11:50am

Wed December 4, 2013
Economy

Retirees Fear Losing Pensions In Bankrupt Detroit

A federal judge has given Detroit the green light to enter bankruptcy. Host Michel Martin speaks with Detroit Free Press columnist Rochelle Riley about what it means for Motown residents.

11:50am

Wed December 4, 2013
Africa

Muslim-Christian Conflict Threatens Central African Republic

Since a coup last spring, the Central African Republic has spiraled towards chaos. Thousands of people have been displaced from their homes, and civilians are getting caught in the crossfire. Host Michel Martin talks with Lewis Mudge of Human Rights Watch about the growing calls for international intervention.

11:50am

Wed December 4, 2013
Your Money

Shopping With Your Values In Mind

Shopping is on everyone's mind during the holiday season — not just what to buy, but where you buy it. Host Michel Martin speaks with columnists David Sirota and Mario Loyola about shopping with your values in mind.

10:54am

Wed December 4, 2013
All Tech Considered

Even Disconnected Computers May Face Cyberthreats

Originally published on Wed October 29, 2014 12:05 pm

German computer scientists were able to transmit data using computers' speakers and microphones.
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If your computer is infected with a virus or other forms of malware, disconnecting the machine from the Internet is one of the first steps security experts say you should take. But someday, even physically separating your laptop from a network may not be enough to protect it from cyber evildoers.

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10:54am

Wed December 4, 2013
The Two-Way

European Union Fines Banks Billions For Rigging Interest Rates

Originally published on Wed December 4, 2013 12:45 pm

EU Competition Commissioner Joaquin Almunia announces fines against eight large banks, in a scandal over rigging interest rates.
Georges Gobet AFP/Getty Images

European regulators have fined eight large banks a total of more than $2 billion over an illegal cartel scheme to fix interest rates. The fine, the largest ever issued in such a case by the European Union, comes after a two-year investigation into banks' collusion. And the inquiry isn't yet complete.

Two American banks — JPMorgan Chase and Citigroup — are included in the list of financial institutions fined as part of a settlement deal. Several banks that cooperated with investigators saw their fines reduced or eliminated.

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10:43am

Wed December 4, 2013
Shots - Health News

Rule Spells Out How Insurers Must Cover Mental Health Care

Originally published on Wed December 4, 2013 4:41 pm

Insurance plans that offer mental health benefits have to keep them in line with the coverage for medical care.
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The Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 requires health plans that offer benefits for mental health and substance use to cover them to the same extent that they cover medical and surgical care.

Among other things, the law prohibits treatment limits and copayments or deductibles that are more restrictive than a plan's medical coverage.

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10:28am

Wed December 4, 2013
WVAS Local

ASU Candidates

The three finalists vying to become the next president of Alabama State University will be interviewed this week.  ASU officials said the interviews will be conducted Friday in the Dunn-Oliver Acadome.  State Senator Quinton Ross of Montgomery will be the first candidate to appear before a presidential search committee.  Gwendolyn Boyd will follow Ross and Army Brigadier General Samuel Nichols will be final candidate to appear before the panel. 

Runoff Elections

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10:13am

Wed December 4, 2013
The Two-Way

U.S. Job Growth Surged In November, Report Signals

Originally published on Wed December 4, 2013 12:54 pm

Air Force Staff Sgt. Bri Smith (right) of Atlanta talks with a Mary Kay consultant during a November job fair for veterans.
David Goldman AP

A report from payroll company ADP finds that "the U.S. private sector added 215,000 jobs during November making it the strongest month for job growth in 2013," says the company's president and chief executive, Carlos Rodriguez.

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8:15am

Wed December 4, 2013
The Two-Way

Stolen Radioactive Material Found In Mexico

Originally published on Thu December 5, 2013 1:10 pm

A photo released by Mexico's nuclear safety agency shows medical equipment containing radioactive source material. The photo was taken as the equipment was being prepared for loading into a truck, which was later stolen.
CNSNS

Updated at 11:30 p.m. ET: Cobalt-60 Found

Mexican officials say they've recovered the "extremely dangerous" radioactive cobalt-60 that was stolen last week, hours after finding its empty containter.

The Associated Press reports:

"A missing shipment of radioactive cobalt-60 was found Wednesday near where the stolen truck transporting the material was abandoned in central Mexico, the country's nuclear safety director said.

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7:42am

Wed December 4, 2013
The Two-Way

NTSB Bars Train Union From Crash Inquiry, Citing Confidentiality

Originally published on Wed December 4, 2013 1:40 pm

A train passes by the scene of repair efforts Tuesday at the site of a train derailment in the Bronx borough of New York.
Seth Wenig AP

The investigation into the Bronx, N.Y., train crash that killed four people Sunday will continue without the direct involvement of the rail employees union the Association of Commuter Rail Employees. The move was in response to remarks the union's leader made at a Tuesday news conference regarding the train engineer's awareness level moments before a catastrophic derailment.

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