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In Haiti, Time Running Out To Schedule Overdue Elections

NPR News - Thu, 2015-01-08 12:12

Time is running out in Haiti for a political compromise before the Jan. 12 date when the majority of the country's legislators' terms will expire. Opposition senators are refusing to negotiate with the embattled president, and if an agreement is not hammered out, Michel Martelly will rule by decree.

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Privacy, Security Focal Points At CES

NPR News - Thu, 2015-01-08 12:12

From Goldkey's smart watch that can make encrypted phone calls, to the iWallet that prevents hackers from stealing your credit card information, tech companies at CES are focusing this year on privacy gadgets. Melissa Block talks to CNET's Lindsey Turrentine about the latest in personal privacy technology at this week's International Consumer Electronics Show.

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Senate Renews Terrorism Insurance Program

NPR News - Thu, 2015-01-08 12:12

A renewal of a just-lapsed terrorism program became the first bill passed by Congress this year. Opponents had argued that shopping mall developers, sports stadium owners and others should not get taxpayer support, but supporters who say such private insurance would be too expensive, prevailed in both chambers.

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Investigation Finds No Evidence NFL Saw Second Ray Rice Video

NPR News - Thu, 2015-01-08 12:12

An independent investigation found no evidence the NFL saw a second video that showed a detailed assault by running back Ray Rice of his then fiance.

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Honda Fined $70 Million For Underreporting Safety Issues

NPR News - Thu, 2015-01-08 12:12

Honda has agreed to pay a $70 million fine for failing to report more than 1,700 death and injury claims in the largest penalty levied against a carmaker by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Honda's violations were first disclosed last year during investigations into defective Takata airbags in Hondas and other vehicles. NHTSA did not specify the exact nature of what Honda failed to report. Honda blamed the matter of "inadvertent data entry or computer programming errors."

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Remembering The Victims Of The 'Charlie Hebdo' Attack

NPR News - Thu, 2015-01-08 12:12

Robert Siegel and Melissa Block take a moment to remember the 12 victims of Wednesday's shooting in Paris.

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Congress Renews Post-Terrorist Attack Insurance Payments

NPR News - Thu, 2015-01-08 12:12

Opponents had argued that shopping mall developers, sports stadium owners and others shouldn't get taxpayer support. Supporters, who say private insurance would be too expensive, prevailed.

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How The Skin Disease Psoriasis Costs Us Billions

NPR News - Thu, 2015-01-08 12:04

People with the autoimmune disease psoriasis can need a lot of medical care and can miss a lot of work. A review adds up the big-dollar cost of a disease that often flies under the radar.

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Cardiff will discuss return to blue

BBC - Thu, 2015-01-08 12:00
Cardiff City board to discuss changing the club's colours back to blue after meeting held with fans on Thursday evening.

Pentagon's Money-Saver: U.S. Troops To Leave 15 European Sites

NPR News - Thu, 2015-01-08 11:55

The Department of Defense says it will pull out of bases in the U.K., Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, Italy and Portugal.

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Two arrested over Ballymoney murder

BBC - Thu, 2015-01-08 11:48
Two men are arrested in connection with the murder of a man in Ballymoney, County Antrim, on Monday.

Djokovic suffers surprise Doha defeat

BBC - Thu, 2015-01-08 11:37
World number one Novak Djokovic is beaten by Croatian Ivo Karlovic in three sets in the Qatar Open quarter-finals in Doha.

That's what they call a canvas in the big city

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2015-01-08 11:31

If you happen to live in a big city, you probably have noticed huge advertisements on the sides of buildings. Not digital billboards or vinyl sheets with computer-printed graphics. But hand-painted art, literally as big as a building.

"Walldogs" is the industry term for the people who paint these murals. It is also the name of a Los Angeles-based company that does that kind of work here in town.

Owner Riley Forsythe has been in the business of painting advertisements and billboards for 40 years. Outdoor advertising and billboards were much more difficult to create in the pre-digital era.

"Before 1990, all the large billboards, including Los Angeles, were all hand-painted. Most people don’t know that," says Forsythe. "All of us were trained to paint photo-realistically, to reproduce the artwork as accurate as possible on these billboards, at scale."

Listen to the full interview with Forsythe in the audio player above.

Walldogs: painting ads on 230-foot tall buildings

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2015-01-08 11:31

If you happen to live in a big city, you might have noticed huge advertisements on the sides of buildings while driving around town. Not digital billboards or vinyl sheets with computer-printed graphics. But hand-painted art, literally as big as a building.

"Walldogs" is the industry term for the people who paint these murals. It is also the name of a Los Angeles-based company that does that kind of work here in town.

Owner Riley Forsythe has been in the business of painting advertisements and billboards for 40 years. Outdoor advertising and billboards were much more difficult to create in the pre-digital era.

"Before 1990, all the large billboards including Los Angeles were all hand painted, most people don’t know that," says Forsythe. "All of us were trained to paint photo-realistically, to reproduce the artwork as accurate as possible on these billboards, at scale."

Listen to the full interview with Forsythe in the audio player above.

Some very expensive drugs may soon get a lot cheaper

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2015-01-08 11:26

There’s a good chance some of the most expensive drugs out there may soon get a bit cheaper.

Under provisions in the Affordable Care Act, it’s now easier to get approval for what are called biosimilar drugs. These are drugs that are similar – get it – to biologic, or biologically derived, medications.

Earlier this week, a panel unanimously recommended that the FDA approve the first biosimilar in the U.S. If these copycat drugs pick up steam, Rand predicts savings could reach billions in short order. 

 

Obama's latest move to boost housing market

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2015-01-08 11:18

A reduction in the mortgage insurance premiums for FHA loans, worth an estimated $900 a year to new homebuyers, is one of the most aggressive policy changes that the president can make unilaterally. It doesn't sound like much.

Susan Wachter, professor of real estate at the Wharton School, says it will have a big impact for the hundreds of thousands of households projected to take advantage of the program. But its broader economic impacts will be limited, in part because the housing market isn't being held back by the cost of funding, but by the difficulty of getting a loan in the first place.

CoreLogic chief economist Sam Khater says it'll take more than legislative action to spark a real recovery in the housing market. More people will need to be working good jobs for good pay, and wages will need to rise first.

 

Redefining the definition of a workweek

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2015-01-08 11:15

Until the mid-19th century, the average American worked from dawn to dusk, or longer. But when the industrial revolution changed the nature of work, and more people began punching the clock at factories and mines, workers began calling for a shorter, less physically exhausting workday.

The workweek often fluctuated between 35 and 40 hours when President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Fair Labor Standards Act in 1938. It set the maximum workweek at 44 hours, but only applied to about a fifth of the labor force at the time, according to the Department of Labor.

Republicans are now pushing to change one definition of a workweek, as defined by the Affordable Care Act, from 30 hours a week to 40. The move could benefit business owners who wouldn't be required to provide health insurance for employees who work less than 40 hour a week.

But for the 7 million Americans who say they want full-time work but can't find it, relief might be harder to come by. 

(Raghu Manavalan/Marketplace)

How the 40-hour workweek became the norm

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2015-01-08 11:15

Until the mid-19th century, the average American worked from dawn to dusk, or longer. But when the industrial revolution changed the nature of work, and more people began punching the clock at factories and mines, workers began calling for a shorter, less physically exhausting workday.

The eight-hour workday didn't become the norm until 1938, when President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Now Republicans are pushing to change the definition of a full-time employee from one who works 30 hours a week to one who works 40 hours, for eligibility under the Affordable Care Act.

Some business owners might see some relief by not having to provide health insurance for employees who work less than 40-hour weeks. But for the 7 million Americans who say they want full-time work but can't find it, relief might be harder to come by.

(Raghu Manavalan/Marketplace)

Investigation Finds No Evidence NFL Received Ray Rice Elevator Video

NPR News - Thu, 2015-01-08 11:11

But the inquiry by former FBI Director Robert Mueller also says the league should have more thoroughly investigated the assault by the Baltimore Ravens star of his then-fiancee.

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VIDEO: Water pumped from stricken ship

BBC - Thu, 2015-01-08 11:06
The stricken cargo ship Hoegh Osaka, which ran aground at the weekend, remains under anchor in the Solent as salvage teams begin to pump water from its hull.

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