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Foley's Murder By Islamist Militants Shocks World's Conscience, Obama Says

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 4:07am

President Obama says the civilized world is appalled by the tactics of those who killed journalist James Foley, and he urged people in the Middle East to resist the group's "bankrupt ideology."

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Financial Players Gather In Jackson Hole For Annual Conference

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 4:07am

David Greene talks to David Wessel of the Brookings Institution about the symposium. The Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City hosts central bankers and economists to talk about economic policy.

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Fed Officials Debate Timing Of Interest Rate Hike

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 4:07am

Minutes of the Federal Reserve's most recent meeting show that a number of officials believe the benchmark rate should rise sooner than is currently expected.

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Islamic State Uses Online Strategies To Get Its Message Out

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 4:07am

Experts say the videotaped killing of journalist James Foley is part of a broader propaganda strategy by Islamist militants. The group, the Islamic State, has become a master of the video medium.

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B.K.S. Iyenagar Dies At 95. Sickly Child Became Yoga Guru

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 4:07am

Commentator Sandip Roy has an appreciation of yogi B.K.S. Iyengar, who died on Wednesday. Iyengar helped to introduce the practice of yoga to the Western world.

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How Syria's Assad Has Managed To Hold On To Power

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 4:07am

Kelly McEvers talks to Syria expert Shashank Joshi, about President Bashar al-Assad's tenacious grip on power. Joshi is with the Royal Services Institute in London.

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High School Football Players Steer Clear Of Ferguson Violence

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 4:07am

At McCluer High School, 30 varsity football players — all black, mostly from Ferguson — practice. David Greene talks to Sports Illustrated writer Robert Klemko about his story, "Football in Ferguson."

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How Much Bigger Is The Ebola Outbreak Than Official Reports?

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 2:41am

The World Health Organization says the official number of Ebola cases and deaths may "vastly underestimate" the scale of the outbreak. So how bad is it really?

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Holder Seeks To Sooth Nerves During Visit To Ferguson

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 2:40am

The attorney general hugged community leaders, a highway patrol captain and the mother of Michael Brown during his visit, and got an update on the federal investigation into the teen's shooting.

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Typewriters, Underwater Hotels And Picture Phones: The Future, As Seen From 1964

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 2:36am

The 1964 World's Fair showcased jet packs and other miracles of science. Here's how people back then thought the future would look (and how it actually turned out).

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A Maverick Director, At Home On The Range

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 2:34am

Sin City director Robert Rodriguez has been making movies away from the Hollywood machine for years — he does most of his filming in his studio in Austin, Texas.

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DOJ Ordered To Turn Over List Of Fast And Furious Documents

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 2:30am

A federal judge told the Justice Department to provide Congress with a log of documents that are at the center of a long-running battle over a failed law enforcement tactic known as gun-walking.

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Announcement On Bank Of America Settlement Expected Soon

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 12:32am

The bank has reached a record settlement of nearly $17 billion to resolve a probe into its role in the sale of mortgage-backed securities before the 2008 financial crisis, according to AP sources.

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U.S. Reveals Failed Special Forces Mission To Rescue Hostages

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 7:30pm

The Obama administration has revealed that U.S. special forces recently attempted to rescue American hostages in Syria — a mission that was unsuccessful. The statement comes on the heels of the release of a video by the militant group known as the Islamic State, which depicts the killing of American journalist James Foley.

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Macy's To Pay $650,000 In Settlement Over Alleged Racial Profiling

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 7:30pm

The agreement follows a similar deal earlier this month with Barneys. Customers of both department stores said they had been targeted as suspects of theft because of their race.

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U.S. Forces Tried To Rescue Foley, Other Hostages In Syria

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 6:01pm

The mission earlier this summer, based on intelligence from released hostages, "was not successful because the hostages were not present at the targeted location," the Pentagon reported.

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Episode 485: What's Your Major?

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 5:11pm

The most lucrative majors lead to jobs with salaries over $100,000 a year. The least lucrative lead to salaries of around $30,000.

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No. 1 Most Expensive Coffee Comes From Elephant's No. 2

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 4:48pm

A coffee entrepreneur claims his brew is different — and better — than the trendy civet poop coffee. And it starts with the idea that elephants, unlike humans or civets, are herbivores.

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From A Father And Son, What It Means To Be A Military Man

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 4:45pm

Enlisting has been a rite of passage for men in the Pierce family since the Civil War. And as America has changed, Mark Pierce and his son Jeremy explain, what it means to serve has, too.

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'F' Is For Fraudster In A Family Novel For Our Modern Times

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 4:31pm

Daniel Kehlmann's F, about three brothers abandoned by their father, examines the detail of lives lived without integrity. It is brilliantly translated from the German by Carol Brown Janeway.

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