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Idris Elba Plays A Soccer Coach Out To Crush Ebola In New Ad Campaign

NPR News - Sat, 2014-12-06 02:47

The British actor and a group of African soccer stars have teamed up with the CDC in a new public health campaign. The message: Ebola "is not an ordinary game. This is life or death."

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Idris Elba Plays A Soccer Coach Out To Crush Ebola In New Ad Campaign

NPR News - Sat, 2014-12-06 02:47

The British actor and a group of African soccer stars have teamed up with the CDC in a new public health campaign. The message: Ebola "is not an ordinary game. This is life or death."

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American Hostage In Yeman Killed In Failed Rescue Attempt

NPR News - Sat, 2014-12-06 01:19

An American journalist held captive by al-Qaida militants in Yemen for more than a year was killed in a failed U.S. rescue attempt.

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Half A Million Flee To Shelters As Super Typhoon Nears Philippines

NPR News - Fri, 2014-12-05 20:26

Typhoon Hagupit is projected to slam the archipelago early today, hitting an area still recovering from a November 2013 typhoon that killed 7,300. This storm could drop 2 feet of rain in some areas.

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Weekly Wrap: Gentrification and and the jobs report

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-12-05 16:00

Joining Kai to talk about the week's news is Fortune's Leigh Gallagher and Cardiff Garcia from FT Alphaville. First up, we widen the scope of our "York & Fig" series to look at gentrification on a national scale. Then: we look at Friday's "unambiguously good" jobs report.

York & Fig: How gentrification flips a neighborhood

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-12-05 14:05

For 23 years, Frank Cordova owned a little shop on Figueroa Street in Highland Park. It’s one of those shops that sold a bit of everything: Shampoo, car speakers, picture frames, dictionaries, all at a deep discount. Frank had been behind the counter, selling this stuff every day since 1991, when he hired a mariachi band to play at his grand opening.

In all the years since, he’d taken no vacations, no sick days, no days off for anniversaries or birthdays. His motto: “If it’s raining you come to work. If it’s sunny you come to work. If it’s cold you come to work. If it’s windy you come to work. No matter how it is, you always come to work.”

That is, until the day you don’t.

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York & Fig: How gentrification flips a neighborhood

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-12-05 14:05

For 23 years, Frank Cordova owned a little shop on Figueroa Street in Highland Park. It’s one of those shops that sold a bit of everything: Shampoo, car speakers, picture frames, dictionaries, all at a deep discount. Frank had been behind the counter, selling this stuff every day since 1991, when he hired a mariachi band to play at his grand opening.

In all the years since, he’d taken no vacations, no sick days, no days off for anniversaries or birthdays. His motto: “If it’s raining you come to work. If it’s sunny you come to work. If it’s cold you come to work. If it’s windy you come to work. No matter how it is, you always come to work.”

That is, until the day you don’t.

Read the rest of this story at YorkAndFig.com

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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