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6:52am

Fri July 4, 2014
Business

2010 World Cup Helped South Africa Attract Latin American Tourists

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6:14am

Fri July 4, 2014
Art & Design

Banksy Buyer Turns $60 Art Purchase Into $215,000

Originally published on Fri July 4, 2014 6:52 am

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Good morning. I'm David Greene. Last year, British graffiti artist Banksy took New York by storm with a month-long guerrilla art campaign. Part of that included putting dozens of his signed, spray-painted works up for sale for just $60 each at an anonymous sidewalk stall. It was not a huge success. Over seven hours, just three people bought eight pieces of art. Now two of those have been sold at auction in London for $215,000, roughly 1,800 times the original price. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

6:03am

Fri July 4, 2014
Around the Nation

2014 Marks U.S. National Anthem's Bicentennial

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4:05am

Fri July 4, 2014
NPR Story

China's President Visits South Korea, Snubs North Korea

Originally published on Fri July 4, 2014 6:52 am

China's president is in Seoul to meet his South Korean counterpart. In a not-so-veiled gibe at North Korea, the two leaders repeated their opposition to nuclear weapons on the Korean Peninsula.

4:05am

Fri July 4, 2014
NPR Story

20th Essence Music Festival Opens In New Orleans

Originally published on Fri July 4, 2014 6:52 am

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OK. I'm fine with that theme you just heard. It begins this segment every morning. But this morning, how about this?

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "ALL NIGHT LONG")

LIONEL RICHIE: (Singing) All night long, all night, all night long.

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4:05am

Fri July 4, 2014
Business

It's Going To Cost More To Have A Burger This July 4

Originally published on Fri July 4, 2014 6:52 am

"For most people, this is going to be the most expensive hamburger they've eaten in their life," says economic analyst Joe Deaux of the street.com. Prices are soaring because of the on-going drought.

10:14am

Thu July 3, 2014
Economy

Report Shows 288,000 New Jobs In June

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This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.

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And I'm David Greene. Good morning. We begin this hour with more positive signs about the nation's economy. The Labor Department this morning said the U.S. unemployment rate fell to its lowest level in nearly six years last month, and employers added some 288,000 jobs to their payrolls. Here's NPR's Jim Zarroli.

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5:52am

Thu July 3, 2014
Asia

Mosquito-Repellent Paper Attracts Readers

Originally published on Thu July 3, 2014 10:14 am

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5:46am

Thu July 3, 2014
Sports

Traded MLB Pitchers Meet For The First Time During Bathroom Break

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4:18am

Thu July 3, 2014
NPR Story

In Iraq's Sacred City Of Najaf, Clerics Call On Shiites To Fight

Originally published on Thu July 3, 2014 12:08 pm

Iraqi Shiite volunteers with the Labayk ya Hussein Brigade take part in a training session in the holy city of Najaf in late June. Clerics in the city called for Shiites to step forward and fight the Sunni group formerly known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (which now calls itself simply the Islamic State).
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Sunni militants claimed vast swaths of Iraq last month, thanks largely to the collapse of the Iraqi army.

But three weeks later, the army has been able to win back some territory. The gains come after a call to arms by Shiite religious leaders in the holy city of Najaf, where deep emotion and symbolism are inspiring Shiite volunteers.

Najaf is home to the ancient Valley of Peace cemetery, which seems crowded. Miles of desert stretch under blistering sun, the gilded domes of mausoleums pressed up against the dusty headstones of the ordinary dead.

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4:18am

Thu July 3, 2014
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Award-Winning Children's Book Author Walter Dean Myers Dies

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4:18am

Thu July 3, 2014
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Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby Ruling Yields Polarized Debate

Originally published on Thu July 3, 2014 10:14 am

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Now let's get one more perspective on a deeply polarized debate, a debate set off by this week's Supreme Court ruling in a case brought by the craft store chain Hobby Lobby. The court found that some business owners with religious objections to contraceptives cannot be required to provide them to their employees with their health insurance plans. But does that ruling end there? Our Steve Inskeep digs deeper into what's fueling this debate.

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4:18am

Thu July 3, 2014
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Ale Ads Rethink Revolutionary War Outcome

Originally published on Thu July 3, 2014 10:14 am

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And our Last Word In Business today is, if they won.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "RULE, BRITANNIA!")

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Imagine an America where trucks are called lorries, garbage cans are bins.

GREENE: Taxicabs are black, elevators are lifts, and English muffins are, well, just muffins.

MONTAGNE: That's the idea behind, If We Won. It's a cheeky, new advertising campaign from Newcastle Brown Ale. It envisions what the United States would be like if Britain had won the Revolutionary War.

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4:18am

Thu July 3, 2014
NPR Story

China Announces Another Easing Of Its Currency Controls

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5:53am

Wed July 2, 2014
Animals

Ukraine Wants Its Dolphins Back

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 6:53 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne. Ukraine wants its dolphins back. It seems when Russia invaded the Ukrainian nation of Crimea, it also seized Ukraine's military dolphins. Those dolphins were trained to detect mines and enemy divers. Now they're under Russian control. A Russian news site reports Ukraine is demanding Russia return the dolphins as it has other military equipment. But Russia is saying nyet, the dolphins are in the navy now - the Russian Navy. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

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