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All right. So we made it. It's Friday. We can finally go home. And - ah, let's let Rihanna say it.

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RIHANNA: (Singing) Cheers to the freaking weekend. I drink to that, yeah, yeah.

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President Trump has sent mixed messages on just how seriously he takes the threat of foreign influence in U.S. politics - especially when it comes to Russia. But his administration is trying to telegraph to the public that the threat is real.

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The Carr Fire in Northern California has killed six people and destroyed more than a thousand homes and buildings since it started last week. According to the Redding Record Searchlight newspaper, some 200 homes in that city alone have been destroyed.

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A basic tenet of economics is that when demand for something goes up, so does its cost. So, many economists wonder why today's high demand for workers hasn't translated into bigger increases in pay.

Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell has called this a puzzle that defies a single or easy explanation. It isn't just, for example, that productivity has slowed, making it harder for businesses to justify paying more — though that is certainly a factor.

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New Law In Idaho Targets Slow Drivers

Aug 2, 2018

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Morning News Brief

Aug 2, 2018

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President Trump has been trying to undermine the special counsel investigation from the beginning. But yesterday, he took it to a whole new level.

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President Trump will be in northeastern Pennsylvania tonight to talk to an audience that helped him win the 2016 election. Republicans in Wilkes-Barre say their support of the president is unwavering. Bobby Allyn of member station WHYY has the story.

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Fallout from the election in Zimbabwe this week appears to be getting violent. Security forces in the capital city Harare have been confronting protesters. NPR's Eyder Peralta was there when the unrest broke out.

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If there's one thing veteran Chicago taxicab driver Jay Khawas says he sees a lot of, it's cars with the familiar Uber and Lyft emblems.

"Oh my God. Like, many, many," says Khawas. "They're everywhere."

There certainly are more Uber and Lyft vehicles than taxicabs in Chicago and in most other big cities. Chicago, for example, limits the number of taxicab medallions, or vehicles licensed as taxis, to under 7,000.

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Vest Vending Machine Racks Up Sales

Aug 1, 2018

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