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

Thu, 05/14/2015 - 3:52pm

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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Fast-Track Trade Measure Clears Key Senate Hurdle

Thu, 05/14/2015 - 2:32pm

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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Why A Philadelphia Grocery Chain Is Thriving In Food Deserts

Thu, 05/14/2015 - 1:04pm

Brown's Super Stores operates seven profitable supermarkets in low-income neighborhoods in Philadelphia. The founder says it's because he figured out what communities needed in a neighborhood store.

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A Trade Deal Read In Secret By Only A Few (Or Maybe None)

Thu, 05/14/2015 - 7:16am

To study the draft Trans-Pacific Partnership text, senators have to go to the basement of the Capitol and enter a secured, sound-proof room and surrender their cellphones.

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TV Networks Count On Reborn Old Shows To Bring In Ad Dollars

Thu, 05/14/2015 - 4:10am

Network officials are gathered in New York this week to present their new fall lineups to advertisers. Renee Montagne talks to Kim Masters, of The Hollywood Reporter and host of KCRW's The Business.

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Feds Probe Failure To Collect Mine Safety Penalties After NPR Report

Thu, 05/14/2015 - 4:10am

The Labor Department's investigation follows an NPR/Mine Safety and Health News series about the failure of federal regulators to collect millions in safety penalties at the nation's mines.

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Calif. Bottled Water Plants Are Scrutinized During Severe Drought

Thu, 05/14/2015 - 4:10am

Companies like Nestle are being eyed for how and where they're drawing the water. Steve Inskeep talks to Ian James, a reporter with The Desert Sun Newspaper in Palm Springs, Calif.

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Santa Monica Cracks Down On Airbnb, Bans 'Vacation Rentals' Under A Month

Wed, 05/13/2015 - 8:38pm

Santa Monica says renting out a house or apartment for less than 30 days without the permanent tenant present is illegal.

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Facebook Courts News Giants Into A Deal To Share Viewers, And Profits

Wed, 05/13/2015 - 4:56pm

Nine media organizations, including The New York Times and National Geographic, have signed a deal to distribute their content through a new Facebook feature called "Instant Articles."

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Train Derailment Highlights Amtrak's Infrastructure Needs

Wed, 05/13/2015 - 4:15pm

Amtrak was created in the 1970s to allow several private railroads to get out of the passenger business. Experts say that while its safety record is generally good, it needs upgrading.

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The Morning After: Lawmakers Vote To Reduce Amtrak Funding

Wed, 05/13/2015 - 3:48pm

In Philadelphia, an Amtrak train derailed on Tuesday. But in Washington on Wednesday, transportation supporters still could not get the House on track for providing more funding.

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NTSB Continues Investigation Into Derailed Amtrak Train

Wed, 05/13/2015 - 3:33pm

An Amtrak train derailed in Philadelphia Tuesday night, killing at least seven people and injuring more than 200. The NTSB says the train was traveling at over 100 mph when it derailed.

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Senate Reaches Deal To Vote On 'Fast-Track' Trade Bill Thursday

Wed, 05/13/2015 - 2:22pm

The deal calls for separate votes on bills that Democrats had wanted to move as a single package, with a vote on a customs bill that includes safeguards championed by Sen. Charles Schumer.

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Nothing More To Say On Brian Williams, Tom Brokaw Says

Wed, 05/13/2015 - 11:40am

The former NBC Nightly News anchor's comments came on Fresh Air. Williams, the man who succeeded him, is serving a six-month suspension for exaggerating his experiences in the Iraq War.

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Harriet Tubman Wins Unofficial Contest To Be On $20 Bill

Wed, 05/13/2015 - 11:16am

The Women on 20s campaign is petitioning President Obama to put the face of Harriet Tubman, the escaped slave who led others to freedom, on the $20 bill. She edged Eleanor Roosevelt in a close vote.

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Here's A Radical Approach To Big Hospital Bills: Set Your Own Price

Wed, 05/13/2015 - 9:09am

Some companies are refusing to pay employee hospital bills that they think are out of line. Instead, they pay what they think is reasonable. So far the gambit appears to be working.

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Vinyl's Comeback Keeps Record Pressers Busy

Wed, 05/13/2015 - 5:39am

There are about 16 vinyl press plants still operating in the U.S. While there were about 9 million vinyl records sold in the U.S. overall last year — that's just a sliver of total album sales.

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Facebook Debuts Instant News Articles From News Organizations

Wed, 05/13/2015 - 4:07am

Facebook and several media companies have announced that news articles will now be published directly into users News Feeds. The articles will come from The New York Times, NBC News and others.

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Subscriptions We No Longer Need: Do You Still Have An AOL Account?

Wed, 05/13/2015 - 4:07am

AOL's dial-up business has roughly 2 million subscribers. But years into the broadband age, many people still have their AOL accounts. What other subscriptions are they holding on to?

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Show On ABC Is Part Of Disney's Effort To Revive Muppet Franchise

Wed, 05/13/2015 - 4:07am

ABC announced that it's bringing back the Muppets. Kermit, Miss Piggy and friends will star in a new series this fall. The original Muppet Show ran from 1976 to 1981.

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