Business

4:47pm

Thu March 13, 2014
Business

Report: Target Missed Its Chance To Prevent Data Breach

Originally published on Fri March 14, 2014 12:42 pm

Target missed security warnings about a data breach, which resulted in 40 million customer credit and debit cards numbers being stolen.
Damian Dovarganes AP

Late last year, during the holiday season, hackers somewhere in Europe stole 40 million credit and debit card numbers and tens of millions of other pieces of personal information from Target customers in the United States. As reported by Bloomberg Businessweek's Michael Riley, the malware attack wasn't particularly sophisticated or unique, and Target's security systems were extensive and ready for such an attack — and yet Target missed the early security warnings.

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4:47pm

Thu March 13, 2014
Arts & Life

Amtrak Opens The Door To Writing On The Rails

Originally published on Thu March 13, 2014 6:35 pm

Transcript

MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

Things can take off fast on Twitter. And that's what happened when a couple of writers expressed how much they like riding trains, Amtrak specifically. It started with an idea: Wouldn't it be great if Amtrak would offer writers a chance to ride the rails for free and do some writing along the way? Soon, the idea was being tweeted and retweeted, and Amtrak replied: Sure.

NPR's Leah Binkovitz explains.

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4:47pm

Thu March 13, 2014
Business

Employers React To New Overtime Expansion

Originally published on Thu March 13, 2014 6:35 pm

President Obama is directing his Labor Secretary to tighten U.S. overtime laws. Under the changes, millions of workers will become eligible. Business groups are now reacting to the news.

3:10pm

Thu March 13, 2014
The Two-Way

Obama: If You 'Work More, You Should Get Paid More'

Originally published on Thu March 13, 2014 7:50 pm

President Obama signs a memorandum for overtime protections for workers, at the White House on Thursday.
Mark Wilson Getty Images

Flanked by a cadre of salaried workers, President Obama signed a memo directing his labor secretary to rewrite the rules governing overtime in the country.

"Americans have spent too much time working more and making less," Obama said during comments preceding the signing ceremony.

Obama's proposal would rewrite a commonly used exemption in which a salaried worker designated as "executive, administrative and professional" is denied overtime if he or she is making more than $455 a week.

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2:44pm

Thu March 13, 2014
The Salt

Top 5 Ways Asparagus, A Rite Of Spring, Can Still Surprise

Originally published on Thu March 13, 2014 6:35 pm

From the botanical to the economic, spring's iconic vegetable still harbors surprises.
Sharon Mollerus/Flickr

As the snow melts, even in Minnesota, and daylight lingers into evening, people who like to eat with the seasons know what's coming: asparagus.

"Asparagus means the beginning of spring. It's spring!" says Nora Pouillon, chef and founder of Restaurant Nora in Washington, D.C. Later this month, she'll revise her menu, and it will certainly include asparagus with salmon, and asparagus soup.

It's an elegant vegetable, Pouillon says, and unique: "Sweet and bitter at the same time."

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1:17pm

Thu March 13, 2014
The Two-Way

When Bad Things Happen To Planes, Flight Codes Get 'Retired'

Originally published on Fri March 14, 2014 10:00 am

The charred tail section of Delta Flight 191 sits near a runway at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport in August 1985 after it crashed on approach. Delta quickly retired the "191" designation.
Carlos Osorio AP

Malaysia Airlines announced Thursday that it will stop using two flight numbers associated with the plane that disappeared over the Gulf of Thailand on March 8, following a long-standing practice of retiring codes after similar incidents.

Flight MH370 vanished en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 people aboard. That number, which Malaysian Airlines uses to denote that particular route, will no longer be used after Friday as a "mark of respect" for the passengers and crew. MH371, the code used for the return flight, also will be retired.

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12:00pm

Thu March 13, 2014
Economy

Gentrification: Progress Or Destruction?

Originally published on Thu March 13, 2014 12:28 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

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9:01am

Thu March 13, 2014
The Two-Way

Weekly Jobless Claims Touch 3-Month Low

Originally published on Thu March 13, 2014 10:41 am

There were 315,000 first-time claims filed for unemployment benefits last week, the Employment and Training Administration says.

That's down 9,000 from the previous week and marks a three-month low.

So for the second straight week, there's at least modestly good news to report about the labor market.

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7:44am

Thu March 13, 2014
Business

Hasbro To Update Official Scrabble Dictionary

In an effort to stay relevant, the dictionary is being updated for the first time in nearly a decade.

7:12am

Thu March 13, 2014
Business

Yahoo Partners With Yelp For Local Search Data

Originally published on Thu March 13, 2014 7:44 am

Transcript

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

NPR's business news begins with a partner for Yahoo.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

GREENE: Yahoo is trying to boost search traffic with reviews of businesses from Yelp - in hopes that some of its popularity will rub off. Among their favorite search engines, Yahoo is a distant third after Google and Microsoft's Bing.

Ratings and snippets from "Yelp" reviews began appearing in Yahoo search results yesterday as a result of a partnership between the two companies. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

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