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11:07 am
Mon May 12, 2014

Is White House Doing Enough To 'Bring Back Our Girls'?

Originally published on Mon May 12, 2014 11:24 am

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. We're going to start the week with politics, but it is a political story that is hitting close to home for many Americans and, as it turns out, for the White House. There was a very personal message from the White House this weekend about the hundreds of school girls who were kidnapped in Nigeria in April by religious extremists. First lady Michelle Obama focused on the issue for her Mother's Day video statement.

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Business
5:52 am
Mon May 12, 2014

Top Suppliers Rate Dealing With Auto Producers

Originally published on Mon May 12, 2014 7:04 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

NPR's business news begins with more failing grades for GM.

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INSKEEP: A new survey of the auto industry's top suppliers ranked General Motors as the worst major automaker to deal with. Ouch. The survey conducted by an automotive consultant group Planned Perspectives asked suppliers to rank their relationships with the six biggest auto producers in the United States.

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Business
4:25 am
Mon May 12, 2014

Japan Moves Closer To Legalizing Gambling

Originally published on Mon May 12, 2014 11:55 am

American casino businesses can't wait to get in on the action. If legalized, Japanese gambling resorts could be open by 2020, just in time for the Tokyo Olympics.

NPR Story
4:06 am
Mon May 12, 2014

Mormon Bishop Highlights Health Coverage Gap Among Utah's Poor

Originally published on Mon May 12, 2014 2:06 pm

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Many republican governors have taken a stand against Obamacare by refusing to expand Medicaid. Utah, which is one of the most republican states in the nation, remains undecided. But in a state where the majority of the population are Mormons, one bishop from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints says helping the poor is a moral obligation. Andrea Smardon from member station KUER in Salt Lake City has more.

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NPR Story
4:06 am
Mon May 12, 2014

Glass, A New Digital Site, To Obsess On TV And Video

Originally published on Mon May 12, 2014 7:04 am

Senior editor Zach Seward and the all digital publication Quartz are launching a smaller site called Glass. It may offer hints about ways reporters will share information in the future.

NPR Story
4:06 am
Mon May 12, 2014

China Looks To Expand Rail Lines

Originally published on Mon May 12, 2014 7:04 am

Rail officials in China are talking about a high-speed rail line running to North America — including a 120-mile tunnel under the Bering straits, connecting to Alaska.

The Two-Way
4:03 am
Mon May 12, 2014

Rocket Wars: Will A Suit By SpaceX Get Off The Ground?

Atlas V (left); Falcon 9 (right)
ULA; SpaceX

Originally published on Tue May 13, 2014 9:01 am

The two rockets pictured above may look the same, and in many ways they are: Both are launched pointy-end up, and both can carry a satellite into orbit.

But the rocket on the left, known as an Atlas V, costs between $100 million and $300 million more to launch (depending on whom you ask) than the one on the right, the Falcon 9.

So why has the U.S. Air Force just signed a contract to buy dozens of rockets like the Atlas V from a single supplier?

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The Salt
3:07 am
Mon May 12, 2014

Why Take-And-Bake Pizza Is Giving The Tax Guys A Headache

Papa Murphy's is a chain that sells take-and-bake pizza. It built its name on low prices, and a willingness to accept food stamps. But now that may be in jeopardy.
Nicholas Eckhart Flickr

Originally published on Wed May 28, 2014 12:21 pm

In 24 states, a Hershey bar is candy but a Twix is not. That's because a Twix contains flour, and in those states — which all share a sales tax code — candy is defined as being flour-free. And since groceries aren't taxed, you'll pay tax for the Hershey but not for the Twix.

If that seems strange, consider the case of take-and-bake pizza — uncooked pies you take home and bake later. Take-and-bake is at the center of an ongoing tax-code debate. Many states consider it a grocery item, like eggs or flour. But now they're re-evaluating whether take-and-bake should be tax-free.

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All Tech Considered
4:40 am
Sun May 11, 2014

To Know Thyself, Collect Data On Your Dog

Whistle is a wearable device for your dog that tracks the pup's activity.
Whistle

If you walk your dog after dinner each night, does that help you sleep better? Maybe you've noticed that this seems to be the case, but access to hard data would help confirm it.

As technology advances and more people dig into the metrics of how they live, the market is exploding with wearable devices that enable deeper self-monitoring. There's even a fancy name for this: the quantifiable self, basically using technology to gather data on your life.

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Business
4:40 am
Sun May 11, 2014

On Income Inequality: A French Economist Vs. An American Capitalist

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Originally published on Mon May 12, 2014 8:11 am

Picture a cozy cafe. At a small table, an economics professor from Paris is chatting with a wealthy businessman from New York.

As they sip coffee, they discuss economic history, and often nod and agree.

Then, as they stand to leave, each states a conclusion drawn from their conversation. But what they say is exactly, completely opposite.

One says economic history proves governments must impose very heavy taxes to break up concentrations of wealth. The other says governments should cut taxes to encourage wealthy people to pursue even bigger profits.

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