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North Charleston Will Pay Walter Scott's Family $6.5 Million 
  Thu, 08 Oct 2015 20:59:00 -0400 
    The city has reached a multi-million dollar settlement with the family of the unarmed black man shot and killed by a white police officer in April.

SS United States, Once a Marvel Of Technology, May Soon Be Reduced To Scraps 
  Thu, 08 Oct 2015 20:51:00 -0400 
    The ship's conservancy has retained a broker to explore the potential sale of "America's Flagship" to a responsible, U.S.-based metals recycler, if no investor comes forward by Oct. 31.

Partisan Divide Widens Over Immigration Policy 
  Thu, 08 Oct 2015 20:34:00 -0400 
    A new study from the Pew Research Center shows American opinions about immigration policy are increasingly split along party lines.

Conservatives' Pick For Speaker Might Not Even Be In Congress Much Longer 
  Thu, 08 Oct 2015 18:00:00 -0400 
    Florida Rep. Daniel Webster faces a redrawn congressional map that puts his re-election next year in doubt.

Rep. Charlie Dent: House Republicans 'Frankly Shocked' By McCarthy Decision 
  Thu, 08 Oct 2015 17:16:46 -0400 
    NPR's Robert Siegel talks with Rep. Charlie Dent of Pennsylvania about Rep. Kevin McCarthy's decision to drop out of the race for the House Speakership.

A Discoverer Of The Buckyball Offers Tips On Winning A Nobel Prize 
  Thu, 08 Oct 2015 17:16:00 -0400 
    Harold Kroto shared a Nobel in 1996 for finding a new type of carbon molecule that ignited the field of nanotechnology. Find a passion where — with hard work — you can be the best, he advises.

Remembering Paul Prudhomme, The Louisiana Chef Who 'Made Magic' 
  Thu, 08 Oct 2015 17:10:00 -0400 
    The New Orleans chef changed the way the world saw Louisiana cooking. He has died at the age of 75.

Tracking A Rollercoaster: Sotheby's Offers Clues About Survival Of Tech Bubble 
  Thu, 08 Oct 2015 16:49:37 -0400 
    One of the surest signs of an economic bubble that is about to pop is a surge in the stock price of Sotheby's. The global art dealer's stock resembles a rollercoaster, and it has predicted every up and down of the global economy since the company went public. So with talk of big bubbles in the tech sector, Planet Money went poking around.

Orrin Hatch On TPP: Despite Concerns, Fast-Track Authority Was 'Essential' 
  Thu, 08 Oct 2015 16:49:37 -0400 
    Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah has reservations on where the Trans-Pacific Partnership landed on patent protection. NPR's Robert Siegel talks to the senator about the GOP reaction to the trade deal.

House Judiciary Introduces Bipartisan Plan On Sentencing Reform 
  Thu, 08 Oct 2015 16:49:00 -0400 
    Momentum for sentencing reform grows as leaders of the House Judiciary Committee introduce a bipartisan bill. But rising violence in some big cities could complicate the legislative forecast.

Volkswagen's U.S. Chief Appears Before House Panel On Emissions Scandal 
  Thu, 08 Oct 2015 16:49:00 -0400 
    Volkswagen U.S. President Michael Horn appears before the House Energy and Commerce Committee to answer questions about the emissions scandal.

House Speakership Race Thrown Into Chaos After McCarthy Drops Out 
  Thu, 08 Oct 2015 16:49:00 -0400 
    House Republicans planned to select a nominee for Speaker of the House Thursday, but the election was thrown into chaos when House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, the frontrunner, abruptly dropped out of the race.

Scientists Try Radical Move To Save Bull Trout From A Warming Climate 
  Thu, 08 Oct 2015 16:49:00 -0400 
    Bull trout are dwindling in Montana as their home waters warm and invasive fish devour them. Scooping up threatened fish and moving them higher up the mountain could backfire. Is the risk worth it?

U.S. Regulators Visit Cuba To Explore Boundaries Of New Trade Opportunities 
  Thu, 08 Oct 2015 16:46:46 -0400 
    Officials from the Treasury, Commerce, and State Departments visit Cuba this week to grasp a better understanding of the country's economy. They want to know how far the U.S. can go in doing business with Cuba under the limits of the half-century old embargo. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker led the delegation, despite criticism from those who say the move comes too soon.

TPP Negotiators Reached Agreement With Sticky Compromise On Biologics Drugs 
  Thu, 08 Oct 2015 16:35:00 -0400 
    A big sticking point in the negotiations over the Trans-Pacific Partnership involved biologics medicines and vaccines created from living organisms. The dispute centered on patent protection: how many years drug companies should have before facing competition from generics. The negotiators ended up with a complicated compromise that gives drug makers five to eight years of protection. But nobody is really happy with the outcome.
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Ben Bernanke’s ‘The Courage to Act’  Thu, 08 Oct 2015 20:41:19 GMT
‘Rosemary: The Hidden Kennedy Daughter,’ by Kate Clifford Larson  Thu, 08 Oct 2015 17:10:47 GMT
ArtsBeat: Rare Nonfiction Winner of Nobel  Thu, 08 Oct 2015 16:44:15 GMT
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North Charleston Will Pay Walter Scott's Family $6.5 Million  Thu, 08 Oct 2015 20:59:00 -0400
SS United States, Once a Marvel Of Technology, May Soon Be Reduced To Scraps  Thu, 08 Oct 2015 20:51:00 -0400
Partisan Divide Widens Over Immigration Policy  Thu, 08 Oct 2015 20:34:00 -0400
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UN proposes Libya unity government  Fri, 09 Oct 2015 00:58:22 GMT
Russian missiles 'fell in Iran'  Thu, 08 Oct 2015 21:28:43 GMT
First ancient African genome sequenced  Thu, 08 Oct 2015 22:50:11 GMT
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