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Auto Bailout Is Hot-Button Issue In Michigan

Three years after its bankruptcy, General Motors has had a record year. The company, meanwhile, is hiring again — adding third shifts to meet increasing demand for its cars. But Republican presidential candidates still insist the bailout was a mistake.
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Slovakia Gets A Kick Out Of Chuck Norris

People in Slovakia apparently love the movie star so much, they're voting overwhelmingly to name a new pedestrian and cycling bridge after him. It will connect Slovakia to Austria.
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European Debt Crisis Still Threatens Global Recovery

On Wednesday, the European Central Bank, for the second time, will offer banks an unlimited volume of three-year loans at low interest rates. The last time Europe's central bank did this, at the end of last year, banks borrowed more than $650 billion. That loan program helped stabilize markets and bought time for Greece and its creditors to work things out.
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World Bank Cautions China About Looming Crisis

No country has grown so fast for so long as China. But a report out Monday from the World Bank and a Chinese government think tank says China must change the way it runs its economy — or risk a financial crisis in the future.
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A Brighter Future For Murdoch With 'Sunday Sun'?

The de facto replacement for The News of the World, The Sunday Sun, premieres its first issue Sunday. Host Rachel Martin talks with British journalist Ray Snoddy about what this means for Rupert Murdoch's media empire.
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What's Behind The Rise In Gas Prices?

Gas prices are on the rise and there's a slew of possible reasons as to why. Tensions with Iran, the Obama administration's policies, and Wall Street speculators have all been cited as factors. But it still doesn't answer why prices are increasing while U.S. demand for gasoline is going down. Weekends on All Things Considered host Guy Raz talks with NPR's John Ydstie about some hidden factors behind the jacked up gas prices.
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A Silk Road To A Greek Town's Recovery

The small Greek town of Soufli is hoping to revive a long-dead local economy, silk production, as a way to bring tourists to northeastern Greece. NPR's Joanna Kakissis profiles a father and son who have built a private museum and sell silk products.

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