Business

5:11am

Tue March 25, 2014
Education

Maze Of College Costs And Aid Programs Traps Some Families

Originally published on Tue March 25, 2014 12:11 pm

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In the past 20 years, the average burden for a four-year college graduate in the U.S. has gone from about $9,000 to nearly $30,000 today. The percentage of students carrying debt has shot up from less than half to nearly 70 percent these days.

At a large public high school in Freemont, Calif., southeast of San Francisco, Alyssa Tucker and Thao Le sit on a metal table. Both come from families with modest incomes.

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5:06am

Tue March 25, 2014
Business

Chevron Pizza 'Scandal' Leaves Small Town Divided

Originally published on Tue March 25, 2014 5:05 pm

Joann Herrington holds up the gift certificate to Bobtown Pizza that she and her husband received from Chevron three days after a natural gas well exploded up the hill from their home in Mount Morris, Pa.
Katie Colaneri WHYY

More than 12,000 people from the Netherlands to San Francisco have signed a petition demanding that Chevron apologize for insulting Bobtown, Pa., after the energy giant responded to an explosion of one of its natural gas wells by giving nearby residents coupons for free pizza.

The explosion killed a young worker.

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5:06am

Tue March 25, 2014
Business

Disney To Buy YouTube Video Supplier Maker Studios

Originally published on Tue March 25, 2014 7:33 am

Maker is the leading network for YouTube content creation. The Walt Disney Company will acquire it for $500 million.

5:06am

Tue March 25, 2014
Business

China's E-Commerce Giant Alibaba To Offer U.S.-Listed IPO

Originally published on Tue March 25, 2014 7:33 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

The Chinese tech company Alibaba let's you buy and sell online - think Amazon or eBay. Now the Internet commerce giant will have something else in common with those U.S. companies. Alibaba plans to go public in New York later this year.

And as NPR's Steve Henn reports, this could be the biggest initial public offering ever.

STEVE HENN, BYLINE: Just how big is Alibaba? It's huge.

KATHLEEN SMITH: It could be one of the top 20 most valuable companies that are trading in U.S. markets.

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5:06am

Tue March 25, 2014
Business

Jury Convicts 5 Ex-Madoff Employees Of Securities Fraud

Originally published on Tue March 25, 2014 7:33 am

A federal court jury in New York found 5 of Bernard Madoff's former employees guilty of fraud. They were accused of enriching themselves by helping the imprisoned financier carry out a Ponzi scheme.

3:20am

Tue March 25, 2014
Remembering The Exxon Valdez Oil Spill

Why Oil Drilling Is Both Safer And Riskier Since Exxon Valdez

Originally published on Thu March 27, 2014 2:59 pm

The Ohmsett research facility, which researches oil spill response, was closed just before the Exxon Valdez accident. It was reopened as part of the measures included in the Oil Pollution Act of 1990.
Jeff Brady NPR

A lot has changed for the energy industry since the Exxon Valdez hit a reef in 1989 and began spilling oil into Alaska's Prince William Sound. The outcry over images of oil-soaked wildlife and a once-pristine shoreline dirtied by crude ushered in greater scrutiny of oil operations and increased interest in research on how to clean up oil spills.

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3:18am

Tue March 25, 2014
Health Care

Hobby Lobby Contraceptive Case Goes Before Supreme Court

Originally published on Wed March 26, 2014 10:23 am

Hobby Lobby President Steve Green says the company should not have to provide insurance coverage for IUDs and morning-after pills for its 13,000 employees.
Tony Gutierrez AP

The U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments Tuesday in the latest challenge to the Obama health care overhaul.

This time the issue is whether for-profit corporations, citing religious objections, may refuse to provide some, or potentially all, contraceptive services in health plans offered to employees. It is a case that touches lots of hot-button issues.

In enacting the ACA, Congress required large employers to provide basic preventive care for employees. That turned out to include all 20 contraceptive methods approved by the Food and Drug Administration.

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5:12pm

Mon March 24, 2014
The Two-Way

Putin's Out Of The Club For Now: G-8 Is Back To Being The G-7

Originally published on Tue March 25, 2014 10:02 am

President Obama and other leaders met in The Hague. Clockwise from bottom left: European Union Council President Herman Van Rompuy, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, French President Francois Hollande, British Prime Minister David Cameron, Obama, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and EU President Jose Manuel Barroso.
Sean Gallup Getty Images

Russia's 20 years of having a seat at the table when leaders of the world's most powerful industrialized nations meet came to at least a temporary end.

President Obama and his counterparts from six other major nations announced in The Hague that because of Russia's actions in Crimea, "we will suspend our participation in the G-8."

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4:24pm

Mon March 24, 2014
The Salt

Carp(e) Diem: Kentucky Sends Invasive Fish To China

Originally published on Mon March 24, 2014 9:47 pm

Commercial fisherman Ronnie Hopkins (left) and his assistant, Armondo, catch Asian carp on Lake Barkley, Ky.
Paul Rister AP

The invasive Asian carp has now been found in 12 states and in the Great Lakes watershed, gobbling up native fish, jumping aggressively into boats and reproducing like crazy. Researchers have tried various ways to slow the spread of the fish as it prowls other waterways.

And, so far, efforts to introduce the big, bony fish to American diners haven't caught on. So now a processing plant in Kentucky is trying the latest method of Asian carp disposal: sending them to China.

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4:24pm

Mon March 24, 2014
News

Madoff Aides Found Guilty For Role In Massive Ponzi Scheme

Originally published on Mon March 24, 2014 6:46 pm

Five of Bernie Madoff's former employees were found guilty of helping him fleece investors of $17 billion. They were convicted on charges of securities fraud, conspiracy and tax evasion.

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