3:09am

Thu February 14, 2013
Planet Money

Mavericks, Hot Documents And Beer

Originally published on Fri February 15, 2013 3:05 am

Lawrence Jackson AP

The boards of American Airlines and US Airways just approved a merger of the two airlines. But the deal still has to win the approval of antitrust regulators at the Justice Department — regulators who last month sued to stop a merger between the beer giants Anheuser-Busch InBev and Grupo Modelo, which brews Corona.

The antitrust division has dozens of economists on staff. Their job, essentially, is to figure out whether a merger would reduce competition so much that a company could raise prices without losing business to competitors.

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3:06am

Thu February 14, 2013
All Tech Considered

When It Comes To Fashion, Shouldn't There Be An App For That?

Originally published on Fri February 15, 2013 3:05 am

Fashion from designers like Oscar de la Renta were on display at Fashion Week in New York.
Kathy Willens AP

Thursday is the last day of New York Fashion Week, and some cutting-edge design will be presented in the tents at Lincoln Center — literally. Standing on the runway will be computer programmer types rather than models. This follows an event that kicked off Fashion Week — something called a "hackathon."

A hackathon, explains Liz Bacelar, is a "fast-paced competition in which graphic designers, software developers and people with ideas, they come together to build an app in 24 hours. "

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3:04am

Thu February 14, 2013
Law

The Drug Laws That Changed How We Punish

Originally published on Fri February 15, 2013 3:05 am

The Jan. 4, 1973, edition of the New York Daily News reports that Gov. Rockefeller's State of the State speech called for a life sentence for drug pushers.
New York Daily News via Getty Images

The United States puts more people behind bars than any other country, five times as many per capita compared with Britain or Spain.

It wasn't always like this. Half a century ago, relatively few people were locked up, and those inmates generally served short sentences. But 40 years ago, New York passed strict sentencing guidelines known as the "Rockefeller drug laws" — after their champion, Gov. Nelson Rockefeller — that put even low-level criminals behind bars for decades.

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3:01am

Thu February 14, 2013
Latin America

Will 'Made In Haiti' Factories Improve Life In Haiti?

Originally published on Fri February 15, 2013 3:05 am

Workers prepare the foundation for a new warehouse and manufacturing facility at the Caracol Industrial Park in northern Haiti. The park, which opened last year, is still under construction.
David Gilkey NPR

Three years after the devastating Port-au-Prince earthquake, one of the largest international relief projects in Haiti isn't anywhere near where the quake hit. It's an industrial park on the north coast halfway between Cap-Haitien and the border with the Dominican Republic.

Aid agencies are pouring millions of dollars into the project to encourage people to move out of the overcrowded capital and create jobs. Critics, however, say the jobs don't pay enough to lift people out of poverty.

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9:44pm

Wed February 13, 2013
NPR Story

AMR, US Airways To Announce Merger

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

It appears the American Airlines and US Airways are going to merge. There are multiple reports that late today the boards of the two companies approved the merger, which will create the country's largest carrier. The deal, if it survives regulators' antitrust review, will allow American to emerge from bankruptcy.

NPR's Wade Goodwyn joins us from Dallas with more on the merger. And Wade, what will the airline be called and what else can you tell us about the makeup of the newly merged company?

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6:43pm

Wed February 13, 2013
The Two-Way

Dozens, Including Sierra Club Director, Arrested At White House Keystone Protest

Originally published on Wed February 13, 2013 6:52 pm

Daryl Hannah is handcuffed and arrested during the Keystone XL Pipeline Protest at Lafayette Park in Washington on Wednesday.
Leigh Vogel Getty Images

Dozens of environmentalists were arrested, today, after they strapped themselves to the gate surrounding the White House.

NPR's Elizabeth Shogren filed this report for our Newscast unit:

"The protesters want President Obama to reject the Keystone XL pipeline. It would carry a dirtier kind of oil from Canada to refineries in the United States.

"Sierra Club's Executive Director Michael Brune says it's so important that his group decided for the first time in its 120 year history to participate in civil disobedience.

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6:36pm

Wed February 13, 2013
The Two-Way

Study Of Used Cars Recommends Buying Newly Launched Models

Newly redesigned for the 2010 model year, the Buick LaCrosse was found to be one of the most reliable midsize cars, in a study released by J.D. Power and Associates.
David McNew Getty Images

In the 2010 model year, the most dependable cars and trucks were either new to the market or had been through a major redesign, according to a study by J.D. Power and Associates. The finding contradicts the traditional stance that consumers should let carmakers work out the bugs in a new model before they buy.

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6:12pm

Wed February 13, 2013
The Two-Way

Jack Lew, Obama's Treasury Nominee, Faces Questions About Citigroup Bonuses

Treasury Secretary nominee Jack Lew speaks during his confirmation hearing before the Senate Finance Committee Wednesday.
Mark Wilson Getty Images

Jack Lew, who President Obama has nominated as Treasury Secretary, was grilled over his time at Citigroup today during his confirmation hearing.

At issue, reports Fox News, was a nearly $1 million bonus he accepted just as the bank was getting bailed out by the federal government.

Fox adds:

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6:11pm

Wed February 13, 2013
Shots - Health News

Report: Action Needed To Wipe Out Fake And Substandard Drugs

Originally published on Thu February 14, 2013 5:20 pm

Shoppers buy smuggled counterfeit drugs at the Adjame market in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, in 2007.
Issouf Sanogo AFP/Getty Images

A blue-ribbon panel is urging stronger regulation of pharmaceuticals around the world to combat the growing problem of fake and poor-quality medicines.

The quality problems and fake medicines have affected Americans. Fungal contamination of steroids made by a Massachusetts pharmacy, which sickened more than 700 people and killed 46, is one recent example. Other U.S. patients have received fake cancer drugs and medicines obtained over the Internet with little or no active ingredients.

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5:44pm

Wed February 13, 2013
Movie Interviews

Playing The Big Room: An Oscars Joke-Writer Reflects

Originally published on Tue February 19, 2013 3:45 pm

Billy Crystal hosts the 84th Annual Academy Awards in 2012. Writing jokes for hosts is a tricky game, says longtime joke writer Dave Boone.
Kevin Winter Getty Images

Hollywood's biggest night is in just a few weeks. People tend to focus on the glitz, the glamour and — of course — the gowns. But we thought we'd take a moment to focus on the gags.

Or rather what goes into writing both the jokes that fall flat and the jokes that soar. For a bit of Oscars Writing 101, NPR's All Things Considered turned to Dave Boone, who has written for the Academy Awards eight times.

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