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Homeless Families Wait Longer For Shelter Under Seattle's System

NPR News - Wed, 2015-04-08 13:32

Even with vacancies, most Seattle shelters don't let families stay right away. A system designed to alleviate homelessness has resulted in a bottleneck that leaves families on the streets for longer.

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From Pet To Pest, Goldfish Tip Scales Of Survival In Lake's Ecosystem

NPR News - Wed, 2015-04-08 13:20

Colorado wildlife officials believe someone released four or five pet goldfish into Teller Lake #5 a few years ago. Now, the fish number in the thousands and threaten the lake's ecosystem.

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More Body Cameras Are On The Way For North Charleston Police

NPR News - Wed, 2015-04-08 13:01

State Rep. Wendell Gilliard, D-S.C., discusses the fatal shooting of Walter Scott by a police officer in North Charleston, S.C.

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The Latest Item On McDonald's Shifting Menu: A $5 Burger

NPR News - Wed, 2015-04-08 12:49

McDonald's is trying to hold down menu prices and keep options simple to speed up service while at the same time create pricier premium burgers and more sophisticated dining options.

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In North Charleston, Video Of Police Shooting 'Sickens' City Leaders

NPR News - Wed, 2015-04-08 12:42

The mayor and police chief of the South Carolina town met relatives of Walter Scott, the man who was shot in the back as he ran from a policeman. Video of the shooting contradicts the officer's story.

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Tom Cotton: Military Action Against Iran Would Only Take 'Several Days'

NPR News - Wed, 2015-04-08 12:40

The senator accused President Obama of holding up a "false choice" between his framework on Iran's nuclear program and war. He also seemed to diminish what military action against Iran would entail.

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With Discounts For Healthy Behavior, John Hancock Courts Privacy Concerns

NPR News - Wed, 2015-04-08 12:35

John Hancock announced a new program promising discounts for policyholders who wear a fitness tracker, exercise more and go to the doctor. But privacy advocates worry about the electronic monitoring.

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Sidewalk Touts Trade Tips on Shanghai's Booming Bull Market

NPR News - Wed, 2015-04-08 12:07

The Shanghai exchange is on a tear, hitting its highest level in seven years — but it's perceptions, not fundamentals, that are driving the surge. That could mean trouble for ill-informed investors.

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In Shanghai, Stocks Are Booming — But Growth Is Bogged Down. What Gives?

NPR News - Wed, 2015-04-08 12:07

The Shanghai stock market is on a tear, hitting its highest level in seven years — which is curious because economic growth in China continues to slow.

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Maya Angelou's 'Forever' Stamp Forever In Error

NPR News - Wed, 2015-04-08 12:07

A limited-edition stamp intended to honor the late poet bears a quote that was actually written by a different author.

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Shell's Big Deal Could Shift Global Landscape Of Gas Business

NPR News - Wed, 2015-04-08 12:04

Royal Dutch Shell plans to spend nearly $70 billion to acquire natural gas giant BG Group. The deal, if approved, would create the world's largest independent producer of liquefied natural gas.

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Convictions Come Down For Boston Marathon Bomber; Death Penalty Still Possible

NPR News - Wed, 2015-04-08 12:04

The jury in the Boston Marathon bombing case has handed down its verdicts against Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. Jurors found Tsarnaev guilty on all 30 counts, 17 of which can carry the death penalty.

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After Some Delay Of Game, NFL Gets Its First Female Ref

NPR News - Wed, 2015-04-08 12:04

Audie Cornish talks to commentator Rick Cleveland about the first female referee in the NFL — and why the news is long overdue.

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USPS Finds Perfect Line For Maya Angelou Stamp — If Only It Were Hers

NPR News - Wed, 2015-04-08 12:04

The U.S. Postal Service has put the late poet Maya Angelou's face and name, together with a choice quotation, on a special edition stamp. Trouble is, that quotation didn't start with her.

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Summit Plays Host To Cuba — And To A Few Historic Meetings

NPR News - Wed, 2015-04-08 12:04

The Summit of the Americas is convening this week in Panama — and it's expected to feature a historic meeting between President Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro. It's the first time Cuba will be represented at the summit.

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The Navajo Nation's Tax On Junk Food Splits Reservation

NPR News - Wed, 2015-04-08 12:04

The Navajo Nation started taxing junk food and soda. No other tribe has passed such a law. But half of the tribe is unemployed and say they can't afford expensive food.

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On A Scale Of 1 To 10, Brazil Gets A Zero For Disability Access

NPR News - Wed, 2015-04-08 12:04

Brazil is hosting not just the Olympics in 2016 but also the Paralympics. And activists for the disabled say Rio de Janeiro has a long and potholed road ahead of it to get ready for the games.

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The 33 Venezuelan Mayors Who Face Charges (And Oppose The President)

NPR News - Wed, 2015-04-08 11:37

President Nicolas Maduro's government hasn't solved food shortages or ended high inflation. It's been more effective in cracking down on the opposition, filing legal charges against many mayors.

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The benefits of wearing the same thing, every day

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2015-04-08 11:28

Art director Matilda Kahl works in an office where women often wear heels and have “fixed” hair.

But one day, after Kahl was late and unprepared for work, she realized she was wasting too much time on choosing her outfit.

She was fed up.

“You know what? I’m just gonna opt out of this,” she recalls saying to herself.  

So Kahl decided to adopt her own work "uniform" of sorts: black pants and a white blouse. She recently wrote about her decision in Harper's Bazaar.

“This doesn't mean that I don’t love to dress. I go crazy over the weekends,” Kahl says. “I simply just choose to put this choice and time and love for clothing into nights and weekends instead."

Kahl says she has noticed changes since donning her minimalist garb.

“My life has just become so much more efficient, in so many ways,” she says.

Her sartorial decisions are by no means a religion though.

“I wouldn’t have any problem with giving it up, if I felt like it. But it works great for me so, yeah, I have no plans of stopping,” Kahl says.

Kahl says she even (almost) got a raise by wearing the same thing every day. When one of Kahl’s previous bosses noticed that her outfit was a bit redundant, she misinterpreted the uniform as a sign of need.

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