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Obama Authorizes New Sanctions On North Korea Over Sony Hack

NPR News - Fri, 2015-01-02 10:27

The executive order targets three North Korean entities and accuses the Pyongyang regime of "destructive, coercive cyber-related actions."

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Things that will cost you more this year

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2015-01-02 10:20

It's a new year and some of the daily items we buy will see a price increase. Mark LoCastro, a shopping expert from DealNews.com sheds light on why things will cost more this year. We are talking about items that we can't live without  like coffee, chocolate, and bacon. One of the main reasons for this increase is that demand has outstripped supply. Another issue is mother nature and drought. But it's not all doom and gloom, we will see items like gas prices on the decline. This is great news for consumers because they end up with more money in their pockets. Which could put momentum into retail sales and the stock market. Check out LoCastro's full list.

Was Cuomo Destined To Be President Or Just Political Poet Laureate?

NPR News - Fri, 2015-01-02 09:30

It may never be clear whether the late New York governor passed on the 1988 and 1992 presidential cycles — his natural turn at bat — for reasons related to politics or his personality.

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No Yolk: Eggs Beat Most Other Foods In Our Blog Last Year

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

We looked back at the most popular posts of 2014 and found many of them were about eggs. So we asked: What makes this everyday food so intriguing?

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Your Daily Distraction: The Internet Tries To Unravel A Football Fan Mystery

NPR News - Fri, 2015-01-02 08:41

Video shows a young woman seemingly consoling a young man sitting next to her by running her hands through his hair. Then she realizes something. The Internet is now rife with speculation.

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Kim Jong Un's Little Sister Reportedly Marries

NPR News - Fri, 2015-01-02 08:39

Kim Yo Jong, who is said to have recently assumed a key leadership role, has reportedly married the son of the secretary of the ruling party.

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Your Wallet: Inheritance

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2015-01-02 08:26

We all have inherited something from our family and the people we surround ourselves with. Whether it's money, habits or mind sets.

We want to hear your story. What are some of the things that you've inherited over the years?

Send us an email, or reach us on Twitter, @MarketplaceWKND

Deputy Attorney General Reflects On Controversies, Successes

NPR News - Fri, 2015-01-02 08:25

James Cole says his decision to approve subpoenas for reporters' phone records, amid national security leaks, "was a very, very tough call. At the end of the day, I'd probably have to do it again."

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Along Shanghai's River, Buddhist Tradition Meets Greedy Fishermen

NPR News - Fri, 2015-01-02 07:23

It's a scene that reflects China's competing trends: Buddhist monks release fish into Shanghai's Huangpu River to "free" them. A few yards downstream, fishermen quickly scoop them up.

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Chinese Gamblers See Macau As Bad Bet Amid Corruption Crackdown

NPR News - Fri, 2015-01-02 06:28

Gambling revenue in the former Portuguese territory has fallen for the first time in more than a decade as Chinese officials fear a conspicuous display of wealth.

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In Exercise Accident, Sen. Harry Reid Breaks Ribs, Bones In Face

NPR News - Fri, 2015-01-02 06:25

Reid, a former boxer, is fine and "will return to Washington this weekend and will be in the office Tuesday," his office said.

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Hundreds Of Syrian Migrants Abandoned On Ship Off Italy

NPR News - Fri, 2015-01-02 05:37

The vessel, carrying about 450 people trying to reach Europe, has been taken under tow after smugglers jumped ship.

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Judge Says Florida Clerks Have Duty To Issue Marriage Licenses To Gay Couples

NPR News - Fri, 2015-01-02 05:10

The clarification to a previous opinion means gay marriages will begin in the state next week. The judge says the issue of gay marriage is settled.

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How Will You Work Out When CrossFit's No Longer Hip?

NPR News - Fri, 2015-01-02 03:38

Fitness programs typically don't have much staying power. People are already saying adios to Zumba and Pilates. The cheapest and simplest routines are more likely to be keepers. Think down dog.

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PODCAST: Maybe don't hit the gym

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2015-01-02 03:00

First up, a look at the great foreign currency shift of 2015. Plus, the children of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. have been criticized for overly protecting his speeches and writings but also commercializing them for profit. One result: you can watch the “I Have a Dream” speech on YouTube, with a Doritos commercial. And January is the busiest month for health clubs to sign up new members, as people resolve once and for all to get fit in the new year. But many people don't go to the gym often enough to justify the expense. Economists have some theories about why that's the case.

WATCH: Mario Cuomo's Speech At The 1984 Democratic Convention

NPR News - Fri, 2015-01-02 02:39

The speech catapulted Cuomo onto the national scene and cemented the three-time New York governor as one of the last avatars for New Deal liberalism.

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'I Have a Dream,' served with tortilla chips

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2015-01-02 02:10

When the movie "Selma" comes out in wide release Jan. 9, the speeches given by Martin Luther King Jr. will not be historically accurate. The studio didn't have the rights to use King's actual words. The King Estate, which controls his intellectual property, is known for aggressively pursuing those who use his speeches without permission. But not always. When someone posted the entire "I Have a Dream" speech on YouTube, it stayed online, preceded by a Doritos ad.

Jennifer Jenkins, a copyright expert, says that's probably YouTube's Content ID system at work. Under that system, the holder of a copyright can block an unauthorized video, or collect the ad revenue from it.

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"I Have a Dream," served with taco chips

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2015-01-02 02:10

When the movie "Selma" comes out in wide release Jan. 9, the speeches given by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. will not be historically accurate. The studio didn't have the rights to use King's actual words. The King Estate, which controls Dr. King's intellectual property, is known for aggressively pursuing those who use his speeches without permission. But not always. When someone posted the entire "I Have a Dream" speech on YouTube, it stayed online, preceded by a Doritos ad.

Jennifer Jenkins, a copyright expert, says that's probably YouTube's Content ID system at work. Under that system, the holder of a copyright can block an unauthorized video, or collect the ad revenue from it.

Click the media player above to hear more.

 

 

Pinterest opens a door to advertisers

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2015-01-02 02:00

2015 is the year that Pinterest users out there might notice more “promoted pins." The social media site has launched a way for more retailers to get their products pinned and shared.

But will users be happy when Pinterest takes a turn toward online mall?

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Gym plans in the New Year? Economists think otherwise

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2015-01-02 02:00

January is the busiest month for health clubs to sign up new members, as people try to make good on their New Year’s resolutions. But few show up often enough to justify the expense. 

Economists have some theories about why that's the case. 

“The cost of getting out of bed, driving to the gym, and so forth, weighs more heavily than the long-term health benefits,” says Dan Acland, a behavioral economist at the University of California, Berkeley.

Acland says when people consider whether to hit the gym, the payoff might seem too remote. Instead they focus on the immediate barriers, a tendency called “present bias.” (A yet fancier term, “quasi hyperbolic discounting,” describes the tendency through a mathematical model).

Acland says when folks plunk down money on new gym memberships to fulfill their New Year’s resolutions, they're often overly optimistic that the current barriers to working out will go away. 

“We say that they are naive with respect to their future self control problems,” Acland says. 

The result is that about half the people with health club memberships are no-shows, according to Justin Sydnor, an economist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

He says a lot of people think the money they spend on gym memberships will push them to exercise more. But Sydnor says the gym might be part of the problem. 

“Is the gym the easiest place, is it the place that you're not going to struggle as much on a daily basis to go to?” he asks. 

That’s a question that Jenel Farrell of St. Paul, Minn. has been facing as she considers a gym membership at her local YWCA. Farrell has cancelled a membership at a yoga center across town because she couldn’t drag herself there often enough to get her money’s worth. But she hopes to hit the Y more regularly and meet one of her recurring New Year’s goals. 

“It's always fitness,” she says. “And the other thing is chew my food slower.”

 

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