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Your money's worth more in Mississippi

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-08-20 13:55

The Tax Foundation, a Washington think tank specializing in tax policy, has created a map that shows just how much stuff you can buy for a $100 in each state, as compared to how much stuff you can buy for $100 as a national average. 

When adjusted to reflect how prices differ state by state, you could get $100 worth of goods in Washington, D.C. at a price of $84.60, and in Hawaii at $85.32.

On the other hand, it's worth most in states like Mississippi at $115.74, and Arkansas at $114.16.



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VIDEO: Amnesty accuses Ferguson police

BBC - Wed, 2014-08-20 13:51
Amnesty International accuses police in Ferguson of human rights violations during their response to a week of protests. The group's executive director in the US spoke to the BBC.

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

NPR News - Wed, 2014-08-20 13:48

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

NPR News - Wed, 2014-08-20 13:45

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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Supreme Court Steps In To Put Hold On Va. Same-Sex Marriage Licences

NPR News - Wed, 2014-08-20 13:28

The Supreme Court has stayed a Virginia court's ruling which ended the state's ban on same-sex marriages.

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Wall Street market report

BBC - Wed, 2014-08-20 13:25
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Guatemalan top general dies in crash

BBC - Wed, 2014-08-20 13:11
The chief of the armed forces in Guatemala, General Rudy Ortiz, has died in a military helicopter crash near the border with Mexico, the Guatemalan government says.

Many Seek Justice In Ferguson, Mo., But Will Have To Wait Awhile

NPR News - Wed, 2014-08-20 12:59

Demonstrators want an indictment of the police officer who fatally shot Michael Brown earlier this month. But investigations — one of them a federal civil rights case — can take weeks, if not months.

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SeaWorld Won't Appeal Ban On Trainers Performing With Orcas

NPR News - Wed, 2014-08-20 12:44

The theme-park company received a citation in 2010 after a whale named Tilikum killed a trainer. Since then, SeaWorld has planned upgrades to its facilities and training. But it still faces criticism.

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UN begins huge aid drop in Iraq

BBC - Wed, 2014-08-20 12:43
The UN says it has begun its largest aid operation for a decade as it attempts to reach half a million people in northern Iraq.

Maribor 1-1 Celtic

BBC - Wed, 2014-08-20 12:34
Celtic pick up an away goal as they draw with NK Maribor in the first leg of their Champions League play-off.

VIDEO: How Scotsman pub became St George

BBC - Wed, 2014-08-20 12:27
Has the Scottish referendum debate led England to consider its position within the Union?

In Syria, The U.S. Weighs A Range Of Unpalatable Options

NPR News - Wed, 2014-08-20 12:17

The U.S. could aid moderate rebels. It could bomb militants of the Islamic State. Or it could sit on the sidelines as the war plays out. There are many choices, but none appears promising.

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EPA Wades Into Water Fight With Farmers

NPR News - Wed, 2014-08-20 12:13

The EPA wants to "clarify" the scope of its oversight of water under the Clean Water Act. Big farm groups like the American Farm Bureau Federation call this a power grab that would place every ditch and mud puddle under federal regulation, forcing farmers to get permits for small trenches around the farm.

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Remembering James Foley, A Journalist Who Made His Life In War Zones

NPR News - Wed, 2014-08-20 12:13

American James Foley, who was executed by Islamist militants, had been working for GlobalPost when he disappeared in 2012. GlobalPost CEO Phil Balboni speaks about about Foley and his work.

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Militants Behead American Journalist, Leveling New Threats At U.S.

NPR News - Wed, 2014-08-20 12:13

The group known as the Islamic State has fired its first violent salvo against the U.S. The group declared that the beheading is a retaliation for U.S. airstrikes in Iraq.

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In Liberia, An Ebola Quarantine Descends Into Riots

NPR News - Wed, 2014-08-20 12:13

After the Liberian government ordered a quarantine of one of the poorest neighborhoods in its capital, Monrovia, residents there woke up to find themselves cut off from the rest of the city by security forces. By midday, the neighborhood was in riot.

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Legendary Vermont Bakers May Stop Selling Beloved Sourdough Bread

NPR News - Wed, 2014-08-20 12:13

The bread that Jules and Helen Rabin have made in their fieldstone oven for four decades has a cult following in central Vermont. But this may be the last summer they sell it at the farmers market.

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Gaza Violence Tests Once-Unshakable Allies U.S. And Israel

NPR News - Wed, 2014-08-20 12:11

Both sides have traded barbs and criticism over the other's policies. Some believe the public feud stems from a personal animosity between President Obama and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

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VIDEO: Korean plot to dominate global culture

BBC - Wed, 2014-08-20 12:00
Author Euny Hong talks to the BBC about how South Korea is conquering the world through pop culture.
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