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4:22 am
Fri June 19, 2015

The Legendary Mr. Miyamoto, Father Of Mario And Donkey Kong

Video game designer Shigeru Miyamoto introduces Nintendo's Super Mario Maker at the Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles in 2014.
Jae C. Hong AP

Originally published on Fri June 19, 2015 10:23 am

Nintendo's Mario games, in their various forms and genres have been played around the world by hundreds of millions of people. In the original, Mario is a plumber who must speed through the Mushroom Kingdom to rescue Princess Toadstool.

The game turns 30 this year. Its famed creator, Shigeru Miyamoto, was in Los Angeles this week at the big Electronic Entertainment Expo video game conference to promote the latest version of the game Super Mario Maker.

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Business
4:03 am
Fri June 19, 2015

Researcher Sees Gradual Movement On Issue Of Paid Parental Leave

Originally published on Fri June 19, 2015 7:18 am

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Business
4:03 am
Fri June 19, 2015

How A Tax On Chicken Changed The Playing Field For U.S. Automakers

Originally published on Fri June 19, 2015 7:18 am

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All Tech Considered
4:03 am
Fri June 19, 2015

Q&A: Shigeru Miyamoto On The Origins Of Nintendo's Famous Characters

Shigeru Miyamoto plays the latest Mario game, called Super Mario Maker, at the Nintendo booth Wednesday at this year's E3 video game expo in Los Angeles.
Travis Larchuk NPR

Originally published on Fri June 19, 2015 10:16 am

Shigeru Miyamoto is the creator of many of Nintendo's iconic video game franchises, including Mario Bros., Donkey Kong and The Legend of Zelda. NPR's Laura Sydell interviewed the 62-year-old designer at the Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles this week.

Miyamoto spoke, through an interpreter, about the origins of his famous characters, how his life experiences inspire his creations and why Nintendo's latest console, the Wii U, failed to take off.

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U.S.
2:30 am
Fri June 19, 2015

Battle Over New Oil Train Standards Pits Safety Against Cost

Oil trains sit idle on the BNSF Railway's tracks in Chicago's Pilsen neighborhood.
David Schaper NPR

Originally published on Fri June 19, 2015 2:30 pm

The federal government's new rules aimed at preventing explosive oil train derailments are sparking a backlash from all sides.

The railroads, oil producers and shippers say some of the new safety requirements are unproven and too costly, yet some safety advocates and environmental groups say the regulations aren't strict enough and still leave too many people at risk.

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Media
3:26 pm
Thu June 18, 2015

NBC Names Lester Holt New Anchor Of Nightly News

Originally published on Thu June 18, 2015 7:58 pm

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Brian Williams will not return to the anchor's chair of "NBC Nightly News."

MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

His temporary replacement, Lester Holt, is now permanent. This makes Holt the first African-American to be the lead anchor for a broadcast network.

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The Two-Way
2:21 pm
Thu June 18, 2015

Congress Breathes Life Into President's Fast-Track Trade Plan

President Obama's "fast-track" trade proposal, written off by many last week, got a key boost in the House on Thursday when lawmakers voted 218-208 to approve the measure.

The bill now moves back to the Senate, where a vote is expected next week.

The fast-track measure would enable the President to send to Congress, for an up or down vote, a trade deal with Pacific rim nations called the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

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The Two-Way
1:47 pm
Thu June 18, 2015

Woman To Share Marquee On $10 Bill With Alexander Hamilton

Alexander Hamilton is currently on the $10 bill.
BEBETO MATTHEWS ASSOCIATED PRESS

Alexander Hamilton, who has had top billing on the $10 since 1929, will have to share the marquee starting in 2020, making way for a woman's portrait — but it is not yet clear who will get the honor.

"America's currency is a way for our nation to make a statement about who we are and what we stand for," Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew said in a statement on Wednesday.

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The Two-Way
1:30 pm
Thu June 18, 2015

It's Official: Brian Williams Out As 'NBC Nightly News' Anchor

Originally published on Thu June 18, 2015 1:46 pm

Brian Williams won't return to the anchor's chair at NBC Nightly News. Williams is being replaced by Lester Holt, the broadcast's interim anchor, four months after being suspended for misrepresenting his experiences covering the war in Iraq, NBC said Thursday in a statement.

Williams will return to MSNBC, where he was an anchor from 1996 to 2004. There, he will anchor breaking news and special reports, the network said. He will begin his new role in mid-August.

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It's All Politics
12:56 pm
Thu June 18, 2015

How Democratic Trade Rift Could Give Rise To 'Tea Party' Of The Left

Rep. Marcy Kaptur, D-Ohio, and fellow Democratic members of Congress hold a news conference to voice their opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal.
Chip Somodevilla Getty Images

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Around the Nation
4:47 am
Thu June 18, 2015

Redesigned $10 Bill To Feature Female Face, Treasury Announces

Originally published on Thu June 18, 2015 7:05 am

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Now this news. All the men featured on U.S. currency are about to be joined by a woman. The government says this will happen when a new $10 bill is rolled out in 2020. NPR's Sam Sanders has the story.

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NPR Story
4:08 am
Thu June 18, 2015

Reports: Brian Williams Out As 'Nightly News' Anchor But Will Stay With NBC

Originally published on Thu June 18, 2015 7:05 am

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NPR Story
4:08 am
Thu June 18, 2015

FCC Fines AT&T For False Data Plan Promises

Originally published on Thu June 18, 2015 7:05 am

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It's All Politics
4:03 am
Thu June 18, 2015

Fact Check: Could Jeb Bush Really Grow GDP At 4 Percent? It's Hard To See How

Jeb thinks he can grow the economy at a 4 percent rate. That sounds nice, but it's unlikely to happen.
Joe Raedle Getty Images

Originally published on Thu June 18, 2015 10:42 am

Jeb Bush's presidential candidacy announcement this week, after months of campaigning, came as no surprise. One small surprise that did pop up in his remarks, however, was a lofty goal he has set for himself as president — to grow the economy at a 4 percent rate if he's elected.

He expounded on the claim Wednesday in Iowa.

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All Tech Considered
5:27 pm
Wed June 17, 2015

As Fitbit Goes Public, It Will Have To Outrun Competition

Fitbit stock begins trading publicly Thursday. The Fitbit Force is shown at the 2014 International CES, the consumer technology trade show, in Las Vegas.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

Originally published on Wed June 17, 2015 5:51 pm

Fitness trackers — the wristbands or watches you can wear to track your heart rate, steps, sleep — are getting a shot in the arm. The most popular brand, Fitbit, is going public on Thursday. It's the first startup in the burgeoning wearable tracker industry to begin trading on Wall Street. It plans to raise more than $600 million.

Fitbit recently got a shout out, sort of.

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