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Sequester Forces National Parks To Cut Costs

The National Parks Service is among the federal agencies starting to feel the pain of across-the-board budget cuts. The service is trying to cut spending this spring, rather than in the summer when most visitors tour parks.
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Business Uses Ambulance Perk For Fast Rides

According to reports, ads have started popping up online offering rides around Moscow in ambulances for $200 an hour. Police are keeping a close eye on emergency vehicles after recently stopping one that had the interior of a high-end limousine. The people inside were not medical personnel.
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Ford Unit Apologizes For Demeaning Ads

Ford has said it is sorry for print ads depicting three bound and gagged women stuffed in the trunk of an Indian-made compact car. The ads, created by an Indian agency, were never distributed commercially, and were apparently not intended for release.
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Rich Russians Hurt By Cyprus Bank Bailout

Cyprus has reached a bailout with the European Union. One of the hardest hit groups in this deal is super wealthy Russians. David Greene talks to professor Alena Ledeneva of University College London about the culture of the ultra rich in Russia, and the role they played in Cyprus' economy.
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Drought Limits Corn Cob Pipe Comeback

The Missouri Meerschaum factory in Washington, Mo., is the only place in the world that manufactures corn cob pipes made famous by such historical figures as Mark Twain and General Douglas MacArthur. Sales at the company have grown over the last two years, but that number could have been higher if not for last year's drought.
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Opposition Blocks Return-Free Tax Filing In U.S.

In some countries, taxpayers can sign up to receive a tax bill. There was an effort to bring return-free filing to the U.S. but it came up against stiff opposition. David Greene talks to ProPublica's Liz Day about her report on return-free filing. ProPublica is an independent, non-profit newsroom that produces investigative journalism in the public interest.

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