Business

4:59pm

Wed January 14, 2015
The Great Plains Oil Rush

Falling Oil Prices Have North Dakota Migrants Rethinking The Boom

Originally published on Wed January 14, 2015 6:33 pm

A year ago, as part of our series on the Great Plains oil rush, we brought you the story of a 36-year-old father who had recently lost his job when one of the last major timber mills in the Northwest shut down. After several years struggling to find steady work and even after going back to school, Rory Richardson decided to commute 550 miles from his home in far western Montana, to a place where jobs are plentiful - the oil fields of North Dakota. But after a little more than a year, he and his family have decided the toll is just too great.

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4:51pm

Wed January 14, 2015
Television

Amazon Gains Ground With Online-Only Shows

Originally published on Wed January 14, 2015 6:33 pm

Copyright 2015 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

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4:51pm

Wed January 14, 2015
Technology

Finding, Selling Flaws In Apple's Code Can Be Lucrative Work

Originally published on Wed January 14, 2015 6:33 pm

Every time there is a big new release of some Apple software or operating system, hackers get to work — finding a flaw in Apple's computer code can be very lucrative. Criminals and even governments are willing to pay top dollar for the ability to get inside our iPhones.

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4:51pm

Wed January 14, 2015
Environment

New EPA Guidelines Limit Methane Release From Drilling

Originally published on Wed January 14, 2015 6:33 pm

Copyright 2015 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

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2:16pm

Wed January 14, 2015
The Two-Way

Broadband A 'Necessity,' Obama Says, As He Pushes FCC To Expand Access

Originally published on Wed January 14, 2015 4:58 pm

President Obama speaks at Cedar Falls Utilities in Cedar Falls, Iowa, on Wednesday. He encouraged the Federal Communications Commission to pre-empt state laws that stifle competition for high-speed Internet service.
Charlie Neibergall AP

Updated at 4:48 p.m. ET

President Obama is expected to lay out plans today intended to make it easier for cities, towns and rural communities to offer their citizens fast and cheap broadband Internet.

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3:16am

Wed January 14, 2015
Shots - Health News

Health Insurance Startup Collapses In Iowa

Originally published on Tue January 20, 2015 3:41 pm

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It was a heck of a Christmas for David Fairchild and his wife, Clara Peterson. They found out they were about to lose their new health insurance.

"Clara was listening to the news on Iowa Public Radio and that's how we found out," Fairchild says. They went to their health plan's website that night. "No information. We still haven't gotten a letter about it from them."

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3:14am

Wed January 14, 2015
Parallels

In Brazil, A Once-High-Flying Economy Takes A Tumble

Originally published on Wed January 14, 2015 9:45 am

Mercedes-Benz, Ford and Volkswagen workers block the Anchieta highway in Sao Bernardo do Campo. Thousands of metalworkers marched to protest layoffs by carmakers expecting little or no rebound from a sharp 2014 downturn.
Adonis Guerra Reuters/Landov

It was a terrible Christmas season for stores in Brazil. For the first time in more than a decade — since 2003 — sales went down.

Roberta Pimenta owns a small shop selling children's clothes at the Butanta mall in Sao Paulo, which is aimed squarely at the middle-class shoppers who live in the area.

"It was the worst drop in sales since I've had this store," Pimenta says. "In seven years it was the worst year I had. And every year you have a 10 percent increase of employees' salary, 10 percent increase in the rent, 10 percent in everything, so it is horrible."

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7:13pm

Tue January 13, 2015
The Two-Way

College Football Championship Sets A New Cable Ratings Record

The first-ever college football playoff championship turned in record ratings, attracting an average of 33.4 million viewers.
Sarah Glenn Getty Images

Monday night's game between Oregon and Ohio State was a hit with viewers, as the first-ever college football playoff championship turned in the highest ratings in the history of both ESPN and cable TV. The broadcast averaged 33.4 million viewers.

"That was a 21 percent increase over the ratings for last year's BCS National Championship between Florida State and Auburn, which was a far closer game," NPR's Nathan Rott reports.

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5:56pm

Tue January 13, 2015
Business

Winning The Truck Battle Isn't Just About Smack Talk. It's Everything

Originally published on Wed January 14, 2015 4:25 am

Ford's F-150 truck beat the Chevrolet Colorado and Lincoln MKC as the Detroit auto show's 2015 North American Truck of the Year.
He Xianfeng Xinhua/Landov

For the Detroit automakers, there's likely no bigger prize than being the No. 1 truck. Pickups represent the lion's share of profits and the industry's recent growth.

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5:20pm

Tue January 13, 2015
All Tech Considered

A Closer Look At Obama's Plan To Protect Consumer Data

Originally published on Tue January 13, 2015 6:55 pm

President Obama speaks Tuesday at the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center in Arlington, Va.
Pool Getty Images

This week, in the lead up to his State of the Union address, President Obama is talking about cybersecurity — how to ensure our safety in the digital world.

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