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7:33 am
Mon July 15, 2013

9 Ala. School Districts Report Book Ban Requests

Some of Alabama's public schools are reporting parents petitioned school officials to ban certain books from classrooms and libraries.

Nine out of Alabama's 132 public school districts have reported parents petitioned school officials to ban certain books from classrooms and libraries.

   The Anniston Star and journalism students from the University of Alabama (http://bit.ly/15cHZj5 ) collected book challenge forms from the past five years from each of the state's public school district's to determine how many books were being banned.

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Business
4:10 am
Mon July 15, 2013

More Earnings Reports To Be Released This Week

Originally published on Mon July 15, 2013 5:20 am

Earnings season will pick up pace this week with a lot of major financial companies releasing their reports. Big names like Goldman Sachs, Bank of America and Morgan Stanley will spell out how they fared in the second quarter.

Around the Nation
4:10 am
Mon July 15, 2013

Rail Industry Vows To Learn From Fiery Accident In Canada

Originally published on Mon July 15, 2013 4:59 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

In the Quebec town of Lac-Megantic, a grim search continues this morning amid the ash and debris left after a train carrying oil crashed into the town. As investigators try to figure out what caused the fiery accident, the question has emerged across the border: Could the same thing happen here in the U.S.? NPR's Jeff Brady reports.

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Business
4:10 am
Mon July 15, 2013

J.K. Rowling Admits To Writing 'Cuckoo's Calling'

Originally published on Mon July 15, 2013 9:25 am

The little known crime novel The Cuckoo's Calling was written by someone using the pseudonym Robert Galbraith. He claimed to be a first time author and former member of the British Royal Military police. London's Sunday Times revealed the writer to be none other than J.K. Rowling of Harry Potter fame.

All Tech Considered
2:04 am
Mon July 15, 2013

How Hackers Tapped Into My Cellphone For Less Than $300

It's easier — and cheaper — than you'd expect to hack a cellphone, say a team of white hat hackers.
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Originally published on Mon July 15, 2013 7:57 am

In the wake of the National Security Agency cyber-spying revelations, you may be worrying about the government keeping track of your digital life. But, for less than $300, a group of ordinary hackers found a way to tap right into Verizon cellphones.

This is a group of good-guy, or "white hat", hackers. They hacked the phones to warn wireless carriers that the phones have a security flaw.

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Planet Money
10:22 pm
Sun July 14, 2013

When Employees Need More Than An Advance On Their Paycheck

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Originally published on Mon July 15, 2013 8:38 am

Andrew Rosenkranz says at least two or three times a week, he finds himself sitting across from an employee at his market research firm near Seattle, listening to some complicated personal problem.

Just last week, an employee described how her daughter and baby granddaughter were assaulted by a boyfriend. The daughter wanted to come back to Washington state but didn't have money for a plane ticket. And so, Rosenkranz says, the employee "was coming to ask, 'Hey, is there anything you can do to help us here?' "

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Business
2:27 am
Sun July 14, 2013

Baggage Fees Turn Five Years Old; Passengers Turn Blase

A traveler collects his bag from a luggage carousel in the Philadelphia International Airport in 2011. Baggage fees have helped financially desperate carriers stay aloft.
Matt Rourke AP

Originally published on Sun July 21, 2013 11:41 am

Hey, baggage fees — happy fifth birthday!

Even if passengers aren't eager to celebrate, airlines are. The fees, born in 2008, helped financially desperate carriers stay aloft as the U.S. economy was spiraling down.

"That was a watershed year that scared the bejeezus out of the airline industry," said Mark Gerchick, an aviation consultant who has just released a book, Full Upright and Locked Position. Even as ticket sales were sliding, jet fuel prices were shooting to historic highs.

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The Two-Way
11:47 am
Sat July 13, 2013

British Investigators Probe 787 Fire At Heathrow

View of the Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 787 Dreamliner that caught fire on the runway near Terminal 3 at Heathrow Airport, London on Friday.
Sang Tan Associated Press

Originally published on Sat July 13, 2013 6:44 pm

British investigators say they will lead a probe into a fire aboard a 787 Dreamliner as it sat empty on the tarmac at London-Heathrow Airport.

The fire broke out Friday aboard an Ethiopian Airlines plane about eight hours after it had taxied to the gate.

As we reported earlier, the jet suffered what a Heathrow spokesman described as an "onboard internal fire". Photographs appeared to show fire damage just forward of the tail section.

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Around the Nation
3:39 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

Wal-Mart Threatens To Pull Out Of D.C. Over Wage Requirements

Originally published on Fri July 12, 2013 5:19 pm

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

Wal-Mart is threatening to walk away from plans to build three of six new stores slated for the nation's capital. Those three stores are supposed to go up in some of the city's neediest neighborhoods. But the city council in Washington, D.C., has approved a bill requiring big box stores to pay employees a living wage of $12.50 an hour. And Wal-Mart says if that becomes the law, it will scrap its plans.

NPR's Allison Keyes spoke to people in those communities about their thoughts on the standoff.

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Business
3:39 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

Boeing Takes Another Hit With Fire On Plagued 787 Dreamliner

Originally published on Fri July 12, 2013 5:19 pm

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AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

An Ethiopian Airlines jet caught fire on the ground today at London's Heathrow Airport. It was a Boeing 787, also known as the Dreamliner, which has more than its share of troubles. The 787 has had serious problems with its lithium-ion batteries. In January, one overheated and another caught fire. The whole 787 fleet was grounded for more than three months after that.

Here's NPR's John Ydstie with more on what happened today.

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The Two-Way
1:00 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

More Problems On 787s Mean Turbulence For Boeing Stock

Originally published on Fri July 12, 2013 1:40 pm

A Boeing 787 caught fire on the tarmac at London's Heathrow Airport on Friday, followed hours later by a technical problem aboard another 'Dreamliner' that forced the plane to turn back from a trans-Atlantic flight. The incidents sent Boeing's stock down more than 7 percent at one point.

The first incident involved an Ethiopian Airlines plane with no passengers aboard. The second occurred aboard a Thomson Airways flight en route from Manchester, England to Sanford, Fla.

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Business
11:32 am
Fri July 12, 2013

Does The Canadian Rail Explosion Make Pipelines Look Safer?

A police photograph shows burned and wrecked crude oil carrying rail tankers piled up in Lac-Megantic, Quebec, on Monday. Dozens of people died in the disaster.
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Originally published on Fri July 12, 2013 12:48 pm

When an oil-laden train derailed last weekend, it turned into an inferno that killed dozens in Lac-Megantic, a small town in Quebec.

This week, the Canadian tragedy is morphing into something very different. It is becoming Exhibit A in the political case for building pipelines — as well as for opposing them.

How could the same tragedy prove opposite points? Listen in to the debate:

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The Two-Way
10:08 am
Fri July 12, 2013

Report: Beijing, Shanghai Among Worst Airports For Delays

A domestic departures board shows flight delays at Beijing's international airport in January.
Ed Jones AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri July 12, 2013 12:42 pm

If you think flight delays in the U.S. are bad, try China.

A new report from travel industry monitor FlightStats says China is the world's worst when it comes to delays at major airports.

FlightStats compiled statistics from June for the report, determining that eight of the world's worst airports for flight delays were in China. Beijing and Shanghai topped the list, although New York's LaGuardia had the highest number of flight cancellations.

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Business & Education
8:52 am
Fri July 12, 2013

Royal Cup Expanding in Birmingham, Adding 40 Jobs

Birmingham-based Royal Cup is expanding its operations and adding 40 jobs.
Royal Cup Coffee Facebook page

Birmingham-based Royal Cup is investing $30 million to expand its operations and add 40 jobs.

   The coffee and tea company announced it has acquired 16 acres and a building adjacent to its current operations in Birmingham. The building was formerly the home of RockTenn. Royal Cup vice president William Smith III told al.com (http://bit.ly/11IBS9b ) that the company will renovate the property and add more production lines.

TED Radio Hour
8:51 am
Fri July 12, 2013

Is Too Much Collaboration a Bad Thing?

Work doesn't happen at the office, says Jason Fried.
TED

Originally published on Tue December 17, 2013 9:04 am

Part 4 of the TED Radio Hour episode Why We Collaborate.

About Jason Fried's TEDTalk

Software entrepreneur Jason Fried has a radical theory of working: that the office isn't a good place to do it. In his talk, he lays out the main problems and offers suggestions to make work work.

About Jason Fried

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