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All Things Considered
Thursday, July 3, 2008

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National Public Radio Stories

  • Employers Cut Jobs For Sixth Straight Month
    The U.S. economy lost jobs for the sixth straight month in June. The Labor Department says employers cut 62,000 jobs from their payrolls. The unemployment rate was unchanged at 5.5 percent. The data were in line with economists' expectations.
  • Median Net Worth Declines
    The Fed's report in June said the net worth of Americans showed the biggest decline since 2002. Scott Hoyt, senior director of consumer economics at Moody's Economy.com, says when the value of assets fall, it makes it harder to reach financial goals.
  • Spate Of Manhole Cover Thefts Poses Problem
    It used to be a kids' prank, but manhole cover theft has become an expensive problem for cities such as Long Beach, Calif. Each lid weighs more than 200 pounds, but thieves anxious to capitalize upon the rising cost of scrap metal aren't deterred.
  • Predicting In Vitro Success Made Easier
    A Stanford University researcher has found a way to predict with 70 percent accuracy whether a particular in vitro fertilization cycle will be successful. The breakthrough should make it easier to treat those who try to become pregnant with IVF.
  • 'Toons Learn Physics, The Better To Break Its Rules
    You've heard of Physics for Poets? This summer, San Jose State University is offering a new master class in physics for cartoonists. It's teaching animators how the real world works — even for characters who don't live in it.
  • Probe Into Maryland Custody Death Slows
    State and federal agents are investigating the death of a Maryland man in his cell two days after he was arrested and charged with killing a county police officer. But their efforts have been slowed by a lack of cooperation from prison officials.
  • New Way To Land Planes May Save Fuel
    A new style of landing called "continuous descent" involves the plane flying straight. Alex Kingsbury, a reporter with U.S. News and World Report, says delivery firm UPS has saved 50 gallons of jet fuel per landing by using the system on its planes.
  • Homesick Iraqis Flock To NYC Eatery
    The atmosphere at La Kabbr, the only Iraqi restaurant in the Big Apple, is often like an Iraqi house party, with people dancing, sipping chai, sharing plates and passing hookah pipes. On many Saturday nights, Iraqis longing for a taste of home fill the Hell's Kitchen hotspot.
  • Cincinnati Boxer Eyes Gold In Beijing
    Olympic boxing hopeful Rau'shee Warren was only 17 when he competed in the Athens games and got eliminated in the first round. But now he's back for Beijing. He's older, heavier and aiming for a gold medal.
  • As It Turns Out, 'The Wackness' Is Largely Dope
    An adolescent drug dealer and a middle-aged therapist barter their respective goods and services — and former Nickelodeon star Josh Peck nearly steals the movie out from under Oscar winner Ben Kingsley.

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