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3:33 pm
Wed May 13, 2015

NTSB Continues Investigation Into Derailed Amtrak Train

Originally published on Wed May 13, 2015 5:56 pm

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The Two-Way
2:34 pm
Wed May 13, 2015

Senate Reaches Deal To Vote Thursday On 'Fast-Track' Trade Bill

Originally published on Wed May 13, 2015 4:19 pm

One day after Senate Democrats blocked the "fast-track" trade authority bill that has been championed by both President Obama and Republicans, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says an agreement has been reached to move forward.

The solution calls for separate votes on bills that Democrats had wanted to move as a single package on the floor, according to NPR's Ailsa Chang. Ailsa says the Senate will vote on a customs enforcement bill that includes Sen. Charles Schumer's safeguards aimed at reducing currency manipulation.

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The Two-Way
11:41 am
Wed May 13, 2015

Nothing More To Say On Brian Williams, Tom Brokaw Says

Originally published on Wed May 13, 2015 2:27 pm

Former NBC Nightly News anchor Tom Brokaw tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross he has said all he wants to say about Brian Williams, the man who succeeded him in the anchor's chair and who is serving a six-month suspension for exaggerating his experiences in the Iraq War.

Here's the exchange:

Gross: I just want to start by saying my understanding is you've said all you care to say about Brian Williams, true?

Brokaw: True.

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The Two-Way
11:35 am
Wed May 13, 2015

Harriet Tubman Wins Unofficial Contest To Be On $20 Bill

With 118,328 votes, Harriet Tubman edged Eleanor Roosevelt in a campaign to put a female face on the $20 bill.
Womenon20s

Originally published on Wed May 13, 2015 12:22 pm

The Women on 20s campaign, which seeks to put a female face on the $20 bill, has announced a winner: Harriet Tubman, the escaped slave whose ingenuity and courage led other captives to freedom.

Tubman narrowly edged Eleanor Roosevelt, finishing with 118,328 votes to Roosevelt's 111,227, according to Women on 20s. More than 600,000 votes were cast over 10 weeks, including more than 350,000 in the final round that began on April 5.

Early on, Roosevelt had led Tubman by nearly 15,000 votes, but the final round brought a reversal.

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Shots - Health News
9:09 am
Wed May 13, 2015

Here's A Radical Approach To Big Hospital Bills: Set Your Own Price

Originally published on Thu May 14, 2015 2:26 pm

In the late 1990s you could have taken what hospitals charged to administer inpatient chemotherapy and bought a Ford Escort econobox. Today, average charges for chemo, not even counting the price of the anti-cancer drugs, are enough to pay for a Lexus GX sport-utility vehicle.

Hospital prices have risen nearly three times as much as overall inflation since Ronald Reagan was president. Health payers have tried HMOs, accountable care organizations and other innovations in efforts to control them, with little effect.

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Business
5:49 am
Wed May 13, 2015

Vinyl's Comeback Keeps Record Pressers Busy

Originally published on Wed May 13, 2015 6:58 am

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Television
5:13 am
Wed May 13, 2015

Show On ABC Is Part Of Disney's Effort To Revive Muppet Franchise

Originally published on Wed May 13, 2015 6:58 am

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NPR Story
4:07 am
Wed May 13, 2015

Subscriptions We No Longer Need: Do You Still Have An AOL Account?

Originally published on Thu May 14, 2015 12:59 pm

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Media
4:07 am
Wed May 13, 2015

Facebook Debuts Instant News Articles From News Organizations

Originally published on Wed May 13, 2015 6:58 am

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This item just popped up in our newsfeed - Facebook's latest move to be your prime destination on the Internet.

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The Two-Way
6:53 pm
Tue May 12, 2015

China Smartphone Sales Shrink, Market 'Increasingly Saturated,' Report Says

Analysts say so many people in China already have smartphones, to sell more units, manufacturers will have to convince them to upgrade.
Andy Wong AP

Originally published on Thu May 14, 2015 8:39 am

Smartphone sales in China contracted by about 4 percent year-on-year from January through March, according to International Data Corp., the American market analysis firm. Sales for the first quarter were just under 100 million. IDC says this is the first time in six years that the smartphone market in China declined year-on-year.

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Your Money
4:46 pm
Tue May 12, 2015

You've Saved Money At The Pump. Why Aren't You Spending It?

A customer fuels his car at a gas station in Pembroke, Mass. Economists say Americans have been slow to spend the money they saved from lower energy prices.
Stephan Savoia AP

Originally published on Sun May 17, 2015 6:48 pm

Even though it's crept up in the past couple of months, the price of a gallon of gasoline is still about $1 less than it was a year ago. That's saving drivers $15 to $20 every time they fill up.

Economists were quite convinced late last year that would boost growth because consumers would go out and spend that extra money. But things have not unfolded exactly as forecast.

There's no doubt the plunge in oil prices and the lower costs for gasoline, heating oil and natural gas gave consumers a big windfall.

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Business
3:34 pm
Tue May 12, 2015

Verizon Buys AOL In $4.4 Billion Deal

Originally published on Tue May 12, 2015 6:22 pm

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Pop Culture
3:34 pm
Tue May 12, 2015

Just How Do 'Thomas & Friends' Drive Sodor's Economy?

Sir Topham Hatt: benevolent CEO or robber baron?
HIT Entertainment

Originally published on Wed May 13, 2015 8:14 am

Is Sir Topham Hatt a robber baron or a paternalistic CEO? Are Thomas the Tank Engine and his friends part of a union? How does anyone make money on the Island of Sodor?

Turns out, these are some of the serious issues that have perplexed more than one grown-up forced to read or watch Thomas & Friends for the umpteenth time with their kids. On the 70th anniversary of the Railway Series, the books by Reverend Wilbert Awdry that spawned the shiny engines, we explore this elaborate train of thought.

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The Two-Way
2:27 pm
Tue May 12, 2015

Fast-Track Trade Measure Fails Key Test Vote In Senate

Originally published on Tue May 12, 2015 3:38 pm

Democrats in the Senate have blocked — for now — a vote on the fast-track trade authority that President Obama had sought and Republicans had supported.

The tally was 52 to 45 in favor, eight short of the 60-vote threshold needed to take up the bill.

It's a rebuke to Obama, who has made the trade bill a key part of his second-term agenda, from his fellow Democrats.

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The Salt
12:46 pm
Tue May 12, 2015

Tea Tuesdays: Matcha-maker, Matcha-maker, Make Me Some Tea

Matcha tea powder comes in two grades: ingredient and drinking. The drinking grade comes from the leaves at the top of the tea plant.
Courtesy of Alissa White

Just like flared jeans, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and thighs without a gap, matcha tea powder is in fashion in America.

You can grab a matcha latte at Starbucks. Whole Foods stocks the green tea powder on its shelves. Or now that warm weather is here, maybe you'll order a Matcha Green Tea Blast smoothie from Jamba Juice.

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