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With Discounts For Healthy Behavior, John Hancock Courts Privacy Concerns

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 3:35pm

John Hancock announced a new program promising discounts for policyholders who wear a fitness tracker, exercise more and go to the doctor. But privacy advocates worry about the electronic monitoring.

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In Shanghai, Stocks Are Booming — But Growth Is Bogged Down. What Gives?

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 3:07pm

The Shanghai stock market is on a tear, hitting its highest level in seven years — which is curious because economic growth in China continues to slow.

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Maya Angelou's 'Forever' Stamp Forever In Error

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 3:07pm

A limited-edition stamp intended to honor the late poet bears a quote that was actually written by a different author.

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Shell's Big Deal Could Shift Global Landscape Of Gas Business

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 3:04pm

Royal Dutch Shell plans to spend nearly $70 billion to acquire natural gas giant BG Group. The deal, if approved, would create the world's largest independent producer of liquefied natural gas.

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Convictions Come Down For Boston Marathon Bomber; Death Penalty Still Possible

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 3:04pm

The jury in the Boston Marathon bombing case has handed down its verdicts against Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. Jurors found Tsarnaev guilty on all 30 counts, 17 of which can carry the death penalty.

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After Some Delay Of Game, NFL Gets Its First Female Ref

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 3:04pm

Audie Cornish talks to commentator Rick Cleveland about the first female referee in the NFL — and why the news is long overdue.

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Summit Plays Host To Cuba — And To A Few Historic Meetings

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 3:04pm

The Summit of the Americas is convening this week in Panama — and it's expected to feature a historic meeting between President Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro. It's the first time Cuba will be represented at the summit.

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Ties That Bind Meet Lies That Blind In 'About Elly'

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 3:04pm

NPR film critic Bob Mondello reviews a film from Iran, about Iran — which hasn't been shown in Iran. It's called About Elly, and it's by director Asghar Farhadi, who won an Oscar for A Separation.

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The Navajo Nation's Tax On Junk Food Splits Reservation

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 3:04pm

The Navajo Nation started taxing junk food and soda. No other tribe has passed such a law. But half of the tribe is unemployed and say they can't afford expensive food.

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On A Scale Of 1 To 10, Brazil Gets A Zero For Disability Access

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 3:04pm

Brazil is hosting not just the Olympics in 2016 but also the Paralympics. And activists for the disabled say Rio de Janeiro has a long and potholed road ahead of it to get ready for the games.

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Postal Service Slips Up With Special-Edition Stamp For Maya Angelou

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 3:04pm

The U.S. Postal Service has put the late poet Maya Angelou's face and name, together with a choice quotation, on a special edition stamp. Trouble is, that quotation didn't start with her.

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A 12-Year-Old Girl Takes On The Video Game Industry

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 3:04pm

In a lot of video games, the default character is a man. If you want to play as a woman, you often have to pay.

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Malcolm Holcombe On Mountain Stage

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 2:51pm

Showcasing his heartfelt baritone, the singer-songwriter performs material from his newest album.

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