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Thu July 7, 2011
Around the Nation

New York City Anticipates Gay Wedding Boom

Seamstresses sew wedding dresses at Kleinfeld Bridal, one of the world's largest bridal emporiums. Brides that call because of the new law probably won't have an appointment for another month.
Margot Adler NPR

Same-sex marriage is coming to New York on July 24, and New York City is gearing up to be the premier gay marriage destination.

Still, no one really knows what the economic impact of same-sex marriage in New York will be. One report by the Independent Democratic Conference of the New York State Senate estimates about 66,000 gay couples will marry in the next three years, bringing in $391 million in revenue.

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Thu July 7, 2011
World Cafe

Foster The People On World Cafe

Originally published on Mon November 28, 2011 7:00 am

Courtesy of the artist

Los Angeles's Foster the People seemingly appeared out of nowhere, taking the blogosphere and Top 40 radio by storm with the viral single "Pumped Up Kicks," a breezy summer jam with a subtly sinister edge.

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Thu July 7, 2011

Court Blocks Enforcement Of Military's Ban On Gays

A court order for the Pentagon to stop enforcing "don't ask, don't tell" is likely the last gasp of the 17-year policy that was repealed by Congress in December but remained temporarily in effect, experts and activists said Thursday.

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Thu July 7, 2011
The Two-Way

Album Sales Up For The First Time Since 2004

Adele, who has the year's top selling album so far, performs at NPR.
Adele Hampton NPR

Nielsen SoundScan, which tracks music sales across the country, reported an anemic ray of sunshine for a music industry that has been battered by the Internet: For the first time since 2004, sales of albums posted an uptick.

Now, our friend Frannie Kelley from NPR's The Record says it is the slightest of gains — 1 percent — and "sales are still way down from where they were before the decline started."

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Thu July 7, 2011

End Of Shuttle Program Leaves Thousands Jobless

Kim Cannaday shows off a citation he recently received for outstanding work on the shuttle. Cannaday, along with thousands of other who worked on the shuttle, were laid off.
Greg Allen NPR

For thousands of people in Florida, the last launch of the space shuttle is not just the end of an era, it's also the end of a career. Nearly 8,000 men and women who worked on the space shuttle have been laid off — a blow to an area where unemployment is well above the national average.

But even as the shuttle ends, many on the Space Coast are optimistic about the region's future.

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