Business
3:36 am
Mon May 5, 2014

David Weil To Begin Serving As First Wage And Hour Administrator

Originally published on Mon May 5, 2014 5:40 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

A Boston University economist will become the nation's Wage and Hour administrator when he's sworn in today. David Weil will enforce laws, like the minimum wage and the 40-hour week. Even though Weil is a business professor, some business interests are expressing concern about his appointment.

Here's Chip Mitchell of member station WBEZ.

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3:00 am
Mon May 5, 2014

Naked Cowboy Switches From Briefs To Boxers

Originally published on Mon May 5, 2014 5:40 am

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Today's last word in business is: A change of underwear.

New York City's Robert Burck is a Times Square street performer known as the Naked Cowboy.

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There's a bit of exaggeration in calling him naked, but only a bit. Mr. Burck performs wearing only a guitar, a 10-gallon hat, cowboy boots and a pair of white briefs. Starting tomorrow, he trades in the briefs for a set of boxers - for a fee.

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3:00 am
Mon May 5, 2014

Overhaul Bill Criticized For Ending Affordable Housing Goals

Senate Banking Committee Chairman Tim Johnson, D-S.D., (left) and ranking member Sen. Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, are proposing a major overhaul of the U.S. mortgage market.
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Originally published on Mon May 5, 2014 11:25 am

There's a fight in Washington over the future of homeownership in America. At issue is a bipartisan bill to dramatically reshape the housing finance industry — the industry that was at the heart of the financial crisis. It's also an industry that's at the heart of the American dream — and the bill before Congress may affect who can afford to buy a house.

The Obama administration supports the bill. But civil rights groups and housing advocates say it would weaken rules that push banks to lend to low- and moderate-income homebuyers.

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3:00 am
Mon May 5, 2014

Palestinian Perspective On Stalled Mideast Peace Talks

Originally published on Mon May 5, 2014 5:40 am

Steve Inskeep talks to chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat. An Israeli diplomat told Morning Edition last week that a unity government between Fatah and Hamas is unacceptable.

NPR Story
3:00 am
Mon May 5, 2014

Eyewire: A Computer Game to Map the Eye

Originally published on Fri May 9, 2014 12:22 pm

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Let's get an update, now, about something we heard a year ago in the series Joe's Big Idea. It's a computer game designed by a scientist to help map all the connections of nerve cells in the eye. Now, that scientist says the game is working, as we learn from NPR's Joe Palca.

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3:00 am
Mon May 5, 2014

Senate May Bypass White House And Approve Keystone XL Pipeline

Originally published on Mon May 5, 2014 5:40 am

The Senate is expected to vote soon on the controversial pipeline. Supporters introduced the bill after the White House put its approval process on hold indefinitely because of a legal dispute.

Business
3:00 am
Mon May 5, 2014

Buffett Defends Coke Position At Berkshire Hathaway Meeting

Originally published on Mon May 5, 2014 7:29 am

Warren Buffett is under fire for not opposing Coca-Cola's executive compensation plan more aggressively. Buffett spoke about his decision at a shareholder meeting for his company Berkshire Hathaway.

Middle East
3:00 am
Mon May 5, 2014

West Urged To Pressure Iran On Its Human Rights Record

Originally published on Mon May 5, 2014 5:40 am

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And a new round of nuclear talks get underway with Iran today in New York. Hopes are high for a deal that would prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons. For one thing, just yesterday, Iran announced that international inspectors would be allowed to visit two key Iranian production sites there. Still, human rights groups are concerned that Iran's poor record on human rights are being ignored in a rush to reach a nuclear deal, as NPR's Michele Kelemen reports.

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Europe
3:00 am
Mon May 5, 2014

Violent Protests Spread From Eastern Ukraine South To Odessa

Originally published on Mon May 5, 2014 7:28 am

Tensions remain high in the former Soviet republic of Ukraine. Violence has led to the worst death toll since February, including more than 30 pro-Russian separatists who died in a building fire.

She Votes
2:21 am
Mon May 5, 2014

All The Single Ladies: 5 Takeaways About Unmarried Female Voters

Democrats have an urgent problem this year: how to get their most reliable female supporters to become more reliable voters.
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Originally published on Mon May 5, 2014 2:11 pm

In a midterm election that's expected to hinge on the demographic composition of the electorate, single women could be the key to Democratic chances to hold on to the Senate in November.

While Republicans have a longstanding problem with female voters, this year it's Democrats who have the more urgent problem: how to get their most reliable female supporters to become more reliable voters.

Here are five things to know about single female voters.

They're Not Up For Grabs

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