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8:24 pm
Sat July 27, 2013

Apple Profits Fall, But Exceed Analysts' Expectations

The Apple store in Santa Monica, Calif., is seen Thursday, May 9, 2013. (Reed Saxon/AP)

Originally published on Wed July 24, 2013 3:04 pm

Apple’s stock prices rose in the third quarter, even as profits lagged.

Sales of its iPhone performed well, but overall product sales in China fell 14 percent compared to this time last year.

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NPR Story
8:24 pm
Sat July 27, 2013

East Cleveland Murders Put Spotlight On Abandoned Homes

City of East Cleveland service department employee Ray Allen breaks into an abandoned house so searchers can enter Sunday, July 21, 2013, in East Cleveland, Ohio. The police chief told volunteers to check vacant houses in a neighborhood where three bodies were found wrapped in plastic bags. (Tony Dejak/AP)

Originally published on Wed July 24, 2013 3:07 pm

Three bodies found in and around abandoned houses in East Cleveland have raised questions about the prevalence of vacant homes in the community — there are almost 4,000 of them, according to The Plain Dealer

Homes that are abandoned — often due to foreclosure — lower property values, but neighborhood advocates say they also create an environment that allows criminal activity to go unchecked and undetected.

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NPR Story
8:23 pm
Sat July 27, 2013

A Look At The State Of The U.S. Economy

Originally published on Wed July 24, 2013 3:04 pm

President Obama kicks off an economic tour of the Midwest today, outlining the state of the economy and his plans for its future.

We talk to an economist about the real state of the economy.

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NPR Story
8:23 pm
Sat July 27, 2013

McDonald’s Earnings Fall. Will the McWrap Help?

A crispy chicken and ranch McWrap. (theimpulsivebuy/Flickr)

Originally published on Wed July 24, 2013 3:32 pm

McDonald’s released disappointing second-quarter earning results this week.

The fast food chain has been trying to attract customers with less expensive options, like the dollar menu. But it’s also trying new things.

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The Protojournalist
8:22 pm
Sat July 27, 2013

Culture War Cookbook, With Soup Recipes

Ed Markey and his wife, Dr. Susan Blumenthal, contribute a recipe called Mass-paragus Soup.
Winslow Townson AP

Originally published on Thu August 1, 2013 12:11 pm

Sometimes it feels like this country is so torn apart by political partisanship that people from the two major parties just cannot agree on anything — including food.

In an attempt to find commonalities, we are putting together recipes for a Culture War Cookbook. If folks from both sides of the aisle can sidle up to a table together and appreciate each other's victuals, maybe they can eventually learn to appreciate each other's viewpoints.

Rather than stew about them.

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Monkey See
8:22 pm
Sat July 27, 2013

Welcome To The Television Critics Association Press Tour

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Originally published on Wed July 24, 2013 10:03 am

For the next two-plus weeks, I'll be in California, hearing all about the next six months in television. It's the annual press tour of the Television Critics Association, and it's always a combination of interesting discussions, weird little stories, and increasingly punchy critics.

You can see, for instance, all of last year's coverage here.

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The Record
8:20 pm
Sat July 27, 2013

Bruno Mars Is More Than Your Average Pop Star

Just One Of The Guys: Bruno Mars (center, with microphone) performs with his band at Key Arena in Seattle, Washington on July 21.
Mat Hayward Getty Images

Originally published on Thu August 8, 2013 6:37 am

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Political Crisis In Egypt
5:44 pm
Sat July 27, 2013

Crackdown In Egypt Shows Shift In Military's Approach

An Egyptian man mourns the death of a relative, shot dead after violence erupted Friday night, inside the Muslim Brotherhood field hospital in Cairo.
Florian Plaucheur AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu August 8, 2013 11:56 am

In Egypt, protests against the ouster of President Mohammed Morsi turned deadly Saturday, after Egyptian security forces launched the most violent crackdown yet on those demonstrators.

The Egyptian Health Ministry says around 80 people were killed — most of them in Cairo. The Muslim Brotherhood, from which the deposed president hails, put the death toll at nearly twice that number. Hundreds more were injured.

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U.S.
4:25 pm
Sat July 27, 2013

How Americans Said No To Cocaine After Years-Long Addiction

Narcotics officers in New York seized 3,586 pounds of cocaine and $1.3 million seized in 1997. Cocaine use in the U.S. has dropped by almost half since 2006.
Gino Dominico AP

Originally published on Mon July 29, 2013 11:56 am

In the 1980s, if you moved in certain circles — or picked up the newspaper — a certain white powder was everywhere, common as dust.

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A Blog Supreme
4:02 pm
Sat July 27, 2013

Piano Mastery, Trinidadian Trumpet, Singing Apes: New Jazz

Trumpeter Etienne Charles' new album is called Creole Soul.
Laura Ferreira Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon July 29, 2013 9:26 am

It's been too long since we simply sat up and pointed out a few of the many new releases worth a set of ears. Luckily, the staff on weekends at All Things Considered thought the same. They invited me to sit down with host Jacki Lyden and play a few cuts for them.

Here's music from an elder statesman of piano, a trumpeter who understands creole music personally, a drummer who writes tunes with a payoff, and a singer in her early 20s with maturity and kick.

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