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Gays In U.S. Olympic Delegation Will Send Message To Russia

Tennis great Billie Jean King and ice hockey medalist Caitlin Cahow will be going to the games. President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama will not be. LGBT advocates say the White House has made clear its displeasure with Russian policies toward gays and others.
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'Great Train Robber' Ronnie Biggs Dies; Was Famed Fugitive

In 1963, a gang robbed the Glasgow-to-London Royal Mail Train. They got away with millions, but were caught and put in prison. Biggs, though, escaped and spent 36 years living openly in Brazil. The self-styled "lovable rogue" returned to the U.K. in 2001 and spent 8 more years in prison. He was 84.
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Already Down 50 Percent, Will Bitcoin Bite The Dust?

Chinese authorities' are cracking down on use of the virtual currency. So the value of a bitcoin has plunged. Many experts expect further declines.
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Diplomat's Arrest In N.Y. Sparks Anger In India

Financial Times New Delhi correspondent Amy Kazmin speaks with NPR's Linda Wertheimer about the case of an Indian diplomat arrested in New York for allegedly paying her maid below minimum wage. The diplomat was strip-searched and jailed, touching off an angry reaction in India.
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Protesters In Ukraine Agitated By Economic Deal With Russia

As pro-Europe protests continue in Ukraine, the country's president signs a deal getting billions of dollars worth of loans and gas discounts from Russia. It's the latest move in a tug-of-war over whether that brawny country will align itself economically with Europe or Russia.
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Factional Fighting Flares In South Sudan

Two years ago, South Sudan split from its northern neighbor Sudan. Linda Wertheimer talks to reporter Andrew Green in Juba about the fighting in South Sudan.
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Is A 500-Year-Old German Beer Law Heritage Worth Honoring?

A German brewers association is seeking UNESCO World Heritage status for a 500-year-old law that dictates how to make beer. The brewers argue that the law ensures purity in German beers. But others say the law is from a bygone era.
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Russia Throws Ukraine Financial Lifeline Amid Popular Unrest

Moscow has agreed to a massive bailout package for Ukraine, a deal that could keep the country from bankruptcy next year.
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What Has NAFTA Meant For Workers? That Debate's Still Raging

Two decades ago, labor unions warned that the North American Free Trade Agreement would drive away U.S. jobs and push wages down. Today, unions feel as strongly as ever that NAFTA was a mistake for U.S. workers, but quantifying the factors behind the decline in the middle class is no simple matter.
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Russia Agrees To Financial Massive Bail-Out For Ukraine

Moscow has agreed to a massive financial bail-out for Ukraine, including big discounts on natural gas supplies from Russia and billions of dollars in loans. The deal will buy some time for embattled President Viktor Yanukovich, but it's unlikely to solve Ukraine's weeks-long political crisis. Tens of thousands of demonstrators continue to occupy the main square in Kiev, protesting Yanukovich's refusal to sign an agreement with the European Union, and his turn toward Russia. Critics are asking what strings are attached to Russia's largesse, and economists question whether it's a good deal for anyone.

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