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Methane-Producing Microbes Caused 'The Great Dying'

Tue, 04/01/2014 - 5:45am

The world's biggest extinction some 250 million years ago wiped out 90 percent of all living things. What caused it has puzzled scientists, and now they think microbes may have done it.

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MGM Announces New 'Pink Panther' Is In The Works

Tue, 04/01/2014 - 4:00am

Hollywood is seeing pink as well. MGM announced on Monday that a new "Pink Panther" movie is in the works. Steve Inskeep and David Greene report.

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Despite Action, N.J. Gov. Christie Warns Again Of Pension Crisis

Tue, 04/01/2014 - 4:00am

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie says ballooning pension costs are creating a "looming crisis." In 2011, Christie teamed up with legislators to pass a pension overhaul. Local leaders celebrated the plan which raised the retirement age for workers, and required increased contributions from both taxpayers and municipal employees, as a big step toward fiscal health. Three years later, the pension fund is still billions of dollars in debt.

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The Last Word In Business

Tue, 04/01/2014 - 4:00am

David Greene and Steve Inskeep have the Last Word in business.

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Big Thinkers Discuss How To Prevent Next Financial Crisis

Tue, 04/01/2014 - 4:00am

Bankers, regulators and former senators met in Boston on Monday to discuss the future of the financial system. At issue: Why did regulators fail to prevent the financial crisis that pushed the entire country into recession. And are we doing enough to prevent another crisis?

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Business News

Tue, 04/01/2014 - 4:00am

Steve Inskeep has business news.

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It's Illegal But People Can Get Fired For Talking About Their Pay

Tue, 04/01/2014 - 4:00am

Women's groups say female workers can't know if they're being discriminated against if they don't know what others are paid. To foster openness, congressional legislation would ban companies from retaliating if employees discussed pay. But human resource experts say too much transparency is a bad idea.

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Why Burning Wood To Stay Warm Is Back In Vogue

Tue, 04/01/2014 - 4:00am

The number of homes using wood as the primary source of heat has risen dramatically over the past few years in New England. And after this year's harsh winter, more may turn to the radiant heat of a wood stove. It's partly because of the rising price of heating oil, but partly the desire for home energy independence. Either way, wood stove retailers and cut wood sellers are rejoicing.

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The Divine Miss M's 'View From Abroad'

Tue, 04/01/2014 - 4:00am

Morning Edition host David Greene sits down with Bette Midler at NPR's studios in New York. Her book of remembrances from her first world tour has been reissued.

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What 'The Simpsons' Says About Ukraine's Language Divide

Tue, 04/01/2014 - 2:46am

Some Ukrainians insist the show is funnier when dubbed in Ukrainian rather than Russian. In the recent crisis in Ukraine, much has been made of the divisions between Russian speakers.

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Latvia's Ex-President: 'We Have To Worry' About Russia

Tue, 04/01/2014 - 2:21am

Latvia joined NATO and the European Union a decade ago. Its former president sees these strong ties to the West as vital to maintaining its security and independence.

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Scratch That: One Cat's Struggle With Internet Stardom

Tue, 04/01/2014 - 2:20am

How to Make Your Cat an Internet Celebrity might be the year's first essential new book. NPR's Renita Jablonski picks up the book, and her cat, to see if he has what it takes to be a star on the Web.

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This Tax Season, Fraudsters May Target Your Refund

Tue, 04/01/2014 - 2:19am

Credit card data breaches get a lot of attention, but payroll system data breaches can have even more damaging effects.

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Girls Are Taught To 'Think Pink,' But That Wasn't Always So

Tue, 04/01/2014 - 2:08am

After World War II ended, Rosie the Riveter traded in her factory blues for June Cleaver's pink apron. A new exhibit traces pink back to the beginning — when plenty of boys wore it, too.

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An Intern At 40-Something, And 'Paid In Hugs'

Tue, 04/01/2014 - 2:08am

Your boss may be younger than you, your fellow interns may be decades younger and you work for free. For Renee Killian and Danielle Probst, reconsidering their careers meant interning in their 40s.

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For Native Americans, Losing Tribal Membership Tests Identity

Tue, 04/01/2014 - 2:07am

For nearly 30 years, Jade Unger's family was embraced by a tribe. Then, in September, everything changed when the tribe's enrollment committee said they were enrolled in error.

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Russian City Honors Oscarless Leonardo DiCaprio

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 6:39am

DiCaprio's been nominated for 4 Oscars but hasn't won any. Chelyabinsk, in a region known for producing cast iron and cast iron sculptures, has made an "Ascar" for DiCaprio.

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2nd Annual Baconfest Held in Juneau, Alaska

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 5:59am

It included a hog-calling contest, a bacon eating contest and special dishes like bacon caramel brownies.The star attraction was a bacon bustier, which was worn by a model.

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New GM CEO To Face Congressional Panels Over Delayed Recall

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 4:00am

General Motors CEO Mary Barra faces a tough week of testimony before congressional committees about defective ignition switches linked to 13 deaths.

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Global Researchers Detail How Climate Change Will Alter Our Lives

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 4:00am

We're getting a clearer picture of how climate change will affect the way we live. A United Nations panel has released a report from scientists who are getting a much better understanding of the effects of climate change.

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