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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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3:57pm

Mon March 23, 2015
The Two-Way

Wilson Sporting Goods Acquires Louisville Slugger Brand

Originally published on Tue March 24, 2015 11:31 am

A 120-foot-tall replica bat fronts the Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory in Louisville, Ky. Hillerich & Bradsby on Monday announced a deal to sell its Louisville Slugger brand to Wilson Sporting Goods Co. for $70 million.
Timothy D. Easley AP

Update at 7:21 p.m. ET. Jobs to be lost in deal:

Baseball's most iconic bat has a new owner. Monday, Hillerich & Bradsby Co., which owns Louisville Slugger, announced the brand would be acquired by Wilson Sporting Goods Co. for $70 million in cash. The move means that Wilson, maker of Major League Baseball's official glove, will soon own the maker of MLB's official bat.

Jacob Ryan of NPR member station WFPL reports that some jobs will be lost in the acquisition:

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1:45pm

Mon March 23, 2015
The Salt

Liberte, Egalite, Gastronomie? France Rallies To Defend Its Food's Honor

Originally published on Wed March 25, 2015 2:18 pm

A sampling of the multicourse menu served at the Gout de France dinner at the French embassy in Washington, D.C.: (clockwise from top left): seasonal vegetables with winter truffle Bayonne ham crisps; slowly cooked monkfish with fennel pollen flavors in "Armoricaine" sauce; Ariane apple and Guanaja chocolate onctueux; Saint-Nectaire cheese and grilled bread with nuts and raisins.
Meredith Rizzo/NPR

What do the French do when their economy and identity are under assault? Throw a dinner party, of course – a global one.

From Madagascar to Washington, D.C., more than 1,000 French chefs on five continents hosted multi-course gastronomic dinners last Thursday in celebration – and defense – of France's culinary prowess.

At one dinner, at the Chateau of Versailles west of Paris, around 600 guests (including NPR), dined in the lamp-lit Battles' Gallery, flanked by oil paintings of French military victories through the ages.

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12:07pm

Mon March 23, 2015
Parallels

An Object Of Desire: Hope And Yearning For The Internet In Cuba

Originally published on Thu March 26, 2015 6:05 pm

The Havana studio of prominent artist Kcho is ringed by Cubans with their heads buried in screens. Users say the only other free Internet connection in Havana is at the U.S. Interests Section.
Eyder Peralta NPR

After the sun sets on Havana on weekends, G Street turns into a kind of runway.

Blocks of the promenade — which is very colonial with its big, beautiful statues and impeccable topiaries — swell with crowds of young Cubans. For the most part, they just walk up and down, greeting each other with kisses.

It's a spectacle: Everyone, it seems, is here to impress. They're perfectly coiffed, perfectly matched; they're splayed on benches, arms wrapped around each other.

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7:34am

Mon March 23, 2015
Europe

Eurozone Threatened By Divide Between Greece And Germany

Originally published on Mon March 23, 2015 8:03 am

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5:31pm

Sat March 21, 2015
Business

Starbucks' 'Race Together' Campaign Begins

Originally published on Sat March 21, 2015 7:41 pm

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9:58am

Sat March 21, 2015
All Tech Considered

A New 3-D Printing Method Is Rising Out Of The Ooze

Continuous Liquid Interface Production, or CLIP, uses liquid resin with ultraviolet light and oxygen projected through it to create more complex structures than those of existing 3-D printers.
Nina Gregory NPR

One of the presentations at the TED Conference in Vancouver this week that had much of the tech elite oohing and ahhing was something called CLIP (no relation to Microsoft's reviled animated helper) or Continuous Liquid Interface Production.

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