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4:22 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

A Cappella Fans Cheer Return Of 'The Sing-Off'

The panel of judges on NBC's "The Sing-Off," an a cappella competition. (NBC)

Originally published on Tue December 17, 2013 10:00 am

On Monday, NBC’s a cappella competition “The Sing-Off” returns for a fourth season on Monday, Dec. 9.

Ten teams (list below) will compete for a recording contract and a $100,000 prize.

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3:18 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

Illinois Pension Debate Expected To Move To Courts

Originally published on Tue December 17, 2013 10:00 am

Update 3:20 p.m.: Illinois Governor Pat Quinn has signed the pension reform bill.

Now that lawmakers have passed an overhaul of Illinois’s government worker pension systems, the fight is expected to move to the courts.

Provisions of the overhaul include raising the retirement age for many state workers and cutting some benefits. The overhaul is estimated to save the state $160 billion over 30 years.

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn is expected to sign the bill by the end of the week.

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3:18 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

China Mobile And Apple Sign iPhone Deal

China Mobile, the world's largest mobile carrier, will soon provide iPhone service on its network. (William Hook/Flickr)

Originally published on Tue December 17, 2013 10:00 am

The world’s largest mobile carrier, China Mobile, will soon offer iPhones on its network.

The deal gives Apple access to more than 700 million subscribers. That’s seven times the size of Verizon Wireless.

Derek Thompson, business editor for The Atlantic, joins Here & Now’s Robin Young to discuss the implications of the deal.

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3:41 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

Miami Gears Up For Art Basel

Street artist Komik in front of his piece. (Julia Duba/WLRN)

Originally published on Tue December 17, 2013 10:03 am

Every year, tens of thousands of people attend the international art show in Miami Beach called Art Basel. There are arts galleries, live music performances and lots of live street exhibitions on the street.

Art Basel, which runs from Dec. 5 to 8, also comes to Miami’s up-and-coming neighborhood, Wynwood. With its warehouses-turned-art galleries, Wynwood is a prime location for street art.

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3:41 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

NPR's Planet Money Follows The Life Of A T-Shirt

Lisa, 30, is one of many people who bought the shirt and posted a photo of herself wearing it on Instagram.

Originally published on Tue December 17, 2013 10:03 am

If you’ve been listening to NPR this week, you’ve probably heard about something called the t-shirt project.

Months ago, Planet Money had the idea to design a t-shirt and follow it around the world as it was manufactured.

The project took the Planet Money team around the globe: from factories in Bangladesh and Colombia, to cotton farms and container ships.

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3:41 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

New Bombs Pose New Threat

Originally published on Tue December 17, 2013 10:04 am

With top U.S. lawmakers warning of new terrorism threats, intelligence officials in the U.K. say there remains an enduring threat from bombs made by terrorists in Yemen.

The threat comes from the type of bomb that failed to explode on a plane over Detroit in 2009 — the so-called underwear bomber.

The BBC’s security correspondent Frank Gardner reports.

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3:20 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

Harvard Professor Gives Two Sets Of Marks To Combat Grade Inflation

Originally published on Tue December 17, 2013 10:05 am

Harvard University is back in the news for questions over grade inflation. A Harvard professor and longtime critic of grade inflation discovered yesterday that the most frequent mark given at the university is a perfect A.

Harvard government professor Harvey Mansfield has long been a critic of grade inflation. He’s developed his own way of trying to combat it: giving students two sets of grades — the one they deserve and the one that shows up on their transcript.

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3:20 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

Strain Over Security Zone Evident In Biden Talks

Chinese Vice President Li Yuanchao, right, and U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, left, review an honor guard during a welcome ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013. (Lintao Zhang/AP)

Originally published on Tue December 17, 2013 10:05 am

In a sharp rebuff, China accused Washington on Wednesday of taking Japan’s side in a tense clash over disputed islands in the East China Sea, underscoring rising regional friction as visiting Vice President Joe Biden met with Beijing’s leaders.

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3:00 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

Photographer Hopes To Put Face On Syrian Statistics

A one-year old Syrian refugee in his bed and play pen in Tripoli, Lebanon. His family fled Syria just after he was born. He spends most of his time in this box which is his bed, play pen, refuge. This crate resides on the grounds of an active slaughter house where his family now lives. (Elena Dorfman)

Originally published on Tue December 3, 2013 3:19 pm

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2:50 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

Did Silicon Valley Help The NSA Spy?

Originally published on Tue December 3, 2013 3:19 pm

Georgetown University professor Abraham Newman argues that business practices at the big technology companies have helped the National Security Agency gather consumers’ personal data in the U.S. and abroad.

Technology companies have reacted sharply to revelations of N.S.A. spying on their customers’ data. Google said, “We are outraged at the lengths to which the government seems to have gone to intercept data from our private fiber networks, and it underscores the need for urgent reform.”

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