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4:16 am
Thu April 2, 2015

11 Ex-Atlanta Public School Employees Found Guilty In Cheating Scandal

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NPR Story
4:01 am
Thu April 2, 2015

Menendez 'Outraged' By His Indictment On Corruption Charges

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NPR Story
4:01 am
Thu April 2, 2015

Baptist Pastor: Religious Liberty Law Permits Denial Of Some Services

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Arts & Life
3:04 am
Thu April 2, 2015

After Nazi Plunder, A Quest To Bring The 'Woman In Gold' Home

Maria Altmann fought her way to the Supreme Court to force the Austrian government to give back this painting by Gustav Klimt of her aunt, Adele Bloch-Bauer.
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Originally published on Thu April 2, 2015 4:01 am

Maria Altmann was 88 when I first met her by phone in 2004. "Would it be possible to call back in a few minutes?" she asked. "I'm feeling a little dizzy and would like a cup of coffee to revive myself."

"Of course," I said, imagining Mrs. Altmann as a somewhat frail grandmother. Old she was, but frail she was not.

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Parallels
3:01 am
Thu April 2, 2015

Huge Scandal At Top Of Petrobras Trickles Down, With Devastating Effect

People, most of them unemployed, line up March 19 at a popular Itaborai, Brazil, restaurant where they can have lunch for about 30 cents. The Petrobras refinery and processing plant on the outskirts of town has been shut down, tens of thousands are now out of work in the area.
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Originally published on Thu April 2, 2015 4:01 am

I meet Joao Jesus outside the local labor tribunal in the Brazilian town of Itaborai, east of Rio de Janeiro.

"This morning I wasn't able to give my kids breakfast," he says, in a way that suggests he can hardly believe it himself.

Financial crises often get spoken about in the nameless, faceless lingo of "world market downturns" or "changing patterns of consumption" — but the crisis engulfing Brazil and its state oil company, Petrobras, has names and faces.

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