Life Outside The Fast Lane: Startups Wary Of Web Traffic Plan
By Laura Sydell

April 24, 2014

The Federal Communications Commission's proposal would let Web companies pay for faster access. But entrepreneurs, like Reddit's co-founder, are wondering how they would have fared with such rules.

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Recall Woes Push Along GM's Cultural Reinvention
By Tracy Samilton

April 24, 2014

Critics have blamed General Motors' delayed recall of a defective ignition switch on its dysfunctional culture. But there is already a shift underway to prioritize customers and communication.

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'He's My Partner, Not My Friend': A Primer On LGBT Etiquette
By NPR Staff

April 24, 2014

Steven Petrow is behind the new LGBT/straight etiquette column for The Washington Post called "Civilities." He says many letter writers are just well-meaning people afraid of doing the wrong thing.

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Postal Workers Protest At Staples Over Shift In Jobs
By Yuki Noguchi

April 24, 2014

U.S. Postal Service workers picketed in front of Staples stores on Thursday. They were protesting USPS plans to provide mail services inside Staples stores, using nonunion Staples employees.

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Rural Hospitals Weigh Independence Against Need For Computer Help
By Eric Whitney

April 24, 2014

Hospitals in out-of-the-way places are making trade-offs as they adopt electronic medical records. Some are joining larger health systems, while others are searching for ways to go it alone.

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How One State Convinced Its 'Young Invicibles' To Get Health Insurance
By David Kestenbaum

April 24, 2014

Enrolling in health insurance often doesn't make good economic sense for healthy young people, as they can end up paying a lot for very little coverage. Why are young invincibles still willing to pay?


California Farmers Finagle A Fig For All Seasons
By Alastair Bland

April 24, 2014

Two growers are competing to harvest fresh figs earlier and earlier in hopes of transforming the industry for year-round production. But some fig lovers say they can hold out for summer fruit.

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NCAA Directors Decide To Allow More Freedom To Wealthier Schools
By Tom Goldman

April 24, 2014

Major changes are expected for the NCAA, whose board meets Thursday. Directors will consider giving the five power conferences more autonomy, as well as changing the way scholarships are administered.


With New E-Cigarette Rules, FDA Hopes To Tame A 'Wild, Wild West'
By Rob Stein

April 24, 2014

The Food and Drug Administration is proposing to expand its regulatory powers to e-cigarettes and other popular products containing nicotine.

Report Decries A Cozy Relationship Shared By DHS And Watchdog
By Brian Naylor

April 24, 2014

A Senate panel released a report Thursday that criticizes the inspector general of the Department of Homeland Security. It accuses him of repeatedly compromising his independence.


What Do Net Neutrality Rules Mean For Web Users?
By NPR Staff

April 24, 2014

Tim Wu, a law professor at Columbia University, coined the phrase "net neutrality." He discusses how the Federal Communications Commission's proposed changes could affect the average consumer.

CIA Acts In Syria, Slipping Weapons To Rebels In Secret
By Tom Bowman

April 24, 2014

As diplomatic talks in Geneva have failed to resolve the three-year-old civil war in Syria, the U.S. is undertaking a new covert program to send weapons in support of rebel forces there.


Pacific Island Nation Sues U.S., Others For Violating Nuclear Treaty
By Scott Neuman

April 24, 2014

The Marshall Islands, the site of 66 U.S. nuclear weapons tests between 1946 and 1958, says the Non-Proliferation Treaty requires nuclear states to disarm.

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A Measles Outbreak In The Philippines Travels To The U.S.
By Nancy Shute

April 24, 2014

International travel is one reason why the number of measles cases in the U.S. has spiked this year. But the number of people who refuse to get their children vaccinated is a factor, too.

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American Journalist Freed By Kidnappers In Eastern Ukraine
By Scott Neuman

April 24, 2014

Simon Ostrovsky, a reporter for Vice News, was seized at gunpoint by masked men in the city of Slovyansk earlier this week. Vice says he is now safe and in good health.

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Bracing For A Battle, Vermont Passes GMO Labeling Bill
By Eliza Barclay and Jeremy Bernfeld

April 24, 2014

The Green Mountain State is poised to become the first to require GMO labeling. But a federal lawmaker recently introduced a bill that would outlaw state rules like Vermont's.

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Long-Lost Wreck Off San Francisco Recalls Anti-Chinese History
By Scott Neuman

April 24, 2014

The City of Chester, which sank in 1888 after colliding with the liner Oceanic, has been found. At the time, false reports that the other ship's Chinese crew failed to assist stoked racial hatred.

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The Ten Commandments In The Digital Age
April 24, 2014

From adultery to envy, is social media making it harder to honor the Ten Commandments? Paul Edwards of The Deseret News talks about its series on how the Commandments fit into American life today.


Is Drug Testing For Welfare Fair?
April 24, 2014

Florida Gov. Rick Scott's plan to drug test state workers and welfare recipients ran into trouble in the courts. Law professor Pauline Kim and reporter Curt Anderson discuss the drug testing battle.

Lawyers Use High Court Petition To Highlight Prosecutorial Misconduct
By Carrie Johnson

April 24, 2014

A computer support technician convicted of possessing ricin to use as a weapon wants the Supreme Court to hear his appeal. He says prosecutors denied him due process by failing to disclose evidence.

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