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4:58 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

Auto Loan Surge Fuels Fears Of Another Subprime Crisis

Auto dealers are extending loans to a growing number of people with weak credit.
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Originally published on Fri January 23, 2015 5:29 pm

The number of Americans buying autos approached a record high last year. It's one more sign of how much the economy is improving.

But there's a big potential downside that's evoking comparisons to the subprime mortgage boom. Auto dealers are extending loans to a growing number of people with weak credit, and more of them are having trouble making payments.

When Chris Westervelt moved from Texas to Alaska to take a job, he decided to trade in his Mazda for a car that could handle snow and ice.

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NPR Story
4:06 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

UVA Sororities Push To Host Their Own Parties

Originally published on Fri January 23, 2015 5:18 pm

Audie Cornish talks to Nicolette Gendron, a member of Kappa Alpha Beta Sorority at the University of Virginia and a writer for the C-Ville Weekly. She did a survey of sorority members on campus about how they would feel if sororities were allowed to serve alcohol and host parties under the same rules as fraternities. She says most women, including herself, feel that women would have more control and feel safer from sexual predation if they could host parties in their own houses.

It's All Politics
4:06 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

Iowa Freedom Summit Looks Something Like 2016 Is Underway

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, seen here at the inauguration of Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, will attend the Iowa Freedom Summit.
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Originally published on Sat January 24, 2015 3:13 pm

Take a nearly century-old theater in downtown Des Moines. Fill it to capacity, — that's 1,200 audience members and another 200 credentialed media — bring in a lineup that includes almost 10 would-be, might-be, could-be Republican presidential hopefuls, and it's looking like the 2016 campaign is officially underway.

Rep. Steve King of Iowa, a conservative from the northwest corner of the state, is hosting the Iowa Freedom Summit Saturday along with Citizens United.

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Europe
4:06 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

Investigation Into Paris Attack Leads Authorities To Spain

Originally published on Fri January 23, 2015 5:18 pm

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Africa
4:06 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

International Criminal Court To Try Former Child Soldier With War Crimes

Originally published on Fri January 23, 2015 5:18 pm

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Politics
4:06 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

U.S. Careful Amid Turmoil And Transition In Yemen, Saudi Arabia

Originally published on Fri January 23, 2015 5:18 pm

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Europe
4:06 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

Paris Attacks Refocus Attention On Homegrown Terrorist Threats

Originally published on Fri January 23, 2015 5:18 pm

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Latin America
4:06 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

U.S.-Cuba Talks First Step In Long Process Of Restoring Relations

Originally published on Fri January 23, 2015 5:18 pm

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Health Care
4:06 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

Study Finds Huge Disparities In Costs Of Common Surgeries

Originally published on Fri January 23, 2015 5:18 pm

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Middle East
4:06 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

New Generation Of Saudi Royals In Line To Run Country

Originally published on Fri January 23, 2015 5:18 pm

For 62 years, Saudi Arabia has been ruled by sons of the founder of the Kingdom, Abdul Aziz. The new king is a part of this generation, as is the crown prince he has named. But eventually the monarchy will have to pass to the next generation, which is made up of thousands of princes. Robert Siegel talks to Middle East specialist Joseph Braude about Saudi succession.

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