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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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'

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

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

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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On The Rebound, Panthers Prowl Expanding Swath Of Land In Florida

July 3, 2015 - 12:28pm

From a low of about 20, the population of Florida's state animal has grown to about 200 — enough, wildlife officials say, to warrant taking them off the endangered species list. Not everyone agrees.

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Debt Crisis Puts The Squeeze On Greece's Banks

July 3, 2015 - 12:28pm

The country's banks could hardly be in a more precarious position. The European Central Bank has stopped lending Greece money and a referendum Sunday could spell the country's exit from the eurozone.

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#NPRreads: The 'Grexit,' Video Games And Fleeing The Rwandan Genocide

July 3, 2015 - 12:20pm

Also this week, misconceptions about slavery. And, the struggle for gay Christians trying to keep the faith.

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A Conservative Firebrand From The Start, Ted Cruz Always Had A Plan

July 3, 2015 - 12:03pm

Long before Cruz was the Texas senator commandeering the Senate floor, he was a teenager reciting conservative, free-market ideology.

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Pilot In Solar-Powered Plane Sets Aviation Record

July 3, 2015 - 9:44am

André Borschberg, flying Solar Impulse 2, set a new record of 120 hours in the cockpit on a journey from Japan to Hawaii.

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Iceland's Pirate Party Wins Repeal Of Blasphemy Law

July 3, 2015 - 8:22am

The insurgent political movement, which has just three members in parliament, led the rollback of the 75-year-old law that made it a crime to "ridicule or insult" religious teachings.

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Parts Of Social-Sharing Site Reddit Go Dark In Apparent User Revolt

July 3, 2015 - 7:36am

After the firing of a key figure at the website, moderators of many of Reddit's most popular sections have gone private in apparent protest.

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Aetna Announces $37 Billion Merger With Health Insurance Rival Humana

July 3, 2015 - 7:11am

If the deal passes antitrust scrutiny, it would be the largest such acquisition in the insurance industry. It's the latest sign of consolidation in health insurance in the wake of Obamacare.

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When The Fish You Eat Have Eaten Something Toxic

July 3, 2015 - 6:59am

Toxins produced by algae that live in warm ocean waters can pass up the fish food chain. The toxins can sicken humans who eat large fish. A Florida study finds cases are underreported.

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