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Mexican President Orders Investigation Into His Own Potential Conflict Of Interest

NPR News - Tue, 2015-02-03 15:58

Enrique Peña Nieto asked a watchdog agency to look into the purchase of homes by himself, his wife, and his finance minister from contractors who were then awarded lucrative construction projects.

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More jobs research? Add it to the budget

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2015-02-03 15:19

Tucked into the president's budget Monday was a little extra something something for the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Specifically, it allocated a couple of million dollars to let them fold what's called "the quits rate" — people leaving their jobs in search of greener pastures — into the monthly data.

It'll let us talk about even more jobs stuff every month.

Federal Reserve Board Chair Janet Yellen looks at it pretty closely too. So there's that.

 

Conservative Neurosurgeon Ben Carson Says Vaccines Are A Must

NPR News - Tue, 2015-02-03 14:28

Carson, who is considering a run for president, tells NPR that science has proven the efficacy of vaccines, so "why would you even think about not doing it?"

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Alberta Premier Says Keystone XL Pipeline Benefits U.S. And Canada

NPR News - Tue, 2015-02-03 14:26

Alberta's leader is in Washington to lobby Congress and the administration to push ahead with the controversial pipeline.

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White Potato Redux: Experts Say Spuds Are Not Nutritional Duds

NPR News - Tue, 2015-02-03 14:19

An expert panel says white potatoes "contribute useful quantities of potassium and fiber" to our diets. Reversing itself, the panel says spuds should be included in WIC, a food aid program.

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Science Of Vaccines Is Settled — But Politics Are More Complicated

NPR News - Tue, 2015-02-03 14:18

Should kids get the measles vaccine or should parents be given a choice? Potential 2016 presidential candidates weigh in, and their views are all over the place.

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EPA Push For Massive Munitions Burn Ignites Opposition In Louisiana

NPR News - Tue, 2015-02-03 14:16

Bayou State residents are upset about the health risks of EPA's plan, while government leaders are running against the clock to dispose of the unsafe and deteriorating artillery propellant.

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Looking For Even Cheaper Gas? Go Generic At An Indie Station

NPR News - Tue, 2015-02-03 14:09

The prices that gas stations charge for fuel can vary widely. Smaller, independent stations are able to sell the cheapest gas because they undercut competitors by buying unbranded gasoline.

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House Votes To Repeal Affordable Care Act

NPR News - Tue, 2015-02-03 13:30

The vote was 239-186. The bill would repeal the health care law and direct panels to come up with a replacement. The measure, which is unlikely to pass the Senate, faces a presidential veto threat.

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An aerial map quest, with drones

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2015-02-03 13:09

Skycatch is a company built around drones. But CEO Christian Sanz isn't interested in using drones to deliver goods or spy on people.

"For us, it's just another server that happens to have propellers on it," Sanz says.

Skycatch uses drones to obtain aerial 3D images of construction sites. Companies use the detailed maps for planning and coordinating. In some cases, businesses use the maps to help them automate bulldozers and other construction equipment on the ground.

"We are the first company to automate another machine using a drone," Sanz says.

According to Sanz, using Skycatch's services is as simple as opening up an app. "We invented this concept of being able to, at any given point, open up your app and make a call or just highlight the area you want mapped, and we immediately match you up with a pilot," he says.

And for all the budding drone pilots out there, Skycatch is looking for recruits.

"Right now we are going through a process of verifying and also certifying pilots," Sanz says.

Skycatch uses drones to make 3D aerial maps

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2015-02-03 13:09

Skycatch is a company built around drones. But CEO Christian Sanz isn't interested in using drones to deliver stuff or spy on people.

"For us, it's just another server that happens to have propellers on it," Sanz says.

Skycatch uses drones to obtain aerial 3D images of construction sites. Companies use the detailed maps for planning and coordinating. In some cases, businesses even use the maps so they can automate bulldozers and other construction equipment on the ground.

"We are the first company to automate another machine using a drone," Sanz says.

According to Sanz, using Skycatch's services is as simple as opening up an app. "We invented this concept of being able to, at any given point, open up your app and make a call or just highlight the area you want mapped and we immediately match you up with a pilot," he says.

And for all the budding drone pilots out there, Skycatch is looking for recruits.

"Right now we are going through a process of verifying and also certifying pilots," Sanz says.

Lots Of Confusion Over Teacher Firings At Howard University Middle School

NPR News - Tue, 2015-02-03 12:52

Parents and students say the teachers were fired for teaching black history. The NAACP says otherwise.

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Jordan May Execute Would-Be Bomber After ISIS Kills Pilot

NPR News - Tue, 2015-02-03 12:22

Audie Cornish speaks with Daoud Kuttab, director of Radio al Balad in Amman, Jordan. He talks about how Jordanians are reacting to the death of Jordanian pilot Lt. Muath al-Kasaesbeh.

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Nebraska Says Colorado Pot Isn't Staying On Its Side Of The Border

NPR News - Tue, 2015-02-03 12:21

Law enforcement in Nebraska towns near the Colorado border are reporting a jump in pot-related offenses. Legalization next door, they say, is creating burdensome consequences they never asked for.

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Duo Smashes World Distance Record In Gas Balloon

NPR News - Tue, 2015-02-03 12:13

It took six days, 16 hours and 38 minutes and an unexpected detour down the California coast. Audie Cornish talks to Troy Bradley about his trans-Pacific journey with Leonid Tiukhtyaev.

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Beyond Rash And Fever: How Measles Can Kill

NPR News - Tue, 2015-02-03 12:09

It happened to Roald Dahl's daughter in 1962. It still happens today, in the U.S. and around the world. In rare cases, measles becomes an incurable disease.

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Marco Rubio Challenges Obama Administration's New Approach To Cuba

NPR News - Tue, 2015-02-03 12:06

Florida Republican Marco Rubio is using his new role as chairman of a Senate Foreign Relations subcommittee to rail against what he sees as U.S. concessions to Cuba. He's particularly concerned about plans to reopen the U.S. embassy in Havana.

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House Votes To Repeal ACA, Though Bill Unlikely To Pass Senate

NPR News - Tue, 2015-02-03 12:06

The House has voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act, the first such full repeal vote in two nearly two years. Some 19 million Americans would lose health coverage under the legislation. The bill, though, is not likely to pass the Senate, where a half dozen Democrats would have to go along with it. President Obama has also promised to veto legislation that undoes his signature achievement.

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ISIS Video Purports To Show Killing Of Jordanian Pilot

NPR News - Tue, 2015-02-03 12:06

A gruesome video from the self-proclaimed Islamic State, or ISIS, released on Tuesday purports to show the killing of the Jordanian pilot who was captured in Syria in December.

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Standard & Poor's To Pay Over $1 Billion In Legal Settlement

NPR News - Tue, 2015-02-03 12:06

Standard & Poor's has agreed to pay more than $1 billion to settle charges that it gave false ratings to mortgage-related securities in the years leading up the financial crisis.

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