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7:29am

Wed March 25, 2015
Business

Ex-Inmate Uses His Sentence To Create Successful Business Plan

Originally published on Wed March 25, 2015 8:18 am

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4:22am

Wed March 25, 2015
It's All Politics

Obama Administration Emissions Rules Face Supreme Court Test

Originally published on Wed March 25, 2015 7:20 pm

Steam from a coal-fired power plant is silhouetted against the sun near St. Marys, Kan. Industry groups say there should be a far more aggressive consideration of costs of regulation than the Obama administration took into account.
Charlie Riedel AP

The Supreme Court hears a challenge Wednesday to Obama administration rules aimed at limiting the amount of mercury and other hazardous pollutants emitted from coal- and oil-fired utility plants. The regulations are being challenged by major industry groups like the National Mining Association and more than 20 states.

The regulations have been in the works for nearly two decades. Work on them began in the Clinton administration, got derailed in the George W. Bush administration, and then were revived and adopted in the Obama administration.

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4:21am

Wed March 25, 2015
Youth Radio

Oakland Kids Get A Raise From The New Minimum Wage

Originally published on Wed March 25, 2015 8:18 am

Eighteen-year-old Alicia Donaldson works at a busy McDonald's in East Oakland. Her job is more complicated than anyone might think.

"When you do the grill and the chicken by yourself, it's not easy," she admits. "You have to put down the meat on the grill, and then put chicken in the grease. People get burned a lot."

That's a lot of pain for only $9 an hour. Today it's still hard work, but now Alicia is making $12.25 instead.

"When I worked 56 hours my check was about $480," she remembers.

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4:43pm

Tue March 24, 2015
Europe

Foreign Carmakers Shift Into Reverse In Russia

Originally published on Wed March 25, 2015 12:40 pm

Cars drive past the Kremlin along the Moscow River last December. Foreign automakers had been ramping up production in Russia, but the country's economic woes have caused car sales to drop sharply. Several foreign automakers have cut back production, and General Motors is pulling out of Russia.
Alexander Zemlianichenko AP

General Motors announced last week that it's closing its auto plant in St. Petersburg, Russia, and Volkswagen says it will lay off workers and reduce shifts at a plant in central Russia.

The latest auto industry troubles highlight a dismal picture for foreign investment in Russia, which could see a 35 percent drop in sales this year.

Seven years ago, GM was looking at a bright future in the Russian market. Cars sales were taking off and would eventually grow at a rate of more than 10 percent a year.

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4:00pm

Tue March 24, 2015
The Salt

A Top Weedkiller Could Cause Cancer. Should We Be Scared?

Central Illinois corn farmer Jerry McCulley refills his sprayer with the weedkiller glyphosate on a farm near Auburn, Ill. A new assessment of the chemical finds that the (uncertain) risks mainly affect the people who work with it or who come in direct contact with areas where it's applied.
Seth Perlman AP

An international committee of cancer experts shocked the agribusiness world a few days ago when it announced that two widely used pesticides are "probably carcinogenic to humans." The well-respected International Agency for Research on Cancer published a brief explanation of its conclusions in The Lancet and plans to issue a book-length version later this year.

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7:55am

Tue March 24, 2015
13.7: Cosmos And Culture

What If Web Search Results Were Based On Accuracy?

Originally published on Tue March 24, 2015 1:24 pm

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Imagine, for a moment, that every Web search gave only accurate, verified information. Imagine that questions concerning real facts about the real world returned lists of websites ordered by how well those site's facts matched the real world.

Search for "Barack Obama's nationality," and websites claiming "Kenya" would be banished to the 32nd page of the list. Search for "measles and autism" and you'd have to scroll down for 10 minutes before you found a page claiming they were linked.

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5:14am

Tue March 24, 2015
Research News

How Money Managers' Personal Lives Affect Your Investments

Originally published on Tue March 24, 2015 10:10 am

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3:41am

Tue March 24, 2015
Business

For Banks 'Too Big To Jail,' Prosecutors Count On A Promise To Behave

Originally published on Tue March 24, 2015 2:49 pm

The logo of Swiss bank UBS is seen at the company's headquarters in Zurich. U.S. officials are investigating whether UBS and Barclays manipulated currency rates at a time when they were already operating under a deferred prosecution agreement for manipulating interest rates.
Arnd Wiegmann Reuters/Landov

Last week, a top Justice Department official issued a tough warning to banks and other corporations that repeatedly commit crimes. She said U.S. officials could do away with their deferred-prosecution agreements.

Such deals allow companies that have broken the law to escape criminal convictions by promising to clean up their act. A new book looks at the role these agreements play in the corporate world.

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6:10pm

Mon March 23, 2015
The Two-Way

Does This Strong Dollar Make U.S. Look Too Fat For Foreign Investors?

Originally published on Tue March 24, 2015 1:51 pm

President Obama speaks at the SelectUSA Investment Summit, hosted by the Commerce Department on Monday, at National Harbor, Md.
Cliff Owen AP

The U.S. economic expansion has been gaining so quickly that foreign investors are paying attention. Many want to open factories and offices that could swell their profits while creating jobs for Americans.

But U.S. growth also has pushed up the value of the dollar, which has surged about 14 percent over the past year relative to other currencies. That makes it more difficult for foreigners to spend their money in the U.S. The dilemma is not lost on the White House.

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5:11pm

Mon March 23, 2015
All Tech Considered

Now Algorithms Are Deciding Whom To Hire, Based On Voice

Originally published on Wed March 25, 2015 2:47 pm

Ilana Kohn Ikon Images/Getty Images

If you're trying out for a job in sales, the person who judges your pitch may not be a person — it could be a computer.

Job recruitment is the newest frontier in automated labor, where algorithms are choosing who's the right fit to sell fast food or handle angry cable customers, by sizing up the human candidates' voices.

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