7:28am

Wed May 22, 2013
Animals

'Morning Edition' Listeners Get Their Feathers In A Bunch

Originally published on Wed May 22, 2013 9:29 am

Transcript

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Good morning, I'm David Greene.

Well, our wings have been clipped by some listeners. Yesterday, we told you about how some scientists in Canada saw their research crops destroyed by geese. We used the term Canadian geese. Listeners like Frank Kohn said we got that wrong.

FRANK KOHN: They're not Canadian geese. They're Canada geese because they don't hold passports, as far as I know, and it's not a nationality. It's a species name.

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7:10am

Wed May 22, 2013
The Two-Way

In Oklahoma, Rescue Efforts Give Way To Recovery

Originally published on Wed May 22, 2013 8:49 pm

A teddy bear sits atop some of the rubble in Moore, Okla.
Rick Wilking Reuters /Landov
  • On 'Morning Edition': Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin speaks with NPR's David Greene
  • On 'Morning Edition': David Schaper reports from Moore, Okla.

(Most recent update: 8:30 p.m. ET.)

The news Wednesday from Moore, Okla., much of which was destroyed by a massive tornado Monday, begins with word that officials doubt they will find any more survivors or bodies under the hundreds of homes, businesses and other buildings that were leveled.

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6:32am

Wed May 22, 2013
Business

Court Rules Vacation Rental Site Illegal In New York

Originally published on Wed May 22, 2013 9:29 am

Transcript

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Here's some news for travelers. If you can't afford - or don't want to pay the price for - a hotel room, maybe you've used the cheap lodging site Airbnb. If so, you have to take New York City off your list. The popular website has suffered a major setback in court. A judge in New York ruled that an Airbnb user in Manhattan violated local laws when he rented a room to an out-of-towner.

From member station WNYC, Ilya Marritz reports.

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3:07am

Wed May 22, 2013
Planet Money

Why Apple (And Lots Of Other Companies) Wound Up In Ireland

Originally published on Wed May 22, 2013 9:35 am

Andy Wong AP

Apple was criticized in a Senate committee hearing Tuesday for using complex accounting to minimize the corporate taxes it pays. One key piece of the company's tax strategy: It funnels lots of its profits through subsidiaries in Ireland.

Offering low corporate tax rates has been a fundamental part of Ireland's economic strategy for decades — a way to get foreign companies to set up operations in the country.

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3:04am

Wed May 22, 2013
Parallels

West Bank Businesses Seek Growth Amid Uncertainty

Originally published on Sun May 26, 2013 8:27 am

A worker chips away at Jerusalem stone, likely destined for a building facade somewhere in the world. Stone and marble is a big business in Palestinian towns near Bethlehem. Quarries are in Israeli-controlled areas, and access can be a challenge.
Emily Harris/NPR

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry heads back to Israel and the West Bank on Thursday for more talks on restarting peace negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians. When he was there last month, he walked away with at least one agreement — to improve the West Bank economy. Here's how he put it as he left Israel:

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3:03am

Wed May 22, 2013
Research News

Quantum Or Not, New Supercomputer Is Certainly Something Else

Originally published on Wed May 22, 2013 11:33 am

Google and NASA are betting that quantum forces are at work inside D-Wave's 512-bit chip.
Courtesy of D-Wave

It's exactly the sort of futuristic thinking you'd expect from Google and NASA: Late last week, the organizations announced a partnership to build a Quantum Artificial Intelligence Lab at NASA's Ames Research Center.

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3:01am

Wed May 22, 2013
Your Money

Instead Of Snoozing In Savings, Let's Put $5,000 To Work

Originally published on Wed May 29, 2013 3:40 pm

Robyn Mackenzie iStockphoto.com

If you have a savings account you probably already know this: Your money there is losing value to inflation. Yields are so low that returns are not even keeping up with the cost of living.

I've been watching some of my own savings dwindle. And that prompted me to take up a challenge: I'm taking $5,000 from personal savings and putting it to work. I'm not a financial whiz, pundit or any kind of guru.

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3:00am

Wed May 22, 2013
Shots - Health News

Boomer Housemates Have More Fun

Originally published on Fri May 24, 2013 11:21 am

Group houses are becoming popular — again — among some single baby boomers, and not just for financial reasons. Marianne Kilkenny (second from right) shares her home in Asheville, N.C, with four other people.
Mike Belleme The New York Times

Today more than 1 in every 3 baby boomers — that huge glut of people born between 1948 and 1964 — is unmarried. And those unmarried boomers are disproportionately women.

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10:04pm

Tue May 21, 2013
Sweetness And Light

Backing Becks: Don't Knock The Soccer Star's Talents

Originally published on Wed May 22, 2013 9:29 am

David Beckham spent six years in the U.S. with the LA Galaxy before returning to Europe earlier this year.
Fred Dufour AFP/Getty Images

The most unforgiving criticism in sport is directed at any athlete who fans believe is celebrated too excessively above his true talent level — especially those stars who are gloried because they're such pretty people.

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7:20pm

Tue May 21, 2013
The Two-Way

Why Oklahomans Don't Like Basements

Originally published on Tue May 21, 2013 8:39 pm

A heavily damaged home in Moore on Monday. Chances are, it doesn't have a basement.
Joshua Lott AFP/Getty Images

When Randy Keller moved from Texas to the Oklahoma City area seven years ago, he couldn't find the house he was looking for.

"I was moving from Texas, where there are also a lot of tornadoes," says the professor of geology and geophysics at the University of Oklahoma who experienced the 1970 tornado in Lubbock, Texas. "But I just couldn't find one."

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