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4:11am

Wed August 3, 2011
Strange News

Jordan's King Funds Star Trek Theme Park

Longtime fan King Abdullah II is putting up $1.5 billion for the Star Trek-themed park, beckoning fellow Trekkies to a place where few have gone before: a town on the Red Sea. It's a new frontier for a king who's actually been on board the starship USS Voyager — during a cameo on the show in the '90s.

4:00am

Wed August 3, 2011
Business

Oil and Gas Industry Warms to Hickenlooper Plan

Governor John Hickenlooper wants to force oil and gas companies in Colorado to publicly disclose the chemicals in their hydraulic fracturing fluids.  The practice known widely as “fracking” has been subject to scrutiny lately as reports of groundwater contamination near gas wells have escalated around the country.  The Governor made the surprise announcement of his plans while delivering the opening speech yesterday at a Colorado Oil and Gas Association conference in Denver. 

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3:00am

Wed August 3, 2011
Economy

Debt-Ceiling Deal Does Little For Global Economic Ills

With the fight over the U.S. debt ceiling finally over, investors are free again to focus on all the economic challenges that lie ahead, but they are finding little reason to celebrate. Stock markets around the world fell sharply on Tuesday, skipping the "relief rally" that customarily follows the resolution of a crisis.

In the United States, signs of a serious economic slowdown had been building up, though with attention focused on the debt-ceiling debate, the news had apparently not yet sunk in.

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2:00am

Wed August 3, 2011
NPR Story

Economist In Japan Eyes Effects Of U.S. Debt Debate

Steve Inskeep talks with Richard Koo, chief economist with the Nomura Research Institute, about debt ceilings, deficits and viewing the U.S. debate from Japan.

2:00am

Wed August 3, 2011
NPR Story

U.S. Auto Market Lags Along With Honda, Toyota Sales

The big three automakers continue to see growth in their recovery but last month sales hit a bit of a bump. The overall U.S. market was dragged down by sluggish sales of Hondas and Toyotas. Companies are still struggling to work out problems with their supply chains following Japan's earthquake and tsunami in March. NPR's Sonari Glinton reports.

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