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Did Supreme Court Tip Hand On Future Contraception Cases?

NPR News - Thu, 2014-07-03 07:06

The court's opinion that some for-profit firms don't have to provide women contraceptive coverage in the face of religious objections addressed only part of the legal battle over the mandate.

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Germany Votes For First-Ever Minimum Wage, Around $11.50

NPR News - Thu, 2014-07-03 06:24

By comparison, the U.S. is debating a raise to its minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 an hour. The new German law includes several exceptions.

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The Future Internet Is Not So Free Or Open, In Pew's New Survey

NPR News - Thu, 2014-07-03 05:58

Pew surveyed more than 1,400 tech industry leaders and academics to find a troubling consensus: By 2025, the Internet will be more balkanized, more surveilled and less open.

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Saudi Arabia Reportedly Moves 30,000 Troops To Iraqi Border

NPR News - Thu, 2014-07-03 05:54

The reported deployment comes amid reports that Iraqi forces have abandoned their positions in the region amid a Sunni-led insurgency.

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Finding a job isn't just a young person's problem

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-07-03 05:30

On Thursday, the Labor Department reported that the U.S. added 288,000 jobs in June, with the unemployment rate falling to 6.1%.

Those numbers are influenced by -- as has been predicted, but hasn't really happened yet -- people returning to the job hunt after having given up in spite of having the need and want to work.

Marketplace reporter Mitchell Hartman has been looking at one group of workers where there's likely a lot of people in that category: workers who are 55 and older.

Click the media player above to hear reporter Mitchell Hartman in conversation with Marketplace Morning Report host David Brancaccio.

Olympian, WWII Hero Louis Zamperini Dies At 97

NPR News - Thu, 2014-07-03 04:34

Zamperini, whose life story was chronicled in the best-seller Unbroken, survived the brutality of a Japanese POW camp after his bomber crashed in the Pacific during World War II.

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U.S. Added 288,000 Jobs In June, Labor Department Says

NPR News - Thu, 2014-07-03 04:16

This is the fifth consecutive month that American employers have added more than 200,000 jobs. Last month, the U.S. job market hit a milestone, finally surpassing pre-recession levels.

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President Obama's job in 19 words

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-07-03 04:00

Marketplace's Kai Ryssdal had the opportunity to ask President Barack Obama seven questions on Wednesday.

It took fifteen minutes or thereabouts for the entire interview.

In that same spirit of conciseness, Kai asked the President: "In five words or less, what's your job?"

President Obama answered: "My job is to keep the American people safe and to create a platform for hardworking people to succeed."

For those counting, that means the president used 19 words:

Kai has used the "5 words or less" question before. The first time was quite by accident, during an interview with Hewlett-Packard CEO Meg Whitman in late 2012. Kai asked Whitman to cut the "marketing gobbledy-gook," to explain "what, exactly, HP is":

Whitman's answer wasn't particularly clarifying...:

...so a few minutes later, Kai tried again:

Eventually, Kai gave Whitman a word limit. At the very end, he tried asking what HP is "in five words or less". Whitman used 22 words, with the caveat that "it's a big, complicated company."

A month later, Kai interviewed AOL chairman and CEO Tim Armstrong about his business. Armstrong also was unable to keep his company's mission to five words. He eventually whittled it down to 12:

In an interview with Stephen Friedman, the president of MTV, Kai tried the question again. Friedman got close - just six words:

Only one interviewee so far, Duke Energy CEO Lynn Good, has managed to answer the question as succinctly as requested. Good described Duke Energy as: "Industry leading innovative energy company." Five words and counting:

Brevity is the soul of Marketplace. (...count 'em)

So, in brief: We want to see how many of our listeners can beat the President's word count. How would you describe your job in five words or less? Comment below, tweet @Marketplace, or send us an email at marketplaceweb@marketplace.org

Now A Hurricane, Arthur Steams Along Eastern Seaboard

NPR News - Thu, 2014-07-03 03:22

Arthur is now packing maximum sustained winds of 75 mph; it could bring hurricane conditions to North Carolina tonight.

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