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5:24am

Wed May 20, 2015
Asia

U.S. Charges 6 Chinese Nationals With Stealing Tech Secrets

Originally published on Wed May 20, 2015 12:09 pm

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5:20am

Wed May 20, 2015
Asia

U.S. Should Take A Tougher Stand Toward China, Report's Authors Say

Originally published on Wed May 20, 2015 3:15 pm

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5:11am

Wed May 20, 2015
Politics

After Derailment, Congress Debates Lifting Amtrak's Damage Cap

Originally published on Wed May 20, 2015 4:39 pm

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Last week's Amtrak derailment in Philadelphia renewed questions about a decades-old law which limits the money Amtrak can pay out in damages. Some Democratic lawmakers want to raise the limit. Here's NPR's Juana Summers.

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5:09am

Wed May 20, 2015
Economy

Los Angeles Minimum-Wage Workers To Get A Raise

Originally published on Wed May 20, 2015 5:55 pm

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3:28am

Wed May 20, 2015
Planet Money

An NPR Reporter Raced A Machine To Write A News Story. Who Won?

Originally published on Wed May 20, 2015 12:09 pm

Ariel Zambelich/NPR, Justin Cook for NPR

Even the most creative jobs have parts that are pretty routine — tasks that, at least in theory, can be done by a machine. Take, for example, being a reporter.

A company called Automated Insights created a program called WordSmith that generates simple news stories based on things like sporting events and financial news. The stories are published on Yahoo! and via the Associated Press, among other outlets.

We wanted to know: How would NPR's best stack up against the machine?

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3:24am

Wed May 20, 2015
All Tech Considered

How A Bigger Lunch Table At Work Can Boost Productivity

Originally published on Wed May 20, 2015 3:09 pm

A view of the central area of Atlassian's office in San Francisco. The software company found that desks were used only 20 percent of the workday — half as much as conference rooms were used.
Atlassian

The loftlike San Francisco office of software maker Atlassian has an open central amphitheater, where all-staff gatherings and midday boot camp exercises are held.

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7:06pm

Tue May 19, 2015
All Tech Considered

Reddit's New Harassment Policy Aimed At Creating A 'Safe Platform'

Originally published on Tue May 19, 2015 8:20 pm

A Reddit mascot is shown at the company's headquarters in San Francisco. Reddit has published a new policy aimed at harassment on the site.
Robert Galbraith Reuters/Landov

Reddit, billed by its founders as "the front page of the Internet," has long been known as a place of unbridled free speech on the Web where users, known as Redditors, post text, pictures and videos.

But that unbridled free speech sometimes spills over into harassment, sexism and racism. Over the past couple of years, Reddit has been at the center of several controversies concerning harassment, including the release of hundreds of private celebrity photos. It's also become infamous for its unbridled vitriol.

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6:47pm

Tue May 19, 2015
Business

Pressure To Act Unethically Looms Over Wall Street, Survey Finds

Originally published on Tue May 19, 2015 7:06 pm

A new survey of financial professionals tends to confirm the widely held belief that the financial industry has an ethics problem.

Among the more than 1,200 financial professionals in the U.S. and Britain who were surveyed, about half the respondents believe their competitors in the industry have behaved unethically or illegally to gain an advantage in the market.

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5:11pm

Tue May 19, 2015
The Salt

What Does 'Raw' Mean? When It Comes To Almonds, You Might Be Surprised

Originally published on Wed May 20, 2015 6:15 pm

Lesley McClurg Capital Public Radio

When you're talking about almonds, "raw" may not mean what you think.

All California almonds — which would be virtually all the almonds in the country — are either heat-pasteurized or treated with a fumigant. The processes, which have been required by law since 2007, are intended to prevent foodborne illness. But almond aficionados say the treatments taint the flavor and mislead consumers.

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5:08pm

Tue May 19, 2015
Business

Takata Expands Airbag Recall To Nearly 34 Million Vehicles

Originally published on Tue May 19, 2015 7:06 pm

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And now to the largest auto recall in U.S. history. The Japanese company Takata is doubling its airbag recall from 17 million to now nearly 34 million. NPR's Jason Margolis reports.

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