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International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde made the case for an international crisis fund at a briefing in Washington on Thursday. Alex Wong/Getty Images hide caption

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U.S. Wallet Closed As IMF Seeks To Build Crisis Fund

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The Seattle Space Needle's 50th anniversary is Saturday. Though the top of the Needle has been off-white for years, it's being painted its original color, "galaxy gold," for the anniversary. Dan Callister/Getty Images hide caption

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Back To The Future: Seattle's Space Needle Turns 50

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Japanese linguist Kazuo Ueda (left) worked 20 years on a 1,300-page, 28,000-entry Idishugo Jiten, or Yiddish-Japanese dictionary. He is shown here with his wife, Kazuko, at their home in Kyushu, Japan. Lucy Craft for NPR hide caption

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For Japanese Linguist, A Long And Lonely Schlep

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