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7:28 am
Fri May 9, 2014

Driver In Carpool Lane Pulled Over For Suspicious Passenger

Originally published on Mon May 12, 2014 3:26 pm

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Good morning, I'm Steve Inskeep.

A state trooper outside Boston saw a car pulling into the carpool lane on I-93. Cars in that lane should have at least two occupants, but something caught the trooper's eye. He pulled over the car and that's when he discovered the driver was using the lane accompanied only by a mannequin head propped up in the passenger seat.

The driver was ticketed despite the artistic effort used on the mannequin which had a mustache drawn on.

Business
5:36 am
Fri May 9, 2014

Crowdfunding Can Help Build Business, But At What Cost?

The website RocketHub connects startups with a funding network. Here, the site's founders (from left): Alon Hillel-Tuch, Vladimir Vukicevic, Brian Meece and Jed Cohen.
RocketHub

Originally published on Mon May 12, 2014 3:26 pm

Entrepreneur Andy Krafsur raised money for Spira Footwear by reaching out to friends and family. But that was a dozen years ago. After the economy tanked, the common tactic became a lot more difficult.

"The pool of people that you can go to has shrunken significantly," Krafsur says, "and everybody goes to those same people."

Then Krafsur found a crowdfunding website that helped his cash flow enormously. The Securities and Exchange Commission is about to approve rules allowing small businesses to reach out to investors through these kinds of crowdfunding networks.

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NPR Story
5:36 am
Fri May 9, 2014

Apple Expected To Buy Beats Electronics

Originally published on Mon May 12, 2014 3:26 pm

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

NPR's business news starts with iPhones and headphones.

Apple is set to buy Beats Electronics for more than $3 billion. That's according to a report in the Financial Times. Beats is a headphone maker founded by hip-hop star Dr. Dre and the producer Jimmy Iovine.

NPR Story
5:11 am
Fri May 9, 2014

Why Has China Become More Aggressive Toward Vietnam?

Originally published on Mon May 12, 2014 3:26 pm

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

The writer Robert Kaplan wrote a book about the South China Sea. He calls it "Asia's Cauldron." And we talked about why it would be that China could slowly claim seascapes there using oil rigs, water canons and ship collisions. I wonder if part of the Chinese thinking in a situation like that might simply be you know you don't want a war with China, 'cause we're a lot bigger than you, and therefore we can do everything short of war to push you around because we think we have rights here. Is that possibly what the Chinese are thinking?

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NPR Story
5:11 am
Fri May 9, 2014

Tensions Heat Up In South China Sea Between China, Vietnam

Originally published on Mon May 12, 2014 3:26 pm

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

On a Friday, it's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep. Let's look more closely now at the competition for control of the South China Sea. That's a strategic body of water surrounded by growing Asian nations like the Philippines, Vietnam and of course, China. Many nations have made overlapping claims for that sea and the resources beneath it. Since several nations are U.S. allies, it's a conflict in which the United States has a big interest.

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NPR Story
5:11 am
Fri May 9, 2014

This Week Is Screen-Free Week,

Originally published on Mon May 12, 2014 3:26 pm

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

And that brings us to today's last word in business - screen-free.

Maybe you read something about this on your phone, or saw a story on television. This week has been Screen-Free Week. Kids and parents around the world made pledges to stop using TVs, tablets, computers or video games - for a while.

The notion is to get kids to spend more time being physically active, playing outside or reading. Kids under 18 spend an average of seven hours and 38 minutes on media devices each day - which concerns pediatrician Michael Rich.

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The Record
3:56 am
Fri May 9, 2014

Well Into Spring, 'Frozen' Soundtrack Keeps The Charts Cool

Singer Idina Menzel (center) and Frozen songwriters Bobby Lopez (left) and Kristen Anderson-Lopez pose with gold records in February. Since then, the movie's soundtrack has sold over 1.5 million more copies.
Alberto E. Rodriguez Getty Images for Disney

Originally published on Mon May 12, 2014 3:26 pm

Disney's animated film Frozen has been racking up impressive statistics since it was released last November. Its box office earnings total $1 billion, worldwide, the movie won two Academy Awards, and on the first day the home video came out, it sold 3.2 million copies. But one stat has taken both Disney and industry analysts by surprise: The soundtrack has become a phenomenon, topping the Billboard 200 chart 13 times.

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Planet Money
3:53 am
Fri May 9, 2014

When Lyrics Get Posted Online, Who Gets Paid?

Rap Genius

Originally published on Mon May 12, 2014 3:26 pm

Any time a song is popular, you'll find people debating it. And at some point during that debate, someone is going to Google the lyrics.

There are roughly 5 million searches for lyrics per day on Google, according to LyricFind. Those searches often lead to websites that post lyrics to lots of songs — and, in many cases, sites that post ads alongside those lyrics.

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Education
3:43 am
Fri May 9, 2014

Books With Gay Themes Put S.C. Colleges' Funding At Risk

Protesters at the College of Charleston rally against proposed state budget cuts on April 21.
Alice Keeney Getty Images

Originally published on Mon May 12, 2014 3:26 pm

House lawmakers in South Carolina have voted to slash funding for two of the state's largest public colleges in retaliation for the introduction of books with gay themes into the schools' freshman reading programs.

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StoryCorps
3:35 am
Fri May 9, 2014

Saying Goodbye To A Friend Who's 'Ready To Go Home'

Eddie Lanier (right) and David Wright became friends when Eddie was homeless in Durham, N.C.
StoryCorps

Originally published on Mon May 12, 2014 3:26 pm

When we first heard from Eddie Lanier Jr. and his friend David Wright in 2006, Eddie, the son of a former mayor of Chapel Hill, N.C., was homeless and a recovering alcoholic.

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Science
3:34 am
Fri May 9, 2014

Former Commando Turns Conservationist To Save Elephants Of Dzanga Bai

Kalron and his team have set up video cameras that transmit real-time images of the bai via satellite.
Courtesy of Maisha Consulting

Originally published on Mon May 12, 2014 3:26 pm

In the spring of 2013, poachers looking for elephant ivory took advantage of the chaos of a civil war raging in the Central African Republic, and massacred 26 rare forest elephants at a special place called the "Dzanga bai."

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She Votes
3:32 am
Fri May 9, 2014

For Moms In Congress, Votes Mix With Diapers And School Pickup

Rep. Linda Sanchez, seen with her son, Joaquin, says balancing her duties as a mother and a member of Congress can be a struggle, but she's lucky to have the flexibility of being a boss.
Courtesy of Linda Sanchez

Originally published on Mon May 12, 2014 3:26 pm

Just nine women have given birth while serving in the U.S. Congress.

Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., has the distinction of having done it three times.

Her son Cole was born in 2007 with a condition called trisomy 21. Grace came in 2010, followed by Brynn this past November.

"Thankfully, she's a good sleeper and she's a good eater," says McMorris Rodgers. "That makes a big difference for a mom."

Even though she has a high-profile job as chairwoman of the House Republican Conference, McMorris Rodgers insists she's just like the rest of us.

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The Protojournalist
7:01 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

13 Spliffy Jobs In The Marijuana Industry

Say what you will about the morality of marijuana, now that 21 U.S. states — and the District of Columbia — have passed some type of pot-friendly legalization, selling weed is big business.

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The Two-Way
6:50 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

House Lawmakers Vote To Reopen Benghazi Probe

South Carolina GOP Rep. Trey Gowdy leaves a closed-door Republican strategy meeting at the Capitol on Wednesday. Gowdy has been tapped to lead the new Benghazi investigative committee.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

Originally published on Thu May 8, 2014 7:24 pm

The House voted on Thursday to establish a new investigative committee to look into circumstances surrounding the attack two years ago on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, that killed the ambassador and three others.

Republicans accuse the White House of misleading the public about the nature of the Sept. 11, 2012, attack and stonewalling efforts by Congress to investigate. Democrats see the creation of the new investigative committee as an election-year political ploy to raise money and motivate the party's base.

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It's All Politics
6:42 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

Latest Partisan Flashpoint: GOP Benghazi Fundraising

NRCC screenshot

Originally published on Thu May 8, 2014 7:09 pm

The name "Benghazi" used to just inflame conservatives. Now it is demonstrating its power to outrage progressives as well, though for different reasons.

To be precise, Democrats are angered not just by the House GOP's creation of a special committee to probe the 2012 terrorist attacks in Libya that left four Americans dead but by Republican fundraising in connection with the Benghazi probe.

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