Business

3:15pm

Thu March 12, 2015
The Two-Way

Disney Announces Title Of Stand-Alone 'Star Wars' Film

Originally published on Thu March 12, 2015 6:18 pm

A scene from Star Wars: The Force Awakens — not the movie you're looking for. Rogue One, the first stand-alone film in the Star Wars franchise, will be released Dec. 16, 2016.
LucasFilm, Disney AP

The first stand-alone Star Wars movie will be called Rogue One, and it's coming to theaters Dec. 16, 2016. That's the word from Disney Chairman Bob Iger, who made the announcement at a shareholders meeting.

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6:07am

Thu March 12, 2015
Business

Twitter Updates Policy To Combat Revenge Porn

Originally published on Thu March 12, 2015 10:14 am

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6:00am

Thu March 12, 2015
Business

Improving U.S. Economy Boosts Spring Air Travel

Originally published on Thu March 12, 2015 7:37 am

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Get ready for longer airport lines. Airlines are forecasting a big increase in air travel this spring. Profits are up as well. But as NPR's David Schaper reports, do not expect airfares to drop anytime soon.

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5:58am

Thu March 12, 2015
Planet Money

What Does NPR's Planet Money Team Have In Common With George Soros?

Originally published on Thu March 12, 2015 7:37 am

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4:28am

Thu March 12, 2015
U.S.

Plans To Explore For Oil Offshore Worry East Coast Residents

Originally published on Thu March 12, 2015 7:37 am

Mayor Billy Keyserling of Beaufort, S.C., speaks out against drilling for oil offshore, Jan. 14. He says local votes expressing opposition to oil drilling plans are important even if they don't hold the force of law.
Bruce Smith AP

As the Obama administration opens the door to offshore drilling, the oil industry is promising more jobs and less reliance on foreign oil. Some people who live along the Eastern Seaboard are saying, "no thanks."

Coastal towns and cities in several states are formally opposing offshore drilling and oil exploration.

Tybee Island, Ga., is a short drive across the marsh from the historic city of Savannah. The island is dotted with hotels and tiny vacation cottages for tourists — and for about 3,000 people, it's home.

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10:46pm

Wed March 11, 2015
The Two-Way

Feds Prepared To Reopen All Superstorm Sandy Insurance Claims

Originally published on Thu March 12, 2015 7:37 am

A worker shovels muck out of a home in Longport, N.J., after Superstorm Sandy in 2012. Federal regulators say homeowners will be able to challenge insurance payouts they believe shortchanged them.
Patrick Semansky AP

The Federal Emergency Management Agency says it is prepared to reopen all 144,000 insurance claims that resulted from Superstorm Sandy in 2012.

The move comes after months of questions over whether insurance companies contracted by the National Flood Insurance Program fraudulently altered engineering reports.

After thousands of homeowners said their insurance claims were systematically lowballed, FEMA began negotiations in an attempt to regain the trust of policy holders.

No agreement has yet been signed.

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4:54pm

Wed March 11, 2015
Business

Targeting Unions: Right-To-Work Movement Bolstered By Wisconsin

Originally published on Wed March 11, 2015 10:40 pm

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker became a Republican political star by taking on his state's public employee unions. This week he signed a bill that would weaken private-sector unions.
Cliff Owen AP

This week, Wisconsin became the nation's 25th right-to-work state. It passed a law saying workers cannot be forced to join labor unions, or pay union dues, to keep a job.

There's a concerted effort in many states to pass laws that would weaken the power of labor unions. But unions and their allies are also fighting back in many places.

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4:36pm

Wed March 11, 2015
Business

What Do Shorted Stocks Tell Us About The Economy?

Originally published on Wed March 11, 2015 10:40 pm

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3:08pm

Wed March 11, 2015
Code Switch

Claude Sitton, 'Dean Of The Race Beat,' Dies At 89

Originally published on Wed March 11, 2015 5:56 pm

It may be that Claude Fox Sitton so outraged the white Southern segregationists he reported on throughout the civil rights movement because, by all appearances, he could have been standing beside them instead of writing about them in the New York Times.

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12:57pm

Wed March 11, 2015
All Tech Considered

The App Of The Moment: Meerkat Tests Our Desire To Share Live Video

Originally published on Wed March 11, 2015 5:08 pm

Meerkat, a live-video streaming app, has been this week's tech media darling.
Emily Jan NPR

After Jon Ward happened upon Meerkat, the newest live-video streaming app, he couldn't stop thinking about the reporting potential. As the senior political correspondent for Yahoo News, Ward knew the technology involved is anything but revolutionary. Yet there was something captivating about Meerkat.

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