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Did The NAACP Learn Anything From Meeting With The Klan?

Two groups you'd never expect to sit down together and talk: the NAACP and the KKK. But when the NAACP in Wyoming asked for a meeting, they got one. Journalist Jeremy Fugleberg was there, and tells host Michel Martin more about the historic and bizarre event.

Antitrust Monitor Ordered For Apple Over E-Book Price Fixing

The order, issued two months after Apple was found to be price-fixing, would force the company to submit to oversight for a period of two years.

Jobless Rate Ticks Down To 7.3 Percent; 169,000 Jobs Added

The news is close to, but a bit less strong, than what economists had been expecting. Within the report, though, was a troubling revision: It's now estimated that just 104,000 jobs were added to payrolls in July, not the 162,000 previously thought.

What It's Like Living In A Bankrupt City

Before Detroit, the city of Stockton, Calif., suffered the biggest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history. The city's biggest challenge now is convincing voters they need to pay higher taxes before things get worse.

Q&A: How To Do Political Coverage Better In The Twitter Age

Campaign reporters have "become one giant tweeting blob," grouses CNN political reporter Peter Hamby. In a Q&A, Hamby talks with NPR about how Twitter changed campaign coverage — the promise, the pitfalls and what that means for the next election cycle.

Florida's Byler Sextuplets Turn Six Years Old

The Byler kids have started kindergarten — each in separate classrooms. Apparently it's been a tough transition. It's the first time the five brothers and one sister have been on their own since they were born.

It Could Soon Be Drone Hunting Season

Deer Trail, Colo., is considering a plan to issue hunting licenses for people to shoot down drones. It's a protest against federal surveillance. And even though the proposal has not passed, the Denver Post says 983 people applied.

Millennials Force Car Execs To Rethink Business Plans

There's been a sort of collective freak-out in the auto industry about millennials and their waning interest in cars. Our series, reporting on the changing relationship between youth culture and the automobile, draws to a close.

Fed Watches Friday's Jobless Data For Signs To End Stimulus

The jobless rate dipped to 7.3 percent in August as 169,000 jobs were added to public and private payrolls, the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimated. This report has taken on special significance because it could affect the Federal Reserve's plan to begin phasing out its bond-buying program.

Primary Election For NYC Comptroller Heats Up

When disgraced former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer jumped into the race for New York City comptroller, no one seemed more surprised than the other Democrat in the race, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer. But Stringer didn't back down, and now polls show the primary race is too close to call.