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Would FCC Plan Harm Telecom Investment? Even Industry Opinion Is Mixed

NPR News - Mon, 2015-02-02 23:55

The Federal Communications Commission will decide this month whether the Internet should be regulated as a public utility. In speeches, CEOs alternately have predicted a chilling effect or no impact.

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A Sigh Of Relief For The Murdoch Media Empire

NPR News - Mon, 2015-02-02 21:32

The U.S. Justice Department decides not to prosecute Rupert Murdoch's media companies for their role in a cellphone voice mail hacking scandal.

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U.S. Walks Back Decision To Classify Info On Afghan Security Forces

NPR News - Mon, 2015-02-02 15:39

A government watchdog had said that classifying the information would harm its ability to publicly account for the billions of dollars spent each year on Afghan forces.

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Sundance Festival Opens Doors For Minority Filmmakers

NPR News - Mon, 2015-02-02 14:15

The festival has become a launching pad for emerging filmmakers of color who face challenges in historically white, male-dominated Hollywood.

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Fuhgeddaboudit: New York Accent On Its Way Out, Linguists Say

NPR News - Mon, 2015-02-02 14:05

New York City is home to more than 700 languages, including distinct "New Yorker" accents. A new exhibit examines how changes in the city's population are contributing to their decline.

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Moving on from Teapot Dome, 90-plus years later

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2015-02-02 13:51

On Friday, the Department of Energy finalized a deal to sell off the Teapot Dome oilfield. Yes ... that Teapot Dome.

The oilfield, located in Wyoming, was central to the Teapot Dome bribery scandal that scarred the Warren Harding Administration in the 1920s.

Anyway, taxpayers got 22 million barrels of oil out of the ground over the years. We sold off the oilfield for $45 million.

Economists Say Millennials Should Consider Careers In Trades

NPR News - Mon, 2015-02-02 13:47

Many economists say a big missing piece of the economic puzzle are apprenticeships that give high school graduates access to good-paying, higher skilled jobs in the trades.

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How Unboiled Eggs Could Help Fight Food Waste

NPR News - Mon, 2015-02-02 13:40

No yolk: Researchers have discovered how to unboil egg whites. The chemical technique could help the food industry and others utilize more enzymes for cheese or beer with less waste.

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'Adventures Of Beekle' Wins Caldecott; Newbery Goes To 'The Crossover'

NPR News - Mon, 2015-02-02 13:19

The American Library Association awarded its top medals to Dan Santat's tale of an imaginary friend on a mission and Kwame Alexander's story of basketball-playing twins.

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Super Bowl XLIX Was Most Watched Show In TV History

NPR News - Mon, 2015-02-02 13:08

According to ratings released by Nielsen, 114.4 million Americans tuned in to watch the Patriots beat the Seahawks. It surpassed the 2014 Super Bowl by 2 million viewers.

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Detroit Man Who Commutes 21 Miles A Day On Foot Will Get A Hand

NPR News - Mon, 2015-02-02 12:55

James Robertson began walking to and from work a decade ago after his car broke down. His plight has led to an outpouring of help from people across the U.S.

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Lack Of Patients Hampers Ebola Drug And Vaccine Testing

NPR News - Mon, 2015-02-02 12:45

Scientists launched a large trial Monday to test two vaccines. But testing Ebola drugs in West Africa is proving more difficult than expected because the disease is disappearing rapidly.

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WATCH: Groundhog In Wisconsin Bites Mayor's Ear

NPR News - Mon, 2015-02-02 12:44

Perhaps because of the bite, the mayor of Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, also apparently got the little critter's prognostication all wrong. Winter will end early this year, he said. So, we'll take it.

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Federica Marchionni goes from high-end to Lands' End

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2015-02-02 12:30

Former Dolce & Gabbana executive Federica Marchionni is the new CEO of American brand Lands' End, but why would Lands' End need a CEO with high-fashion experience? 

"Lands' End, I guess, needs a little shot of fashion," says Kate Betts, a fashion journalist.

The Lands' End brand was lost in the shuffle, leaving many confused as to what separates the American clothing maker from other similar staple brands. "It's definitely been in the shadow of very authentic American brands like L.L. Bean for awhile," Betts says.

What can Marchionni do to differentiate Lands' End's style?

"She's going to pick a merchandiser, and that merchandiser is going to be instrumental in making the floor of any sales space look unique in a way that catches the consumer's eye," Betts says. " And keeps the consumer coming back."

Hunting For Big Planets Far Beyond Pluto May Soon Be Easier

NPR News - Mon, 2015-02-02 12:29

Construction is starting in Chile on a new sort of telescope. One aim is to survey huge swaths of sky for faint signals of a "Planet X" that may be lurking on the farthest edges of our solar system.

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Nationwide Has A Hit And A Miss With Super Bowl Ads

NPR News - Mon, 2015-02-02 12:28

Audie Cornish talks with Quartz and AdWeek contributor Jason Lynch about this year's best and worst Super Bowl ads — and why many of them felt so morose.

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Big Oil cuts back, but not on dividends

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2015-02-02 12:26

Profits at ExxonMobil are down this quarter, 21% below a year ago.

Like the other big oil companies, ExxonMobil has been hurt by falling oil prices, and has been cutting jobs and investment as a result. But neither ExxonMobil, nor the other Big Oil firms like Shell and BP have cut back on dividends. 

Josh Peters, director of equity-income strategy and editor of Morningstar's Dividend Investor newsletter, says "dividend investors" aren't just retirees, but a variety of investors who manage risk by buying stocks that provide a regular income, not just growth.

Brian Youngberg, senior energy analyst at Edward Jones, says dividends are the only reason to invest in the big oil companies right now. 

Douglas Skinner, professor of accounting at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business,  says once companies start paying a dividend, they're unlikely to reverse themselves, because investors not only depend on them but see them as a signal of stability.

Gov. Scott Walker Eyes 2016, But Can He Get Past Labor's Loathing?

NPR News - Mon, 2015-02-02 12:17

Unions don't like any of the 2016 GOP presidential prospects so far. But organized labor's loathing for Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker runs especially deep.

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White House May Close Loophole That Sends Billions To For-Profit Schools

NPR News - Mon, 2015-02-02 12:15

It helps for-profit schools capture billions from the new GI bill — including the University of Phoenix, a school with no sports program that had bought naming rights to Sunday's Super Bowl stadium.

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Like Groundhog Day, There's A Routine To White House Budget Debut

NPR News - Mon, 2015-02-02 12:15

What's the point of a White House budget besides using up a lot of paper and ink? So the administration can lay out its political priorities and draw contrasts with the Republicans.

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