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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

Researcher Sees Gradual Movement On Issue Of Paid Parental Leave

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

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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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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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Around the Nation
3:47 am
Thu June 18, 2015

Redesigned $10 Bill To Feature Female Face, Treasury Announces

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

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Now this news. All the men featured on U.S. currency are about to be joined by a woman. The government says this will happen when a new $10 bill is rolled out in 2020. NPR's Sam Sanders has the story.

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NPR Story
3:08 am
Thu June 18, 2015

Reports: Brian Williams Out As 'Nightly News' Anchor But Will Stay With NBC

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

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It's All Politics
3:03 am
Thu June 18, 2015

Fact Check: Could Jeb Bush Really Grow GDP At 4 Percent? It's Hard To See How

Jeb thinks he can grow the economy at a 4 percent rate. That sounds nice, but it's unlikely to happen.
Joe Raedle Getty Images

Originally published on Thu June 18, 2015 9:42 am

Jeb Bush's presidential candidacy announcement this week, after months of campaigning, came as no surprise. One small surprise that did pop up in his remarks, however, was a lofty goal he has set for himself as president — to grow the economy at a 4 percent rate if he's elected.

He expounded on the claim Wednesday in Iowa.

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The Salt
3:57 pm
Wed June 17, 2015

Washington Berry Pickers Push For Elusive Union Contract

Workers sort through strawberry roots on a planter pulled behind a tractor at Sakuma Brothers Farm in Burlington, Wash.
Liz Jones/KUOW

On a recent morning at Sakuma Brothers Farm, eight Latino workers sat on a bench seat behind a tractor, planting strawberry roots that will bear fruit in a few years. Dust masks and goggles covered their faces.

Sakuma Brothers runs fruit operations in Washington state and in California, selling berries to top brands like Driscoll's, Haagen-Dazs and Yoplait. The four-generation family farm is an institution in this part of the state.

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All Tech Considered
3:57 pm
Wed June 17, 2015

As Fitbit Goes Public, It Will Have To Outrun Competition

Fitbit stock begins trading publicly Thursday. The Fitbit Force is shown at the 2014 International CES, the consumer technology trade show, in Las Vegas.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

Originally published on Wed June 17, 2015 4:51 pm

Fitness trackers — the wristbands or watches you can wear to track your heart rate, steps, sleep — are getting a shot in the arm. The most popular brand, Fitbit, is going public on Thursday. It's the first startup in the burgeoning wearable tracker industry to begin trading on Wall Street. It plans to raise more than $600 million.

Fitbit recently got a shout out, sort of.

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Business
3:02 pm
Wed June 17, 2015

Disney Suddenly Cancels Layoffs For Technology Employees

Originally published on Fri June 19, 2015 10:48 pm

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The Two-Way
2:58 pm
Wed June 17, 2015

California Labor Commission Rules Uber Driver Is An Employee, Not A Contractor

A man leaves the headquarters of Uber in San Francisco. The California Labor Commission has ruled that one Uber driver in California is an employee of the company, and is owed certain benefits.
Eric Risberg AP

Originally published on Thu June 18, 2015 8:15 am

In a decision that could have major implications for the entire sharing economy, the California Labor Commission has ruled that a San Francisco Uber driver is a company employee, not a contractor. In that decision, the commission awarded Uber driver Barbara Ann Berwick $4,152.20 in employee expenses, including mileage reimbursements, toll charges and interest.

The ruling was made public when Uber filed an appeal Tuesday in a state court in San Francisco.

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Business
2:05 pm
Wed June 17, 2015

California Rules An Uber Driver Is An Employee, Not A Contractor

Originally published on Thu June 18, 2015 12:11 pm

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A ruling in California could have big implications for Uber and its business model. Uber is the big ridesharing company.

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All Tech Considered
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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