Fri August 7, 2015
The Two-Way

You're The Judge: Can The Job Market Stand Interest Rate Hikes?

Originally published on Fri August 7, 2015 2:46 pm

The Marriner S. Eccles Federal Reserve Board Building in Washington, D.C. The Fed's next meeting is set for Sept. 16-17.
Andrew Harnik AP

The Labor Department's July jobs report, released Friday, showed employers added 215,000 workers and that the unemployment rate was unchanged at 5.3 percent.

So how would you interpret that report if you were a policymaker for the nation's central bank?

It really — really — matters how you read those numbers, because you have a huge decision to make in September. You and the other Federal Reserve Board policymakers have to set the direction for interest rates.

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Fri August 7, 2015
The Two-Way

Unemployment Rate Steady As Economy Adds 215,000 Jobs

Originally published on Fri August 7, 2015 10:29 am

Sasha Vitalis (left) talks to job seeker Omar Delgado about employment opportunities during a job fair last month in Miami Lakes, Fla.
Alan Diaz AP

Updated at 9:50 a.m. ET

The U.S. economy added 215,000 jobs last month, just shy of the number forecast by economists. The unemployment rate remained unchanged at 5.3 percent.

Wages were up slightly, and the number of long-term unemployed remained the same as June.

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Fri August 7, 2015
Shots - Health News

Hospitals Turn To Toyota To Make Care Safer And Swifter

Originally published on Fri August 7, 2015 3:16 pm

Nursing attendant Tracie Bell helps manage patients at the ophthalmology clinic at Los Angeles County Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. The clinic created a color-coded system to reduce wait times for patients.
Anna Gorman/Kaiser Health News

Until recently, nurses at Los Angeles County Harbor-UCLA Hospital had to maneuver through a maze of wheelchairs, beds, boxes and lights to find surgical supplies in the equipment closet for the operating rooms.

But as public hospitals like Harbor-UCLA try to cut costs and make patients happier, administrators have turned to an unlikely ally: Toyota.

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Fri August 7, 2015

A Chicken In Every Pot And A Taco In Every Belly

An online food service offered a special promotion during last night's Republican debate: A free taco for every time Donald Trump said "Mexico," which turned out to be a platterful.

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Fri August 7, 2015

Uber, Lyft And No More Loans: Twilight Is Here For Big-City Taxi Barons

Originally published on Fri August 7, 2015 7:23 am

Not too long ago, a New York taxi medallion was worth more than a million dollars. Gene Friedman managed to buy more than 1,000. But that was before Uber, and now people like Friedman face bankruptcy.

Listen to the full story by Planet Money.

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Thu August 6, 2015
Around the Nation

Ferguson Businesses Struggle To Rebuild Post-Riots

Originally published on Fri August 7, 2015 10:37 am

Sam's Meat Market was looted and vandalized at least three times during the unrest in Ferguson, Mo., last year.
Cheryl Corley NPR

Businesses in Ferguson, Mo., are bracing as the city prepares for peaceful protests marking the first anniversary since it was embroiled in violence following the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown. Brown was unarmed when he was shot by a police officer on Aug. 9. In November, many businesses were looted, vandalized and set on fire after a grand jury decided to not indict Wilson. Since then businesses have been working to rebuild.

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Thu August 6, 2015
The Two-Way

Netflix's New, Generous Parental Leave Policy Leaves Some Employees Out

Originally published on Fri August 7, 2015 2:27 pm

NPR has learned that Netflix's new policy of yearlong parental leave applies to employees of its streaming business, but not those in Netflix DVD distribution centers.
Wilfredo Lee AP

Netflix maintains a network of DVD distribution centers across the country. Workers there typically report for their shifts at 2:00 a.m. and according to job postings, the work in these centers can be physically demanding and repetitive. It involves lifting, sorting and inspecting thousands of DVDs for damage.

These employees are offered vastly different benefits than are their white-collar colleagues.

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Thu August 6, 2015

Even Those Jon Stewart Mocked Will Miss Him — Especially Arby's

Originally published on Thu August 6, 2015 5:51 pm

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Thu August 6, 2015
The Two-Way

Irwin Lipkin, Last Of Madoff Defendants, Gets 6 Months In Prison

Originally published on Thu August 6, 2015 4:00 pm

Irwin Lipkin, one of Bernard Madoff's longest-serving employees, covers his face as he is pushed in a wheelchair leaving U.S. court in New York on Wednesday.
Mike Segar Reuters/Landov

The last defendant in the Bernard Madoff Ponzi scheme is going to jail three years after he pleaded guilty to helping conceal the massive fraud from regulators.

Irwin Lipkin, 77, will spend six months in prison for his role in the scheme that defrauded investors of billions of dollars in investments.

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Thu August 6, 2015
All Tech Considered

Livetext Me: Are There Too Many Options For Messaging?

There are countless communication options, including Yahoo's new Livetext app. Livetext allows users to send a message accompanied by live video but no audio.
James Boast Getty Images/Ikon Images

Texts, instant messages, video calls, Snapchats, Facebook messages, direct tweets or Instagrams — with so many ways to communicate electronically, one would think that all the variations have been exhausted. And yet, developers keep hitting us with more.

Yahoo just launched a new video messenger app called Livetext, which allows users to send videos with one catch: There's no sound.

It's like if FaceTime had a baby with Charlie Chaplin and Snapchat.

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