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JPMorgan's Jamie Dimon says banks 'under assault'

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2015-01-14 13:11

JPMorgan Chase posted disappointing fourth quarter earnings today, missing analyst expectations. During a call with reporters, CEO Jamie Dimon declared that “banks are under assault," that it now has five or six regulators coming after it on every different issue, compared to the old days it dealt with one or two. Marcus Stanley, the policy director of Americans for Financial Reform, thinks Dimon has it backwards, that it’s regulators and U.S. Congress who are under assault from the financial lobby, due to its ongoing efforts to repeal various elements of the Dodd-Frank financial reforms passed in 2010.

So who’s right?

Actually, both sides, says John Coffee, a professor at Columbia Law School. In 2014, many regulators took a stricter attitude toward the banks, including state-level overseers. And while the financial crisis made it clear we need better bank oversight, Aaron Klein with the Bipartisan Policy Center, thinks consolidate regulators would save money for both banks and taxpayers. 

Falling Oil Prices Have North Dakota Migrants Rethinking The Boom

NPR News - Wed, 2015-01-14 12:59

Falling oil prices are leading to a slow down in drilling. And that means workers are rethinking the long commutes they've been making for once-steady, good-paying jobs.

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French Ambassador To U.S. Outlines 'Predicament' Of Immigration

NPR News - Wed, 2015-01-14 12:51

While France's leaders had feared an attack, Ambassador Gerard Araud says, "what happened was in a sense maybe worse than what we were expecting, because it was done in a very professional way."

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Finding, Selling Flaws In Apple's Code Can Be Lucrative Work

NPR News - Wed, 2015-01-14 12:51

Every time there is a big new release of some Apple software or operating system, hackers get to work — finding a flaw in Apple's computer code can be very lucrative.

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Al-Qaida Group Claims Responsibility In 'Charlie Hebdo' Attack

NPR News - Wed, 2015-01-14 12:46

Audie Cornish speaks with Bruce Hoffman, director of Georgetown University's Center for Security Studies, about al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula.

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In Wake Of Lapses, Top Secret Service Officials Are Told To Leave

NPR News - Wed, 2015-01-14 12:43

The Washington Post is reporting the departures would gut much of the agency's upper management following security lapses that led to harsh criticism of the presidential protection service.

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From The Mouths Of Apes, Babble Hints At Origins of Human Speech

NPR News - Wed, 2015-01-14 12:33

You say banana; this orangutan says ... well, it's hard to tell what she's saying. But the rhythmic, speech-like sounds of the zoo-dwelling ape have started scientists talking.

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Threatened By Liability, Iowa City Bans Sledding

NPR News - Wed, 2015-01-14 12:16

The city of Dubuque, Iowa, is the latest city to pass a ban on sledding. It affects all but two hills in town. City Council members say they've passed the ban to protect tax payers from lawsuits.

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Obama Spotlights High-Speed Internet Success In Iowa

NPR News - Wed, 2015-01-14 12:16

President Obama visited Cedar Falls, Iowa, on Wednesday to spotlight that community's investment in an affordable, high-speed Internet system. The president wants to encourage similar systems elsewhere, but community-owned networks face challenges from commercial Internet providers.

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New 'Charlie Hebdo' Cover Met With Condemnation, Albeit Measured

NPR News - Wed, 2015-01-14 12:16

Religious and government authorities in the Middle East seem to be trying to tamp down any outrage over the publication of another cartoon of the Muslim Prophet Mohammed in France's Charlie Hebdo magazine.

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Another Shooting Puts Albuquerque Police Back In The Spotlight

NPR News - Wed, 2015-01-14 12:16

On Tuesday night, officers shot and killed a suspect who they say fired at them.

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House Votes To Block Obama's Immigration Actions

NPR News - Wed, 2015-01-14 12:16

The House moved to turn back President Obama's immigration actions. The White House is pushing back. Now what?

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New EPA Guidelines Limit Methane Release From Drilling

NPR News - Wed, 2015-01-14 12:16

The rules are mostly voluntary, which disappoints environmental groups, but they should ratchet down the amount of leaked methane from new or modified oil and gas operations, which contributes to climate change.

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Chicago Scrambles To Remain Top Contender For Obama Library

NPR News - Wed, 2015-01-14 12:16

The Obama Library Foundation says it has major concerns about the proposals from two Chicago universities. The city's mayor, Rahm Emanuel, says he's confident that Chicago will beat out New York and Hawaii.

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Supreme Court Considers Whether A Sock Is Drug Paraphernalia

NPR News - Wed, 2015-01-14 12:16

On Wednesday, the Supreme Court heard arguments in a case that deported a graduate student in Kansas because a sock was deemed to be drug paraphernalia.

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Amazon Gains Ground With Online-Only Shows

NPR News - Wed, 2015-01-14 12:16

With the announcement this week that Woody Allen will write and direct a new television series for Amazon, the online retailer is now poised to be a major force in television.

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The Razzies: Lampooning Hollywood for 35 years

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2015-01-14 12:12

Sylvester Stallone has been nominated for 30 Golden Raspberry Awards and won four. He's not a fan. Neither is Michael Caine, who called the awards "the pustule on the butt of Hollywood” when he was nominated in 1980 for both "Dressed to Kill" and "The Island."

This celebrity aggravation wouldn’t be possible without John Wilson.

Wilson started the awards, which honor the worst of the worst in film each year, 35 years ago in his Los Angeles living room. The nominees and winners are now reported on throughout the world.

In his interview with Kai, Wilson shares the origin story of the awards and talks about the time Sandra Bullock showed up to accept her Razzie in person (Halle Berry did too). 

Here are two tidbits that didn’t make the radio broadcast. First, we asked Wilson if the Razzies have ever been used to promote a film:

It’s interesting. The ultimate Razzie movie is probably "Showgirls," the one that Paul Verhoeven did. I loved the quote, "It’s the only movie about Las Vegas that’s actually more tasteless than Las Vegas." [Wilson lives in Las Vegas] He showed up at the ceremony and accepted his award, but MGM, when they saw the reaction to it they tried to rerelease it and turn it into another "Rocky Horror Picture Show" and make it an interactive bad movie where you would come dressed as one of the dancing [strippers] and yell. It didn’t work, but yeah, I actually have in my storage a poster that says "Winner of an unprecedented seven Razzie Awards."

 We also asked Wilson if he views the Academy Awards differently after the Razzies have been the anti-Oscars for 35 years:

I’m way more cynical. I grew up with two parents who were Depression-era kids who loved movies and they passed that on to me. I actually as a child used to stay up and watch the Oscars in Chicago when I was very young, and I do love the Oscars. But they've gotten to the point where they’re so huge and so self-involved and so smug and so …  all of the things that an award that means something probably shouldn't be. And we’re still down here with our peashooter going: [Wilson blows a raspberry.]

This year’s Razzie Award nominations:

Worst Picture

  • "Kirk Cameron's Saving Christmas"
  • "Left Behind"
  • "The Legend of Hercules"
  • "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles"
  • "Transformers: Age of Extinction"

Worst Actor

  • Nicolas Cage, "Left Behind"
  • Kirk Cameron, "Kirk Cameron's Saving Christmas"
  • Kellan Lutz, "The Legend of Hercules"
  • Seth MacFarlane, "A Million Ways to Die in the West"
  • Adam Sandler, "Blended"

Worst Actress

  • Drew Barrymore, "Blended"
  • Cameron Diaz, "The Other Woman," "Sex Tape"
  • Melissa McCarthy, "Tammy"
  • Charlize Theron, "A Million Ways to Die in the West"
  • Gaia Weiss, "The Legend of Hercules"

Worst Supporting Actress

  • Cameron Diaz, "Annie"
  • Megan Fox, "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles"
  • Nicola Peltz, "Transformers: Age of Extinction"
  • Brigitte Ridenour, "Kirk Cameron's Saving Christmas"
  • Susan Sarandon, "Tammy"

Razzie Redeemer Award

  • Ben Affleck
  • Jennifer Aniston
  • Mike Myers
  • Keanu Reeves
  • Kristen Stewart

Worst Supporting Actor

  • Mel Gibson, "The Expendables 3"
  • Kelsey Grammer, "The Expendables 3," "Legends of Oz," "Think Like a Man Too," "Transformers: Age of Extinction"
  • Shaquille O'Neal, "Blended"
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger, "The Expendables 3"
  • Kiefer Sutherland, "Pompeii"

Worst Director

  • Michael Bay, "Transformers: Age of Extinction"
  • Darren Doane, "Kirk Cameron's Saving Christmas"
  • Renny Harlin, "The Legend of Hercules"
  • Jonathan Liebesman, "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles"
  • Seth MacFarlane, "A Million Ways To Die in the West"

Worst Screen Combo

  • Kirk Cameron and his ego, "Saving Christmas"
  • Seth MacFarlane and Charlize Theron, "A Million Ways to Die in the West"
  • Any two robots, actors (or robotic actors), "Transformers"
  • Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel, "Sex Tape"
  • Kellan Lutz and either his abs, pecs or glutes, "Legend of Hercules"

Worst Screenplay

  • "Kirk Cameron's Saving Christmas"
  • "Left Behind"
  • "Sex Tape"
  • "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles"
  • "Transformers: Age of Extinction"

Worst Remake, Rip-off or Sequel

  • "Annie"
  • "Atlas Shrugged: Who Is John Galt?"
  • "The Legend of Hercules"
  • "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles"

One County Provides Preview Of China's Looming Aging Crisis

NPR News - Wed, 2015-01-14 11:58

Eastern China's Rudong County began implementing the one-child policy 10 years before the rest of the nation. Now, an estimated 60 percent of the county's residents will be 60 or older by 2030.

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Philadelphia Pizza Lovers Pay It Forward One Slice At A Time

NPR News - Wed, 2015-01-14 11:53

A Philadelphia pizza shop has become an ad hoc feeding program for the homeless where customers can pay the $1 slices forward. To date, some 8,400 slices have been bought for the homeless.

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Free-Climbers Close In On Summit Of Yosemite's El Capitan

NPR News - Wed, 2015-01-14 11:47

Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson are using only their hands and feet to ascend the nearly 3,000-foot Dawn Wall. Ropes are used only to break a fall.

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