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Heinz catches up to modern tastes

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2015-02-10 01:30
1/3 of jobs

The Labor Department releases its monthly Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey on Tuesday, otherwise known as JOLTS. The report provides economists a look into the current state of the job market. After the recession, job creation was mostly focused on high-paying and low-paying employment. But now some economists are saying that middle-paying jobs are having a moment, with about 1/3 of new jobs in that sector.

$7.99 a month

That's how much Netflix will charge for its services in Cuba (the same as its price in the U.S.). As reported by Tech Crunch, the streaming video company announced it will offer service to Cuban customers starting Tuesday. But as Quartz points out, the move is largely symbolic, as less than 5 percent of the population has internet access, and the monthly subscription fee is nearly half the average salary in Cuba.

40%

That's the percentage increase Twitter has seen in government requests for information since its last report in July. As reported by the BBC, Twitter reports receiving 2,871 requests from around the world, and has fulfilled a little over half of them. The U.S. government was the most frequent requester; hundreds came in from Turkey as well.

$975 million

That's how much China has fined chip maker Qualcomm for violating its laws to curb monopolization, as announced Monday. As reported by the New York Times, regulators in China defended the fine on Tuesday, saying that the large amount is meant to "restore market competitiveness."

$2.69

Heinz is catching up to popular taste with the newly-released Sriracha-flavored Ketchup. The suggested retail price for the standard 14-ounce bottle is $2.69.

Can Employers Require Workers To Be Vaccinated? It Depends

NPR News - Tue, 2015-02-10 01:07

Even though a disease like measles can spread easily through a workplace, employers often are reluctant to require employee vaccinations. Hospitals are one big exception.

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In Likely Democratic Primary, Who's Joining Hillary Clinton?

NPR News - Tue, 2015-02-10 00:00

Pretty much everyone expects Hillary Clinton to run for president in 2016. But will she have any competition? A look at the Democratic bench and finds a rather short, short list.

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The Great Solar Panel Debate: To Lease Or To Buy?

NPR News - Mon, 2015-02-09 23:36

More homeowners are cutting energy costs by installing solar panels, due in part to leasing programs that require no up-front investment. Leasing means less hassle, but may also save you less money.

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Insurers And Austin Mayor Promote Obamacare To Texas Latinos

NPR News - Mon, 2015-02-09 23:35

It's no secret that most state and federal legislators in Texas aren't fans of Obamacare. But insurers and Texan cities are successfully marketing plans on HealthCare.gov without the state's help.

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The French Debate: Free Speech Versus Hate Speech

NPR News - Mon, 2015-02-09 23:33

Since the attack on a French satirical magazine, dozens have been arrested for condoning terrorism and inciting hatred. Many are wondering if the crackdown on hate speech is compromising free speech.

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Unions Have Pushed The $15 Minimum Wage, But Few Members Will Benefit

NPR News - Mon, 2015-02-09 23:33

Most union members won't benefit from a higher minimum wage because they already earn far more than that. With membership declining, some union leaders fear collective bargaining is dead.

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Cancer Patients And Doctors Struggle To Predict Survival

NPR News - Mon, 2015-02-09 23:30

After being diagnosed with cancer, the first question people have is, "How long do I have?" Doctors usually overestimate the time, and patients often don't understand it's a range, not one number.

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Qualcomm Hit With Record Fine In Chinese Anti-Monopoly Case

NPR News - Mon, 2015-02-09 23:23

China fined chipmaker Qualcomm $975 million in the biggest of a wave of anti-monopoly penalties that have rattled foreign companies. The San Diego-based company said it will not contest the matter.

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Ed Sabol, Founder Of NFL Films, Dies At 98

NPR News - Mon, 2015-02-09 21:49

Ed Sabol was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2011. During his tenure at NFL Films, from 1964-1995, the organization won 52 Emmy Awards.

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WATCH: A Robot That Just Won't Quit Even When It's Kicked

NPR News - Mon, 2015-02-09 16:51

Boston Dynamics is known for making some scary looking robots. But its new creation, Spot, a four-legged creature that can take a kick, might be the scariest of all.

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If Apple Made iMilk And Nike Sold Fruit: Designer Groceries As Art

NPR News - Mon, 2015-02-09 14:04

A designer has reimagined a host of everyday edibles as high-end grocery items. It's a project that explores how branding influences our purchases — and where the ethical boundaries lie for designers.

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Jail Time For Unpaid Court Fines And Fees Can Create Cycle Of Poverty

NPR News - Mon, 2015-02-09 13:38

Lawsuits filed in Ferguson and Jennings, Mo., seek justice for impoverished people who are jailed, sometimes for weeks, for not being able to pay what they owe the cities.

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Better Bath Rituals Is One Way Bangladesh Is Saving Its Newborns

NPR News - Mon, 2015-02-09 13:26

Babies need a lot of help. And they don't always get it in low- and middle-income countries, where child mortality rates are high. A Bangladeshi doctor tells how his country is making strides.

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Shake, Rattle And Toll: Berkeley's Bells Play Sounds Of Earth

NPR News - Mon, 2015-02-09 13:16

In celebration of its 100th anniversary, the bells of UC Berkeley's Sather Tower were programmed to play a score composed in real time by the data from seismic shifts happening under the campus.

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Samsung's Privacy Policy Warns Customers Their Smart TVs Are Listening

NPR News - Mon, 2015-02-09 13:04

Samsung warned its customers that their TVs are sending reports to third parties and that could include sensitive information spoken by the owners. The policy has drawn comparisons to Orwell's 1984.

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Supreme Court Won't Stop Gay Marriages In Alabama

NPR News - Mon, 2015-02-09 13:01

The move sent the strongest signal to date that the justices are on the verge of legalizing gay marriage nationwide.

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In West Africa, Fewer New Ebola Cases But Epidemic Still Uncontained

NPR News - Mon, 2015-02-09 12:55

Robert Siegel speaks with Brice de le Vingne, director of operations dealing with the Ebola outbreak for Doctors without Borders.

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Kenji Ekuan's Enduring Legacy Lives On Restaurant Tables

NPR News - Mon, 2015-02-09 12:47

Ekuan created the red-capped Kikkoman soy sauce bottle in 1961 and also designed the bullet train which connects Tokyo and northern Japan, among other things. He died this weekend at the age of 85.

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Alabama Joins 36 States In Allowing Same-Sex Marriage

NPR News - Mon, 2015-02-09 12:31

Same-sex couples in the conservative state married for the first time on Monday after the U.S. Supreme Court refused to block a federal judge's ruling that struck down the state's gay marriage ban.

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