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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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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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Parallels
3:09 pm
Mon July 27, 2015

For Greece's Farmers, Growing Pressure To Be More Competitive

A worker picks clingstone peaches in Greece. Most of the country's farms are small and family owned. Production costs can be high, and Greek farmers have had trouble competing internationally.
Konstantinos Tsakalidis Bloomberg via Getty Images

Originally published on Tue July 28, 2015 12:36 pm

Nick Lapatas spent 18 years living in Chicago. Then he returned home to Greece and bought a small farm. Today he and his son sell tomatoes in an open-air market in Athens. Despite the depressed economy and cheaper imports from Bulgaria and Albania, he's doing OK.

"I don't know how, but we are making some money," he says. "Now, what is going to happen a month from now, I don't know."

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The Salt
2:23 pm
Mon July 27, 2015

Cheap Eats: A Cookbook For Eating Well On A Food Stamp Budget

The Savory Summer Cobbler from the Cheap and Good cookbook features seasonal vegetables under a peppery biscuit crust.
Leanne Brown

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

Editor's note: A version of this story was first published Aug. 1, 2014.

When Leanne Brown moved to New York from Canada to earn a master's in food studies at New York University, she couldn't help noticing that Americans on a tight budget were eating a lot of processed foods heavy in carbs.

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Business
2:21 pm
Mon July 27, 2015

Fiat Chrysler Fined $105 Million For Failing To Complete Recalls

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

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Economy
2:21 pm
Mon July 27, 2015

As Brazil's Economy Goes In Reverse, Illusion Of Prosperity Fades With It

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

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Business
2:21 pm
Mon July 27, 2015

China's Stock Market Suffers Largest Drop In 8 Years

Originally published on Tue July 28, 2015 3:40 am

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Business
4:26 am
Mon July 27, 2015

Feds Levy Record $105 Million Fine Against Fiat Chrysler For Safety Issues

Originally published on Mon July 27, 2015 3:07 pm

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All Tech Considered
4:02 am
Mon July 27, 2015

Major Flaw In Android Phones Would Let Hackers In With Just A Text

A security gap on Android, the most popular smartphone operating system, was discovered by security experts in a lab and is so far not widely exploited.
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Originally published on Tue July 28, 2015 11:48 am

Android is the most popular mobile operating system on Earth: About 80 percent of smartphones run on it. And, according to mobile security experts at the firm Zimperium, there's a gaping hole in the software — one that would let hackers break into someone's phone and take over, just by knowing the phone's number.

Just A Text

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The Two-Way
5:51 pm
Sun July 26, 2015

Fiat Chrysler Hit With Record $105 Million Fine Over Safety Recalls

About 1.4 million Fiat Chrysler vehicles, including Dodges, Jeeps, Rams and Chryslers, were recalled on Friday over concerns that they could be remotely hacked. On Sunday, federal regulators announced previous Fiat Chrysler safety recalls had been mishandled and hit the company with a record $105 million fine.
Joe Raedle Getty Images

Originally published on Mon July 27, 2015 7:36 am

Federal regulators are fining Fiat Chrysler $105 million for failing to acknowledge and address safety defects in a timely fashion.

The civil penalty — the largest ever imposed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration — will be accompanied by three years of "unprecedented" federal oversight, the agency says. Fiat Chrysler has also agreed to buy back some vehicles from their owners.

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The Two-Way
10:42 am
Sat July 25, 2015

Britain's Pearson In Talks To Sell Stake In The Economist Group

Georg Kapsch, President of the Federation of Austrian Industry, holds an issue of The Economist during a news conference in Vienna last year. Britain's Pearson PLC says it's in talks to sell its 50 percent share in The Economist Group.
Heinz-Peter Bader Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Sat July 25, 2015 1:45 pm

Updated at 1:15 p.m. ET

Britain's Pearson PLC — just days after announcing it would sell The Financial Times — has made public that it is engaged in talks to dump its 50 percent stake in The Economist Group.

"Pearson confirms it is in discussions with The Economist Group Board and trustees regarding the potential sale of our 50 percent share in the group," the company said in a statement on Saturday. "There is no certainty that this process will lead to a transaction."

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Business
5:48 am
Sat July 25, 2015

5 Airlines Investigated For Post-Derailment Price-Gouging

Originally published on Sun July 26, 2015 9:12 pm

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Parallels
3:09 pm
Fri July 24, 2015

Struggling Greek Businesses Choked By Money Controls

A shop owner arranges his goods in central Athens on Monday. Greek banks have reopened, but capital controls remain in place.
Angelos Tzortzinis AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri July 24, 2015 7:09 pm

This week the Greek Parliament approved a set of reforms it hopes will lead a new bailout. The country remains under strict capital controls that bar people from sending money abroad. In a country that imports much of what it uses and eats, that's having a debilitating effect on the economy.

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The Salt
2:34 pm
Fri July 24, 2015

Salt Is Slowly Crippling California's Almond Industry

Almond orchards across California are dealing with trees showing signs of stress from the drought, such as smaller nuts and salt-burned leaves.
Ezra Romero for NPR

Originally published on Mon July 27, 2015 2:48 pm

As California's drought drags on, its almond industry has come under scrutiny. As you've probably heard by now, almonds use a lot of water — about one gallon per nut. Most growers are relying on groundwater even more this year, because their surface water has been cut off. But that brings a different problem all together: too much salt.

Not the salt added to make roasted almonds savory, but salt in groundwater – which is killing trees.

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Health
2:28 pm
Fri July 24, 2015

Health Insurer Anthem To Buy Rival Cigna For Nearly $50 Billion

Originally published on Fri July 24, 2015 6:22 pm

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Shots - Health News
1:14 pm
Fri July 24, 2015

Anthem Deal For Cigna Would Hasten Health Insurance Consolidation

Anthem, headquartered in Indianapolis, would become an even bigger provider of health insurance if its deal for Cigna goes through.
Aaron P. Bernstein Getty Images

Anthem finally bagged its prey.

The Indianapolis-based health insurer Anthem reached an agreement Thursday to pay $54 billion for rival Cigna, based in Bloomfield, Conn. Cigna rejected a lower Anthem bid in June, calling it inadequate.

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Business
8:10 am
Fri July 24, 2015

Anthem To Buy Health Insurance Rival Cigna

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The Two-Way
6:24 am
Fri July 24, 2015

Anthem To Buy Cigna, Creating Largest Health Insurer By Enrollment

Anthem, headquartered in Indianapolis, is buying rival Cigna in a deal valued at $48 billion announced Friday.
Michael Conroy AP

Originally published on Fri July 24, 2015 6:25 am

Health insurer Anthem has struck a deal to acquire rival Cigna for $48 billion — a buyout that would create the country's largest health insurer by enrollment.

The combined entity would have an estimated revenue of $115 billion and cover 53 million people in the U.S.

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