When investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson left CBS this year, she did not go quietly. She contends, the network refused to run stories that might damage President Obama. And her claims have become a flashpoint in arguments over ideological bias in the media. NPR's David Folkenflik has more.
And for decades many faded cities have been struggling to redevelop vacant homes, factories and other neglected buildings. Land banks offer one solution; those are public institutions that help fund the renewal of dormant properties. WNYC's Ilya Marritz takes us to Newburgh, New York, a small city on the Hudson River, to see one land bank in action.
TRINITY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley is scheduled to visit a plant where workers will build oak barrels that will hold Jack Daniel's Whiskey. Bentley is expected to visit the grand opening of Jack Daniel's Cooperage in Trinity on Monday morning. In a release, Bentley says the plant will employ about 200 people and the barrels are used to hold the whiskey while it matures. Trinity is about seven miles west of Decatur.
You've heard of pop-up restaurants, flash mobs and other hipster happenings. Now comes a pair of entrepreneurs in Washington, D.C., offering pop-up weddings for those who want to elope, but do it with flair.
Locations are never booked ahead of time, planning is minimal and fingers are crossed that you and your partner don't get asked to leave before you are pronounced husband and wife, or wife and wife.
PopWed Co., which started last January, procures the wedding license, chooses a creative location, takes the photographs and performs the ceremony.
The world of technology keeps on spinning. Hang on, here's what happened this week in tech, from NPR and beyond.
Sell Your Spot: Trouble finding a parking spot? See if someone's selling one. New apps are popping up that allow drivers to buy and sell parking spots in high-traffic areas. But, as NPR's Aarti Shahani found, there are some problems with the concept.
And where has evolution brought us now? The era of Facebook. News broke this week that Facebook manipulated nearly 700,000 of its users for a study about how emotions work in an online or digital setting. The move angered plenty of people, but the academic world was far less shocked by what the social media site did. Here's NPR's Aarti Shahani.
AARTI SHAHANI, BYLINE: Edward Miguel is an economist at the University of California Berkeley who manipulates human subjects all the time.
NPR's Business News begins with BMW looking south. The German automaker has announced plans to spend a billion dollars on a new factory in Mexico. BMW says the plant, it's first in Mexico, will employ about 1,500 people and produce up to 150,000 cars a year. BMW's only other North American factory is in Spartanburg, South Carolina. This spring, BMW said it will invest a billion dollars in that plant as well to increase its production capacity to 450,000 cars by the end of 2016. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.
As the Web turns 25, it's becoming a terrific place if you're a bot.
It began as a tool for human communication, but now, over 60 percent of the traffic on the Web is automated applications called bots talking to other bots, according to one study. And experts say about half of those bots are bad.