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Tom Brady Appeals 'Deflategate' Suspension

NPR News - Thu, 2015-05-14 12:58

The NFL Players Association, which filed the appeal on behalf of the New England Patriots quarterback, is calling for a neutral arbitrator to hear the appeal.

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Why Some Detroit Residents Claim To Live Someplace Else

NPR News - Thu, 2015-05-14 12:56

The city has some of the highest auto insurance rates in the U.S. Many residents there drop coverage — or claim they live outside the city limits. The mayor has a plan to cut the cost of insurance.

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Now, Ben Carson Leads In A Republican Poll

NPR News - Thu, 2015-05-14 12:54

The retired pediatric neurosurgeon and Tea Party favorite may be having his moment in the crowded Republican 2016 presidential primary.

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After Suicides, MIT Works To Relieve Student Pressure

NPR News - Thu, 2015-05-14 12:52

In the past year, four students have died by suicide. The school has responded by asking professors to lighten workloads and is launching new suicide prevention efforts.

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She's Almost Real: The New Humanoid On Customer Service Duty In Tokyo

NPR News - Thu, 2015-05-14 12:52

In Tokyo, a stylish new department store receptionist isn't a human at all. It's a lifelike silicone robot with movements so real, it's fooling some customers.

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Six things to do with your new free time on Facebook

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2015-05-14 12:43

Facebook's new Instant Articles feature allows news organizations like Buzzfeed and the New York Times publish articles directly to the site. The pitch is that they'll load faster, so users won't waste precious seconds waiting for content to load. Here's a few things you can do with that free time.

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Brady appeals 'Deflate-gate' ban

BBC - Thu, 2015-05-14 12:38
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady appeals against the ban given to him after an inquiry into under-inflated balls.

Frankfurt win Champions League final

BBC - Thu, 2015-05-14 12:34
FFC Frankfurt strike late to beat Paris St-Germain 2-1 and secure a record fourth Women's Champions League title.

Elon Musk's evolution, from sci-fi dreams to Space X

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2015-05-14 12:33

Elon Musk runs a couple of high-tech companies, but they do more than code.

They make things like space rockets and electric cars. Elon Musk is the CEO of both SpaceX and Tesla, and now he’s the subject of a new biography by Bloomberg Business reporter Ashlee Vance. It’s called "Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future."

Vance's book is getting some buzz this week. We talked with him about, arguably, one of the most important entrepreneurs of our time.

On Elon Musk’s upbringing:

He was born in South Africa, and ... as you might kind of expect, he was really into sci-fi and video games. He was a bit of a loner at school. He was very bright. Growing up, his father was pretty hard on him. It’s one of these things in the book where Elon and his family members talk about it, but they never say what was so difficult about his dad…but you know that it left this big impression on Elon’s life.

About Musk’s evolution in Silicon Valley:

He had to learn a lot during that period. At Zip2, he was the CEO of the company and he was not a great CEO. He worked really hard, and people were impressed with that. He outworked everybody and he had this hustle. He was smart but he wasn't great at managing people. Then he gets to PayPal and it sort of repeats, although he’s getting a little bit better as time goes on. And he’s finding ways to sort of marshal people and learn to encourage them, and then he realizes you get more out of people if you do that. You see him evolve.

On Tesla’s charging stations and innovation:

I was one of many people who thought that was crazy and it would never happen, and today there are hundreds of these charging stations, not only in the United States but in Europe and Asia. So you have a guy who built the electric car and then built the fuel infrastructure to pull it off. When he starts doing things like that, you start giving him the benefit of the doubt.

On Space X:

I think Space X has changed the space industry. All of its competitors are reacting to it. There’s still huge gambles and risks but the companies are very healthy right now.

IS releases 'al-Baghdadi message'

BBC - Thu, 2015-05-14 12:13
Islamic State releases an audio message it says is from its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, which would be the first in months.

New England Patriots Clarify: 'Deflator' Refers To Weight Loss

NPR News - Thu, 2015-05-14 11:59

The Patriots say staff members used the term "deflate" to talk about losing weight — not about breaking the NFL's rules on football inflation, as the league says.

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Your Wallet: Can you buy exclusivity?

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2015-05-14 11:55

On next week's show, we're talking about exclusivity. 

What does it mean for you, in your finances? We want to hear your stories of exclusivity...tell us about the time you paid a premium for a special service (or didn't!) or signed up for a high-rewards membership credit card. We want your stories of being excluded and included when it comes to finance. 

Write to us here, visit the Marketplace Facebook page, or tweet us, we're @MarketplaceWKND

Nato to counter 'hybrid warfare'

BBC - Thu, 2015-05-14 11:35
Nato has pledged to counter the "hybrid warfare" tactics that it says that Russia is using in the Ukraine conflict.

Fast-Track Trade Measure Clears Key Senate Hurdle

NPR News - Thu, 2015-05-14 11:32

The 65-33 vote comes two days after senators rejected a measure to take up the bill giving President Obama fast-track trade authority.

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Nurse Visits Help First-Time Moms, Cut Government Costs In Long Run

NPR News - Thu, 2015-05-14 11:23

The Affordable Care Act has made available more assistance to new mothers so they can raise healthier kids. But critics say the standards for those programs are too lenient.

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VIDEO: On the road, helping people in crisis

BBC - Thu, 2015-05-14 11:17
The BBC's Ed Thomas has been given access to a team in Cheshire, where police officers and mental health specialists work together to help people in crisis.

Historian Says Don't 'Sanitize' How Our Government Created The Ghettos

NPR News - Thu, 2015-05-14 11:16

Historian Richard Rothstein studies residential segregation in America. His conclusion: "federal, state and local governments purposely created racial boundaries in these cities."

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Face-to-face transactions at the farmer's market

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2015-05-14 11:01

Transactions are getting quicker, easier, more digital, less personal. At convenience stores and even grocery stores you can check yourself out. In a growing number of stores, you can pay with your phone

Sometimes, simple transactions come at a cost.

But one marketplace remains mostly unchanged by technology and mostly un-marred by fees: the farmer's market. There, you can still find tables piled high with fresh fruits and veggies, see the same familiar faces selling flowers or handmade soaps, try hummus and dips made the day before, and interact with the farmers who grew your food. 

Even though an increasing number of market's accept food stamps, prices are higher than what you'd find at a typical grocery store. Still, there are deals to be had — sometimes if you're willing to haggle a little bit, other times if you're willing to buy in bulk. 

At the farmer's market in Los Angeles, we brought $20 and left with pounds of strawberries -- enough for two pies -- seven avocados, a half-dozen eggs, two nectarines and two donut peaches, the first stone fruit of the season. 

A few tips for how to make the most of your money at the farmer's market:

  • Buy in bulk: if you have a vendor you like, buy a few things from them, they're more likely to throw in something extra or knock a dollar off the price
  • Don't pick out your own fruit: ask the farmer what's ripe, and if they have time, have them pick out what you're looking for. You'll end up with the best tasting fruit, and if you ask for "$4 worth of ____" instead of picking it out yourself and having them weigh it later, you'll stay on budget. 
  • Buy in season. Produce is cheapest when it's in season, no matter where you're buying. 
  • Try things! Take advantage of free samples and deals on new products or seasonal specials. 

What NATO Diplomats Do On Their Downtime: Sing 'We Are The World'

NPR News - Thu, 2015-05-14 11:00

NATO foreign ministers in Antalya, Turkey, were persuaded at the end of their meeting this week to join in a rendition of the '80s-era pop anthem. At last check, they were all keeping their day jobs.

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