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Measles Hits Amish Communities, And U.S. Cases Reach 20-Year High

NPR News - Thu, 2014-05-29 10:28

Because more people are refusing vaccines, measles can spread when people bring it to the U.S. from abroad. That's what's behind the high number of cases this year, with 288 so far.

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Teenage Sisters Allegedly Gang-Raped, Murdered In India

NPR News - Thu, 2014-05-29 10:28

The bodies of the girls were found hanging from a mango tree. Authorities have arrested seven men, including two police constables, in connection with the assault.

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A cool drink for the end of the week

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-05-29 10:05

From the Marketplace Datebook, here's a look at what's coming up Friday, May 30:

In Washington, the Commerce Department reports on personal income and spending for April.

National Hurricane Preparedness Week continues ahead of hurricane season.

The first Indianapolis 500 took place in 1911. Ray Harroun won in his single-seat car. He used what may have been the first rear-view mirror in place of a spotter.

Other famous vehicles in history on this day include NASA's spacecraft Mariner 9. Launched in 1971 on a mission to map the surface of Mars, it became the first spacecraft to orbit another planet.

The University of Michigan issues its final May consumer sentiment survey.

And some folks celebrate National Mint Julep Day. Luckily it falls at the end of the week.

Apple bought Beats headphones. Now what?

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-05-29 09:41
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The image illustrates the White Solo Beats by Dr. Dre. Apple is allegedly in talks to purchase Beats eletronics- an acquisition that would cost a reported $3.2 billion.

Apple has two new employees on board after deciding to buy music brand Beats Electronics yesterday for $3 billion dollars. One of them you probably know -- rapper Dr. Dre, the other probably not.

Music executive Jimmy Iovine is less of a name and more of a music visionary -- or at least that’s what Apple hopes. What Iovine brings to the company first and foremost is that he’s a music industry superstar. He’s worked with Bruce Springsteen, John Lennon, U2 and 50 Cent. He knows people and people know him. He’s got a reputation in the industry as a business guy who can relate to artists and creative types. And the thinking is that he will help Apple hammer out new deals.

He’s also seen as innovative. He helped launch the Interscope Records label that promoted gangster rap in the late 80’s and early 90’s. Iovine also got artists to market clothes and electronics -- the Beats headphones with Dr. Dre is a perfect example.

One important question is what Iovine can do to help Apple make more of a name for itself in the online music subscription service world dominated by the likes of Spotify and Pandora. Beats does bring with it a music streaming service, with 250,000 subscribers. Of course that’s modest compared to Spotify’s 10 million.

Jackdaw analyst Jan Dawson says, really, what Apple is buying is someone who has a natural gift for understanding what consumers want.

“Steve Jobs had great instincts in that area too. But obviously since his departure that’s fallen to other people and Apple has a very capable set of executives but they don’t have somebody with that same instinctive relationship with music who can really understand what it is that people want and how they are going to buy it,” he says.

Apple is betting if you match Iovine with Apple’s resources, they’ll find some way to make beautiful music together.

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U.S. Teacher: I Did 7 Months Of Forced Labor In A Chinese Jail

NPR News - Thu, 2014-05-29 09:30

Stuart Foster of South Carolina was jailed last year in Guangzhou for theft. He says he was forced to assemble Christmas lights, some of them exported to the U.S.

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ACLU Sues California For 'Equal Learning Time'

NPR News - Thu, 2014-05-29 09:24

At high poverty schools, "students rarely experience a normal school day, let alone semester or year."

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PODCAST: The cost of concussions

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-05-29 09:09
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This really might not be enough to prevent a concussion.

There's a big rush to reduce concussions in sports. But the technology has yet to catch up with the demand

Ever wonder why public radio sometimes feels a little like a classroom? Well there's a reason. More from our new LearningCurve series

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The Future Of Online Ed Isn't Heading Where You Expect

NPR News - Thu, 2014-05-29 09:03

A workforce-based initiative on a twin island nation shows the true potential of free online education.

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Curveball: Celebrity musicians and online education

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-05-29 08:37
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Medicare Frequently Overpays Doctors For Patients' Visits

NPR News - Thu, 2014-05-29 08:34

The agency that runs Medicare said it doesn't plan to review the billings of doctors who almost always charge for the most expensive visits because it isn't cost-effective to do so.

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Curveball: Celebrity musicians and online education

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-05-29 08:33
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LeBron James And Lance Stephenson Share Odd And Quiet Moment In NBA Game

NPR News - Thu, 2014-05-29 08:33

There are many ways to psych out an opponent. The Indiana Pacers' Lance Stephenson went the unconventional route last night, softly blowing into LeBron James' ear.

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With Swift, Quiet Moves, Nigerian Group Limits Religious Violence

NPR News - Thu, 2014-05-29 08:29

The town of Jos has been the scene of widespread Muslim-Christian killings for years. One group is now working — with some apparent success — to keep the violence from spiraling out of control.

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Google's White Male-Heavy Staff Underlines Tech's Diversity Problem

NPR News - Thu, 2014-05-29 08:28

After years of stalling, Google released a demographic breakdown of its staff that shows the company as 70 percent male and 61 percent white.

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'Belle': Romance, Race And Slavery With Jane Austen Style

NPR News - Thu, 2014-05-29 08:17

After the success of movies about the brutality of slavery, the film Belle brings a whole new perspective. Actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw talks about her role as a mixed-race 18th century heroine.

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How maternity jeans and T-shirts led to Juicy Couture

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-05-29 07:32

The Juicy Couture brand is probably best known for the brightly colored tracksuits that were favored by celebrities in the early 2000s. But athletic wear wasn’t what Pamela Skaist-Levy and Gela Nash-Taylor had in mind when they started the brand -- a story they tell in a new book, “The Glitter Plan: How We Started Juicy Couture for $200 and Turned It Into a Global Brand”.

Skaist-Levy says the two knew they wanted to make a ready-to-wear line together:“So we set out to create the perfect T-shirt. We’re really not into disposable clothes, we love things to last,  [to] get better and better as you wash them.”

To the pair, the perfect T-shirt was “buttery, buttery, buttery soft. We love soft,” says Skaist-Levy.

In the beginning, those T-shirts were branded with the tagline, “Made in the Glamorous USA.”

“In the beginning, what’s crazy is that everything we made, every bit of cotton, everything, came from the U.S., came from the Carolinas,” says Nash-Taylor. “Today, you couldn’t do that. You just couldn’t, none of those mills even exist anymore.”

Listen to the full interview above to hear more from the Juicy Couture founders including why maternity jeans were so important to their first collection; how they spent that first $200; and what it was like to sell their company at the height of its popularity.

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Doctors Say They Would Shun Aggressive Treatment When Near Death

NPR News - Thu, 2014-05-29 07:22

There's a big difference between the kind of death doctors say they want and the care the average person receives at the end of life. Doctors want less rather than more.

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Former Army Chief Cruises To Win In Egypt's Presidential Election

NPR News - Thu, 2014-05-29 06:52

Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi "won by more than a landslide, taking at least 93 percent of the vote," reports NPR's Leila Fadel from Cairo.

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PODCAST: The cost of concussions

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-05-29 06:47

There's a big rush to reduce concussions in sports. But the technology has yet to catch up with the demand

Ever wonder why public radio sometimes feels a little like a classroom? Well there's a reason. More from our new LearningCurve series

Downed Ukraine Helicopter Had General On Board; 14 Die In Attack

NPR News - Thu, 2014-05-29 06:15

Militants in Ukraine shot down a military helicopter near the eastern city of Slovyansk Wednesday, killing 14 soldiers that included an Army general.

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