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The Two-Way
8:01 am
Fri May 8, 2015

223,000 Jobs Added In April; Unemployment Rate Dips To 5.4 Percent

Scott Fast, of Cradle to Career Colorado, talks with Englewood High School students Nick Spence (left) and Russell Windholz during a job readiness seminar hosted by The United Way and America's Promise Alliance in Denver on Thursday.
Brennan Linsley AP

Originally published on Fri May 8, 2015 4:08 pm

Updated at 9:55 a.m. ET

The U.S. economy added 223,000 jobs in April, hewing close to expectations from economists, but the numbers fell short of a threshold that forecasters believe would signal an early rise in interest rates.

The unemployment rate dipped to 5.4 percent, according to data released by the U.S. Labor Department's Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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Law
5:20 am
Fri May 8, 2015

LA Lawsuit Alleges Wells Fargo Engaged In Fraudulent Conduct

Originally published on Fri May 8, 2015 7:22 am

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Shots - Health News
4:04 am
Fri May 8, 2015

Cancer Spawns A Construction Boom In Cleveland

An architectural rendering of the Cleveland Clinic's planned cancer center.
Courtesy of the Cleveland Clinic

Originally published on Mon May 11, 2015 4:08 pm

It's difficult to imagine that a seven-story glass building will soon take the place of what's now a vast hole near the corner of Carnegie Avenue and 105th Street in Cleveland. But Cliff Kazmierczak, who is with Turner Construction and overseeing the transformation, points to the gray sky, tracing a silhouette with his fingertips. In two years, he says, the Cleveland Clinic's nearly $300 million cancer center is slated to open here.

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NPR Story
4:04 am
Fri May 8, 2015

Casinos Bet On Change After Younger Players Ignore 'Boring' Slot Machines

Originally published on Fri May 8, 2015 7:28 am

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NPR Story
4:04 am
Fri May 8, 2015

Whole Foods Tries To Shake 'Whole Paycheck' Rep With Cheaper Spinoff

A woman shops at the Whole Foods Market in Woodmere Village, Ohio, on March 27, 2014. The grocery chain has become known for its high-priced food and says its new chain will offer "value prices."
Tony Dejak ASSOCIATED PRESS

Originally published on Fri May 8, 2015 11:51 am

Upscale grocery store chain Whole Foods (often referred to as "Whole Paycheck" because of its high prices) announced this week that it's launching a new offshoot brand — with lower prices — to appeal to younger, millennial shoppers.

Walter Robb, co-CEO of Whole Foods, says it will be a "uniquely branded store concept unlike anything that currently exists in the marketplace" with "value prices ... a modern, streamlined design, innovative technology and a curated selection."

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NPR Story
4:04 am
Fri May 8, 2015

Recovering From A Rough March, Economy Adds 223,000 Jobs In April

Originally published on Fri May 8, 2015 8:00 am

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Your Money
2:51 am
Fri May 8, 2015

Being A Loyal Auto Insurance Customer Can Cost You

Some auto insurance companies could be using a tactic called "price optimization" to charge loyal customers a higher premium.
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Originally published on Thu May 14, 2015 8:24 pm

Updated 7:38 p.m. May 12, 2015: This story has been updated to include more details and additional comments from the insurance industry.

Many companies reward their most loyal customers with incentives, discounts and freebies. But in car insurance, the opposite can actually happen. A driver can be punished with a higher premium just for being loyal to the company. 

It's called price optimization, and it happens to lots of people all the time. A driver could have no history of accidents but all of a sudden their car insurance goes up.

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Business
4:19 pm
Thu May 7, 2015

Whole Foods To Open Lower-Cost Stores For Millennials

Originally published on Thu May 7, 2015 6:28 pm

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Parallels
4:19 pm
Thu May 7, 2015

'Haqqathon' Takes Anti-ISIS Fight To Cyberspace

Haqqathon-ers from the winning team, which developed the social media site Champions of Islam, at the event in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
Courtesy of Rim-Sarah Alouane

Originally published on Fri May 8, 2015 8:24 am

In Arabic, haqq is the word for truth.

Last week in the United Arab Emirates, group of Muslim scholars held what they called a "haqqathon" – a hackathon meant to create new ways for Islamic scholars to connect with young Muslims and, by doing so, defuse violent extremists like the self-proclaimed Islamic State.

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The Two-Way
2:52 pm
Thu May 7, 2015

Crowdfunding Sought To Release Orson Welles' Unfinished Final Film

Orson Welles' last film, The Other Side of the Wind, may finally be nearing release after decades as one of cinema's most storied unfinished creations.
Jacques Langevin AP

Originally published on Thu May 7, 2015 4:32 pm

Orson Welles' The Other Side of the Wind has been the subject of books, legal battles and controversy — all for a movie that was never completed. But, if a group of producers have their way, the movie that was supposed to be Welles' comeback film might still see the light of day.

As NPR's Andrew Limbong reports, they have started a $2 million crowdfunding campaign on the website Indiegogo to finish putting the movie together. Andrew says:

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The Salt
1:39 pm
Thu May 7, 2015

From Cartoon Chubster To Handsome Hipster: McDonald's Revamps Hamburglar

The Hamburglar is all grown up, slimmed down — and with a family.
McDonald's AP

Originally published on Thu May 7, 2015 8:02 pm

We usually hate it when media speculate about whether a celebrity has had a nip or tuck, but it must be said: The Hamburglar has definitely had some work done.

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The Two-Way
12:09 pm
Thu May 7, 2015

Whole Foods Launching Lower-Cost Stores Geared Toward Millennials

A man carries a surfboard past a Whole Foods store in Santa Monica, Calif. Whole Foods Market Inc. reported underwhelming second-quarter earnings on Wednesday.
Reed Saxon AP

Originally published on Thu May 7, 2015 3:00 pm

Whole Foods, the upscale grocery store chain famous for its bright displays of produce and emphasis on organic foods, plans to launch a new chain of lower-priced stores aimed at millennial shoppers.

The yet-to-be-named stores will "feature a modern streamlined design, innovative technology and a curated selection," the company says in a statement.

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NPR Ed
10:08 am
Thu May 7, 2015

Confusing Financial Aid Letters Leave Students, Parents Adrift

"Knowing exactly how much college is going to cost should be as simple as knowing how many calories there are in a slice of bread," said Sen. Al Franken of Minnesota.
LA Johnson/NPR

Originally published on Thu May 7, 2015 3:34 pm

Raised in foster care from the time he was 14, Marquell Moorer was determined to go to college, keeping up his grades and working part time at Dairy Queen to save up money for it.

By the end of his senior year at a high school in Milwaukee, he'd done so well that letters of acceptance started pouring in from not one or two, but 12 colleges and universities.

Moorer was still riding high when another wave of letters started to arrive: the ones outlining how much financial aid he would or would not be offered by each school.

And those proved a lot less clear cut.

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The Record
8:57 am
Thu May 7, 2015

Songwriters And Streaming Services Battle Over Decades-Old Decree

Neil Portnow (left), president and CEO of The Recording Academy, talks with Lee Thomas Miller, head of the Nashville Songwriters Association International, at a music licensing hearing in 2014.
Paul Morigi WireImage for NARAS

Originally published on Thu May 7, 2015 1:16 pm

Music streaming services like Spotify and Pandora continue to grow more popular with music fans — but not with musicians, who complain they used to earn more in royalties from CD sales and music downloads. Songwriters say they've been hit even harder, and the Department of Justice appears to be taking their complaints seriously: It's exploring big changes to the music publishing business for the first time since World War II.

If you look at the top songs on the Billboard charts, most of them were written by at least one professional songwriter. It's a real job.

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Around the Nation
4:53 am
Thu May 7, 2015

Unrest In West Baltimore Puts Elderly And Sick At Additional Risk

Originally published on Thu May 7, 2015 6:58 am

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