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In Gaming, A Shift From Enemies To Emotions

Tue, 01/07/2014 - 1:57am

Many of these "empathy games" focus on smaller, more personal stories about everyday people. Today's developers grew up with the medium, says one designer. For them, it's "natural to consider that you can have a game about anything."

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CES 2014: Toothbrush? Bed? Car? Put Some Internet On It

Mon, 01/06/2014 - 5:21pm

The Consumer Electronics Show is the tech industry's annual electronics showcase in Las Vegas, where companies are showing off their latest-and-greatest gadgets like Internet-connected toothbrushes (ideal for hygiene-concerned helicopter parents) and cars that come equipped with a 4G cell connection.

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Senate Confirms Janet Yellen As Federal Reserve Chair

Mon, 01/06/2014 - 5:01pm

Janet Yellen, 67, will become the first woman to serve as America's banking chief, heading an institution that was established in 1913.

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Tighter Access To 'Death Master File' Has Researchers Worried

Mon, 01/06/2014 - 4:37pm

The Social Security Administration has long kept track of deaths so it can stop checks when recipients die. And while researchers have used the file for years, fraudsters have, too. So Congress is limiting access to the data — and that has everyone from bankers to genealogists concerned.

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Health Care Costs Grew More Slowly Than The Economy In 2012

Mon, 01/06/2014 - 4:30pm

Health care costs grew at 3.7 percent in 2012, the fourth year of a trend of smaller annual increases. The Obama administration says that the Affordable Care Act is a factor. But the actuaries who wrote the report beg to differ, saying the recession is a more likely cause.

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Boeing Delivers Record Number Of Jetliners In 2013

Mon, 01/06/2014 - 1:17pm

The Chicago-based aircraft maker delivered nearly 650 commercial jetliners and had 5,080 unfulfilled orders on its books for the year.

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Stories To Watch In 2014

Mon, 01/06/2014 - 11:36am

Host Michel Martin and guests talk about stories to watch out for in 2014. She hears from Jason Johnson, political science professor at Hiram College, Julio Ricardo Varela of the blog Latino Rebels, and Brendan Costello, co-host of radio's The Largest Minority.

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Global Youth Unemployment: Ticking Time Bomb?

Mon, 01/06/2014 - 11:34am

Tens of millions of young people around the world are unemployed — and some analysts say that could be a major problem in the future. Host Michel Martin discusses the issue with Martina Gmur of the World Economic Forum.

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Reframing The Immigration Conversation For 2014

Mon, 01/06/2014 - 11:32am

As Congress returns from winter break, Speaker of the House John Boehner has called comprehensive immigration reform a priority. Host Michel Martin talks with immigration policy advocates Mark Krikorian and Ali Noorani about the political prospects for reform this year.

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In One Man's Story, Two Sides Of The Immigration Debate

Mon, 01/06/2014 - 11:28am

Mexico native Osiris Hoil overstayed his visa when he came to the U.S. Today, he employs more than 100 people at his restaurant chain District Taco. He's also a U.S. citizen now. Should immigration laws make it easier for people like Hoil to become citizens? Host Michel Martin hears from advocates on both sides of the immigration debate.

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Australian Olympic Athletes Face Social Media Ban

Mon, 01/06/2014 - 4:07am

The Australian Olympic Committee has placed a social media ban on its athletes at the Sochi Winter Games. Tweeting, Facebooking and snap-chatting join "partying" as officially forbidden activities. Winter athletes can thank their summer colleagues for the new social media ban.

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Senate To Vote On Yellen's Fed Nomination

Mon, 01/06/2014 - 4:07am

Janet Yellen is President Obama's pick to succeed Ben Bernanke as the chairman of the Federal Reserve. If Yellen is confirmed as expected on Monday, she'll take over for Bernanke at the end of this month.

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Financial Benefits Of A College Degree Accumulate

Mon, 01/06/2014 - 4:07am

It's been said that having more education usually leads to higher pay. A study suggests the advantage continues even into retirement years. That's in part because those with more education tend to stay in the work force longer.

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'Save To Win' Makes Saving As Much Fun As Gambling

Mon, 01/06/2014 - 4:07am

One of the most common resolutions people make at the start of each year is to save more money. Researchers concluded if you want to help people save money, preaching isn't gonna cut it. You have to make saving money as fun as a visit to a casino.

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Tough To Make Ends Meet Even With Unemployment Benefits

Mon, 01/06/2014 - 4:07am

Congress returns to Washington this week, and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has pledged the first item on the agenda will be restoring long-term unemployment benefits. Those benefits expired last week, and an estimated 1.3 million people stopped receiving checks.

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Alliance To Bring Google's Android Operating System To Cars

Mon, 01/06/2014 - 4:07am

Google and big automakers including Audi, GM, Hyundia and Honda are creating an open automobile alliance. That is, a framework that will allow Google Android software to work with theses cars creating connected mobile experiences.

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Wearable Technology Generates Buzz Before CES Opens

Mon, 01/06/2014 - 4:07am

The largest show of gadgets, gear and anything electronic kicks off Tuesday in Las Vegas. The Consumer Electronics Show is a glitzy, high profile opportunity for thousands of entrepreneurs and established companies to show off their newest stuff.

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Costs Climb As Sochi Winter Olympics Approaches

Sun, 01/05/2014 - 4:20pm

The Sochi Winter Olympics are on track to being the most expensive games in Olympic history. A $265 million ski jump, 42,000 hotel rooms and a $51 billion budget. It's been called a financial fiasco, as Josh Yaffa of Bloomberg Businessweek tells NPR's Arun Rath.

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'Cheers And Jeers' As Boeing Machinists Narrowly OK Contract

Sat, 01/04/2014 - 7:35am

With 51 percent of machinists voting yes, a new labor pact was approved. It means production of the new 777X widebody jet will be done in the Puget Sound region. But many in the rank-and-file think they gave up too much to keep the jobs in Washington State.

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Playboy Gets Pranked: Group Flips The Script On Sex

Fri, 01/03/2014 - 3:29pm

A Baltimore-based group is working to change the messages companies are sending about sex. So far, they have created convincing, fake websites pretending to be Playboy and Victoria's Secret — but putting an emphasis on consent.

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