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12:55pm

Thu April 4, 2013
Social Entrepreneurs: Taking On World Problems

New Mortgage Program Helps Cambodia's Poor Find Better Homes

Originally published on Thu April 4, 2013 7:20 pm

Sriv Keng (right) and her husband, Vet Vong, dish up bowls of rice for customers at her roadside food stall, which is situated in a garment manufacturing district.
Will Baxter for NPR

If you've applied for a mortgage recently, you know how hard it can be. The bank demands all kinds of obscure documents and wants proof of almost every asset you own. But an innovative mortgage program halfway around the world will evaluate your application without any extra documentation — and if you're approved, it will give you a 15-year fixed-rate mortgage. There's just one catch: The mortgages are only for low-income people in Cambodia. The program is a throwback to the days when bankers got to know their customers — and trusted them.

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6:23pm

Wed April 3, 2013
Around the Nation

Obama Highlights Colorado's Action On Gun Control Legislation

Originally published on Wed April 3, 2013 7:50 pm

President Obama was in Denver on Wednesday to rally support for gun control laws. Colorado has stepped up on both background checks and ammunition magazines, and Democrats there fear backlash next year.

4:28pm

Wed April 3, 2013
Author Interviews

The Botched NY Real Estate Deal That Lost 'Other People' Billions

Originally published on Wed April 3, 2013 7:50 pm

The Peter Cooper Village and Stuyvesant Town apartment complex is seen from Waterside Plaza in 2006, the same year it was sold in a record-breaking real estate deal.
Mario Tama Getty Images

The middle-income housing projects Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village sit on an 80-acre patch of Lower Manhattan. In 2006, they came to epitomize the lunatic excess of the housing boom when their 11,232 apartments sold for $5.4 billion. They were bought at a competitive auction by Tishman Speyer Properties and BlackRock Realty.

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3:47pm

Wed April 3, 2013
Space

Sensor On Space Station May Have Seen Hints Of Elusive Dark Matter

Originally published on Wed April 3, 2013 7:50 pm

Astronauts work to install the alpha magnetic spectrometer on the International Space Station on May 26, 2011.
NASA

An international team of researchers announced in Switzerland on Wednesday that an experiment on the International Space Station may have seen hints of something called dark matter. The finding could be a milestone in the decades-long search for the universe's missing material.

Only a tiny sliver of stuff in the universe is visible to scientists; the rest is dark matter. Researchers don't know what it is, but they know it's there. Its gravity pulls on the things we can see.

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2:34pm

Wed April 3, 2013
Europe

A Renaissance For 'Pigsticking' In Spain

Originally published on Wed April 3, 2013 7:50 pm

Ramiro Maura hunts wild boar at his ranch near Madrid in February.
Lauren Frayer NPR

An ancient hunting ritual is making a comeback in modern Spain: the practice of hunting wild boar on horseback with spears — and no guns. The sport dates to Roman times, and was recently approved and added to Spanish hunting regulations.

Just a 20-minute drive from Spain's capital, you're in the dehesa — oak woodlands, where wild boar, deer and mountain goats roam. Madrid's skyscrapers are on the horizon, but in the forest, ancient traditions still reign.

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