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2:05 pm
Wed June 17, 2015

Gaming Industry Pushes Virtual Reality, But Content Lags

An attendee at the Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles plays Sony's Project Morpheus London Heist video game with a virtual reality headset and Move controllers.
Lucy Nicholson Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Wed June 17, 2015 5:23 pm

Video game makers are in Los Angeles this week showing off their latest releases. Along with updates of big franchises like Tomb Raider, game developers are showcasing immersive virtual reality games. But virtual reality may not inspire love at first sight when it starts hitting the consumer market.

Even if you haven't played a video game, it's likely I could describe it to you pretty vividly because you've played other video games. But with virtual reality, there isn't much out there yet to try.

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The Two-Way
1:46 pm
Wed June 17, 2015

Yes, Your Car Loan Will Still Be Cheap As Fed Holds Rates Low

Lincoln Mercury vehicles at a dealership lot in Sterling Heights, Mich.
Paul Sancya AP

Originally published on Wed June 17, 2015 2:48 pm

The Federal Reserve's policymakers Wednesday held steady on interest rates — and gave no specific time frame for when they might change course.

That was the expected outcome of their two-day meeting.

But this changed: The policymakers seemed a bit more optimistic about the U.S. economy. Their statement said that while inflation is very low, "economic activity has been expanding moderately."

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It's All Politics
12:00 pm
Wed June 17, 2015

The Problem With Donald Trump's One-Page Summary On His Wealth

Donald Trump displays a copy of a summary of his net worth during his presidential announcement Tuesday.
Richard Drew AP

Originally published on Fri June 19, 2015 3:56 pm

Just how much is Donald Trump worth?

"I'm really rich," Trump declared during his presidential announcement Tuesday in New York at Trump Tower, one of the many buildings around the world donning his name.

But just how rich has always been a question. It was one before the real-estate mogul declared for president and, well, it remains a big question afterward, too, despite Trump holding up a one-page form declaring he is worth roughly $9 billion.

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The Salt
11:50 am
Wed June 17, 2015

To Tackle Food Waste, Big Grocery Chain Will Sell Produce Rejects

Imperfect Produce is a new venture that's sourcing funny-looking produce and partnering with the chain Raley's to sell it at discounted prices.
Courtesy of Imperfect Produce

Originally published on Thu June 18, 2015 8:45 am

It's easy to blame someone else for food waste. If this is really a $2.6 trillion issue, as the United Nations estimates, then who's in charge of fixing it?

Turns out, we the eaters play a big role here.

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Politics
7:32 am
Wed June 17, 2015

Paul Ryan: Trade Deal Will Help U.S. 'Set The Standards For The Global Economy'

Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) is interviewed for TV in September 2014.
Richard Drew AP

Originally published on Wed June 17, 2015 10:49 am

House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, (R-Wis.) says approving a massive trade package sought by President Obama will allow the U.S. to "write the rules" of the global economy. Parts of the package are now in limbo in the House.

Ryan spoke with NPR's Morning Edition host Steve Inskeep about the trade deal and about Trade Promotion Authority, also known as fast-track, which would allow the president to negotiate the trade agreement with Pacific Rim nations known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership and then have Congress pass it with an up-or-down vote.

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Business
3:04 am
Wed June 17, 2015

Gap To Close 175 Stores, Cut 250 Corporate Jobs

Originally published on Wed June 17, 2015 5:19 am

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Shots - Health News
3:03 am
Wed June 17, 2015

Documents Reveal Secret Legal Battle Over Medicare Overbilling

Originally published on Fri June 19, 2015 9:46 am

Federal officials have spent years locked in a secret legal battle with UnitedHealth Group, the nation's biggest Medicare Advantage insurer, after a government audit detected widespread overbilling at one of the company's health plans, newly released records show.

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U.S.
3:02 am
Wed June 17, 2015

Concern Grows Over Unregulated Pesticide Use Among Marijuana Growers

Using chemicals to control bugs or mold is common among commercial cannabis growers. But with no federal oversight, experts are concerned growers may be using dangerous pesticides.
Ted S. Warren AP

Originally published on Wed June 17, 2015 5:19 am

The marijuana industry has a pesticide problem. Many commercial cannabis growers use chemicals to control bugs and mold. But the plant's legal status is unresolved.

The grow room at Medical MJ Supply in Fort Collins, Colo., has all the trappings of a modern marijuana cultivation facility: glowing yellow lights, plastic irrigation tubes, and rows of knee-high cannabis plants.

"We're seeing a crop that's probably in it third or fourth week," says Nick Dice, the owner.

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Remembrances
2:30 pm
Tue June 16, 2015

Kirk Kerkorian, Las Vegas Casino Mogul, Dies At 98

Originally published on Tue June 16, 2015 6:06 pm

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Kirk Kerkorian changed the way Vegas did business. The founder of MGM Resorts International died yesterday at his home in California. NPR's Sam Sanders reports.

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Business
2:30 pm
Tue June 16, 2015

Gap Announces Closure Of 175 North American Stores

Originally published on Wed June 17, 2015 4:21 am

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Politics
2:30 pm
Tue June 16, 2015

Donald Trump Jumps Into GOP Presidential Race

Originally published on Fri June 19, 2015 12:05 pm

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The Two-Way
1:33 pm
Tue June 16, 2015

Billionaire Investor Kirk Kerkorian Dies At 98

Kirk Kerkorian arrives at the premiere of the HBO documentary His Way in Hollywood, Calif., in 2011. The billionaire helped revitalize the Las Vegas Strip.
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Kirk Kerkorian, child of Armenian immigrants, casino magnate, World War II pilot and grade-school dropout, died Monday night in Los Angeles. He was 98.

The Los Angeles Times reports Kerkorian died at his home in Beverly Hills, Calif.

Kerkorian, who founded MGM Resorts International and built the largest hotel in the world three different times, was known for making the Las Vegas Strip a destination not just for adults, but entire families.

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It's All Politics
10:36 am
Tue June 16, 2015

As NAFTA Memories Linger, Unions Hold Fast Against New Trade Deal

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka speaks against the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact in a May 18 speech in Portland, Ore.
Don Ryan AP

Originally published on Tue June 16, 2015 4:39 pm

If the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal isn't revived in the next few days, labor unions will have helped defeat one of President Obama's main foreign policy goals. But what will defeating the TPP, an agreement that covers 12 nations along the Pacific Rim, do for labor?

Thea Lee, deputy chief of staff at the AFL-CIO, has had a front-row seat to the trade negotiations on Capitol Hill.

She opposes many of the provisions in the new trade deal, but she can't tell you exactly which.

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The Two-Way
9:42 am
Tue June 16, 2015

U.S. House Votes To Buy Time For Obama's Trade Agenda

Originally published on Wed June 17, 2015 3:10 pm

Updated at 2:55 p.m. ET

This afternoon, the U.S. House voted 236 to 189 to give itself six more weeks to sort out tangled legislation involving trade.

The House Republican leaders prodded their members to approve a rule change that extends time for a second vote on one part of a trade package. This portion, called Trade Adjustment Assistance, failed on Friday.

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The Salt
7:01 am
Tue June 16, 2015

Why Scream For Gelato Instead Of Ice Cream? Here's The Scoop

Higher butterfat content makes ice cream thick and heavy, which is why you can get a nice, round, firm scoop of ice cream, shown at left. Gelato, at right, has less cream, which gives you softer drifts.
iStockphoto/The Art of Making Gelato, Race Point Publishing

Originally published on Tue June 16, 2015 10:21 am

Back in the day, this saying applied to pretty much everyone: "I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream."

Nowadays, though, one friend is probably screaming for gelato, another for a vegan frozen dessert and yet someone else for sherbet.

But it's gelato, ice cream's Italian cousin, that's keeping more customers coming back. Gelato sales rose from $11 million in 2009 to an estimated $214 million in 2014, which has kept frozen dessert sales afloat, according to the market research firm Mintel.

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The Salt
3:12 am
Tue June 16, 2015

Landfill Of Lettuce: Why Were These Greens Tossed Before Their Time?

Cesar Zuniga, operations manager at the Salinas Valley municipal dump in California, points to salad greens that still have two weeks before their sell-by date. "Some loads ... look very fresh," Zuniga says. "We question, wow, why is this being tossed?"
Allison Aubrey/NPR

Originally published on Tue June 16, 2015 4:10 pm

Here's a scenario lots of us can relate to: tossing a bag of lettuce because it sat too long in the back of the fridge.

It doesn't take a long time for greens to turn to slime.

Bag by bag, this waste adds up. The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that the typical American family throws out about $1,600 worth of food each year. And what we consumers toss out is just the last step in a long chain of waste.

Food is lost on farms, during processing and trucking. Supermarkets toss out unsold food.

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Business
3:07 am
Tue June 16, 2015

Labor Unions Remain Steadfastly Opposed To Trans-Pacific Trade Measure

Originally published on Fri June 19, 2015 4:15 pm

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Around the Nation
3:07 am
Tue June 16, 2015

Americans Donated $358 Billion In 2014 For Record Donations

Originally published on Tue June 16, 2015 5:59 am

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Business
3:07 am
Tue June 16, 2015

Target To Sell 1,600 In-Store Pharmacies To Drug Chain CVS

Originally published on Tue June 16, 2015 6:37 am

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NPR Story
3:07 am
Tue June 16, 2015

Government Workers' High-Value Data At Risk After OPM Breach

Originally published on Tue June 16, 2015 12:18 pm

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Movies
3:07 am
Tue June 16, 2015

'Jurassic World' Speaks A Universal Language

Originally published on Thu June 18, 2015 12:21 pm

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All Tech Considered
7:57 pm
Mon June 15, 2015

Emoji Passwords Could Be Coming Your Way. Is That A Good Thing?

A UK banking services provider says emoji passwords will be easier to remember and safer than numeric or letter-based codes.
Intelligent Environments

Originally published on Tue June 16, 2015 1:32 am

Soon, you might be able to log into your bank account with a litany of smiling poo emojis, or a string of little chicken wing images, or multiple little monkeys holding their hands over their eyes.

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It's All Politics
4:34 pm
Mon June 15, 2015

Clinton Walks Delicate Line On Trade, Economy In First Press Conference

After a campaign event in New Hampshire on Monday, Hillary Clinton held her first press conference since becoming an official candidate for president.
Jim Cole Associated Press

Hillary Clinton walked a delicate line on trade as she held her first official press conference of her campaign on Monday.

Instead of staking out a clear position on whether she supports the current Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal and fast-track authority for the president, the Democratic presidential candidate instead dismissed the current stalemate in Congress as a "process issue."

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Business
2:31 pm
Mon June 15, 2015

American Gun Manufacturer Colt Files For Bankruptcy

Originally published on Mon June 15, 2015 5:49 pm

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Business
2:31 pm
Mon June 15, 2015

Judge Rules In Favor Of AIG In Bailout Case, But Offers No Damages

Originally published on Mon June 15, 2015 5:20 pm

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The Two-Way
1:04 pm
Mon June 15, 2015

Firearms Company Colt Defense Files For Bankruptcy Protection

Colt's booth at a National Rifle Association exhibit in Nashville, Tenn., on April 11.
Daniel Acker Bloomberg via Getty Images

Originally published on Mon July 27, 2015 11:08 am

Iconic American gun-maker Colt Defense has filed for bankruptcy protection.

The company says in a statement that its Chapter 11 filing late Sunday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware will allow for a faster sale of business operations in the U.S. and Canada.

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Business
4:25 am
Mon June 15, 2015

Mamma Mia! Olive Garden Food Truck Invades Boston's Italian Neighborhood

Boston's North End is full of authentic Italian eateries. The Olive Garden is most definitely not one of them. But this weekend, an Olive Garden food truck parked there, handing out free food samples.
Craig Lemoult/WGBH

Originally published on Tue June 16, 2015 12:33 pm

Boston's North End neighborhood is a popular destination for authentic Italian food. But this weekend, local eateries got some unlikely competition: the Olive Garden food truck.

The green truck, emblazoned with the words "Breadstick Nation" and "Italian Kitchen," found a parking spot on the edge of the Boston neighborhood where Italian food is most sacred.

That's right: Olive Garden is jumping on the food truck craze. The Italian restaurant chain is sending trucks around the country to hand out free samples of its newest menu item: breadstick sandwiches.

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Politics
4:21 am
Mon June 15, 2015

Washington's Trade Debate Becomes Democratic Presidential Primary Issue

Originally published on Mon June 15, 2015 6:07 am

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As lawmakers ponder that giant part of President Obama's legacy, the president wants to add another. He's trying to finish a Pacific trade deal. He wants broad negotiating authority from Congress.

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NPR Story
3:00 am
Mon June 15, 2015

How An African-American Ad Man Changed The Face Of Advertising

Originally published on Mon June 15, 2015 8:42 pm

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Here is an idea that took advertisers decades and decades to realize.

TOM BURRELL: Black people are not dark-skinned white people.

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3:00 am
Mon June 15, 2015

Saudi Arabia Opens Its Stock Exchange To Foreign Investors

Originally published on Mon June 15, 2015 6:07 am

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