Wed August 19, 2015
Shots - Health News

Price Rises For Ticket To A Quicker Drug Review By FDA

Originally published on Wed August 19, 2015 3:35 pm

Drew Kilb/Duke University's Fuqua School of Business

A deal struck between drugmakers AbbVie and United Therapeutics Wednesday set a record price for a voucher that can be redeemed for a fast-track review of a new medicine by the Food and Drug Administration.

AbbVie, marketer of Humira and AndroGel, has agreed to pay $350 million to United Therapeutics, a company specializing in treatments for rare diseases, for a ticket to the regulatory fast lane.

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Wed August 19, 2015
It's All Politics

2016 Campaigns Will Spend $4.4 Billion On TV Ads, But Why?

Originally published on Wed August 19, 2015 1:02 pm

Thomas Checkler, owner of The Old Village Barber in Worthington, Ohio, discusses the impact that the barrage of political ads have on him and his customers during the 2012 presidential election campaign.
Mike Munden AP

The 2016 election is already providing a lot of eye-popping statistics about the ballooning spending candidates will do in the 2016 election. Among them:

  • Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush's superPAC has already raised more — in the first half of a non-election year — than Obama's main superPAC did in all of the 2012 cycle.
  • The latest big TV ad buy in the 2016 presidential election — on Ohio Gov. John Kasich's behalf, totaling $375,000 — is worth more than seven times the annual median U.S. household income.
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Wed August 19, 2015
Monkey See

Television 2015: Netflix Is A Video Store That Saved A Western

Originally published on Wed August 19, 2015 6:02 pm

Robert Taylor stars in Longmire, which is moving from A&E to Netflix.
Ursula Coyote/Cathy Kanavy Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.

This is one in a series of essays running this week and next about the state of television in 2015. The series is based on developments at the recent Television Critics Association press tour in Beverly Hills, Calif., where broadcast and cable networks, along with streaming services like Netflix, presented new and existing shows to TV critics and reporters.

Everybody loves to talk about brands, right? What's more exciting than brands?

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Wed August 19, 2015
The Two-Way

Hackers Appear To Post Customer Data Of Affair-Enabling Website

Originally published on Wed August 19, 2015 3:46 pm

The website of the "married dating" service Ashley Madison was the target of hackers, who apparently released customer data.

A group of hackers, who calls itself the Impact Team, purportedly released a huge trove of data that appears to contain the account details of more than 30 million users of a website that helps married people cheat on their spouses.

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Wed August 19, 2015

Disney To Build 'Star Wars' Theme Lands At Parks In Florida And California

Originally published on Wed August 19, 2015 1:30 pm

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Wed August 19, 2015

Bizarre Workplace Policies? Our Listeners Experienced Them

Originally published on Wed August 19, 2015 1:46 pm

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Wed August 19, 2015

China's Government Tries To Stabilize Its Financial Markets

Originally published on Wed August 19, 2015 8:09 am

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Wed August 19, 2015
The Salt

Family Farms Turn To Pizza For Fast Cash And Customers

Originally published on Wed August 19, 2015 3:46 pm

Pizza night on the Stoney Acres Farm in Athens, Wis.
John Ivanko/Courtesy of Stoney Acres Farm

Across the U.S., small farmers have been struggling for years with low commodity prices and rising production costs. Even for organic farmers, who can justify higher prices, making a profit is tough.

But throughout the Midwest, a new farm-to-table strategy is giving a boost to some farmers.

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Wed August 19, 2015
NPR Story

Double Disasters Leave An Alabama Fishing Village Struggling

Originally published on Thu August 20, 2015 3:21 pm

On Aug. 30, 2005, a man walks past a shrimp boat that was blown up on the dock in Bayou la Batre, Ala., after Hurricane Katrina came through the area.
Rob Carr AP

The people of Bayou la Batre, Ala., say you know their town by the four seasons.

"Shrimp, fish, crab and oyster," says Stephanie Nelson Bosarge. "That's your four seasons."

Bosarge grew up here in a house less than a thousand feet from the water — one of nine kids, the fourth generation to work in the seafood industry.

Today all that's left of the house is a concrete slab. Grass and weeds are creeping up over what's left of the oyster run, where a conveyor belt once carried shells between the shuckers.

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Wed August 19, 2015

EPA Rules Aspire To Slash Oil Industry Methane Emissions

Originally published on Wed August 19, 2015 4:37 pm

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