Wed August 5, 2015
The Salt

Green Pie In The Sky? Vertical Farming Is On The Rise In Newark

Originally published on Wed August 5, 2015 8:05 pm

AeroFarms grows greens under intense LED grow lights, while their roots are bathed in a nutrient-rich mist.
Courtesy of AeroFarms

From the outside, the AeroFarms headquarters looks like any other rundown building in downtown Newark, N.J. It used to be a store, and more recently a nightclub. Now it's a test farm.

"My favorite is the mustard green that's called a Ruby Streak, which is this leaf right here," says AeroFarms CEO David Rosenberg, sampling some of the company's greens. "And my second favorite is cress, watercress, which is this guy right here."

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Wed August 5, 2015
It's All Politics

Fact Check: How Does Planned Parenthood Spend That Government Money?

Originally published on Wed August 5, 2015 10:29 pm

Anti-abortion activists hold a rally opposing federal funding for Planned Parenthood in front of the U.S. Capitol on July 28 in Washington, D.C.
Olivier Douliery Getty Images

Jeb Bush is again in damage-control mode, this time over an offhand remark he made about Planned Parenthood. He said at an event hosted by the Southern Baptist Convention that Planned Parenthood should be defunded, and he highlighted that he did so as governor of Florida.

He then added as an aside, "I'm not sure we need half-a-billion dollars for women's health issues" — a statement Hillary Clinton and other Democrats pounced on, portraying it as a gaffe that reveals that Bush doesn't care about women's health. He has since said he "misspoke."

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Wed August 5, 2015

SEC Approves Rule That Shines Light On CEO Pay Ratio

Originally published on Wed August 5, 2015 7:33 pm

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Wed August 5, 2015
All Tech Considered

Under Pressure, Google Promises To Update Android Security Regularly

Originally published on Wed August 5, 2015 7:33 pm

Both Google and Samsung are rolling out new processes to issue security updates for Android devices, like the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge.
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This post was updated at 4:14 p.m. ET.

Google is making big promises to fix its Android operating system. The company recently came under sharp criticism after researchers found a major flaw in Android would let hackers take over smartphones, with just a text message.

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Wed August 5, 2015
The Two-Way

SEC Adopts CEO Pay Ratio Rule, Five Years After It Became Law

Originally published on Wed August 5, 2015 12:07 pm

The Securities and Exchange Commission is considering a rule Wednesday that would require many public companies to list their chief executives' total annual compensation as a ratio to their workers' median pay.
Andrew Harnik AP

A new federal rule will require public companies to list their chief executives' total annual compensation as a ratio to their workers' median pay, after the Securities and Exchange Commission adopted the rule Wednesday.

Today's vote comes five years after Congress approved the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, which includes the pay ratio rule. The vote also comes nearly two years after the SEC formally proposed the requirement.

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Wed August 5, 2015
Shots - Health News

Untangling The Many Deductibles Of Health Insurance

Originally published on Wed August 5, 2015 12:57 pm

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Sure, there's a deductible with your health insurance. But then what's the hospital deductible? Your insurer may have multiple deductibles, and it pays to know which apply when. These questions and answers tackle deductibles, whether an ex-spouse has to pay for an adult child's insurance, and balance billing.

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Wed August 5, 2015

An 'Island Tax' Could Harm One Bright Spot In Greek Economy

Originally published on Wed August 5, 2015 3:43 pm

Petros Hatzigeorgiou, whose family has been making wine for more than 150 years, at his winery outside the village of Atsiki, Lemnos. He says islanders can weather the tax by working harder. "That's how we can fight it, no matter how much it hurts," he says. "By showing them we can survive despite it."
Joanna Kakissis NPR

For years, hotels, shops and restaurants on the far-flung Greek islands kept costs low thanks to a big tax break. And tourism has been one bright spot in Greece's barely functioning economy.

The Greek islands are still enjoying record numbers of tourists this summer.
But now the country's creditors are demanding those islands raise their taxes to the same level as everywhere else in Greece.

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Wed August 5, 2015

Looking Up: Amusement Parks On Track For A Record-Breaking Year

Originally published on Wed August 5, 2015 12:40 pm

Cedar Fair, the parent company of Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio, reported record revenues for the first half of 2015.
Jason Margolis NPR

If you're looking for a way to gauge the health of the U.S. economy this summer, consider regional amusement parks — parks that you can drive to within a few hours. Some 260 million people spend about $10 billion annually at regional theme parks, and this year is shaping up to be a record-breaker.

To understand what's driving those numbers, there are few better people to spend a day at a park with than Martin Lewison.

"As of today, I've been on 1,306 different roller coasters," Lewison says.

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Tue August 4, 2015

Soy Seats In New Cars: Are Companies Doing Enough For Environment?

Originally published on Wed August 5, 2015 1:12 pm

A worker at Ford's assembly plant in Wayne, Mich., installs back seats made from soy-based foam in a Ford C-Max.
Jason Margolis NPR

It's earnings season on Wall Street, and investors are again looking to quarterly reports to gauge the health of companies. Some environmentalists are looking to so-called "sustainability reports" — how companies are improving their ecological footprints. But not all environmentalists are putting so much stock in these reports.

Andrew Hoffman, at the University of Michigan, breaks environmentalists into two colors, or rather shades of a color. First, the perspective of the "dark greens":

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Tue August 4, 2015

For Some States, New Emissions Rules Will Force A Power Shift

Originally published on Wed August 5, 2015 2:36 pm

President Obama's environmental plan won't be so hard for states that have moved to cut emissions. But for others it will be more difficult.
Scott Olson Getty Images

Almost as soon as President Obama's new plan to limit carbon emissions was unveiled, opponents were lining up to oppose it. The new rules would require states to lower their carbon emissions by nearly a third over the next decade and a half.

The rules will deal a big blow to some energy sectors — especially coal. But there are also industries that will benefit from the plan.

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