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Pope To Sell Harley To Benefit Homeless

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 11:00pm

Pope Francis is the proud owner of a Harley Davidson Dyna Super Glide. It was given to him as a gift. His Holiness will auction the hog to help raise money for a soup kitchen and hostel for the homeless in Rome.

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Ford Unveils F-150 With Aluminum Body

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 11:00pm

The redesign of the Ford F-150 resets the dial for the truck and car world. In a bid to gain more fuel economy, it's expected to lose a half-a-ton of weight. Technological advances in materials have made it possible to build cars and trucks out of aluminum. Though aluminum is a third the strength and three times the cost.

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Google Buys Home Automation Company Nest

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 11:00pm

On Monday, Google announced it had purchased Nest Labs for $3.2 billion. Nest is focused on the "automated home" concept, making smoke detectors and thermostats that connect to the Internet. Google's purchase signals a strong interest in this arena.

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More Workers Forced To Pick Up Pension Investment Risks

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 11:00pm

Morning Edition co-host David Greene talks to Jacob Kirkegaard of the Peterson Institute for International Economics about whether Boeing's restructuring of employee benefits was inevitable given global competition. Kirkegaard co-authored a book called U.S. Pension Reform: Lessons From Other Countries.

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Game Over For Nintendo? Not If Mario And Zelda Fans Keep Playing

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 4:53pm

Some analysts say that Nintendo's days are numbered because sales of its new console, Wii U, have been lackluster. But since Nintendo still offers some of the most popular game franchises, the love of Zelda and Mario may keep the company going for a long time.

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Google Buys Nest; May Soon Know How Cool You Like Your Home

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 4:37pm

The search giant bought Nest, the home automation startup with smart thermostats and smart smoke detectors that are found in homes around the world. It signals a tipping point for "the Internet of things."

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How The Hackers Did It: A Dicussion About Target's Data Breach

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 3:00pm

Millions of American customers of both Target and high-end retailer Neiman Marcus had their credit card information stolen over the 2013 holiday season. Melissa Block speaks with Mark Rasch, former Department of Justice prosecutor for cyber crimes, about how hackers may have acquired so much sensitive information — and what might be done with it.

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Ford's New F-150 May Pave The Way For More Aluminum Cars

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 3:00pm

The reinvention of the Ford F-150 is the most anticipated car launch at Detroit's North American International Auto Show. The truck is lighter and expected to have a higher fuel economy — and experts say Ford's future may lie with the success of the vehicle.

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Japan's Suntory To Buy Maker Of Jim Beam, Maker's Mark

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 11:20am

The companies said the transaction is worth $16 billion and has been unanimously approved by both boards. Beam Inc. is the maker of iconic American spirits, including the bourbons Jim Beam and Maker's Mark.

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From The Archives: 1984, The Year Of Online Shopping?

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 11:02am

A decade before Amazon.com was founded, shopping online involved a telephone, a TV, a typewriter keyboard, and a monthly fee. Listen to Robert Krulwich, then NPR's business correspondent, navigating the brave new world of e-commerce.

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Soft Launching In Nine Months? You'll Need A Social Strategy

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 10:24am

Everyone's announcing their pregnancy on Facebook these days. That means it's important to consider your social media strategy, jokes NPR's social media strategist Melody Kramer.

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California's Pot Farms Could Leave Salmon Runs Truly Smoked

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 10:10am

Marijuana cultivation is booming along the state's North Coast. But these plantations, critics say, guzzle enormous amounts of water while also spilling pesticides and fertilizers into waterways that are important sources of the West Coast's salmon species.

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California's Pot Farms Could Leave Salmon Runs Truly Smoked

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 10:10am

Marijuana cultivation is booming along the state's North Coast. But these plantations, critics say, guzzle enormous amounts of water while also spilling pesticides and fertilizers into waterways that are important sources of the West Coast's salmon species.

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Poverty As A Social Condition

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 2:08am

Defining poverty is not straightforward, says financial writer Tim Harford, author of the new book The Undercover Economist Strikes Back. He says it's also about how people think of you and how you think of yourself.

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Volkswagen To Invest $7 Billion In North American Operations

Sun, 01/12/2014 - 11:00pm

The cash infusion is part of an effort to boost sales in the U.S., which slid 7 percent last year. A new 7-seat SUV designed specifically for the American market is a central part of the new investment plan.

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Surveillance Controversy: NSA Versus Tech Companies

Sun, 01/12/2014 - 11:00pm

NSA officials say their relations with tech companies have been strained by the news of the agency's surveillance. Tech fortunes rest on the ability to keep their users' data secure, but the NSA wants access to that data. The proposed NSA overhaul due to be announced this week by President Obama will need to address conflicting NSA-tech interests.

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Internet In America: An On Again, Off Again Relationship

Sun, 01/12/2014 - 5:34pm

For some Americans, getting high-speed Internet can be a challenge. According to the American Customer Satisfaction Index, consumers rate Internet service providers worse than airlines, the postal service and health insurance in terms of satisfaction.

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Why Live Award Shows Have High Value, Even When We Hate Them

Sun, 01/12/2014 - 4:33pm

Award shows are a booming business these days. Major networks are bringing in new televised awards and revitalizing old ones. The Hollywood Reporter's Matt Belloni explains why there's a sudden surge in producing these largely "DVR-proof" programs.

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Insane Clown Posse Sues FBI For Targeting Fans

Sun, 01/12/2014 - 7:00am

Fans of the band Insane Clown Posse, known as Juggalos, were classified as a gang by the FBI in 2011. Now the band and four fans have filed a lawsuit against the Department of Justice and the FBI. NPR's Rachel Martin talks about the suit with journalist Patrick Flanary, who covered the suit for Rolling Stone magazine.

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Neiman Marcus Credit Card Breach Heightens Consumer Concerns

Sun, 01/12/2014 - 7:00am

Upscale department store Neiman Marcus is the latest retailer to disclose data security breaches. The disclosure comes just a day after Target issued another apology for a data breach that occurred during the holiday season. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with Brian Krebs, who broke both stories on his blog krebsonsecurity.com

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