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Education
4:34 pm
Wed May 20, 2015

Energy Companies Step In To Fund STEM Education

Originally published on Wed May 20, 2015 7:15 pm

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Law
4:10 pm
Wed May 20, 2015

ConAgra Foods To Face Criminal Charge For 2007 Peanut Butter Recall

Originally published on Wed May 20, 2015 6:17 pm

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Economy
4:03 pm
Wed May 20, 2015

Major Banks Agree To Pay More Than $5 Billion Over Currency Fixing

Originally published on Wed May 20, 2015 6:17 pm

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Goats and Soda
2:16 pm
Wed May 20, 2015

I'd Like To Buy The Emerging World A Coke

A woman walks past an ad for Coca-Cola in Bamako, the capital of the Republic of Mali.
New York Daily News Archive NY Daily News via Getty Images

Originally published on Wed May 20, 2015 3:13 pm

So who does drink the most soda in the world, anyway?

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The Two-Way
12:11 pm
Wed May 20, 2015

Big Banks Pay $5.6 Billion, Plead Guilty To Felonies Over Currency And Rate-Fixing

Clockwise from top left: Barclays, Citicorp, JPMorgan Chase and the Royal Bank of Scotland will pay billions in fines and plead guilty to criminally manipulating global currency market going back to 2007. The bank UBS AG (not pictured) has also agreed to plead guilty.
Lefteris Pitarakis/Nick Ut/Kathy Willens/Matt Dunham AP

Originally published on Wed May 20, 2015 12:43 pm

Citicorp, JPMorgan Chase, Barclays, The Royal Bank of Scotland and UBS AG have agreed to plead guilty to felony charges and pay billions in criminal fines, the Department of Justice says. The offenses range from manipulating the market price of U.S. dollars and euros to rigging interest rates.

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Law
10:15 am
Wed May 20, 2015

'Cartel' Of 4 Big Banks To Plead Guilty To Gaming The Exchange Rate

Originally published on Wed May 20, 2015 11:09 am

Four major banks — Citicorp, JPMorgan Chase, Barclays and the Royal Bank of Scotland — have agreed to plead guilty to currency manipulation and pay over $5 billion in fines. Officials say that traders from the banks, who allegedly called themselves "the cartel," used secret codes to manipulate the exchange rate between U.S. dollars and Euros. Meanwhile, the Justice Department has taken the unusual step of tossing out what's called a deferred prosecution agreement against a fifth bank.

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Asia
4:24 am
Wed May 20, 2015

U.S. Charges 6 Chinese Nationals With Stealing Tech Secrets

Originally published on Wed May 20, 2015 11:09 am

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Asia
4:20 am
Wed May 20, 2015

U.S. Should Take A Tougher Stand Toward China, Report's Authors Say

Originally published on Wed May 20, 2015 2:15 pm

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Politics
4:11 am
Wed May 20, 2015

After Derailment, Congress Debates Lifting Amtrak's Damage Cap

Originally published on Wed May 20, 2015 3:39 pm

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Last week's Amtrak derailment in Philadelphia renewed questions about a decades-old law which limits the money Amtrak can pay out in damages. Some Democratic lawmakers want to raise the limit. Here's NPR's Juana Summers.

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Economy
4:09 am
Wed May 20, 2015

Los Angeles Minimum-Wage Workers To Get A Raise

Originally published on Wed May 20, 2015 4:55 pm

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Planet Money
2:28 am
Wed May 20, 2015

An NPR Reporter Raced A Machine To Write A News Story. Who Won?

Ariel Zambelich/NPR, Justin Cook for NPR

Originally published on Wed May 20, 2015 11:09 am

Even the most creative jobs have parts that are pretty routine — tasks that, at least in theory, can be done by a machine. Take, for example, being a reporter.

A company called Automated Insights created a program called WordSmith that generates simple news stories based on things like sporting events and financial news. The stories are published on Yahoo! and via the Associated Press, among other outlets.

We wanted to know: How would NPR's best stack up against the machine?

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All Tech Considered
2:24 am
Wed May 20, 2015

How A Bigger Lunch Table At Work Can Boost Productivity

A view of the central area of Atlassian's office in San Francisco. The software company found that desks were used only 20 percent of the workday — half as much as conference rooms were used.
Atlassian

Originally published on Wed May 20, 2015 2:09 pm

The loftlike San Francisco office of software maker Atlassian has an open central amphitheater, where all-staff gatherings and midday boot camp exercises are held.

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All Tech Considered
6:06 pm
Tue May 19, 2015

Reddit's New Harassment Policy Aimed At Creating A 'Safe Platform'

A Reddit mascot is shown at the company's headquarters in San Francisco. Reddit has published a new policy aimed at harassment on the site.
Robert Galbraith Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Tue May 19, 2015 7:20 pm

Reddit, billed by its founders as "the front page of the Internet," has long been known as a place of unbridled free speech on the Web where users, known as Redditors, post text, pictures and videos.

But that unbridled free speech sometimes spills over into harassment, sexism and racism. Over the past couple of years, Reddit has been at the center of several controversies concerning harassment, including the release of hundreds of private celebrity photos. It's also become infamous for its unbridled vitriol.

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Business
5:47 pm
Tue May 19, 2015

Pressure To Act Unethically Looms Over Wall Street, Survey Finds

Originally published on Tue May 19, 2015 6:06 pm

A new survey of financial professionals tends to confirm the widely held belief that the financial industry has an ethics problem.

Among the more than 1,200 financial professionals in the U.S. and Britain who were surveyed, about half the respondents believe their competitors in the industry have behaved unethically or illegally to gain an advantage in the market.

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The Salt
4:11 pm
Tue May 19, 2015

What Does 'Raw' Mean? When It Comes To Almonds, You Might Be Surprised

Lesley McClurg Capital Public Radio

Originally published on Wed May 20, 2015 5:15 pm

When you're talking about almonds, "raw" may not mean what you think.

All California almonds — which would be virtually all the almonds in the country — are either heat-pasteurized or treated with a fumigant. The processes, which have been required by law since 2007, are intended to prevent foodborne illness. But almond aficionados say the treatments taint the flavor and mislead consumers.

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