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As Greece Stares Down Its Money Troubles, A Decisive Vote Looms

NPR Top Stories - July 4, 2015 - 1:04pm

Greeks vote Sunday on a referendum that will determine the future of the country's troubled economy and the question of whether Greece remains part of the eurozone.

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'Firework, Not Fire Fun': The Serious Jobs Of Pyrotechnic Pros

NPR Top Stories - July 4, 2015 - 1:04pm

With some 50,000 fireworks going off in just 25 minutes, Macy's Fourth of July fireworks display in New York City is the biggest in the U.S. — but the task of putting it all together is even bigger.

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Charleston Reporters Tell The National Story Of Local Violence

NPR Top Stories - July 4, 2015 - 1:04pm

The staff of hometown paper The Post and Courier feels the emotional toll of covering the church shootings and other traumatic events.

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Aphrodisiacs Can Spark Sexual Imagination, But Probably Not Libido

NPR Top Stories - July 4, 2015 - 1:04pm

Going on a picnic with someone special? Make sure to pack watermelon, a food that lore says is an aphrodisiac. No food is actually scientifically linked to desire, but here's how some got that rep.

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U.N.: Report On Iran's Atomic Program Possible By Year's End

NPR Top Stories - July 4, 2015 - 11:29am

International Atomic Energy Agency Director General Yukiya Amano says that, "with cooperation" from Tehran, a report could be finalized before January.

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Matt Stonie Downs 62 Hot Dogs For Coney Island Title

NPR Top Stories - July 4, 2015 - 10:18am

The new champion, who came in second last year in the annual contest put on by Nathan's Famous Hot Dogs, bested eight-time champ Joey "Jaws" Chestnut by two dogs on Saturday.

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Week After Beach Attack, Tunisia Declares State Of Emergency

NPR Top Stories - July 4, 2015 - 8:25am

Beji Caid Essebsi's office says the president needs the expanded powers to deal with extremists following the attack in Sousse that killed 38 foreign tourists.

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Lawrence Herkimer, The Father Of Modern Cheerleading, Dies At 89

NPR Top Stories - July 4, 2015 - 6:36am

He invented the pompom and the iconic "Herkie jump" that remains a staple of cheering squads to this day. And his National Cheerleading Association trains 150,000 cheerleaders a year.

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When America's Librarians Went To War

NPR Top Stories - July 4, 2015 - 6:03am

During the world wars of the 20th century, librarians played a role worth remembering.

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A Reopened Embassy In Havana Could Be A Boon For U.S. Businesses

NPR Top Stories - July 4, 2015 - 5:07am

When the U.S. reopens its embassy in Havana, it will increase its staff. That should mean more help for American businesses hoping to gain a foothold on the Communist island.

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Greek Official: 'Grexit' Would Cost Europe A Trillion Euros

NPR Top Stories - July 4, 2015 - 4:30am

Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis says there's as much at stake for the rest of Europe as for Greece itself should they fail to reach an acceptable bailout deal.

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The White House Invites Tourists To Use Their Cameras

NPR Top Stories - July 4, 2015 - 3:52am

Visitors to the White House will now have something besides their memory to rely on when recounting their visit. That's because a 40-year-ban on photography during public tours has been lifted.

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Greeks Divided Ahead Of Eurozone Vote

NPR Top Stories - July 4, 2015 - 3:52am

Greeks are preparing for Sunday's referendum, which the government insists is about whether to accept more austerity. Critics say it's about keeping the euro.

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LA Police Unit Intervenes To Get Mentally Ill Treatment, Instead Of Jail

NPR Top Stories - July 4, 2015 - 3:52am

When cops in Los Angeles encounter people who may be mentally ill, there's a specialized unit that can offer help on the spot.

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Of All U.S. Police Shootings, One-Quarter Reportedly Involve The Mentally Ill

NPR Top Stories - July 4, 2015 - 3:52am

In compiling a database of fatal police shootings, The Washington Post took an extra step — finding details about the mental health of the deceased. Reporter Kimberly Kindy relates what she learned.

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Fuel Is Crucial In The Battle Over Syria

NPR Top Stories - July 4, 2015 - 3:52am

The power map inside Syria is being redrawn, and one resource that's affecting these internal borders is fuel and oil. NPR's Eric Westervelt talks to correspondent Deborah Amos.

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'Chasing Memories' In Their Refugee Camp 40 Years After Fleeing Vietnam

NPR Top Stories - July 4, 2015 - 3:52am

Thousands of refugees escaped Vietnam after Saigon fell in 1975. Some recently returned to the site of their former refugee camp for a 40-year reunion — including the mother of NPR's Hansi Lo Wang.

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Just A Few Important Words About The 'Declaration Of Independence'

NPR Top Stories - July 4, 2015 - 3:45am

Along with the words and phrases that still ring out 239 years later are less noticed turns of phrase. They say a lot about the messages Thomas Jefferson and the other founding fathers wanted to send.

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A Bird Of Courage And A Bash In Denmark: The July 4 You Didn't Know

NPR Top Stories - July 4, 2015 - 1:46am

In the U.S., people often spend the Fourth of July grilling hot dogs and wearing their patriotic clothing. But there's more to this annual holiday than fireworks.

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Need A Hand? Don't Worry, The Ghanaians Got Your Back

NPR Top Stories - July 4, 2015 - 1:39am

They laughed, they jeered, and no one helped when she had to haul her belonging up a hill in New York. But in Ghana, people are more than eager to lend a hand.

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