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Blockbuster Trades Are Changing The Face Of Pharmaceuticals

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 3:01pm

Pharmaceutical companies are suddenly trading entire divisions the way sports teams swap players. Glaxo, Novartis and Ely Lily are all involved in a complicated deal announced Tuesday, and so far this year, five deals exceeding $2 billion have been announced. What's driving the deal-making?

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Weekly Innovation: An Inflatable Car Seat That Comes In A Backpack

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 11:53am

Parents, you are going to want to read about this prototype from Volvo. It's fully inflatable and designed to make what's normally a clunky and heavy seat both lighter and more portable.

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American Journalist Kidnapped By Ukraine's Pro-Russia Insurgents

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 10:55am

The reporter for Vice News was seized by gunmen on Tuesday but is "fine," according to a spokeswoman for his kidnappers.

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Dirty Money: A Microbial Jungle Thrives In Your Wallet

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 6:40am

A look at the critters that live on money finds about 3,000 types of bacteria. Most are harmless. But researchers found traces of DNA from anthrax and drug-resistant pathogens, too.

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Haagen-Dazs Experiments With Veggie Ice Cream

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 4:23am

Next month in Japan, Haagen-Dazs will debut vegetable-flavored ice cream. Each carton will contain about half the fat content of regular Haagen-Dazs.

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Urban Libraries Become De Facto Homeless Shelters

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 4:23am

San Francisco's library system has hired a full-time social worker to help find housing and other services for the homeless men and women who've set up camp among the stacks.

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Networks Tell Supreme Court Aereo Steals Their Content

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 4:23am

Broadcasters say the TV streaming company is violating copyright laws. The ruling will influence the future of television, and also affect technologies such as cloud computing.

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Income Inequality Is A Major Barrier To Attending College

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 4:23am

Morning Edition co-host David Greene talks to Suzanne Mettler of Cornell University, author of the new book, Degrees of Inequality: How the Politics of Higher Education Sabotaged the American Dream.

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One Approach To Head Start: To Help Kids, Help Their Parents

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 4:03am

One Tulsa, Okla., nonprofit believes that improving poor kids' prospects also requires preparing their parents for well-paying jobs. The program's director says managing both is a tough nut to crack.

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The Price War Over The Cloud Has High Stakes For The Internet

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 3:32am

Amazon, Google, Microsoft and others are competing to be the main landlords of the cloud. Their terms and prices could control who gets to build what on the Internet, and for how much.

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Subminimum Wages For The Disabled: Godsend Or Exploitation?

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 3:31am

Activists say a federal law that allows employers to pay people with disabilities pennies per hour is out of date and should be changed. But some say the law is a lifeline for the disabled.

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Online Sales Taxes Shift Consumer Behavior, Study Shows

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 3:16pm

Some states have enacted so-called "Amazon taxes," forcing the giant online retailer to collect sales taxes the same way traditional stores do. In those states, Amazon's sales fell about 10 percent.

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Fast-Food CEOs Earn Supersized Salaries; Workers Earn Small Potatoes

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 3:08pm

A new report finds that the average compensation of fast-food CEOs has quadrupled since 2000. By comparison, worker wages have increased less than 1 percent.

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Change Your Income, Change Your Health Insurance Plan

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 10:03am

People aren't locked into the plan they chose through the health exchanges if their income changes during the year. But you've got just 60 days to make the switch to a cheaper plan.

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Startup Fights TV Networks In Copyright Case Before Supreme Court

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 5:51am

Aereo offers consumers in 11 cities a cheap way to watch local stations that deliver network TV shows. The networks contend Aereo uses a gimmick to thwart the economic vitality of their business.

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For Short Trips, Intercity Buses Horn In On Airline Customers

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 3:56am

A study suggests buses offering lower fares, with wide seats and amenities such as WiFi, are seeing significant growth in ridership on trips up to 500 miles, sometimes at the expense of airlines.

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Fur Flies Over First Cat Cafe

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 3:56am

There's been a bit of a cat fight over who would host the nation's first cat cafe. Purina One is sponsoring a pop-up cafe in New York City. Similar cafes are in the works in California.

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Netflix To Raise New Customers' Subscription Rates

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 3:56am

The video-streaming company announced plans to raise its monthly rates for new customers by $1 or $2 a month. Current subscribers won't see a rate hike for at least a year.

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High Court To Consider Political Lies, Future Of Broadcasting

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 3:56am

The Supreme Court on Tuesday hears arguments in two high-profile cases that could affect video sharing on the Internet, and the telling of untruths in the political marketplace.

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8-Day Asia Trip Critical To Obama's Regional Strategy

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 3:56am

A key part of that strategy is the Trans Pacific Partnership — a free trade agreement among 12 Asian-Pacific nations. The trade pact would influence geopolitics and the reshape global trade.

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