Business

9:11am

Tue October 29, 2013
It's All Politics

Tuesday Political Mix: Obamacare Official In The Batter's Box

Originally published on Tue October 29, 2013 9:39 am

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, (who we're sure was not intentionally making the "choke" sign) and Marilyn Tavenner, head of the HHS agency that oversaw the Obamacare website project.
Manuel Balce Ceneta AP

Good Tuesday morning, fellow political junkies.

As you go through your day, keep this in mind: at least you're not Marilyn Tavenner. When critics of the Obama administration's botched launch of the Affordable Care Act call for heads to metaphorically roll, Tavenner, the top official of the Health and Human Services agency that oversaw the ill-fated website project, is high on that list.

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5:59am

Tue October 29, 2013
Business

New Fries Help Burger King To A Whopper Of An Earnings Boost

Originally published on Wed October 30, 2013 7:49 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

NPR's business news starts with lots of hamburgers.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

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2:56am

Tue October 29, 2013
All Tech Considered

Who Has The Right To Know Where Your Phone Has Been?

Originally published on Wed October 30, 2013 7:49 am

Cell towers are constantly tracking the location of mobile phones. And that data, federal courts have ruled, is not constitutionally protected.
Steve Greer iStockphoto.com

You probably know, or should know, that your cellphone is tracking your location everywhere you go. But whether law enforcement officials should have access to that data is at the center of a constitutional debate.

Matt Blaze, a professor of computer and information science at the University of Pennsylvania, says location tracking is key to how the cell system operates.

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2:55am

Tue October 29, 2013
All Tech Considered

Etsy's New Policy Means Some Items Are 'Handmade In Spirit'

Originally published on Wed October 30, 2013 7:49 am

Rae Padulo creates handmade ceramics, like these holiday ornaments, for her Etsy-based company, mudstar ceramics. She's disappointed with the site's new policy to allow outsourced manufacturing. "There's nothing wrong with factory-made," she says, but "that's not what Etsy started out to be."
Courtesy of Rae Padulo

Under online marketplace Etsy's new policies, vendors can now use an outside manufacturer to help make their goods.

That is not going down well with some longtime sellers, who are calling the new policies a turnaround from the site's original mission.

"Their moniker is, you know, a place to buy handmade. It doesn't say a place to buy factory-made," says Rae Padulo, a potter who began selling dishes and ornaments on Etsy in 2009.

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2:54am

Tue October 29, 2013
All Tech Considered

How Video Games Are Getting Inside Your Head — And Wallet

Originally published on Wed October 30, 2013 12:21 pm

Austin Newman, 10, of Menlo Park, Calif., is not allowed to play video games during the school week. His mother, Michelle DeWolf, says she had to take that step to keep her son focused on his homework during the week.
Michelle DeWolf

This week on All Tech, we're exploring kids and technology with posts and radio pieces about raising digital natives. Share your thoughts and ideas in the comments, by email or tweet.

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2:53am

Tue October 29, 2013
U.S.

Fuel Supply System Fixes Pick Up Gas After Superstorm Sandy

Originally published on Wed October 30, 2013 7:49 am

Apologetic signs posted at a gas station that ran out of gas on Nov. 1, 2012, in the Queens borough of New York.
Jason DeCrow AP

One of the effects of Superstorm Sandy a year ago could be seen at service stations throughout New York City and surrounding areas: Motorists joined long lines outside the few stations that had both electricity and gasoline.

"People were fighting over here. People were fighting over there. People were coming through the wrong way. It was chaos," Jessica Laura said at the time. "Then the cops came, and they just started organizing it."

Since then, the oil industry and policymakers have been working to shore up the region's fuel supply system.

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7:03pm

Mon October 28, 2013
The Two-Way

Theme Park Called 'Insensitive' For 'Miner's Revenge' Attraction

Originally published on Mon October 28, 2013 8:52 pm

Update at 8:45 p.m. ET:

Kings Dominion spokesman Gene Petriello says the theme park is dropping the Miner's Revenge maze from its Halloween lineup in the future.

"At the completion of each season, all Halloween attractions are reviewed to allow for new themes," Petriello says. "As part of its regular rotation, Kings Dominion does not intend to operate the Miner's Revenge Halloween attraction next year."

Petriello would not comment further.

Our original story continues:

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5:21pm

Mon October 28, 2013
Europe

'News Of The World' Phone Hacking Trial Gets Started In London

Originally published on Tue October 29, 2013 12:15 pm

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AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

In England today, one of the highest profile criminal trials the country has seen in years got underway. Eight people are on trial, most notably Rebecca Brooks, a former top executive for Rupert Murdoch's UK newspaper empire, and Andy Coulson, former News of the World editor. Coulson also served for a while as Prime Minister David Cameron's communications chief.

The case grew out of a scandal over allegations that staff at the News of the World hacked into thousands of voicemails, including celebrities, politicians and crime victims.

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4:06pm

Mon October 28, 2013
Business

Trains Gain Steam In Race To Transport Crude Oil In The U.S.

Originally published on Wed October 30, 2013 6:00 pm

A Norfolk Southern train pulls oil tank units on its way to the PBF Energy refinery in Delaware City, Del. As U.S. oil production outpaces its pipeline capacity, more and more companies are looking to the railways to transport crude oil.
Jackie Northam NPR

On a quiet fall morning in the Delaware countryside, a lone sustained whistle pierces the air. Within moments, a train sweeps around a broad curve, its two heavy locomotives hauling dozens of white, cylindrical rail cars, loaded with 70,000 barrels of crude oil.

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3:28pm

Mon October 28, 2013
The Salt

Goodbye Paper Menus? Restaurants Test The Water For Tablets

Originally published on Thu October 31, 2013 11:52 am

A restaurant customer tries out the Aptito app on a digital menu.
Courtesy of Aptito

When you sit down at Chef José Andrés' tapas restaurant, Jaleo, in Washington, D.C., and ask to see the beverage options, as I did recently, you're in for a surprise. Instead of a traditional leather-bound menu, I was handed an iPad.

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