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Underwater Meadows Might Serve As Antacid For Acid Seas

NPR News - Tue, 2014-07-15 01:37

Marine biologists worry that certain species won't survive the shifts in sea acidity that climate change brings. But research on sea grasses along California's coast suggest marine preserves can help.

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Israeli-Gaza Conflict Squeezes Palestinian Leader On All Sides

NPR News - Mon, 2014-07-14 23:36

The recent violence has increased stress and exposed rifts among Palestinians. Nearly everything Mahmoud Abbas does angers either moderates or hard-liners, making his position almost untenable.

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Kurds May Have Oil To Export, But Buyers Are Harder To Find

NPR News - Mon, 2014-07-14 23:32

Iraq's Kurdish region sits on vast amounts of oil. The regional government says it has the right to export the oil. But Baghdad is blocking those sales, saying only it has the right to sell Iraqi oil.

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Leased Solar Panels Can Cast A Shadow Over A Home's Value

NPR News - Mon, 2014-07-14 23:31

Installing solar panels on a house to produce electricity is expensive. Leasing is one popular alternative, but some homeowners are learning 20-year contracts can complicate a home sale.

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When Work Becomes A Haven From Stress At Home

NPR News - Mon, 2014-07-14 23:30

Moms who worked full time reported significantly better physical and mental health than moms who worked part time, research involving more than 2,500 mothers found.

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Showdown At The UT Corral

NPR News - Mon, 2014-07-14 14:59

In a dispute between the University of Texas president and Gov. Rick Perry, the governor may have lost the battle — but he may yet win the higher education reform war.

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Israel Accepts Cease-Fire Proposal From Egypt

NPR News - Mon, 2014-07-14 13:27

Israel's Security Cabinet has accepted Egypt's proposal for a cease-fire with Hamas in Gaza. Hamas has not yet formally accepted the plan.

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Lindt Chocolate just snapped up Russell Stover

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-07-14 12:30

Russell Stover, maker of the fabled Whitman Sampler, just got bought out by Chocoladefabriken Lindt & Spruengli, a.k.a, Lindt.

The merged company should hit an estimated $1.5 billion in sales per year.

This made me wonder how companies find each other for these sorts of deals. It would be great if they had to write personal ads the way people do. What is the professional equivalent of candlelit dinners and long walks on the beach? What is the corporate translation of a hardworking, athletic non-smoker?

In the audio player above, I imagine how the Russell Stover/Lindt relationship would start off...

Incidently, to help research this article, I purchased a Whitman Sampler and a bag of Lindt truffles from Duane Reade. After doing my necessary background research, I put these both in the communal kitchen. The Lindt truffles are gone and the only chocolate left in the Whitman Sampler is Raspberry Cream (Thank you, chocolate map).

Also, Russell Stover has a chocolate hack available on its web site.

You won't be sorry. The words "butter fudge" appear.

Hopes And Hazards Of A Cease-Fire: A View From Gaza City

NPR News - Mon, 2014-07-14 12:06

For a Gazan perspective on the prospect of a cease-fire, Robert Siegel talks to Mukhaimer Abu Sada, a political scientist at Al-Azhar University. They discuss the Israeli air strikes in Gaza and what must happen before fighting settles.

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Hopes And Hazards Of A Cease-Fire: A View From Israel

NPR News - Mon, 2014-07-14 12:06

Robert Siegel talks to Michael Oren, former Israeli ambassador to the U.S., about the Israeli air and missile strikes in Gaza and what would need to happen to bring about a cease-fire.

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Between Hamas And Israel, An End Game Remains Unclear

NPR News - Mon, 2014-07-14 12:06

NPR's Ari Shapiro reports on what it might take to forge a cease-fire between Hamas and Israel.

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Between Hamas And Israel, What Might An Endgame Look Like?

NPR News - Mon, 2014-07-14 12:06

Both Israel and Hamas say they are unwilling to sign on to a bare-bones cease-fire. Some say the key to peace may be empowering the moderate Fatah party, but it's unclear who could broker such a deal.

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Over 2 Years Since Its Wreck, The Costa Concordia Floats Again

NPR News - Mon, 2014-07-14 12:06

The Costa Concordia cruise crashed into a reef and capsized over two years ago. On Monday, the most complicated part of the operation to refloat the ship was completed successfully.

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West Bank: Strewn With Broken Glass And Caught In The Crosshairs

NPR News - Mon, 2014-07-14 12:06

For the first time, rockets from Hamas caused damage in Palestinian areas of the West Bank. Reporter Daniel Estrin surveys a damaged home and asks Palestinians how they feel about getting caught in the crossfire.

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In Europe, Google Stumbles Between Free Speech And Privacy

NPR News - Mon, 2014-07-14 12:06

Europe's highest court left Google with the responsibility of balancing the privacy rights of citizens with the public interest — and it's a tough balancing act.

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For Most Kids, Nice Finishes Last

NPR News - Mon, 2014-07-14 12:06

A Harvard researcher says teens feel their parents prioritize success and feeling good over kindness — and so they do, too.

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This Is Your Stressed-Out Brain On Scarcity

NPR News - Mon, 2014-07-14 12:06

When we don't have enough of something — love, time or money — we spend extraordinary effort worrying about how to get by, research shows. The stress of poverty changes the way people think.

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Citigroup Agrees To $7 Billion Fine For 'Egregious' Misconduct

NPR News - Mon, 2014-07-14 12:06

Citigroup has agreed to pay $7 billion to settle claims that it committed fraud when it sold mortgage-backed securities in the years leading up to the financial crisis. Most of the money will be paid to the U.S. Treasury, but some will be used to provide mortgage relief to struggling homeowners.

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The 3 Scariest Words A Boy Can Hear

NPR News - Mon, 2014-07-14 12:06

"Be a man" — it's a mandate most boys hear at least once in their lives. Former NFL player Joe Ehrmann says it can leave boys ill-equipped to face life's real challenges.

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