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Tech Giants Settle Wage-Fixing Lawsuit

NPR Top Stories - 4 hours 53 min ago

The suit alleged Google, Apple Intel and Adobe agreed not to recruit each others employees in order to drive down wages.

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Feds Rescind Washington State's 'No Child Left Behind' Waiver

NPR Top Stories - 5 hours 45 min ago

The news marks an important flare-up in a long-running war between teachers unions and the federal government over standardized testing. Washington has become the first state to lose its waiver.

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Kerry Says Window For Russia To Change Course In Ukraine Is Closing

NPR Top Stories - 6 hours 54 min ago

Secretary of State John Kerry said there is no question Russia is behind an effort to destabilize eastern Ukraine.

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

NPR Top Stories - 7 hours 5 min ago

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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Why The U.S. Is Worried About A Deadly Middle Eastern Virus

NPR Top Stories - 7 hours 19 min ago

Middle East Respiratory Syndrome has a fatality rate of about 30 percent. An uptick in new cases in Saudi Arabia has health specialists concerned that the virus could spread outside the region.

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Radioactive Leak At U.S. Waste Dump Was Preventable, Report Says

NPR Top Stories - 7 hours 20 min ago

The Feb. 14 release of radioactive material at the facility in New Mexico that contaminated 21 workers was due to poor management and lack of oversight, the Department of Energy says.

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Yankees Pitcher Suspended Over 'Foreign Substance' On Neck

NPR Top Stories - 7 hours 53 min ago

An umpire threw Michael Pineda out of a game Wednesday after he noticed pine tar smeared on the pitcher's neck.

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Recall Woes Push Along GM's Cultural Reinvention

NPR Top Stories - 8 hours 19 min ago

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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Postal Workers Protest At Staples Over Shift In Jobs

NPR Top Stories - 8 hours 47 min ago

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

NPR Top Stories - 8 hours 49 min ago

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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California Farmers Finagle A Fig For All Seasons

NPR Top Stories - 8 hours 59 min ago

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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Tech Giants Pony Up Cash To Help Prevent Another Heartbleed

NPR Top Stories - 9 hours 5 min ago

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

NPR Top Stories - 9 hours 20 min ago

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.

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NCAA Directors Decide To Allow More Freedom To Wealthier Schools

NPR Top Stories - 9 hours 20 min ago

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.

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

NPR Top Stories - 9 hours 20 min ago

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

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Jobless Claims Bounce Up From Earlier Weeks' Low Levels

NPR Top Stories - 16 hours 32 min ago

The 329,000 applications filed last week for unemployment insurance were more than economists expected. One theory: Easter's relatively late date may have skewed the numbers.

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Stowaway Teen's Father Was Shocked To Hear Son Was In Hawaii

NPR Top Stories - 16 hours 56 min ago

The boy hid in the wheel well of a jet that flew Sunday from San Jose, Calif., to Maui. Though temperatures plunged and oxygen was scant, he survived. The father says Allah "saved him."

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No Breakthrough: 'Object Of Interest' Isn't From Missing Jet

NPR Top Stories - 18 hours 2 min ago

A large piece of metal was found this week along the coast of western Australia. But authorities are convinced it is not debris from Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, which disappeared on March 8.

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Three Americans Dead After Shooting At Kabul Hospital

NPR Top Stories - 18 hours 50 min ago

Authorities say an Afghan security guard opened fire at a hospital run by a U.S.-based Christian group. Two victims were reportedly a father and son. Another U.S. citizen is said to have been hurt.

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Bob Dole Returns To Kansas For Gratitude Tour

NPR Top Stories - 21 hours 56 min ago

The 90-year-old former GOP senator says it's an opportunity to meet with friends and thank voters who supported him during his decades-long career in state and national politics.

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