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After The California Downpour, 'The Drought' Offers Some Dry Reading

NPR News - Fri, 2014-12-05 14:03

It rained in California this week. That might not sound like news, but the state is experiencing a record-setting drought. Jason Heller turns to science fiction to reflect on the strange weather.

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Coming Soon To A Filling Station Near You: $1.99 Gasoline

NPR News - Fri, 2014-12-05 13:02

OnCue in Oklahoma City was the first place in the country to drop its price per gallon below $2. Several other cities are likely to get similarly cheap gas soon, an expert says.

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Changing neighborhoods: York & Fig

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-12-05 12:53

Marketplace Weekend goes from New York  to a special satellite bureau set up in the Highland Park neighborhood of Los Angeles. An entire team of Marketplace reporters and producers spent four months there, at the intersection of York Boulevard and Figueroa Street. The name of this project is York and Fig. It's an area undergoing rapid gentrification. There are obvious changes in the neighborhood, and more subtle stuff you only learn from close careful observation. Krissy Clark of Marketplace's Wealth and Poverty desk, spoke with Lizzie O'Leary about her reporting. 

Delivering Health Care To The Uninsured For $15 A Pop

NPR News - Fri, 2014-12-05 12:30

How do you get dental care or new glasses when you don't have insurance and you live hours from medical facilities? Usually, you don't. A documentary tells the story of a group trying to change that.

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Liberian President's Ambitious Goal: No New Ebola Cases By Christmas

NPR News - Fri, 2014-12-05 12:19

President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf hopes to have no new Ebola cases by Dec. 25. But with the virus popping up in remote places and crossing over from neighboring countries, the battle is far from over.

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York & Fig: Perspectives on gentrification

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-12-05 12:15

Marketplace's Wealth and Poverty Desk spent four and a half months in Los Angeles' Highland Park neighborhood to report on gentrification as it happens. The result is the the week-long project York & Fig.

As the series came to a close, Marketplace host Kai Ryssdal returned to the Highland Park bureau to chat with three residents, old and new, about what gentrification means to them and how they've been effected by the area's changing demographics.

Vidal Reyna and Miki Jackson have lived in Highland Park for decades, and Erica Daking moved to the neighborhood three years ago and owns the vegan café Kitchen Mouse.  

EU Court Orders France To Compensate Somali Pirates

NPR News - Fri, 2014-12-05 11:59

The European Court of Human Rights ruled that pirates, who hijacked two French vessels, should get up to 7,000 euros each because of a delay in producing them before a judge.

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Why Did Vitamins Disappear From Non-GMO Breakfast Cereal?

NPR News - Fri, 2014-12-05 11:50

When GMO-free cereals landed in supermarkets, some vitamins had mysteriously vanished from them. But these vitamins don't necessarily come from genetically altered organisms.

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2014: The Year When The Job Market Finally Turned The Corner

NPR News - Fri, 2014-12-05 11:38

Seven years after the Great Recession began, the U.S. job market finally is growing at a robust pace. In November, employers added 321,000 workers, raised wages and extended the average workweek.

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81 years ago today, we repealed prohibition

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-12-05 11:00

On this date in 1933, Utah became the 36th state to ratify the 21st Amendment, repealing prohibition.

So go ahead and have a beer. It's in the Constitution.

Greece Condemns British Museum For Lending Out Elgin Marbles

NPR News - Fri, 2014-12-05 10:15

Athens has long demanded the return of the ancient sculptures it says were looted in the early 1800s from the Parthenon and other famous structures.

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Adapting to a changing neighborhood: Book Show

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-12-05 10:09

Independent bookstore Book Show hosts readings, workshops, and performances in a changing community, LA's Highland Park neighborhood. The space is also home to Madame Pamita's Parlour of Wonders. How does this new business adapt to meet the needs of it's new home? Owner Jen Hitchcock spoke with Marketplace Weekend. 

Listen to the full story in the audio player above.

Killing Of Unarmed Black Man By White Officer Sparks Protests In Arizona

NPR News - Fri, 2014-12-05 09:57

Phoenix Police say a police officer shot the man during a struggle. Police say an officer saw the man reach into his pocket for something. Rumain Brisbon was killed in front of his wife and children.

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How do chain restaurants embody gentrification?

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-12-05 09:49

This week, we took a little field trip to explore how big businesses move into gentrifying neighborhoods.

Think about chains. Starbucks, Panera, Chipotle... they mean something different in communities and cities across the country. Jed Kolko is the Chief Economist at Trulia he's studied why chains open where they do.

He joined Marketplace Weekend at Starbucks.... from 3,000 miles away.

'Rolling Stone' Says Trust In Gang-Rape Accuser Was 'Misplaced'

NPR News - Fri, 2014-12-05 09:46

The magazine reported last month on a University of Virginia student who said she was gang-raped during a fraternity party in 2012. It said today there were "discrepancies" in its story.

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Your Wallet: How do you budget your holiday season?

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-12-05 09:42

Next week, we're talking about budgeting for the holidays. 

We want to know how you spend during the holiday season. Do you save for decorations? Shop the sales? Bargain for a tree or stock up on candles for a menorah?

Tell us your stories by visiting our website, or tweet us, we're @MarketplaceWKND.

Staffers Resign En Masse At 'The New Republic' Amid Planned Changes

NPR News - Fri, 2014-12-05 09:15

The magazine announced it was cutting its publication schedule, moving to New York and rebranding as a digital media company. Two top editors quit Thursday; more than half the masthead resigned today.

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What The Movies Taught Us About Teaching

NPR News - Fri, 2014-12-05 09:03

As part of the 50 Great Teachers series, NPR Movie Critic Bob Mondello looks at what Hollywood's taught us about teachers.

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Mall Murder Of American Teacher Stuns UAE, Where Violence Is Rare

NPR News - Fri, 2014-12-05 09:03

Authorities say an Emirate woman in her 30s confessed to targeting Ibolya Ryan at an Abu Dhabi mall because she was American. The woman also is suspected in a foiled bomb attack on another American.

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Ex-Chinese Security Chief Arrested On Corruption Charges

NPR News - Fri, 2014-12-05 08:51

Zhou Yongkang, a senior Communist Party official who retired in 2012, has been under investigation for bribery for months.

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