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3:47 pm
Tue May 19, 2015

LA City Council Votes To Raise Minimum Wage To $15 By 2020

The Los Angeles City Council voted today to raise the hourly minimum wage in the second-largest U.S. city from $9 to $15 by 2020 — a move that would cover as many as 800,000 people.

The Los Angeles Times has more on the vote:

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The Two-Way
2:14 pm
Tue May 19, 2015

Takata Agrees To Declare Air Bags Defective In Nearly 34M Vehicles

Originally published on Tue May 19, 2015 3:05 pm

Updated at 3:13 p.m. ET

Japanese air bag supplier Takata says nearly 34 million vehicles were fitted with its defective inflator mechanisms, doubling the number of vehicles affected in the U.S., the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Tuesday.

The recall is believed to be the largest in NHTSA's history.

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The Salt
12:03 pm
Tue May 19, 2015

Saving The Sweetest Watermelon The South Has Ever Known

Nat Bradford holds a Bradford watermelon, known for its sweet, fragrant red flesh. The melon was created by Bradford's forefathers around 1840 and was once one of the most important and coveted melons of the South.
Heather Grilliot Courtesy of Bradford Watermelons

Originally published on Tue May 19, 2015 2:44 pm

The most luscious watermelon the Deep South has ever produced was once so coveted, 19th-century growers used poison or electrocuting wires to thwart potential thieves, or simply stood guard with guns in the thick of night. The legendary Bradford was delectable — but the melon didn't ship well, and it all but disappeared by the 1920s. Now, eight generations later, a great-great-great-grandson of its creator is bringing it back.

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Shots - Health News
9:54 am
Tue May 19, 2015

How Medicare Advantage Investors Profited From Loose Government Lips

Courtesy of Center for Public Integrity

Originally published on Wed May 20, 2015 12:00 pm

On Wall Street, Feb. 3, 2011, was mostly a ho-hum day. But not for companies that sell Medicare Advantage plans.

Several of those that offer the privately run Medicare coverage option hit the jackpot, tacking on billions of dollars in new value after federal officials signaled they might go easy on health plans suspected of overcharging the government.

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Around the Nation
4:16 am
Tue May 19, 2015

FAO Schwarz Closing Flagship Store In Midtown Manhattan

Originally published on Tue May 19, 2015 7:06 am

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4:05 am
Tue May 19, 2015

Why Turkish Motorists Can't Get A Break On Gas Prices

Originally published on Tue May 19, 2015 1:56 pm

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Low oil prices have led to low gas prices in the United States, but not in Turkey, where gas is about $10 per gallon. Why would that be? We find out now from NPR's Peter Kenyon.

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NPR Story
4:05 am
Tue May 19, 2015

Amtrak Train Derailment Highlights Delays Installing Safety Controls

Originally published on Tue May 19, 2015 2:03 pm

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The Two-Way
5:33 pm
Mon May 18, 2015

Air Travel Demand Heats Up With Summer; Fares Are Flat

Originally published on Tue May 19, 2015 7:49 am

During the worst of the Great Recession, summer travel plummeted as Americans chose backyard "staycations" over faraway vacations.

This year, millions of families are shaking off their reluctance to take big trips: Airlines say they are now expecting the busiest summer ever.

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Business
4:15 pm
Mon May 18, 2015

Michigan Lawmakers, Industry Executives Debate Film Incentive Program

Originally published on Mon May 18, 2015 9:39 pm

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The Two-Way
1:07 pm
Mon May 18, 2015

Labor Groups Blast Working Conditions In Qatar Ahead Of World Cup

In this photo taken May 3 during a government-organized media tour, Kuttamon Chembadnan Velayi from Kerala, India, speaks to journalists while sitting on his bed in a room he shares with seven other Indian laborers in Doha, Qatar. The housing facility has been cited by Qatari labor officials for substandard conditions.
Maya Alleruzzo AP

Originally published on Mon May 18, 2015 3:10 pm

Worker-rights groups are calling labor conditions in Qatar "horrific" and urging FIFA sponsors to take responsibility ahead of the 2022 soccer World Cup. Their call comes on the same day the BBC said a reporting crew spent two nights in a Qatari jail for trying to film migrant workers who are building the infrastructure for the sporting event.

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The Two-Way
11:35 am
Mon May 18, 2015

Supreme Court Calls Maryland Income Tax Law 'A Tariff'

Originally published on Mon May 18, 2015 2:40 pm

In a ruling that will trigger the loss of millions of dollars in tax revenue and is likely to affect many other states, the U.S. Supreme Court has struck down Maryland's practice of double-taxing residents' income earned in other states.

The case challenged Maryland's refusal to grant residents who paid income tax on money earned in other states a credit against that amount when they tally up the taxes they owe to their home counties (and some cities). The state allows the credit to be applied only against the state taxes; county income taxes can be as high as 3.2 percent.

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Asia
5:06 am
Mon May 18, 2015

How China's Censors Influence Hollywood

Daniel Craig as James Bond in Skyfall. Chinese censors cut a scene from the movie that they thought made China look weak. Because China is such a huge market, some U.S. moviemakers may choose to avoid portraying China in negative terms.
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Originally published on Mon May 18, 2015 6:58 pm

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Business
4:34 am
Mon May 18, 2015

Hundreds Of 'Kayaktivists' In Seattle Protest Shell's Arctic Drilling

Originally published on Mon May 18, 2015 8:54 am

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Research News
3:58 am
Mon May 18, 2015

How TV Show Finales Affect The Stock Market

Originally published on Mon May 18, 2015 8:00 am

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So what happens now now that "Mad Men" is over? This is a real question that researchers have studied, and NPR's social science correspondent Shankar Vedantam is here to tell us about it. Hi, Shankar.

SHANKAR VEDANTAM, BYLINE: Hi, Steve.

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Business
7:19 am
Sun May 17, 2015

The Outsized Optimism Of The Entrepreneur

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Originally published on Sun May 17, 2015 6:23 pm

It is part of the American dream, the notion that if you have a good idea and a fire in your belly, you can turn an idea into a successful business. It's that entrepreneurial spirit that drives the global economy.

That message is everywhere in our culture. President Obama echoed it last week, at a summit on entrepreneurship at the White House.

"We have a lot of brainpower here," he said. "We've got innovators and investors, business leaders, entrepreneurs. We've even got a few Sharks."

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