Business

7:03am

Wed February 12, 2014
Law

Mass. Suit Aims To Clarify Religious Groups' Latitude In Hiring

Originally published on Wed February 12, 2014 7:57 am

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And when it comes to hiring pastors and teachers, religious organizations - churches and schools - are exempt from most laws against discriminating and employment. Now a lawsuit in Massachusetts aims to clarify how much leeway those institutions have. For example, can they discriminate against people in same-sex marriages for non-religious jobs like gym teacher or cafeteria worker? NPR's Tovia Smith reports.

TOVIA SMITH, BYLINE: Matthew Barrett thought he'd scored his dream job when he was hired to be the boss of a school cafeteria.

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7:03am

Wed February 12, 2014
Around the Nation

Tennessee Volkswagen Workers Vote On UAW Membership

Originally published on Wed February 12, 2014 7:57 am

In Chattanooga on Wednesday, workers at Volkswagen's auto plant will vote on whether to unionize. This is billed as the most closely watched unionization vote in the South in decades.

7:03am

Wed February 12, 2014
Business

Al Capone's Florida Villa Is Up For Sale

Originally published on Wed February 12, 2014 7:57 am

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And today's last word in business is a real estate offering you can't refuse.

It showcases the 1920s mob life. Al Capone's Florida villa is back on the market. Queue music.

(SOUNDBITE OF SOUNDTRACK FROM THE MOVIE, "THE GODFATHER")

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The 10,000 square foot waterfront home lets you sleep just near enough to the fishes, but not actually with them.

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7:03am

Wed February 12, 2014
Business

Virgin America To Go Public

Originally published on Wed February 12, 2014 7:57 am

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NPR's business news starts with a highflying IPO.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

MONTAGNE: Virgin America aims to go public this year after recording its first profits since it was founded 10 years ago. Barclays and Deutsche Bank will co-lead the IPO.

Virgin Airlines is currently backed by billionaire Sir Richard Branson. And it was last year is Conde Nast traveler reader's choice pick for best airline. The IPO is slated for the second half of the year. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

6:16am

Wed February 12, 2014
Business

Can Underfunded Community Colleges Provide More Job Training?

Originally published on Wed February 12, 2014 7:57 am

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Community college leaders are in Washington this week, pushing for a bigger role in getting more people to enroll in two-year schools. They're also pushing the job training that business and industry say they desperately need.

Still, community colleges are significantly underfunded. And as NPR's Claudio Sanchez reports, it's unclear whether these schools can open their doors to more people or offer programs that are likely to cost a lot more.

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6:13am

Wed February 12, 2014
Business

U.S. To Ban Commercial Trade Of Elephant Ivory

Originally published on Wed February 12, 2014 7:57 am

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We heard elsewhere in our program that conservation experts are meeting in London this week to try to crack down on the trade in illegal wildlife. Here in Washington, the White House announced yesterday new restrictions on the import and sale of African elephant ivory.

NPR's Elizabeth Shogren reports.

ELIZABETH SHOGREN, BYLINE: Elephant ivory goes for $1,500 a pound. Rhino horn is worth its weight in gold - $45,000 a pound. Dan Ashe heads the Federal Fish and Wildlife Service.

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6:07am

Wed February 12, 2014
Business

CVS Stock Rises Ahead Of Lost Tobacco Sales

Originally published on Wed February 12, 2014 7:57 am

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Less than a week after CVS announced its decision to stop selling tobacco products, the company's stock is on the rise. Share prices were up 2.3 percent yesterday, after posting higher-than-expected quarterly profits.

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3:39am

Wed February 12, 2014
Art & Design

At Last, New York Fashion Week Brings 'Good News For Real People'

Originally published on Wed February 12, 2014 9:27 am

Needleman says The Row has created an oversized sweater and sweater-skirt "that looks like if you were to lay down, you could just wrap it over yourself like a blanket and go to sleep."
Arno Frugier The Row Fall 2014 Collection

This year, the models on the runway at New York Fashion Week look downright comfortable — and Deborah Needleman, editor in chief of T: The New York Times Style Magazine, says that's "good news for real people."

In the semi-annual event, fashion editors and store buyers attend elaborate runway shows staged in tents at Lincoln Center and other locations around New York City. Designers present clothes to them that consumers may see in stores in the fall.

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9:15pm

Tue February 11, 2014
The Two-Way

NBC's Tom Brokaw Announces He Has Cancer, Says He's 'Optimistic'

Tom Brokaw, seen here at an event in Silver Spring, Md., last year, was diagnosed with a form of cancer last August.
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Tom Brokaw, the NBC News correspondent who for years was one of America's favorite news anchors, has been diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a cancer that affects blood cells in bone marrow, the network says.

Saying that Brokaw "and his physicians are very encouraged with the progress he is making" as he undergoes treatment, NBC released a statement on Brokaw's behalf. Here it is:

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7:38pm

Tue February 11, 2014
The Two-Way

European Union Moves To Approve U.S. Genetically Modified Corn

Despite efforts by two-thirds of its 28 member states to block the move, the European Union took a large step toward approving a new genetically modified corn Tuesday. It opponents say the corn, a DuPont Pioneer product called TC1507, has harmful qualities. They also predict the decision will prove to be controversial in Europe.

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