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The Two-Way
5:17 am
Wed July 1, 2015

Toyota's Top Female Executive Resigns After Arrest

Toyota Motor Corp's Managing Officer and Chief Communications Officer Julie Hamp speaks to media during a news conference in Nagoya, central Japan, in this photo released by Kyodo on June 18.
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Julie Hamp, Toyota Motor Corp.'s first senior female executive who was appointed head of public relations just weeks ago, has resigned after her arrest for allegedly importing the prescription painkiller oxycodone in violation of the country's narcotics laws.

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The Two-Way
4:41 am
Wed July 1, 2015

Greece Signals It May Accept Terms Of Bailout — With Some Conditions

Originally published on Wed July 1, 2015 5:55 am

Updated at 7:40 a.m. ET

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has told creditors his government is prepared to accept most conditions imposed for a bailout, hours after Greece defaulted on a loan payment to the International Monetary Fund.

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U.S.
4:12 am
Wed July 1, 2015

After Supreme Court Decision, What's Next For Gay Rights Groups?

Carlos McKnight waves a flag in support of same-sex marriage outside the Supreme Court.
Jacquelyn Martin AP

Originally published on Wed July 1, 2015 5:59 am

Having clinched the long-sought prize of same-sex marriage in all 50 states, some long-time advocates are now waking up to the realization that they need to find a new job. At least one major same-sex marriage advocacy group is preparing to close down and other LGBT organizations are retooling.

They have grown from a ragtag group with a radical idea into a massive multi-million dollar industry of slick and sophisticated sellers of a dream. Today, their very success has made their old jobs obsolete.

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Education
3:20 am
Wed July 1, 2015

As Panama's Economy Booms, So Do Concerns Over Debt And The Environment

Panama City's skyline.
Arnulfo Franco AP

Originally published on Wed July 1, 2015 5:59 am

The 66th floor of Panama City's Trump Tower is a fine spot to experience Panama's booming economy.

Outside the windows, hundreds of skyscrapers stretch the length of the capital's skyline.

Inside, a hand of blackjack will set you back $200 but all you can drink champagne costs just $10.

On average, growth has topped 8 percent in the last five years, making Panama the envy of its struggling Latin American neighbors.

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Europe
3:09 am
Wed July 1, 2015

Online Fund Started To Raise Money For Greece's Debt

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Business
3:07 am
Wed July 1, 2015

Martha Stewart's Company Sold For A Fraction Of Its Previous Worth

Originally published on Wed July 1, 2015 4:51 am

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Economy
3:05 am
Wed July 1, 2015

Historic Vote May Determine Whether Greece Remains In The Eurozone

Pensioners holding their queue numbers try to enter a bank in Athens. The government ordered about 1,000 bank branches around the country to reopen Wednesday to help desperate pensioners without ATM cards cash up to $134 from their retirement checks.
Daniel Ochoa de Olza AP

Originally published on Wed July 1, 2015 5:59 am

At the end of World War II with the continent in ruins, Winston Churchill famously proclaimed, "We must build a United States of Europe." He believed such a union would bring an end to centuries of European wars.

For 70 years Europe has been engaged in a political and economic quest to make that happen. But many in Greece, such as Athens cab driver Jordan Repanidis, feel this historic reshaping of the Western world has a strangle hold on their country.

"If it is for me to get drowned," he said, "let me drown by myself. Don't choke me."

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The Two-Way
6:37 pm
Tue June 30, 2015

Donald Trump Sues Univision For $500 Million

Univision dropped its broadcasts of Miss USA and Miss Universe, pageants that Trump co-owns.
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Donald Trump, a Republican presidential candidate, is suing Univision. The Spanish-language TV network dropped its coverage of Miss USA and Miss Universe — two beauty pageants that Trump co-owns — because of Trump's remarks about Mexican immigrants during his presidential campaign announcement on June 16.

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The Salt
3:42 pm
Tue June 30, 2015

Communities Get A Lift As Local Food Sales Surge To $11 Billion A Year

Tomatoes at Union South Farmers Market in Madison Wisconsin.
Patrick Kuhl Flickr

There's a renaissance in local and regional food, and it's not just farmers markets in urban areas that are driving it.

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Europe
3:29 pm
Tue June 30, 2015

How Default Could Push Greece Out Of The Eurozone

People wait in line to withdraw euros from an ATM after Greece closed its banks Monday in Athens.
Milos Bicanski Getty Images

Originally published on Tue June 30, 2015 5:14 pm

This story was updated at 7 p.m. ET.

The deadline passed Tuesday evening for Greece to make a key loan payment to the International Monetary Fund — putting it a step closer toward quitting the euro.

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The Two-Way
3:20 pm
Tue June 30, 2015

Debate Begins: New OT Rules Will Raise Wages — Or Kill Jobs

President Obama has proposed a rule requiring requiring overtime pay for more workers. The plan has drawn fire from many employers.
Pablo Martinez Monsivais AP

Business groups and labor unions sharply disagreed today over the potential impact of a proposed change to the federal rule governing overtime pay.

In coming months, the two sides will submit comments in writing to the Labor Department to try to shape the rule's final wording, but the verbal sparring already has begun.

Business leaders say hiking overtime pay would reduce hiring, while unions say the change would stimulate the economy by raising incomes for about 5 million Americans.

Before laying out the different reactions, we'll look at what happened today:

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Economy
2:15 pm
Tue June 30, 2015

Export-Import Bank Set To Expire At Midnight After Congress Fails To Act

Originally published on Tue June 30, 2015 7:09 pm

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Business
2:15 pm
Tue June 30, 2015

Obama Proposes Expanding Overtime Pay To Nearly 5 Million Workers

Originally published on Tue June 30, 2015 5:14 pm

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The Two-Way
8:21 am
Tue June 30, 2015

Wisdom Of The Crowds? Online Effort Seeks To Raise Funds For Greece

A collection of old Greek Drachma and euro notes and coins.
Geert Vanden Wijngaert AP

Originally published on Tue June 30, 2015 2:42 pm

Updated at 12:14 p.m. ET

Only 1,599,888,909 euros to go. A crowd-funding effort to raise the 1.6 billion euros (about $1.8 billion) Greece needs to make a loan payment to the International Monetary Fund has so far raised 111,091 euros ($124,569) from 7,275 donors.

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The Two-Way
5:03 am
Tue June 30, 2015

Greece Seeks New Bailout From Eurozone, Misses Loan Payment

Greece's Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras prepares for a TV interview at the State Television in Athens on Monday. He urged Greeks to vote "no" in Sunday's referendum on the terms of a bailout.
Thanassis Stavrakis AP

Originally published on Tue June 30, 2015 5:13 pm

Updated at 8:15 p.m. ET

The International Monetary Fund confirms that Greece has officially missed a loan payment and is in arrears.

Just hours before Greece was due to make the payment of approximately $1.8 billion dollars, the Greek government asked for a new bailout from countries that use the euro currency.

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Economy
3:03 am
Tue June 30, 2015

Facing Massive Debt, Puerto Ricans Warned Belt Tightening Will Be Needed

Originally published on Tue June 30, 2015 4:10 pm

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Around the Nation
2:58 am
Tue June 30, 2015

As Budget Deadline Approaches, Illinois Faces A Government Shutdown

Originally published on Tue June 30, 2015 11:53 am

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Europe
2:58 am
Tue June 30, 2015

A Financial Tragedy Plays Out In Greece: No Money And Debt Is Due

Originally published on Tue June 30, 2015 1:46 pm

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NPR Story
2:58 am
Tue June 30, 2015

Congress Leaves For Recess Without Reauthorizing Export-Import Bank

Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew (center) speaks with (from left) Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md., Ellicott Dredges GM Craig Murdock and CFO Joseph Wendel during a tour of the company's manufacturing facility in March. Lew was on hand to promote investment in American infrastructure. The company has utilized the Export-Import Bank's services.
Patrick Semansky AP

Originally published on Tue June 30, 2015 4:13 pm

An agency of the federal government will have to stop doing business today. That's because members of Congress went home last week for the July Fourth recess without reauthorizing the Export-Import Bank.

The bank helps American companies sell their goods overseas. The bank's critics say they're stopping corporate welfare.

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Politics
2:58 am
Tue June 30, 2015

Obama Expected To Release Rule Governing Overtime

Originally published on Tue June 30, 2015 4:35 pm

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It's All Politics
8:22 pm
Mon June 29, 2015

President Pitches Overtime Rule That Could Raise Wages For 5 Million

President Obama signs a presidential memorandum in March of 2014 that directed the Department of Labor construct a new set of overtime rules, with the goal of making more employees eligible for overtime pay.
Mark Wilson Getty Images

Originally published on Tue June 30, 2015 7:17 am

President Obama is expected to release this week a long-awaited rule governing overtime that could affect 5 million people as soon as next year, a source familiar with the plans confirmed to NPR.

The proposed rule would more than double the salary cap under which most workers would qualify for overtime pay whenever they work more than 40 hours a week, the source said. The cap would be raised from $23,660 to $50,440, and indexed to wage growth or inflation, ensuring the cap would move with the overall economy.

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All Tech Considered
5:09 pm
Mon June 29, 2015

Apple Bets Big That You'll Start Paying To Stream Music

Apple's senior vice president of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue speaks about Apple Music during the keynote at the annual developers conference.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

Originally published on Mon June 29, 2015 5:30 pm

Spotify, Google Play, Amazon Prime, Rdio, Rhapsody, Pandora — the list of streaming music service goes on and on. On Tuesday, Apple joins that lineup with the launch of its streaming service, Apple Music. Apple will give consumers a three-month trial, and then it will charge $9.99 a month.

But most music lovers still aren't sure why they should pay. Colin Barrett, 31, has tried a few of the streaming services, but he doesn't use them anymore.

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Parallels
4:14 pm
Mon June 29, 2015

Greeks Brace For The Fallout As Deadline Looms

A Greek demonstrator urges a "no" vote in Sunday's referendum on whether Greece should accept international demands for additional financial austerity. He is holding an old 1,000 Greek drachma bank note during a rally in the northern Greek port city of Thessaloniki on Monday. Some Greeks say the country should leave the eurozone and go back to the drachma.
Giannis Papanikos AP

Originally published on Mon June 29, 2015 4:36 pm

Giorgos Koronis is welcoming tourists from the U.S. and England at the old Olympic Stadium in Athens, where the first modern Olympics were held in 1896.

Koronis, 50, has worked for the state for 25 years, mainly at ticket counters at various tourist sites around the Greek capital. But today he's struggling to smile.

He spent Monday morning at the ATM in line with a few retirees from his neighborhood, including his mother.

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U.S.
3:41 pm
Mon June 29, 2015

The Economic Reality Of The Same-Sex Marriage Ruling

Supporters of same-sex marriages gather outside the U.S. Supreme Court on April 28, in Washington, D.C.
Mladen Antonov AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon June 29, 2015 4:32 pm

At Pride events in New York City this weekend, the emotional excitement about marriage equality was evident. But many people also were thrilled about the practical considerations.

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Latin America
3:25 pm
Mon June 29, 2015

Like Greece, Cash-Strapped Puerto Rico Needs A Fiscal Lifeline

Originally published on Tue June 30, 2015 3:52 am

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Space
3:25 pm
Mon June 29, 2015

SpaceX Rocket Explosion Raises Questions About Private Space Companies

Originally published on Mon June 29, 2015 4:35 pm

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The Two-Way
3:23 pm
Mon June 29, 2015

If The Mess In Greece Is All Greek To You, Then Read This

The EU and national flags fly in the foreground of the Parthenon, as Greek voters prepare to decide whether to continue negotiating for more international loans.
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Originally published on Tue June 30, 2015 8:59 am

"It was Greek to me."

Shakespeare used that phrase in one of his tragedies to suggest that a complicated matter was beyond understanding.

Many Americans may be muttering those words again as this week's Greek tragedy plays out.

The situation in Athens really is complicated, but it's also important. So let's walk through the basics together, and then consider what it might mean to Americans.

Here's what has happened so far:

-- The Greek government has way too much debt and can't pay its creditors.

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Business
2:27 pm
Mon June 29, 2015

NBC Dumps Donald Trump Over Comments On Mexican Immigrants

Originally published on Mon June 29, 2015 4:32 pm

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The Two-Way
1:25 pm
Mon June 29, 2015

NBCUniversal Is Cutting Ties With Donald Trump

NBCUniversal announced that it is cutting ties with Donald Trump after comments he made about immigrants.
Jim Cole AP

Originally published on Mon June 29, 2015 2:56 pm

Updated at 3:45 p.m. ET

NBCUniversal is ending its business relationship with Donald Trump following comments Trump made about Mexican immigrants. Trump's controversial remarks came as he was announcing his bid for the Republican Party's presidential nomination.

NBC said in a statement that:

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The Two-Way
9:33 am
Mon June 29, 2015

Supreme Court Blocks Obama Administration Plan On Power Plant Emissions

Originally published on Mon June 29, 2015 1:36 pm

Updated at 1:45 p.m. ET

The Supreme court has ruled against an Obama administration effort to limit toxic mercury emissions from power plants, saying the costs of compliance should be taken into account at the very earliest stages of the regulatory process.

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