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Scandium Middle Man Is A Rare Guy Selling A Rare Element

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 4:02am

Our Planet Money team has a story about a man who realized at the time, that he was the only person in the world with his job. It was a job selling something, almost no one wanted.

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Illinois' Financial Condition Is Dire, Gov. Rauner Warns

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 4:02am

A study suggests Illinois' gigantic budget hole may be much deeper than previously thought. And that leaves that state's new Republican governor with the difficult task of having to fix it fast.

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Obama Lays Out Ambitious Agenda In Address To Nation

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 4:02am

Undeterred by the big losses his party suffered in November, the president challenged the new majority Republicans to turn the page on the economic recession and embrace "middle-class economics."

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After Congressional Green Light, Scientists Begin Hemp Studies

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 4:02am

Scientists are studying how hemp might be used in the electronic, medical and manufacturing industries. Because the plant's been illegal for decades, it's been difficult to do research on its uses.

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Supreme Court Rules On 2 Prisoner Rights Cases

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 4:02am

The court ruled: It was wrong to force a Muslim inmate to shave a beard he regarded as a religious obligation, and a death row inmate shouldn't be denied an appeal because lawyers missed a deadline.

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After Days Of Clashes, Rebels Seize Yemen's Presidential Palace

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 4:02am

The presidential palace has been overrun by sectarian rebels. David Greene talks to Yara Bayoumy, of Reuters, about the rebels' attack and takeover of the presidential palace in the capital Sanaa.

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Republican Charge Obama Isn't Serious About Working With Them

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 4:02am

In the hours after Obama's State of the Union address, Republicans rejected the proposals at the core of his speech. They said the president did little to show that he wanted to work with them.

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U.S.-Cuban Officials Meet In Cuba To Reestablish Relations

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 4:02am

Diplomats are in Cuba this week for talks with high-level representatives from the communist government. The talks, which begin Wednesday, are the first official discussions in decades.

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Fact Checking Obama's State Of The Union Speech

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 4:02am

In his address to the nation Tuesday night, President Obama — among other things — talked about the economy, education, immigration and foreign policy. Were his statements correct?

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Tax Preparers Get Ready To Be Bearers Of Bad News About Health Law

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 1:59am

With Affordable Care Act open enrollment ending Feb. 15, taxpayers could find themselves shut out of health insurance – and saddled with big fines – if they don't deal with taxes early this year.

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Frank Deford To The NBA: Who's On Worst?

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 1:58am

Commentator Frank Deford marvels at the topsy-turvy nature of the NBA this season, when some usually mediocre teams are at the top, and some usually great teams are collectively having an off year.

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He Invented Instant Replay, The TV Trick We Now Take For Granted

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 3:00pm

When Tony Verna was a young CBS News director, he created instant replay during the 1963 Army-Navy football game. His new visual effect changed the way we watch live sports. Verna died Sunday at 81.

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Why Was Iran's President Riding The Subway?

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 6:55am

President Hassan Rouhani rode the subway to mark Iran's National Clean Air Day.

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Chinese Prisoners Inovate How To Get Out Of Jail

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 6:31am

A law allows certain prison terms to be commuted for convicts who come up with serious technical innovations. The Beijing Youth Daily reports that's led to a business in "get out of jail" patents.

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Why Europe's Economy Threatens Global Economic Growth

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 4:06am

Europe is emerging as the biggest threat to global economic growth. It has sluggish growth, high unemployment, is on the verge of deflation and is weighed down by a lot of debt. Ahead of this week's European Central Bank meeting, Renee Montagne talks to David Wessel, director of the Hutchins Center at the Brookings Institution and a contributing correspondent to "The Wall Street Journal."

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A 'Guantanamo Diary' From A Prisoner Still On The Inside

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 4:06am

In the first memoir from a prisoner still being held at Guantanamo, Mohamedou Ould Salahi tells how he went from his native Mauritania to joining al-Qaida in Afghanistan to the U.S. prison in Cuba.

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U.S. Should End Its Export Ban On Crude Oil, Study Says

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 4:06am

The Center on Global Energy Policy says lifting the ban, which was put in place during the Arab oil embargoes of the 1970s, would help producers, consumers and improve U.S. security.

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Obama To Press For Higher Taxes On Wealthy Taxpayers

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 4:06am

President Obama is preparing to deliver his sixth State of the Union address Tuesday night. He plans to focus on the middle class. Steve Inskeep talks to White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough.

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Heavily Redacted, Detainee's 'Guantanamo Diary' Goes On Sale

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 4:06am

Renee Montagne talks to Larry Siems, editor of Guantanamo Diary, and Nancy Hollander, attorney for its author, Guantanamo inmate Mohamedou Ould Slahi.

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Jury Selection To Begin In 2012 Aurora Theater Mass Shooting

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 4:06am

In Colorado, James Holmes's legal team admits that he was the shooter that killed 12 people. But the question is whether Holmes was legally insane at the time of the 2012 massacre.

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