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Greek Referendum Could Jeopardize Bailout Deal

Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou says he will ask the public to vote in a referendum on last week's European debt deal. His surprise announcement could throw a wrench into the bailout agreement. The bankers holding Greek debt agreed to accept losses on Greek bonds on the assumption that the country would carry out austerity measures. For the latest, Steve Inskeep talks with reporter Joanna Kakissis in Athens.
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Bus Crisis In Detroit Hampers Riders

A bus crisis in Detroit has some people waiting up to three hours at bus stops, with close to half the city's fleet out of commission. Riders are complaining of losing jobs and having to drop classes because they can't get where they need to go. The problem is especially distressing in the Motor City, where about a third of residents don't have cars. Mayor Dave Bing is promising to do "whatever it takes" to fix the problem. He's accused the city's bus mechanics of a deliberate work slowdown. The union says Bing has laid off too many mechanics — hindering their ability to keep up with the work.
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In Cuba, A Used Car Is No Bargain

Cuba's Communist government is now allowing people to buy and sell cars, but there are still restrictions on auto imports. Few new cars enter the market. So, with demand high and supply low, cars already on the island are selling for astronomical prices.
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O'Malley Against Online Gambling

Funds generated from Maryland's lottery system are the state's fourth largest revenue source, and O'Malley says legalizing online gambling could hurt the money stream.

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In Woodbridge, Foreclosures Hit Hard

The town of Woodbridge, Va., is a classic example of today's mortgage crisis: hundreds of homes lay vacant, and hundreds more run the risk of being foreclosed on at any time. Now, residents there are demanding that banks do more to prevent these foreclosures.

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Thousands Of Trucking Jobs, But Few Take The Wheel

Industry experts estimate trucking companies are short about 125,000 drivers. It's tough to fill open jobs; many who go into trucking seem to be in a hurry to get out of it. Learning how to drive an 18-wheeler is a big investment in itself, and the brutal job requirements make for high turnover.
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Can Oil Fuel Libya's Reconstruction?

Rebuilding Libya will be complex, but the Libyans should be able to pay for reconstruction with their oil. Host Audie Cornish talks with John Hamilton, a Libya expert at Cross Border Information, about the current state and future of Libya's oil industry.
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Obama's Economic Trip Across The Pond

Efforts to solve the European debt crisis are sure to be front and center when leaders of the countries that make up the G20 meet in France later this week. President Obama arrives in France on Thursday to meet with European leaders, and NPR's Scott Horsley joins host Audie Cornish to talk about the president's trip.
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In Idaho, Banks Sue Hard-Hit Homeowners

Month in and month out, Idaho's foreclosure rate remains one of the highest in the nation. Some former homeowners are finding themselves in an even tighter spot than they thought was possible. They've lost their homes and wrecked their credit ratings, yet, as StateImpact Idaho's Molly Messick reports, lenders are still pursuing them for the debt that remains.
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The News Tip: Don't Listen To Naysayers

The New York Times' pay wall was seen as a risky move at the time, but the Gray Lady's third-quarter profit reports are in, and the results are better than expected. The paper's profits are up, and the Times has seen a boost in digital subscribers.

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