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Commuters Ditch Cars For Public Transit In Record Numbers

More Americans are hopping on a bus or taking a train to get to work. Public transit ridership in the U.S. is now at the highest that it has been in more than half a century.
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Russia Warns It May Undercut Iran Talks Over Sanctions

Russia has implied that it may act as a spoiler in the Iran nuclear talks in retaliation for Washington-imposed sanctions over events in Ukraine. Correspondent Peter Kenyon joins Scott Simon.
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How Much Will Russian Sanctions Hurt The EU?

Will the sanctions imposed by the U.S. and EU have serious economic consequences? NPR's Scott Simon takes up the question with Ian Bremmer, president of the Eurasia Group.
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Why Are We Hauling Pennsylvania Coal All The Way To Germany?

Each year, the U.S. loads thousands of tons of coal onto a barge and sends it across the Atlantic. It doesn't make a lot of sense, but no one is trying to end the practice.
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Insurance Chief Suggests Adding A New, Lower Level Of Health Plan

Representing U.S. health insurance companies, Karen Ignagni says she would add a "lower tier" to the Affordable Care Act options. That could entice healthier people to join the law's new risk pools.
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Declined: Visa, MasterCard Freeze Out Targeted Russian Banks

The U.S.-based credit card companies responded to sanctions imposed on Moscow in the wake of its annexation of Crimea.
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Federal Judge Strikes Down Michigan Gay-Marriage Ban

The state follows Texas and several others who have seen their same-sex marriage prohibitions overturned in court. Michigan's attorney general has said he will appeal the decision.
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OK To Vape In The Office? Cities, Feds and Firms Still Deciding

As e-cigarettes become popular, bosses and others continue to mull over the pros and cons of letting workers vape on the job. Are e-cigs a polluting gateway to tobacco, or do they help smokers quit?
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NATO Finds A New Focus In Eastern Europe

Russia's actions in Ukraine have brought NATO's mission into much clearer focus. The military alliance now faces a political crisis in its own backyard, in Eastern Europe and the Baltics.
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As Carmakers Turn Up The Recalls, Consumers Tune Out

The number of vehicles recalled has more than doubled over the past 20 years — but most notices go unnoticed by the public. "It just starts to become noise," says one auto expert.

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