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11:14am

Thu July 3, 2014
Economy

Report Shows 288,000 New Jobs In June

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

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

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

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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6:52am

Thu July 3, 2014
Asia

Mosquito-Repellent Paper Attracts Readers

Originally published on Thu July 3, 2014 11:14 am

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6:46am

Thu July 3, 2014
Sports

Traded MLB Pitchers Meet For The First Time During Bathroom Break

Originally published on Thu July 3, 2014 11:14 am

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5:18am

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 1:08 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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5:18am

Thu July 3, 2014
NPR Story

Award-Winning Children's Book Author Walter Dean Myers Dies

Originally published on Thu July 3, 2014 11:14 am

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5:18am

Thu July 3, 2014
NPR Story

Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby Ruling Yields Polarized Debate

Originally published on Thu July 3, 2014 11:14 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

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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5:18am

Thu July 3, 2014
NPR Story

Ale Ads Rethink Revolutionary War Outcome

Originally published on Thu July 3, 2014 11:14 am

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

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

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

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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7:01am

Wed July 2, 2014
Animals

Ukraine Wants Its Dolphins Back

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 7:53 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.

6:15am

Wed July 2, 2014
Sports

U.S. Goalkeeper Becomes Social Media Star

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 7:53 am

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5:05am

Wed July 2, 2014
Research News

Living 63 Feet Underwater Helps Cousteau Team Conduct Experiments

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 2:03 pm

Fabien Cousteau and a crew of scientists and explorers have spent the past 31 days underwater in the Aquarius Reef Base off the coast of Florida. David Greene talks to Cousteau about the experience.

5:05am

Wed July 2, 2014
NPR Story

Oscar-Nominated Filmmaker Paul Mazursky Dies At 84

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 7:53 am

Paul Mazursky earned his first Oscar nomination for his debut feature film, Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice, in 1969. His An Unmarried Woman was nominated for Best Picture.

5:05am

Wed July 2, 2014
NPR Story

World Cup Sparks More Interest In U.S. Soccer

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 7:53 am

All through the World Cup, Kansas City has been a terrific place to watch a match. Interest in soccer has exploded there, stoked by the rise of the city's professional soccer team.

5:05am

Wed July 2, 2014
Sports

Belgium Ends U.S. Team's World Cup Hopes

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 2:09 pm

The U.S. men's soccer team is out of the World Cup. For 90 minutes, the score was tied at 0-0, but the team lost in extra time to Belgium on Tuesday, 2-1.

11:55am

Tue July 1, 2014
Business

GM Recalls Another 8.5 Million Vehicles

Originally published on Tue July 1, 2014 2:24 pm

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11:49am

Tue July 1, 2014
Business

Own A South Dakota Prairie Town For $400,000

Originally published on Tue July 1, 2014 2:24 pm

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And that brings us to the last word in Business which is no sweat. You too can own a piece of the old American frontier.

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An entire town nestled in the flat prairie lands of South Dakota is up for sale for $400,000. You can own Swett - S, W, E, T, T - Swett, South Dakota.

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