8:08am

Fri March 8, 2013
The Two-Way

Top Stories: Jobs Report; Chávez Funeral

In Caracas, Venezuela, early Friday, supporters of the late President Hugo Chávez were in the streets ahead of his funeral.
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7:21am

Fri March 8, 2013
All Tech Considered

The Life Cycle Of A Social Network: Keeping Friends In Times Of Change

Originally published on Fri March 8, 2013 12:32 pm

The new look of Facebook's News Feed.
Facebook

Facebook is redesigning its front page. The News Feed — which is what Facebook's roughly 1 billion users see when they log on to the site — will be rolling out a radical new look over the coming months.

The changes are meant to increase user engagement on the site, make it easier to navigate on mobile phones and provide even more highly targeted advertising.

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7:20am

Fri March 8, 2013
The Two-Way

February Jobs And Unemployment News Likely To Be 'More of The Same'

Originally published on Fri March 8, 2013 8:37 am

Hoping to see more of these: A "now hiring" sign in the window of a bank in San Rafael, Calif., in January.
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  • From 'Morning Edition': Yuki Noguchi and Steve Inskeep preview the jobs report

Update at 8:35 a.m. ET. Things Were Better Than Expected:

"Pleasant Surprises: 236,000 Jobs Added; Jobless Rate Dips To 7.7 Percent."

Our original post:

Slow job growth and little change in the unemployment rate.

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4:48am

Fri March 8, 2013
Business

Ally Financial Only Big Bank To Fail Fed's Test

Originally published on Fri March 8, 2013 11:50 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Some other news. The country's biggest banks are in much better shape than before the financial crisis, at least according to the Federal Reserve's third round of so-called stress tests.

NPR's Dan Bobkoff reports.

DAN BOBKOFF, BYLINE: The tests simulate a nightmare scenario: How would the banks fare if unemployment topped 12 percent, stock prices were cut in half and housing values fell 20 percent? We all know what happened five years ago when a crisis was more than hypothetical.

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4:39am

Fri March 8, 2013
Politics

Senate Committee Passes First Of 4 Gun Control Bills

Originally published on Fri March 8, 2013 11:50 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Now, the Senate Judiciary Committee here in Washington has approved a new gun control bill. It strengthens penalties for those who buy weapons for people who are legally barred from purchasing firearms themselves. This is the first federal gun law to head to the Senate floor since the Newtown massacre. We should say proposed federal gun law. And as NPR's Ailsa Chang reports, it's just the beginning of what looks to be a long legislative fight.

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4:39am

Fri March 8, 2013
Politics

Senate Finally Confirms John Brennan As CIA Director

Originally published on Fri March 8, 2013 11:50 am

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John Brennan is the new director of Central Intelligence Agency. He was sworn in this morning. The Senate confirmed him yesterday with a 63 to 34 vote, but as NPR's Tamara Keith reports, it did not come easy.

TAMARA KEITH, BYLINE: John O. Brennan comes to the job as the nation's top spy with 25 years of experience at the CIA. Most recently he served as the president's top counter-terrorism advisor. California Democrat Dianne Feinstein, leads the Senate Intelligence Committee.

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4:39am

Fri March 8, 2013
Economy

Employment Data Expected To Show Modest Improvement

Originally published on Fri March 8, 2013 3:43 pm

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

It's MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep. Good morning on this Friday. Let's talk a little more deeply about the surprisingly strong jobs report that came out today. NPR's Yuki Noguchi is here with the numbers. Hi, Yuki.

YUKI NOGUCHI, BYLINE: Good morning.

INSKEEP: OK. So what does the Labor Department say happened in the labor market in February?

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4:39am

Fri March 8, 2013
Business

Business News

Originally published on Fri March 8, 2013 11:50 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

NPR's business news starts with the shuffle on the top for Pandora.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

INSKEEP: Pandora is the popular music streaming service. And the company's CEO announced, yesterday, he's stepping down. Joseph Kennedy's announcement came as a surprise to many people. The company just reported better-than-expected quarterly earnings. But Kennedy says after nine years on the job he needs to get to a recharging station. He speaking metaphorically, of course, but who knows, someday people may actually do that.

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4:39am

Fri March 8, 2013
Business

The Last Word In Business

Originally published on Fri March 8, 2013 11:50 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

And today's last word in business is this: Lego becomes Legd'oh!

The Wall Street Journal says the Danish company Lego is interested in licensing "The Simpsons." In the long-running cartoon series, a remarkably similar toy company called Blocko makes an appearance in a couple of episodes.

(SOUNDBITE OF TV SHOW, "THE SIMPSONS")

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

YEARDLEY SMITH: (as Lisa Simpson) I kind of want to create my own thing. Do you sell any just plain sets?

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3:34am

Fri March 8, 2013
It's All Politics

Senate Mostly Blamed For Agency And Court Vacancies, But Obama Isn't Helping

Originally published on Fri March 8, 2013 11:50 am

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has not had a permanent administrator since Congress required that the director be confirmed by the Senate in 2006.
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Hear Brian Nayor, Julie Rovner, Yuki Noguchi and Carrie Johnson talk with Morning Edition's Steve Inskeep about the many federal entities operating without permanent leadership by clicking the audio link.

Some workers may dream about how productive they'd be without a boss. But for thousands of federal employees, being without a boss is a reality. And productivity isn't necessarily the result.

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