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Iran's Currency Drops Sharply In Value

Over the past week, the rial has lost 40 percent of its value, falling to an all-time low against the U.S. dollar. Steve Inskeep talks to Thomas Erdbrink, Tehran Bureau Chief for The New York Times, about the devaluation, and what the potential collapse of the rial means for regional politics and U.S. policy.
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In Washington State, Picker Shortage Threatens Apple Boom

Washington state apple growers are harvesting the second-largest crop in history, but it appears there won't be enough workers to get the fruit off the trees quickly enough. The next few weeks are when the bulk of the region's fruit is picked. The labor shortage comes as apple prices are high.
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Calif. Green-Lights Self-Driving Cars, But Legal Kinks Linger

Supporters of the technology say it will save a million lives a year and prevent a global carmageddon. But among the questions still to be worked out: If a self-driving car runs a red light and gets caught, who gets the ticket?
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On Google Maps, Lens Flares Look Like UFOs

People in Texas, New Mexico and South Carolina have noticed strange pink shapes in the air on Google Maps Street View. They look just like UFOs in a sci-fi movie. One local TV station in South Carolina had an expert take a look. His conclusion: lens flares.
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U.S. Auto Sales In September Show Vast Improvement

U.S. auto sales last month were the best they've been in more than four years, according to numbers compiled by an industry group. Toyota led the way with more than a 40 percent jump from a year ago. Experts give credit for the boost in sales to cheap financing for car loans, and growing consumer confidence.

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