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2:45 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

BK's Big Deal Could Bring The King To Canada, Controversy Close Behind

Originally published on Tue August 26, 2014 6:07 pm

Burger King is buying Tim Hortons, the Canadian coffee-and-donut chain, in a deal valued at $11 billion. The new company will be headquartered in Ontario, Canada, allowing Burger King to take advantage of Canada's lower corporate tax rate. The relocation is bound to cause controversy in the U.S.

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The Two-Way
12:37 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

ISIS Condo Project, Others Rethink Their Names

This image is from the Facebook page of the now-renamed 3 Thirty Three Downtown. The project in West Palm Beach, Fla., was previously called ISIS Downtown.
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Originally published on Tue August 26, 2014 1:43 pm

It's not a good time to be called ISIS. A Florida condo project, a line of adult lingerie in the U.K. and others with similar names are rethinking their names.

ISIS Downtown, a development in West Palm Beach, Fla., is changing its name to 3 Thirty Three Downtown. No reason was given, but the change was noted on the project's Facebook page, which now has an updated image with the new name.

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Shots - Health News
9:51 am
Tue August 26, 2014

Health Organizations Call For A Ban On E-Cigarettes Indoors

A woman smokes an electronic cigarette at a store in Miami.
Joe Raedle Getty Images

Originally published on Tue August 26, 2014 12:59 pm

Tobacco control advocates disagree on whether e-cigarettes are a useful tool to get smokers off tobacco, or just a sleeker form of one of the world's deadliest addictions.

A lot of that discord comes from the fact that there's just not enough science to know the risks and benefits of e-cigarettes, which deliver nicotine in a vapor rather than through tobacco smoke. And it could take years to find out if vaping causes cancer and other deadly diseases.

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Business
9:47 am
Tue August 26, 2014

Burger King Announces Merger With Tim Hortons, Move To Canada

Originally published on Tue August 26, 2014 11:22 am

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6:03 am
Tue August 26, 2014

Is Google's Free Software A Good Deal For Educators?

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Originally published on Tue August 26, 2014 9:55 am

Kaitlin Morgan says, this year, her school district is going "full Google."

Morgan teaches U.S. and world history and advises the yearbook at Woodlake Union High School in California's Central Valley. At Woodlake, "full Google" means a plan to have one Google Chromebook for every two students by the spring, running Google Apps.

The Chromebook is a relatively cheap, stripped-down laptop. It's become popular in the education world, with 85 percent of its U.S. sales last year going to the ed market.

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Media
5:49 am
Tue August 26, 2014

Beheading Video Stirs Debate On Social Media Censorship

Originally published on Tue August 26, 2014 9:47 am

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Business
3:09 am
Tue August 26, 2014

Amazon Makes A Big Move Into The World Of Online Gaming

Originally published on Tue August 26, 2014 9:47 am

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NPR Story
2:59 am
Tue August 26, 2014

Cereal Consumption Hurt By Grab-And-Go Foods

Originally published on Tue August 26, 2014 9:47 am

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NPR Story
2:59 am
Tue August 26, 2014

Comic Featuring Superman's Debut Sells For Millions

Originally published on Tue August 26, 2014 9:47 am

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Well, this talk of cartoon characters brings us to the last word in Business. It's a bird; it's a plane; it's a super-expensive Superman.

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Your Money
1:44 am
Tue August 26, 2014

Many Homeowners Still Qualify For Mortgage Relief

Mel Watt, director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency, says many homeowners who could qualify to refinance their mortgages under HARP are suspicious.
Jacquelyn Martin AP

Originally published on Tue August 26, 2014 9:47 am

The financial crisis pushed millions of Americans from their homes. And housing advocates complain that the government did more to prop up big banks on Wall Street than it did to help average people on Main Street.

But many of those people on Main Street could still qualify for a government program to help them save money by refinancing their mortgages.

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Around the Nation
1:42 am
Tue August 26, 2014

On Ocean City's Boardwalk, Costumed Performers Prompt Legal Debate

A Cookie Monster is one of many costumed performers on the boardwalk in Ocean City, Md., this summer. Kids can pose for a photo with them, and then their parents are expected to leave a tip.
Chris Parypa for NPR

Originally published on Tue August 26, 2014 9:47 am

Late August is peak vacation season, and boardwalks up and down the coasts are crowded. Many beach towns attract musicians, jugglers and costumed characters who work the boardwalk for tips.

Ocean City, Md., is grappling with an influx of new boardwalk performers — some of whom are generating lots of controversy. The trend may be the unintended consequence of a couple of legal victories for the town's street performers.

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The Salt
1:40 am
Tue August 26, 2014

The 'Greening' Of Florida Citrus Means Less Green In Growers' Pockets

An orange showing signs of "citrus greening" this spring in Fort Pierce, Fla.
Joe Raedle Getty Images

Originally published on Tue August 26, 2014 1:42 pm

Orange juice has been an important part of breakfast tables since the 1950s, after development of frozen orange juice concentrate made it both convenient and affordable. Back in the 1960s and '70s, TV spokeswoman Anita Bryant even told Americans that "breakfast without orange juice is like a day without sunshine."

But today, sales are the lowest they've been in decades.

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All Tech Considered
3:07 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

Amazon Buys Twitch, Proving Gaming Live Streams Are Golden

Kelly Kelley, who goes by the gaming pseudonym MrsViolence, streams her play nightly for her many fans to watch.
Twitch.TV screen shot

Originally published on Mon August 25, 2014 5:10 pm

There's another billion-dollar buyout in tech today [OK, it's about $970 million, but close enough] and this time it's Amazon's purchase of the video game streaming service Twitch.

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All Tech Considered
2:42 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

Some Call For More Sharing In Ridesharing

Lyft driver Danielle Kerley showcases the company's iconic mustache, which is displayed on cars used in the service.
Aarti Shahani NPR

Originally published on Thu August 28, 2014 8:43 am

Taxicabs are fighting tooth and nail against Uber, the company that enables car owners to drive part time or full time for pay, like cabbies.

But behind this battle, there's another one brewing inside the world of ridesharing. Uber and its competitors in San Francisco are sparring over cash, over drivers, and over some basic values, too.

But a researcher says branding the startups Uber and Lyft as ridesharing services isn't quite accurate. Now, an emerging set of services promises to be more about sharing.

Chauffeur Vs. Your Friend With A Car

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Business
2:06 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

To Make A Move North, Burger King Eyes Buying A Canadian Icon

Originally published on Tue August 26, 2014 12:08 pm

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The Two-Way
6:28 am
Mon August 25, 2014

California Quake Means Big Damage For Napa Valley Wineries

Winemaker Tom Montgomery stands in wine and reacts to seeing damage following an earthquake at the B.R. Cohn Winery barrel storage facility on Sunday in Napa Valley.
Eric Risberg AP

Originally published on Mon August 25, 2014 11:18 am

Luckily, a historic magnitude-6.0 earthquake in California over the weekend has not resulted in the loss of any human life.

The wine country, however, was deeply affected. While it's still too early to tell just how much the quake will cost Napa Valley, what's clear is that some wineries lost some of their most cherished reserves, worth hundreds of thousands of dollars.

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NPR Story
3:14 am
Mon August 25, 2014

Calif. Lawmakers Overturn Ban On Pets At Restaurants

Originally published on Mon August 25, 2014 9:53 am

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That brings us to our last word in Business Today, which is bone appetite.

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Steve, isn't it bon appetit?

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3:14 am
Mon August 25, 2014

Burger King In Talks To Buy Canadian Coffee-and-Doughnut Chain

Originally published on Mon August 25, 2014 9:53 am

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All Tech Considered
3:14 am
Mon August 25, 2014

As Ferguson Unraveled, The World Found A New Way Of Watching

When protests over the shooting of Michael Brown turned violent in Ferguson, Mo., livestreaming videos showed Americans what they couldn't see on TV.
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Originally published on Mon August 25, 2014 1:42 pm

In Ferguson, Mo., on Monday, Michael Brown, the unarmed 18-year-old shot by a police officer, will be buried. Beyond watching on traditional media outlets, many members of the public may be able to see the event live over the Internet.

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The Salt
1:29 am
Mon August 25, 2014

Grocers Lead Kids To Produce Aisle With Junk Food-Style Marketing

A kids healthy snacks display at Giant Eagle.
Courtesy of Giant Eagle

Originally published on Fri August 29, 2014 2:09 pm

Despite all the cheerleading for healthy eating, Americans still eat only about 1 serving of fruit per day, on average. And our veggie consumption, according to an analysis from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, falls short, too.

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Economy
3:01 pm
Sun August 24, 2014

Despite Economic Recovery, Millions Of Workers Stuck In Part-Time Jobs

Originally published on Sun August 24, 2014 5:13 pm

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The Salt
3:01 am
Sun August 24, 2014

Are Food Boats The Next Food Trucks? Don't Count On It

Around the country, a handful of vessels like the Ice Cream Boat peddle food on oceans, lakes and rivers.
Courtesy of Tim Titcomb

Originally published on Mon August 25, 2014 12:36 pm

Two rings of a bell, that is. In Cotuit Bay, near Cape Cod, those rings signal the arrival of the Ice Cream Boat. Captain Tim Titcomb maneuvers the 15-foot Carolina skiff along the sandy beaches of Sampson's Island, where beach-goers await Good Humor Chocolate Eclairs and Popsicles.

When I first encountered the seasonal fixture of the Ice Cream Boat last summer, I thought: This is genius. It's like a food truck, afloat.

And it turns out the Ice Cream Boat is not alone. There are a handful of vessels around the country peddling food from oceans, lakes and rivers.

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Business
3:14 pm
Sat August 23, 2014

At Cannabis Clubs, Customers Mingle Over Marijuana

Originally published on Sat August 23, 2014 4:26 pm

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All Tech Considered
8:56 am
Sat August 23, 2014

Uber Greases The Wheel With Obama's Old Campaign Manager

Uber is hiring David Plouffe, the mastermind of Obama's 2008 campaign, to power its own political strategy. What can a tech-savvy political animal offer a ride-sharing service?
Charles Dharapak AP

Originally published on Sat August 23, 2014 9:48 am

President Obama's former campaign manager has gone to work for Uber. The ride-sharing start-up based in San Francisco has hired David Plouffe in hope that the political strategist who helped elect a president can steer the company through a thicket of local regulatory disputes.

This new power couple raises some questions:

Why does Uber need one of the best political strategists in the country?

First off, they can afford him. The company is valued at $18 billion. NPR tried to find out what Plouffe is getting paid, but Uber won't say.

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Parallels
2:31 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

Argentina Crisis Puts Focus On Role Of Distressed-Debt Funds

A woman in Buenos Aires walks with her dog past a mural that reads "Vultures" in Spanish. The mural is a reference to the dispute between the Argentine government and U.S. hedge funds.
Victor R. Caivano AP

Originally published on Fri August 22, 2014 6:09 pm

The legal battle between Argentina and its creditors grinds on with no sign of a resolution anytime soon. The dispute pits the government against two New York hedge funds that specialize in buying distressed debt.

These hedge funds bought Argentina's bonds at fire-sale prices and now stand to make huge profits off the country's financial troubles. But they've encountered a lot of resistance from the government.

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Goats and Soda
10:41 am
Fri August 22, 2014

If You're Too Sick To Fly, Airlines Might Not Offer A Refund

Kenyan health officials take the temperature of passengers arriving at Nairobi's airport.
Simon Maina AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri August 22, 2014 1:40 pm

Airport health screeners in hazmat suits and armed with gun thermometers are becoming a familiar sight in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, where the Ebola epidemic continues to spiral out of control. Passengers boarding aircraft are checked for fever. If cleared, they receive a stamped leaflet declaring them fit for travel.

The precautions are similar to steps taken during previous outbreaks of contagious diseases, including Middle East respiratory syndrome and deadly bird flus.

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The Salt
10:34 am
Fri August 22, 2014

Nestle Nudges Its Suppliers To Improve Animal Welfare

Nestle, the world's biggest food company, manufactures and markets a wide range of food products including dairy, meat, poultry and eggs.
Susana Gonzalez Bloomberg via Getty Images

Originally published on Fri August 22, 2014 12:27 pm

Chances are you haven't considered the tail of the cow that made the milk that goes into your Nestle Crunch bar or the cheese in your (Nestle-made) Lean Cuisine frozen dinner.

But as animal welfare groups report, many dairy cows have their tails partially amputated, or docked, to help keep their udders clean. Not only is docking painful, but it also pretty much disables the cow's personal fly switch, making it more susceptible to fly attacks.

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Economy
3:07 am
Fri August 22, 2014

Job Corps Celebrates 50 Years Helping Low-Income Youths

Originally published on Fri August 22, 2014 6:54 am

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Economy
3:00 am
Fri August 22, 2014

When It Comes To Economic Recovery, Location Is A Factor

Originally published on Fri August 22, 2014 8:55 pm

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It's been such a pleasure having Kelly McEvers hosting with us here at MORNING EDITION all week. Kelly, when you are not hosting for NPR, you are covering inequality and economic diversity - a really interesting beat. What have you been working on?

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Business
2:56 am
Fri August 22, 2014

Big Banks To Boost Entry-Level Salaries

Originally published on Fri August 22, 2014 5:53 am

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And our Last Word in business today is a bump for young bankers. Bloomberg reports more raises coming to Wall Street at the entry level.

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