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Back From Abroad, Romney Hits The Road In Colo.

Mitt Romney campaigned Thursday in Colorado, the first domestic appearances since returning from his trip to Europe and the Middle East. He huddled with Republican governors who heaped praise on him in Aspen, where he also held a fundraiser. And, NPR's Brian Naylor reports, he addressed a rally in a Denver suburb.
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In N.Y.C., Private Sector To Invest In Social Issues

New York City officials are experimenting with a new way to fund social programs normally paid for with tax dollars. New York City officials say the prison intervention program could keep many of the nearly four thousand adolescent males that enter the jail system each year from returning. WNYC's Colby Hamilton reports Goldman Sachs is set to make a nearly $10 million investment in a social impact bond.
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States Ask Detroit: 'Build Us A Natural Gas Car, Please'

A bipartisan group of governors is pushing U.S. automakers to build a sedan that runs on compressed natural gas. The states say they will buy them in large quantities as they replace their current fleets. The governors say the cars would cost less to run, cut pollution and create jobs. And it would boost demand for natural gas, which has seen a plummet in price.
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Crazy Smart: When A Rocker Designs A Mars Lander

Adam Steltzner's father told him he wouldn't amount to much. He spent his youth barely passing school and "studying sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll," he says. Then he found a purpose in the stars — and led the team that dreamed a daring new scheme to get NASA's latest rover on Mars.
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If Gabby's Got The Gold, Why Flip Over Her Hair?

Gabby Douglas, the 16-year-old gymnast from Virginia Beach, Va., won another gold medal Thursday. But why are some black women obsessed with her hair? Writer Monique Fields urges critics to focus instead on Douglas' strength and poise.
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A Year From Debt Ceiling Debacle, What's Changed?

A year has passed since the debt ceiling debacle in Washington, D.C. The showdown cost the U.S. its AAA credit rating and sent the stock market and President Obama's approval ratings plunging. Since then, the market and the president have recovered somewhat.
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Americans Divided On Historically Low Interest Rates

Interest rates have hit record lows this summer, and they're projected to be low for some time. Audie Cornish checks in with people from around the country to find out how it's affecting them. We hear from a county in Kansas that's taken advantage of the moment to re-finance all its debt, saving the county nearly $1 million. We also hear from a small business owner about her efforts to get a new loan to expand her business. We hear from a homeowner who, despite having good credit and stable income, is unable to refinance to a lower rate. And we check in with a personal finance columnist to hear about where you might put your savings while interest rates remain rock bottom.

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