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Would More Trade Help The Job Market Run Faster Or Trip It Up?

NPR News - Fri, 2015-05-08 11:33

Friday's jobs report showed tepid wage growth in April. Hours after its release, President Obama gave a speech arguing that a new trade deal would strengthen the labor market. Opponents disagree.

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Would Lower Shoe Tariffs Actually Encourage American Jobs?

NPR News - Fri, 2015-05-08 10:52

Nike says lower tariffs in a proposed Asia-Pacific trade deal would allow it to support thousands of domestic jobs. But the potential relief is a fraction of current footwear tariffs.

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Your Wallet: Crazy transaction fees

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2015-05-08 10:10

In next week's show, we're talking about transactions.

Have you ever looked at a bill or a receipt and thought, "15 cents for what? What's a landing fee? A $2.95 convenience fee ... why?"

We're putting together a collection of crazy transaction fees or charges, and we want yours. 

Take a picture of your bill or receipt, put it on Instagram and tag us @marketplaceAPM. You can also send us pictures on Twitter @Marketplace and @MarketplaceWKND or Facebook.

Please don't forget to cover up your personal info.

Promises, Promises: Is Big Food Marketing Less Junk To Kids On TV?

NPR News - Fri, 2015-05-08 09:58

Back in 2006, food-industry giants pledged to market only "better-for-you" foods to children. A new study concludes they kept to the letter of that pledge, but not the spirit.

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Spanish Customs Officials Foil Attempt To Smuggle Boy In Suitcase

NPR News - Fri, 2015-05-08 09:30

An 8-year-old boy from the Ivory Coast was found curled up in a suitcase Thursday, foiling an attempt to smuggle him into Spanish territory. His father was later arrested.

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Move Over Mount Rushmore, There's Another Club Of Presidents

NPR News - Fri, 2015-05-08 09:19

President Obama's visit to South Dakota will allow him to brag that he has set foot in each of the 50 states — only three other U.S. presidents can make that claim.

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Tropical Storm Warning Issued For The Carolinas

NPR News - Fri, 2015-05-08 09:18

Subtropical storm Ana is expected to make landfall Saturday evening. The area is forecast to receive 45 mph winds and up to 6 inches of rain.

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What's In A Name? Band Founder Fights Government To Retain 'The Slants'

NPR News - Fri, 2015-05-08 09:04

Simon Tam, the founder and bassist of The Slants, has spent six years trying to register his group's name. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office says the name disparages Asians.

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Rescued From Boko Haram: How Can They Reclaim Their Lives?

NPR News - Fri, 2015-05-08 08:10

The women and children may have been beaten and raped. Some are pregnant. But a researcher who's worked with former captives says with the right support and treatment, there's hope.

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Despite Recent Measles Outbreak, Resistance To Vaccinations Persists

NPR News - Fri, 2015-05-08 07:51

Childhood vaccination remains a potent public health weapon against the spread of many illnesses, including measles. But an NPR poll finds objections and worries about vaccination remain, too.

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The big business of fruit arrangements

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2015-05-08 06:46

Tariq Farid is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Edible Arrangements, the fresh fruit arrangements company.

Farid was 11 years old when he and his family moved to the United States from Pakistan. As a young boy, Farid worked several different after-school jobs to help his family make ends meet. His entrepreneurial spirit kicked in at the age of 17, when he borrowed $5,000 from his parents and bought a small flower shop in East Haven, Connecticut.

He began his first Edible Arrangements inside his flower shop and says his customers loved them. That’s when he knew he was onto something.

"In 1999, it was Easter — we sold about 28 arrangements and it took us all day to make them because we had no tools, we used to cut everything by hand. But customers would call back and say 'hey, this was a great hit,'" says Farid.  

There are now close to 1,200 Edible Arrangements stores in 14 countries.

Justice Department Opens Civil Rights Investigation Of Baltimore Police

NPR News - Fri, 2015-05-08 06:13

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake asked for the investigation after her city was beset by protests and riots. Attorney General Loretta Lynch said the investigation will focus on use of force.

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What The Best College Teachers Do

NPR News - Fri, 2015-05-08 05:34

Ken Bain has been studying teaching and great college teachers for years. He says they need to tailor their lessons and their teaching to individual students.

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People Have Misconceptions About Miscarriage, And That Hurts

NPR News - Fri, 2015-05-08 05:05

Miscarriages are common but people think they're rare, a survey finds. And they often blame the woman. Readers tell us that those mistaken beliefs make the experience even more painful.

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223,000 Jobs Added In April; Unemployment Rate Dips To 5.4 Percent

NPR News - Fri, 2015-05-08 04:42

The figures for last month were in line with expectations and could signal that disappointing results in March were just a hiccup.

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Envoys From Norway, Philippines Die In Helicopter Crash In Pakistan

NPR News - Fri, 2015-05-08 04:37

The incident happened in northern Pakistan and it wasn't immediately clear what had caused the crash, but authorities suspect it was a technical fault. The helicopter was carrying 17 passengers.

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PODCAST: Got jobs?

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2015-05-08 03:00

Airing on Friday, May 8, 2015: There's fresh-out-the-oven jobs number today. According to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the U.S. economy added 223,000 new jobs in April. And the employment rate hit a seven year low at 5.4 percent. Next, we check in with our partner at the BBC on the re-election of British Prime Minister David Cameron. Lastly, we look at the increasing impact smartphones have on the police force. 

Conservatives Pull Off A Surprisingly Big Win In The U.K.

NPR News - Fri, 2015-05-08 02:40

Prime Minister David Cameron will keep his seat and will likely score a majority once all the votes are counted. After his loss, Ed Miliband is expected to resign as the leader of the Labour Party.

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New police monitoring app offers direct line to ACLU

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2015-05-08 02:00

A new app from the ACLU of California promises to allow anyone to record video of officers and have it automatically uploaded to the agency's server. 

The app also offers a function to alert other app users nearby if there's an incident with police that someone believes requires more witnesses. 

The ACLU of California launched the mobile app for Apple and Android phones last week. The group says it has so far been downloaded 40,000 times, more than a similar app from New York's ACLU, which has been available for several years.

Peter Bibring, senior staff attorney with the ACLU of California, says the app's relative popularity has to do with high profile police use-of-force incidents in recent months that have been caught on phone cameras.

 "We've seen...incidents where officers took a cellphone and deleted video, and so this provides some measure of protection against that," he says. 

Bibring says this ACLU app isn't the first of its kind, but it's been tweaked to be more specifically geared towards documenting incidents of misconduct. The app allows for longer video recordings than previous versions. It also has a library of information about citizens' rights in documenting police officers in public places. Bibring says the ACLU gets questions regularly about what those rights are. 

"It's not a brand new trend, but it's absolutely a growing trend," says Jocelyn Simonson, who teaches law at NYU, and has research that will be published in the California Law Review in early 2016 that looks at the growing trend of citizens' oversight over police in public places. 

"Part of what we're seeing is a change in the recognition that filming police officers is an important thing," Simonson says. 

But the ACLU's app may be going in the wrong direction, says Christine Cole, executive director of the Crime & Justice Institute at the Boston-based group Community Resources for Justice, a non-partisan think-tank that focuses on social justice issues. 

"This tool actually exacerbates the divide and makes it feel like us versus them," Cole says. Nevertheless, she says, police and communities must both learn to deal with increased scrutiny on camera. 


A preview of the eurozone meeting on Monday

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2015-05-08 02:00

The seemingly endless Greek debt crisis lurches towards another crunch moment on Monday. Eurozone finance ministers will decide whether to release around $8 billion in bailout money to the government in Athens .

The ministers and Greece’s other creditors insist that before Athens gets any more cash, it must toe the line on austerity. But the Greek government is digging in and refusing to impose the spending cuts and reforms that have been demanded.

The Greek finance minister claims he can meet a big debt repayment next week with or without the bailout cash. But a payment five times bigger falls due on the 20th July. If Greece hasn’t reached agreement with its creditors by then, that really could bring this interminable crisis to a climax.

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