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5:58 am
Mon April 21, 2014

How Do Companies Boost 401(k) Enrollment? Make It Automatic

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Originally published on Mon April 21, 2014 1:15 pm

More Americans are saving for retirement through their employers' 401(k) programs. That's because in recent years they've been given a strong nudge — more companies are automatically enrolling workers in retirement savings programs.

Some firms are also automatically increasing the amount employees contribute. That's just as important, experts say.

And all of this makes a big difference: Without it, millions of Americans don't save at all.

Making Time For Retirement Planning

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The Two-Way
8:27 am
Sun April 20, 2014

Pope Francis Leads Easter Mass For Thousands

Pope Francis delivers his blessing from the central balcony of St Peter's Basilica Sunday, after leading Easter Mass in the Vatican.
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Originally published on Sun April 20, 2014 1:18 pm

A crowd estimated at more than 150,000 people gathered in St. Peter's Square for an Easter Mass led by Pope Francis on Sunday. The pope gave his traditional blessing on the most important day of the Christian calendar; he also called for help for people who are living in desperate conditions.

From Rome, NPR's Sylvia Poggioli reports for our Newscast unit:

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Intelligence Squared U.S.
3:05 am
Sun April 20, 2014

Debate: It May Be Flexing Its Muscles, But Is Russia A Marginal Power?

Samuel LaHoz Intelligence Squared U.S.

Originally published on Wed March 19, 2014 1:05 pm

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In the past year, Russia has been a decisive player in several events on the international stage — often to the chagrin of the Obama administration. It gave asylum to former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, blocked United Nations efforts to impose sanctions against the Syrian government and sent troops into Ukraine.

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The Two-Way
8:41 am
Sat April 19, 2014

Ukraine Calls An Easter Truce In Clash With Militants

A masked guard holds a young boy at a barricade outside a building being held by pro-Russia forces in Donetsk, Ukraine.
Eleanor Beadsley NPR

Originally published on Sat April 19, 2014 6:03 pm

  • Despite Agreement, Standoff In Ukraine Appears Steadfast
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Citing progress in diplomacy and this weekend's Easter holiday, Ukrainian officials say they've suspended an "anti-terrorist operation" that is aimed at pro-Russian forces who have occupied government buildings in eastern Ukraine.

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Indian Times
9:27 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Elementary School Alternative To Land Run Reenactments Offers More Sides Of The Story

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Sara Adams Cornell has two daughters in the Oklahoma City school district. Last year her daughters participated in a reenactment of the Oklahoma Land Run of 1889.

As members of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, Cornell said her daughters didn’t understand why anyone would want to reenact that occasion. Cornell contacted the school and was told by her daughter’s teacher and the school principal they could sit in the office or miss a day of school with an unexcused absence.

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6:14 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Judge Orders Release Of Man After 17 Years In Prison

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A federal judge has ordered the release of a man who spent 17 years in federal prison for a drug manufacturing conviction.

The Tulsa World reports that U.S. District Judge James Payne ruled Friday that the conviction of 53-year-old Jeffrey Dan Williams should be dropped.

Williams was convicted in 1997 of methamphetamine possession and firearm charges and sentenced to nearly 30 years in prison.

Williams initially pleaded innocent, later changed his plea to guilty and has since tried to change it back, saying he was coerced.

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20 year anniversary next year
4:29 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

$7 Million Upgrade for OKC National Memorial and Museum

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A memorial and museum about the Oklahoma City bombing is in the midst of a $7 million upgrade ahead of the 20-year anniversary of the attack in hopes of better portraying to visitors how different the world was at the time.

With the 19th anniversary Saturday of worst act of domestic terrorism on American soil, officials at the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum say too many patrons, especially younger ones, don't realize that the days of constant cellphone contact and instant information developed since then.

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World Views
4:11 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Devastation Of Syria's Culture And Antiquities 'The Price Of War'

Smoke emerges from the castle at Krak des Chavaliers in Syria - August 18, 2013.
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Last month the Syrian Arab Army recaptured the Crusader castle Krak des Chevaliers, which was reportedly damaged during air strikes in 2013.

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has expressed concern since the civil war began that the conflict could be devastating to the country’s important cultural sites.

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World Views
3:40 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Putin – Peter The Great Redux, Or A Modern-Day James Monroe?

Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Annual Meeting 2009 of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, January 29, 2009.
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After hours of negotiations Thursday, top diplomats from the United States, Europe, and Russia agreed to halt any violence, intimidation or provocative actions in Ukraine.

University of Oklahoma historian Joshua Landis, a regular contributor to KGOU’s World Views, says a Ukrainian use of military force could provoke a Russian counterattack, but Putin still has his eye on Eastern provinces.

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World Views
2:38 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

If Middle East Peace Isn’t Possible, Acceptance Might Be The Next Best Thing

President Barack Obama walks across the tarmac with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv, Israel, March 20, 2013.
Pete Souza The White House

Israel’s nuclear capabilities and its relationship with the United States can be controversial and problematic during Middle East negotiations, but Zaki Shalom, a Senior Fellow at the Institute for National Security Studies and a researcher at the Ben-Gurion Research Institute for the study of Israel and Zionism, says Israel is an example of stability and development in the region.

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