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Comcast 'Embarrassed' By The Service Call Making Internet Rounds

Tue, 2014-07-15 07:53

In case you missed it, a customer posted eight minutes of a bleak call with Comcast. His attempt to cancel his cable set a new standard for bad customer service.

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Will Camu Camu Be The Next Amazonian 'It' Fruit?

Tue, 2014-07-15 07:38

Camu camu will soon dethrone açai — an Amazonian berry that's made its mark in the crowded health food market. Or so its promoters are claiming. We asked NPR's Brazil bureau to investigate.

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In Worst Attack In Years, 89 Afghans Killed By Suicide Bomber

Tue, 2014-07-15 07:36

The attack occurred Tuesday morning near a market in the eastern province of Paktika. At a time of political uncertainty, deadly attacks are taking place on a near-daily basis.

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Citigroup Settlement Offers Former Homeowners 'Cold Comfort'

Tue, 2014-07-15 06:55

The Justice Department's settlement with Citigroup offers $2.5 billion for "consumer relief." Critics say it will do nothing for those hurt most by the foreclosure crisis: people who lost their homes.

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Most Employers See A Benefit In Covering Contraceptives

Tue, 2014-07-15 06:32

The recent Supreme Court ruling gives employers more latitude in refusing to pay for certain kinds of birth control for employees. But most companies won't go that route, analysts predict.

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NPR News Executive Leaves For Job At The Atlantic

Tue, 2014-07-15 06:28

Margaret Low Smith, who has served as NPR's senior vice president for news for three years, is leaving the company to become the president of The Atlantic's live events business.

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No School, No Handshakes: Reporting On Ebola From Sierra Leone

Tue, 2014-07-15 05:55

NPR's Jason Beaubien is covering the outbreak that began in March and is still going strong. En route to the burial of a 70-year-old Ebola victim, he talked about the impact on the town of Kailahun.

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Kerry Cites Progress In Iran Nuclear Talks But Says Gaps Remain

Tue, 2014-07-15 05:39

The U.S. secretary of state said he would consult with President Obama on a way forward ahead of a July 20 deadline. Meanwhile, Iran is showing some flexibility on its nuclear program.

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Calorie Counting Machine May Make Dieting Easier In The Future

Tue, 2014-07-15 04:48

Tracking the calories in food you eat can be tedious. But a GE scientist is working on a device that fits over your plate and automatically tells you exactly how much energy is in your meal.

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Tobacco Giant Reynolds American To Buy Lorillard In $27B Deal

Tue, 2014-07-15 04:06

The deal unites the maker of Camel with Lorillard, the market leader in e-cigarettes and menthol cigarettes, the fastest-growing segments of the tobacco market.

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Who Is Smuggling Immigrant Children Across The Border?

Tue, 2014-07-15 04:03

Border authorities demonize coyotes as ruthless criminals who kidnap, rape and abandon their clients. But one smuggler says he treats his young clients well — which helps him get repeat business.

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Why Smartphone Breaks At Work Aren't Such A Bad Idea

Tue, 2014-07-15 04:03

Playing a quick game or taking a moment to connect with family or friends benefits both employees and their employers, a new study finds.

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Moscow Metro Train Derails, Causing Deaths And Many Injuries

Tue, 2014-07-15 03:58

The morning rush-hour crash wounded 150 people, some of them severely, and killed at least 19 others, officials say. The train had been moving at more than 40 mph when it suddenly stopped.

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Israel Resumes Airstrikes On Gaza, As Cease-Fire Chance Slips Away

Tue, 2014-07-15 02:56

Israel initially agreed to an Egyptian-brokered deal to stop hostilities, but leaders of Hamas did not support the plan.

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Underwater Meadows Might Serve As Antacid For Acid Seas

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

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

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

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

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

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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