Strange News
5:06 am
Mon July 21, 2014

How Many Frequent Flyer Miles Can You Get With A $36M Charge?

Originally published on Mon July 21, 2014 7:30 am

Last spring a man bought an ancient Chinese ceramic cup, sold by Sotheby's Hong Kong. The price: $36 million. But because of currency rules, he paid with his American Express card.

Business
5:06 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Report Of Expired Meat Sparks Food Safety Scare In China

Originally published on Mon July 21, 2014 7:30 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Business
5:06 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Arkansas Razorbacks Trademark Famous Hog Call

Originally published on Mon July 21, 2014 7:30 am

The famous hog call chanted by fans of the sports teams of the University of Arkansas Razorbacks is now a registered trademark owned by the school.

All Tech Considered
4:34 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Next To Silicon Valley, Nonprofits Draw Youth Of Color Into Tech

Taneka Armstrong, 20, is learning about different aspects of the tech industry — from coding to sales — through the nonprofit group Hack the Hood.
Aarti Shahani NPR

Originally published on Mon July 21, 2014 9:07 am

Twenty-year-old Taneka Armstrong wants to land a high-tech job, but her day starts at Taco Bell.

Armstrong stands behind a steel counter, making Burrito Supremes and ringing up customers. She counts pennies and quarters. She also gets orders from her bosses, who she says can be pretty condescending.

"They're just like, 'Oh, did you know that already?' Or, 'Can you do this?' " she says. "Yes, I've been doing it, for almost a year now."

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Around the Nation
4:27 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Legal Battle Looms Over Florida Congressional Districts

Florida's state capitol. A redistricting plan crafted by the Republican-controlled Legislature in Tallahassee was partially thrown out by a state judge.
iStockPhoto

Originally published on Mon July 21, 2014 2:18 pm

With the midterm election a little more than three months away, a legal battle in Florida has cast uncertainty over the state's upcoming congressional races.

A state judge ruled this month that maps for two of Florida's 27 congressional districts violated the state constitution. He ordered the Legislature to redraw the maps.

The question now is when.

Like most states, Florida redrew the maps for its congressional districts after the 2010 census. Some states appoint special commissions to do the job, but in Florida, redistricting is done by the state Legislature.

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Middle East
4:27 am
Mon July 21, 2014

After An Ultimatum, Christians Flee Iraqi City

Originally published on Mon July 21, 2014 7:30 am

For the first time since the first century, there are basically no Christians left in the historic Iraqi city of Mosul.

Crime In The City
4:27 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Writer Plumbs 'Nature Of Evil' In Hometown's Violent Civil Rights Past

Black demonstrators run down a Natchez, Miss., street in 1967 after a report that several white youths with a gun were near. The town's civil rights past informs author Greg Iles' crime fiction.
AP

Originally published on Mon July 21, 2014 10:33 am

Mississippi's past looms large in Greg Iles' best-selling thrillers. His latest book, Natchez Burning, is the first in a trilogy that takes readers back 50 years to chilling civil rights-era murders and conspiracies all set in Iles' hometown — the antebellum river city of Natchez, Miss.

Iles' hero, Penn Cage, is a former prosecutor and widowed single father who has returned to his childhood home. Once there, he finds himself confronting killers, corruption and dark secrets.

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Business
4:27 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Tobacco Company Told To Pay $23.6B In Lawsuit

Originally published on Mon July 21, 2014 7:30 am

The R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. has been hit with a $23.6 billion ruling from a lawsuit brought by a chain smoker's widow.

NPR Story
4:27 am
Mon July 21, 2014

White House Faces Foreign Crises On Multiple Fronts

Originally published on Mon July 21, 2014 7:30 am

NPR's Cokie Roberts and Ari Shapiro, and Fiona Hill, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, discuss the shooting down of a passenger jet in Ukraine and the Israeli military invasion of Gaza.

World
4:27 am
Mon July 21, 2014

International Observers Work To Keep Tabs On Site Of Malaysia Jet Crash

Originally published on Mon July 21, 2014 7:30 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Secretary of State John Kerry spent a lot of time on TV yesterday, laying out what he says is extraordinary circumstantial evidence that rebels in Eastern Ukraine shot down the Malaysia Airlines jetliner. Kerry said on NBC's "Meet The Press" they did it with Russian help.

(SOUNDBITE OF TV SHOW, "MEET THE PRESS")

SECRETARY OF STATE JOHN KERRY: It is clear that Russia supports the separatists, supplies the separatists, encourages the separatists, trains the separatists and Russia needs to step up and make a difference here.

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