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Soccer Fans Skeptical New FIFA President Will Bring Needed Reform

Thu, 02/25/2016 - 3:24pm

World soccer's much-maligned governing body picks a new president this Friday. Much of the soccer-loving public disdains FIFA and is skeptical a new president will bring about positive change.

Economic Recovery Boom Has Left Behind Poor Areas, Report Finds

Thu, 02/25/2016 - 3:24pm

NPR's Robert Siegel talks to John Lettieri, co-founder of the Economic Innovation Group, about a report on how the post-recession, recovery boom is leaving behind poor areas. As a result, the wealth and well-being gap is widening further.

Apple Files Motion To Vacate Court Order Forcing It To Unlock iPhone

Thu, 02/25/2016 - 3:24pm

NPR's Robert Siegel talks with Benjamin Wittes, senior fellow in governance studies at the Brookings Institution and editor-in-chief of Lawfare, about Apple's motion to vacate the court order forcing the company to unlock an iPhone owned by one of the San Bernardino shooters.

How Tim Cook's Stand Over Digital Privacy Could Define Apple's Future

Thu, 02/25/2016 - 3:24pm

Tim Cook's absolute stand on privacy in the face of a court order could be the defining moment of his leadership at Apple. NPR explores if his move is motivated by principle, the bottom line or some combination of the two.

Apple Court Filing Calls iPhone Order Dangerous, Unconstitutional

Thu, 02/25/2016 - 2:26pm

Last week, at the FBI's request, a court ordered Apple to cooperate with federal agents and help unlock the iPhone of one of the San Bernardino shooters. The company says the demand is illegal.

A Look At The Wealth And Income Gap, By ZIP Code

Thu, 02/25/2016 - 2:06pm

A newly released report says some areas of the U.S. have recovered from the Great Recession much more than others.

Head-Scratcher Alert: Jet Fuel Prices Are Falling And Airfares Are Rising

Thu, 02/25/2016 - 6:50am

Airlines have been paying the lowest prices in years for jet fuel. Nevertheless, fares are rising and many fuel surcharge fees remain. Traveler advocates are angry but airlines say labor costs are up.

Sharp Accepts $6 Billion Bid From Foxconn — Which Then Puts Deal On Hold

Thu, 02/25/2016 - 6:03am

After the deal was announced, Sharp's stock fell more than 14 percent. And Foxconn now says it will postpone finalizing the sale due to late-arriving information.

Why Even A Bad Review Can Help Sell A Book

Thu, 02/25/2016 - 4:14am

There's an adage that says all press is good press. Our "Planet Money" team tests the theory by talking to authors who have had their books panned in The New York Times.

Buyers Dissatisfied With Car Technology, Reliability Study Says

Thu, 02/25/2016 - 4:14am

A J.D. Power report finds problems with in-vehicle technology of 2015 cars. Consumers say unreliable navigation systems and other issues are eroding trust when it comes to rating a car's performance.

Unlocking Shooter's Phone Is Software's Equivalent Of Cancer, Apple Says

Thu, 02/25/2016 - 4:14am

In an ABC News interview, CEO Tim Cook reiterated that Apple will not create iPhone-cracking software. A judge ordered Apple to help the FBI crack into the phone of one of the San Bernardino shooters.

In Apple-FBI Fight, Congress Considers Aggressive And Measured Approaches

Thu, 02/25/2016 - 4:11am

National security hawks want a bill that would order tech companies to open phones for law enforcement; other legislators think a panel should dig into the subject and make recommendations first.

Nursing Home Evictions Strand The Disabled In Costly Hospitals

Thu, 02/25/2016 - 3:46am

Federal rules mostly prohibit nursing homes from refusing to readmit residents after a hospital stay. But states rarely enforce the regulations. Some California families are now suing the state.

Apple CEO Tim Cook: Backdoor To iPhones Would Be Software Equivalent Of Cancer

Wed, 02/24/2016 - 7:13pm

In an interview, Cook reiterated the company's position that Apple will not create iPhone-cracking software for the FBI, as the government has ordered.

Scientists Discover What Made Takata Air Bags Explode

Wed, 02/24/2016 - 5:14pm

Plus, a Senate report finds that the company lied about test data even after the air bag recalls.

Labor Secretary Thomas Perez On The Movement To Raise Minimum Wages

Wed, 02/24/2016 - 4:29pm

NPR's Audie Cornish speaks with U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez about the movement to increase minimum wages at the local level.

At Tech Conference, Meet The Tesla Of Bikes And A Weaponized Phone

Wed, 02/24/2016 - 4:24pm

Mobile phones that double as stun guns. Smart bikes connected to an app that can deter thieves and track your workout. We got an eyeful of futuristic gadgets at a mobile tech conference in Barcelona.

Judge Rules NYC Can Require Sodium Warnings On Restaurant Menus

Wed, 02/24/2016 - 3:47pm

A state judge ruled Wednesday that New York City health officials can enforce a requirement for chain restaurants to inform consumers which menu items have more than 2,300 milligrams of sodium.

Oil Producing Nations Struggle To Cope With Falling Prices

Wed, 02/24/2016 - 3:18pm

U.S. consumers are enjoying extremely low gasoline prices, but the big drop in oil prices is causing hardship in nations that depend on oil production to fund their governments and social programs. NPR takes a look at which oil producing countries are hurt most and how they're coping.

Are You Liking Facebook's New Emojis? Scrap That. Do You 'Wow' Them?

Wed, 02/24/2016 - 11:28am

Facebook rolled out five new emojis globally. Now, users can not only "like" a post but also choose "haha," "angry" and other options. Users are taking to social media to voice their reactions.

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