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NPR Story
4:30 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Afghan Businesses: Election Season Caused Economic Hardship

Originally published on Fri July 18, 2014 7:00 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Afghanistan is a little closer to having a new president. The country has launched an audit of every VOTE cast in last month's runoff election to ensure the outcome is free fraud. Now, in many countries election season means big money for pollsters and media consultants and restaurants and local TV stations. But as the fight for power in Afghanistan continues, businesses across Kabul have faced hardship. NPR's Sean Carberry reports.

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Business
10:22 am
Thu July 17, 2014

Microsoft Announces Biggest Layoffs Yet: Up To 18,000 Workers

In the largest layoff in the company's history, it's stripping 14 percent of its workforce. CEO Satya Nadella says it's part of a plan to make the 39-year-old company more agile and productive.

Around the Nation
6:31 am
Thu July 17, 2014

Washington State Man Tries To Rid House Of Spider

Originally published on Thu July 17, 2014 10:09 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep. Some people really don't like spiders. So you can sympathize with the Washington state man who found a spider in his laundry room. Maybe showing a touch of arachnophobia, he made a makeshift blowtorch. He took a lighter and a can of spray paint. He sprayed flames toward the spider. And of course, he set his house on fire, costing $60,000 worth of damage. We have no word as of this morning on the spider's condition. You're listening to MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

Around the Nation
5:43 am
Thu July 17, 2014

Panama's Ex-Strongman Sues Over 'Call Of Duty' Video Game

Originally published on Thu July 17, 2014 10:09 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne. Panama's most famous dictator is suing the makers of "Call of Duty." In the video game "Black Ops 2," Manuel Noriega is a character who works with and turns against the CIA.

(SOUNDBITE OF VIDEO GAME, "BLACK OPS 2")

UNIDENTIFIED ACTOR: (As Manuel Noriega) (Spanish spoken).

NPR Story
4:55 am
Thu July 17, 2014

Seattle Cab Drivers Go Back To School To Learn Manners

Originally published on Thu July 17, 2014 10:09 am

The cabbies are trying to win back customers lost to ride service companies like Uber and Lyft, whose customers rate their drivers.

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