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5:22 am
Wed June 18, 2014

CHEP Builds A Better Pallet And It's Blue To Boot

Originally published on Wed June 18, 2014 6:09 am

Simple wooden pallets make transporting items, loading and unloading easier. Our Planet Money team dives deep into the pallet world to see how this ubiquitous item is changing.

Politics
5:14 am
Wed June 18, 2014

House Republican Conference To Choose Cantor's Successor

Originally published on Wed June 18, 2014 6:09 am

The House Republican Conference on Thursday will chose a new majority leader, who will succeed Eric Cantor at the end of the month. Cantor is stepping down after losing last week's primary.

Africa
5:12 am
Wed June 18, 2014

U.S Captures Suspected Ringleader Of Benghazi Attack

Originally published on Wed June 18, 2014 6:09 am

The U.S. had filed criminal charges against Ahmed Abu Khattala last year. Now that he has been taken to a secure location outside Libya, he is expected to be sent to the United States to stand trial.

Space
5:07 am
Wed June 18, 2014

International Space Station Gets Espresso Machine

Originally published on Wed June 18, 2014 6:09 am

Transcript

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne. The International Space Station is getting a real coffee maker. Not surprisingly, this first-ever, zero-gravity espresso machine is Italian, developed by the coffee company Lavazza. Up until now, astronauts made do with the instant stuff. The brewer should be there in time for the arrival this fall of Italy's first woman astronaut. She tweeted her excitement - I'll get to operate the first space espresso machine. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

Iraq
4:30 am
Wed June 18, 2014

Iran Monitors Fast-Moving Islamic Insurgency In Iraq

Originally published on Wed June 18, 2014 6:09 am

The U.S. has engaged Iran in talks on responding to the crisis in Iraq. Randa Slim of the Middle East Institute talks to Renee Montagne about the reaction in Iran to events across the border in Iraq.

Africa
4:20 am
Wed June 18, 2014

Bitter, Incomplete Divorce Blamed For South Sudan's Fighting

Originally published on Wed June 18, 2014 6:09 am

What happened after Africa's biggest country split in two? Renee Montagne talks to James Copnall about his book, A Poisonous Thorn in Our Hearts: Sudan and South Sudan's Bitter and Incomplete Divorce.

Business
4:18 am
Wed June 18, 2014

As Exasperation Mounts, French Rail Strike Turns Violent

Originally published on Wed June 18, 2014 6:09 am

The French rail strike has enters it second week and train workers have clashed with riot police in Paris. The latest poll shows the striking train drivers are losing public support.

Sports
4:17 am
Wed June 18, 2014

Troubles Put Aside, Brazilians Embrace World Cup

Originally published on Wed June 18, 2014 6:09 am

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LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

We now turn to Brazil and the World Cup. Yesterday, the host country played Mexico, and it was a disappointing performance for home-team fans. It was a draw. Neither side scored. Still, Brazilians are feeling more positive about the World Cup. NPR's Lourdes Garcia-Navarro reports from Sao Paulo.

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Around the Nation
4:11 am
Wed June 18, 2014

Whitewater Rafting Companies Benefit From Abundant Snowfall

Originally published on Wed June 18, 2014 6:09 am

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LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

A near-record snowpack in the central Rockies means rivers in Colorado are running high this year, which is good news for whitewater rafting companies. Swollen rivers now should mean rapids that will be rushing throughout the summer. Marci Krivonen of Aspen Public Radio reports.

MARCI KRIVONEN, BYLINE: Long-time rafting guide Bob Morse is giving his safety spiel to a small group preparing to board a bright yellow raft.

BOB MORSE: OK, and the way we sit in the boat is sidesaddle - both feet inside.

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Iraq
4:08 am
Wed June 18, 2014

Iraq's Dwindling Christians Wonder If It's Time To Leave Iraq

Iraqis attend Mass at the Chaldean Church of the Virgin Mary of the Harvest, in al-Qoush on June 15. Both Christians and Muslims fleeing the ISIS takeover of Mosul in northern Iraq have taken refuge in al-Qoush, an ancient Christian village.
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Originally published on Wed June 18, 2014 10:42 am

About 20 miles outside the embattled northern Iraqi city of Mosul lies the Christian village of Al-Qoush. It's taken in about 2,000 residents from Mosul who fled after the militant Islamist group ISIS captured that city.

In recent days, news coverage from Iraq has focused largely on the Sunni-Shiite divide in that country. But Iraq is also home to a Christian community, which traces its origins in the earliest days of Christianity.

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