Law
5:27 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

Former JPMorgan Chase Traders Charged Over 'White Whale' Bets

Originally published on Fri August 16, 2013 8:40 am

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From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.

ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

And I'm Robert Siegel.

Federal prosecutors have charged two former JPMorgan Chase traders with securities fraud. The two men worked in London. And they are part of the so-called London Whale case, which cost the company more than $6 billion. U.S. officials say the men lied about the value of some derivatives trades to cover up mounting lawsuits. More from NPR's Jim Zarroli.

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Research News
5:27 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

New Drug Study Revives Debate Over Prostate Cancer Screening

Originally published on Fri August 16, 2013 8:40 am

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It's clear from Dick Knox's story just now that there are a lot of caveats that come along with the study of finasteride. One physician, Dr. Michael LeFevre, certainly feels that way. Dr. LeFevre is a professor at University of Missouri Medical School, and he's co-vice chair of the United States Preventive Services Task Force. He joins us now from Columbia, Missouri. Welcome.

DR. MICHAEL LEFEVRE: Thanks very much.

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5:17 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

Employee pension law still intact despite deleted provisions

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Judges ruled a 2011 law provision that would have made employees hired before April 1997 contribute 4 percent to their pensions or have a 401(K) unconstitutional. Another provision in the law that changed how overtime pay factored in to pensions was also struck down.
LANSING - A Michigan Court of Appeals panel struck down key portions of changes to the state's employee pensions law, but left open the question of whether or not the entire public act was valid.
5:14 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

State unemployment up slightly, down compared to last year

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Employment was flat this July yet ten thousand more Michiganders claimed to be unemployed last month. Analysts say that’s because more people were looking for jobs in July.
LANSING - Michigan's unemployment rate ticked up to 8.8 percent in July, marking the second consecutive monthly increase as more people entered the job market. The rate rose from 8.7 percent in June and 8.5 percent in May.
5:12 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

Kalamazoo commission third time candidate to run again

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Nick Boyd owns United Lawn Service and does financial work with Primerica Incorporated. He’s also on the city’s Zoning Board of Appeals and friends of recreation board.
KALAMAZOO, MI -- Business owner and financial adviser Nick Boyd will try a third run this year for Kalamazoo City Commission in the Nov. 5 election. Boyd, 29, is the owner of United Lawn Service and a financial adviser with Primerica Inc. He ran unsuccessfully for city commission in 2009 and 2011.
It's All Politics
4:55 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

GOP Debate: Is Obamacare Fight Worth A Government Shutdown?

Originally published on Fri August 16, 2013 8:40 am

Congressional Republicans agree that the new federal health care program should be ended. But they are finding themselves bitterly divided over how.

They have tried dozens of times to repeal it. Now, some GOP lawmakers want to block all money for Obamacare in a stopgap spending bill that must be approved next month to prevent the government from shutting down on Oct. 1. But other Republicans say that won't work and may well backfire.

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Business
4:52 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

More Companies Encourage Workers To Volunteer, On The Clock

Kristin Yentes (right) and other volunteers from U.S. Bank serve breakfast to diners at Catholic Charities Opportunity Center in Minneapolis. Workers from the bank have been volunteering with Catholic Charities for more than a year.
Jeffrey Thompson MPR

Originally published on Fri August 16, 2013 8:40 am

You're not likely to find many bankers wearing those old stereotypical green visors these days. But at U.S. Bank, some employees sport hairnets — at least when they're serving breakfast.

Every Friday morning, a group of U.S. Bank employees stands elbow to elbow at a Minneapolis soup kitchen, doling out French toast, sausage and other breakfast goodies. Most of the people getting free breakfast are homeless men who lug their belongings in plastic bags.

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Author Interviews
3:39 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

Shipping: The 'Invisible Industry' That Clothes And Feeds You

Ninety percent of what we wear, eat and consume is carried by container ships like this one at the state-run Jaya Container Terminal of Sri Lanka's port of Colombo.
Lakruwan Wanniarachchi AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed August 14, 2013 4:38 pm

Imagine a ship carrying goods in containers that, if lined up, would stretch around 11,000 miles long, or nearly halfway around the planet. Rose George spent several weeks aboard one such ship as research for her new book, Ninety Percent of Everything: Inside Shipping, the Invisible Industry That Puts Clothes on Your Back, Gas in Your Car and Food on Your Plate.

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3:31 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

Begging arrests ruled unconstitutional in Michigan

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A three-judge panel declared police officers violated the First Amendment rights of two homeless men when they were arrested while asking for change.
Washington- A federal appeals court has ruled Michigan's Depression-era law that criminalizes begging is unconstitutional because it violates the First Amendment. The three-judge panel unanimously upheld a lower court decision that said Grand Rapids police were wrong to arrest two homeless men in 2011 for asking for change.
3:28 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

Oshtemo Township opposes new high-voltage power lines

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The township consulted an administrative law judge who said the company’s certificate did not show how the project would outweigh the social, financial, and environmental costs.
OSHTEMO TOWNSHIP, MI -- The state has approved plans for high-voltage power transmission lines through several miles of Oshtemo Township, but the township will appeal the decision. The Oshtemo Township Board of Trustees met in closed session Tuesday to discuss its response to a ruling from the Michigan Public Service Commission that granted a certificate of public convenience and necessity to ITC for its proposed Weeds Lake project.
3:25 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

Jackson lays off 15 employees due to stormwater fee

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This comes as a result of a Michigan Court of Appeals decision that declared the city’s stormwater tax illegal.
JACKSON, MI - The city isn't just eliminating services anymore. Fifteen city of Jackson employees will lose their jobs after the Jackson City Council eliminated certain city services in the wake of a court decision that left Jackson without a stormwater utility and the revenue that comes with it.
The Two-Way
2:35 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

'Nothing Racist' Implied In 'Obama' Act, Says Rodeo Clown

A photo taken of the clown who wore a mask resembling President Obama during a rodeo Saturday at the Missouri State Fair.
Jameson Hsieh AP

Originally published on Fri August 16, 2013 8:40 am

Tuffy Gessling, the rodeo clown at the center of the controversy over the skit at the Missouri State Fair in which a man wearing a President Obama mask was mocked, says "nothing racist was ever implied."

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Music
2:23 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

African-American Musicians, More Than Just Jazz

Johnny Linton, a music student, performs at the Gateways Music Festival's Youth Showcase Concert
Jim Hunter Gateways Music Festival

Jazz or blues may be the first thing that comes to mind we think of the contributions that African Americans have made to American music genres, but that overlooks the rich heritage of African- Americans in classical music. For two decades the Gateways Music Festival has challenged that image. This year the festival celebrates its 20th Anniversary in Rochester, New York and continues to celebrate the contributions of African-Americans to classical music by featuring world class musicians and conductors of African heritage.

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NPR Story
1:46 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

Past Immigration Policies Had A Reverse Effect, Professor Says

Originally published on Wed August 14, 2013 2:20 pm

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NPR Story
1:46 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

'Happiness, Like Water' Based On Nigerian-American Writer's Reality

Montreux Rotholtz Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Originally published on Wed August 14, 2013 7:43 pm

Nigerian-American author Chinelo Okparanta was shortlisted for this year's prestigious Caine Prize for African Writing. But she says that initially, writing short stories wasn't a style she thought she'd be good at.

"When I started, I thought I was a novelist, and I had written some short stories and I thought that they failed at being whatever short stories should be," Okparanta tells Tell Me More's guest host Celeste Headlee. "I'm not sure how it ended up that I somehow learned to write a short story."

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Parallels
1:13 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

French Maker Of Military Rafts Gets An American Identity

U.S. Marines with 4th Force Reconnaissance Company slide off F470 Combat Rubber Raiding Crafts during training in Waimanalo, Hawaii. The French company Zodiac has been the U.S. military's choice for inflatable rubber rafts for roughly two decades. Now the company is making the rafts in the U.S.
Lance Cpl. Reece E. Lodder Marine Corps Base Hawaii

Originally published on Fri August 16, 2013 8:40 am

For roughly two decades, the Zodiac has been the U.S. military's choice for inflatable rubber rafts. These rafts, especially the high-end model F470, are not the recreational rafts you take out to the lake on a Sunday, says Lionel Boudeau, the head of Zodiac's North America operations.

"It is used for a large variety of missions, like assault landings, infiltration and exfiltration," he says. "It can be deployed from the shore or deployed from the air by an aircraft, a helicopter, by a submarine. It is used by special forces and regular Army."

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Asia
12:28 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

On Mount Everest, Sherpa Guides Bear The Brunt Of The Danger

Lhamu Chhiki's husband, Chhewang Nima, summited Mount Everest 19 times. He died while leading a private expedition on Mount Baruntse in 2010.
Courtesy of Grayson Schaffer

Originally published on Tue August 20, 2013 1:46 pm

The Sherpa people of Nepal have become famous for guiding mountain climbers up some of the world's highest peaks, especially Mount Everest. And while Sherpa guides earn relatively good pay for their work, they and their families pay a price in death and injury. According to Grayson Schaffer, a senior editor and writer for Outside magazine, a Sherpa working above Everest's base camp is nearly 10 times more likely to die than a commercial fisherman, the most dangerous, nonmilitary occupation in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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9:38 am
Wed August 14, 2013

BC activist begins gun violence walk

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Holley says he plans to meet with the Rev. Jesse Jackson, Senior, after he gets to Chicago.
Battle Creek Community Activist Bobby Holley began Tuesday a 170-mile walk to Chicago to rally people against gun violence. Holly expects the trip to take about 10 days and said he will be talking about his crusade against violence to people along the way and hopes to hold rallies in communities he visits.
9:32 am
Wed August 14, 2013

Albion school millage on fall ballot

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The tax would raise $3.5 million for the district that closed its high school because of budget problems.
ALBION - Albion Public Schools will in November ask voters to approve a new property tax that would help fund building upkeep and keep the deficit-ridden district on track to become financially solvent by 2018.
NPR Story
8:37 am
Wed August 14, 2013

UPS Plane Crashes Near Birmingham, Ala.; 2 Dead

Originally published on Wed August 14, 2013 9:16 am

A UPS cargo plane crashed near the airport in Birmingham, Ala., Wednesday morning. The pilot and co-pilot were both killed.

Around the Nation
7:41 am
Wed August 14, 2013

What Food Should Astronauts Eat On The Way To Mars?

Originally published on Wed August 14, 2013 9:16 am

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Sports
7:35 am
Wed August 14, 2013

Brazilian Soccer Team Is Full Of Stars

Originally published on Wed August 14, 2013 9:16 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Good morning, I'm David Greene.

What do John Lennon, Michael Jackson and Mahatma Gandhi have in common? You guessed it: They all play for the same Brazilian soccer team. The team is Atletico Goianiense. They just signed a striker named Carlos Adriano Souza Cruz. He's better known as Adriano Michael Jackson for his smooth celebration dances. Brazilian players often go by nicknames, even putting them on their jerseys. Just ask national team player Hulk. He's the one who looks like actor Lou Ferrigno.

7:15 am
Wed August 14, 2013

Oshtemo moves ahead on nondiscrimination ordinance

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The proposed ordinance is modeled on similar laws adopted by the City of Kalamazoo and Kalamazoo Township. Among other things it would ban discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.
OSHTEMO TOWNSHIP, MI -- Oshtemo Township is moving forward with a non-discrimination ordinance after the board voted 5-2 Tuesday to accept the ordinance on first reading, with trustees Dave Bushouse and Nancy Carr opposing. The board plans to consider the ordinance for approval at its next regular meeting at 7 p.m.
SW Michigan
7:10 am
Wed August 14, 2013

City candidates file for November election

Kalamazoo City Hall from Bronson Park
Credit WMUK

There will be 15 names on the ballot for Kalamazoo City Commission this fall. Tuesday was the deadline for candidates to file papers for the November General Election. The candidates that met that deadline include all but one of the seven members of the current commission. The exception is Vice-Mayor Hannah McKinney who announced earlier that she would not seek another term.

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6:58 am
Wed August 14, 2013

Campbell quits Portage City Council

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The Council can appoint someone to fill in temporarily until the November election. After that it will pick someone to fill out the remaining two years of Campbell's term.
PORTAGE, MI - Portage City Councilwoman Elizabeth Campbell surprisingly resigned Tuesday. Portage Mayor Pete Strazdas at the end of the meeting read a statement from Campbell in which she said "It is with deep regret that I must submit my letter of resignation from the Portage City Council effective immediately for personal reasons."
Middle East
6:56 am
Wed August 14, 2013

Months-Long Political Crisis In Egypt Erupts Into Violence

Originally published on Wed August 14, 2013 9:16 am

Security forces in Cairo have begun to forcibly disband two massive protest camps there. Supporters of ousted Islamist President Morsi have been conducting a sit-in for weeks amid threats of a government crackdown. For details, Renee Montagne talks to Michael Wahid Hanna, an analyst with The Century Foundation.

Middle East
6:31 am
Wed August 14, 2013

After 5 Years, Mideast Peace Talks To Resume

Originally published on Sun August 18, 2013 8:23 am

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Asia
5:36 am
Wed August 14, 2013

Rescuers In India Try To Reach Sailors Trapped In Submarine

Originally published on Wed August 14, 2013 9:16 am

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In India, rescuers are trying to reach 18 sailors feared trapped in a submarine that caught fire after a massive explosion in Mumbai last night. The defense ministry said at least some of those on board have been killed. This smoldering sub is in its berth at a highly secured naval base, with only a portion visible above the surface.

This incident comes as a setback for India, just as the country is trying to beef up its military. And for more, we're joined by NPR's Julie McCarthy from New Delhi. Julie, good morning.

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Law
5:36 am
Wed August 14, 2013

Feds Sue To Block Proposed Airline Merger

Originally published on Wed August 14, 2013 9:16 am

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And let's hear now about a proposed airline merger. In a surprise move, the Justice Department announced yesterday that it will try to stop American Airlines and U.S. Airways from becoming one. This is largely because of two other mergers that made both Delta and United Airlines much bigger. Those deals were approved back in 2008 and 2010. Now, as NPR's Wade Goodwyn reports from Dallas, the government seems determined to change course.

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Business
5:36 am
Wed August 14, 2013

Heard It Through The Grapevine: Raisin Grower Goes Rogue

Originally published on Fri August 16, 2013 6:26 am

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Now, the story of a man many call an outlaw. His crime: growing raisins and then deciding to sell them all. His case made it all the way to the Supreme Court.

Planet Money's Zoe Chace has the story.

ZOE CHACE, BYLINE: You might imagine that such an ordinary thing like a raisin works the same way lots of other stuff works. The raisin grower takes his sun-dried grapes and sells them, as many as he can to whoever wants them. That's not what happens.

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