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Emergency Docs More Likely To Miss Signs Of Stroke In The Young

NPR News - Sat, 2014-04-05 09:10

About 13 percent of people admitted to hospitals with a stroke diagnosis had visited the ER weeks earlier with complaints of headaches and dizziness that doctors mistakenly thought benign.

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Ban On Stores' Late Hours Is Lawful, French Court Says

NPR News - Sat, 2014-04-05 08:29

Cosmetics retailer Sephora had hoped to keep its top Paris store open until midnight. Instead, the shop must observe the traditional closing time of 9 p.m.

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With Enrollee Goal Met, Obamacare Still Faces Political Trial

NPR News - Sat, 2014-04-05 08:24

The Affordable Care Act's poll numbers may rise now that seven million more Americans have a stake in its survival. Yet even a small number of people can still make trouble for the law.

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Chinese Ship Reportedly Detects 'Pulse Signal' In Search For Airliner

NPR News - Sat, 2014-04-05 04:35

A search ship has detected an ultrasonic pulse on a frequency used by black box recorders, according to China's state-run Xinhua news agency.

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Newbie Urban Gardeners May Not Be Aware Of Soil's Dirty Legacy

NPR News - Sat, 2014-04-05 04:18

More and more city dwellers are trying their hand at urban gardening. Most know to be wary of lead in their soil, a report finds, but they're clueless about how to avoid other types of contaminants.

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'In Paradise,' Matthiessen Considers Our Capacity For Cruelty

NPR News - Sat, 2014-04-05 03:36

At 86, Matthiessen has written what he says "may be his last word." In Paradise, a novel about a visit to a Nazi extermination camp, caps a career spanning six decades and 33 books.

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For Syrian Refugees, 'Life Has Stopped'

NPR News - Sat, 2014-04-05 03:36

Syrian refugees have flooded into Lebanon since the war began. The UN said this week that 1 million refugees are now in the country. NPR's Scott Simon and Alice Fordham discuss the impact.

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With Modern Election, Voters Make A Break From Old Afghanistan

NPR News - Sat, 2014-04-05 03:36

Afghans voted for a new president Saturday, with only scattered violence. NPR'S Renee Montagne tells NPR's Scott Simon that the vote reflects the country's tug between tradition and modernity.

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'Muse Of Painting' Came To Churchill's Rescue — And Bush's

NPR News - Sat, 2014-04-05 03:36

Portraits of world leaders painted by former President George W. Bush go on exhibit in Dallas on Saturday. He took up the hobby after he read Winston Churchill's essay, "Painting as Pastime."

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Argument May Have Led To Fort Hood Shooting

NPR News - Sat, 2014-04-05 03:36

Officials at Fort Hood, Texas, are investigating an argument that may have led to a shooting spree there this week. They are moving away from a focus on the suspect's mental health issues.

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Bringing Death To The Shopping Mall: Selling Caskets At The Kiosk

NPR News - Sat, 2014-04-05 03:36

Malls have long been the place to "shop till you drop." In Southern California, Forest Lawn, a funeral industry leader, has made them places to shop before you drop.

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Afghans Vote In Large Numbers Despite Risks

NPR News - Sat, 2014-04-05 03:36

After a campaign marred by violence, Afghans voted Saturday in presidential elections for what's to be the first ever democratic transfer of power. Results are not expected for some time.

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Taunt Or Miscalculation? Iran's Provocative Pick For U.N. Envoy

NPR News - Sat, 2014-04-05 01:45

Iran reportedly nominated a diplomat with ties to the 1979 takeover of the U.S Embassy in Tehran. It's the latest sign of how hard it will be for the U.S. and Iran to overcome decades of mistrust.

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Feds Hope $5 Billion Settlement A Lesson For Polluters

NPR News - Sat, 2014-04-05 01:40

The Justice Department wants the settlement with mining company Kerr-McGee to send a powerful message: corporations can't shirk their responsibility to clean up the toxic legacies of their operations.

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The Power of Poop: A Whale Story

NPR News - Sat, 2014-04-05 01:39

Whales are famous for spouts and blowholes. Turns out there's another whale opening that's just as important, but I'm too polite to mention it.

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The Power Of Poop: A Whale Story

NPR News - Sat, 2014-04-05 01:39

Whales are famous for spouts and blowholes. Turns out there's another whale opening that's just as important, but I'm too polite to mention it.

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We've Never Stopped Thinking About Kurt Cobain

NPR News - Sat, 2014-04-05 01:03

Twenty years after his death, Nirvana's music — and tributes to and fights over it — remains a steady presence. Here's a taste.

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Defying Taliban Threats, Afghans Vote For Next Leader

NPR News - Fri, 2014-04-04 22:33

No major violence has been reported since polls opened Saturday, in elections that may result in the nation's first democratic transfer of power.

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Raising the minimum wage: Good idea or bad idea?

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-04-04 16:21
Friday, April 4, 2014 - 16:57 RODRIGO ARANGUA/AFP/Getty Images

Eight states raised the minimum wage on Jan. 1. For one worker on the receiving end, it's the difference of being able to buy toothpaste.

On an earlier show, we heard from guests who supported raising the federal minimum wage.

It now stands at $7.25. There's a proposal in Congress to raise it to $10.10.

Gene Barr, President and CEO of the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry, which represents businesses in that state, doesn't think that's a great idea.

"What we believe is ... that the minimum wage increase proposed is not only highly inefficent, but is also even harmful to those people who most need these entry-level jobs," Barr says. "If you think about it, a much better way trying to help these people, would be for example increasing the Earned Income Tax Credit at the federal side, because in that way we're all participating a little bit, and trying to make things better for the people who truly need it."

According to Barr, raising the minimum wage at the federal level wouldn't help the people who need a raise in wages the most. 

"Most people who work minimum wage jobs are part-time, about 80% do not have kids," he says. "More than half of them are in households where the household income is above $50,000, which is a crucial number because that's the average take-home [pay] for a small-business person."

So, if raising the minimum wage isn't the best plan for building wealth in low-income communities and unexperienced workers, what would be the best method? Barr says the answer lies in education.

"Looking at how we get these people the job skills, the training that they need, in order to advance themselves in. Because in reality, the people who are most hurt by minimum wage are the people trying to get their foot in the door," Barr says. "We need to do a better job, as a society, of getting these people in the talents, the skills, the abilities so they can get that foot in the door. That's how we're going to move things forward."

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When being cheap isn't worth it

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-04-04 14:53
Friday, April 4, 2014 - 15:16 Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

A customer pushes his shopping cart through a Costco store in San Francisco, Calif. Costco hopes getting a mortgage through the big box retailer will bring more customers into the store for the things they'll need to furnish those homes.

TLC's reality show ,"Extreme Cheapskates," showcases people who go to, well, extremes to save money. There's the woman who refuses to spend money doing laundry, so she uses a free sample of detergent and  her time in the shower to give her clothes a cleaning of sorts. And then, theress the couple who, as self-described cheapskates, decided to bestow a crib found in a dumpster unto their unborn daughter. 

There is quite a difference between cheap and frugal, according to Daryl Paranada, a reporter for MyBankTracker.com, the differences are pretty clear. 

"Frugality means you're conscious about how you use and spend your hard-earned money," Paranada says. "Being cheap means you want to spend the least amount of money possible, no matter what. And that's not always the best approach to spending money. There are times when being cheap just isn't smart."

Many people try to save money when making home improvements by doing it themselves,  but Paranada says that when undertaking home improvement projects, going the cheap route is not the way to go. 

"Before you take out the hammers and you start a DIY project for your house, you should ask yourself three questions," he says. "First, do I know what I'm doing? Could I hurt myself or my house? And finally, is it worth my time?" 

Paranada also says that there are some things that are worth the money you pay for them. 

"If you think about it, you spend half your time in a mattress and half your time in shoes. A good mattress might cost you about $1000, but it's worth it because in the end it's all about value. What kind of things do you value? What kinds of things might improve your quality of life ," he says. 

For more tips on how to save money without being a miser, see Daryl Paranada's article, "13 Instances When Being Cheap Doesn't Pay Off."

Marketplace Money for Friday, April 04, 201413 Ways Being Cheap Doesn't Pay Offby Candace ManriquezPodcast Title: When being cheap isn't worth itStory Type: InterviewSyndication: SlackerSoundcloudStitcherSwellPMPApp Respond: No
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