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5:04 pm
Wed July 29, 2015

Greenpeace Activists Protest Shell Oil's Plan To Drill In The Arctic Ocean

Originally published on Thu July 30, 2015 5:47 pm

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Your Money
5:04 pm
Wed July 29, 2015

From The Silents To Millennials, Debt Burdens Span The Generations

Alyson Hurt and Paige Pfleger NPR

Originally published on Thu July 30, 2015 12:57 pm

For most of us, debt is a big part of life. According to a new study by Pew Charitable Trusts, 80 percent of Americans have some form of debt — from student loans to credit card balances.

There are many among the so-called silent generation, those born before World War II, who are still paying off mortgages and credit cards.

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The Two-Way
3:51 pm
Wed July 29, 2015

Birkin Bag Is Fine, But Namesake Actress Wants 'Birkin Croco' Rebranded

The Birkin Croco is made of dyed crocodile skin.
Sam Yeh AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed July 29, 2015 4:56 pm

A lot of people who want a Birkin bag — a handbag popular among celebrities that can cost more than $100,000 — will get on multiple-year waiting lists to get one. But its namesake wants nothing to do with one version of it.

Specifically, Jane Birkin no longer wants to be affiliated with the popular crocodile-skin version. Her request comes after PETA published a graphic video on how crocodiles are allegedly treated before being killed.

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Technology
3:38 pm
Wed July 29, 2015

Microsoft Launches Windows 10 Free Of Charge

Originally published on Wed July 29, 2015 6:56 pm

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All Tech Considered
3:38 pm
Wed July 29, 2015

Politics Overshadows U.S. Tech Firms' Hopes For Entering Iran

Customers try out cellphones and tablets in a store in Tehran, in 2012. Financial sanctions make it difficult for U.S. firms to do business in Iran, analysts say.
Vahid Salemi AP

Originally published on Thu July 30, 2015 1:44 pm

Iran has the potential to be a boom market for American tech companies. The majority of the population is under 30 and well educated, and over half the country has access to the Internet.

Many businesses have to wait until more sanctions are lifted, but certain tech companies can already go into Iran legally because the U.S. has lifted sanctions on various communication technology. They just aren't sure they want to.

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Goats and Soda
3:19 pm
Wed July 29, 2015

Nobel Prize Winner Thinks No One Should Ever Retire

Nobel Laureate Muhammad Yunus, who just turned 75, thinks of credit as a human right.
Ben de la Cruz NPR

Originally published on Thu July 30, 2015 11:53 am

Muhammad Yunus just had a milestone birthday. On June 28, he turned 75. It's a big moment for a man who's had many big moments in his life — most notably the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize for founding Grameen Bank, which loans small sums, aka "microcredit," to the poor, mainly women, so they can start their own businesses.

Yunus stopped by NPR last week — he was in Washington, D.C., for a conference — wearing the long, open-necked "kurta" shirt of his native Bangladesh. "[A tie] looks funny on me," he joked.

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The Two-Way
11:49 am
Wed July 29, 2015

Windows 10 Rolls Out, Along With Concern Over Sharing Wi-Fi Passwords

With Windows 10, Microsoft is more closely uniting its operating systems that run tablets, phones and desktops.
Microsoft

Originally published on Wed July 29, 2015 12:15 pm

Microsoft rolled out Windows 10 as a free upgrade Wednesday, hoping to become more relevant to mobile users as it updates a key operating system. One feature, which shares your Wi-Fi with your contacts list, is drawing skepticism.

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Business
5:34 am
Wed July 29, 2015

South Koreans Bristle At Growing Dominance Of Family-Run Conglomerates

Originally published on Thu July 30, 2015 12:57 pm

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Business
5:19 am
Wed July 29, 2015

Pink Cadillacs Takeover As Mary Kay Mania Hits Dallas

Originally published on Wed July 29, 2015 1:04 pm

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Business
4:17 am
Wed July 29, 2015

Twitter Faces Challenges As It tries To Balance Profitability, Popularity

Originally published on Wed July 29, 2015 6:59 am

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NPR Story
4:05 am
Wed July 29, 2015

Sans McDonalds: Neighbors Want To Keep Paris Food Hub Historic

Originally published on Wed July 29, 2015 6:59 am

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The Salt
5:18 pm
Tue July 28, 2015

Oceans Called A 'Wild West' Where Lawlessness And Impunity Rule

Originally published on Tue July 28, 2015 11:19 pm

There are about 140 million square miles of open ocean, and according to New York Times reporter Ian Urbina, much of it is essentially lawless. As Mark Young, a retired U.S. Coast Guard commander and former chief of enforcement for the Pacific Ocean, told Urbina, the maritime realm is "like the Wild West. Weak rules, few sheriffs, lots of outlaws."

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Business
4:00 pm
Tue July 28, 2015

New York's LaGuardia Airport To Get Long Overdue Redesign

Originally published on Tue July 28, 2015 5:31 pm

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U.S.
4:00 pm
Tue July 28, 2015

During Pool Season, Even Lifeguard Numbers Are Taking A Dive

A shortage of lifeguards across U.S. cities could be a fallout of the recovering economy.
Christopher Corr Ikon Images/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue July 28, 2015 5:31 pm

A teenager locking down a summer job as a lifeguard used to be a big deal.

But this summer, several parks and recreation departments and YMCA's across the country are reporting a shortage of lifeguards. And an improving economy may be playing a big role.

The Ridge Road swimming pool in Raleigh, N.C. is packed. There are easily 200 people here competing in a swim meet, some of them as young as 5 years old.

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The Salt
1:19 pm
Tue July 28, 2015

Beyond Brothels: Farms And Fisheries Are Frontier Of Human Trafficking

Thai and Burmese fishing boat workers sit inside a cell at the compound of a fishing company in Benjina, Indonesia on Nov. 22, 2014. The imprisoned men were considered slaves who might run away.
Dita Alangkara AP

Originally published on Thu July 30, 2015 1:41 pm

When the U.S. State Department released its annual human trafficking report on Monday, it told distressingly familiar tales of forced sex work and housekeepers kept against their will. But this year, one area got special attention: Slavery in the global supply chains of agriculture, fishing and aquaculture.

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