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July 31, 2014 | NPR · After talks with creditors broke down, the country has defaulted on its debt for the second time in 12 years. This could mean higher interest rates and higher inflation for Argentina.
 
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July 31, 2014 | NPR · Mummies from Ancient Egypt, Peru and the U.S. all show signs of hardened arteries. But why? Researchers say bad hygiene, open hearths and maybe some deeply ingrained genetic factors were to blame.
 
July 31, 2014 | NPR · Votes are set Thursday in both the GOP-led House and Democratic-controlled Senate on bills addressing the young migrants seeking refuge. But the competing bills have little chance of being reconciled.
 
July 31, 2014 | NPR · In Gaza, the price of drinking water has soared, there's little electricity — and another shortage is beginning: people displaced by the fighting are waiting in long lines to get food.
 
July 31, 2014 | NPR · Congress leaves some significant business unfinished as it goes on break. But the talk of Washington and beyond is Wednesday's vote by House republicans to authorize a lawsuit against President Obama.
 

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July 31, 2014 | NPR · Also: a novel by Oscar Hijuelos will be published posthumously; Stephen Marche on the inevitability of literary failure.
 
July 31, 2014 | NPR · Yelena Akhtiorskaya's debut is a funny, sometimes heartbreaking, uniquely American chronicle of a family of Soviet immigrants who've transplanted a bit of their home to Brooklyn's Brighton Beach.
 
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July 31, 2014 | NPR · Built in the late 1920s by movie moguls, the Wilshire Boulevard Temple is a Los Angeles landmark — and also a statement the LA Jewish community made to itself, and to the city.
 
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July 31, 2014 | NPR · More young adults and teens are swapping sun tanning and sightseeing on vacations for working in orphanages, building schools and teaching English abroad.
 
July 30, 2014 | NPR · In London, a matinee ticket for Matilda costs about $60; in New York, it's $137. What's going on? The West End has weaker unions and subsidized theater, while Broadway has amenities.
 

October 13, 2010

Proposition 101 Overview

In the final part of our series on the three tax and spending questions facing voters this November, state capitol reporter Bente Birkeland breaks down Proposition 101. Proponents say it’s a reaction to Democratic tax and fee increases and would spur economic growth. But the campaign against the measure says it would devastate schools and the state’s transportation system.

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