Business http://ktep.org en GM Recalls Nearly 718,000 Vehicles For 'Varying Safety Issues' http://ktep.org/post/gm-recalls-nearly-718000-vehicles-varying-safety-issues Announcing six different safety recalls Wednesday, GM said it needs to fix problems that range from a turn-signal bug to an unpredictable loss of power steering. The flaws were found in vehicles from model years 2011 to 2015.<p>GM says no deaths and only two crashes have been linked to the recalls, which come in a year that has already seen the Detroit carmaker recall nearly 30 million vehicles worldwide. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 19:13:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 45260 at http://ktep.org After Two Disasters, Can Malaysia Airlines Still Attract Passengers? http://ktep.org/post/after-two-disasters-can-malaysia-airlines-still-attract-passengers The year 2014 is well on its way to being Malaysia Airlines' <em>annus horribilis</em>. Flight 17, shot down last week over eastern Ukraine, is the second Boeing 777 the airline has lost in the past five months, after MH370 disappeared, it's believed, somewhere over the Indian Ocean.<p>But even before the double calamity, Malaysia's national carrier was struggling to adapt to momentous shifts in Asia's aviation industry.<p>It was expected to announce a restructuring plan even before MH17 was shot down. That plan is expected very soon. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:12:00 +0000 Anthony Kuhn 45252 at http://ktep.org After Two Disasters, Can Malaysia Airlines Still Attract Passengers? FAA Extends Ban On Flights To Tel Aviv For Another 24 Hours http://ktep.org/post/faa-extends-ban-flights-tel-aviv-another-24-hours The Federal Aviation Administration has extended its ban on U.S. flights to and from Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv, Israel.<p><a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/07/22/334054282/faa-prohibits-u-s-airlines-from-flying-to-tel-aviv">As we reported</a>, the agency first issued a ban Tuesday after a rocket landed about a mile from the airport. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:45:00 +0000 editor 45248 at http://ktep.org Part-Time Work, Unpredictable Schedules: What's The Fix? http://ktep.org/post/part-time-work-unpredictable-schedules-whats-fix <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=Part-Time+Work%2C+Unpredictable+Schedules%3A+What%27s+The+Fix%3F+&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAxODc1ODA5MDEyMjg1MDYxNTFiZTgwZg004)"/></div><p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:24:00 +0000 editor 45250 at http://ktep.org A Plan To Untangle Our Digital Lives After We're Gone http://ktep.org/post/plan-untangle-our-digital-lives-after-were-gone Ancient peoples sent their dead to the grave with their prized possessions — precious stones, gilded weapons and terracotta armies. But unlike these treasures, our digital property won't get buried with us. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:34:00 +0000 editor 45243 at http://ktep.org A Plan To Untangle Our Digital Lives After We're Gone Happy 30th Birthday, PG-13! http://ktep.org/post/pg-13-movie-rating-turns-30 The PG-13 movie rating celebrates its 30th birthday this month. Until 1984, the Motion Picture Association of America rated films as G, PG, R or X. But that year a couple of gory scenes in PG-rated movies raised concerns.<p>Remember <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mk2E1CoGe98" target="_blank">that human sacrifice</a> in <em>Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom</em>? Or the <a href="http://youtu.be/PIrd4172Czw?t=1m46s" target="_blank">monster-in-the-microwave scene</a> from <em>Gremlins</em>? Wed, 23 Jul 2014 09:59:00 +0000 editor 45232 at http://ktep.org Happy 30th Birthday, PG-13! 5 Managers Detained In Shanghai Expired-Meat Scandal http://ktep.org/post/5-managers-detained-shanghai-expired-meat-scandal Chinese regulators suspended operations at Shanghai Husi Food, owned by Illinois-based OSI group. State media reported that stale meat was packaged for sale under "tacit approval" of senior managers. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 09:56:00 +0000 editor 45230 at http://ktep.org Atlantic City's Casino Crisis: A Cautionary Tale http://ktep.org/post/atlantic-citys-casino-crisis-cautionary-tale <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=Atlantic+City%27s+Casino+Crisis%3A+A+Cautionary+Tale&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA5Njc0ODg4MDEzNDA5MTE5NDRhNDMzYw004)"/></div><p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 09:25:10 +0000 editor 45220 at http://ktep.org Don't Make Me Come Back There: Toyota's New Parent-Friendly Options http://ktep.org/post/dont-make-me-come-back-there-toyotas-new-parent-friendly-options <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=Don%27t+Make+Me+Come+Back+There%3A+Toyota%27s+New+Parent-Friendly+Options&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAxOTQ5MTI3MDEyMjA5MDI1OTZmMjJkOQ001)"/></div><p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 09:24:00 +0000 editor 45226 at http://ktep.org Airlines Cancel Service To Israel Amid Heightened Aviation Safety Concerns http://ktep.org/post/airlines-cancel-service-israel-amid-heightened-aviation-safety-concerns A number of major airlines have suspended service to and from Tel Aviv as the fighting between Israel and Hamas in Gaza intensifies. That's leaving passengers to find other arrangements. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 08:45:00 +0000 Wade Goodwyn 45231 at http://ktep.org Taking Stock Of 2 Tech Giants: What's Next For Apple And Microsoft http://ktep.org/post/taking-stock-2-tech-giants-whats-next-apple-and-microsoft Microsoft's new CEO is getting a lot of love from Wall Street, but the company is struggling to stay relevant. And Apple has found its footing again, mostly through a massive stock buyback program. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 08:45:00 +0000 editor 45223 at http://ktep.org Glass Or No Glass? That Is The Grill Lid Question http://ktep.org/post/glass-or-no-glass-grill-lid-question We love cooking on our grills, especially in the summertime. Keeping the house cool and avoiding the dish pile up are two major draws – not to mention the flavor of food cooked over fire.<p>When we saw a glass-topped grill, shining like Cinderella's slipper in a YouTube <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j0il1bFM0vc">video</a> posted by commercial glass maker SCHOTT, we were intrigued. But, we wondered, how the heck do you clean it?<p>First, let's back up. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 21:11:00 +0000 April Fulton 45210 at http://ktep.org Glass Or No Glass? That Is The Grill Lid Question Inflation Came In Low Again, But Are There Bubbles? http://ktep.org/post/inflation-came-low-again-are-there-bubbles Want to borrow money for a car or a home this fall?<p>Oddly enough, the interest rates available months from now for big-ticket items may be determined by the prices you pay today for everyday consumer goods. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 20:39:00 +0000 Marilyn Geewax 45197 at http://ktep.org Inflation Came In Low Again, But Are There Bubbles? Deal In Detroit Could Signal Cuts To Pensions Elsewhere http://ktep.org/post/deal-detroit-could-signal-cuts-pensions-elsewhere It used to be that if you were a public employee, you knew your pension benefits could not be touched.<p>That's no longer the case.<p>Pensions have been under political attack in recent years, with some politicians arguing they can't afford to fund generous retirements at the same time they're cutting services. Numerous states and cities have trimmed the type of pension plans they're offering employees — mostly new employees.<p>But pension benefits already earned have always been sacrosanct, protected by federal law and, often, state constitutions. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 20:06:00 +0000 Alan Greenblatt 45186 at http://ktep.org Deal In Detroit Could Signal Cuts To Pensions Elsewhere FAA Prohibits U.S. Airlines From Flying To Tel Aviv http://ktep.org/post/faa-prohibits-us-airlines-flying-tel-aviv The Federal Aviation Administration has issued a 24-hour ban on flights to and from the Tel Aviv airport.<p>"The notice was issued in response to a rocket strike which landed approximately one mile from Ben Gurion International Airport on the morning of July 22, 2014," the FAA said in a statement.<p><a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/07/22/333908274/as-kerry-tries-for-ceasefire-attacks-continue-in-gaza">As we reported earlier</a>, some American carriers had already started canceling flights to and from Israel. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 16:44:00 +0000 editor 45175 at http://ktep.org FAA Prohibits U.S. Airlines From Flying To Tel Aviv 'Audience Measurement': How Networks And Critics Are Wrestling With Numbers http://ktep.org/post/audience-measurement-how-networks-and-critics-are-wrestling-numbers If the Television Critics Association press tour of 2014, wrapping up Tuesday and Wednesday with presentations from PBS, has had a catchphrase, it's "audience measurement."<p>Critics heard an extended presentation from Nielsen on the very first day of tour about the company's plans to begin measuring viewership on mobile devices and, more generally, about its scramble to keep up – catch up, really – with the way television works now. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 16:28:00 +0000 Linda Holmes 45174 at http://ktep.org 'Audience Measurement': How Networks And Critics Are Wrestling With Numbers U.S. Appeals Courts Issue Conflicting Decisions On Obamacare Subsidies http://ktep.org/post/us-appeals-court-deals-blow-obamas-health-law A U.S. appeals court on Tuesday dealt a significant blow to the Affordable Care Act, when it threw out an IRS regulation that governs subsidies. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 14:42:00 +0000 editor 45170 at http://ktep.org States Experiment With Health Savings Accounts For Medicaid http://ktep.org/post/states-experiment-health-savings-accounts-medicaid If all goes according to plan, next year many Arkansas Medicaid beneficiaries will be required to make monthly contributions to so-called Health Independence Accounts. Those who don't may have to pay more of the cost of their medical services, and in some cases may be refused services.<p>Supporters say it will help nudge Medicaid beneficiaries toward becoming more cost-conscious health care consumers. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 13:43:00 +0000 Michelle Andrews 45168 at http://ktep.org States Experiment With Health Savings Accounts For Medicaid Detroit Pensioners Approve City's Bankruptcy Plan http://ktep.org/post/detroit-pensioners-approve-citys-bankruptcy-plan Detroit moved one step closer toward bankruptcy after crossing a major hurdle on Monday.<p>With a large margin, retired police and firefighters approved modest cuts in their pensions that are part of the city's bankruptcy plans.<p><a href="http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20140721/METRO01/307210050/Official-vote-tally-shows-big-support-Detroit-debt-cutting-plan"><em>The Detroit News</em> reports</a>:<p><blockquote><p>"About 82 percent of retired and active Detroit police and firefighters who voted overwhelmingly approved the city's plan to reduce their inflationary increases but preserve the Tue, 22 Jul 2014 13:27:00 +0000 Eyder Peralta 45166 at http://ktep.org Piano Made Famous In 'Casablanca' Goes On Auction Block http://ktep.org/post/piano-made-famous-casablanca-goes-auction-block Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>And that brings us to today's last word in business. You must remember this - the most famous piano in film history is going up for auction.<p>(SOUNDBITE OF FILM, "CASABLANCA")<p>INGRID BERMAN: (As Ilsa Lund) Play it, Sam. Play "As Time Goes By."<p>DOOLEY WILSON: (As Sam, singing) You must remember this, a kiss is just a kiss. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 09:25:00 +0000 editor 45154 at http://ktep.org Credit Suisse Reports $770 Million Loss http://ktep.org/post/credit-suisse-reports-770-million-loss Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>NPR's Business News starts with big losses at Credit Suisse - really big. The Swiss bank is reporting a net loss of more than $770 million for the second quarter. That's the biggest loss for the bank since the 2008 financial crisis. Much of the loss is due to a legal settlement with U.S. tax authorities. In May, the bank pleaded guilty to helping Americans evade U.S. taxes by hiding the money in Swiss accounts. Credit Suisse paid a fine of $2.6 billion. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.<p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 09:22:00 +0000 editor 45155 at http://ktep.org Telecommuting Didn't Work Out For One Transplanted Worker http://ktep.org/post/telecommuting-didnt-work-out-one-transplanted-worker Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>This summer, we're also focusing on the high rate of youth unemployment and hearing what some out-of-work younger adults are doing to make ends meet. Christina Gastlelum is 32. She recently moved to Maine from New York City. She tried to keep doing her job as vice president of a nonprofit remotely which did not work out.<p>CHRISTINA GASTLELUM: That was not an ideal working situation for that particular job. So at the end of March, we broke up. While I'm collecting unemployment, it really isn't enough money to survive or even pay my mortgage at all. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 08:45:00 +0000 editor 45148 at http://ktep.org Some Food Companies Are Quietly Dumping GMO Ingredients http://ktep.org/post/some-food-producers-are-quietly-dumping-gmo-ingredients A tour of the Ben & Jerry's factory in Waterbury, Vt., includes a stop at the "Flavor Graveyard," where ice cream combinations that didn't make the cut are put to rest under the shade of big trees.<p>One recently deceased flavor has yet to be memorialized there: Coffee Heath Bar Crunch, one of the company's best-sellers. Ben & Jerry's CEO <a href="http://www.benjerry.com/about-us/how-were-structured#4timeline">Jostein Solheim </a>says the company had to remove the key ingredient, Heath bars made by Hershey, and rework the flavor. Its replacement is called Coffee Toffee Bar Crunch. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 08:45:00 +0000 Jane Lindholm 45149 at http://ktep.org Some Food Companies Are Quietly Dumping GMO Ingredients Net Neutrality, Shall I Compare Thee To A Highway? A Showerhead? http://ktep.org/post/net-neutrality-shall-i-compare-thee-highway-showerhead <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HCUg5A-ZAw0</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ou9S3wrHg8c</p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 22:35:00 +0000 NPR Staff 45139 at http://ktep.org Net Neutrality, Shall I Compare Thee To A Highway? A Showerhead? 1 Million Net Neutrality Comments Filed, But Will They Matter? http://ktep.org/post/1-million-net-neutrality-comments-filed-will-they-matter The Federal Communications Commission received more than 1 million public comments on the issue of net neutrality during a five-month commenting period that ended Friday.<p>It's the <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/alltechconsidered/2014/07/15/331798176/fcc-extending-net-neutrality-commenting-time-after-site-buckles">biggest public response</a> the FCC has ever gotten on a policy matter in such a short period, and the second most commented-upon FCC issue, period. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 20:54:00 +0000 Elise Hu 45130 at http://ktep.org 1 Million Net Neutrality Comments Filed, But Will They Matter? GOP Marks Dodd-Frank's 4th Birthday With Calls For Repeal http://ktep.org/post/gop-marks-dodd-franks-4th-birthday-calls-repeal Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>Four years ago today, President Obama signed a massive overhaul of the nation's financial laws, The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. The law was a response to the Wall Street bailouts and regulatory failings that sparked the financial crisis and caused the great recession. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 20:18:00 +0000 John Ydstie 45120 at http://ktep.org From Scratch Or Not? French Restaurant Law Stirs Controversy http://ktep.org/post/scratch-or-not-french-restaurant-law-stirs-controversy If you go to France this summer, you might notice a new logo in restaurant windows or on menus. It's a simple graphic of a rooftop covering a saucepan, and it's supposed to designate <em>fait maison</em>, or homemade. It's designed to highlight places that make their own dishes rather than bringing in frozen or <a href="http://modernistcuisine.com/2013/01/why-cook-sous-vide/">sous vide</a> — prepared meals cooked in a water bath, sealed in airtight plastic bags and designed to be heated up later.<p>I know, you're thinking, French restaurants don't cook their own food? Mon, 21 Jul 2014 17:54:00 +0000 Eleanor Beardsley 45114 at http://ktep.org From Scratch Or Not? French Restaurant Law Stirs Controversy Book News: 'Big 5' Publishers Absent From Amazon's New E-Book Service http://ktep.org/post/book-news-big-5-publishers-absent-amazons-new-e-book-service <em>The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.</em><p><ul><p><li>The so-called Big Five publishers — Penguin Random House, Macmillan, HarperCollins, Hachette and Simon & Schuster — don't appear to be participating in <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/07/18/332575051/amazon-launches-subscription-service-for-books">Kindle Unlimited</a>, Amazon's new e-book subscription service. Following the model of services such as Oyster and Scribd, Kindle Unlimited offers unlimited e-books for a fixed monthly fee. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 11:44:00 +0000 Annalisa Quinn 45100 at http://ktep.org Arkansas Razorbacks Trademark Famous Hog Call http://ktep.org/post/arkansas-razorbacks-trademark-famous-hog-call The famous hog call chanted by fans of the sports teams of the University of Arkansas Razorbacks is now a registered trademark owned by the school. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 10:06:00 +0000 editor 45094 at http://ktep.org Report Of Expired Meat Sparks Food Safety Scare In China http://ktep.org/post/report-expired-meat-sparks-food-safety-scare-china Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>NPR's business news begins with another food safety scare in China. It affects some American fast food restaurants in China. They've stopped using meat from a supplier in Shanghai, after reports that the supplier was selling expired beef and chicken. A local TV station alleges that workers at the Shanghai Husi Food Company, owned by the Illinois-based OSI group, repackaged stale beef and chicken with new expiration dates and the food was then sold to McDonald's, KFC and Pizza Hut. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 10:06:00 +0000 editor 45095 at http://ktep.org