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The Two-Way
12:35 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Brita Recalls Kids' Water Bottles Over Risk Of Cutting

Brita has announced a recall of 15-ounce bottles that feature children's cartoon characters such as the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
Consumer Product Safety Commission

Originally published on Tue August 19, 2014 4:38 pm

Some Brita water bottles made for children pose a possible danger due to lids that can break apart into pieces with sharp edges, says Brita, which has announced a safety recall. The bottles have white lids with fold-up straws and filters that sit inside the bottle.

"Brita has received 35 reports of lids breaking or cracking," the Consumer Product Safety Commission reports. "No injuries have been reported."

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Business
11:17 am
Tue August 19, 2014

To Fight Inflation, Forget The Barbecue And Just Go For A Drive

Take that scenic drive, because gasoline prices have fallen this summer.
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Originally published on Tue August 19, 2014 12:17 pm

If you're on a tight budget, here's a plan for enjoying late summer:

1) Take the family for a sightseeing drive.

2) When you get home, have a beer.

Don't do this:

1) Invite neighbors over for grilled steaks.

2) Make milkshakes for the kids.

Such budget-savvy conclusions can be drawn from the inflation report released Tuesday by the Labor Department.

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Business
3:26 am
Tue August 19, 2014

Ice Bucket Challenge Raises Millions To Fight ALS

Originally published on Tue August 19, 2014 5:35 am

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Business
3:26 am
Tue August 19, 2014

In Case You Didn't Know, Feds Say Raising A Child Is Expensive

Originally published on Tue August 19, 2014 5:35 am

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Technology
3:26 am
Tue August 19, 2014

Technology Helps To Keep Rate Of Car Thefts Down

Originally published on Tue August 19, 2014 5:35 am

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UNIDENTIFIED MAN #1: Car thieves are out there prepared to steal your car. Now, more than ever, you need The Club, antitheft device.

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Business
3:26 am
Tue August 19, 2014

Facebook To Mark Fake News As Satire

Originally published on Tue August 19, 2014 5:35 am

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Shots - Health News
1:38 am
Tue August 19, 2014

Pittsburgh Health Care Giants Take Fight To Each Other's Turf

The headquarters for University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and Highmark Blue Cross/Blue Shield dominate the Pittsburgh skyline much as they organizations have dominated health care in the region for decades.
Jeff Brady NPR

Originally published on Tue August 19, 2014 5:35 am

Pittsburgh's dominant health insurance company and its largest healthcare provider are, essentially, getting a divorce.

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Youth Radio
1:36 am
Tue August 19, 2014

Teens And Mall Culture: The Fading Love Affair?

Lenox Mall, in the Buckhead neighborhood of Atlanta, used to be the site of a country home estate and is now a traditional indoor mall with two anchor stores.
Madeline Veira Youth Radio

Originally published on Tue August 19, 2014 5:09 pm

Part of a series on the past, present and future of America's malls

For half a century, the mall was a place to meet and hang out for teens and tweens. It was also a source of jobs for youth. There were about 3 million retail jobs for 16- to 19-year-olds in 1990, but today, it's closer to 1 million, according to the Labor Department. In addition to dwindling jobs, the rise in technology is making it hard to even get teens to spend time in malls.

I head out looking for teens in an unscientific search to see if they are hanging out at the mall.

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Business
4:10 am
Mon August 18, 2014

Russian Government Feels Pressure From Western Sanctions

Originally published on Mon August 18, 2014 6:11 am

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NPR Story
3:25 am
Mon August 18, 2014

Smartphone Users Might Be Reaching App Saturation

Originally published on Mon August 18, 2014 6:42 am

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NPR Story
3:25 am
Mon August 18, 2014

Mom's App Gets Revenge On Kids Who Ignore Messages

Originally published on Mon August 18, 2014 6:11 am

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The Salt
1:53 am
Mon August 18, 2014

More Military Families Are Relying On Food Banks And Pantries

Volunteers at the Maryland Food Bank in Baltimore sort and box food donations on a conveyor belt. The bank started working with groups like the USO in 2013 to provide food aid to families affiliated with nearby military bases.
Pam Fessler NPR

Originally published on Mon August 18, 2014 8:58 am

Despite the economic recovery, more than 46 million Americans — or 1 in 7 — used a food pantry last year. And a surprisingly high number of those seeking help were households with military members, according to a new survey by Feeding America, which is a network of U.S. food banks.

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U.S.
1:49 am
Mon August 18, 2014

Casinos Worry As More Navajo Communities Go Smoke-Free

Tobacco prevention specialist Rob Carr speaks to a group of youth and elders at the Red Rock Chapter of the Navajo Nation in New Mexico.
Carrie Jung

Originally published on Mon August 18, 2014 11:19 am

Walking onto the gaming floor at the Twin Arrows Casino near Flagstaff, Ariz., is a sensory-rich experience, with winning bells and slot machine jingles a constant. But in addition to hearing the sounds of the gaming floor, visitors also smell cigarette smoke.

The Smoke-Free Arizona Act doesn't apply to this casino, located just inside the southern borders of the Navajo Nation. That means smoking in an enclosed public space is legal.

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The Salt
1:47 am
Mon August 18, 2014

For Food Startups, Incubators Help Dish Up Success

Whisked bakery founder Jenna Huntsberger (right) and baker's assistant Lauren Moore prepare pies in Union Kitchen, a food incubator in Washington, D.C. Huntsberger says the shared kitchen space and the business know-how she's honed there have played a big part in her success.
Meredith Rizzo NPR

Originally published on Mon August 18, 2014 7:16 pm

If you want to get in shape, you can join a gym. But if you want to start a food business, where do you go?

Try a culinary incubator.

Just as gym members share workout equipment, members of many food incubators share commercial kitchen space.

Incubators also offer business support and technical assistance — like branding, sales and distribution — to help "foodpreneurs" get off the ground.

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Around the Nation
3:03 pm
Sun August 17, 2014

Massive, Pricey Casino Fails After Two Years Of Operation

Originally published on Sun August 17, 2014 4:24 pm

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All Tech Considered
3:32 am
Sat August 16, 2014

Tech Week: 'Good' IT People, Women Quit Engineering, Tom Hanks App

According to NPR's Laura Sydell, IT people need to be half technologist, half psychologist.
Paul Bradbury iStockphoto

Originally published on Sat August 16, 2014 5:34 am

Did you miss this week's tech headlines? No problem! Here is a roundup of technology stories from NPR and beyond.

ICYMI

What Makes A Good IT Person: According to NPR's Laura Sydell, our go-to tech saviors need to be half technologist, half psychologist.

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Business
2:09 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

In The Obituary For A Boxy Van, A Word On What's To Come

Originally published on Fri August 15, 2014 6:02 pm

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The Salt
1:37 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

Startups Pitch Cricket Flour As The Best Protein You Could Eat

Exo's peanut butter-and-jelly bar contains about 40 ground-up crickets and has a familiar nutty, sweet flavor.
Meredith Rizzo NPR

Originally published on Sun August 17, 2014 9:16 pm

If you heard crickets chirping in your backyard, would it occur to you to grind them into a powder to mix into a protein shake?

That could become the next foraging trend if several edible insect companies can convince consumers that pulverized crickets are the next "it" protein.

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NPR Story
3:00 am
Fri August 15, 2014

Panama Canal Symbolizes U.S. Geopolitical, Technological Power

Originally published on Fri August 15, 2014 5:36 am

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Asia
3:00 am
Fri August 15, 2014

China's Wanda Group Branches Out Into Entertainment

Originally published on Fri August 15, 2014 5:36 am

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Business
3:00 am
Fri August 15, 2014

Copenhagen's First Free Supermarket Set To Open

Originally published on Fri August 15, 2014 5:36 am

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And our Last Word in business today is try-vertising. That's ad speak for try before you buy - you know, like free samples. Well, a new supermarket opens this weekend in Denmark, and it's taking free samples to the next level.

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Business
3:00 am
Fri August 15, 2014

World's Largest Beverage Company Keeps Diversifying

Originally published on Fri August 15, 2014 5:36 am

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Around the Nation
3:00 am
Fri August 15, 2014

Comment Period For Offshore Drilling Ends Friday

Originally published on Fri August 15, 2014 5:36 am

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Planet Money
2:00 am
Fri August 15, 2014

Fleeing War And Finding Work

Ali Daud Omar will repair your cell phone for $6. He's one of the refugees benefiting from the Ugandan government's right-to-work policy.
Gregory Warner/NPR

Originally published on Fri August 15, 2014 6:20 am

In most parts of the world, refugees are not allowed to work.

But in Uganda, refugee life is different. One of the oldest refugee camps in Africa is remarkable not just for its stone houses instead of plastic tarps. The camp is also full of markets and traders, selling everything from imported fabric to smartphones.

Mohammed Osman Ali, a Somali refugee, runs an arcade at the camp. He rents out time on a PlayStation to other refugees from Eritrea, Ethiopia, or fellow Somalis.

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Business
1:31 am
Fri August 15, 2014

Back-To-School Shoppers: Hunting For Tax Breaks And Bargains

Retailers are optimistic about back-to-school sales because the job market has been strengthening and gas prices have been falling.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

Originally published on Fri August 15, 2014 7:27 am

For millions of Americans, August is a month for relaxing and basking in the summer sunlight.

Those are the people without children.

The households with students are likely to be scurrying around under the bright florescent lights of big-box stores, searching for back-to-school bargains on clothes, shoes, notebooks, backpacks, computers and dorm furniture.

And many shoppers are timing their purchases to take advantage of sales-tax holidays for school-related items, hoping to keep a bit more in their wallets.

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Business
12:42 am
Fri August 15, 2014

Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Crosses Milestone

Donald Bowers Getty Images for Fortune

Originally published on Sat August 16, 2014 8:09 am

The most expensive stock on the New York Stock Exchange just got a little more expensive. A Class A share of Berkshire Hathaway is now worth more than $200,000.

On Thursday, shares closed up $3,500 at $202,850. The Omaha, Neb.-based company has a market value of more than $333 billion.

Berkshire Hathaway is the company created and run by Warren Buffett for nearly five decades now. The conglomerate owns more than 80 firms, including Geico Insurance, BNSF Railway and Dairy Queen.

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Planet Money
3:05 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Should We Kill The $100 Bill?

Noel Celis AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu August 14, 2014 4:35 pm

Of all the U.S. currency in the world, nearly 80 percent is in $100 bills. That's about a trillion dollars.

Some people want to get rid of the bill altogether. Ken Rogoff, an economist at Harvard University, says the $100 bill helps criminals:

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Code Switch
9:15 am
Thu August 14, 2014

Wanted At Barneys New York: An 'Anti-Profiling Consultant'

People walk by a Barneys New York retail store in New York City.
Eric Thayer Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Thu August 14, 2014 11:22 am

The luxury retailer Barneys New York is hiring.

WANTED: an "anti-profiling consultant."

The hire is just one part of Barneys' new settlement with the New York state attorney general's office, as The Two-Way reported this week.

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The Two-Way
7:00 am
Thu August 14, 2014

Book News: Amazon Expands Into Campus Bookselling

Amazon, whose CEO Jeff Bezos is seen here, has launched a new store and staffed pickup center with Purdue University.
David Ryder Getty Images

Originally published on Thu August 14, 2014 7:50 am

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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NPR Story
3:37 am
Thu August 14, 2014

Kickstarter Helps Kenny Loggins Fan Realize His Dream

Originally published on Thu August 14, 2014 5:50 am

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