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Hiring Looks Good Now, But Wage Growth Lags

Thu, 2014-07-03 12:03

The improving labor market in June did not translate into significant pay hikes. Wages were just 2 percent higher compared with a year ago. Consumer prices have been rising at a 2.1 percent rate.

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Surrounded By Digital Distractions, We Can't Even Stop To Think

Thu, 2014-07-03 10:31

A study on the wandering mind had a simple request: Just think. But many participants couldn't sit still for very long, and they even were willing to shock themselves to avoid doing nothing.

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Chinese Leader's Seoul Visit Seen As Snub To North Korea

Thu, 2014-07-03 10:23

Xi Jinping's first visit to the Korean Peninsula finds him in Seoul, not Pyongyang, in a possible sign of strained Sino-North Korean ties.

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Federal Highway Program Could Run Out Of Money Next Month

Thu, 2014-07-03 09:50

The Highway Trust Fund has been short billions for years. Without more money, the White House says construction delays will put people out of work, but Congress can't agree on a fix.

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Israeli And Palestinian Parents: 'We Need To Stop This Madness'

Thu, 2014-07-03 09:39

The deaths of three Israeli teenagers have sparked anger in the region. Two parents who lost children in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict explain why they are now calling for reconciliation.

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New Jobs Numbers: Has Economic Recovery Reached A Tipping Point?

Thu, 2014-07-03 09:39

The economy added 288,000 jobs in June and the unemployment rate dropped to 6.1 percent. NPR's Marilyn Geewax and The Wall Street Journal's Sudeep Reddy discuss the latest jobs report.

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Purling In Anger: Arrest Breaks Up 'Knit-In' At Vermont Utility

Thu, 2014-07-03 09:29

Five police cars responded to perhaps the most civil of all disobediences: five women knitting at a gas company's headquarters.

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The Late Walter Dean Myers Wrote In The Language Of Teens

Thu, 2014-07-03 09:07

Myers' young adult novels talked about the tough realities of urban life in language that made teens stop and listen. He won almost every award for YA literature during the course of his career.

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Will Texas GOP Candidate's Actions On Chemicals Prove Toxic?

Thu, 2014-07-03 08:35

After a big explosion last year, Texans are worried about what's in nearby chemical plants. Attorney General Greg Abbott, who's running for governor, isn't making it easier for them to find out.

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Woman Charged In Denver With Seeking To Aid Islamic Extremists

Thu, 2014-07-03 07:51

Shannon Maureen Conley was arrested in April as she boarded a flight that would have ultimately landed her in Syria, where she hoped to wage jihad alongside ISIS rebels.

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VIDEO: A 4-Year-Old With A Crossover Dribble

Thu, 2014-07-03 07:18

Basketball player Josiah Brown can dribble with either hand; he has a spin move and he regularly hits shots from outside the lane. But he's still just 4.

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Freedom To NOT Celebrate Independence Day

Thu, 2014-07-03 07:11

On the Fourth of July, some Americans have celebrated their freedom of choice by choosing to not celebrate at all.

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Did Supreme Court Tip Hand On Future Contraception Cases?

Thu, 2014-07-03 07:06

The court's opinion that some for-profit firms don't have to provide women contraceptive coverage in the face of religious objections addressed only part of the legal battle over the mandate.

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