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4:55 am
Thu July 16, 2015

After 25 Years, The Days In Illinois Can Have One Happy Hour Again

Originally published on Thu July 16, 2015 10:03 am

It's happy hour in Illinois. Well, not right this instant, but many are happy that happy hour is back.

Alcoholic drink specials were banned in the state more than 25 years ago, but Gov. Bruce Rauner overturned that yesterday.

There are still some restrictions: So-called volume specials — like two-for-one, or all-you-can-drink — are not allowed.

Happy hour also has to end by 10 p.m. That's fine with your hard-working, overnight-hours Morning Edition staff, so long as happy hour can start at noon.

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Europe
4:02 am
Thu July 16, 2015

After Years Of Recession, Greeks Fear Bailout Will Only Make Lives Harder

Originally published on Thu July 16, 2015 2:46 pm

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Parallels
5:14 pm
Wed July 15, 2015

Beyond A Bailout: Greece Needs Debt Relief, IMF Says

Greek Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos attends a session of Parliament in Athens on Wednesday as lawmakers prepared to vote on reforms demanded by eurozone creditors in exchange for a new bailout.
Aris Messinis AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu July 16, 2015 4:03 pm

Whatever comes of the latest bailout plan for Greece, it may not be enough to save the country's economy, a new report from the International Monetary Fund says.

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Business
4:01 pm
Wed July 15, 2015

Iconic Toy Store FAO Schwarz Closes 5th Avenue Doors

Originally published on Wed July 15, 2015 7:01 pm

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Today for the last time, soldiers - toy soldiers - opened the doors of a New York City icon.

UNIDENTIFIED MAN: Are you ready to do it one more time?

(APPLAUSE)

MAN: Guys, come on in. Welcome to FAO.

(APPLAUSE)

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Europe
4:01 pm
Wed July 15, 2015

Greek Parliament Debates Austerity Measures In Bailout Deal

Originally published on Wed July 15, 2015 7:01 pm

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In Athens today, there were protests outside the Greek Parliament as its members debated the country's proposed bailout deal.

(SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED RECORDING)

UNIDENTIFIED CROWD: (Chanting in Greek).

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The Two-Way
1:02 pm
Wed July 15, 2015

Greece's Parliament Approves Austerity Measures

Originally published on Wed July 15, 2015 6:42 pm

Updated at 7:42 p.m. ET

Greece's Parliament approved the controversial austerity measures struck Monday with the country's creditors, but the vote created a rift within the ruling left-wing Syriza party.

"We don't believe in it, but we are forced to adopt it," Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras appealed to lawmakers before the vote.

The vote was 229-64, with six abstentions. Thirty-two of the "no" votes came from Syriza lawmakers; six of them voted present. Also voting "no" were members of the far-right Golden Dawn.

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It's All Politics
10:57 am
Wed July 15, 2015

Lots Of Other Countries Mandate Paid Leave. Why Not The U.S.?

Secondary school teacher Sarah Ward at home on maternity leave with her 3-month-old daughter, Esme Kelliher. A resident of New Zealand, Ward has access to paid leave, something many American mothers do not.
Fiona Goodall Getty Images

Originally published on Wed July 15, 2015 1:18 pm

If you've been paying attention to the political news in the past couple of years, you know that the U.S. stands virtually alone in not mandating paid leave of any type for its workers.

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All Tech Considered
9:46 am
Wed July 15, 2015

3 Emerging Themes From #RaceOnTech

Mary McLain NPR

Originally published on Fri July 17, 2015 8:45 am

We know that women and minorities continue to be underrepresented in the STEM fields — that's science, technology, engineering and math. Now dip into #RaceOnTech to find out why. Since Monday, entrepreneurs, scientists, computer scientists and coders from Silicon Valley to Greenbelt, Md., have been sharing their thoughts one tweet at a time.

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The Two-Way
9:43 am
Wed July 15, 2015

Malware And Hacking Forum Darkode Is Shut Down; Dozens Arrested

The Darkode malware forum was replaced by an image announcing its seizure by authorities Wednesday.
Justice Department

Originally published on Wed July 15, 2015 10:36 am

Announcing an international takedown of a malware marketplace, federal officials say that the forum called Darkode has been dismantled and dozens of its members have been arrested. Darkode has been a marketplace to purchase and trade hacking tools since at least 2008.

Investigators say that while the forum's existence was widely known, they hadn't been able to penetrate it until recently. Darkode operated under password protections and required referrals to join. On Wednesday, the site consisted of an image saying that it had been seized by authorities.

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Europe
4:08 am
Wed July 15, 2015

Some Greeks Are Finding Opportunity Amid Their Economy's Uncertainty

Originally published on Wed July 15, 2015 7:25 am

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The Salt
4:08 am
Wed July 15, 2015

Hey Yogurt-Maker, Where'd You Get Those Microbes?

Historic yogurt-making cultures held by Mirjana Curic-Bawden.
Dan Charles NPR

Originally published on Wed July 15, 2015 7:25 am

Yogurt is a truly living food. The bacteria that transform milk into this thick and sour food also provide a sense of mystique.

For Atanas Valev, they carry the taste and smell of his homeland, Bulgaria. "It's just the smell of the fermented milk. It's tart, tangy tart. That's what yogurt should taste like," he says.

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Business
4:08 am
Wed July 15, 2015

Report: Mergers Have Cut Airline Competition At Many Airports, Raising Fares

Originally published on Wed July 15, 2015 6:13 pm

An AP investigation has found that the fewer the airlines that serve an airport, the costlier its flights are. Recent mergers have cut the number of major U.S. air carriers from nine to four.

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Business
4:14 pm
Tue July 14, 2015

Wal-Mart Challenges Amazon 'Prime Day' With Rival Sale

Originally published on Wed July 15, 2015 7:50 am

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U.S.
3:31 pm
Tue July 14, 2015

New Exhibit Laces Together Sneakers And History

Ritchy Issac (left) and Myles Linton (right) consider themselves part of sneaker culture, the subject of an exhibit now on display at the Brooklyn Museum.
Ilya Marritz WNYC

Originally published on Wed July 15, 2015 5:58 pm

It's a funny feeling to step into a darkened gallery, look into a glass case and see colorful foam and rubber sneakers.

But there are plenty of people who revere kicks like holy icons. Sneakerheads, they're called — like Myles Linton, a high school student entering his senior year.

"I've been into sneakers for a couple years now," Linton says. "It's kind of a part of me, a part of my community."

On his feet, he's got a pair of Air Jordan 4 Toros, black and red. He calls them "kinda basic."

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NPR Ed
6:03 am
Tue July 14, 2015

New Student Loans For A New For-Profit Education Sector

President Obama tours the Louisville-based tech company Indatus with Indatus president Philip Hawkins (left).
Carolyn Kaster AP

Originally published on Thu July 16, 2015 1:53 pm

Coder boot camps. Accelerated learning programs. New economy skills training.

Whatever you call them, these new players in higher education are multiplying. The intensive programs say they can teach job-ready skills in technology, design and related fields. In record time.

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