorce Blamed For South Sudan's Fighting

Wed, 06/18/2014 - 4:20am

What happened after Africa's biggest country split in two? Renee Montagne talks to James Copnall about his book, A Poisonous Thorn in Our Hearts: Sudan and South Sudan's Bitter and Incomplete Divorce.

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Troubles Put Aside, Brazilians Embrace World Cup

Wed, 06/18/2014 - 4:17am

In World Cup action Tuesday, Brazil and Mexico played to a draw. Despite the dashed hopes of the home team, Brazilians are feeling more buoyant generally about hosting soccer's biggest tournament.

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Uruguayan Soccer Team's Caramel Spread Denied Entry Into Brazil

Wed, 06/18/2014 - 4:08am

Customs officials confiscated more than 80 pound of caramel spread. Officials say they'll release the sweet treat when the team presents a health certificate for the milk-based product.

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Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 Release 'A Long Way To The Beginning'

Wed, 06/18/2014 - 4:08am

Seun Kuti, who is the son of Afrobeat star Fela, now leads his father's band. With their third album — "A Long Way to the Beginning" — Kuti says he and the band have finally perfected their Afrobeat sound.

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