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The Number 6 Says It All About The HealthCare.gov Rollout

Fri, 12/27/2013 - 2:25am

A grand total of six people signed up on the first day that HealthCare.gov opened for business. The numbers are better now, but the botched rollout may have not just inconvenienced people, but permanently changed people's perceptions of the Affordable Care Act.

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Marines: Most Female Recruits Don't Meet New Pullup Standard

Fri, 12/27/2013 - 2:24am

Women are supposed to do three pullups, part of the new physical test intended to determine if women are ready for ground combat. The pullup test has been put on hold because most female recruits have been unable to meet the standard.

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Honest Taxi Driver Named Cabbie Of The Year

Thu, 12/26/2013 - 6:19am

We told you on Wednesday about a Las Vegas cab driver who found $300,000 in the back seat. He gave the cash to his dispatcher, and it was returned to the passenger. As Cabbie of the Year, he'll get a $1,000 prize and dinner for two at a swank restaurant.

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Illinois Man Tries To Profit Off Fake 'Star Trek' Device

Thu, 12/26/2013 - 5:57am

An Illinois man was accused of soliciting $25 million from investors for a fictitious device. Named after Dr. McCoy in the science-fiction series, it supposedly delivered medical data like the tricorder on the TV show. Prosecutors said his actions were valid only in another dimension.

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Pacific Northwest Suffers After China Bans Shellfish Imports

Thu, 12/26/2013 - 3:02am

Earlier this month, China imposed a ban on shellfish imports from most of the U.S. West Coast after finding two bad clams. The move is hitting Washington state particularly hard. State agencies estimate businesses there are losing as much as $600,000 a week.

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Future Series: Examining Education

Thu, 12/26/2013 - 3:02am

Our series on the future continues with a discussion about education. Morning Edition co-host Steve Inskeep talks to Linda Darling-Hammond, a former adviser to President Obama, who is dismayed to see his administration build on the high-stakes testing requirements introduced by the Bush administration.

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After Moore's F5 Tornado, Storm Shelter Interest Increases

Thu, 12/26/2013 - 3:02am

It's been seven months since an F5 tornado plowed through Moore, Okla. Twenty-four people died and more than 1,100 homes were destroyed. These super tornadoes leave many kinds of devastation in their wake, but the worst damage may not be visible.

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The Secret Protectionism Buried Inside NAFTA

Thu, 12/26/2013 - 3:02am

This next story about NAFTA charts the manufacturing route of male underwear. Our Planet Money team reports the trade agreement hinged on where American underwear was made.

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Wave Of Illegal Immigrants Gains Speed After NAFTA

Thu, 12/26/2013 - 3:02am

The North American Free Trade Agreement, known as NAFTA, turns 20 next week. Hailed as a boon for regional trade, it had some undesirable effects. It hastened a trend away from small farmers, and speeded illegal immigration to the U.S.

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The Last Word In Business

Thu, 12/26/2013 - 3:02am

David Greene has the Last Word in business.

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Frustrated Documentary Maker Opens Cafe In West Bank

Thu, 12/26/2013 - 3:02am

Small businesses make up the vast majority of companies in the West Bank. Before opening a cafe, Palestinian Tariq el-Ayyan worked on documentary films. Two months in, the cafe seems to be succeeding, with two paid employees and steady traffic.

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Business News

Thu, 12/26/2013 - 3:02am

David Greene has business news.

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Why Tatiana Maslany Is The Most Overlooked Actress Of 2013

Thu, 12/26/2013 - 3:02am

In a year filled with great TV performances, our critic says the work of one actress stood out above all others. Tatiana Maslany of the BBC show Orphan Black plays seven different characters, all clones raised in wildly different circumstances.

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Pacific Northwest Suffers After China Bans Shelfish Imports

Thu, 12/26/2013 - 3:02am

Earlier this month, China imposed a ban on shellfish imports from most of the U.S. West Coast after finding two bad clams. The move is hitting Washington State particularly hard. State agencies estimate businesses there are losing as much as $600,000 each week.

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Shavit's 'My Promised Land Examines Israel's Complexities

Thu, 12/26/2013 - 3:02am

Morning Edition co-host Steve Inskeep talks to Israeli journalist Ari Shavit about his new book My Promised Land: The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel. Shavit attempts to capture the complexity and contradictions of modern Israel by examining his country's history.

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Drug Stores Rx For Profits: Offer More Than Prescriptions

Thu, 12/26/2013 - 3:02am

Earnings are skyrocketing at drug stores — Walgreens alone saw its earnings grow nearly 70 percent in the last quarter. Drug stores no longer handle just prescriptions and selected sundries. Big chains now compete with grocery stores and sandwich shops. Consumers are also shopping there for holiday gifts.

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More People Have More To Eat, But It's Not All Good News

Thu, 12/26/2013 - 2:18am

In 1965, a majority of the world survived on less than 2,000 calories a day per person. Now, 61 percent of people worldwide have access to 2,500 or more calories each day.

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Gun Control Lobby Takes Note Of Opposition's Success

Thu, 12/26/2013 - 2:17am

Momentum to pass tighter gun laws surged after the shootings in Newtown, Conn., a year ago. But a provision to expand background checks failed in the Senate. In that loss, gun control activists say they learned some important lessons from those who lobbied against them.

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Portrait Show Brings Photographer-Subject Encounters Into Focus

Thu, 12/26/2013 - 2:16am

In photographer Chuck Close's portrait of model Kate Moss, Moss looks pretty ordinary — her skin is a confetti of freckles and pores, and there's no air-brushing to be seen. Moss trusted in Close's art, but, as an exhibit at Washington's Phillips Collection demonstrates, that isn't always the case.

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A Christian Musician With More Questions Than Answers

Thu, 12/26/2013 - 1:00am

Josh Garrels says his music tries to "peel back layers" of what it means to be a Christian. He says he's given away 153,000 digital copies of his breakout album, Love & War & The Sea in Between.

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