5:11am

Tue May 7, 2013
Business

Casino Gambling Indicates Economic Turnaround Is Solid

Originally published on Tue May 7, 2013 11:04 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Here's a sign of economic recovery: Americans are gambling again. People apparently have enough money to throw some of it away. After a drop during the slowdown, casino revenues are up nationwide. In fact, up to pre-recession levels.

NPR's Nina Gregory reports.

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5:11am

Tue May 7, 2013
Business

Tile Business Owners: Web Sales Tax Would Be A 'Nightmare'

Originally published on Tue May 7, 2013 11:04 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Right now online you can buy virtually anything: shoes, books, jewelry, tools, and you pay no state sales taxes. Well, that might soon change.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Yesterday the Senate overwhelmingly approved the Marketplace Fairness Act. That bill gives states the power to enforce their sales tax laws on online retailers making more than $1 million per year.

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5:11am

Tue May 7, 2013
Business

Business News

Originally published on Tue May 7, 2013 11:04 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

NPR's business news starts with record fines for PG&E.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

INSKEEP: Regulators have recommended that the utility company Pacific Gas and Electric - that's PG&E pay a $2.25 billion penalty for a natural gas explosion in San Bruno, California.

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

That fire, blamed on poor maintenance on an aging pipeline, it killed eight people, injured dozens and destroyed 38 homes in the San Francisco suburb.

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5:11am

Tue May 7, 2013
Business

The Last Word In Business

Originally published on Tue May 7, 2013 11:04 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

And in our last word in business today, we remember a woman who inspired one of TVs most famous moms.

(SOUNDBITE FROM TV SHOW, "THE SIMPSONS")

JULIE KAVNER: (as Marge Simpson) Oh, I've never been so proud. You both deserve a big, big reward.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

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5:11am

Tue May 7, 2013
Economy

Portugal Struggles To Avoid 2nd Bailout

Originally published on Tue May 7, 2013 11:04 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Europe is debating whether austerity - with its deep budget cuts and tax hikes - is the right cure for the continent's debt crisis. But in Portugal, one of the first countries bailed out by the European Union, the austerity drive goes on. The government there is struggling to repay its loans, and has announced more steep job and benefit cuts, as the country struggles to avoid what was Greece's fate - a second bailout.

Here's Lauren Frayer reports.

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3:04am

Tue May 7, 2013
Animals

This Bat Knows How To Drink

Originally published on Tue May 7, 2013 3:15 pm

The Pallas' long-tongued bat.
B. G. Thomson Science Source

Imagine it's a hot day, and you're craving some cold lemonade. Someone offers you a glass, but with one condition: You can drink it only using your tongue, with no lips touching the glass. No straw.

You might have a problem.

But many animals — bees, butterflies, hummingbirds and bats — have tongues specifically designed to do this. All drink nectar from flowers using only their tongues.

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3:03am

Tue May 7, 2013
National Security

U.S. Turns Up Heat On Costly Commercial Cybertheft In China

Originally published on Wed May 8, 2013 1:04 pm

Chinese cyber-espionage is threatening U.S. economic competitiveness.
Andy Wong AP

American companies that do business with China make good money. They also lose a lot of money there to cyberthieves, who routinely hack into the computers of the U.S. firms and steal their trade and technology secrets.

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3:02am

Tue May 7, 2013
The Changing Lives Of Women

Germany's Paradox: Family-Friendly Benefits, But Few Kids

Originally published on Tue May 7, 2013 11:04 am

German Labor Minister Ursula von der Leyen (at left, shown here with German Chancellor Angela Merkel) has been the main government architect of measures aimed at helping women reconcile careers with having children.
John MacDougall AFP/Getty Images

Germany is regarded as one of the most generous countries in the world when it comes to helping women raise families. The government invests about $260 billion each year into 156 separate family-friendly benefits, including health care, generous parental leave, subsidized day care and tax breaks.

Yet on a continent with low birthrates, Germany has the lowest of all, with just 1.39 children per woman.

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2:59am

Tue May 7, 2013
Joe's Big Idea

Envisioning The Future With Cori Lathan

Originally published on Tue May 7, 2013 11:04 am

AnthroTronix Founder and CEO Corinna Lathan, at the company's offices in Silver Spring, Md.
Courtesy of AnthroTronix, Inc.

Computers were created to be useful tools, but all too often it's still a chore to get technology to do our bidding.

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7:00pm

Mon May 6, 2013
The Two-Way

FBI Says It Prevented Terrorist Attack In Rural Minnesota

Originally published on Tue May 7, 2013 6:04 am

A photo provided by the Chippewa County, Minn., Sheriff shows Buford Rogers, who was arrested on Friday.
AP

The FBI says Monday it foiled a terrorist attack in a small Minnesota town, but officials offered few details.

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