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Stories for November 23, 2013

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Deal Reached To Limit Iran's Nuclear Program

Nov. 23
Greg Henderson, L. Carol Ritchie

Iran and six world powers have reached a preliminary agreement in Geneva on curbing Tehran's nuclear program in exchange for some sanctions relief.

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What Have Mortgage Settlements Done For Homeowners Lately?

Nov. 23
NPR Staff / NPR

This week, JPMorgan Chase agreed to a $13 billion settlement with the Justice Department over the sale of faulty mortgage securities that led to the financial crisis. It's the largest settlement with a single company in U.S. history.

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Electric Bus Fleet Brings Chinese Manufacturing To America

Nov. 23
Daniel Hajek / NPR

Public transit vehicles may be the key to China's success in the U.S. auto market. Chinese company BYD, based in Shenzhen, is manufacturing electric buses. It's an appealing option for a place like California, where emission standards are strict.

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Examining The 'Red Flags' In A Massachusetts Crime Lab Scandal

Nov. 23
Deborah Becker / NPR

Former chemist Annie Dookhan began serving a 3-to-5 year sentence in a Massachusetts prison on Friday after pleading guilty to falsifying tests of drug evidence and helping to create one of the nation's largest drug lab scandals.

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FCC Chief Says He's Personally Opposed To In-Flight Phone Calls

Nov. 23
Eyder Peralta / NPR

Just a day after his agency said it was reviewing "outdated and restrictive rules" banning the use of cellphones during flights, the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission is tempering his statement.

DNA Tests Confirm Remains Found In Desert Are Missing McStay Boys

DNA Tests Confirm Remains Found In Desert Are Missing McStay Boys

Nov. 23
City News Service

Two sets of juvenile remains found in the Mojave Desert near Victorville last week are those of two young Fallbrook boys who vanished along with their parents nearly four years ago.

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Rivals Help Level Playing Field For Tornado-Shattered Team

Nov. 23
Amanda Vinicky / NPR

Competition and compassion meet on the field in Springfield, Ill., Saturday, when two central Illinois high school football teams face off for a spot in the state championship. One team is a perennial powerhouse, but the other is from a town that was all but leveled by a tornado.