Cubans look at new and used foreign-made cars for sale at a car dealer in Havana on Jan. 3.
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Cubans peer into the windows of a car dealer in Havana on Jan. 3. Cubans were astonished by a $250,000 Peugeot family sedan and other prices when the government lifted its 50-year restrictions on new and used car sales.
Originally published on Fri January 10, 2014 11:57 am
For the first time in more than 50 years, the Cuban government began selling new and used vehicles last week to anyone with the money to buy one. And as crowds gathered at state-owned car lots in Havana to check out the inventory, a consensus quickly emerged.
The cars on sale had either been priced by callous, greedy idiots, or the Cuban government had become the most incompetent automobile retailer in the world.
Sign of the times? A "help wanted" sign in the window of a Philadelphia business last year.
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This graph shows last year's employment numbers. The Bureau of Labor Statistics generally issues initial numbers for each month followed by two revisions. The blue line represents the second revision for each month — except for November. For that month, the BLS so far has issued only one revision, which is included here. Since December's number hasn't yet been revised, it wasn't included.
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Originally published on Fri January 10, 2014 7:52 am
The size of the data breach at Target Co. stores late last year took a sharp rise Friday when the retailer said it now estimates that up to 70 million individuals may have had information that includes their "names, mailing addresses, phone numbers or email addresses" stolen.
In Charleston, W.Va., the shelves of this Kroger supermarket had been nearly stripped of bottled water on Thursday. Residents rushed to buy water after a chemical spill led officials to warn that they not use what's coming out of their taps.
Originally published on Fri January 10, 2014 5:13 pm
More than 100,000 customers of one water company in West Virginia have been warned not to drink, cook or wash with the water coming from their taps because of chemicals that seeped into the Elk River near Charleston on Thursday.
One man produced physical versions of bitcoins (before he realized he was <a href="http://www.wired.com/wiredenterprise/2013/12/casascius/">angering the feds</a>). Bitcoin is a virtual currency that has been the subject of a recent Federal Election Commission discussion.
Maria Fabrizio created this image on the morning of Dec. 27, after hearing <a href="http://www.npr.org/2013/12/27/257363943/marines-most-female-recruits-dont-meet-new-pullup-standard">Tom Bowman's <em>Morning Edition </em>story</a> about how most female Marine Corps recruits aren't able to meet a new pullup standard.
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<a href="http://wordlessnews.com/">Wordless News</a> began in February 2013, when, on a whim, Fabrizio illustrated Pope Benedict "hanging up his hat."
People don't often think of the news as a source of inspiration — and certainly not a source of daily inspiration. But that's what it's turned into for Maria Fabrizio, an illustrator based in Columbia, S.C.
For about a year, Fabrizio has been working on a project called Wordless News, in which she draws one image a day based on a story she hears or reads that morning. Starting Monday, she'll spend a week creating images inspired by what she hears on Morning Edition.
Syrian refugees arriving at the transit camp in Friedland, Germany, stand in line at the registration desk on Sept. 11. Germany has deported asylum seekers on the basis of an EU treaty that requires migrants seeking entry to Europe to be processed by the first EU country they arrive in. Many Syrians in Germany have come from other countries such as Bulgaria or Greece.
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Syrian refugees participate in a German language class at the refugee center in Friedland, Germany, on Dec. 10. There are about 500 refugees at the camp, most of them Syrians.
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Syrian refugees play on the swings in the playground at the Friedland refugee center on Dec. 10.
Human rights officials say the Syrian civil war is creating Europe's biggest refugee crisis in decades, but that countries across the continent are doing little about it.
Most European nations are refusing to take in Syrian refugees, choosing instead to send money to the United Nations and other international agencies. The few EU countries like Germany that are welcoming Syrians only offer refuge to a few thousand out of the more than 2 million Syrians who have fled their homeland.
But the cool reception isn't stopping Syrians from risking their lives to get to Europe.