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8:14 am
Mon November 10, 2014

The White House Is Backing Strong Open Internet Rules

The White House is backing the Internet.
Martin Bureau AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon November 10, 2014 1:34 pm

On the same morning net neutrality demonstrators showed up at FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler's house to protest a plan that could let broadband providers charge for "fast lanes" to the Internet, the demonstrators found unexpected support from the White House.

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The Two-Way
6:11 am
Mon November 10, 2014

In China, Obama Touts Visa Deal, Progress On Free-Trade Pact

President Obama arrives at the Beijing airport Monday. Speaking at the APEC summit, the president unveiled a new deal to ease visa restrictions between the U.S. and China.
Lintao Zhang Getty Images

Originally published on Mon November 10, 2014 8:25 am

The U.S. and China are easing visa rules for each other's citizens, in a reciprocal agreement that President Obama says will "benefit everyone from students, to tourists, to businesses large and small." Starting his eight-day visit to East Asia, the president also said "good progress" has recently been made for a free-trade agreement among Pacific Rim countries.

Obama and other leaders are visiting China for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum, where the president announced the U.S. and China have agreed to expand their visas beyond the current one-year term.

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The Two-Way
3:43 am
Mon November 10, 2014

Study: Detergent Pods Can Harm Children Who Play With Them

Laundry detergent makers recently introduced miniature packets, but doctors across the country say children are confusing the tiny, brightly colored packets with candy and swallowing them.
Pat Sullivan Associated Press

Originally published on Mon November 10, 2014 5:58 am

It's generally a good idea to have the number of the poison control center handy. That's an even better plan if you have laundry detergent and small children at home.

For decades, poison centers received many calls each year about children swallowing laundry detergent or getting it in their eyes. That problem has gotten worse due to new highly concentrated single-load liquid laundry detergent packets.

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Business
3:01 am
Mon November 10, 2014

Burger King Opens Restaurants In India

Originally published on Mon November 10, 2014 6:34 am

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We have news of the spread of hamburger chains in India. It is natural that U.S. brands want to do business in a country that may soon have the world's biggest population.

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Business
3:01 am
Mon November 10, 2014

Labor Dispute Criticized For Slowing West Coast Port Traffic

Originally published on Mon November 10, 2014 6:34 am

At odds are Pacific dockworkers and shipping companies. For months they've been trying to work out a new labor agreement. And now, shippers are accusing dockworkers of deliberately slowing their work.

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The Salt
1:06 am
Mon November 10, 2014

Want To Grow These Apples? You'll Have To Join The Club

Pinatas are among the new generation of club apples — varieties that are not just patented, but also trademarked and controlled in such a way that only a select "club" of farmers can sell them.
Stemilt Growers LLC

Originally published on Tue December 2, 2014 6:21 pm

There's an apple renaissance underway, an ever-expanding array of colors and tastes in the apple section of supermarkets and farmers markets.

Less visible is the economic machinery that's helping to drive this revolution. An increasing number of these new apples are "club apples" — varieties that are not just patented, but also trademarked and controlled in such a way that only a select "club" of farmers can sell them.

To understand the new trend, start with the hottest apple variety of recent years: Honeycrisp.

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Business
3:22 pm
Sun November 9, 2014

Holiday Travelers Should Expect Packed Planes, Higher Fares

The airline industry is predicting more people will take to the skies this Thanksgiving than in any year since the start of the recession.
David Goldman AP

Originally published on Sun November 9, 2014 4:21 pm

With gas and oil prices plunging, among those benefiting are airlines. With fuel prices down, profits are up, but that doesn't mean you'll be able to find cheap airfares, especially over the holidays.

The airline industry is predicting more people will take to the skies over Thanksgiving than any year since the start of the recession.

The weather in Chicago is not quite frightful yet, but the snow and cold is coming; so warm weather destinations for the holidays sound appealing.

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Economy
3:22 pm
Sun November 9, 2014

Low Gas Prices Haven't Slowed Domestic Drilling — Yet

Lower oil prices, while good for the economy, are a threat to what has been a dramatic surge in oil production in the U.S.
David Goldman AP

Originally published on Mon November 10, 2014 1:22 pm

It's lunchtime in Douglas, Wyo., a town smack in the middle of the state's booming oil patch, and the line of cars at the McDonald's drive-through wraps around the building. A hiring poster hangs in the window, and the parking lot is full.

Troy Hilbish, a tool hand for the oil field servicing company Schlumberger, says while he didn't know oil prices have been falling, he does know what falling prices mean.

"If the oil prices go up, we drill more," Hilbish says. "If they go down, we don't drill as much."

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All Tech Considered
4:01 am
Sat November 8, 2014

Tech Week: The New U.S. CTO, Silk Road 2.0, Amazon Echoes Siri

Megan Smith (left) is the new U.S. chief technology officer. We profiled her on Morning Edition this week.
Ariel Zambelich NPR

Happy weekend, folks. Here's our weekly roundup of the headlines in tech, from NPR and beyond.

ICYMI

Ms. Smith Goes To Washington: In our profile of the new U.S. Chief Technology Officer, Megan Smith, she talks about unconscious bias, how she fell in love with science and how being in tech over the past few decades as changed her.

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Commentary
3:53 am
Sat November 8, 2014

A Challenge To The New Congress: Fix Stagnant Wages

Speaker of the House John Boehner looks on as President Barack Obama meets with bipartisian congressional leaders at the White House on the results of this week's elections.
Getty Images

Originally published on Sat November 8, 2014 10:33 am

One of my favorite arguments — and one I've had in just about every even numbered year since the seventies — is about when to stop talking about politics. A surprising number of people think that since elections are on Tuesday, by Saturday all that can be said has been said, and nothing more should be said.

As a person who's covered politics for decades, I don't believe that. Saturday after the election and the Saturday after that are good days to talk politics. And we need to talk.

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Planet Money
2:23 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

Liberia's 'Flags Of Convenience' Help It Stay Afloat

Originally published on Fri November 7, 2014 6:11 pm

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Economy
2:23 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

Beyond The Unemployment Rate: Look At These 5 Labor Indicators

Job hunters line up for interviews at an employment fair in New York City. The unemployment rate tells only a partial story about the U.S. labor market.
Mark Lennihan AP

Originally published on Fri November 7, 2014 6:11 pm

The unemployment rate has fallen to its lowest level since July 2008 — to 5.8 percent — the Labor Department said Friday. And October marks the ninth month in a row that job growth has exceeded 200,000.

But if you ask Americans about the economy, they're still mostly not impressed.

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Parallels
1:08 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

Capitalism Is Making China Richer, But Not Democratic

Visitors walk past a portrait of late communist leader Mao Zedong on Tiananmen Gate in Beijing on Sept. 30, the eve of National Day.
Greg Baker AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri November 7, 2014 9:41 pm

As far back as the early 1990s, Washington thought trade and investment eventually would make China more democratic. In the past couple of years, though, the Communist Party has doubled down on repression at home and become more aggressive overseas.

In short, things have not turned out as Washington had hoped, and relations between the world's two major powers are tense these days.

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The Two-Way
11:48 am
Fri November 7, 2014

Even After SpaceShipTwo Crash, Many Space Tourists Hold On To Tickets

The unique folding tail section of the Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo may have been a factor in the crash.
Virgin Galactic

Originally published on Fri November 7, 2014 12:56 pm

The dream of hundreds of space tourists was dealt a blow last Friday when Virgin Galactic's experimental SpaceShipTwo broke up over California's Mojave Desert. The pilot was injured and the co-pilot died in the accident.

But many are still holding on to their tickets.

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The Two-Way
9:58 am
Fri November 7, 2014

Judge Approves Detroit's Plan To Exit Bankruptcy

Detroit emergency manager Kevyn Orr (left) speaks at a news conference in Detroit as Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, who appointed Orr, listens. Orr's plan for the city to emerge from bankruptcy was approved by a federal judge today.
Paul Sancya AP

Originally published on Fri November 7, 2014 12:59 pm

Updated at 1:15 p.m. ET

A federal judge today gave the OK to a bankruptcy exit strategy proposed by Detroit nearly 16 months after the city asked for protection from its creditors.

At a 1 p.m. ET hearing, Judge Steven Rhodes found that the plan was fair and feasible. He's expected to issue a written ruling later.

"This city is insolvent and desperately needs to fix its future," Rhodes said.

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The Two-Way
9:38 am
Fri November 7, 2014

17 Arrested As European, U.S. Officials Raid Online Black Markets

The message that greets visitors to the sites that were seized in coordinated raids in the U.S. and across Europe.
Europol

Originally published on Fri November 7, 2014 2:54 pm

European and U.S. officials have arrested 17 people in a crackdown on underground online markets, including the Silk Road 2.0, that sell drugs and weapons, Europe's police agency said today in a statement.

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NPR Ed
9:10 am
Fri November 7, 2014

For-Profit Colleges Sue The Federal Government Over Student Loan Rules

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan
Jacquelyn Martin AP

A trade group representing more than 1,400 for-profit colleges has filed a lawsuit against the federal government over regulations aimed at curbing industry abuses.

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The Two-Way
6:44 am
Fri November 7, 2014

Economy Continues Adding Jobs, Unemployment Rate Dips To 5.8 Percent

BLS

Originally published on Fri November 7, 2014 7:34 am

The October jobs report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics showed that the economy continued to add jobs at a healthy clip.

Here are the two big numbers:

The economy added 214,000 jobs; less than the 248,000 produced in September, but just about the 200,000 needed to keep pushing down the unemployment rate.

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The Two-Way
6:34 am
Fri November 7, 2014

Scientist Who Invented CorningWare Glass Dies At 99

S. Donald Stookey, photographed in 1950, prepares to expose an image to ultraviolet light. Stookey forever changed cooking with the invention of CorningWare.
AP

Originally published on Fri November 7, 2014 10:19 am

Check your kitchen cabinets — there's a good chance a CorningWare casserole dish is inside.

If there isn't, you probably know someone who has one. CorningWare, the popular white cookware often decorated with blue cornflowers, has been a fixture at family gatherings and potluck dinners for decades.

S. Donald Stookey, credited with creating a synthetic ceramic glass in the 1950s that led to CorningWare, died Tuesday at age 99.

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Space
4:19 am
Fri November 7, 2014

Test Flight Crash Fails To Deter Space Tourists

Originally published on Tue November 11, 2014 2:27 pm

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Let's follow up now on the crash of an experimental spaceship. Last week's crash came in California during a test flight. It was a big setback for hundreds of hopeful space tourists. But many are still holding onto their tickets. NPR's Geoff Brumfiel reports.

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NPR Story
2:58 am
Fri November 7, 2014

October Jobs Data Show Solid Employment Growth

Originally published on Tue November 11, 2014 2:27 pm

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Here's an irony of the thumping President Obama's party took on Election Day - voters were disappointed with both the president and the country's direction. Yet on the day after the election, the president was able to paint a sunny picture.

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NPR Story
2:58 am
Fri November 7, 2014

Judge To Rule Friday On Detroit's Bankruptcy Exit

Originally published on Tue November 11, 2014 2:27 pm

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And today is decision day in Motor City. A federal judge is set to rule on Detroit's plan to exit the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history. Quinn Klinefelter from member station WDET has our story.

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NPR Story
2:58 am
Fri November 7, 2014

Future U.S. Manufacturing Jobs Will Require More Brain Than Brawn

Originally published on Tue November 11, 2014 2:27 pm

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Parallels
1:37 am
Fri November 7, 2014

China's Corruption Crackdown Pummels Macau Casinos

The casino strip in Macau has revenues roughly seven times its counterpart in Las Vegas. With China's government cracking down on corruption, the gambling business is down sharply.
Chris McGrath Getty Images

Originally published on Tue November 11, 2014 2:27 pm

The southern Chinese city of Macau is the global capital of casino gambling. Last year, revenue rose about 20 percent, hitting $45 billion — nearly seven times the haul on the Las Vegas strip.

But since June, Macau's take has tumbled every month, according to local government figures. In October, revenue plunged 23 percent, the biggest drop on record.

Insiders say China's anti-corruption crackdown is scaring off high rollers — including corrupt officials.

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All Tech Considered
4:33 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

Beyond Cat Videos: YouTube Bets On Production Studio 'Playgrounds'

A new Manhattan studio joins YouTube Spaces in London, Tokyo and Los Angeles. Media analysts say YouTube hopes content produced there will ultimately get viewers to stay longer on the site.
YouTube

Originally published on Thu November 6, 2014 6:18 pm

A glitzy new production facility in Manhattan is a far cry from the bedrooms where many YouTube creators used to shoot their videos. Every inch of YouTube Space New York, which opened Thursday, can be used as a potential set.

The space contains three production studios and an area called Brand Lab, designed to bring Madison Avenue to YouTube's door.

Adam Relis, head of the facility, points to a portion of the floor covered with Lucite. More than 300,000 linear feet of cable are running beneath his feet. "That's 187 times the Empire State Building," he notes.

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The Two-Way
3:51 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

Alaska Station Sets Dubious Record: Most Senate Campaign Ads

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Dan Sullivan greets supporters on election night in Anchorage. The as-yet-undecided race between Sullivan and Democratic incumbent Sen. Mark Begich was the hottest in the state.
Ted S. Warren AP

It's a record most Alaskans might wish they could give back: The Center for Public Integrity calculates that KTUU TV in Anchorage ran more U.S. Senate ads this cycle than any other television station in the country — 12,300 in all.

Those Senate spots made up the bulk of the 13,400 political ads since January. KTUU General Manager Andrew MacLeod says 2014 was the the station's busiest year ever. By contrast, off-year 2013 was relatively light.

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All Tech Considered
3:46 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

Amazon Wants To Put A Listening Speaker In Your Home

Originally published on Fri November 7, 2014 11:12 am

What's in your home, always on, ready to listen to you and constantly adapting to the way you talk? Why, it's Amazon's Echo speaker. Think a less portable Siri or Google Now, but hands-free.

Are you ready to bring an eavesdropping device that's connected to the cloud into the privacy of your abode?

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Business
3:37 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

New Pot Laws Could Be Good For Business

Originally published on Thu November 6, 2014 4:33 pm

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The Two-Way
3:31 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

Jet Fuel Is Down, But Not Enough For A Thanksgiving Fare War

A plane takes off over a departure board at Hartsfield-Jackson Airport in Atlanta last November. Airlines say they expect an uptick in Thanksgiving travel this year.
David Goldman AP

Originally published on Fri November 7, 2014 7:29 am

Airlines are paying less for jet fuel these days. But don't expect that price drop to translate into Thanksgiving travel bargains for you.

Rather than cut fares, airlines are turning fuel savings into cash for acquiring aircraft, upgrading software, rewarding workers and attracting long-term investors, according to John Heimlich, chief economist for Airlines For America, A4A, a trade group.

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Energy
3:15 am
Thu November 6, 2014

Congressional Republicans Consider Energy Agenda

Originally published on Thu November 6, 2014 9:35 am

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