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The Two-Way
10:18 am
Thu July 30, 2015

Obama Orders Development Of Supercomputer To Rival China's 'Milky Way'

The Japanese supercomputer K, pictured in June 2012 at the RIKEN Advanced Institute for Computational Science in Kobe, western Japan. The K computer is currently ranked No. 3 on a list of the 500 fastest supercomputers.
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Originally published on Thu July 30, 2015 11:59 am

President Obama has ordered the development of a supercomputer that is some 20 times faster than the world's current record-holder and is expected to go online by 2025.

A machine at China's National University of Defense Technology in Guangzhou, called Tianhe-2 (Milky Way-2) is thought to currently be the fastest supercomputer in existence — variously reported as doing either 34 or 55 petaflops (1 petaflop is equivalent to 1 quadrillion floating-point operations per second).

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The Two-Way
10:16 am
Thu July 30, 2015

Justice Dept. Hires Compliance Expert In Fight Against Corporate Crime

Justice Department lawyers who prosecute errant corporations and executives are bringing in a new member to the team — a full-time expert in compliance programs.

Andrew Weissmann, who leads the Fraud Section in the criminal division at the Justice Department, said the new hire is all part of a plan to reduce corporate crime.

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The Two-Way
10:16 am
Thu July 30, 2015

3 U.Va. Graduates Sue 'Rolling Stone,' Reporter Over Rape Article

Former members of the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity at the University of Virginia say they are the victims of defamation and negligence.
Jay Paul Getty Images

Originally published on Thu July 30, 2015 11:46 am

Saying that an article on campus rape that was later retracted hurt their reputations and subjected them to needless humiliation, three former members of the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity have sued Rolling Stone, its publisher and the reporter who wrote the story.

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The Salt
5:03 am
Thu July 30, 2015

Do Fish Names Encourage Fishy Business?

Sea bass, pollock, striped bass and other fish species are seen for sale at the Harbor Fish Market in Portland, Maine.
Ryan Kellman for NPR

Originally published on Thu July 30, 2015 12:30 pm

Order a rockfish at a restaurant in Maryland, and you'll likely get a striped bass. Place the same order in California, and you could end up with a vermilion rockfish, a Pacific Ocean perch or one of dozens of other fish species on your plate.

This jumble of names is perfectly legal. But it's confusing to diners — and it can hamper efforts to combat illegal fishing and seafood fraud, says the ocean conservation group Oceana.

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Business
3:46 am
Thu July 30, 2015

Oculus Uses 'Henry' Premiere To Whet Appetites For Its Virtual Reality Headset

Originally published on Thu July 30, 2015 7:19 am

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The Two-Way
6:18 pm
Wed July 29, 2015

Debris In The Indian Ocean May Have Come From Vanished Airliner

A piece of a wing, apparently from a Boeing 777, has been found on Reunion, an island in the Indian Ocean. It's not clear yet whether the debris is from the Malaysia Airlines jet that disappeared from radar during a flight last year.
Yannick Pitou AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu July 30, 2015 10:46 am

Authorities on the French island of Réunion in the Indian Ocean have found debris that may be from a missing Malaysia Airlines jet.

A source familiar with the investigation tells NPR's Geoff Brumfiel that the debris appears to have come from a large passenger aircraft, but it remains unclear whether it's from Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, which vanished from radar on March 8, 2014.

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The Two-Way
3:52 pm
Wed July 29, 2015

Birkin Bag Is Fine, But Namesake Actress Wants 'Birkin Croco' Rebranded

The Birkin Croco is made of dyed crocodile skin.
Sam Yeh AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed July 29, 2015 3:56 pm

A lot of people who want a Birkin bag — a handbag popular among celebrities that can cost more than $100,000 — will get on multiple-year waiting lists to get one. But its namesake wants nothing to do with one version of it.

Specifically, Jane Birkin no longer wants to be affiliated with the popular crocodile-skin version. Her request comes after PETA published a graphic video on how crocodiles are allegedly treated before being killed.

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Your Money
3:31 pm
Wed July 29, 2015

From The Silents To Millennials, Debt Burdens Span The Generations

Alyson Hurt and Paige Pfleger NPR

Originally published on Thu July 30, 2015 11:57 am

For most of us, debt is a big part of life. According to a new study by Pew Charitable Trusts, 80 percent of Americans have some form of debt — from student loans to credit card balances.

There are many among the so-called silent generation, those born before World War II, who are still paying off mortgages and credit cards.

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Technology
3:15 pm
Wed July 29, 2015

Microsoft Launches Windows 10 Free Of Charge

Originally published on Wed July 29, 2015 5:56 pm

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Energy
3:12 pm
Wed July 29, 2015

Greenpeace Activists Protest Shell Oil's Plan To Drill In The Arctic Ocean

Originally published on Wed July 29, 2015 5:56 pm

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All Tech Considered
3:12 pm
Wed July 29, 2015

Politics Overshadows U.S. Tech Firms' Hopes For Entering Iran

Customers try out cellphones and tablets in a store in Tehran, in 2012. Financial sanctions make it difficult for U.S. firms to do business in Iran, analysts say.
Vahid Salemi AP

Originally published on Thu July 30, 2015 12:44 pm

Iran has the potential to be a boom market for American tech companies. The majority of the population is under 30 and well educated, and over half the country has access to the Internet.

Many businesses have to wait until more sanctions are lifted, but certain tech companies can already go into Iran legally because the U.S. has lifted sanctions on various communication technology. They just aren't sure they want to.

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Goats and Soda
2:19 pm
Wed July 29, 2015

Nobel Prize Winner Thinks No One Should Ever Retire

Nobel Laureate Muhammad Yunus, who just turned 75, thinks of credit as a human right.
Ben de la Cruz NPR

Originally published on Thu July 30, 2015 10:53 am

Muhammad Yunus just had a milestone birthday. On June 28, he turned 75. It's a big moment for a man who's had many big moments in his life — most notably the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize for founding Grameen Bank, which loans small sums, aka "microcredit," to the poor, mainly women, so they can start their own businesses.

Yunus stopped by NPR last week — he was in Washington, D.C., for a conference — wearing the long, open-necked "kurta" shirt of his native Bangladesh. "[A tie] looks funny on me," he joked.

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The Two-Way
11:15 am
Wed July 29, 2015

Windows 10 Rolls Out, Along With Concern Over Sharing Wi-Fi Passwords

With Windows 10, Microsoft is more closely uniting its operating systems that run tablets, phones and desktops.
Microsoft

Microsoft rolled out Windows 10 as a free upgrade Wednesday, hoping to become more relevant to mobile users as it updates a key operating system. One feature, which shares your Wi-Fi with your contacts list, is drawing skepticism.

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Business
4:19 am
Wed July 29, 2015

Pink Cadillacs Takeover As Mary Kay Mania Hits Dallas

Originally published on Wed July 29, 2015 12:04 pm

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Business
4:14 am
Wed July 29, 2015

South Koreans Bristle At Growing Dominance Of Family-Run Conglomerates

Originally published on Thu July 30, 2015 11:57 am

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NPR Story
3:05 am
Wed July 29, 2015

Sans McDonalds: Neighbors Want To Keep Paris Food Hub Historic

Originally published on Wed July 29, 2015 5:59 am

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The Salt
3:40 pm
Tue July 28, 2015

Oceans Called A 'Wild West' Where Lawlessness And Impunity Rule

Originally published on Tue July 28, 2015 10:19 pm

There are about 140 million square miles of open ocean, and according to New York Times reporter Ian Urbina, much of it is essentially lawless. As Mark Young, a retired U.S. Coast Guard commander and former chief of enforcement for the Pacific Ocean, told Urbina, the maritime realm is "like the Wild West. Weak rules, few sheriffs, lots of outlaws."

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Business
3:00 pm
Tue July 28, 2015

New York's LaGuardia Airport To Get Long Overdue Redesign

Originally published on Tue July 28, 2015 4:31 pm

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U.S.
3:00 pm
Tue July 28, 2015

During Pool Season, Even Lifeguard Numbers Are Taking A Dive

A shortage of lifeguards across U.S. cities could be a fallout of the recovering economy.
Christopher Corr Ikon Images/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue July 28, 2015 4:31 pm

A teenager locking down a summer job as a lifeguard used to be a big deal.

But this summer, several parks and recreation departments and YMCA's across the country are reporting a shortage of lifeguards. And an improving economy may be playing a big role.

The Ridge Road swimming pool in Raleigh, N.C. is packed. There are easily 200 people here competing in a swim meet, some of them as young as 5 years old.

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All Tech Considered
12:43 pm
Tue July 28, 2015

As Twitter Flirts With Hearts, Will You Miss The Stars?

Some Twitter users pulled up their feed Tuesday and saw changes involving the reply, retweet and "fav" buttons.

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The Salt
12:19 pm
Tue July 28, 2015

Beyond Brothels: Farms And Fisheries Are Frontier Of Human Trafficking

Thai and Burmese fishing boat workers sit inside a cell at the compound of a fishing company in Benjina, Indonesia on Nov. 22, 2014. The imprisoned men were considered slaves who might run away.
Dita Alangkara AP

Originally published on Thu July 30, 2015 12:41 pm

When the U.S. State Department released its annual human trafficking report on Monday, it told distressingly familiar tales of forced sex work and housekeepers kept against their will. But this year, one area got special attention: Slavery in the global supply chains of agriculture, fishing and aquaculture.

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All Tech Considered
8:32 am
Tue July 28, 2015

Twitter Takes Down Unoriginal Jokes, But All Of Yours Are Probably Safe

Originally published on Tue July 28, 2015 1:06 pm

Twitter has started taking down jokes for copyright infringement. The removals were first spotted by @PlagiarismBad, which traced the takedown notices to Olga Lexell, a freelance writer in Los Angeles.

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The Two-Way
6:03 am
Tue July 28, 2015

Drawing A Line From The Chinese Stock Market To Your Wallet

A Chinese worker is seen at a construction site in Beijing. Economic changes in China and in other places have reduced demand and prices for commodities like the metal in the building's structure.
AP

Originally published on Tue July 28, 2015 11:03 am

A mega-economic story is playing out globally. It involves U.S. interest rates, the Chinese stock market and jobs in Minnesota, Arizona and North Dakota.

And your wallet, too.

No kidding. It's all related. To see how, let your mind wander back.

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Business
4:35 am
Tue July 28, 2015

New York's LaGuardia Airport To Get Much-Needed Overhaul

Originally published on Tue July 28, 2015 5:41 am

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Asia
4:22 am
Tue July 28, 2015

China's Stock Market Unnerves Investors With Another Nosedive

Originally published on Tue July 28, 2015 12:07 pm

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Planet Money
4:17 am
Tue July 28, 2015

Automakers Still Trying To Get Infotainment Systems Right

Originally published on Wed July 29, 2015 5:00 pm

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You know, Steve, sometimes we help each other out in here and have a back-and-forth about how to pronounce something.

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NPR Ed
3:13 am
Tue July 28, 2015

The Struggle To Breathe Life Back Into Empty Schools

Eliot Elementary in St. Louis, Mo., closed 10 years ago. The building remains empty.
Tim Lloyd/ St. Louis Public Radio

Originally published on Tue July 28, 2015 12:37 pm

Virginia Savage lives in a part of north St. Louis, Mo., that's filled with vacant buildings, including Marshall Elementary. It has been closed for years now, and vines crawl into the building's smashed-out windows. The playground is littered with empty liquor bottles.

Savage went to school at Marshall as a young girl, and now she sees bigger problems beyond all those blemishes: "Drug dealers, drug users, eyesore. That's what I see."

In St. Louis, the student enrollment is one-fourth the size it was in the 1960s. That drop has led the district to close 30 or so schools.

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The Salt
3:13 am
Tue July 28, 2015

Squeezed By Drought, California Farmers Switch To Less Thirsty Crops

Gary Broomell and his daughter, Debbie, pose behind a sign on their ranch in San Diego County. Their family has been growing citrus for generations, but lately, it's been hard staying in the black growing oranges, so they started a vineyard a few years ago.
Lesley McClurg Capital Public Radio

Originally published on Tue July 28, 2015 5:41 am

Water scarcity is driving California farmers to plant different crops. Growers are switching to more profitable, less-thirsty fruits, vegetables and nuts.

Nowhere is this truer than San Diego County, where water prices are some of the highest in the state.

Grapefruit trees shade the entrance to Triple B Ranches winery in northern San Diego County. The tasting room is a converted kitchen festooned with country knick knacks.

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Around the Nation
4:06 pm
Mon July 27, 2015

Boy Scouts To Announce End Of Ban On Gay Leaders

Originally published on Mon July 27, 2015 5:24 pm

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The executive board of the Boy Scouts of America has ended its outright ban on gay scout leaders today, but there's a caveat. NPR's Wade Goodwyn reports that the resolution allows each scout unit to decide for itself whether to accept gay adult leaders.

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Health
4:06 pm
Mon July 27, 2015

Donors Sue Fertility Industry For Caps On Egg Prices

Originally published on Mon July 27, 2015 5:24 pm

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