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Tech Week: The New U.S. CTO, Silk Road 2.0, Amazon Echoes Siri

Sat, 11/08/2014 - 4:54am

A profile of the new U.S. technology chief , how the FBI took down the latest online bazaar for black market goods, and the other tech headlines you need to read, all in this week's roundup.

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A Challenge To The New Congress: Fix Stagnant Wages

Sat, 11/08/2014 - 4:53am

The 2014 election's over, but NPR's Linda Wertheimer says we should still be talking politics, every week. Specifically, she hopes lawmakers will come together to do something about wage stagnation.

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Liberia's 'Flags Of Convenience' Help It Stay Afloat

Fri, 11/07/2014 - 3:19pm

The weak Liberian economy has been hit by the Ebola crisis. One thing Liberia does have going for it is an unusual export — its flag. The Liberian flag is the second most popular flag flown by international cargo ships and is a huge source of revenue.

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Forget The Unemployment Rate — Look At These 5 Economic Indicators

Fri, 11/07/2014 - 3:19pm

The unemployment rate tells only a partial story about the labor market and the state of American workers. Five indicators provide a fuller understanding of the economy and the nation's workforce.

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Capitalism Is Making China Richer, But Not Democratic

Fri, 11/07/2014 - 2:08pm

The U.S. thought trade and investment would eventually make China more democratic. In fact, it's had the opposite effect: creating a rich, authoritarian leadership class that remains repressive.

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Even After SpaceShipTwo Crash, Many Space Tourists Hold On To Tickets

Fri, 11/07/2014 - 12:47pm

Virgin Galactic says there have been some cancellations in the week since its experimental craft went down, killing the co-pilot. But many ticket holders say they don't plan to ask for refunds.

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Judge Approves Detroit's Plan To Exit Bankruptcy

Fri, 11/07/2014 - 10:58am

The deal worked out by the city's emergency manager, Kevyn Orr, includes shedding $7 billion in debt and borrowing hundreds of millions to implement the strategy.

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17 Arrested As European, U.S. Authorities Raid Darknet Sites

Fri, 11/07/2014 - 10:38am

Among those held were the alleged owner and operator of Silk Road 2.0 in San Francisco. The underground online markets seized Thursday allow users to anonymously buy illegal products and services.

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For-Profit Colleges Sue The Federal Government

Fri, 11/07/2014 - 9:03am

An industry group calls an attempt to regulate the career college industry "unlawful, arbitrary and irrational."

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Economy Continues Adding Jobs, Unemployment Rate Dips To 5.8 Percent

Fri, 11/07/2014 - 7:32am

The economy added 214,000 jobs in October, less than the 248,000 produced in September, but just enough to continue pushing the unemployment rate down.

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Scientist Who Invented CorningWare Glass Dies At 99

Fri, 11/07/2014 - 7:30am

S. Donald Stookey discovered glass ceramics in 1952 — the fortuitous outcome of an experiment gone wrong.

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Economists Expect Jobs Data To Show Solid Employment Growth

Fri, 11/07/2014 - 3:58am

On Friday, the Labor Department releases the October employment report. Economists think employers added about 230,000 jobs to payrolls last month. The unemployment rate is expected to stay the same at 5.9 percent.

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Future U.S. Manufacturing Jobs Will Require More Brain Than Brawn

Fri, 11/07/2014 - 3:58am

The face of manufacturing has changed. In the future, the pool of workers is expected to be smaller. And if workers want to succeed, they'll need continuous improvement with on-the-job education.

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Judge To Rule Friday On Detroit's Bankruptcy Exit

Fri, 11/07/2014 - 3:58am

The judge must decide if the plan is fair to Detroit's creditors and feasible for the city to accomplish, as it seeks to shed $7 billion in debt and invest more than a billion in city services.

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Test Flight Crash Fails To Deter Space Tourists

Fri, 11/07/2014 - 3:58am

Last week, a commercial spaceship built by Virgin Galactic crashed during a test flight. More than 700 had signed up for flights on the craft, and many are sticking with the project — for now.

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China's Corruption Crackdown Pummels Macau Casinos.

Fri, 11/07/2014 - 2:36am

The Chinese island is renowned as a gambling capital and a place to launder cash. An anti-graft campaign has driven away high rollers and others dependent on its shady financial services.

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Beyond Cat Videos: YouTube Bets On Production Studio 'Playgrounds'

Thu, 11/06/2014 - 5:04pm

The online video giant has just opened a gleaming new production studio in Manhattan. It's part of an effort to attract new viewers — and ultimately compete with companies like Netflix and Hulu.

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Alaska Station Sets Dubious Record: Most Senate Campaign Ads

Thu, 11/06/2014 - 4:51pm

The Center for Public Integrity calculates that KTUU in Anchorage ran more U.S. Senate ads this cycle than any station in the country.

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Jet Fuel Is Down, But Not Enough For A Thanksgiving Fare War

Thu, 11/06/2014 - 4:31pm

Airlines say they expect an uptick in Thanksgiving travel. This November, jet fuel prices are down, but carriers are using the saved money to upgrade equipment and software rather than cut fares.

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Amazon Wants To Put A Listening Speaker In Your Home

Thu, 11/06/2014 - 4:18pm

Are you ready to bring an eavesdropping device that's connected to the cloud into the privacy of your abode? Amazon thinks so, as it introduces Echo, a speaker that takes your questions and commands.

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