Business

4:23pm

Thu April 17, 2014
Media

Who's Crazy Enough To Start A Newspaper In 2014? Ask LA Register

Originally published on Thu April 17, 2014 8:06 pm

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AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.

ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

And I'm Robert Siegel. Across the country, newspapers have been scaling back, if not shutting down. But in Los Angeles, there's a newspaper war going on. This week, for the first time in decades, the city has a new daily rolling off the presses. From member station KPCC, Ben Bergman reports.

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3:46pm

Thu April 17, 2014
Shots - Health News

Got A Hobby? Might Be A Smart Professional Move

Originally published on Fri April 18, 2014 9:31 am

Physicist Albert Einstein found great joy in his hobby — playing the violin.
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Maybe you paint, keep a journal or knit. Or maybe you play bass in a punk rock band.

Whatever hobby you have, keep at it. A little study published this week suggests that having a creative outlet outside the office might help people perform better at work.

Psychologists from San Francisco State University found that the more people engaged in their hobbies, the more likely they were to come up with creative solutions to problems on the job. And no matter what the hobby was, these people were also more likely to go out of their way to help co-workers.

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3:14pm

Thu April 17, 2014
The Two-Way

BP Exec Who Led Cleanup Settles On Charges Of Insider Trading

Originally published on Thu April 17, 2014 6:59 pm

BP Mobile Incident Commander Keith Seilhan talks with oil cleanup workers in Gulf Shores, Ala., in July 2010. Seilhan has settled with SEC regulators who say he avoided $100,000 in stock and options losses by trading on inside information related to the spill.
Dave Martin AP

A former BP executive who led the company's cleanup of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill has agreed to pay $224,000 in penalties and restitution in a settlement with the Securities and Exchange Commission for allegedly trading on inside information on the disaster.

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2:51pm

Thu April 17, 2014
Planet Money

How Long Would You Have To Work To Buy A Burger In Your City?

Originally published on Thu April 17, 2014 4:49 pm

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How long does the average person have to work to buy a burger in his or her neighborhood? The maps below answer that question for neighborhoods in six cities around the country.

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2:27pm

Thu April 17, 2014
All Tech Considered

Can The Peer Economy Deliver Profits?

Originally published on Thu April 17, 2014 3:47 pm

Postmates appeals to workers looking for a secondary income, CEO and co-founder Bastian Lehmann says.
Postmates.com

Josh Gibbs normally wouldn't leave his apartment in Northeast Washington, D.C., pick up a loaded pizza from a restaurant in Chinatown, bike to a complete stranger's apartment, drop off the pizza and leave without any cash exchanging hands. But last week, he did just that. And truth be told, he kind of loved it.

"It's exciting. It's just fun," he says. "When the app goes off, when it beeps, I get this little adrenaline rush. I can make some money. It's like a game."

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11:49am

Thu April 17, 2014
Education

You've Served Your Country, Now Get To Class

Originally published on Thu April 17, 2014 12:38 pm

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CELESTE HEADLEE, HOST:

This spring, we're joining our colleagues at NPR's Morning Edition to bring you stories that might help you navigate the higher education money maze. And today we want to talk about veterans.

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8:38am

Thu April 17, 2014
The Two-Way

Weekly Jobless Claims Stay Near 7-Year Low

Originally published on Thu April 17, 2014 1:42 pm

There were 304,000 first-time claims filed for unemployment insurance last week, up just 2,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 302,000, the Employment and Training Administration said Thursday.

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7:41am

Thu April 17, 2014
Planet Money

To Increase Productivity, UPS Monitors Drivers' Every Move

Originally published on Wed April 30, 2014 1:11 pm

Elise Amendola AP

The American workforce might want to pay attention to all those brown trucks full of cardboard boxes. UPS is using technology in ways that may soon be common throughout the economy.

On the surface, UPS trucks look the same as they did more than 20 years ago, when Bill Earle started driving for the company in rural Pennsylvania.

But underneath the surface, Earle says, the job has changed a lot. The thing you sign your name on when the UPS guy gives you a package used to be a piece of paper. Now it's a computer that tells Earle everything he needs to know.

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7:36am

Thu April 17, 2014
The Two-Way

Book News: Did Amazon Unintentionally Create A Drug Dealer Starter Kit?

Originally published on Thu April 17, 2014 9:53 am

An employee prepares an order at Amazon's fulfillment center in San Bernardino, Calif.
Kevork Djansezian Getty Images

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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6:43am

Thu April 17, 2014
Business

Farmer Disputes Georgia's Release Date For Vidalia Onions

Originally published on Thu April 17, 2014 7:41 am

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KELLY MCEVERS, HOST:

Our last word in business today is: Illegal Onions.

A major Vidalia onions grower in Georgia has begun shipping the first truckloads of his harvest to supermarkets. No big deal, right? But, in fact, farmer Delbert Bland might be breaking the law.

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