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5:12pm

Thu January 22, 2015
Business

Family Dollar Shareholders Approve Takeover By Dollar Tree

Originally published on Thu January 22, 2015 5:49 pm

Family Dollar shareholders agreed Thursday to sell the company to rival chain, Dollar Tree for $8.7 billion. Family Dollar turned down a bigger offer from Dollar General due to antitrust concerns.
Joe Raedle Getty Images

The Great Recession hobbled the U.S. economy and crushed many businesses, but some companies thrived, including the so-called "dollar" stores.

Shoppers flocked to them because you could buy a lot with not much money. And as the economy rebounds, people are still going to some. But one chain, Family Dollar, hasn't kept pace with its competitors.

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5:11pm

Thu January 22, 2015
Parallels

French Prisons Prove To Be Effective Incubators For Islamic Extremism

Originally published on Thu January 22, 2015 6:57 pm

Cherif Kouachi, one of the brothers responsible for the Charlie Hebdo attacks, spent 20 months in Fleury-Merogis prison just outside Paris, where he crossed paths with a radical imam with ties to Osama bin Laden.This photo shows the men's building in May 2014.
Charles Platiau Reuters/Landov

Among the sweeping changes France is proposing in the aftermath of this month's terrorist attacks in Paris are new measures to fight Islamic radicalization in its prisons. It is an enormous problem brought into starker relief because two of the suspects in the attacks earlier this month were products of the French penal system.

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5:03pm

Thu January 22, 2015
Parallels

For Many French Jews, Anti-Semitism Has A Clear Source

Originally published on Thu January 22, 2015 7:18 pm

French soldiers stand guard in front of the entrance of a synagogue in Lille, northern France, earlier this month.
Philippe Huguen AFP/Getty Images

"Making aliyah," or returning to Israel, is usually a cause for celebration among Jews. But recently fear has pushed many Jews to leave France — a record 7,000 departed last year.

And that was before the recent Paris attacks that included the killing of four Jews at a kosher grocery store.

Jean Marc Illouz, a former senior correspondent for French television, who is also Jewish, says he's been pushing back against what he calls ridiculous comments on the Internet about anti-Semitism in France. He says Americans seem to think it's a resurgence of Nazism.

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4:13pm

Thu January 22, 2015
Europe

Fighting Spikes Again In Ukraine

Originally published on Thu January 22, 2015 5:28 pm

Audie Cornish talks to Kiev-based journalist David Stern about the ongoing fighting in Ukraine. Ukrainian officials acknowledged on Thursday that rebel fighters had taken control of its airport in Donetsk. A trolley bus had also been shelled by artillery, killing at least eight people.

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4:13pm

Thu January 22, 2015
Shots - Health News

States Continue Push To Ban Abortions After 20 Weeks

Originally published on Thu January 22, 2015 7:32 pm

Anti-abortion activists participate in the annual "March for Life" in Washington, D.C., on Thursday.
Alex Wong Getty Images

House Republicans decided Wednesday night to shelve a bill that would have banned abortion at 20 weeks post-conception. But 10 states already ban abortions at 20 weeks and two others are defending such laws in court.

Activists are pushing for bans in at least three more states; a panel in the South Carolina Legislature passed one Thursday.

But under the 1973 Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade, a woman has the right to an abortion for several weeks after that, until the point when the fetus is considered viable.

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