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Thu August 20, 2015
Around the Nation

Businesses, Workers Confused By LA County's Minimum Wage Hike

Originally published on Thu August 20, 2015 3:34 pm

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Thu August 20, 2015

Weighty Issue: Cow Guessing Game Helps To Explain The Stock Market

Originally published on Thu August 20, 2015 8:07 am

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Thu August 20, 2015
It's All Politics

How Realistic Is Donald Trump's Immigration Plan?

Originally published on Thu August 20, 2015 3:20 pm

Donald Trump wears what's become a campaign signature: his "Make America Great Again" hat. Part of making the country great again, Trump says, is implementing his hard-line immigration plan.
Scott Heppell AP

Donald Trump's immigration plan is — like the candidate — flashy, strident and headline-grabbing. Fox News called it "an early Christmas gift" for immigration hawks. Conservative commentator Ann Coulter pronounced it "the greatest political document since the Magna Carta."

But some of those in the trenches of immigration reform say it's unrealistic and unworkable.

Donald Trump could write "Immigration Reform for Dummies." He makes a complex issue simple and sexy.

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Thu August 20, 2015

'SNL' Alumni Mine Humor From Serious Cinema In 'Documentary Now!'

Originally published on Thu August 20, 2015 5:16 pm

Fred Armisen and Bill Hader send up the classic documentary Grey Gardens in the first episode of their new TV series, Documentary Now!
Tyler Golden IFC

Former Saturday Night Live cast members Seth Meyers, Fred Armisen and Bill Hader are making TV together again. Tonight their new show, Documentary Now!, which features fake documentaries satirizing some of the most famous nonfiction films, premiers on IFC.

To sell the faux-class and seriousness of what's about to unfold, it's presented as a golden anniversary show of the best documentary films hosted by none other than Oscar-winner Helen Mirren.

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Thu August 20, 2015
Close Listening: Decoding Nature Through Sound

To Decode Elephant Conversation, You Must Feel The Jungle Rumble

Originally published on Thu August 20, 2015 1:00 pm

African forest elephants stampede in the Central African Republic jungle.
Courtesy of Cornell Lab or Ornithology

The natural world is abuzz with the sound of animals communicating — crickets, birds, even grunting fish. But scientists learning to decode these sounds say the secret signals of African elephants — their deepest rumblings — are among the most intriguing calls any animal makes.

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Thu August 20, 2015

Are Traumatized Students Disabled? A Debate Straight Outta Compton

Originally published on Thu August 20, 2015 3:27 pm

Kimberly Cervantes, one of the student plaintiffs, says she witnessed the deaths of two fellow students while in middle school.
Coutesy of Public Counsel

An unprecedented, class action lawsuit brought against one Southern California school district and its top officials could have a big impact on schools across the country.

On Thursday in Los Angeles, a U.S. District Court judge will preside over the first hearing in the suit against the Compton Unified School District. To understand the complaint, you need to understand Compton.

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Thu August 20, 2015
All Tech Considered

A Lot Of Heat Is Wasted, So Why Not Convert It Into Power?

Originally published on Thu August 20, 2015 12:27 pm

A thermoelectric PowerCard like this one can be used to convert waste heat into an electric power source, Alphabet Energy says.
Alphabet Energy

What if there were a way to take the waste heat that spews from car tailpipes or power plant chimneys and turn it into electricity? Matt Scullin thinks there is, and he's formed a company to turn that idea into a reality.

The key to Scullin's plans is something called thermoelectrics. "A thermoelectric is a material that turns heat into electricity," he says.

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Thu August 20, 2015
It's All Politics

This Famous Campaign Stop Is Actually A Mirage

Originally published on Thu August 20, 2015 8:07 am

Lindsey Graham (left) and Bob Schroeder at Robie's Country Store, in Hooksett, N.H.
Brady Carlson New Hampshire Public Radio

Robie's Country Store, in Hooksett, N.H. has become an almost ritual stop on the presidential campaign trail — one of those places where anyone is running is pretty much guaranteed to show up. The business isn't what it once was but presidential hopefuls keep showing up.

The store has stood on the bank of the Merrimack River, between Concord and Manchester, since 1887. When the candidates get there, most know what's expected.

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Thu August 20, 2015
All Tech Considered

Online Stars Feel Cheated As YouTube, Facebook Battle Over Videos

Originally published on Thu August 20, 2015 4:27 pm

Jack Douglass says he lost thousands of dollars when his YouTube video was uploaded to Facebook.

There's a battle brewing between Facebook and the people who make professional videos on YouTube. Facebook has made video a priority over the past year and many of the most popular videos turn out to have originated on YouTube.

A lot of YouTube stars say Facebook is taking money right out of their pockets — and many of them are talking about big money.

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Wed August 19, 2015
The Two-Way

Happy With Your TSA Experience? Press A Button. Angry? Press Another Button

Originally published on Thu August 20, 2015 10:11 am

You may see new customer service technology at the airport soon. It's part of an effort by federal agencies to make it easier for people to give the government feedback, according to the Washington Post.

The equipment has a simple design, and it looks more like it belongs in a playroom than in an airport.

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