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Will Low Oil Prices Affect Debate Over Keystone KL Pipeline?

Thu, 01/08/2015 - 4:01am

Oil prices continue their slide, falling below $50 a barrel. Does the slump factor into the debate over building the Keystone Pipeline which would carry oil from western Canada to the U.S. Gulf Coast?

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'Charlie Hebdo' Laughed In The Face Of Violence; Will Future Satirists?

Thu, 01/08/2015 - 2:43am

The French magazine responded to the firebombing of its offices with a cover that showed a Muslim and an editor making out. Its lead editor, described by a peer as fearless, was killed Wednesday.

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Judge Maintains Gag Order In Coal Mine Disaster Trial

Wed, 01/07/2015 - 7:44pm

The federal judge rejected motions by NPR and other news organizations to allow lawyers and others involved to talk about the case. The judge has also restricted access to court documents.

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When It Comes To Smartphones, Are Americans Dumb?

Wed, 01/07/2015 - 4:11pm

If you paid top dollar for a top phone, Asian vendors at the International Consumer Electronics Show have a message: You paid for a brand, not quality. And this year, they want to sell to you.

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Growth In Manufacturing Tempered By Low-Wage Jobs

Wed, 01/07/2015 - 3:22pm

President Obama is touting growth in manufacturing jobs, but if they're low-wage jobs is that a good thing?

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Euro Falls To 9-Year Low Against U.S. Dollar

Wed, 01/07/2015 - 3:22pm

Europe may have a deflation problem. Eurozone consumer prices fell on an annual basis in December for the first time since the depths of the financial crisis five years ago. The decline was driven by a sharp drop in energy prices. The news is expected to increase pressure on the European Central Bank to come up with a more aggressive response to slow growth and high unemployment.

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For 'Charlie Hebdo,' A History Defined By Humor, Controversy — And Cartoons

Wed, 01/07/2015 - 10:46am

Renee Montagne talks to NPR's David Folkenflik about the provocative editorial stance adopted by the French satirical magazine, which was attacked by gunmen this morning in Paris.

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'Charlie Hebdo,' A Magazine Of Satire, Mocks Politics, Religion

Wed, 01/07/2015 - 9:14am

The magazine that was the target of a deadly attack today is part of a long tradition of French satire dating to the days before the French Revolution.

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Should Minnesota Bid Adieu To The Midwest, Hello North?

Wed, 01/07/2015 - 5:32am

A panel in Minnesota wants to establish a new region called the North. Supporters say it will help the area differentiate itself from other parts of the Midwest.

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Greek Opposition Party Seizes On Public's Anger Over Austerity Measures

Wed, 01/07/2015 - 4:07am

We've been hearing a lot about economic anxiety in Europe lately. Much of that anxiety center's around Greece. Steve Inskeep talks to economist Platon Tinios about what's happening in Greece.

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ESPN, Other Networks To Be Streamed On Dish Network's Sling TV

Wed, 01/07/2015 - 4:07am

Linda Wertheimer talks to John Ourand from Sports Business Journal about ESPN's decision to start a streaming service. The service is being done in partnership with Dish Network.

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Construction Begins On California's $68 Billion High-Speed Rail Line

Tue, 01/06/2015 - 9:53pm

Once completed, the line could travel faster than 200 mph and get people from Los Angeles to San Francisco in less than three hours. But the project has only a fifth of the funding it needs.

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DishTV's New Service Targets Cable Cord Cutters

Tue, 01/06/2015 - 3:53pm

DishTV is offering a new digital service for cord cutters — ESPN and a dozen other channels for just $20 a month. Does it lead to a cable-less future?

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Rewatching 'The Wire': Classic Crime Drama Seems Written For Today

Tue, 01/06/2015 - 2:02pm

As HBO releases the high-definition version of The Wire, NPR's Eric Deggans says that binge-watching the show feels more like reading today's headlines — especially on issues of race and class.

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Obama Will Veto Keystone XL Legislation, White House Says

Tue, 01/06/2015 - 1:34pm

The House, which has a Republican majority, is expected to vote on the controversial pipeline this week. The GOP-dominated Senate is considering a similar measure, which has bipartisan support.

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How A Too-Strong Dollar Might Lead To A Too-Weak World

Tue, 01/06/2015 - 9:57am

There are upsides to having global investors stash their savings in the United States. But their embrace of the dollar can start to feel like a death grip if it goes too far and chokes off exports.

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Adequate Housing Hard To Find In Boom Towns For Oil, Gas

Tue, 01/06/2015 - 4:00am

When you think of oil and gas towns, most people visualize transient workers and RV parks. But plenty of oilfield workers move to towns with their families. The challenge is finding a place to stay.

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The Downside Of Cheaper Gas: More Accident Fatalities

Tue, 01/06/2015 - 4:00am

Falling gasoline prices are a benefit to motorists — but those lower prices come with a hidden cost: increased traffic fatalities.

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Trend Of Falling Gas Prices Expected To Continue

Tue, 01/06/2015 - 4:00am

On New Year's Day, the national average for a gallon of regular gasoline was $2.23. That's the average though, and many stations are selling gas at under $2 a gallon.

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Euro's Drop Raises Questions About Its Long-Term Prospects

Tue, 01/06/2015 - 4:00am

The Euro fell to a nine-year low against the dollar on Monday as investors worried about Europe's economic doldrums. Linda Wertheimer talks to Callum Williams of The Economist.

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