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2:58 am
Tue June 26, 2012

Supreme Court Reaffirms Citizens United Decision

Originally published on Tue June 26, 2012 6:25 am

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The U.S. Supreme Court has struck down a Montana state law banning corporate campaign spending. In doing so, it reaffirmed its controversial Citizens United decision.

Montana Public Radio's Dan Boyce reports.

DAN BOYCE, BYLINE: Montana voters passed the ban on corporate spending in state races 100 years ago. They did so to limit the influence of powerful copper barons. The conservative group American Tradition Partnership sued the state following the 2010 Citizens United ruling.

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Around the Nation
2:58 am
Tue June 26, 2012

The Economics Of Gambling

Originally published on Tue June 26, 2012 6:25 am

All but a few states now have some type of commercial gaming. New Jersey and California have taken steps toward legalizing gambling on all sports, while Massachusetts is looking at allowing the first casinos to be built in that state. Boston College economist and author Richard McGowan talks to Renee Montagne about the economics behind the rapid expansion of gambling and casinos in America.

Business
2:58 am
Tue June 26, 2012

Business News

Originally published on Tue June 26, 2012 6:25 am

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NPR's business news starts with some yammering.

Microsoft is buying the tech startup Yammer for $1.2 billion, thus proving that you can get a 10 figure sales prices for a company called Yammer. It's the company's attempt to get a social network in its portfolio. Now Yammer, if you're not familiar with it, is like Facebook, but for businesses. It allows employees to see what colleagues in the same company are doing - in case you can't learn that at the water cooler.

Business
2:58 am
Tue June 26, 2012

The Last Word In Business

Originally published on Tue June 26, 2012 6:25 am

Visitors to the online travel agency Orbitz see different results depending on what kind of computer they're using, according to The Wall Street Journal. Users of Apple computers are seeing more expensive options than those who search for hotels using a PC.

Around the Nation
2:58 am
Tue June 26, 2012

License Plate Readers Spark Privacy Concerns

Originally published on Tue June 26, 2012 6:25 am

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Chances are that your car's license plate has been photographed recently and downloaded into a data bank. The leading vendor of automated license plate readers says they're now used in nearly every state. Police say they fight crime, but there are privacy concerns about the new technology, as Charlotte Alright reports from Vermont Public Radio.

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Around the Nation
2:58 am
Tue June 26, 2012

Maryland Live! The Latest Addition To East Coast Casinos

Originally published on Tue June 26, 2012 6:25 am

When the $500 million development is finished in October, it will have more slot machines than either the MGM Grand or Bellagio in Las Vegas. But gaming in the North East region, which includes Delaware, West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Atlantic City, might be outgrowing its customer base.

All Tech Considered
5:40 pm
Mon June 25, 2012

Facebook Changed Your Primary Email Address, But Says It Warned You

Facebook recently changed all its users' primary email addresses.
Leon Neal AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue June 26, 2012 6:28 am

A key change was made to your Facebook profile recently that you may not have noticed yet. Facebook has replaced the primary email address users entered in their profile contact information with brand-new @facebook.com addresses. These addresses allow you to email external accounts from your Facebook inbox. Forbes first noticed the change:

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The Two-Way
4:35 pm
Mon June 25, 2012

Facebook Names Sheryl Sandberg To Board

Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg was named Monday to the company's board of directors. Sandberg is the first woman on Facebook's board.
Vincenzo Pinto AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue June 26, 2012 4:43 am

Facebook now has a woman on its board of directors: The company announced Monday that Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg would join the board.

Sandberg, the company's No.2 executive, was hired away from Google in 2008.

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Shots - Health Blog
3:40 pm
Mon June 25, 2012

Could Kaiser Permanente's Low-Cost Health Care Be Even Cheaper?

George Halvorson, chairman and CEO of Kaiser Permanente, speaks during a session at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, in 2009.
Michel Euler AP

Originally published on Tue June 26, 2012 3:27 pm

Kaiser Permanente rose out of Henry J. Kaiser's utopian, industrialist dream.

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All Tech Considered
3:13 pm
Mon June 25, 2012

9 Powerful Moments In The Day Of A Viral Web Editor At BuzzFeed

Audie Cornish NPR

Originally published on Tue June 26, 2012 3:27 pm

NPR's Audie Cornish recently spent a day at the offices of BuzzFeed, the popular social news site, to find out how Web content goes viral.

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Planet Money
1:31 pm
Mon June 25, 2012

Video Game Company Hires Economist To Study Virtual Worlds

Inside Team Fortress 2
Valve YouTube

Originally published on Tue June 26, 2012 9:28 am

Say you've spent years studying the real economy, with all its messiness and uncertainty. Then you stumble into a world where there's a record of everything everyone has ever done.

This, more or less, is what just happened to Yanis Varoufakis.

"It's like being omniscient," Varoufakis told me. "It's mesmerizing."

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Shots - Health Blog
11:14 am
Mon June 25, 2012

Dropping Legal Barriers Doesn't Guarantee Interstate Insurance Sales

Small business owner Brian Mayfield has been eager for less expensive health insurance options. It looks like he'll have to wait a little longer.
Jim Burress WABE, Atlanta

Originally published on Mon June 25, 2012 5:05 pm

Starting next week, any health insurer licensed in Georgia can sell policies it offers in other states to Georgians. That includes policies that don't meet minimum standards for coverage in Georgia.

They'll be OK for sale under a new state law that aims to increase competition and lower prices for health insurance in the state.

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The Salt
10:08 am
Mon June 25, 2012

Struggling Dairy Farmers Find A 'Moo' Business Model

Laura Chase, a member of the MOOMilk dairy cooperative, sweeps her barn in a film still from documentary, Betting The Farm.
Pull-Start Pictures

A year and a half after Aaron Bell lost his contract to sell milk to H.P. Hood LLC from his 45 cow dairy operation in Edmunds, Maine, he found himself leaving a voicemail with his lease agent.

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Sports
3:31 am
Mon June 25, 2012

Worried By The Debt Crisis, Soccer Distracts Europe

Originally published on Mon June 25, 2012 11:37 am

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You know, if you're weighed down by worry, you find a distraction. That at least is what Europeans are doing amid their economic trouble. They've been turning to their favorite sport - soccer. This weekend saw the last two Euro 2012 quarterfinals. This is a huge competition viewed in Europe, as second only to the World Cup. NPR's Philip Reeves of course has been following the action. He's on the line from London.

Hi, Phil.

PHILIP REEVES, BYLINE: Hi.

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Education
3:13 am
Mon June 25, 2012

N.C. School Districts Fight Online Charter School

Originally published on Mon June 25, 2012 11:37 am

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A lot of taxpayer money is at stake in this next story. The number of public charter schools is growing. When they attract students, they also attract public funding - and that is also true when the charter school is an online school.

One dominant force in creating online charter schools is a company called K-12. Now, traditional school districts are fighting the company's efforts to set up a virtual academy.

Here's Dave DeWitt of North Carolina Public Radio.

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Business
3:13 am
Mon June 25, 2012

Google Expected To Delve Into Tablet Computers

Originally published on Mon June 25, 2012 11:37 am

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Google will host thousands of Android app developers this week at its annual conference. And there are rumors Google will also unveil its own tablet computer to compete with Apple's iPad.

NPR's Steve Henn has more.

STEVE HENN, BYLINE: Last week, Microsoft announced it was getting into the hardware business and unveiled the Surface - its new tablet computer.

Carolina Milanesi, who covers consumer devices at Gartner, says we are seeing a trend.

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NPR Story
3:13 am
Mon June 25, 2012

Georgia To Begin Sales Of Cross-State Health Insurance Policies

Originally published on Tue June 26, 2012 2:57 pm

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We're expecting soon to learn Supreme Court decisions on two gigantic cases. One case involves the Arizona immigration law. The federal government has challenged that law as an intrusion into federal authority.

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Justices are also deciding the constitutionality of President Obama's health care law. The main challenge is to the individual mandate, which after 2014 would require most people to get health insurance or pay a fine.

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Economy
3:13 am
Mon June 25, 2012

European Leaders To Meet To Consider Eurozone Fix

Originally published on Mon June 25, 2012 11:37 am

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It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. And I want to let you know that reporters at the Supreme Court are reading and listening to a decision this morning, on Arizona's immigration law. The Court has thrown our parts of the law, but retained the show your papers provision that allows police to stop and frisk suspected illegal immigrants. We'll bring you more as we learn it.

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Business
3:13 am
Mon June 25, 2012

Business News

Originally published on Mon June 25, 2012 11:37 am

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NPR's business news starts with good times for bank chiefs.

While the financial world keeps grappling with losses, the industry's leaders have raked in annual pay raises averaging nearly 12 percent. The Financial Times found JPMorgan Chase's CEO Jamie Dimon was among the top earners, with a pay package of more than $23 million last year, an 11 percent increase over the previous year. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright National Public Radio.

Business
3:13 am
Mon June 25, 2012

The Last Word In Business

Originally published on Mon June 25, 2012 11:37 am

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And today's last word in business takes a look at what happens when devices make a big hit in the water.

A couple of years ago, I jumped in a pool with my daughter, and we were in that pool quite some time before I realized that my phone had come with me - my late phone.

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Business
2:56 pm
Fri June 22, 2012

The Downside To Owning Your Own Island

It's great to have your own private island like this one in the Caribbean, unless there's a hurricane bearing down.
Christian Wheatley iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Fri June 22, 2012 3:41 pm

Who hasn't dreamed of having their own coral-fringed island, lounging on its sandy beach, coconut daiquiri in hand?

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Business
2:03 pm
Fri June 22, 2012

A Week Of Near-Calamities Erodes Confidence

Vanessa Loren shops in Miami. An index of consumer sentiment dropped more than expected in June.
Joe Raedle Getty Images

Originally published on Fri June 22, 2012 2:24 pm

When Moody's downgraded the credit ratings of most major U.S. banks on Thursday, you'd have thought Friday would be a tough day for bank stocks.

But bank stocks ticked up — largely because investors were relieved. They had feared the downgrades would be worse. The Dow Jones industrial average was recovering from Thursday's 250-point drop, the second-worst of the year.

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The Salt
7:53 am
Fri June 22, 2012

Watch McDonald's Make A Supermodel Out Of A Quarter Pounder

The picture perfect Quarter Pounder with Cheese
McDonald's

Originally published on Tue September 25, 2012 9:12 am

If you think supermodels are the only ones who get gussied up and airbrushed during photo shoots, think again. Food companies use stylist magic that can cost big bucks, too, but mere mortals like us rarely get to see how that magic is made.

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Economy
3:13 am
Fri June 22, 2012

Calif. Budget Plan Cuts Programs To Trim Deficit

Originally published on Fri June 22, 2012 5:17 am

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NPR's business news starts with a budget deal in California.

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INSKEEP: This deal comes just days before the start of the new fiscal year. It cuts social programs and it would knock three weeks off of Californian's school year unless voters approve a proposal for new taxes.

Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler reports from Sacramento.

BEN ADLER, BYLINE: The Democrats running this year's California budget process say they have one overarching goal: to bring years of festering shortfalls to an end.

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Business
3:13 am
Fri June 22, 2012

The Last Word In Business

Originally published on Fri June 22, 2012 5:36 am

Product safety regulators announced the recall Thursday after hundreds of people reported explosions in their toilet tanks. The faulty flushing system is made by the brand Flushmate — specifically the Flushmate Three Pressure-Assist Flushing System. It's used by several toilet manufacturers including American Standard and Crane.

Economy
3:13 am
Fri June 22, 2012

Credit Rating Agency Moody's Downgrades 15 Banks

Originally published on Fri June 22, 2012 5:17 am

Fifteen major banks were downgraded Thursday in a reflection of the slowing global economy and volatility in financial markets. In a sweeping move, Moody's cut the credit ratings of some of the world's largest financial institutions, including Bank of America, Goldman Sachs and Citigroup.

Shots - Health Blog
1:04 am
Fri June 22, 2012

Why Many Young Adults Might Lose Coverage If Health Law Falls

Jackson Cahn, who graduated from Whitman College in Walla Walla, Wash., is one of the 3 million young adults the Obama administration says would have risked going without insurance if the health care law hadn't allowed them to stay on their parents' policies. Because of the law, his mother, June Blender, was able to add him to her insurance.
Courtesy of June Blender

Originally published on Thu June 28, 2012 7:39 am

When it comes to health care, even the seemingly easy things become hard.

Take coverage for young adults under the Affordable Care Act.

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All Tech Considered
1:02 am
Fri June 22, 2012

Your New Digital Wallet: In The Cloud But Still Tethered To Fees

David Marcus, president of PayPal, unveils PayPal Here in San Francisco in March. The service allows customers to use their smartphones to pay for purchases at retail stores.
Kim White AP

Originally published on Tue October 16, 2012 2:38 pm

Tech companies from Seattle to Silicon Valley, intent on transforming how we shop, have set their sights on the electronic payments industry.

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All Tech Considered
1:01 am
Fri June 22, 2012

Tesla's New Electric Sedan: Five Passengers, 89 MPG, And No Engine

The new Model S from Tesla has a maximum range of 265 miles with a full charge. The car can also reach 60 miles per hour in 4.4 seconds — a feat the company says may affect overall mileage.
Bill Chappell NPR

Originally published on Fri June 22, 2012 8:46 am

The Tesla electric car company has high hopes for its new Model S, which it calls "the world's first premium electric sedan." The new car, which is being delivered to customers Friday, is priced at around half the cost of the only other Tesla model, the svelte, two-door Roadster.

The new car's sticker price starts around $57,000; a $7,500 federal tax credit drops the starting price just below $50,000. But like its gas-powered cousins, this electric vehicle has so many options available that its price can soar to near $100,000.

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The Salt
3:02 pm
Thu June 21, 2012

Kosher: The Hottest Word On Food Labels

This matzo ball soup may be kosher, but that doesn't necessarily mean it's better for you.
iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Fri June 22, 2012 4:11 am

Grandma's can of matzo ball soup and jar of gefilte fish have never seen such love.

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