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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On The Ballot In Georgia This Year: JFK
By Adam Ragusea

April 24, 2014

JFK is running for a Georgia state Senate seat this year — John Flanders Kennedy, that is. He's a Republican, but his signs bear an uncanny similarity to the logo the former president once used.

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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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The Man Who Would Own All The World's 'Speed' — But Only On VHS
By Audie Cornish

April 24, 2014

Ryan Beitz has a goal: Collect every VHS copy of the movie Speed known to man. He has over 500 of them now, he says. But the man pushes on, scouring the earth for more.


A Biography Of Your Cubicle: How This Became The Modern Workplace
By Rosecrans Baldwin

April 24, 2014

The office has long been seen as a symbol of boredom: It's a killer of spirits, a destroyer of spontaneity. But reviewer Rosecrans Baldwin says a new book brings out its entertaining side.

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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?

Tech Giants Pony Up Cash To Help Prevent Another Heartbleed
By Aarti Shahani

April 24, 2014

Google, Intel and others say they will now financially support the open-source software that encrypts much of the traffic on the Internet. The effort follows the discovery of a key security flaw.

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Internet Freedom Debate Stokes Rivalry Between Turkey's Top Two
By Peter Kenyon

April 24, 2014

Turkey has been roiled by street protests, a Twitter ban controversy and, most recently, a growing rivalry between the ruling party's top two figures, the president and prime minister.

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.


Despite Popularity, Mysteries Of E-Cigarettes Persist
By NPR Staff

April 24, 2014

Tom Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, explains the new research on e-cigarettes and offers his take on new regulations proposed by the Food and Drug Administration.

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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.


Firefights And Fallen Separatists, As Ukraine Offensive Advances
By Eleanor Beardsley

April 24, 2014

Early Thursday morning, the Ukrainian military moved into towns held by militants. Firefights and casualties have been reported at a number of different locations.

In Answer To Palestinian Unity, Israelis Step Away From Peace Talks
By Melissa Block

April 24, 2014

The Israeli government suspended peace talks with Palestinians, citing a unity agreement announced Wednesday by Palestinian leadership. The Israeli security cabinet came to the decision unanimously, angered by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas's decision to end a seven-year schism with the Hamas movement.


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.

Chemical Weapons Deadline May Be Met, But Results In Syria Are Mixed
By Alice Fordham

April 24, 2014

Syria will likely meet an upcoming deadline to hand over its declared chemical weapons. But the agreement seems to have emboldened the Syrian regime to use other brutal tactics, including a chemical not covered by the deal.