11:00am

Thu August 1, 2013
The Two-Way

S&P 500 Index Passes 1,700 Mark For First Time

Originally published on Thu August 1, 2013 1:06 pm

A chart shows the growth in the Standard & Poor's 500 index of large-capitalization U.S. stocks. The index passed the 1,700 mark for the first time Thursday.
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The Standard & Poor's 500 index, the benchmark of America's largest corporations, surpassed 1,700 points for the first time in early trading Thursday. The rise is being tied to a drop in weekly jobless claims, as well as assurances from central banks in the U.S. and Europe that they would continue to bolster their economies.

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10:53am

Thu August 1, 2013
Shots - Health News

When Fleeing Zombies (Or Flu), Cooperation Saves Lives

Originally published on Thu August 1, 2013 12:01 pm

Best to check with the neighbors and the health department if commuting during zombie attacks.
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How will humans survive the zombie apocalypse? Will it be each man for himself or will a coordinated effort be what saves us from ultimate doom?

An MIT professor is trying to answer this question for us mortals. "There is a price that society pays if everyone determines his behavior selfishly," Ruben Juanes says. And this cost of selfish behavior is what game theorists call the price of anarchy.

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10:33am

Thu August 1, 2013
The Two-Way

Beset San Diego Mayor Says He Didn't Get Harassment Training

Originally published on Thu August 1, 2013 3:41 pm

San Diego Mayor Bob Filner announced at a news conference last week that he intended to seek professional help for sexual harassment issues.
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San Diego Mayor Bob Filner, accused by at least eight women of sexually harassing them, never received a mandated training course on sexual harassment from the city, according to his attorney.

Harvey Berger says the city failed to meet its legal requirement and therefore should foot the mayor's legal bills. Filner and the city of San Diego are being sued by the mayor's former communications director, Irene McCormack Jackson.

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10:23am

Thu August 1, 2013
Economy

Jobless Aid Falls To New Low

Originally published on Fri August 2, 2013 6:01 pm

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

NPR's business news starts with unemployment numbers.

No, this is not the big monthly jobs report. We'll get that tomorrow. But this morning one number from the Labor Department - the department announced that applications for jobless benefits fell to 326,000 last week. That is the lowest level since January of 2008. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

9:59am

Thu August 1, 2013
WVAS Local

WVAS Local News

There are several new state laws on the books, as of today.  The Legislature eliminated limits on corporate campaign contributions; there are new penalties for abusing or financially exploiting the elderly; another law protects children who are placed in potentially harmful situations and there is a statute that increases the penalties for trespassing on a school bus.  However, the law receiving the lion's share of attention allows Alabamians to carry a pistol openly in public.  The gun law also allows Alabamians to keep a pistol in their vehicles at work under certain guidelines. 

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9:48am

Thu August 1, 2013
13.7: Cosmos And Culture

Can We Foresee The Dangers Of Messing With Memory?

Originally published on Sun August 4, 2013 5:57 am

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You may have heard about last week's announcement that scientists implanted false memories in laboratory mice. The paper, published by Nobel Laureate Susumu Tonegawa and co-authors in the journal Science, explains how mice were caused to "remember" a scary an environment that was actually neutral.

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8:18am

Thu August 1, 2013
The Two-Way

U.S. 'Extremely Disappointed' At Russia's Asylum For Snowden

Originally published on Wed July 9, 2014 4:31 pm

NSA leaker Edward Snowden has been granted temporary asylum in Russia. He left Moscow's airport Thursday for the first time in more than a month.
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The White House says it is "extremely disappointed" in Russia's decision to grant a temporary one-year asylum to NSA leaker Edward Snowden.

Snowden left Moscow's Sheremetyevo Airport on Thursday after spending more than a month holed up in its transit center. Anatoly Kucherena, a Russian lawyer who has been advising the former U.S. intelligence contractor, told Russian media that Snowden's whereabouts are being kept secret for security reasons.

The Obama administration's displeasure was clear:

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7:41am

Thu August 1, 2013
The Two-Way

Book News: The Smell Of Chocolate Boosts Book Sales, Study Says

Originally published on Thu August 1, 2013 7:58 am

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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6:16am

Thu August 1, 2013
Business

Sony Plugs Back In To Profits

Originally published on Thu August 1, 2013 10:23 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

NPR's business news starts with Sony plugged into profits.

Sony reports that it's making money again. The Japanese company announced its second quarter earnings today. Most of its success though comes thanks to a favorable currency rate - a weak yen was key for Sony. Still, the company did see a little improvement in its smartphone sales and entertainment business. Net income for Sony's latest quarter was $35 million. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

5:18am

Thu August 1, 2013
Politics

Congress Sends Student Loan Bill To Obama

Originally published on Fri August 2, 2013 6:01 pm

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm David Greene.

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

And I'm Renee Montagne.

After a long political fight, Congress has passed a compromise on student loans. The bill is now waiting for President's Obama signature, just in time for students entering classes this fall.

As NPR's Ailsa Chang reports, the legislation will lower student interest rates in the short term, but those rates are expected to rise.

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