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The Force Is With Them: Star Wars Episode VII Cast Revealed

Tue, 04/29/2014 - 12:24pm

Newcomers John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver will join old favorites Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill. The movie is due to be released Dec. 18, 2015.

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Psst! Wearable Devices Could Make Big Tech Leaps, Into Your Ear

Tue, 04/29/2014 - 11:03am

Get ready for a different kind of distraction. Tech experts predict hearables, which you wear in your ear, are going to hit the market in a big way very soon. And they may change the way we behave.

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NBA Hits Clippers Owner Sterling With Lifetime Ban, $2.5 Million Fine

Tue, 04/29/2014 - 10:46am

Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling is being punished for making racist remarks in an audio recording that was made public Friday. His fine is the maximum allowed under the NBA's charter.

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Kansas Town Destroyed By Tornado Spreads Blame For Lack Of Growth

Tue, 04/29/2014 - 3:59am

After seven years, Greensburg is stuck at half its pre-tornado population, and has few prospects for growth. Some blame trends decimating many farm towns — others point to the new green initiative.

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'To Kill A Mockingbird' Goes Digital

Tue, 04/29/2014 - 3:59am

Monday was author Harper Lee's 88th birthday. She announced that her classic novel would finally be made available as an e-book and a digital audiobook. It was first printed in 1960.

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Fed Meeting To Examine Post-Recession Job Market Strength

Tue, 04/29/2014 - 3:59am

David Greene talks to David Wessel of the Brookings Institution about how Federal Reserve economists consider various measurements of employment in their policymaking. Fed officials meet this week.

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Port Truckers In Savannah, Ga., Support Calif. Protest

Tue, 04/29/2014 - 3:59am

Truck drivers at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach began a 48-hour protest on Monday. The demonstrations are over what they call widespread workplace violations and unfairly low pay.

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How Much Will New U.S. Sanctions Affect Russia?

Tue, 04/29/2014 - 3:59am

On Monday, President Obama announced the latest measures aimed at punishing Russia for its links to violence in eastern Ukraine. Russia accuses the U.S. of "Cold War tactics."

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Sterling's Tarnished History Of Alleged Discrimination

Tue, 04/29/2014 - 2:19am

Observers say the Clippers owner's current trouble is only the latest in a 30-year record of racism in LA — although he has also been honored by the NAACP for his charity work.

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Craig Ferguson Announces Late-Night Retirement

Tue, 04/29/2014 - 12:51am

The host of The Late Late Show announced Monday that he will step down at the end of the year. The move was no surprise after CBS announced that Stephen Colbert will replace David Letterman next year.

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If We'd Only Known About The Impending Spam

Mon, 04/28/2014 - 3:01pm

Twenty years ago, NPR alerted staff members that they would soon have access to a new form of communication: "A collection of computer networks that is connected around the world."

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To Save A Satellite, Former NASA Guy Takes Crowdfunding To Space

Mon, 04/28/2014 - 3:00pm

Keith Cowing discusses his campaign to save an old 1970s NASA spacecraft from becoming space junk. ISEE-3 is a satellite that was once used to monitor space weather, but it's been unused for decades. NASA doesn't want to spend the money to bring it back to life, but Cowing and his colleagues are determined to do it. If they can raise $125,000 on a crowdfunding site called RocketHub, Cowing says they'll contact ISEE-3, wake it up and put it back to good use.

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As Kickstarter Evolves, Investors Watch For Next $1 Billion Idea

Mon, 04/28/2014 - 3:00pm

Venture capitalists don't tend to pledge $20 at a time to a scrappy little startup. They look for big investments with big returns. But some are turning to Kickstarter for that next big idea.

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Tax Breaks Could Be Biggest Prize In Pfizer Deal For AstraZeneca

Mon, 04/28/2014 - 2:28pm

Pfizer, founded in Brooklyn, N.Y., in 1849, would become a British company by combining with AstraZeneca. The new company would get a much lower tax rate by moving its legal headquarters overseas.

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U.S. Tells Users To Stop Using Internet Explorer For Now

Mon, 04/28/2014 - 2:24pm

A bug could allow hackers to install malicious software without users knowing it. Homeland Security said it did not know of a practical fix for the problem.

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Do Fans Have Any Responsibility After Sterling's Comments?

Mon, 04/28/2014 - 11:29am

Host Michel Martin speaks with business ethicist Jack Marshall about an appropriate response from the NBA, the players and the public after allegedly racist comments made by the L.A. Clippers' owner.

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Hersman: Growing North American Oil Industry Tests Rail Safety

Mon, 04/28/2014 - 5:53am

Steve Inskeep talks to departing National Transportation Safety Board chairman Deborah Hersman about the years of delay in putting safer tanker cars on the nation's railroads.

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Burger King Revives Subservient Chicken

Mon, 04/28/2014 - 4:15am

The burger chain last used the chicken 10 years ago. On Wednesday, a documentary of sorts will be posted, chronicling the subservient chicken's alleged odyssey over the last decade.

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Pacific Rim Trade Pact Needs To Strengthen Patent Protections

Mon, 04/28/2014 - 4:15am

Steve Inskeep talks to Dean Baker, co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research, and Ernie Bower, chair for Southeast Asia Studies at CSIS, about the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

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Microsoft Web Browser Vulnerable To Hackers

Mon, 04/28/2014 - 4:15am

Microsoft warns about a flaw in Internet Explorer. It's apparently been exploited to target financial and defense companies.

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