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3:04 am
Thu July 9, 2015

Kansas Lawsuit Settlement Sets Standard For Gun Seller Liability

Elizabeth Shirley's lawsuit, which resulted in a settlement for $132,000, could send a message to gun dealers across the country. But for now, the precedent will only have weight in Kansas.
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Originally published on Thu July 9, 2015 12:09 pm

Each year, convicted felons get thousands of weapons from licensed gun dealers. They skirt the mandatory background checks by having people who do qualify fill out the paperwork for them.

Now, the settlement of a lawsuit over a tragic murder-suicide in Kansas has made it easier to sue gun dealers who allow these "straw purchases" with a wink and a nod.

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Goats and Soda
3:04 am
Thu July 9, 2015

Who's Still Poor? Who's Made It To Middle Income? Pew Has New Data

Alyson Hurt NPR

Originally published on Thu July 9, 2015 11:54 am

Over the last decade, economic growth lifted almost a billion people around the world out of extreme poverty. Unfortunately, it didn't lift them very far.

A rising economic tide has been concentrated in just a few regions of the world, and it's failed to raise many people into the middle class.

By U.S. standards, most of the world remains terribly poor.

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Pop Culture
3:04 am
Thu July 9, 2015

As Plus-Size Fashion Gains Popularity, Retailers Play Catch-Up

Plus-size women have struggled in the past to find fashionable clothing options. But, with celebrities bringing plus size to the forefront, the fashion industry might wake up.
Mary McLain NPR

Originally published on Thu July 9, 2015 8:30 am

If you're a woman of a certain size, shopping for clothes can be a downer. Even though the average American woman is around a size 14, most department store racks are devoted to smaller bodies.

But that could be changing.

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Economy
3:04 am
Thu July 9, 2015

Could Greece's Debt Crisis Become Merkel's Worst Political Failure?

Originally published on Fri July 10, 2015 4:07 pm

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Shots - Health News
2:19 am
Thu July 9, 2015

An Explicit Contract Makes Surrogacy Viable For An Oregon Woman

Mardi Palan, a hair stylist in Portland, Ore., is hoping to become a surrogate for a couple from Israel.
Kristian Foden-Vencil/OPB

Originally published on Fri July 10, 2015 6:02 am

Over the last few years, Oregon has quietly become something of a center for women willing to carry children for those unable to get pregnant. There are several reasons for that: lenient laws, a critical mass of successful fertility clinics and a system for amending a birth certificate pre-birth.

But surrogacy arrangements are often informal agreements and they can go wrong. A surrogate may face unexpected medical bills, or the intended parents may change their mind.

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The Two-Way
6:35 pm
Wed July 8, 2015

Facebook's New Logo Is A Visual Nod To Gender Equality

A woman designer at Facebook recently updated the company's iconic "friends" logo, making the woman's silhouette larger and moving it in front of the man's.
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One of Facebook's iconic logos just got an update. That tiny image that lingers in the corner of most Facebook pages — two small silhouettes of a man and a woman — it will be a little different on Facebook mobile pages starting this week.

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The Two-Way
5:45 pm
Wed July 8, 2015

JPMorgan Chase Fined $136M Over How It Collects Debt

Originally published on Wed July 8, 2015 6:07 pm

JPMorgan Chase will pay $136 million in penalties to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and states to settle charges that it used illegal tactics to target delinquent credit card borrowers.

Here's what the CFPB says Chase did:

"The CFPB and states found that Chase sold 'zombie debts' to third-party debt buyers, which include accounts that were inaccurate, settled, discharged in bankruptcy, not owed, or otherwise not collectible."

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Business
4:34 pm
Wed July 8, 2015

To Survive, The Greeting Card Industry Will Have To Get Creative

Owner David DeLongy takes apart glass shelving at Lynn's Hallmark store in Gainesville, Fla., which closed in February.
Matt Stamey Gainesville Sun/Landov

The greeting card industry is struggling to stay relevant in the digital age.

Hallmark has announced that it's closing its distribution center in Enfield, Conn., and cutting 570 jobs there, as it consolidates operations elsewhere.

For decades, the greeting card maker held a reputation as the type of company where good employees had a job for life.

Julie Elliott, Hallmark's PR director, says layoffs, like the ones announced this week, are especially painful.

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Asia
4:34 pm
Wed July 8, 2015

China's Economic Downturn Needs To Happen To Boost Consumption

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The Two-Way
4:28 pm
Wed July 8, 2015

Glitches Galore: A Brief History Of Technical Problems On Wall Street

Henny Ray Abrams AP

Originally published on Wed July 8, 2015 4:48 pm

Wednesday's computer-related problems on the New York Stock Exchange that halted trading for more than three hours was not a one-off.

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Latin America
3:31 pm
Wed July 8, 2015

Lead Prosecutor Brings Gandhi-Like Attitude To Brazil's Corruption Scandal

Originally published on Wed July 8, 2015 9:11 pm

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The Two-Way
3:24 pm
Wed July 8, 2015

A Day Filled With Market Jitters, But Not Panic

A trader claps on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange at the close of the day after trading was paused for nearly four hours due to a "technical glitch" on Wednesday.
Spencer Platt Getty Images

If you were looking for reasons to be nervous, Wednesday provided lots of them, like these:

-- Chinese stocks plunged again, with the Shanghai Composite Index falling another 5.9 percent.

-- The Greek debt crisis remained unresolved, with European officials still scrambling for a solution.

-- Many raw-material prices continued their slide — with the Bloomberg Commodity Index down 26 percent from last year.

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The Salt
3:21 pm
Wed July 8, 2015

Can Subway Freshen Up Its Image After Jared?

For 15 years, Jared Fogle has been the famous face of Subway. Here, Fogle (left) visits a Subway shop in Daytona Beach, Fla., with NASCAR driver Carl Edwards in 2012.
Brian Blanco AP

Originally published on Wed July 8, 2015 4:34 pm

If you can't picture Jared Fogle's face, you may remember his pants.

Before he lost a jaw-dropping 245 pounds, he was once an obese college student wearing blue jeans with a 60-inch waist.

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Parallels
2:49 pm
Wed July 8, 2015

Greeks Brace For Shortages At Home, Await Word On Fate From Abroad

People lined up on Wednesday to withdraw cash from a bank machine in central Athens. Banks remain shut this week and ATM withdrawals are limited to 60 euros (about $66) a day.
Emilio Morenatti AP

Originally published on Wed July 8, 2015 4:34 pm

Athenians gathered around a television screen at an outdoor café this morning to watch their prime minister at the European Parliament in Brussels. Alexis Tsipras talked of the "austerity experiment" being conducted on Greece and said reforms could not be carried out on the backs of the poor.

Sixty-year-old sculptor Nikos Talepolos was pleased.

"I thought it was a very good speech, but I'm afraid the poor people will have to pay for the mistakes of the bankers and those in power," he says. "We have no power against this blackmail of the European Union."

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Europe
2:30 pm
Wed July 8, 2015

Greece's Tsipras Tells EU Leaders He Wants 'Socially Just' Solution To Crisis

Originally published on Wed July 8, 2015 4:34 pm

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Greece's prime minister, Alexis Tsipras, went before the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, today. He said he wants a fair and viable solution to his country's debt crisis. The atmosphere in the chamber was heated.

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The Two-Way
12:51 pm
Wed July 8, 2015

Subway Suspends Ties With Pitchman Jared Fogle

Originally published on Wed July 8, 2015 1:36 pm

A raid at the home of Subway pitchman Jared Fogle has led to both sides agreeing to suspend their relationship, and put a spotlight on Fogle's ties to the former head of a foundation he created to fight childhood obesity.

Federal and state authorities removed electronics from Fogle's home in suburban Indianapolis in a raid Tuesday, but refused to discuss the nature of the investigation. Fogle's attorney said he was cooperating, adding the Subway pitchman had not been arrested or charged with anything.

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The Two-Way
10:18 am
Wed July 8, 2015

Trading Resumes On New York Stock Exchange

Traders work on the floor at the New York Stock Exchange in New York before trading was halted on Wednesday.
Seth Wenig AP

Originally published on Wed July 8, 2015 2:04 pm

Updated at 3:15 p.m. ET

Trading has resumed on the New York Stock Exchange, after computer related problems forced the exchange to suspend trading for more than three and a half hours.

The exchange "temporarily halted" trading as of 11:32 a.m. ET; trading resumed at approximately 3:10 p.m. ET.

The NYSE released a series of Tweets in which it said the issue was technical and not due to malicious activity:

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Parallels
10:11 am
Wed July 8, 2015

Greece By The Numbers

The drachma was Greece's currency before it joined the eurozone in 2001. There's now talk that Greece could leave the euro and return to its old currency, though economists say the transition would be difficult and the drachma would likely be extremely weak.
Christopher Furlong Getty Images

Originally published on Wed July 8, 2015 3:03 pm

The Greek crisis is messy and complicated, filled with nebulous terms being casually tossed around. Most every story has obligatory mentions of "austerity," "bailouts" and "capital controls," but it can be difficult to determine what, precisely, all that jargon means.

So let's stick to the numbers. Here's a primer on some of the most important ones in the unfolding Greek drama:

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It's All Politics
9:08 am
Wed July 8, 2015

Fact Check: 36 Percent Or Not? Inside Jeb Bush's Tax Math

Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush participates in a Fourth of July parade in Amherst, N.H., on Saturday.
Kayana Szymczak Getty Images

Originally published on Wed July 8, 2015 4:59 pm

Jeb Bush released more tax returns than any other presidential candidate in history. Over 33 years, the former Florida governor's campaign said he paid an average effective tax rate of 36 percent.

... depending on how you calculate it.

That's a confusing number, and it obscures three decades in which Bush's income climbed slowly, then explosively.

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The Two-Way
9:01 am
Wed July 8, 2015

United Flights Grounded For More Than An Hour Due To Network Router Problem

Originally published on Wed July 8, 2015 12:34 pm

Computer problems prompted United to ground flights at airports around the U.S. Wednesday morning, throwing travelers' plans into disarray. After a nationwide ground stop that lasted more than an hour, the airline says it has fixed the problem is bringing its systems back online.

Update at 2:30 p.m. ET: 'Issue With A Router'

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The Two-Way
7:02 am
Wed July 8, 2015

For A 3rd Straight Day, Chinese Markets Plunge

A man walks past an electric board displaying stock prices at a brokerage house in Beijing, China, on Wednesday.
Andy Wong AP

Originally published on Wed July 8, 2015 8:08 am

It was another turbulent day on the Chinese stock market on Wednesday. For a third day in a row, stocks tumbled as the government tried unsuccessfully to prop up the market.

Reporting from Beijing, NPR's Anthony Kuhn reports that over the past three weeks, the markets have lost some $4 trillion.

Anthony reports:

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The Two-Way
4:58 am
Wed July 8, 2015

Greek Prime Minister Tells EU Leaders He Wants A United Europe

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras leaves an emergency summit of eurozone heads of state and government in Brussels on Tuesday.
Francois Walschaerts AP

Originally published on Wed July 8, 2015 9:29 am

Facing a critical moment in his country's financial crisis, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras took a more measured approach during a speech to the European Parliament on Wednesday.

The BBC reports that Tsipras appealed for a united Europe and said he was confident he could present a proposal that would allow Greece to meet "its obligations in the interests of Greece and the eurozone."

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Europe
4:20 am
Wed July 8, 2015

Solution To Greece's Debt Crisis Remains Elusive

Originally published on Wed July 8, 2015 5:36 am

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Asia
4:15 am
Wed July 8, 2015

Stock Market Drop In China Raises Concerns About An Economic Crisis

Originally published on Wed July 8, 2015 12:30 pm

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Parallels
3:01 am
Wed July 8, 2015

As Government Hunts For A Solution, Greeks Anticipate Catastrophe

People read the front pages of various newspapers hanging at a kiosk Tuesday in central Athens. European leaders have set a Sunday deadline for Greece to reach a deal on debt repayment and austerity measures.
Jean-Paul Pelissier Reuters /Landov

Originally published on Wed July 8, 2015 12:49 pm

European leaders have given the Greek government an ultimatum: Sign up for tough reforms by the end of this week or leave the eurozone. Banks have been closed for more than a week, and now there's a real possibility they could fail — and that Greek depositors could lose everything.

Giorgos Pathiakakis, who founded his sports academy in a middle-class Athens neighborhood 15 years ago, says the bank closures have stalled his business.

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Media
1:51 am
Wed July 8, 2015

Factual Error Opens CNN Star Sanjay Gupta To Scrutiny Over Dual Roles

Dr. Sanjay Gupta, chief medical correspondent for CNN, attends the Clinton Global Initiative in 2010.
Mark Lennihan Associated Press

Originally published on Thu July 9, 2015 7:36 am

Journalism isn't brain surgery — a distinction wrapped in a witticism that CNN's Sanjay Gupta must be tired of hearing.

Yet while he was covering the aftermath of a deadly earthquake in Nepal this year, the journalism evidently proved trickier than the brain surgery. Gupta, a star news correspondent and Emory University trauma neurosurgeon, appears to have misidentified a patient on whom he operated. The tale of how that happened, both twisty and subtle, throws fresh light on Gupta's dual roles as doctor and reporter.

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The Two-Way
4:06 pm
Tue July 7, 2015

Carnival Expects to Begin Cruising To Cuba Next Year

Carnival Cruise Lines' main entrance of their office building in Miami. Carnival says it would become the first American cruise company to visit the Caribbean island nation since the 1960 trade embargo.
Alan Diaz AP

Originally published on Wed July 8, 2015 5:36 am

Carnival Corp. says it has received permission from the U.S.

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Europe
3:23 pm
Tue July 7, 2015

Despite Large Cuts To Greece's Pension System, Creditors Want More

Originally published on Tue July 7, 2015 4:32 pm

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Around the Nation
3:23 pm
Tue July 7, 2015

No One Can Drive New Jerseyans Away From Full-Service Gas

Originally published on Tue July 7, 2015 4:32 pm

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Business
3:23 pm
Tue July 7, 2015

Carnival Receives U.S. Permission To Operate Cruises To Cuba

Originally published on Tue July 7, 2015 8:28 pm

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