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Sports
4:02 pm
Sun September 29, 2013

Winning Baseball Divisions On Thrifty Budgets

Originally published on Sun September 29, 2013 5:30 pm

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ARUN RATH, HOST:

Once again, thanks for listening. This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR West. I'm Arun Rath.

Today is the last day of Major League Baseball's regular season. The playoffs start Tuesday. And among the teams still vying for a spot in the World Series is the club with the fourth lowest payroll in the game.

(SOUNDBITE OF CHEERING)

UNIDENTIFIED MAN: The American League's Western Division title belongs to the Oakland Athletics.

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Economy
6:58 am
Sat September 28, 2013

JPMorgan In Talks To Avoid Criminal Charges

Originally published on Sat September 28, 2013 10:16 am

The financial giant is also facing civil charges and fines that could cost it $11 billion. JPMorgan is negotiating with the Justice Department over the company's handling of mortgage-backed securities leading up to the housing crisis. Host Scott Simon talks with New York Times columnist Joe Nocera about the significance of the talks.

The Salt
6:03 am
Sat September 28, 2013

Birch For Breakfast? Meet Maple Syrup's Long-Lost Cousins

Beyond maple: Sap drips from a pine tree. Around the nation, producers are making syrup from the sap of pine, birch, even black walnut trees.
iStockphoto

Originally published on Mon September 30, 2013 2:17 pm

Americans have a longstanding love affair with maple syrup. According to the USDA, production of the sticky stuff in the United States totaled 3.25 million gallons this year. However, it isn't the only tree syrup that's available to drizzle on your short stack or sweeten your latte.

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Your Money
3:59 pm
Fri September 27, 2013

Nixed Flood Insurance Subsidy Drowns Coastal Home Values

Originally published on Fri September 27, 2013 4:17 pm

In Florida, Louisiana, New York and other coastal states, many homeowners are in shock at new flood insurance rates that are rapidly approaching. After Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy left the National Flood Insurance Program $24 billion in the red, Congress revamped the program--phasing out subsidies. One group especially upset are new homeowners--people who bought a property and are now seeing their flood insurance costs skyrocket, making the property no longer affordable.

NPR Story
3:24 pm
Fri September 27, 2013

Is The Fed Chair Succession Too Politicized?

Originally published on Fri September 27, 2013 4:17 pm

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel. There was once a time when naming a new Federal Reserve chairman was a non-event. Well, not this time. The competition between supporters for former Treasury secretary Larry Summers and the current vice chairman of the Fed, Janet Yellen has been a highly public affair.

As NPR's John Ydstie reports, there's concern that the high profile discussion could politicize the Fed succession in a way that could ultimately hurt the economy.

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The Two-Way
12:45 pm
Fri September 27, 2013

Freighter Makes First-Of-Its-Kind Transit Of Northwest Passage

Originally published on Fri September 27, 2013 3:17 pm

A Danish shipping company announced Friday the first-ever voyage of a large commercial freighter through the Northwest Passage — a journey made possible by the disappearance of Arctic ice due to global warming.

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Barbershop
10:48 am
Fri September 27, 2013

Forget Shutdown, How About Kimmel & Kanye Showdown?

Originally published on Fri September 27, 2013 11:26 am

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Politics
10:48 am
Fri September 27, 2013

A Trip Down Government Shutdown Lane

Originally published on Fri September 27, 2013 11:26 am

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Shots - Health News
10:34 am
Fri September 27, 2013

Lessons About Insurance In The Obamacare Data Dump

Chicago insurance broker Sean Whaley told The Associated Press earlier this month that his self-employed clients were frustrated that didn't have the information to plan ahead for their families' health care costs in 2014.
M. Spencer Green AP

This week the Department of Health and Human Services released a ton of information about how insurance sold in 36 states under the Affordable Care Act will work.

Most of it came in the form of data showing the number of carriers and their premium prices in hundreds of regions.

Until now we've seen information on subsidized policies to be sold through online marketplaces released in trickles by states that are creating their own online portals.

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All Tech Considered
5:07 am
Fri September 27, 2013

BlackBerry: If You Don't Survive, May You Rest In Peace

Steve Henn NPR

Originally published on Fri September 27, 2013 3:45 pm

This may be premature, but it is best to think of this post as an obituary for the BlackBerry, a phone struck down seemingly in its prime. Gone so soon.

BB, we'll miss you.

Over the course of its existence, BlackBerry sold smartphones to more than 200 million people. It became ubiquitous in places like Indonesia, but it began with an invasion of Wall Street and Washington.

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Youth Radio
4:06 am
Fri September 27, 2013

Failing Students Get 'Wired' For Success At Georgia Factory

Originally published on Fri September 27, 2013 5:07 am

An electric wire factory in western Georgia is staffed almost entirely by teenagers. They are there because of a partnership between a local company, Southwire, and the Carroll County school system. They teamed up six years ago to try to reduce the high school dropout rate.

Politics
2:55 am
Fri September 27, 2013

House GOP Leaders Gear Up For Debt Ceiling Battle

Originally published on Fri September 27, 2013 5:07 am

Even as the potential government shutdown drama remains unresolved, House Republican leaders are moving on to the next deadline: the debt ceiling. Economists say defaulting on payments could be catastrophic, but many House Republicans believe the debt ceiling is the best place to take a stand. Some even say the risk of default really isn't all that bad.

Business
2:55 am
Fri September 27, 2013

TomTato Is The Latest Wonderplant

Originally published on Fri September 27, 2013 6:03 am

A British gardening mail order firm introduced the TomTato: a tomato-potato plant. Cherry tomatoes and white potatoes have been grafted together. The hybrid hit European garden centers this week.

Business
2:55 am
Fri September 27, 2013

Is North America The Next World Capital Of Energy?

Originally published on Fri September 27, 2013 5:07 am

A perfect storm of sorts is leading some Western energy companies to step back from investments and operations in the Middle East. Companies see increased risk in the region because of the turmoil and violence following the Arab Spring. And, advances in technology have made it easier to produce oil in North America.

Asia
2:55 am
Fri September 27, 2013

Shanghai To Open Free-Trade Zone To Boost China's Growth

Originally published on Fri September 27, 2013 5:07 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

In the NPR business zone, we'll talk about an experiment in China.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

GREENE: On Sunday, Shanghai will open a free trade zone that officials say will be a laboratory for reforming the world's second-largest economy.

As NPR's Frank Langfitt reports, the new zone is getting a lot of media attention in China but the details remain sketchy.

FRANK LANGFITT, BYLINE: The formula of low-wage labor and cheap exports that transformed China from a backwater into a global economic power has run out of steam.

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