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Measles Hits 20-Year High In U.S.

NPR News - Sat, 2014-05-31 03:40

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reported that measles outbreaks in the United States are now at a 20-year high, with 288 cases reported in the first five months of 2014.

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In Pizza Kitchens And On Assembly Lines, Temp Workers Face Abuse

NPR News - Sat, 2014-05-31 03:40

The modern Harvest of Shame is the treatment of blue-collar temporary workers, according to ProPublica's Michael Grabell. NPR's Scott Simon speaks to Grabell about his investigative series.

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South Korea Repaves For A 'Woman-Friendly Seoul'

NPR News - Sat, 2014-05-31 03:40

Women-only parking spaces are popping up all over Seoul, South Korea. They are wider, longer and painted pink. It's the city's effort to make a more female-friendly city.

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With VA Hospitals Overtaxed, Vets May Have To Go Private

NPR News - Sat, 2014-05-31 03:40

Eric Shinseki stepped down as the chief of veterans affairs, but will things improve at VA hospitals? NPR's Scott Simon speaks to reporter Tom Bowman about what needs to happen to improve services.

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New Acting VA Secretary Faces Cultural Challenges

NPR News - Sat, 2014-05-31 03:40

Eric Shinseki, secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs, has resigned over the growing health care scandal. He said remaining in office would only distract from carrying out needed reforms.

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Pakistan Signals Possible Opening In Relations With India

NPR News - Sat, 2014-05-31 03:40

Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif attended the inauguration of India's new prime minister this week. Does this signal a thaw? NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Shuja Nawaz of the Atlantic Council.

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One Wealthy Couple's Mission To Save Marriages, En Masse

NPR News - Sat, 2014-05-31 03:40

An Oprah-endorsed self-help guru and his wife are devoting their weekends — and dollars — to large-scale, group relationship counseling sessions for couples who can't otherwise afford it.

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Assad Bound For Re-Election As War Appears At A Stalemate

NPR News - Sat, 2014-05-31 03:40

As Syria goes to the polls next week in an election that President Bashar Assad is certain to win, journalist Nick Blanford tells NPR's Scott Simon.

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Phone App Might Predict Manic Episodes In Bipolar Disorder

NPR News - Sat, 2014-05-31 01:22

People's speech patterns change when they are in the manic phase of bipolar disorder, doctors say. And a smartphone app might be able to detect those shifts and improve treatment.

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Phone App Might Predict Manic Episodes In Bipolar Disorder

NPR News - Sat, 2014-05-31 01:22

Speech patterns change when people enter the manic phase of bipolar disorder, doctors say. A smartphone app might be able to detect those shifts and improve treatment.

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Expanding The Panama Canal: The Problem Is Money, Not Mosquitoes

NPR News - Sat, 2014-05-31 01:21

A century after the canal opened, it's being expanded to accommodate some of the world's biggest cargo ships. But the project has been delayed by a $1.6 billion financial dispute.

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Expanding The Panama Canal: The Problem Is Money, Not Mosquitoes

NPR News - Sat, 2014-05-31 01:21

A century after the canal opened, it's being expanded to accommodate some of the world's biggest cargo ships. But the project has been delayed by a $1.6 billion financial dispute.

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Tech Week: C-E-Bros, Diversity Numbers And The Beats Deal

NPR News - Sat, 2014-05-31 01:20

The Snapchat CEO's fraternity-day emails surfaced, Apple made its biggest acquisition and Google disclosed the uneven gender breakdown of its staff. Take a look at the week's top headlines in tech.

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Investor Carl Icahn Reportedly At Center Of Insider Trading Probe

NPR News - Fri, 2014-05-30 17:14

The billionaire is said to be under investigation for possibly tipping off pro golfer Phil Mickelson and sports gambler "Billy" Walters ahead of market-moving stock trades.

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An Old-Fashioned Newspaperman Takes The Helm In A Digital World

NPR News - Fri, 2014-05-30 15:53

Dean Baquet, the new executive editor of The New York Times, is a proud defender of old-school newsroom values. But, he says, he recognizes that both he and the Times need to adapt to the digital era.

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What a billion dollars buys you this week

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-05-30 14:47

There have been a lot of billion dollar deals in the past couple days. Sales, proposed fines, buyouts. If you’ve got a couple billion dollars lying around the house, you had a lot of options. So, on the off-chance you’re a billionaire, here are some of the things you might have been able to buy this week: 

$1 billion

A clean river. Los Angeles city officials want to turn Los Angeles River into a scenic urban oasis, and that plan just got a bit more likely with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers recommending approval of that $1 billion proposal. This all still has to be voted on by Congress, but it’s looking like the Los Angeles River might not be a concrete corridor for much longer.

$2 billion

The worst franchise in sports history. That’s what former Microsoft tycoon Steve Ballmer seems like he’ll be able to buy from noted racist-remark-maker Donald Sterling if and when his deal to buy the Los Angeles Clippers goes through. Beating out bids by David Geffen, Grant Hill, and Oprah Winfrey, the deal still requires final approval from the NBA. And though Sports Illustrated named the Clippers the "worst franchise in sports history," their fortunes appear to be looking up.

$3 billion

A whole bunch of headphones. Beats, the high-end headphone manufacturer and music streaming service owned by Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine, might seem like an odd fit for Apple, purveyor of shiny gadgets and computers. But Apple disagrees, to the tune of the $3 billion it will spend on Beats. Apple doesn’t have to build a subscription music service itself, and instead just supplants one already in place.

$5.7 billion

Lots and lots of meat. Or not. When Pilgrim’s Pride offered to buy Hillshire Brands for $5.7 billion, everything seemed alright (or more accurately for the two huge meat companies, kosher). Then food-giant Tyson swept in with an even bigger offer and made everything a bit more complicated. The deal still hasn’t been finalized, but you could consider Hillshire the king of the prom right now.

$10 billion

Forgiveness, or at least freedom from further prosecution. That’s what BNP Paribas, the largest bank in France, might have to pay in order to avoid criminal prosecution. The U.S. Justice Department suspects that BNP Paribas ignored sanctions and did business with countries like Sudan and Iran, but won’t press criminal charges if the bank pays a very large fine. And the actual amount they have to pay might be far less, and BNP Paribas is looking to pay less than $8 billion. 

A Columbus, Miss. QUIZ! How well do you know this Southern city?

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-05-30 14:07

We're continuing our American Futures series with The Atlantic's James Fallows this week. Kai and James have been traveling across the U.S. looking at how small towns are living and working in a new economy.

Next stop: Mississippi to the city of Columbus -- A town with a long history in the South.

How much do you know about this small town? Take our quiz! And check out our reporting from Columbus.

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Cleveland Patrolman, Five Others Charged In Deadly 2012 Car Chase

NPR News - Fri, 2014-05-30 14:03

Prosecutors say Patrolman Michael Brelo fired more shots than any of the officers who together pumped 137 rounds into the vehicle, killing two unarmed suspects.

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Is The Deck Stacked Against Black Boys In America?

NPR News - Fri, 2014-05-30 14:03

A new White House report exploring the intersection of race, poverty and justice suggests the answer is still a resounding yes.

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Shinseki Couldn't Outflank Election-Year Politics

NPR News - Fri, 2014-05-30 13:54

By President Obama's own admission, politics had a lot to do with why he decided to accept VA Secretary Eric Shinseki's resignation.

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