Business

5:19am

Mon January 20, 2014
Business

Movie Studio To Phase Out 35 Millimeter Film

Originally published on Mon January 20, 2014 8:04 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

NPR's business news begins with a film phase out.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

MONTAGNE: Paramount Pictures will be the first major Hollywood studio to stop releasing movies on 35 millimeter film. The Los Angeles Times reports the motion picture studio is now distributing its films to U.S. theaters in digital format only.

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5:19am

Mon January 20, 2014
Around the Nation

Miami Children's Hospital Sheds Light On Upfront Costs

Originally published on Mon January 20, 2014 8:04 am

Every hospital has a price list but it is hard for the average consumer to figure out what a hospital really charges for care. Traditionally, the price on that list is nowhere near what it actually expects you or an insurance company to pay.

3:27am

Mon January 20, 2014
Around the Nation

Police, Banks Help Undocumented Workers Shake 'Walking ATM' Label

Originally published on Mon January 20, 2014 8:04 am

Prince George's County, Md., Police Officer Juan Damian and Dora Escobar outside one of her popular check cashing businesses.
Laura Sullivan NPR

On a recent Friday evening in Langley Park, Md., police officer Juan Damian drives his patrol car past fast food restaurants, discount stores and Hispanic groceries.

Damian estimates that at least two-thirds of the people here are undocumented, and that has made it a magnet for robberies over the years. Gangs know undocumented day workers are especially lucrative targets, he says. Their pockets are often stuffed with a day's or even a week's worth of wages. The street term for these men: "walking ATMs."

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5:19pm

Sun January 19, 2014
Business

Ford's Master Of Disguise Keeps Latest Models Undercover

Originally published on Sun January 19, 2014 6:42 pm

Al Wilkinson, who created the disguise for the 2015 Ford Mustang, says the extra layers don't affect the car's aerodynamics.
Brenda Priddy Brenda Priddy & Company

For months, the 50th anniversary 2015 Ford Mustang was cloaked in secrecy. But an upcoming car can't stay in the garage forever. It has to undergo rigorous testing, and that means taking it out in traffic to monitor its handling on roads across the U.S.

To keep the redesign out of the public eye before December, Ford completely covered the car with camouflage.

"Underneath that material is a whole science and art, all-in-one," says Mustang chief engineer Dave Pericak. "They're creating a new exterior over the exterior."

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5:16am

Sun January 19, 2014
Europe

From Ashes To Ashes To Diamonds: A Way To Treasure The Dead

Originally published on Sun January 19, 2014 11:59 am

Most of the diamonds synthesized from cremated remains come out blue, due to trace amounts of boron in the body. These diamonds, made from the ashes of animals, were created through the same process used to make diamonds from human remains.
Courtesy Rinaldo Willy/Algordanza

Diamonds are supposed to be a girl's best friend. Now, they might also be her mother, father or grandmother.

Swiss company Algordanza takes cremated human remains and — under high heat and pressure that mimic conditions deep within the Earth — compresses them into diamonds.

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5:50pm

Sat January 18, 2014
Sports

The NFL: Big Business With Big Tax Breaks

Originally published on Sun January 19, 2014 11:04 am

MetLife Stadium in New Jersey will hold the 2014 Super Bowl. The stadium gets a break on local property taxes.
Julio Cortez AP

If you're a football fan, Sunday is kind of like Christmas.

Two conference championship games will determine the teams that advance to the Super Bowl, and the matchups couldn't be more exciting: Denver vs. New England (Peyton Manning vs. Tom Brady). And some would say the other game, pitting San Francisco against Seattle, might just feature the two best teams in the league.

America shows its love for the sport in many ways beyond breathless anticipation of big games. It also gives back to the National Football League with tax breaks and publicly funded stadiums.

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11:35am

Sat January 18, 2014
Business

Ford's New Truck, GM's New CEO Star At Detroit Auto Show

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LYNN NEARY, HOST:

The North American International Auto Show opens to the public today. That's the fancy name for the Detroit car show. NPR's Sonari Glinton has been getting a sneak preview in the Motor City, hanging out with engineers and auto execs. And he's with us now. Good to talk with you, Sonari.

SONARI GLINTON, BYLINE: It's good to be here, Lynn.

NEARY: Now, you've spent, I think, four days at the car show. What are the standouts?

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9:31am

Sat January 18, 2014
Around the Nation

Donors Pitch In To Protect Detroit's Art And Pensions

Originally published on Sat January 18, 2014 11:35 am

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6:20pm

Fri January 17, 2014
Economy

In The Long Wait For Aid From Washington, Job Hunters Despair

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AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

Lawmakers are promising new efforts to restore jobless benefits for long-term unemployed, but it may take a while - 1.4 million people who've been out of work long term saw their benefits disappear three weeks ago. Congress failed to agree on funding to renew them. NPR's Tovia Smith visited with a few people who are without work in Boston.

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6:04pm

Fri January 17, 2014
The Two-Way

Supreme Court To Decide If Warrant Needed To Search Cellphone

Originally published on Fri January 17, 2014 6:26 pm

The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to decide if police can seize and look through a suspect's cellphone without getting a warrant. This photo shows women in Los Angeles using smartphones on Jan. 7.
Frederic J. Brown AFP/Getty Images

The U.S. Supreme Court is delving into the technology-versus-privacy debate, agreeing to hear two cases that test whether police making an arrest may search cellphones without a warrant.

The court's announcement Friday that it would take the cases came just hours after President Obama outlined his proposals to address government retention of citizen phone data as part of his speech outlining reforms at the National Security Agency.

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