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3:55pm

Fri June 15, 2012
Sports

Why Are Baseball's No-Hitters No Longer Rare?

Originally published on Fri June 15, 2012 5:25 pm

And the no-hitters keep on coming. Matt Cain pitched a perfect game for the San Francisco Giants Wednesday night. It was the fifth no-hitter in Major League Baseball this season and it's only June. Audie Cornish talks to sportswriter Stefan Fatsis about where Cain's performance ranks in the record books and why no-hitters, which used to be rare, are now seemingly routine.

2:20pm

Fri June 15, 2012
Food

African Land Fertile Ground For Crops And Investors

Originally published on Fri June 15, 2012 5:25 pm

Rei do Agro cleared trees from this land over the past 18 months. It previously looked like the land on the right.
Belchion Lucas for NPR

Second of a two-part story. Read Part 1

In some countries of Africa, there's a land rush under way as investors claim farmland, establish mega-farms and try to cash in on high prices for food and biofuels. These deals are controversial. Critics accuse investors of dispossessing subsistence farmers.

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11:20am

Fri June 15, 2012
Planet Money

An Austerity Wedding, With No Money For A Dress

Originally published on Fri June 15, 2012 5:25 pm

Elias Tilligadas and Katerina Margeritou are getting married next week.
Nikolia Apostolou NPR

Katerina Margaritou and Elias Tilligadas live in Athens. They're getting married next Wednesday — three days after the Greek election that has the global economy on edge.

Katerina is a chemist, and she works for a company whose main customer is the Greek government. The Greek government, of course, is broke. So Katerina hasn't been paid since last year.

"I'm very happy because I'm getting married," Katerina told me this week. "But I'm very sad because at the moment I cannot buy a dress. My boss promised me that he's going to give money to buy a dress. So I'm waiting."

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11:09am

Fri June 15, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Insurers Wait For Verdict On Health Care Law And Their Bottom Line

Originally published on Fri June 15, 2012 5:25 pm

Demonstrators both for and against the health care law turned out on the steps of the Supreme Court on March 27, the second day of oral arguments before the court.
John Rose NPR

All eyes these days are trained on the U.S. Supreme Court, which is expected to rule sometime this month on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act.

But some people are waiting more anxiously for the court to rule than others. Among them are those with a major financial stake in whether the law goes forward or not and if so, in what form.

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4:44pm

Thu June 14, 2012
Economy

New Schedules Push Graveyard Shift Off The Clock

Originally published on Thu June 14, 2012 9:54 pm

A worker builds cars on the assembly line at Ford's Chicago Assembly plant, which has adopted the "three crew" work schedule. The new third shift can increase efficiency in factories, but it can also wreak havoc on sleep needs and home lives.
Scott Olson Getty Images

As car companies struggle to meet growing demand, the third shift is making a comeback. But many factories running on three shifts are doing it differently from in the past. And that new "three crew" shift pattern could make what's normally a hard job even harder.

At Ford's Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne, employees work 10-hour shifts four days a week. The so-called A crew gets days, while the B crew gets afternoons. But the C crew shift rotates its start time every week. On Fridays and Saturdays, workers start at 6:00 a.m. On Mondays and Tuesdays, they start at 4:30 p.m.

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