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2:54 pm
Tue July 21, 2015

Toshiba CEO, Board Members Resign Amid Accounting Scandal

Originally published on Tue July 21, 2015 11:32 pm

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Technology
2:54 pm
Tue July 21, 2015

Sen. Blumenthal Introduces Bill To Protect Connected Cars From Hackers

Originally published on Tue July 21, 2015 4:23 pm

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Here's the sound of a driver losing control of a Jeep Cherokee at 70 miles an hour.

UNIDENTIFIED MAN #1: The air conditioning is blasting.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG)

UNIDENTIFIED SINGER: (Singing) (Unintelligible).

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Parallels
2:54 pm
Tue July 21, 2015

U.S.-Cuba Ties Are Restored, But Most American Tourists Will Have To Wait

American tourists, like these visitors taking a guided tour in May, still have to provide one of 12 authorized reasons โ€” such as visiting family or engaging in humanitarian work โ€” for travel to Cuba.
Desmond Boylan AP

Originally published on Wed July 22, 2015 3:36 pm

The U.S. and Cuba have restored diplomatic relations and reopened their embassies โ€” but it's not yet open season for American tourists hoping to visit the island. The U.S. embargo on travel and business means you still have to have a valid reason to go โ€” and that doesn't include sitting on the beach and drinking mojitos.

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All Tech Considered
11:49 am
Tue July 21, 2015

The Ghost In The Car May Be A Hacker

Chris Valasek (left) and Charlie Miller talk about hacking into vehicle computer systems during the Black Hat USA 2014 hacker conference in Las Vegas last August.
Steve Marcus Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Fri July 24, 2015 12:32 pm

Updated 1:39 p.m. ET July 24: NHTSA Investigating Chrysler Recall

Andy Greenberg was minding his own business, driving a Jeep Cherokee on the highway in St. Louis when the SUV's air vents suddenly started blasting cold air. Then the radio switched stations and began blaring hip-hop at full volume. Spinning the radio control knobs did nothing. Soon, the windshield wipers turned on and wiper fluid obscured Greenberg's view.

Then things started getting really interesting.

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Shots - Health News
9:21 am
Tue July 21, 2015

IRS: 7.5 Million Americans Paid Penalty For Lack Of Health Coverage

The IRS released preliminary figures that show about three-quarters of taxpayers indicated they had qualifying health insurance in 2014.
Carolyn Kaster AP

Originally published on Tue July 21, 2015 2:48 pm

About 7.5 million Americans paid an average penalty of $200 for not having health insurance in 2014 โ€” the first year most Americans were required to have coverage under the Affordable Care Act, the Internal Revenue Service said Tuesday.

By contrast, taxpayers filing three-quarters of the 102 million returns received by the IRS so far this year checked a box indicating they had qualifying insurance coverage all year.

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The Salt
8:59 am
Tue July 21, 2015

Tea Sommeliers Are The Hot New Thing In Food Pairing

Christopher Day, the dining room manager at Eleven Madison Park, is also the man behind its tea program. "My goal has always been to put together a tea list with the same standard and rigor as you would with wine," he says.
Kathy YL Chan for NPR

Originally published on Tue July 21, 2015 12:01 pm

Even those of us who can't tell the difference between a pinot noir and a merlot are probably familiar with the basic rule of wine pairing: white wine with fish and red wine with steak. But when it comes to tea pairings, we're stumped.

Yet it turns out there is an art to unlocking new flavors in your food by pairing it with tea. Sipping oolong with a buttery, citrusy madeleine can highlight the flowery and milky notes of the tea, while a hot cup of green tea melts the texture of goat cheese and enhances its creamy notes.

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Business
4:02 am
Tue July 21, 2015

Facing Tough Competition, A&P Seeks Bankruptcy Protection

Originally published on Tue July 21, 2015 12:02 pm

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Europe
4:02 am
Tue July 21, 2015

The Greek Banks Are Open Again, But The Sales Tax Just Went Up

Originally published on Wed July 22, 2015 4:01 am

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Shots - Health News
3:15 am
Tue July 21, 2015

Expanding, Not Shrinking, Saves A Small Rural Hospital

One of the first signs drivers see on the way into Unionville, Mo. is this billboard advertising cardiology at Putnam County Memorial Hospital. Offering specialty services, like cardiology and psychiatry turned the hospital around, community leaders say.
Bram Sable-Smith/KBIA/Side Effects Public Media

Originally published on Tue July 21, 2015 8:03 am

Missouri cattle farmer Greg Fleshman became so concerned about keeping his local hospital open that in 2011 he joined its governing board.

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Business
1:33 am
Tue July 21, 2015

Zappos: A Workplace Where No One And Everyone Is The Boss

Zappos.com tour guide Erika Newman (right) shows off the ball pit in the human resources department of the company's Las Vegas headquarters. Zappos eliminated managers and embraced a system of self-governance known as holacracy.
Sacramento Bee TNS/Landov

Originally published on Wed July 22, 2015 12:43 pm

Jacqui Gonzalez once spent an hour and a half on the phone helping a customer. The Zappos.com employee enjoys being generous with the online shoe retailer's money, sending gift baskets and thank-you cards to people whose complaints she has solved.

And mostly, she's grateful that she doesn't have a manager to consult in making those decisions.

"We don't have to put someone on hold and ask permission," says the former customer service agent, who is now a tour guide at the company. "We don't have a manager that you need to be transferred to. How refreshing is that?"

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All Tech Considered
4:37 pm
Mon July 20, 2015

With Ad Blocking Use On The Rise, What Happens To Online Publishers?

The rise of ad blockers threatens the business model that drives much of the Internet economy.
Danae Munoz Ikon Images/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue July 21, 2015 11:56 am

Advertising is the basic business model of the Internet. It's one reason we can view online content free of charge.

Millions of Web surfers already download software to block ads online, and that number is growing. Soon, Apple could be making mobile ad blocking easier.

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Planet Money
3:43 pm
Mon July 20, 2015

Casinos Offer New Ways To Win With Games Based On Skill

Originally published on Mon July 20, 2015 4:37 pm

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The Two-Way
1:05 pm
Mon July 20, 2015

Greek Banks Reopen With Limits Still In Place

Originally published on Mon July 20, 2015 1:30 pm

Greek banks reopened Monday for the first time in three weeks, but weary Greeks were also greeted by higher prices on basic goods.

Joanna Kakissis, who is reporting for NPR from Athens, told Morning Edition Monday that cash withdrawals are limited to just under $70, "but in a slight relaxing of the rules people can now take a week's worth of euros at a time instead of standing in line every day."

Capital controls are expected to stay in place for at least the next few weeks.

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Shots - Health News
12:47 pm
Mon July 20, 2015

More Health Plan Choices At Work: What's The Catch?

Steve Heller has worked for Minnesota's John Henry Foster company for 15 years. He says he likes the greater choice of health plans he now has because of the private exchange.
Mark Zdechlik/MPR

Originally published on Tue July 21, 2015 6:42 am

Until recently, John Henry Foster, an equipment distribution firm based in Eagan, Minn., offered its employees only a couple of health plans to choose from. That's common in companies across the United States.

"They just presented what we got," says Steve Heller, a forklift operator who has worked at John Henry Foster for 15 years.

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The Two-Way
11:47 am
Mon July 20, 2015

Gawker's Top Editors Quit Over Deleted Post

Nick Denton, founder of Gawker Media, is defending his decision to take down a post โ€” a move that has spurred the resignations of Gawker's two top editors.
Bloomberg Bloomberg via Getty Images

Originally published on Mon July 20, 2015 12:19 pm

Gawker's two top editors are resigning over the removal of a story about the personal life of a media executive by the gossip website's management.

Tommy Craggs, Gawker Media's executive editor, and Max Read, the website's editor in chief, told staff members the story's removal last week "represented an indefensible breach of the notoriously strong firewall between Gawker's business interests and the independence of its editorial staff."

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It's All Politics
9:01 am
Mon July 20, 2015

Scott Walker's 'Kohl's Curve,' Explained

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker frequently invokes his love of the Wisconsin-based discount retailer on the campaign trail as an example of how the government could bring in more revenue from lower taxes.
Toby Talbot AP

Originally published on Mon July 20, 2015 1:22 pm

To promote his economic ideas and tout his blue collar credentials, Scott Walker has been using a unique tactic: talking about his shopping habits. In his presidential campaign kick-off, the Wisconsin governor talked about how much he and his wife, Tonette, love a certain Wisconsin-based discount retailer.

"Some of you know that Tonette and I like to shop at Kohl's. Over the years, I've learned that if I'm going to buy a new shirt, I go to the rack that says that the shirt was $29.99 but now is $19.99," he said.

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The Two-Way
8:18 am
Mon July 20, 2015

Affair-Enabling Website Ashley Madison Is Compromised By Hackers

The website of the "married dating" service Ashley Madison was the target of hackers who are now demanding that the service be discontinued.
AshleyMadison.com

Originally published on Mon July 20, 2015 9:43 am

Ashley Madison, a website that helps millions of married people cheat on their spouses, has lost a trove of personal and confidential information to hackers who are threatening to release the data of more than 37 million users.

News of the data hack comes at a time when Ashley Madison's parent company has raised its profile by backing a related TV show; its leaders have also discussed a potential $200 million stock offering.

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Business
5:53 am
Mon July 20, 2015

Mitsubishi Apologizes To U.S. World War II Veterans For Forced Labor

Originally published on Mon July 20, 2015 6:40 am

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Business
4:41 am
Mon July 20, 2015

Commerce Department: Tighter Controls Needed For Cyberweapons

The Commerce Department is looking to place tighter controls on exporting software that can attack a network. The cybersecurity industry opposes the proposed new rules.
Patrick George Ikon Images/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon July 20, 2015 7:18 pm

Federal regulators are looking to place tighter controls on the export of cyberweapons following the megabreaches against the Office of Personnel Management and countless retailers.

The Commerce Department wants to ensure that software that can attack a network โ€” the kind that can break in, bypass encryption and steal data โ€” can't be shipped overseas without permission. But the cybersecurity industry is up in arms.

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Business
3:19 pm
Sun July 19, 2015

Examining Hollywood's Pay Disparities

Originally published on Wed July 22, 2015 8:28 am

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Actress Amanda Syefried caused a stir in Hollywood this past week for telling an interviewer with Britain's Sunday Times she had been paid just 10 percent of what her male co-star received for a movie made a few years ago, but she didn't say which movie.

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The Two-Way
1:02 pm
Sun July 19, 2015

Japan's Mitsubishi Apologizes For Using U.S. POWs As Forced Labor In WWII

James Murphy, World War II veteran and prisoner of war, was photographed at his home in Santa Maria, Calif., on Thursday. Murphy received an apology from a senior Mitsubishi executive for being forced to work in the company's mines during the war.
Michael A. Mariant AP

Originally published on Sun July 19, 2015 4:14 pm

Updated at 6:10 p.m. ET

Japan's Mitsubishi corporation is making a big apology. It's not for any recall or defect in its products, which include automobiles, but for its use of American prisoners of war as forced labor during World War II.

James Murphy, 94, traveled from his home in Santa Maria, Calif., to the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Los Angeles, where a ceremony was held and Hikaru Kimura, a senior Mitsubishi executive, made the apology in person.

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Business
5:43 am
Sun July 19, 2015

Zip-Up Nikes Deliver 'Amazing' Freedom For The Disabled

Originally published on Sun July 19, 2015 11:24 am

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Around the Nation
3:15 am
Sun July 19, 2015

Big News: Tiny Parks Coming Soon To A Parking Spot Near You

The parklet on K Street Northwest in Washington, D.C., opened officially on July 14. It's the first parklet of its kind in the city.
Lydia Thompson NPR

Walking down K Street Northwest in Washington, D.C., almost everything is a shade of gray โ€” light gray buildings, darker gray sidewalks, even the windows on the gray high-rises reflect their gray surroundings.

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All Tech Considered
2:46 pm
Sat July 18, 2015

What Does Your Uber Driver Think Of You?

An Uber app is shown in Washington, D.C.
Andrew Caballero-Reynolds AFP/Getty Images

Veteran Uber passengers are accustomed to rating drivers on a scale of 1 to 5 after each ride. But passengers aren't the only ones giving a rating. Drivers also rate passengers on a similar scale after every ride.

Enter Uber's mysterious passenger rating. As it stands now, that passenger rating is not visible to riders anywhere on the app. Your Uber driver is judging you, and the app won't spill the beans.

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The Two-Way
8:20 am
Sat July 18, 2015

Greece's Ex-Finance Minister: Bailout Reforms Will 'Fail'

Former Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis reacts during a parliamentary session in Athens, earlier this week. In an interview with the BBC, Varoufakis said reforms in exchange for new bailout money "will fail."
Christian Hartmann Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Sat July 18, 2015 8:49 am

Former Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis, who was forced out of his job as part of a new bailout deal to keep Athens in the euro zone, tells the BBC that the austerity measures that come with the agreement are "going to fail."

The financial reforms, imposed in exchange for an 86 billion euro ($93.6 billion) lifeline will "go down in history as the greatest disaster of macroeconomic management ever," Varoufakis tells the BBC.

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Business
8:13 am
Sat July 18, 2015

From Highways To Trade Deal, What Big Business Wants By Christmas

It could be a bumpy road ahead for Congress โ€” not least because, well, they'll have to find ways to fund fixes for old, bumpy roads.
trekandshoot iStockphoto

Originally published on Sat July 18, 2015 12:47 pm

Temperatures soar, flowers bloom and the sun rises early. On these long summer days, there still seems to be plenty of time for achieving your 2015 goals.

But not if you are a business lobbyist. For you, time is short.

Here's what you want by Christmas: a Pacific Rim trade deal; an updated No Child Left Behind Act; revival of the Export-Import Bank; long-term highway funding and a completed federal budget.

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U.S.
5:50 am
Sat July 18, 2015

Remembering New Orleans' Overlooked Ties To Slavery

Interior view of a room with a rotunda ceiling during an auction of slaves, artwork and goods.
William Henry Brooke, 1772-1860 Courtesy of The Historic New Orleans Collection

Originally published on Sat July 18, 2015 8:33 am

After the U.S. banned international slave trading in 1808, more than 1 million people were forcibly moved from the Upper South to the Lower South.

Often, the first stop was the slave markets of New Orleans, where families were divided for good.

And today, little evidence of what happened in these places, and to these people, remains.

Back when cotton was king, New Orleans was its queen city.

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The Salt
5:44 am
Sat July 18, 2015

A Battle Royale To Keep McDonald's Out Of Historic Food Hub In Paris

The Arc de Triomphe is visible behind a McDonald's restaurant on the Champs Elysees in Paris, France. The nation is now McDonald's second-biggest market, but one historic neighborhood known as "the belly of Paris" has pledged to keep it out.
Alastair Miller Bloomberg via Getty Images

Originally published on Sat July 18, 2015 8:33 am

The U.S. and Europe are in the midst of negotiating a historic trade deal that will create the world's largest consumer market: some 800 million people. Despite promises that the agreement will create thousands of new jobs, there's fierce resistance to it in Europe, especially when it comes to food.

Many Europeans say they want to preserve a way of life and eating that they say America's industrial farming and multinational corporations threaten. A smaller version of that battle is being fought in one Paris neighborhood known as "the belly of Paris."

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Parallels
3:14 pm
Fri July 17, 2015

Nuclear Deal Opens Up Potential For Investors In Iran's Stock Market

Iranian stockbrokers monitor share prices at the Tehran Stock Exchange in April. The historical Iran nuclear deal could open the country's market up to international investors.
Vahid Salemi AP

Originally published on Fri July 17, 2015 5:39 pm

Iran may not be fond of Western-style capitalism, but it has a stock market where shares in Iranian companies are traded.

And if sanctions are lifted following the nuclear deal, it could be where international investors road-test Iran's economy.

Earlier this week, just after the landmark deal about the future of Iran's nuclear program had been announced, Radman Rabii in Teheran was excited about the future.

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Around the Nation
2:48 pm
Fri July 17, 2015

Drought Drives Demand For Groundwater, As Well-Wishers Pile Up

Originally published on Fri July 17, 2015 5:39 pm

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