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5:26am

Thu August 30, 2012
Around the Nation

Giant Tennis Racket, So Big It Needs A Permit

Ashrita Furman wants to build a tennis racket the size of a bus, and show it off at the U.S. Open. It's so big, he was told it's considered a building so he would need a permit.

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11:44am

Wed August 29, 2012
Planet Money

Household Debt : Falling. Slowly.

New York Fed

The New York Fed just put out its latest report on household debt. It's a good, quick-ish look at the debt picture for ordinary Americans. Here's the key graph:

It shows:

* Household debt is overwhelmingly about mortgages.

* Mortgage debt shot up during the housing boom, and has slowly — slowly — been falling for the past several years.

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12:11pm

Sat August 25, 2012
The Two-Way

In Killing New York Gunman, Police Also Shot Bystanders

Originally published on Sat August 25, 2012 7:42 pm

Police investigate a shooting at the Empire State Building in New York on Friday.
Louis Lanzano AP

The shooting outside the Empire State Building on Friday took a new turn Saturday: New York City Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly says all nine bystanders wounded in the deadly incident were "struck either by fragments or bullets fired by the police."

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9:56am

Fri August 24, 2012
U.S.

Details Emerge In Shooting By Empire State Building

Originally published on Mon August 27, 2012 9:15 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

It's MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.

Today's shooting in New York City draws special attention because of the location: at the base of the Empire State Building, perhaps the most famous building in New York, one of the most famous buildings in the world. The gunman opened fire there. Several people were shot and wounded. We're getting conflicting accounts of how many, although news photographs from the scene do show a number of people down on the ground.

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8:45am

Fri August 24, 2012
The Two-Way

Two Dead After Shooting Near Empire State Building

Originally published on Fri August 24, 2012 9:53 am

One of the blocked off streets near the scene of today's shooting outside the Empire State Building.
Jim O'Grady WNYC

A shooting near the iconic Empire State Building this morning has left two people dead — one of them the gunman who first opened fire — and has shut down streets around that Manhattan landmark.

Police do not believe there's any link to terrorism. Instead, they suspect the gunman had some sort of work-related grievance.

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