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2:10 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Bank Of America Settles With Feds And States For Record Amount

Originally published on Thu August 21, 2014 3:20 pm

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2:02 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

How To Sell Diverse Books: A Bookstore Owner's Advice

How should book sellers promote diverse content? Examine their biases, and get other folks to examine their biases, too.
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Originally published on Thu August 21, 2014 3:37 pm

This week we've been exploring the question of diversity in the publishing industry.

From the classrooms of M.F.A. writing programs to the corporate offices of the big Manhattan publishers, NPR's Lynn Neary has reported on why there is an absence of people of color across the industry. Publishers agree that as the country's readers become more diverse, reflecting a diverse readership is increasingly becoming smart business for those who make and sell books.

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Business
11:07 am
Thu August 21, 2014

Bank Of America Settles Mortgage Case For $16.65 Billion

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Planet Money
9:40 am
Thu August 21, 2014

Why Restaurant And Hotel Workers May Soon Get A Raise

Originally published on Thu August 21, 2014 12:45 pm

Restaurants and hotels are posting new job openings faster than they can fill them. This is a promising sign for the economy.

Many jobs in the hospitality industry have low pay but don't require specialized skills. So they often serve as a stopgap for people between jobs. In periods when the broader job market is bleak, jobs in this sector tend to get snapped up quickly.

The growing number of unfilled restaurant and hotel jobs implies that many potential workers are finding other jobs or looking at these postings and saying, "Meh, maybe I can do better."

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The Two-Way
8:53 am
Thu August 21, 2014

Bank Of America Reaches Record Settlement Over Mortgage Meltdown

Countrywide, acquired by the Charlotte, N.C.-based Bank of America in the wake of the 2008 financial collapse, accounts for most of the allegations of wrongdoing against BofA.
Damian Dovarganes AP

Originally published on Thu August 21, 2014 1:33 pm

Bank of America Corp. has agreed to pay nearly $17 billion in a settlement with federal regulators over allegations that it misled investors into buying risky, mortgage-backed securities in the run-up to the 2008 financial meltdown.

The Department of Justice, which announced the $16.65 billion deal today, describes it as "the largest civil settlement with a single entity in history."

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Economy
4:21 am
Thu August 21, 2014

Financial Players Gather In Jackson Hole For Annual Conference

Originally published on Thu August 21, 2014 11:07 am

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Business
4:13 am
Thu August 21, 2014

Fed Officials Debate Timing Of Interest Rate Hike

Originally published on Thu August 21, 2014 11:07 am

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3:07 am
Thu August 21, 2014

'Awesome Mix' Is No. 1 On Billboard 200 Album Chart

Originally published on Thu August 21, 2014 11:07 am

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3:07 am
Thu August 21, 2014

China Investigates Lexus For Anti-Monopoly Violations

Originally published on Thu August 21, 2014 11:07 am

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Planet Money
1:36 am
Thu August 21, 2014

Typewriters, Underwater Hotels And Picture Phones: The Future, As Seen From 1964

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Originally published on Thu August 21, 2014 11:07 am

The 1964 World's Fair showcased jet packs and new miracles of science. There was an entire house made from Formica. You could wipe it clean with a sponge!

The people who put the fair together tried to imagine how the future would look. Here are a few predictions, and how they actually turned out.

1. We had picture phones back then?

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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 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

Originally published on Thu August 21, 2014 5:23 am

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.
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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.
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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?

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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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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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