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Should We Kill The $100 Bill?

NPR News - Thu, 2014-08-14 13:05

Nearly 80 percent of all the U.S. currency in the world is in $100 bills. But some people want to get rid of the bill altogether.

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Ferguson Pastor: 'This Is Not A Race Issue ... This Is A Human Issue'

NPR News - Thu, 2014-08-14 13:02

Rev. Willis Johnson's church is just one mile from where Michael Brown, an unarmed teenager, was killed by a police officer in Ferguson, Mo. Johnson explains what he's hearing from protesters.

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Daimler and the disappearing emails

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-08-14 13:00

A lot of us go on vacation and set our email to auto-reply, but that still means we spend hours wading through hundreds of emails when we return. Well, car and truckmaker Daimler is giving its employees in Germany a new vacation option: auto delete.

About 100,000 Daimler employees can choose to have their incoming email permanently obliterated while on vacation.

Inbox Zero.

“To bring good input into the company you need also to rest and you need breaks," says Daimler spokesman Oliver Wihofszki. He says employees should return to work motivated and with a fresh spirit, so they "don’t have to think,‘Oh my God, I have to read 576 emails.'"

Instead, those 576 emails disappear. Their senders get a cheery notice with an emergency contact and the sign-off: "I appreciate your understanding!"

Here's the suggested auto-reply that Daimler employees in Germany can use:

Important Information: I’m using “Mail on Holiday”. Until DD.MM.YY your e-mails will be deleted.

In urgent cases please contact surname name, Tel. +49 XXXX-XX-XXXXX, surname.name@daimler.com

Thank you!

 “Mail on Holiday” is a Life-Balance offer at Daimler.

If you want me to read this e-mail personally, please be kind enough to send me the information after DD.MM.YY.
I appreciate your understanding!

Now, Daimler also has a plant in Tuscaloosa. But Wharton School management professor Peter Cappelli says auto-delete would be hard to pull off in America, with its always-on mentality.

“I would do it,” he says, “but that’s partly because not very many people actually need to talk to me.”

He says in the academic world, a footnote crisis does not mean imminent doom.

If you’re a company deleting email, however, you have to be sure your customers and vendors actually write to your emergency contact, so you don’t lose business.

Peter Cappelli says that means vendors might have to change the way they work.

“But it’s tricky to change the way you work for one out of your 100 clients,” he adds.

David Baggett created an app called Inky that helps manage email, not delete it. He says if you delegate email from one human to another, “then you still have a scaling issue. You still have another person that has to scale to a thousand messages a day potentially.”

Still, Daimler is forging ahead. The company piloted its “Mail on Holiday” program last year and says it doesn’t monitor which employees use it.

David Gregory Leaves NBC, To Be Replaced By Chuck Todd

NPR News - Thu, 2014-08-14 12:58

David Gregory announced on Twitter that he's leaving NBC News, where he's hosted Meet the Press since 2008. NBC political director Chuck Todd will be the next host of the weekly political chat show.

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Aguero signs five-year Man City deal

BBC - Thu, 2014-08-14 12:55
Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero signs a new five-year contract, keeping him at the club until 2019.

Rain brings flash flooding

BBC - Thu, 2014-08-14 12:53
Torrential downpours bring flash flooding to several parts of Cardiff and surrounding areas, with a landslip halting trains between Radyr and Taffs Well.

VIDEO: Flash flood 'was like a river'

BBC - Thu, 2014-08-14 12:52
Residents in a Cardiff suburb tell of the moment flash floods hit.

Ferguson Braces For New Night Of Clashes, As Leaders Call For Peace

NPR News - Thu, 2014-08-14 12:41

Ferguson police expect to again clash with protesters. Ferguson's police chief called for calm, while reiterating that he will not release the name of the officer who shot Michael Brown.

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Gaza Students Wonder When Their Schools Will Reopen

NPR News - Thu, 2014-08-14 12:32

Many were damaged in the fighting with Israel and others are still serving as shelters for Gazans who lost their homes. Even before the fighting, kids went to school in shifts owing to overcrowding.

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Sharman wins European silver medal

BBC - Thu, 2014-08-14 12:23
Will Sharman secures Britain's eighth medal of the European Championships by taking silver in the 110m hurdles.

Missing mother and son found dead

BBC - Thu, 2014-08-14 12:23
The bodies of a woman and her one-year-old son are found in Lancashire, nine months after they were reported missing hundreds of miles away.

Iraq's Prime Minister Maliki Says He Will Step Down

NPR News - Thu, 2014-08-14 12:23

The longtime leader has bowed to pressure to quit his post and endorse his nominated successor. The White House commended the announcement.

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Kenyan Health Workers Fear Ebola May Take Flight

NPR News - Thu, 2014-08-14 12:16

Kenya's international airport is on high alert, since the Kenya Medical Association has called on the national airline to suspend flights due to concerns over the Ebola outbreak.

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Criminal Charges Appear Unlikely For NASCAR's Tony Stewart

NPR News - Thu, 2014-08-14 12:09

Funeral services were held Thursday for Kevin Ward Jr., the driver killed on the track after being hit by former NASCAR champion Tony Stewart. North Country Public Radio's Brian Mann attended the service; he speaks with Robert Siegel about the funeral and possible investigations into the incident.

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As Kiev Cites Progress, Opposing Convoys Head To Ukraine's East

NPR News - Thu, 2014-08-14 12:09

There's been more heavy fighting in eastern Ukraine, with shelling in the region's major city of Donetsk and government forces reporting more success in their battles with separatists. Meanwhile, both Ukrainian and Russian aid convoys are heading toward the area, though it's unclear how the Russian trucks plan to enter Ukraine.

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Kurdish Province Struggles To Cope With Waves Of Iraqi Refugees

NPR News - Thu, 2014-08-14 12:09

Farhad Atrushi, the governor of the Iraqi province of Duhok, joins Robert Siegel to speak about the refugees now flooding his predominantly Kurdish city.

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Obama Says Siege Of Mount Sinjar Is Broken, But Crisis Persists

NPR News - Thu, 2014-08-14 12:09

U.S. military officials have decided that Mount Sinjar doesn't require immediate evacuation, but people across northern Iraq are still seeking refuge. Meanwhile, in Baghdad, Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki is meeting the man trying to replace him.

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Once-Thriving Heart Of The Eurozone Stagnates

NPR News - Thu, 2014-08-14 12:09

The eurozone economy slowed to a crawl in the second quarter of 2014, according to reports released Thursday. The German economy actually contracted, and France stayed flat.

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Williams 'had Parkinson's' at death

BBC - Thu, 2014-08-14 11:55
Robin Williams was suffering from the early stages of Parkinson's disease at the time of his death, his wife has said.

Robin Williams Sober, In Early Stages Of Parkinson's, Widow Says

NPR News - Thu, 2014-08-14 11:34

The late actor and comedian's wife, Susan Schneider, said his "sobriety was intact" and that he was in the early stages of the debilitating muscular disease when he took his life on Monday.

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