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Denial of Loan Request Adds to United's Woes

United Air Lines edges closer to bankruptcy after federal regulators refuse a request for loan guarantees. United officials assure ticketholders flights will continue, but the company's cash is dwindling. It now faces nearly $1 billion in debt payments. Hear from NPR's Jim Zarroli, NPR's Jacki Lyden and aviation authority Darryl Jenkins.

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Jim Zarroli is an NPR correspondent based in New York. He covers economics and business news.
Longtime listeners recognize Jacki Lyden's voice from her frequent work as a substitute host on NPR. As a journalist who has been with NPR since 1979, Lyden regards herself first and foremost as a storyteller and looks for the distinctive human voice in a huge range of national and international stories.