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Donors Pitch In To Protect Detroit's Art And Pensions

Sat, 01/18/2014 - 8:26am

Under a deal mediated by a federal bankruptcy judge, a group of local and national foundations this week pledged more than $330 million to help Detroit's pension fund and protect the city's valuable art collection. Bio-chemical entrepreneur Paul Schaap is one of the donors; he speaks with NPR's Lynn Neary about the effort.

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Ford's New Truck, GM's New CEO Star At Detroit Auto Show

Sat, 01/18/2014 - 7:00am

The North American International Auto Show — the fancy name for the Detroit car show — opens to the public Saturday. NPR's Sonari Glinton gives NPR's Lynn Neary a sneak preview from the Motor City.

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Supreme Court To Decide If Warrant Needed To Search Cellphone

Fri, 01/17/2014 - 5:03pm

The U.S. Supreme Court is delving into the technology-versus-privacy debate, agreeing to hear two cases that test whether police making an arrest may search cellphones without a warrant. A decision is expected this year.

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Chemical Company In West Virginia Water Crisis Files For Bankruptcy

Fri, 01/17/2014 - 4:16pm

Freedom Industries has been blamed for a chemical spill that left around 300,000 people without water for days. Last week, a chemical the company uses in cleaning coal leaked into the Elk River and into the public water system.

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In The Long Wait For Aid From Washington, Job Hunters Despair

Fri, 01/17/2014 - 3:00pm

After failing to agree upon an extension for federal jobless benefits to the long-term unemployed, Congress is vowing to keep trying. The help can't come soon enough for many of the 1.4 million unemployed who saw their checks suddenly cut off last month.

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Week That Was: Smart Fridge Hack, Net Neutrality And The NSA

Fri, 01/17/2014 - 2:54pm

Your weekly roundup of tech headlines from NPR and publications around the country, including more credit card security breaches and the latest developments with the "Internet of Things." We asked what was in the hacked fridge, but — spoiler alert (pun intended) — we didn't find out.

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Analysts: Credit Card Hacking Goes Much Further Than Target

Fri, 01/17/2014 - 12:38pm

Retail analysts say more data breaches like the hits on Target and Neiman Marcus are coming. A new report details how hackers "with ties to the former Soviet Union" stay ahead with "innovation and a high degree of skill."

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Wells Fargo, U.S. Bank To End Payday Loan Program

Fri, 01/17/2014 - 11:38am

The banks say they will stop offering "deposit advances," a kind of payday loan that had come under fire by federal regulators last year.

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Obama Expected To Say NSA Should Not Hold 'Metadata'

Fri, 01/17/2014 - 6:30am

One change that privacy advocates have been pushing for is that the NSA no longer store the records from millions of phone calls — including those of Americans. Officials are telling Reuters and NPR that the president will endorse the idea of having a third party, not the NSA, hold that data.

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The Birth Of The Minimum Wage In America

Fri, 01/17/2014 - 2:33am

For decades, the Supreme Court ruled that laws regulating things like wages and working conditions were unconstitutional. That changed in the Great Depression.

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How Do We Cultivate Women Leaders?

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 11:00pm

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg gets to the bottom line for women who want to lead.

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Colombia Aims To Improve Its Embattled Mining Industry

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 11:00pm

Alabama-based Drummond Co. has been fined $3.6 million in Colombia for polluting beaches and dumping coal into the ocean. Drummond reflects the wider dilemma facing the Colombian government when it comes to mining. It is promoting foreign investment but environmental controls are lax, leading to contaminated rivers, mercury poisoning and deforestation.

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The Last Word In Business

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 11:00pm

Renee Montagne and Steve Inskeep have the Last Word in business.

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DirecTV: Customers Balked At Weather Channel's Realtiy Shows

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 11:00pm

The Weather Channel and DirecTV are in a contract dispute. At midnight on Monday, DirecTV dropped the Weather Channel and replaced it with a smaller producer of weather programming. The move raises the question: How much weather information do TV viewers need when they can get it from other sources?

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Catalonia Pushes For Independence From Spain

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 11:00pm

Lawmakers in the Spanish province of Catalonia have voted overwhelmingly in favor of holding a November referendum on independence from Spain. Madrid says it won't allow that to happen but it's unclear if it can stop the vote from taking place.

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Business News

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 11:00pm

Steve Inskeep has business news.

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Smart Contact Lens Might One Day Let Diabetics Check Blood Sugar

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 8:14pm

The latest project from Google X is a smart contact lens, a tiny flexible computer capable of monitoring glucose levels in tears. Researchers at Google are hopeful that one day this technology might be used to help diabetes patients better control their disease.

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With Senate's OK, $1.1 Trillion Spending Bill Heads To Obama

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 5:45pm

The wide-ranging federal spending bill will prevent any gaps in government funding as well as take some of the sting out of automatic spending cuts. The House approved it Wednesday.

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White House Makes College For Low-Income Students A Priority

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 3:00pm

President Obama met on Thursday with over 140 college presidents from across the nation to discuss ways of helping lower-income students enroll in college. Tuition costs, student-loan debt and admissions policies were on the agenda.

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ln A Global Economy, Why's It So Expensive To Transfer My Money?

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 2:48pm

NPR's Ari Shapiro, who recently arrived in London, reports that all the wonders of modern technology have somehow not managed to reduce the time or the maddeningly high costs of transferring money across national borders.

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