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Nevada Likely To Become Home To Tesla's Battery Factory

Thursday, September 04, 2014

Several states, including California and Texas, are in competition for the so-called Gigafactory, which is expected to employ as many as 6,500 workers. They will make lithium ion batteries.

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Gentlemen, Preschool Is Calling

Thursday, September 04, 2014

New York City is scrambling to make good on its promise to provide preschool for all. That means hiring roughly 1,000 new teachers. But few will likely be men.

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Dead Chickens, A Tiny Motor And The Story Of Alibaba

Thursday, September 04, 2014

Alibaba is the biggest e-commerce company in the world. It may also save the lives of a few chickens in northern California.

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Ferguson Police Tactics Draw Justice Department Investigation

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

The department will launch an inquiry into the city's police force, with a focus on looking for a pattern or practice of discriminatory policing.

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'We Will Emerge From This Ordeal,' Slain Journalist's Family Says

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

The remarks by Steven Sotloff's family come a day after the Islamic State group released a video that showed a militant beheading the freelance journalist.

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All Things Considered

The Business Of Halloween Means You Can Buy An Arm And A Leg

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Americans spend billions on the fall holiday — especially for elaborate costumes and decorations. And companies that specialize in Hollywood horror props also make them for Halloween enthusiasts.

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Colorado Republicans Buck National Party Trends On Immigration

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

If the GOP is going to try to make inroads with Latinos in swing states, they might take a look at the former steel town of Pueblo, Colo., where Republicans say their pitch is starting to resonate.

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You Can Buy Happiness, If It's An Experience

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Experiences tend to make people happier than material possessions, research shows. And looking forward to an experience like a concert can feel much better than awaiting the latest smartphone release.

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Residents Worry Urban Drilling Will Turn Downtowns Into Oil Towns

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Drilling for oil and gas in rural and suburban areas isn't new. But energy extraction companies are now moving into more densely populated areas, raising a new set of concerns for city residents.

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Bucking Legal Trend, Federal Judge Upholds La.'s Ban On Gay Marriage

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman ruled that sexual orientation has not been found to be a protected class and that the state has a legitimate interest in keeping marriage between a man and a woman.

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Organizers Of New York St. Paddy's Day Parade Lift Ban On Gay Groups

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

A gay group will be able to march under its own banner for the first time in the world's largest St. Patrick's Day Parade. The parade lost sponsors and supporters this year because of the ban.

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Detroit Man Sentenced To At Least 17 Years In Porch Shooting Case

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Theodore Wafer was convicted of second-degree murder after he shot and killed an unarmed teenager on his front porch. The case drew national attention because of its racial overtones.

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Morning Edition

The Pickle Wins Ugly RV Contest

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

A 30-year-old motorhome called The Pickle wasn't always ugly. When the dashboard broke, the owner replaced it with plywood. The outside of the RV is painted bright green. His creativity paid off.

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Video Glitch Makes Christian Kirksey 14" Tall

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

In real life, the Cleveland Browns linebacker is 6'2". A glitch in "Madden NFL 15" barely makes him bigger than a football.

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Investors Cash In On Off-Campus Housing

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Colleges and universities still own and manage most student dorms, but over the past decade, investors have been getting in on the growing market for off-campus housing.

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Netherlands King To Attend Ethanol Plant Opening In Iowa

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

On Wednesday, King Willem-Alexander visits Emmetsburg, Iowa, for the opening of a cellulosic ethanol plant. The Netherlands and Iowa have a lot in common — both are major agricultural centers.

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Milwaukee Police Makes An Effort To Hire More Minority Officers

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

The Minneapolis Police Department is replenishing its ranks after losing several dozen veteran officers to retirement this year. The department is not as racially diverse as the city as a whole.

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Obama Urged To Use Executive Action To Overhaul Immigration

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Advocates are pushing President Obama to bypass Congress. David Greene talks to Alan Gomez, an immigration reporter for USA Today, and Grace Meng, a senior researcher at Human Rights Watch.

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As Airports Find New Ways To Make Money, Pittsburgh Tries Fracking

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Lots of airports have retail. The largest blueberry producer in Georgia is at an airport. And in Pittsburgh, Consol Energy will begin extracting gas underneath the airport — even under the runways.

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Some Accused Of Sexual Assault On Campus Say System Works Against Them

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Young men in colleges across the country say they're being falsely accused of campus sexual assault and treated unfairly in a rush to judgment.

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