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Debris In The Indian Ocean May Have Come From Vanished Airliner

Wed, 07/29/2015 - 7:14pm

A source tells NPR a piece of wing found on an island appears to be from a large passenger plane. Other media say sources link it to a Boeing 777 like the Malaysian jet that disappeared last year.

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Greenpeace Activists Protest Shell Oil's Plan To Drill In The Arctic Ocean

Wed, 07/29/2015 - 4:10pm

NPR's Melissa Block speaks with KUCB reporter John Ryan about how protesters are trying to block Shell's plan to drill in the Arctic by keeping a Shell icebreaker from leaving Portland, Ore.

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From The Silents To Millennials, Debt Burdens Span The Generations

Wed, 07/29/2015 - 4:10pm

The silent generation is still paying off mortgages and baby boomers aren't done with student loans. A new study by The Pew Charitable Trusts also shows fewer millennials are taking on mortgages.

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Birkin Bag Is Fine But Namesake Actress Wants 'Birkin Croco' Rebranded

Wed, 07/29/2015 - 3:51pm

After seeing a video that PETA published on the treatment of crocodiles, Jane Burkin asks Hermes to remove her name from the line's crocodile-skin version.

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Politics Overshadows U.S. Tech Firms' Hopes For Entering Iran

Wed, 07/29/2015 - 3:38pm

With a young, well-educated population, Iran has the potential to be a boom market for tech. But sanctions and negative political implications for doing business there seem to limit prospects.

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Microsoft Launches Windows 10 Free Of Charge

Wed, 07/29/2015 - 3:38pm

The release of Microsoft's Windows 10 could have a big impact on the computer industry. It is giving away the update for free and relying more on sales of apps, games and web services for revenue.

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Nobel Prize Winner Thinks No One Should Ever Retire

Wed, 07/29/2015 - 3:19pm

Muhammad Yunus — honored for loaning millions to poor women — just turned 75. And he's thrilled to keep on working: 'The word retirement is very harmful.'

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Windows 10 Rolls Out, Along With Concern Over Sharing Wi-Fi Passwords

Wed, 07/29/2015 - 11:49am

The new operating system includes user-friendly features, such as a personal assistant named Cortana. But its Wi-Fi Sense feature has sparked security concerns.

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Sans McDonalds: Neighbors Want To Keep Paris Food Hub Historic

Wed, 07/29/2015 - 4:05am

In the neighborhood considered the soul of French gastronomy, residents are fighting to keep the fast-food giant out. (This piece originally aired on July 18, 2015 on Weekend Edition Saturday.)

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Pink Cadillacs Takeover As Mary Kay Mania Hits Dallas

Wed, 07/29/2015 - 4:05am

Mary Kay beauty consultants have been gathering in Dallas. Seminar enrollment is too huge for a single event, so five waves of sales reps — 27,000 in all — are sweeping through the convention center.

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South Koreans Bristle At Growing Dominance Of Family-Run Conglomerates

Wed, 07/29/2015 - 4:05am

A small number of family-run conglomerates dominate South Korea's economy. The biggest started as a village store in 1938. It's controlled by the same family, and is now a household name: Samsung.

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Twitter Faces Challenges As It tries To Balance Profitability, Popularity

Wed, 07/29/2015 - 4:05am

The social network Twitter is popular with users, but that's not enough. It also needs to be profitable, and by its 140-character nature that's a challenge.

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Oceans Are A 'Wild West' Where Lawlessness And Impunity Rule

Tue, 07/28/2015 - 4:39pm

NPR's Audie Cornish spoke with Ian Urbina, investigative reporter for The New York Times, about his four-part series, The Outlaw Ocean. Urbina says the lack of rules contributes to ocean's dire state.

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New York's LaGuardia Airport To Get Long Overdue Redesign

Tue, 07/28/2015 - 4:00pm

NPR's Melissa Block talks to Janet R. Daly Bednarek, an aviation expert and professor at the University of Dayton, about the airport that was once thought of as a model for all U.S. airports.

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During Pool Season, Even Lifeguard Numbers Are Taking A Dive

Tue, 07/28/2015 - 4:00pm

This summer, even the most crowded pools are struggling to hire enough lifeguards, and are cutting hours as a result. In a rebounding economy, teens are opting for higher-paying jobs or no job at all.

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Beyond Brothels: Farms And Fisheries Are Frontier Of Human Trafficking

Tue, 07/28/2015 - 1:19pm

The State Department's annual human trafficking report this year gives special attention to slavery in agriculture and fishing. Human rights advocates say there's much work to be done to fight it.

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As Twitter Flirts With Hearts, Will You Miss The Stars?

Tue, 07/28/2015 - 12:53pm

A different Twitter greeted some users when they logged on Tuesday as the social media company tries to win more hearts — and users.

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Twitter Takes Down Unoriginal Jokes, But All Of Yours Are Probably Safe

Tue, 07/28/2015 - 9:32am

A freelance writer got the company to take down several unauthorized uses of her humor by what she says are robot accounts, but legal scholars say proving copyright on jokes is difficult.

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Drawing A Line From The Chinese Stock Market To Your Wallet

Tue, 07/28/2015 - 7:03am

U.S. commodities — copper, corn, coal and more — are cheaper because of China's economic cooling. Producers got caught up in China's "teaser" demand for more of everything. It couldn't last.

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New York's LaGuardia Airport To Get Much-Needed Overhaul

Tue, 07/28/2015 - 4:13am

Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Vice President Joe Biden announced the plan to replace LaGuardia airport with a new terminal, at a projected cost of $4 billion. Construction is expected to begin next year.

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