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An 'Island Tax' Could Harm One Bright Spot In Greek Economy

The new bailout plan for Greece calls for a steep sales-tax increase on the Aegean Islands, raising fears it could harm tourism, one of the few sectors that's been doing well.

Cedar Fair, the parent company of Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio, reported record revenues for the first half of 2015. Jason Margolis/NPR hide caption

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Looking Up: Amusement Parks May Have A Record-Breaking Year

Some 260 million people spend about $10 billion annually at regional theme parks, and attendance is soaring. To attract more thrill-seekers, the parks have been adding bigger, faster rides.

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Need Fake Friends For Your Wedding? In S. Korea, You Can Hire Them

Baby showers, weddings, even meet-the-parent weekends don't have to include your actual loved ones, at least not in South Korea. A cottage casting industry exists to help fill your life-staging needs.

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Families play on the beach near the village of Thanos, Lemnos. The island has more than a hundred beaches. Greek tourists like Lemnos because it's affordable and relaxing, and foreign tourists like its unspoiled beauty and traditional charm. Joanna Kakissis/NPR hide caption

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Girls plays basketball at a school for some 2,000 Syrian refugees in Reyhanli, in southern Turkey. The schools, which depends on private donations, is struggling to remain open. The students attend in five separate shifts throughout the day. Deborah Amos/NPR hide caption

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