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3:02 am
Tue June 23, 2015

Musicians Deny Requests To Allow Their Music To Be Streamed

Originally published on Tue June 23, 2015 6:10 am

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Europe
3:02 am
Tue June 23, 2015

Anti-Austerity Greek Government Yields Ground At EU Summit

Originally published on Tue June 23, 2015 12:16 pm

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U.S.
3:02 am
Tue June 23, 2015

How Fracking Is Fueling A Power Shift From Coal To Gas

Bill Pentak of Panda Power Funds (left), Plant Manager John Martin (center) and Construction Manager Rob Risher (right) stand in front of the construction site for the new Panda Liberty gas power plant in Towanda, Penn. The plant, expected to come online in early 2016, was deliberately sited on top of the Marcellus Shale to take advantage of the cheap, abundant gas.
Marie Cusick WITF

Originally published on Tue June 23, 2015 6:10 am

When you flip on a light switch, odds are, you're burning coal. But as the fracking boom continues to unleash huge quantities of natural gas, the nation's electric grid is changing. Power plants are increasingly turning to this low-cost, cleaner-burning fossil fuel.

Bill Pentak stands in the middle of a construction site, looking up at his company's latest project towering overhead — a new natural gas power plant.

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The Two-Way
6:13 pm
Mon June 22, 2015

In The Battle Between Taylor Swift And Apple, Swift Didn't Fight Alone

Originally published on Tue June 23, 2015 11:51 am

Taylor Swift is no stranger to positive, even fawning, press coverage. Just this month, there was the story about teenagers using light-up bracelets from a Swift concert to flag down help when they were trapped inside their car after a crash. The headline from MTV read "Taylor Swift Saved Three Teens' Lives — Literally."

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The Salt
4:25 pm
Mon June 22, 2015

Local Food Is Still A Niche. Can It Grow Beyond That?

Elk Grove, Calif., is a suburb of Sacramento, about 15 miles from the city center. This 14-square mile view of the city was photographed on Apr. 23, 2015.
Courtesy of Planet Labs

Originally published on Tue June 23, 2015 8:40 am

Local food enthusiasts have been trying to make the case that buying food from farmers nearby supports local economies, boosts food security and is better for the environment.

But so far, "local" food still makes up a pretty small fraction of what Americans eat. And given that most agriculture in the U.S. is geared toward producing food crops — from corn to soybeans to almonds — for the global market, it doesn't seem likely that will change.

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Law
2:39 pm
Mon June 22, 2015

This California Raisin Grower Just Got His Day In The Sun

Raisin farmer Marvin Horne stands in a field of grapevines planted in 1918 next to his home in Kerman, Calif. Horne was elated by Monday's Supreme Court decision. "It's just an affirmation in our Constitution and the American way of life," he said.
Gary Kazanjian AP

Originally published on Wed June 24, 2015 2:13 pm

The Supreme Court on Monday struck down a Depression-era federal program aimed at stabilizing raisin and other commodity prices.

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The Two-Way
2:13 pm
Mon June 22, 2015

Greek Proposals Raise Hope Of Deal On Bailout

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras arrives for a meeting with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker before an EU summit in Brussels on Monday. He's hoping a new Greek proposal will end the deadlock on a bailout for Greece's economy.
Virginia Mayo AP

Originally published on Mon June 22, 2015 3:52 pm

Greece's finance minister says European leaders have, in principle, accepted a new proposal from Athens that could pave the way for another installment of a multibillion-dollar bailout. The move could stave off a Greek default on its debt obligations and avert an exit from the eurozone — at least for now.

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The Salt
1:58 pm
Mon June 22, 2015

Sans Artificial: General Mills Scrambles To Reformulate Lucky Charms

Brace yourself, leprechaun: General Mills wants to ditch the artificial colorings and flavorings in your Lucky Charms.
Mike Mozart Flickr

We hate to break it to you, Mr. Leprechaun, but someone really is after your Lucky Charms: General Mills.

Or more specifically, it's after the artificial colorings used to give the cereal its trademark rainbow-colored marshmallow shapes. General Mills on Monday announced it will remove artificial colors and flavors from all of its cereals.

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The Two-Way
11:52 am
Mon June 22, 2015

Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia To Be Bought By Sequential

Martha Stewart founded the magazine Martha Stewart Living in 1991 and started Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia in 1997.
AP

Originally published on Mon June 22, 2015 12:38 pm

People who love to craft sparkly holiday décor and make their own milk carton citrus soaps have looked to Martha Stewart for more than 20 years. And today, the upscale DIY queen's company is at the center of what Stewart calls "a transformational merger."

Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia says in a statement that it has agreed to be acquired by Sequential Brands Group.

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Planet Money
10:38 am
Mon June 22, 2015

Husbands And Wives: Who Works, Who Doesn't?

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Marriage And Work Over Time

In the early 1970s, there was a standard model for married couples where at least one spouse worked full time: In two-thirds of those marriages, the man worked and the woman didn't.

Over the next several decades, that changed dramatically, as more and more women moved into full-time jobs.

By the turn of the century, the standard had reversed: In nearly two-thirds of these marriages, both people worked full time.

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U.S.
2:59 am
Mon June 22, 2015

After Waterway Closure, Minneapolis Sees An End To River Shipping

Originally published on Mon June 22, 2015 6:07 am

It's late on a Tuesday morning and — as it's done every day for decades — the Patrick Gannaway towboat pushes its two barges up the Mississippi River right through downtown Minneapolis.

To get its 2,400 tons of sand, gravel, and limestone past the river's only waterfall, the barges take a five-story vertical ride inside the Upper St. Anthony Falls lock.

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Economy
2:59 am
Mon June 22, 2015

Summit To Concentrate On Greece's Impending Deadline To Repay IMF Loan

Demonstrators hold flags and banners during a protest march in solidarity with Greece in Brussels on Sunday. Heads of state in the eurozone will meet in Brussels on Monday for a special summit to discuss the financial crisis with Greece.
Virginia Mayo AP

Originally published on Mon June 22, 2015 4:54 pm

European leaders hold an emergency summit in Brussels on Monday in an effort to prevent Greece from defaulting on its debts. Greece owes the International Monetary Fund $1.8 billion by the end of this month, and it needs Europe's help to make the payment. But the Athens government is refusing to commit to an economic overhaul package that officials are demanding.

Greece has come close to default many times before — only to work out a last-minute compromise with its creditors. This time, though, it faces much longer odds.

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Around the Nation
5:49 am
Sun June 21, 2015

When The Local Paper Closes, Where Does The Community Turn?

The Montgomery and Prince George's County Gazettes in Maryland were two locally focused papers that have shut down.
Lydia Thompson NPR

When Betsy Freeman moved to Damascus, Md., 30 years ago, the first thing she looked for was a local community newspaper.

Along with meeting her new neighbors, Freeman met the Gazette.

"The Gazette papers were the thing that really welcomed you into the community," she says.

She's now mourning the loss of the Montgomery and Prince George's county Gazettes, which closed their doors last week after more than 55 years.

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Environment
4:42 pm
Sat June 20, 2015

Residents Fight To Block Fracked Gas In New York's Finger Lakes

At an October protest, hundreds of "We Are Seneca Lake" members block the gates of Crestwood Midstream to protest against the expansion of fracked gas storage in the Finger Lakes.
PR Newswire AP

Originally published on Sat June 20, 2015 4:45 pm

New York state's Seneca Lake is the heart of the Finger Lakes, a beautiful countryside of steep glacier-carved hills and long slivers of water with deep beds of salt. It's been mined on Seneca's shore for more than a century.

The Texas company Crestwood Midstream owns the mine now, and stores natural gas in the emptied-out caverns. It has federal approval to increase the amount, and it's seeking New York's OK to store 88 million gallons of propane as well.

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Goats and Soda
3:39 am
Sat June 20, 2015

Tobacco Is Smokin' Again In Zimbabwe

A worker at Boka Tobacco auction floors displays some of the tobacco crop, in Harare, Zimbabwe, Tuesday May 14, 2013. The country's tobacco selling season kicked off in February and to date tobacco worth over $400 million dollars has been sold to buyers mostly from China and the European Union.
Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi AP

Originally published on Sat June 20, 2015 8:40 am

Noisy trolleys roll bales of tobacco on and off the auction floors in Harare, Zimbabwe's capital. Here they call it "green gold." Some of the country's estimated 100,000 small-scale tobacco farmers look on, hoping for profitable sales.

Auctioneers, quoting prices at high speed, pace up and down rows of extra-large jute-covered bundles, with yellow tobacco leaves spilling out.

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The Two-Way
8:50 pm
Fri June 19, 2015

Neighbors Of Brooklyn Deli Fight Gentrification With Grass-Fed Tuna Salad

Tongue in cheek signs in the front window of Jesse's Deli are part of the campaign to bring attention to the high rent faced by long-time businesses in Brooklyn.
Jesse Itayim

Locally Sourced Vegetarian Citrus Fizz? $5.99. Grass Fed Himalayan Tuna Salad? That'll be $9.99. Taking gentrification and a rent hike into your own hands? Priceless.

That's how the neighbors at Jesse's Deli in Brooklyn's Boerum Hill neighborhood are trying to save their local convenience store.

Owner Jesse Itayim opened his doors in 1984 at the corner of Bergen and Bonds Avenue, spending time in that location and another before moving to his current location, 402 Atlantic Ave., in 1989.

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Economy
3:01 pm
Fri June 19, 2015

Hartford, Conn., Bets On Baseball To Revive Ailing Economy

Originally published on Fri June 19, 2015 6:13 pm

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The Two-Way
7:03 am
Fri June 19, 2015

Toyota's Top Female Executive Arrested In Japan On Drug Charges

Toyota Motor Corp's Managing Officer and Chief Communications Officer Julie Hamp speaks to media during a news conference in Nagoya, central Japan, in this photo released by Kyodo on June 18.
Kyodo Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Fri June 19, 2015 12:19 pm

Julie Hamp — Toyota Motor Corp.'s first senior female executive who was appointed head of public relations just weeks ago — has been arrested in Japan for allegedly importing the prescription painkiller oxycodone in violation of the country's narcotics laws.

A total of 57 pills were discovered by Japanese customs officials on June 11 inside a package that Hamp mailed to herself from Kentucky, declaring the contents to be a necklace, according to Japanese news reports.

Oxycodone is legal in the U.S. with a prescription.

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Asia
4:15 am
Fri June 19, 2015

U.S. Diplomats To Hold Talks With Their Chinese Counterparts Next Week

Originally published on Mon June 22, 2015 4:49 pm

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All Tech Considered
3:22 am
Fri June 19, 2015

The Legendary Mr. Miyamoto, Father Of Mario And Donkey Kong

Video game designer Shigeru Miyamoto introduces Nintendo's Super Mario Maker at the Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles in 2014.
Jae C. Hong AP

Originally published on Fri June 19, 2015 9:23 am

Nintendo's Mario games, in their various forms and genres have been played around the world by hundreds of millions of people. In the original, Mario is a plumber who must speed through the Mushroom Kingdom to rescue Princess Toadstool.

The game turns 30 this year. Its famed creator, Shigeru Miyamoto, was in Los Angeles this week at the big Electronic Entertainment Expo video game conference to promote the latest version of the game Super Mario Maker.

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Business
3:03 am
Fri June 19, 2015

How A Tax On Chicken Changed The Playing Field For U.S. Automakers

Originally published on Fri June 19, 2015 6:18 am

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All Tech Considered
3:03 am
Fri June 19, 2015

Q&A: Shigeru Miyamoto On The Origins Of Nintendo's Famous Characters

Shigeru Miyamoto plays the latest Mario game, called Super Mario Maker, at the Nintendo booth Wednesday at this year's E3 video game expo in Los Angeles.
Travis Larchuk NPR

Originally published on Fri June 19, 2015 9:16 am

Shigeru Miyamoto is the creator of many of Nintendo's iconic video game franchises, including Mario Bros., Donkey Kong and The Legend of Zelda. NPR's Laura Sydell interviewed the 62-year-old designer at the Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles this week.

Miyamoto spoke, through an interpreter, about the origins of his famous characters, how his life experiences inspire his creations and why Nintendo's latest console, the Wii U, failed to take off.

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Business
3:03 am
Fri June 19, 2015

Researcher Sees Gradual Movement On Issue Of Paid Parental Leave

Originally published on Fri June 19, 2015 6:18 am

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U.S.
1:30 am
Fri June 19, 2015

Battle Over New Oil Train Standards Pits Safety Against Cost

Oil trains sit idle on the BNSF Railway's tracks in Chicago's Pilsen neighborhood.
David Schaper NPR

Originally published on Fri June 19, 2015 1:30 pm

The federal government's new rules aimed at preventing explosive oil train derailments are sparking a backlash from all sides.

The railroads, oil producers and shippers say some of the new safety requirements are unproven and too costly, yet some safety advocates and environmental groups say the regulations aren't strict enough and still leave too many people at risk.

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Media
3:27 pm
Thu June 18, 2015

NBC Names Lester Holt New Anchor Of Nightly News

Originally published on Thu June 18, 2015 6:58 pm

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Brian Williams will not return to the anchor's chair of "NBC Nightly News."

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His temporary replacement, Lester Holt, is now permanent. This makes Holt the first African-American to be the lead anchor for a broadcast network.

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The Two-Way
1:21 pm
Thu June 18, 2015

Congress Breathes Life Into President's Fast-Track Trade Plan

President Obama's "fast-track" trade proposal, written off by many last week, got a key boost in the House on Thursday when lawmakers voted 218-208 to approve the measure.

The bill now moves back to the Senate, where a vote is expected next week.

The fast-track measure would enable the President to send to Congress, for an up or down vote, a trade deal with Pacific rim nations called the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

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The Two-Way
12:47 pm
Thu June 18, 2015

Woman To Share Marquee On $10 Bill With Alexander Hamilton

Alexander Hamilton is currently on the $10 bill.
BEBETO MATTHEWS ASSOCIATED PRESS

Alexander Hamilton, who has had top billing on the $10 since 1929, will have to share the marquee starting in 2020, making way for a woman's portrait — but it is not yet clear who will get the honor.

"America's currency is a way for our nation to make a statement about who we are and what we stand for," Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew said in a statement on Wednesday.

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The Two-Way
12:46 pm
Thu June 18, 2015

It's Official: Brian Williams Out As 'NBC Nightly News' Anchor

Brian Williams won't return to the anchor's chair at NBC Nightly News. Williams is being replaced by Lester Holt, the broadcast's interim anchor, four months after being suspended for misrepresenting his experiences covering the war in Iraq, NBC said Thursday in a statement.

Williams will return to MSNBC, where he was an anchor from 1996 to 2004. There, he will anchor breaking news and special reports, the network said. He will begin his new role in mid-August.

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It's All Politics
11:56 am
Thu June 18, 2015

How Democratic Trade Rift Could Give Rise To 'Tea Party' Of The Left

Rep. Marcy Kaptur, D-Ohio, and fellow Democratic members of Congress hold a news conference to voice their opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal.
Chip Somodevilla Getty Images

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Business
3:58 am
Thu June 18, 2015

FCC Fines AT&T For False Data Plan Promises

Originally published on Thu June 18, 2015 6:05 am

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