There's a workshop, too, complete with some work on a chalkboard and a robot.
June 29, 2013 Lego introduced a line of characters and sets that helped the company reach girls successfully. But some question what's wrong with girls playing with plain old Legos, and what this line is telling them.
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June 29, 2013 They're barely even dolls. They're tiny, 2-inch figurines. But these little plastic girls are the biggest trend in dolls right now, largely because they can be incorporated into building and construction games, the biggest selling segment of the toy industry.
Children play on a beach in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The Puerto Rican government hopes that convincing wealthy investors to relocate here will boost the island's economy.
June 28, 2013 The recession hit Puerto Rico's already struggling economy hard. So the island, a U.S. territory that can make its own tax laws, is pitching an attractive offer to the wealthy: Move to this warm, tropical isle and live virtually tax-free.
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Russ Kremer with some of his hogs on his farm in Frankenstein, Mo., in 2009. Instead of buying conventional feed, Kremer grazes his hogs in a pasture, and grows grains and legumes for them.
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June 28, 2013 Some farmers say they are willing to shoulder the extra cost and time of specialty feed because they're turned off by conventional feed mixes. A few will even take custom feed requests from chefs and diners.
June 28, 2013 In over-caffeinated Washington state, police have raided a chain of coffee stands where the scantily clad baristas were allegedly serving up way more than espressos. Meanwhile, in Germany, a plan to serve up "his and her" bratwurst proves sexist and ham-headed.
A woman walks past the headquarters of the People's Bank of China (PBOC), the central bank, in Beijing.
June 28, 2013 China's economic growth has been fueled by bank loans that flow freely. But during the latest bout of turmoil, China's central bank indicated that it may no longer lend so quickly and cheaply. The so-called shadow banking sector is of particular concern.
June 28, 2013 Africa may be seeing lots of economic growth, but one group says there aren't enough business leaders to manage it. That's something the African Management Initiative is trying to change. Host Michel Martin finds out how it plans to train one million managers over the next decade.
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Federal authorities seized a bunch of websites belonging to online pharmacies that were allegedly breaking the law.
June 28, 2013 The Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. attorney's office in Colorado cracked down on more than 1,600 websites that the feds say are breaking the law in the way they're selling prescription drugs, some of them counterfeits.
Ecuador is considering an asylum request from Edward Snowden, who reportedly is still holed up at the Sheremetyevo airport in Moscow.
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June 28, 2013 Ecuador says the U.S. refuses to extradite two bankers who allegedly embezzled millions from a bailout. Officials keep referring to their request in relation to the Edward Snowden case.
June 28, 2013 The last of the mandated federal budget cuts begin in July. Federal agencies have had to work around furloughs and other issues. For more on the effects of sequestration, David Greene talks to NPR's Brian Naylor, Tamara Keith, Pam Fessler and Larry Abramson.
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June 28, 2013 Federal regulators have filed civil charges against former New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine in connection with the failure of his commodities firm, MF Global. The government says Corzine failed to stop the firm from dipping into customer funds during a financial crisis in October 2011.
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June 28, 2013 Anyone who's seen a North Carolina license plate knows the state proudly claims itself as the site of the first airplane flight. But this week, Connecticut said not so fast. The state passed a law declaring it was home to the first flight.
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June 28, 2013 Last week was a wild one for China's economy. Overnight borrowing rates spiked, lending between banks began to freeze up and the Shanghai stock market took a nose-dive. Things have calmed down since then, but the underlying problems that triggered the panic remain. Among them, the explosive growth of the country's so-called shadow banking sector.
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June 28, 2013 The Department of Justice says China's Sinovel stole more than $800 million worth of intellectual property from U.S. company AMSC. Sinovel makes wind turbines. AMSC is seeking more than $1 billion in damages.
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June 28, 2013 Tax fossil fuels in proportion to the amount of carbon they release. That's it; that's the whole plan.
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