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4:15 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

Can Streaming Services Make Money?

On June 15, the day that Pandora became a publicly traded company, traders on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange wore the company's insignia.
Spencer Platt Getty Images

Originally published on Thu August 29, 2013 6:48 pm

Every time you turn around it seems like there's a new streaming music service. Pandora was among the first a decade ago. Rdio launched in 2010. Spotify came to the U.S. in the summer of 2011. Apple and Google plan to join the fray this year. Music producer Jimmy Iovine is launching a service tied to his headphone brand Beats by Dr. Dre.

What's odd is they are all jumping into a business that, so far, doesn't seem to be turning a profit.

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Shots - Health News
4:15 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

Study: Price Shocks On Health Exchanges Appear Unlikely

What's the prognosis for health insurance rates?
iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Fri August 30, 2013 2:18 pm

With new health insurance exchanges set to launch in just over a month, there's been a lot of chatter about how shocking the rates might be.

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Code Switch
4:14 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

Commemorating A March Of Young People, Sans Young People

Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) is the only person who spoke at the 1963 march who is alive today.
Carolyn Kaster ASSOCIATED PRESS

Originally published on Thu August 29, 2013 5:09 pm

Maybe it was the dreary weather and the many older folks who had the good VIP seats on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, but Wednesday afternoon's commemoration of the March on Washington's 50th anniversary felt like a valediction for the civil rights generation.

They made this world possible and should be honored.

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The Record
4:14 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

Today Would Have Been Michael Jackson's 55th Birthday

Michael Jackson in New York City, New York on January 1, 1990.
Kevin Mazur WireImage

Originally published on Thu August 29, 2013 12:28 pm

Happy Birthday To The King Of Pop

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The Two-Way
4:13 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

Oberlin Students Behind 'Hate Postings' Say They Were Joking

More than 1,000 people turned out on March 4 for a Demonstration of Solidarity at Oberlin College. Classes were cancelled after a string of what appeared to be racist incidents on campus.
Gus Chan The Plain Dealer/Landov

Originally published on Thu August 29, 2013 11:16 am

An update on a story we posted about back in March:

Two Oberlin College students who are said to have been responsible for a series of "hate-related incidents" that went on for weeks earlier this year at the northern Ohio school are not going to face criminal charges.

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NPR Story
4:13 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

The Latest From Jordan On The Syrian Crisis

Syrian refugees chant slogans against Syrian President Bashar Assad at Zaatari Syrian refugee camp in Mafraq, Jordan, Thursday, Aug. 8, 2013. (Mohammad Hannon/AP)

Originally published on Thu August 29, 2013 3:35 pm

Jordanians have been coping with refugees from the Syrian crisis for months.

This week’s escalated threats of military intervention in Syria have many Jordanians bracing for an even greater influx of those fleeing the conflict.

Here & Now speaks with the BBC’s Carine Torbey, who is reporting from Jordan, about the latest impressions from people there.

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NPR Story
4:12 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

Is The Food Truck Revolution Slowing Down?

The Kogi taco truck in Los Angeles. (fillingthev0id/Flickr)

Originally published on Thu August 29, 2013 3:35 pm

A few years ago when food trucks started popping up everywhere, Los Angeles Times food critic Jonathan Gold thought that food trucks might be the promised land for ambitious young chefs, but as with any other kind of food operation, “only 5 percent of them turned out to be any good at all.”

New trucks aside, Gold believes that one of the traditional taco trucks, known as loncheros, that have operated in L.A for decades serves the best shrimp and cheese taco in LA.

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NPR Story
4:12 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

Howard University Students Return Amid Financial Troubles

Howard University's Founders Library (howard.edu)

Originally published on Thu August 29, 2013 3:35 pm

Classes started at Howard University this week. Students are returning after a summer in which the historically black university in Washington, D.C. has been in the news.

In April, a Howard trustee warned in a provocative letter released to the press that the school “will not be here in three years if we don’t make some crucial decisions now.”

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NPR Story
4:11 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

Summer Camp Aims To Prevent Learning Loss

A student at the final recital at MECA Summer Day Camp in Houston, Texas. (Randall Pugh/Flickr)

Originally published on Thu August 29, 2013 3:35 pm

For kids who haven’t been flexing their brain muscles over the summer, they may be a bit rusty when school starts up.

A recent study by John Hopkins University found that by ninth grade, summer learning loss accounts for two-thirds of the achievement gap between low income students and their more well-to-do peers.

The study also found that summer learning loss can affect whether a child ultimately graduates high school, or drops out.

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Distracted Driving
4:09 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

NJ Court: Texters Have Duty Not To Distract Drivers

(☼zlady/Flickr)

Originally published on Thu August 29, 2013 3:35 pm

A New Jersey state appeals court has ruled that a teenage girl who texted a friend just a few minutes before he crashed his truck into two motorcyclists cannot be held liable in a civil suit for their injuries.

However, two members of the three-member judge panel also wrote in their decision that “a person sending text messages has a duty not to text someone who is driving if the texter knows, or has special reason to know, the recipient will view the text while driving.”

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