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Coca-Cola Offers Hardship Pay For Expats In Beijing

July 17, 2014
A woman wearing a mask walks past the CCTV Building during severe pollution in January 2013 in Beijing. That week, the AQI in Beijing hit 755, even though it normally maxes out at 500. (Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)

With air quality in Beijing consistently in the “very unhealthy” zone, companies are increasingly considering the city a hardship post.

Tensions Cool As China Removes Oil Rig Off Vietnam

July 17, 2014
In this photo from May 15, 2014, China Coast Guard 3411 vessel, left, and Vietnam Coast Guard 4032 vessel sail in the waters claimed by both countries in the South China Sea. China's deployment of an oil rig off Vietnam's coast prompted a tense sea standoff and touched off deadly anti-China rioting. China recently removed the oil rig, though they have vowed to return. (Hau Dinh/AP)

After two months of drilling, China has moved an oil rig in waters claimed both by it and Vietnam, but China has has vowed to return.

The High Price Of Financial Transactions When You’re Poor

July 17, 2014
Many of the approximately 70 million Americans who don't have a bank account or access to traditional financial services end up relying on check-cashing services, which come with hefty fees. (Orin Zebest/Flickr)

Derek Thompson says “for tens of millions of Americans without a bank account, paying a bill isn’t just an odyssey, it’s a part-time job.”

Microsoft To Cut 14 Percent Of Its Workforce

July 17, 2014

Microsoft’s new CEO says he will cut 14 percent of the company’s workforce over the next year, as he reshapes the software giant.

Why It’s Good To Talk About Miscarriages

July 17, 2014
More than one in seven pregnancies result in miscarriage, but miscarriage is still often misunderstood by many couples. (George Ruiz/Flickr)

Karen Gibbons felt very much alone after her first miscarriage. Now, she wants to counsel couples and help them through pregnancy.

Hamas, Israel Resume Attacks

July 17, 2014

After a five-hour pause, both rocket fire and airstrikes have resumed, even amid reports of full ceasefire negotiations in Cairo.

Official: Malaysian Plane Shot Down Over Ukraine

July 17, 2014
Smoke rises up at a crash site of a passenger plane, near the village of Grabovo, Ukraine, Thursday, July 17, 2014. A Ukrainian official said a passenger plane carrying 295 people was shot down Thursday as it flew over the country and plumes of black smoke rose up near a rebel-held village in eastern Ukraine. Malaysia Airlines tweeted that it lost contact with one of its flights as it was traveling from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur over Ukrainian airspace. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

Both the president of Ukraine and a separatist leader deny shooting down the plane carrying 295 people.

Meet The ‘Real Larry’ Of ‘Orange Is The New Black’

July 17, 2014
Author and editor Larry Smith has had to contend with being known as the "real Larry" since the show "Orange Is the New Black" debuted on Netflix. (Abigail Pope/Smith Magazine)

Larry Smith has had to contend with being known as the “real Larry” since the show debuted on Netflix.

Crossings, Coyotes And Children At The Border

July 17, 2014
Immigrants who have been caught crossing the border illegally are housed inside the McAllen Border Patrol Station in McAllen, Texas where they are processed on July 15, 2014 in McAllen, Texas. (Rick Loomis/Getty Images)

NPR’s John Burnett has been to some of the immigrant children who have crossed the border and joins us to share their stories.

Derek Jeter’s All-Star Sendoff

July 17, 2014
American League All-Star Derek Jeter #2 of the New York Yankees acknowledges the crowd during the 85th MLB All-Star Game at Target Field on July 15, 2014 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Elsa/Getty Images)

Was the farewell to the New York Yankees captain a little over the top? Our sports analyst Mike Pesca says it was.

San Francisco Median Home Price Hits $1 Million

July 17, 2014
According to real estate website Zillow, each of the Painted Ladies in San Francisco's "Postcard Row" is worth around $3 million. (Leonardo Stabile/Flickr)

We look at what you can get for a million dollars in San Francisco, and what’s driving up home prices in an already-pricey city.

Idaho Worries About Influx Of Pot From Washington

July 17, 2014
Idaho State Police corporal Chris Cottrell is pictured with his drug-sniffing dog Dax. (Jessica Robinson/Northwest News Network)

Police across the border from Washington state, where recreational marijuana is now legal, say it could seep into Idaho’s black market.

Capturing A Deadly Scene In Gaza City

July 17, 2014
This photo by The New York Times' Tyler Hicks was taken shortly after Israeli ordnance struck a beach in Gaza City, killing four young boys and injuring one young adult, July 16, 2014. (Tyler Hicks/The New York Times)

Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times photographer Tyler Hicks photographed the scene of a strike that killed four Palestinian children yesterday.

Microsoft To Cut Up To 18,000 Jobs

July 17, 2014
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella delivers a keynote address during the 2014 Microsoft Build developer conference on April 2, 2014 in San Francisco, California. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

The tech giant will eliminate the jobs over the next year, as it works on integrating the Nokia devices business it bought in April.

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