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The Two-Way
6:30 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Macy's To Pay $650,000 In Settlement Over Alleged Racial Profiling

Customers at Macy's flagship store in New York City say they were discriminated against. Macy's has agreed to a settlement.
Eric Thayer Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Wed August 20, 2014 6:51 pm

Macy's has agreed to a settle over complaints of racial profiling in its flagship New York City store. The department store will pay $650,000, according to a statement from the New York attorney general's office.

This deal follows a similar deal earlier this month with Barneys in New York.

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The Two-Way
3:22 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

SeaWorld Won't Appeal Ban On Trainers Performing With Orcas

Killer whales perform in Shamu Stadium at the SeaWorld Orlando theme park in Florida. SeaWorld says it will not appeal a citation that prohibits trainers from performing with the whales.
Phelan M. Ebenhack AP

SeaWorld has decided not to appeal a court ruling that prohibits its trainers from performing with killer whales, the Orlando Sentinel reports, citing a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

The legal battle has lasted for years, beginning with the death of trainer Dawn Brancheau by an orca named Tilikum in 2010.

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Goats and Soda
12:48 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

The Ice Bucket Challenge And Other Good Causes: Do Stars Really Help?

Tom Hiddleston takes the Ice Bucket Challenge. The actor is one of many stars taking part in the campaign to raise money for ALS.
via YouTube

Originally published on Wed August 20, 2014 3:04 pm

It's been the social media hit of the summer — some of the world's biggest celebrities dousing themselves with buckets of ice water to raise money for ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), better known as Lou Gehrig's Disease.

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Law
9:30 am
Wed August 20, 2014

Rights Of Protesters, Media Misunderstood In Ferguson

Law enforcement officials move crowds gathering in Ferguson, Mo. toward the perimeter of the designated marching area after clashes erupted on August 19, 2014.
Brakkton Booker NPR

Originally published on Wed August 20, 2014 11:05 am

In the days since a white police officer shot and killed an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Mo., people have been on the streets to register their outrage.

But the police response to those protests has stoked nearly as much anger as the shooting did.

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The Salt
5:43 am
Wed August 20, 2014

Urban Farms Build Resilience Within Singapore's Fragile Food System

A crew of volunteer "aunties" weed and harvest basil at the ComCrop rooftop farm, set high above Singapore's Orchard Road.
Maureen Pao NPR

Originally published on Wed August 20, 2014 11:32 am

At a local FairPrice Supermarket in central Singapore, you'll find baby carrots grown in Bakersfield, Calif. — the same ones for sale at my local grocery store in Washington, D.C.

Such well-traveled vegetables aren't unusual in the tiny island state, which imports more than 90 percent of its food from some 35 countries. Singapore may be one of the most affluent countries in the world, but it depends heavily on others for basic foodstuffs.

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Business
5:27 am
Wed August 20, 2014

Browns Bet On Manziel, But Is He Too Much Of A Distraction?

Originally published on Wed August 20, 2014 9:52 am

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Mental Health
3:12 am
Wed August 20, 2014

Its Mental Health Treatment System Saves San Antonio Millions

Originally published on Wed August 20, 2014 9:52 am

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NPR Story
3:07 am
Wed August 20, 2014

Malls Find New Ways To Draw Shoppers

Originally published on Wed August 20, 2014 9:52 am

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Kelly, you grew up in the '80s like I did. You went to the mall a lot, right?

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Yeah, what else are you going to do when you're 13?

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NPR Story
3:07 am
Wed August 20, 2014

Vodquila Gets Attention From Prestigious Competition

Originally published on Wed August 20, 2014 9:52 am

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And our Last Word in business today is Vodquila.

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What?

MCEVERS: Think about it. It's a hybrid. It's exactly what it sounds like.

GREENE: Is this, like, a mix of vodka and tequila?

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Business
12:00 am
Wed August 20, 2014

Ex-Microsoft CEO Ballmer Steps Down From Company's Board

Steve Ballmer, the new owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, is stepping down from Microsoft's board. Ballmer, who recently resigned as Microsoft's CEO, is the largest individual shareholder of the company.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

Originally published on Wed August 20, 2014 9:52 am

Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, 58, has resigned from the company's board citing other time consuming commitments including his new ownership of the Los Angeles Clippers.

Tuesday's announcement closes a chapter in Ballmer's 34 years with the software giant. He remains the largest individual shareholder in the company.

Ballmer spent $2 billion of his roughly $20 billion fortune on the Clippers purchase, which a judge confirmed last week.

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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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Remember The Club?

(SOUNDBITE OF ADVERTISEMENT)

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

Mom's App Gets Revenge On Kids Who Ignore Messages

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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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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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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