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Shots - Health News
6:37 pm
Sat September 20, 2014

All's Fair In Love And (The Rubber Used To Make) Condoms

Rubber drips from a tree into a bucket.
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Finding the right condom just got a little bit more like finding a good cabbage.

Picky shoppers might notice labels on condom boxes these days that say fair trade, non-GMO and all natural.

Condoms don't just fall off trees, but most of them do start there. The major ingredient in most condoms is natural latex, which comes from rubber trees. A lot has to happen to make tree sap into a Jimmy hat. A number of companies are trying to make that process more ethical, from tree to ... well, you know.

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Technology
3:50 pm
Sat September 20, 2014

In San Diego, A Bootcamp For Data Junkies

Originally published on Sat September 20, 2014 4:51 pm

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The Salt
5:03 am
Sat September 20, 2014

Beyond Charity: Turning The Soup Kitchen Upside Down

A cooking class at DC Central Kitchen on Aug. 29, 2013.
Courtesy of DC Central Kitchen

If you've ever volunteered in a soup kitchen, you know the feeling of having served others.

But what about those on the other side of the food line? Are they getting what they need most?

Robert Egger, the founder of DC Central Kitchen, didn't think so.

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All Tech Considered
3:12 am
Sat September 20, 2014

Tech Week: Smartphone Privacy, Cyberstalking, Alibaba's Big Debut

Founder and Executive Chairman of Alibaba Group Jack Ma celebrates as the Alibaba stock goes live on Friday.
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It was a big Friday for Alibaba, which opened trading on the New York Stock Exchange at the wildly high $92.70 per share. But that wasn't the only tech news this week, so let's get to our roundup.

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All Tech Considered
3:11 am
Sat September 20, 2014

With Alibaba IPO, Yahoo Reaps A Big Reward From Risky Bet

Yahoo co-founder Jerry Yang at the 2008 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Yahoo will gain nearly $8 billion from the Alibaba IPO because of its $1 billion investment in Alibaba 2005.
Paul Sakuma AP

Originally published on Sat September 20, 2014 9:16 am

Yahoo has made a number of bad bets in its up-and-down history. But the decision to buy a $1 billion stake in the Chinese e-commerce company Alibaba was hands down a winner.

Alibaba's successful IPO — its stock shot up 38 percent on the first day of trading Friday — will give Yahoo around $8 billion in return. But it was a masterful move, almost a decade ago, that made this mega-payday possible.

Yahoo Was A Pawn

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Business
2:16 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

With IPO, Alibaba Hopes To Compete In The West

Originally published on Fri September 19, 2014 4:08 pm

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Business
2:16 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

What's In A Name? For Alibaba, It's 'Treasure'

Originally published on Fri September 19, 2014 4:08 pm

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The Salt
1:40 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

To Foil Russia's Food Ban, Imported Ingredients Go Incognito

Originally published on Fri September 19, 2014 2:13 pm

It's been six weeks since Moscow slapped a ban on foods imported from the United States, the European Union and other countries that sanctioned Russia for its involvement in Ukraine. The implications of that move are just beginning to be felt.

Many of the Russian capital's trendiest restaurants have been hit hard because they get most of their ingredients from Europe. So they've had to scramble to find replacements.

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Shots - Health News
12:58 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

A Single Insurer Holds Obamacare's Fate In 2 States

Originally published on Fri September 19, 2014 1:21 pm

Here's a health law pop quiz: Which two states have the least successful Obamacare exchanges?

You might guess a state in the Deep South where political opposition to the health law has been fierce. Or maybe you'd say Missouri. It passed a state law saying consumer advisers funded by the Affordable Care Act aren't allowed to give advice about plans to consumers.

But those answers would be wrong.

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The Two-Way
11:32 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Alibaba Shares Surge On First Day Of Trading

Alibaba founder and CEO Jack Ma has much to laugh about. Shares in the company opened Friday at $92.70 on the New York Stock Exchange. The company is now valued at more than $200 billion — that's bigger that Amazon and Facebook.
Mark Lennihan AP

Originally published on Fri September 19, 2014 1:41 pm

Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba opened at $92.70 a share on the New York Stock Exchange today, making it the biggest initial public offering in U.S. history.

The offering price for a share of the company was set at $68.

NPR's Zoe Chace, who is following the story, tells our Newscast unit:

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The Two-Way
10:33 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Iconic Pabst Beer Brands Sold To Russian Company

Elizabeth Lessner stands behind the bar at Betty's Food and Spirits in Columbus, Ohio, in 2004.
Terry Gilliam AP

Originally published on Fri September 19, 2014 1:03 pm

The iconic American Pabst Blue Ribbon brand will soon be owned by a Russian company under a deal to sell the Los Angeles-based brewer for an undisclosed sum.

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Business
4:01 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Alibaba's Initial Public Offering Is One Of The Largest Ever

Originally published on Fri September 19, 2014 5:57 am

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Business
3:06 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Retailers' Customers Cautioned As Cyber Attacks Continue

Originally published on Fri September 19, 2014 7:47 am

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Business
3:02 am
Fri September 19, 2014

'Portland, Maine' Is Tim McGraw's Break Up Song

Originally published on Fri September 19, 2014 5:57 am

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Well, if you got the last word, I guess that makes this the last, last word in business. And today, it is Portland, as in Portland, Maine. That's the port city about 100 miles north of Boston.

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Business
3:02 am
Fri September 19, 2014

General Mills To Close 2 Plants, Hundreds To Be Let Go

Originally published on Fri September 19, 2014 5:57 am

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The Two-Way
3:28 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Larry Ellison Steps Down As Oracle's CEO

Larry Ellison is stepping down as Oracle's CEO.
Ben Margot AP

Originally published on Thu September 18, 2014 4:59 pm

Oracle's Larry Ellison is stepping down as CEO, the company announced today, and will be replaced by Safra Catz and Mark Hurd, who will be co-CEOs.

Ellison, who co-founded Oracle in 1977, was named executive chairman of the board and Oracle's chief technology officer.

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Planet Money
2:19 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Alibaba Found Success By Acting Like A Dating Site

Originally published on Thu September 18, 2014 4:49 pm

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All Tech Considered
10:44 am
Thu September 18, 2014

Apple: iOS 8 Prevents Cooperation With Police Unlocking Requests

Apple, which unveiled iOS 8 at June's Worldwide Developers Conference, says it will be technologically unfeasible for police to extract data from its new operating system.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

Originally published on Thu September 18, 2014 3:16 pm

Apple's latest mobile operating system — iOS 8 — is now available, and with it, a new technical hurdle for law enforcement. The company says it will be technologically impossible to access data on phones and iPads running iOS 8, because it won't allow user pass codes to be bypassed.

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Business
5:23 am
Thu September 18, 2014

Bezos' Space Company To Develop Rocket Engine

Originally published on Thu September 18, 2014 5:50 am

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Business
5:06 am
Thu September 18, 2014

'American Gothic' House Available To Rent

Originally published on Thu September 18, 2014 5:50 am

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And now for our last word in Business, which is pitchfork not included. Iowa's most famous house might soon be up for rent. It is the farmhouse pictured in Grant Wood's 1930 painting "American Gothic."

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Business
5:06 am
Thu September 18, 2014

Vermont Nonprofit Successfully Helps Homeowners Weatherize

Originally published on Thu September 18, 2014 5:50 am

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Business
4:57 am
Thu September 18, 2014

Holder Urges Bigger Rewards For Wall Street Whistleblowers

Originally published on Thu September 18, 2014 5:50 am

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Economy
3:30 am
Thu September 18, 2014

Wilderness Area Accused Of Inhibiting Idaho Town's Economy

Originally published on Thu September 18, 2014 5:50 am

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The Two-Way
4:26 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

Federal Reserve To Markets: Nothing To See Here; Move Along

Federal Reserve Chairman Janet Yellen.
Susan Walsh AP

The Federal Reserve's policy makers just eyeballed the economy, and saw nothing new.

On Wednesday, they announced wage-and-price hikes remain low and growth continues at a moderate pace. That means interest rates can stay super low for a "considerable time," while the Fed's bond-buying program can wrap up next month, as expected.

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Economy
3:20 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

Fed Pledges To Keep Interest Rates Low For A While

Originally published on Wed September 17, 2014 4:03 pm

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All Tech Considered
1:12 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

3.7 Million Comments Later, Here's Where Net Neutrality Stands

Nuala O'Connor, president and CEO of the Center for Democracy and Technology, testifies on net neutrality issues before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday.
Win McNamee Getty Images

Originally published on Wed September 17, 2014 4:17 pm

Now, we wait.

The window for the public to weigh in on how federal rule-makers should treat Internet traffic is closed, after a record 3.7 million comments arrived at the FCC. The Sunlight Foundation analyzed the first 800,000 and found that fewer than 1 percent were opposed to net neutrality enforcement.

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Shots - Health News
10:02 am
Wed September 17, 2014

How Catholic Insurance Companies Outsource Contraceptive Coverage

Contraceptive coverage has long been required by state laws or sought by nonreligious employers the religious health plans serve.
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Originally published on Thu September 18, 2014 6:03 am

Catholic and other religious hospitals and universities have been arguing in federal court for much of the past two years that they shouldn't have to offer or facilitate birth control as part of their employee health plans because it violates their religious beliefs.

But what happens when the insurance company is itself Catholic? It turns out that Catholic health plans have for years been arranging for outside firms to provide contraceptive coverage to their enrollees.

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NPR Ed
7:14 am
Wed September 17, 2014

These People Can Make Student Loans Disappear

LA Johnson/NPR

Originally published on Wed September 17, 2014 10:54 am

It was an ordinary Friday. Courtney Brown, 24, of Kalamazoo, Mich., was busy looking for a job. "I've applied all kinds of places," she says. "Wal-Mart, Target, Verizon Wireless."

Then she got a strange letter in the mail. " 'We are writing you with good news,' " she reads to me over the phone. " 'We got rid of some of your Everest College debt. ... No one should be forced to mortgage their future for an education.' "

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NPR Story
4:25 am
Wed September 17, 2014

Netropolitan: Facebook For Rich People

Originally published on Wed September 17, 2014 5:50 pm

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And today's last word in business is social media for the 1 percent. Yesterday, a new social networking site called Netropolitan launched.

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Business
3:10 am
Wed September 17, 2014

United Airlines Offers Buyout Packages To Flight Attendants

Originally published on Wed September 17, 2014 5:50 pm

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