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10:18 am
Mon September 16, 2013

Bill Would Give Calif. Among Highest Minimum Wages

Assemblyman Luis Alejo, D-Watsonville, right, is congratulated by Assemblyman Roger Dickinson after the Assembly approved Alejo's minimum wage bill at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif., Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013. The bill, AB10, which would raise the minimum wage from the current $8 an hour to $10 by 2016, now goes to the governor.(Rich Pedroncelli/AP)

Originally published on Fri September 13, 2013 7:28 pm

California’s minimum wage would rise to $10 an hour within three years under a bill passed Thursday by the state Legislature, making it one of the highest rates in the nation.

Washington state currently has the top minimum wage at $9.19 an hour, an amount that is pegged to rise with inflation. Some cities, including San Francisco, have slightly higher minimum wages.

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Environment
10:18 am
Mon September 16, 2013

Debate Revs As Decision Stalls Over Oil Pipeline From Canada

A 60-foot section of pipe is lowered into a trench during construction of the Gulf Coast Pipeline in Prague, Okla., in March. The Gulf Coast Pipeline, a 485-mile crude oil line, is part of the Keystone XL project and will run from Cushing, Okla. to Nederland, Texas. Although this southern stretch of the pipeline is nearly finished, the northern stretch is still under study.
Bloomberg via Getty Images

Originally published on Mon September 16, 2013 11:56 am

Five years ago this week, a Canadian company proposed building a pipeline to send heavy crude oil from Alberta to U.S. refineries. Although the Obama administration's answer on the Keystone XL pipeline is not expected anytime soon, politicians in Washington and Canada are ramping up the pressure for the project, while environmentalists are pushing hard against it.

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Around the Nation
9:57 am
Mon September 16, 2013

Several Reported Dead In Shooting At Navy Yard In Washington

Originally published on Mon September 16, 2013 11:20 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

We will go to NPR's business news in a moment. Right now, let's get an update on what we do know about a shooting at the U.S. Navy Yard in Washington, D.C. today. We have to begin by being frank. What we do not know exceeds what we do. NPR's Jennifer Ludden is on the scene of that shooting today - or near it - and she's on line. And Jennifer, what have you been learning?

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The Two-Way
9:36 am
Mon September 16, 2013

Former U.N. Inspector: Syria Plan 'Optimistic,' Requires Troops

Secretary of State John Kerry discusses the U.S.-Russia plan to eliminate Syria's chemical weapons with top British diplomat William Hague (left) and French diplomat Laurent Fabius, on Monday. Former weapons inspector David Kay says the plan includes "unrealistic" deadlines.
Kenzo Tribouillard AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon September 16, 2013 10:26 am

The U.S.-Russia plan to rid Syria of chemical weapons by next summer faces many hurdles and includes "unrealistic" deadlines, says former U.N. weapons inspector David Kay, who worked on efforts to detail chemical weapons in Iraq.

Kay says the plan will require an international military presence — "boots on the ground" — to make sure the weapons don't fall into the wrong hands.

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NPR Story
9:30 am
Mon September 16, 2013

Unloading Your Sins: There's An App For That

A couple of eScapegoat confessions are displayed at escgoat.com. (eScapegoat screengrab)

Originally published on Fri September 13, 2013 7:28 pm

If you can tweet, then you can atone. That’s what some are saying about a new online tool called “eScapegoat,” a creation of the non-profit media production company “G-dcast.”

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NPR Story
9:29 am
Mon September 16, 2013

Pizza Shop Owner Devastated By Boardwalk Fire

(Marc R./Yelp)

Originally published on Fri September 13, 2013 7:28 pm

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says the massive fire that destroyed part of an iconic Jersey shore boardwalk in two towns is 95 percent contained.

Christie said Friday it could take days to extinguish “hot pockets” at the scene.

One of the businesses destroyed in the fire was Maruca’s Tomato Pies.

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NPR Story
9:29 am
Mon September 16, 2013

Peace Activist: 'People Power' Helped Prevent Syria Strike

Anti-war demonstrators protest against possible U.S. military action in Syria in front of the White House in Washington, Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013. (Charles Dharapak/AP)

Originally published on Fri September 13, 2013 7:28 pm

A congressional vote authorizing the use of force in Syria is on hold, as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov hold negotiations for the Syrian government to give up its chemical weapons.

Public opinion polls showed most Americans oppose the strikes and President Bashar al-Assad even mentioned that when he argued against the strikes in media interviews.

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NPR Story
9:29 am
Mon September 16, 2013

Invoking The Holocaust In Times Of War

Originally published on Fri September 13, 2013 7:28 pm

In his address to the nation this week, President Obama spoke directly about chemical weapons in Syria and share his thoughts on “why it matters, and where we go from here.”

He said it matters, because of where humanity has been before: “In World War I, American GIs were among the many thousands killed by deadly gas in the trenches of Europe. In World War II, the Nazis used gas to inflict the horror of the Holocaust.”

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NPR Story
9:29 am
Mon September 16, 2013

Twitter Takes Lessons From Facebook On Going Public

Twitter, the short messaging service, is planning to migrate to Wall Street.

Originally published on Fri September 13, 2013 7:28 pm

Goldman Sachs Group Inc., on pace to be the top adviser on U.S. initial public offerings for the first time since 2009, scored a coup by landing the lead role on Twitter Inc.’s sale.

Twitter, which announced yesterday that it filed for an IPO, gave Goldman Sachs the job of running the sale, a person with knowledge of the matter said. While Twitter is likely to appoint other banks on the offering, the lead-left role — so named because of the way the bank names are printed on the offering prospectus — is typically the most lucrative job for advisers in a stock offering.

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NPR Story
9:28 am
Mon September 16, 2013

Flooding, Evacuations Continue In Colorado

Flooding in Estes Park, Colo. on Friday, Sept. 13, 2013. (KevinBeaty/Flickr)

Originally published on Fri September 13, 2013 7:28 pm

Flooding that cut off dozens of people in Colorado mountain communities swept downstream Friday, spilling rivers and creeks over their banks and forcing thousands more evacuations in towns and cities beleaguered by days of rain.

National Guard troops were able to reach Lyons after that community, Jamestown and others in the Rocky Mountain foothills were isolated by flooding and without power or telephone since Thursday. The rain that has hung over the region all week continued to fall Friday.

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