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Much-Needed Snow Arrives In The Nation's West

NPR News - Fri, 2014-02-07 06:12

Parts of Oregon and Washington got up to a foot of snow earlier in the week and could get 6 to 12 inches more. Colorado, which has suffered its worst "snow drought" since the 1980s, could also get a big dusting.

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Super Bowl leftovers: This week's Silicon Tally

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-02-07 05:56

It's time for Silicon Tally. How well have you kept up with the week in tech news

This week our guest, Molly Mulshine, a tech writer for the website Beta Beat, takes the test.

Play along at home, below.

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Biden: 'No Obvious Reason' He Shouldn't Run For President

NPR News - Fri, 2014-02-07 05:20

"That doesn't mean I'm the only guy that can do it," the vice president tells CNN. "But if no one else, I think, can, and I think I can, then I'd run." He's far behind former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in a recent poll of Democrats. Biden said he'll decide by summer 2015.

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What's Wrong With Getting Help On A 'Personal' Essay?

NPR News - Fri, 2014-02-07 05:18

The organization that hands out Rhodes Scholarships says application essays — which are often heavily edited by family, advisers and universities — no longer reflect a student's true "values and aspirations." In a new rule, the organization says that help is no longer allowed.

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Dogs Do Their Doodies And Salmon Swim Home Magnetically

NPR News - Fri, 2014-02-07 04:45

Last month, there was word that dogs use the magnetic field to decide which way to face when they do their business. Now there's research that indicates Chinook salmon have an "inherited magnetic map" that lets them navigate thousands of miles of ocean waters and rivers.

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How much personal debt is too much?

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-02-07 04:34

The Federal Reserve will release a monthly consumer credit report today. Some wealth advisors compare the report's level of detail to that of a doctor's exam. 

"It is a blood workup, if you will, on the state of the nation's collective credit health," said Manisha Thakor, founder and CEO of Money Zen Wealth Management. "A whole array of different data points on well-being are being assessed." 

During and after the recession, Americans rushed to pay down their debts, but data shows debt levels have begun to tick back up. Thakor warns that a debt load that exceeds a third of take home pay can land people in hot water.  "Debt is a four letter word," she said. 

Nicolas Abrams, a certified financial planner with AJW Financial Partners, agrees. 

"When you start getting over 30 percent, you're getting to where the majority of your income is going toward paying debt, which means you don't have money for discretionary items, food, [or] clothing," Abrams said. 

January jobs report: Unemployment dips, but jobs growth disappoints

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-02-07 04:30

Today, the government reported that American payrolls grew by 113,000 people. That's 41 percent lower than the average pace of monthly job creation last year. The professional forecasters, who were well aware of the bad weather in January, had still be predicting growth of about 180,000. That's from the official survey of payrolls. The parallel survey of households finds the unemployment rate in January seeming to improve from 6.7 to 6.6 percent, even with the labor force participation rate expanding slightly. Julia Coronado, chief economist North America for BNP Paribas in New York has been reading into the Labor Department report and joined us to help explain.

January is always notorious because of the seasonal issues, but we didn't see a huge weather effect here because construction was actually very strong with manufacturing.

We also spoke with Jason Furman, who is chair of the President's council of economic advisors, who pointed out there was good news in the report.

The unemployment rate is coming down steadily and more quickly than a lot had expected. If you look just a couple months ago, forecasters thought it would take us maybe to the end of 2014, maybe even longer, to get that unemployment rate down to 6.6 percent.

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January jobs report: Unemployment dips, but jobs added disappoints

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-02-07 04:30

Today, the government reported that American payrolls grew by 113,000 people. That's 41 percent lower than the average pace of monthly job creation last year. The professional forecasters, who were well aware of the bad weather in January, had still be predicting growth of about 180,000. That's from the official survey of payrolls. The parallel survey of households finds the unemployment rate in January seeming to improve from 6.7 to 6.6 percent, even with the labor force participation rate expanding slightly. Julia Coronado, chief economist North America for BNP Paribas in New York has been reading into the Labor Department report and joined us to help explain.

Click play on the audio player above to hear the interview.

Job Growth Less Than Expected, But Unemployment Hits 5-Year Low

NPR News - Fri, 2014-02-07 03:45

While the jobless rate edged down to 6.6 percent in January from December's 6.7 percent, only 113,000 jobs were added to payrolls. That's well below what was anticipated.

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Last Native Klallam Speaker Dies In Washington State At 103

NPR News - Fri, 2014-02-07 01:29

The last person to have spoken the Klallam language from birth and the eldest member among the Klallam American Indian tribes of the Pacific Northwest has died in Port Angeles, family and tribal members said. Hazel M. Sampson was 103.

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Behind The Movie, Tales From The Real-Life 'Monuments Men'

NPR News - Fri, 2014-02-07 00:27

George Clooney anchors a thriller about a celebrated military unit that worked to recover and protect precious art and artifacts during the chaos at the end of World War II. NPR's Joel Rose reports on the mission — and some of the surviving members.

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Escaping Forced Prostitution And Leaving The Shame Behind

NPR News - Fri, 2014-02-07 00:26

Barbara Amaya was 12 when she ran away and ended up in the hands of a sex trafficker. When she escaped, she went years without speaking about her ordeal — until her daughter ran away, too.

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Post Office Could Rack Up Billions By Offering Money Services

NPR News - Fri, 2014-02-07 00:26

As the U.S. Postal Service continues to lose money, a new report suggests a way to add to its bottom line: offer banklike services, such as a cash card that would allow customers to load their paychecks and pay bills online. The idea is to provide services that are now unavailable in many communities.

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In Team Event, Figure Skating Rivals Cheer For Each Other

NPR News - Fri, 2014-02-07 00:24

This is the first Olympics where figure skaters from each country are competing as teams. It's twice the skating, which is great for ratings, but it also means athletes in this individualized sport now have to work together.

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U.S. Still Working For Syria Resolution, Envoy To U.N. Says

NPR News - Fri, 2014-02-07 00:23

Samantha Power tells NPR the U.S. is enlisting the help of Russia in particular to secure humanitarian access to civilians trapped in the fighting.

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TSA Temporarily Bans Liquids, Gels On Flights To And From Russia

NPR News - Thu, 2014-02-06 15:53

The ban follows Wednesday's warning over explosives potentially hidden in toothpaste. Delta, which flies directly to Russia, said passengers have to check in for their flights with an airline representative, not through their mobile phone or a kiosk.

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A Legend At The Plate And In The Booth: Ralph Kiner Dies At 91

NPR News - Thu, 2014-02-06 15:47

Ralph Kiner, a home run-hitting Hall of Famer who starred for the Pittsburgh Pirates and later helped define the New York Mets' broadcasts, has died at 91. He was a frequent all-star who later became a favorite of Mets fans and players.

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In Sochi, An Olympic Artist Sees The 'Possible'

NPR News - Thu, 2014-02-06 15:30

Artist Marc Ahr has been drawing the Olympics for 22 years. For him, it doesn't matter what the press narrative is, how the countries are preparing, or even who wins or loses. Asked about negative news surrounding Sochi, he says that here, "everything is impossible, but everything is possible."

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5 places Rookie's Tavi Gevinson looks for inspiration (hint: she's skipping Fashion Week)

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-02-06 14:57

Tavi Gevinson was 11 years old when she started writing about fashion on her blog, thestylerookie. Two years later, she was sitting in the front row at New York Fashion Week. With Anna Wintour.

Gevinson is 17 now -- and she has no plans to attend Fashion Week this year.

"I just didn’t have a reason to go this time…you know, you do miss school and there are a bit of compromises and it costs money. And I just wasn’t feeling it this time around."

Gevinson’s style in the early days of her fashion blog could be described as "eclectic." She was sometimes bullied at school for what she wore, and TheStyleRookie gave her a place to escape.

"I didn’t feel like I needed that outlet as much anymore."

Her interests have changed.  

"Sometimes I’d go to Fashion Week and it would be really magical, and it would outweigh the fluff that we were talking about, but sometimes it wouldn’t.”

She was over "the fluff." In 2011, Gevinson launched Rookie, an online lifestyle  magazine for teenage girls.

"Naturally my interests have evolved as I’ve grown up," she says.

She has a staff of about 50 that help write and curate topics for the site from music and film to fiction and tech and "everything else."

"It’s just the most supportive group of women -- and a couple guys -- that I’ve ever been a part of. To me, it just, it completely debunks any stereotype that women are competitive and catty. Everyone wants everyone else to do well."

In a few months, she’ll graduate from high school and plans to work on Rookie full time. She’s also applying to college and she’s looking forward to settling into adulthood.

"To me, that’s freeing. I would love for my work to be judged on its own. I would love to be looked at as a person, and not a novelty."

Gevinson admits to having big plans for Rookie in the future.

"There are boring goals like, 'I want to redesign our site and raise our contributors’ rates.' [Then] all I will say is that I have a folder on my desktop that says ‘world domination.’ So I’ll leave it at that.  And it’s not me – I want Rookie to take over the world."

5 places Tavi Gevinson looks for inspiration

1. Solange's True

Video of Solange True Full EP 2013

2. Todd Hido

3. My Rookie sisters.

Personally, I’d like to build my own world within the one outside. I have no desire for anyone else’s throne; I am proud that I started Rookie, I am lucky that we are independent and that I’ve gotten to do it my way. But I want us all to examine and change the rest of our culture, too. I want to make sure the earth’s many queens get the opportunities to assume their rightful places.

4. Roller rinks.

"Roller rink, ice cream, lovebird barettes, and how to tie a tie for your fancy date skirt."

 

5. Susan Sontag's journals from when she was a teenager.

“I want to be good.” 
“Why?” 
“I want to be what I admire.” 
“Why don’t you want to be what you are?”
-- Susan Sontag, 1968

Another Florida Case Puts 'Stand Your Ground' Back In Court

NPR News - Thu, 2014-02-06 14:52

In a courtroom in Jacksonville, Fla., on Thursday, prosecutors and the defense laid out different versions of how 47-year-old Michael Dunn, who is white, came to shoot and kill Jordan Davis, a black 17-year-old.

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