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A Mall With Two Minimum Wages

Thursday, August 28, 2014

There's a mall in California that straddles two cities. Here's what happened when workers on one side of the mall started making 25 percent more because one city voted to raise the minimum wage.

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Former Iowa Lawmaker Admits To Getting Payoff Before 2012 Caucuses

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Kent Sorenson pleaded guilty in federal court to taking under-the-table payments when he switched sides between GOP presidential candidates. The former state senator previously denied the rumors.

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ACLU, U.S. Settle Lawsuit On Deportation Of Immigrants

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Under the deal, immigrants who are in the country illegally must be informed of their right to a hearing before an immigration judge. The ACLU was representing nine Mexicans and three organizations.

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All Things Considered

Freemasonry Still Alive And Well, And (Mostly) Men-Only

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The Freemasons are arguably one of the world's most famous men's organizations. Membership has been falling in the U.S. since the 1960s, but millennials are now showing an interest in the fraternity.

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At Houses Of Worship, Women Serve Food For A Higher Purpose

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Across the U.S., women work the kitchens of temples, mosques and Sikh gurudwaras, putting on both simple meals and complex feasts. They see their work as serving God by serving others.

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All Things Considered

In Fixing Recalled Cars, GM Dealers Hope To Wow Customers

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

General Motors has recalled 29 million autos in North America this year. Dealers replacing the faulty parts aren't just fixing cars. They're repairing customers' relationships with the automaker.

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All Things Considered

Surfers Flock To The Water, As Huge Waves Hit The West Coast

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

High surf is hitting the Southern California coast, much to the delight of surfers and the worry of lifeguards.

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All Things Considered

Meet The Squirrel Whisperer Of Happy Valley

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

A squirrel at Penn State University has become a social media sensation. Emily Reddy of WPSU reports that undergraduate student Mary Krupa discovered the squirrels on campus were so tame that they'd eat from her hand, soon putting hats on them and even setting up a Facebook page, which now has more "likes" than the school's mascot.

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All Things Considered

Chicago Greets Little League National Champs As Returning Heroes

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Chicago has gathered for a parade to celebrate the Jackie Robinson West baseball team, which won the U.S. championship at the Little League World Series.

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All Things Considered

State Democrats Play Defense Ahead Of Midterm Elections

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Across the nation, state legislators are gearing up for Election Day. And they're well aware that their fates could be tied to national political forces like the president's low approval rating.

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All Things Considered

There's A Big Leak In America's Water Tower

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Peaks around Glacier National Park store water that irrigates a large section of North America. But a warming climate is shrinking that snowpack, with ominous consequences for wildlife and people.

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Hate-Crime Convictions In Amish Beard-Cutting Case Thrown Out

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

An appeals court in Cincinnati ruled that it was interpersonal disagreements rather than religious beliefs that sparked the attacks.

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Morning Edition

Neighbor Tries To Shut Down Lemonade Stand

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

After the neighbor's attempt failed, people came out in droves to support 12-year-old TJ Guerrero in Dunedin, Fla. He made $600 in two hours.

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Morning Edition

After Inspector General Report, Veterans Want More Than Promises

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The report said it couldn't be proven that anyone had died because of wait times at the medical center in Phoenix. On Tuesday, President Obama pledged to do better by vets and announced initiatives.

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Morning Edition

As Ferguson Protests Wind Down, Residents Want Outrage Channeled

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Protests over the shooting death of Michael Brown are getting smaller. Some in Ferguson are trying to morph the protests into an effort to push specific policy changes in the city's police department.

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Morning Edition

Pew Study: Facebook, Twitter Users Held Back Views On Snowden

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The Pew Research Center report shows that Americans were more willing to have a conversation about NSA leaker Edward Snowden face-to-face than in discussion groups on Facebook or Twitter.

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Morning Edition

Napa Tallies Quake Damage; Students To Return To Classes

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Schools in Napa Valley are to reopen Wednesday after the area's worst earthquake in decades. Hundreds of buildings and homes were damaged and a lot of rebuilding work remains to be done.

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Morning Edition

Canadians Fret Merger With Burger King Will Change Tim Hortons

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Burger King announced it is buying the Canadian doughnut-and-coffee chain for about $11 billion. Some Canadians aren't thrilled that their Timmy's is being taken over by the American burger company.

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Morning Edition

The LA School iPad Scandal: What You Need To Know

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The Los Angeles Unified School District has shut down a half-a-billion-dollar deal with Apple and Pearson to provide classroom technology. Here's what happened.

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Morning Edition

Driven By Climate Change, Cotton Buyers Look For Alternatives

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

One clothing company whose bottom line was hurt in the wake of bad weather events decided to look to polyester fibers made from recycled plastic bottles.

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