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5:37 am
Wed December 18, 2013

British Monetary Officials Announce Changes

Originally published on Thu December 19, 2013 11:09 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

And changes may be brewing when it comes to another old tradition in Europe: the British pound. Our last word in business is: new currency.

LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

The Bank of England will begin circulating plastic money in 2016, polymer versions of the paper bank notes Britons have used for more than three centuries.

GREENE: Bank officials say the currency should last longer and be harder to counterfeit.

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Business
5:37 am
Wed December 18, 2013

Virtual Currency Bitcoin Drops In Value

Originally published on Wed December 18, 2013 8:02 am

The tumble is due in part to China's central bank which had issued a warning about the currency.

Europe
5:37 am
Wed December 18, 2013

Protesters In Ukraine Agitated By Economic Deal With Russia

Originally published on Wed December 18, 2013 8:02 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Yesterday, Ukraine got a big holiday present from its neighbor, Russia, in the form of a multi-billion dollar bailout. And now everyone is trying to figure out what strings Russia attached, and whether this could be a sign that Ukraine, a country of some 45 million people, is aligning itself more closely with the East than the West.

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5:37 am
Wed December 18, 2013

NFL Fans In Seattle And Kansas City Battle Over Who's Louder

Originally published on Wed December 18, 2013 8:02 am

The Seattle Seahawks and Kansas City Chiefs aren't scheduled to play each other during this NFL season — unless both happen to make it to the Super Bowl. But the two cities are in competition with each other over the title of having the world's loudest outdoor stadium.

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5:37 am
Wed December 18, 2013

Fla. School To Change Name Tied To Ku Klux Klan Leader

Originally published on Wed December 18, 2013 8:02 am

A school board in Jacksonville, Fla., has decided that one of its schools should no longer be named after Ku Klux Klan grand wizard Nathan Bedford Forrest. He was also a general in the Civil War. Nathan Bedford Forrest High School received its name in the 1950s, and for decades the decision has been debated.

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4:54 am
Wed December 18, 2013

Fed's Final 2013 Meeting Could Indicate Course For Early 2014

Originally published on Wed December 18, 2013 8:02 am

Federal Reserve officials end a two-day meeting on Wednesday amid signs that the U.S. economy is slowly mending. David Greene talks to David Wessel, economics editor of The Wall Street Journal, about the Fed's last meeting of the year.

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4:54 am
Wed December 18, 2013

Law Schools See Drop In First-Year Students

Originally published on Tue December 24, 2013 1:18 pm

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Could we be facing a shortage of lawyers? It hardly seems possible. But according to the American Bar Association, law schools are seeing their lowest number of first-year students since the 1970's.

NPR's Ina Jaffe has more.

INA JAFFE, BYLINE: This year, there were fewer than 40,000 first-year law students, which still seems like a lot. But it's an 11 percent drop from last year, and about a 24 percent drop from 2010, when new enrollments hit an all-time high.

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4:54 am
Wed December 18, 2013

Retail Workers Forced To Deal With Holiday Tunes

Originally published on Wed December 18, 2013 8:02 am

Morning Edition reports on retail workers who are subject to holiday music for hours on end.

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4:54 am
Wed December 18, 2013

Tech Execs Complain About NSA During Obama Meeting

Originally published on Wed December 18, 2013 8:02 am

Leaders of some of this country's largest technology companies were at the White House on Tuesday to meet with President Obama. While the administration said the meeting would touch on a range of topics, including issues with the health care website, many of the tech executives had another matter on their minds: the National Security Agency.

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4:54 am
Wed December 18, 2013

Factional Fighting Flares In South Sudan

Originally published on Wed December 18, 2013 8:02 am

Two years ago, South Sudan split from its northern neighbor Sudan. Linda Wertheimer talks to reporter Andrew Green in Juba about the fighting in South Sudan.

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