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Economy
11:14 am
Thu July 3, 2014

Report Shows 288,000 New Jobs In June

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

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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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Asia
6:52 am
Thu July 3, 2014

Mosquito-Repellent Paper Attracts Readers

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

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Sports
6:46 am
Thu July 3, 2014

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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NPR Story
5:18 am
Thu July 3, 2014

In Iraq's Sacred City Of Najaf, Clerics Call On Shiites To Fight

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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Originally published on Thu July 3, 2014 1:08 pm

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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NPR Story
5:18 am
Thu July 3, 2014

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

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

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NPR Story
5:18 am
Thu July 3, 2014

Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby Ruling Yields Polarized Debate

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

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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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NPR Story
5:18 am
Thu July 3, 2014

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!")

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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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Animals
7:01 am
Wed July 2, 2014

Ukraine Wants Its Dolphins Back

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

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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.

Sports
6:15 am
Wed July 2, 2014

U.S. Goalkeeper Becomes Social Media Star

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

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Sports
5:05 am
Wed July 2, 2014

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.

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