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4:36pm

Thu August 14, 2014
Around the Nation

Once-Dilapidated City Train Stations Enjoying A Renaissance

Originally published on Fri August 15, 2014 10:49 am

Denver's Union Station, which was remodeled to include restaurants, stores and a hotel, reopened last month.
Gary C. Caskey UPI/Landov

With its new restaurants and stores, Denver's recently reopened Union Station is bustling now. But five years ago, it would have been empty.

"If you would have come down here on a Saturday, there would have been no one in here," says Walter Isenberg, who runs Sage Hospitality, one of the main architects of Union Station's resurgence. "It would have been this vacant, desolate hall. Ceilings were peeling, kind of in some major disrepair."

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4:05pm

Thu August 14, 2014
Planet Money

Should We Kill The $100 Bill?

Originally published on Thu August 14, 2014 5:35 pm

Noel Celis AFP/Getty Images

Of all the U.S. currency in the world, nearly 80 percent is in $100 bills. That's about a trillion dollars.

Some people want to get rid of the bill altogether. Ken Rogoff, an economist at Harvard University, says the $100 bill helps criminals:

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3:32pm

Thu August 14, 2014
Parallels

Gaza Students Wonder When Their Schools Will Reopen

Originally published on Fri August 15, 2014 7:02 pm

Displaced Palestinian Emada Al Attar, 23, holds her 16 day-old baby boy Anous in a classroom where they sleep in a U.N. school where the family is taking refuge during the war, in Gaza City, Gaza Strip on Aug. 8.
Lefteris Pitarakis AP

There's clamor and hustle outside the Western Gaza City Educational Directorate. A month late, this year's graduating high school students are getting their high school diplomas.

Usually, there's a little ceremony. But today, they're just clustering around a window while the certificates are handed out. So many education workers are injured or have lost homes that only about a third of them showed up for work.

Nonetheless, the students' joy feels loud and luminous in a city numbed by war.

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3:31pm

Thu August 14, 2014
Trade Lingo

Electricians Aren't Magicians, But Their Rabbits Disappear, Too

Originally published on Thu August 14, 2014 5:35 pm

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

A soap maker...

MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

A gemologist...

SIEGEL: ...A few motorcyclists...

BLOCK: ...A sail maker...

SIEGEL: ...Some baristas...

BLOCK: ...A couple of strippers...

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3:16pm

Thu August 14, 2014
Africa

Kenyan Health Workers Fear Ebola May Take Flight

Originally published on Thu August 14, 2014 5:35 pm

Kenya's international airport is on high alert, since the Kenya Medical Association has called on the national airline to suspend flights due to concerns over the Ebola outbreak. The airline has responded by pledging faith in its new screening procedures. The World Health Organization has labeled Kenya a "high risk" country for the spread of Ebola.

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