All Tech Considered
5:16 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Visa Makes Big Move To Boost Consumer Spending Online

Visa Checkout will store customers' credit card numbers and billing addresses once without their having to re-enter the information each time they shop online.
Visa

Originally published on Fri July 18, 2014 11:28 am

Here's an experience many of us have had: You're shopping on your smartphone. You click on the shoes or books you want. But then, when you get to the shopping cart, you abandon ship.

Visa says that's a big problem for retailers. On Wednesday, the credit card company announced it's rolling out a brand new system designed to get us to spend more money online.

One Password, Many Tokens

Visa is actually trying to fix two problems with one swipe.

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Law
4:19 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

With New Virtual Currency Rules, N.Y. Regulators Tread A Fine Line

Originally published on Thu July 17, 2014 7:31 am

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

Banking regulators in New York State are expected to release new rules this week governing Bitcoins and other virtual currencies. From member station WSHU Charles Lane reports that many industry experts welcome the regulations but some worry that they could end up limiting the creative potential of this new way of doing business.

CHARLES LANE, BYLINE: In many ways virtual currencies are just like old-fashioned money. You can buy furniture, books, beer, whatever. But some say it's even better than money.

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Politics
4:19 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Miss. Primary Saga Rolls On, As McDaniel Refuses To Back Down

Originally published on Wed July 16, 2014 8:02 pm

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AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

Mississippi's Republican Senate runoff was decided three weeks ago, but the loser in that race refuses to accept the results. Longtime Sen. Thad Cochran is the certified winner, but his tea party-backed challenger, Chris McDaniel, alleges there might have been thousands of improper votes cast and today another twist. NPR political editor Charlie Mahtesian joins us now to talk about that twist. And Charlie, State Sen. Chris McDonnell's campaign held a much anticipated press conference today. But what actually happened?

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Shots - Health News
4:19 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Patients With Low-Cost Insurance Struggle To Find Specialists

Dr. Charu Sawhney examines patient Mang Caan. Sawhney supports the Affordable Care Act, but has been frustrated by how difficult it is to find specialists who accept some of the plans her patients bought.
Carrie Feibel for NPR

Originally published on Wed July 16, 2014 8:02 pm

The Hope Clinic in southwest Houston is in the very heart of Asia Town, a part of the city where bland strip malls hide culinary treasures — Vietnamese pho, Malaysian noodles, Sichuan rabbit and bubble tea.

Inside the clinic, internist Charu Sawhney sees patients from many countries and circumstances. She's a big believer in the Affordable Care Act since most of her patients have been uninsured. She actively pushed many of them to sign up for the new plans.

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Politics
2:41 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Cory Booker Wants To Help Ex-Offenders Be Economically Productive

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JACKI LYDEN, HOST:

This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Jacki Lyden. Michel Martin is away.

Cory Booker was in the political spotlight long before he was sworn in as New Jersey's junior senator in 2014. His first campaign to become mayor of Newark was the focus of an award-winning documentary. Part of his term in that office was chronicled in a television series for the Sundance Channel.

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Art & Design
2:41 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Does Donna Karan's Ramadan Line Border On Cultural Commodification?

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JACKI LYDEN, HOST:

Now we shift our focus from the political to the sartorial. And there's no one better for sartorial splendor and sense than Pulitzer Prize-winning fashion critic Robin Givhan, who's aesthetic and economic and historical perspectives inform her commentary. Robin joins me to discuss a range of headlines, seemly and not, from the fashion world from her office at The Washington Post. Robin, welcome to the program.

ROBIN GIVHAN: Hi, Jacki. It's good to be here.

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Music Interviews
2:41 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Shared Musical Traditions Of Russia And Iran In 'East Of Melancholy'

Kamangar uses classical music to bridge the gap between Russia and Iran.
Lisa-Marie Mazzuco

Originally published on Tue July 22, 2014 2:46 pm

Classical pianist and composer Tara Kamangar's new album, East of Melancholy, guides us along the border between Iran and Russia.

The two countries share a 1,200 mile border as well as a rich cultural history in the area of the Caspian Sea and the Caucasus mountains dating back to 4000 BC.

In both countries, music has been a passion and articulation of identity.

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Africa
1:55 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Nigeria's Boko Haram 'More Extreme Than Al-Qaida,' Journalist Says

This week, Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai met with some of the girls who escaped Boko Haram's captivity. The Islamic extremist group gained attention in April when it kidnapped more than 200 girls from a school in northeastern Nigeria. Many girls are still missing.
Olamikan Gbemiga AP

Originally published on Wed July 16, 2014 2:20 pm

The Nigerian group Boko Haram is part of a new generation of Islamist extremists. It was founded in 2002, but received only limited, periodic attention until April when it kidnapped more than 200 girls after raiding a school in northeastern Nigeria and threatening to marry the girls off or sell them as slaves. Some girls escaped, but many are still missing.

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Music
1:55 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Every Composer Needs A Great Storyteller

Originally published on Thu July 17, 2014 11:39 am

The legendary German conductor Otto Klemperer was one of the most profound musicians of the 20th Century. In the 1960s, nearing the end of his career, he overcame many physical handicaps to create an astonishing body of recorded classical music. EMI has just reissued a broad spectrum of his recordings, including a box set of one of the composers he's most associated with: Gustav Mahler. Fresh Air classical music critic Lloyd Schwartz has a review of Mahler: Symphonies 2, 4, 7 & 9 / Das Lied von der Erde.

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12:37 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Boil Water Advisory Lifted in Vicksburg

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The advisory was issued after a water main break on Sunday
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
VICKSBURG, MI - A water boil advisory for Vicksburg residents that was prompted by a water main break has been rescinded. Ron Smith, Vicksburg village trustee and president pro-tem of the Vicksburg Village Council, said the boil order was rescinded following several tests for possible contamination.
Business
10:32 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Murdoch Says His Bid For Rival Time Warner Was Rejected

Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox confirmed that it made an offer to buy the owner of HBO, Warner Bros., TBS and CNN but got shot down.

7:31 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Derek Jeter has Two Hits, Receives Standing Ovation, in Final All-Star Game

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The former Kalamazoo high school star announced earlier this year that this will be his final season
MINNEAPOLIS -- It was as good as you're going to get from the reluctant hero. Derek Jeter had two hits - that's about as good as anyone could expect in the Yankees icon's last All-Star Game.
7:16 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Bankruptcy Judge Criticizes Detroit Water Shutoffs

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Judge Steven Rhodes says it may not be in his authority to address water shut offs.
Detroit's program to cut off water to residents who have not paid their bills has given the city a bad reputation in the eyes of the world and U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes is using his courtroom to demand that the city better address the problem.
Around the Nation
6:59 am
Wed July 16, 2014

3 Vintage VW Buses Stolen From Hotel Parking Lot

Originally published on Wed July 16, 2014 10:32 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne with the story of a really cheesy theft of three vintage Volkswagon buses. Now they were valuable - worth $100,000 each. The vintage buses were also bright orange, custom designed to look like loaves of cheese. The Tillamook cheese vans were on a publicity tour when they were stolen from a hotel parking lot in Sacramento. Two men were arrested for stealing the vans after, of course, they were spotted in a storage locker. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

6:53 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Mob Boss Linked to Jimmy Hoffa's Disappearance Dies

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Last summer authorities searched property formerly owned by Giacomo Tocco for Hoffa's remains
Giacomo Black Jack Tocco, believed by law enforcement to have run the Detroit mafia for more than three decades, died Monday at age 87. Mr. Tocco was a key figure in the investigation into the disappearance of Teamster boss Jimmy Hoffa in 1975. His death was reported by Bagnasco & Calcaterra Funeral Home in Sterling Heights.
Around the Nation
6:53 am
Wed July 16, 2014

YMCA Campers Mistaken For Migrant Kids Headed For Detention

Originally published on Wed July 16, 2014 10:32 am

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Africa
6:44 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Young Pakistani Activist Urges Nigeria To Do More For Kidnapped Girls

Originally published on Wed July 16, 2014 10:32 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

When more than 250 schoolgirls were kidnapped by Islamist extremists in Nigeria, the president of Nigeria was accused of a slow response. That was three months ago. Now trust between the families of the girls and their government is all but gone. NPR's Ofeibea Quist-Arcton reports.

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6:32 am
Wed July 16, 2014

No Word on Perrigo Seeking a Buyer

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The company offered no comment on a report in an Israeli business publication
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
ALLEGAN, MI - Shares of Perrigo Co. PLC gained more than 9 percent Monday in heavy trading as investors reacted to a report that the store-brand products maker may be looking for a buyer. Israeli business publication Globes reported that Perrigo has hired an investment bank "to consider its sale through a merger with a major pharmaceutical firm."
6:20 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Battle Creek City Commission Endorses Missile Defense Mission for Fort Custer

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Four sites are being considered by the Defense Department
The Battle Creek City Commission formally put its support behind Fort Custer's bid for a new missile defense mission. The commission on Tuesday unanimously approved a resolution that urges the U.S. Department of Defense Missile Defense Agency to select the Fort Custer Training Center as the location for a new ground-based interceptor ballistic missile-defense mission.
6:18 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Kalamazoo County DHS Director Says Agency is on Right Path Despite Deficit

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County Human Services Director says progress is being made to ensure proper care of children
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
KALAMAZOO, MI - Despite the Kalamazoo County Department of Human Services projecting to end 2014 with a $15,000 deficit, its director says the agency is on the path to financial recovery after needing two emergency cash infusions earlier this year to fund its childcare placements.
NPR Story
5:02 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Apple Teams Up With Former Rival On Business App

Originally published on Wed July 16, 2014 10:32 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

NPR's Business News starts with old rivals teaming up. Apple and IBM were intense competitors 30 years ago during the early days of the personal computer. But now, in the mobile age, the two companies have struck a deal to develop business apps. The hope is to translate IBM's vast corporate computing services into easy-to-use apps. The deal also includes plans to sell iPhones and iPads to IBM's corporate customers, expanding Apple's traditional customer base beyond consumers. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

NPR Story
5:02 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Marvel Comics Rewrites Thor Into A Woman

Originally published on Wed July 16, 2014 10:32 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

And our last word in Business is Goddess of Thunder.

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Marvel Comics is turning one of its biggest superheroes into a woman. Thor is the hammer-wielding, long-haired protagonist, based on the god of Norse mythology.

INSKEEP: Who's been fighting aliens, demons and even Dracula since 1960s. The new Thor will be the eighth title from Marvel to feature a lead female. The publisher says it's aiming to speak directly to women and girls, not the traditional target audience for comic books.

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NPR Story
5:02 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Israelis, Palestinians Defy Recent Violence To Break Fast Together

Originally published on Wed July 16, 2014 10:32 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

And I'm Steve Inskeep. Another day's worth of rockets has flown from Gaza to Israel. Another day's worth of Israeli strikes have hit Gaza. After a cease-fire fell apart, it's not clear how this conflict ends.

MONTAGNE: But this morning, we have a story of people waging peace. However briefly, they tried to bridge their differences. The story begins with a coincidence of the calendar. NPR's Ari Shapiro explains from Jerusalem.

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NPR Story
5:02 am
Wed July 16, 2014

House Approves $11 Billion To Keep Highway Fund Solvent

Originally published on Wed July 16, 2014 10:32 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

We have another update now on a basic piece of federal business that's not getting done. Congress has been fighting over the Highway Trust Fund. It pays the federal share of road and bridge construction projects. That trust fund is running on fumes. In the absence of a long-term agreement, the House has passed a temporary extension. It would provide $11 billion to keep the fund paying out until spring. President Obama had been pressing for a long-term fix but says he will settle for this. Here's NPR's Brian Naylor.

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WMUK News
12:00 am
Wed July 16, 2014

State Targets Sites With Underground Tank Leaks

The site of the former Harvard Industries in Albion.
Credit Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

A report on DEQ tank triage and a former foundry site in Albion

Underground tanks get special attention in state and federal environmental law.

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8:50 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

National Poll Indicates Tighter Race for Governor, but Other Surveys Show Snyder Holding Lead

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Various political websites have the Michigan governor's race as "Leans Republican" or "Toss up"
LANSING, MI -- A new national poll shows the gap between Republican Gov. Rick Snyder and challenger former Democratic U.S. Rep. Mark Schauer may be closing. The poll, conducted for NBC News, shows that, if the election were held today, 46 percent of registered voters would back Snyder, while 44 percent would vote for Schauer.
8:45 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

New Poll Shows Amash Maintaining Lead over Ellis in Congressional Primary

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Survey by Grand Rapids-based Strategic National similar to other independent polls of race
GRAND RAPIDS, MI - With three weeks to go before the August primary, challenger Brian Ellis faces an upward battle against U.S. Rep. Justin Amash, should new poll numbers verify. The poll, conducted by Grand Rapids-based Strategic National, shows 47 percent of likely primary voters would choose Amash, while about 24 percent would back Ellis - a 23 point lead.
8:38 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Public Can Meet Candidates at Kalamazoo Gazette This Week

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Candidates in contested primaries have been invited
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
KALAMAZOO, MI - The Kalamazoo Gazette is hosting primary candidates for county and state races during meet the candidates night events on Wednesday and Thursday. The event for candidates seeking state office will be held at the Kalamazoo Gazette hub, 306 S. Kalamazoo Mall, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
8:34 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Baby Giraffes on Display for First Time at Binder Park Zoo

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Giraffes were born June 12
One monkey, two giraffes, two guinea hogs: The animal family at Binder Park Zoo is growing this year. The zoo announced Tuesday that two baby giraffes - Kitovu, a female born June 12, and Hulka, a male born June 16 - were out in public view for the first time.
NPR Ed
6:54 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Federal Loans Tough To Come By For Community College Students

Tuition and fees at most community colleges these days are pretty reasonable but according to a new report, students in a fifth of these schools do not have access to federal student loans.
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Originally published on Wed July 16, 2014 9:50 am

Tuition and fees at most community colleges are pretty reasonable these days, about $3,500 a year. Which is why the vast majority of community college students don't take out loans to cover their costs. But, according to the Institute for College Access and Success, a non-profit advocacy group based in California, nearly a million community college students who do need help paying for school don't have access to federal student loans.

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