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The Man Who Brought G.I. Joe To Children Dies At 86

Mon, 05/26/2014 - 3:28pm

Donald Levine brought the first G.I. Joe action figures to U.S. shelves 50 years ago after rejecting other possible names for military figures, like Salty the Sailor.

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Wash And Deliver: Startups Aim To Solve First World Problems

Mon, 05/26/2014 - 10:49am

With services that pick up your laundry, deliver you gourmet food, take you on a cheap ride — all with the tap of an app — many of the hassles of life are disappearing. But can these companies last?

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Facebook Will Help You Monitor Yourself

Mon, 05/26/2014 - 4:06am

Facebook is expected to release a new feature soon. Using the microphones inside smartphones, the Facebook app will be able to pick up on the music you're listening to and TV shows you're watching.

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State-Owned China Enterprises Drop U.S. Consulting Firms

Mon, 05/26/2014 - 4:06am

The Financial Times says the decision will hit major firms like Mckinsey and Company and the Boston Consulting Group. The move follows the U.S. charging 5 Chinese military officials with hacking.

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Mobile Internet Comes To Africa In A Big Way

Mon, 05/26/2014 - 4:06am

Young people are driving the change using their phones to text, listen to music — even watching high-resolution videos. Silicon Valley has noticed and sees a big opportunity.

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Ozark Tourist Town, Branson, Mo., Debates How To Diversify

Mon, 05/26/2014 - 4:06am

About 7.5 million people visit Branson each year. The town is known for its clean family entertainment. But Branson is not exempt from the pressures of a changing economy and aging demographics.

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Flagstaff Neighborhood Wants Campfires Outlawed In National Forest

Mon, 05/26/2014 - 4:06am

The Slide Fire hasn't forced residents in Flagstaff, Ariz., to evacuate. But they're worried about the potential for another wildfire, and what it could do to their homes and businesses.

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Would You Buy A 9/11 Key Chain? Memorial Gift Shop Makes Some Cringe

Sun, 05/25/2014 - 9:13am

The gift shop at the new 9/11 Memorial in New York sells tote bags, plush rescue dogs and other trinkets commemorating the tragedy. What meaning can a souvenir from a mass murder have?

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It's Geithner Vs. Warren In Battle Of The Bailout

Sun, 05/25/2014 - 4:29am

Former Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner says the 2008 bank bailout worked well. Sen. Elizabeth Warren says it taught bankers to be reckless because the risks are on taxpayers. Vote for who is right.

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Where Will Credit Suisse's Fine Go?

Sat, 05/24/2014 - 3:58pm

This week, the Department of Justice handed Credit Suisse the largest criminal tax penalty ever. $2.6 billion is a lot of money, so NPR's Arun Rath asks the New York Times' Jessica Silver-Greenberg where it all goes.

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Tech Week: Baby Photos Online, Facebook V. Shazam, Ebay's Fail

Sat, 05/24/2014 - 10:04am

Also in the week's tech headlines, cops are wearing video cameras in New Orleans, a new GIF-making camera is available on Kickstarter and IBM's in trouble.

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Second Summer Post-Sandy, Jersey Shore Hopes For Tourist Boom

Sat, 05/24/2014 - 9:38am

Memorial Day weekend kicks off the tourism season on the Jersey Shore, an area that's still rebuilding after Superstorm Sandy. At last, homeowners and businesses say, things are looking up.

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Could You Be Driving A Car With A Recall?

Sat, 05/24/2014 - 6:47am

General Motors has recalled more than 15 million cars this year. Alec Gutierrez of Kelly Blue Book tells NPR's Scott Simon what this means if you own a GMC, Chevrolet, Buick or Cadillac.

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If Local Farms Aren't Local Enough, Buy From The Rooftop

Sat, 05/24/2014 - 5:38am

Urban farmers are experimenting with growing food right near or even inside the grocery store. But it's not yet clear whether customers will value that degree of freshness over other options.

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Economist Piketty's Work Doesn't Add Up, 'Financial Times' Says

Fri, 05/23/2014 - 4:28pm

The U.K.-based newspaper says the author of Capital in the Twenty-First Century, a treatise on income inequality, may have gotten some of his data wrong.

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NTSB Raises New Concerns About Dreamliner's Lithium Ion Battery

Fri, 05/23/2014 - 3:57pm

The National Transportation Safety Board calls on the FAA to take another look at the safety of the battery used in its Dreamliners.

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Does The 'Bamboo Ceiling' Shut Asian Americans Out Of Top Jobs?

Fri, 05/23/2014 - 10:29am

Many people of color say they hit a glass ceiling when it comes to leadership positions in the workplace. But do Asian Americans face additional hurdles because they're seen as model minorities?

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Political Rhetoric Bogs Down Future Of Keystone XL Pipeline

Fri, 05/23/2014 - 5:59am

Claims for and against the pipeline are overblown. It won't make much of a difference on climate change, and it likely won't help the U.S. become energy independent.

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Summer Travel Season Expected To Heat Up

Fri, 05/23/2014 - 4:01am

AAA predicts that more Americans will travel this Memorial Day weekend than any other since the start of the Great Recession. Those who do may find higher air fares bit gas prices have leveled off.

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France's Big Train Problem: New Fleet Too Wide For Platforms

Fri, 05/23/2014 - 4:01am

A French railway company says it has ordered hundreds of new regional trains that are too wide to use at many French station platforms. It will cost nearly $70 million to fix the mistake.

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