Sam Sanders

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5:24pm

Tue March 24, 2015
The Two-Way

Do-Si-Don't: China To Regulate Outdoor Square-Dancing

Originally published on Wed March 25, 2015 12:50 am

Chinese women holding toy guns dance to a revolutionary song during their daily exercises at a square outside a shopping mall in Beijing. The Chinese government is beginning to regulate public square-dancing, after the practice drew complaints about noise.
Andy Wong AP

China.org.cn, China's national online news service, is reporting that the country's General Administration of Sport and Ministry of Culture are planning to regulate outdoor square-dancing in China. The news website says the government has introduced 12 "choreographed practices" for dancers.

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3:57pm

Mon March 23, 2015
The Two-Way

Wilson Sporting Goods Acquires Louisville Slugger Brand

Originally published on Tue March 24, 2015 11:31 am

A 120-foot-tall replica bat fronts the Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory in Louisville, Ky. Hillerich & Bradsby on Monday announced a deal to sell its Louisville Slugger brand to Wilson Sporting Goods Co. for $70 million.
Timothy D. Easley AP

Update at 7:21 p.m. ET. Jobs to be lost in deal:

Baseball's most iconic bat has a new owner. Monday, Hillerich & Bradsby Co., which owns Louisville Slugger, announced the brand would be acquired by Wilson Sporting Goods Co. for $70 million in cash. The move means that Wilson, maker of Major League Baseball's official glove, will soon own the maker of MLB's official bat.

Jacob Ryan of NPR member station WFPL reports that some jobs will be lost in the acquisition:

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6:33pm

Sun March 22, 2015
The Two-Way

Starbucks Will Stop Putting The Words 'Race Together' On Cups

Originally published on Mon March 23, 2015 12:08 am

Larenda Myres holds an iced coffee drink with a "Race Together" sticker on it at a Starbucks store in Seattle. Starbucks baristas will no longer write "Race Together" on customers' cups starting Sunday.
Ted S. Warren AP

The most visible part of Starbucks' campaign to get customers talking about race — putting the slogan "Race Together" on coffee cups — has come to an end.

In a memo sent to all Starbucks employees Sunday, CEO Howard Schultz wrote: "This phase of the effort — writing 'Race Together' (or placing stickers) on cups, which was always just the catalyst for a much broader and longer term conversation — will be completed as originally planned today, March 22."

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3:46pm

Tue March 17, 2015
The Two-Way

U.S. Air Force Veteran Charged With Trying To Aid ISIS

Originally published on Tue March 17, 2015 6:21 pm

A federal grand jury in New York has indicted a U.S. Air Force veteran on charges of attempting to join the self-described Islamic State.

Tairod Nathan Webster Pugh was indicted on two counts, including obstruction of justice, the U.S. Justice Department said in a statement, adding he will be arraigned Wednesday.

NPR's Carrie Johnson tells our Newscast unit that prosecutors say Pugh was born and raised in the U.S., but "turned his back on the country in an attempt to join ISIS," as the Islamic State is also known.

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4:35pm

Mon March 16, 2015
The Two-Way

Robert Durst Charged With Murder, May Face Death Penalty

Originally published on Mon March 16, 2015 9:00 pm

This booking photo provided by the Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office shows Robert Durst after his arrest Saturday in New Orleans on an extradition warrant to Los Angeles. Durst's return to LA has been delayed by authorities in New Orleans.
Uncredited AP

Updated at 8:11 p.m. ET

The Los Angeles County District Attorney's office has charged Robert Durst with one count of first-degree murder in the 2000 death of Susan Berman. A statement announcing the charge also said that Durst is being held without bail in New Orleans, after being arrested Saturday by FBI agents. The Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office says the charge against Durst makes him eligible for the death penalty. The case is still under investigation by the Los Angeles Police Department.

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5:19pm

Tue March 10, 2015
The Two-Way

Ireland Rushes To Ban Possession Of Several Hard Drugs

Originally published on Tue March 10, 2015 6:48 pm

The Irish government hopes to vote on emergency legislation quickly to counter today's Irish Court of Appeal ruling, which on a technicality legalized a number of hard drugs in the country, including ecstasy and "magic mushrooms." The three-person court found that government officials had not gotten parliamentary approval when they added drugs to the list outlawed by the 1977 Misuse of Drugs Act.

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7:28pm

Mon March 9, 2015
The Two-Way

Sam Simon, Co-Creator Of 'The Simpsons,' Dies At 59

Originally published on Mon March 9, 2015 7:51 pm

Sam Simon, co-creator of The Simpsons, shown here in 2013 at his home in Pacific Palisades, Calif., died Sunday at 59.
Frazier Moore AP

Sam Simon, the philanthropist and multiple Emmy-award winning TV producer and writer who played a key role in making the animated series The Simpsons a success, died Sunday evening at the age of 59, having suffered from colon cancer.

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10:10am

Thu March 5, 2015
History

Billionaire's Research Team Discovers Japanese World War II Battleship

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3:18pm

Mon March 2, 2015
All Tech Considered

Tinder's Premium Dating App Will Cost You More If You're Older

Originally published on Mon March 2, 2015 6:39 pm

Tinder is launching Tinder Plus, a new version of its app with added features including the ability to have another look at a potential match you swiped away.
Tinder

Tinder, the immensely popular dating app that lets users pick a potential match with just the swipe of a finger, launched a paid version this week in 140 countries. But there's a catch: Your age will determine how much you pay.

Tinder told NPR that U.S. users will pay $9.99 for Tinder Plus if they're under 30, and $19.99 per month if they're 30 or older. U.K. users between the ages of 18 and 27 will be charged 3.99 pounds per month, and users 28 and older will be charged 14.99 pounds per month.

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3:46am

Tue February 24, 2015
Business

How Do You Market To Millennials?

Originally published on Tue February 24, 2015 10:48 am

NPR recently asked Southern California millennials to share their thoughts on branding and advertising. One attendee got the word from his mother.
Courtesy of one participant

For the last few months, NPR has been looking into millennials, as part of our series called New Boom. This group, some 80 million strong, spends over $1 trillion a year by some estimates. So, we wondered: How should brands and advertisers go about reaching millennials if they're so powerful, but also so different, than generations before them?

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5:07pm

Sun February 15, 2015
U.S.

FAA Proposal On Drones Highlights Safety Over Privacy Concerns

Originally published on Sun February 15, 2015 6:20 pm

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1:59am

Tue February 10, 2015
Remembrances

Ed Sabol, Founder Of NFL Films, Dies At 98

Originally published on Tue February 10, 2015 10:00 am

Ed Sabol's first film for the NFL was of the 1962 championship game between the Green Bay Packers and the New York Giants. He opened with panoramic views, planes flying by and trains rolling on the tracks.

Sabol's crew filmed in 15 degree weather with frozen cameras. They weren't just filming football. They were making cinema. Just a few years later, Ed Sabol became head of NFL Films. And then he and his son, Steve, revolutionized the way we watch sports.

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3:36am

Wed January 28, 2015
The Two-Way

Officers Ask Map App To Remove Police Tracking

Originally published on Fri January 30, 2015 7:48 pm

Waze's police reporting tool is one of several features in the app. Users can also share reports of traffic and construction in real time.
Courtesy of Waze

Waze, the popular navigation app boasting more than 50 million users worldwide, has a new critic: police officers. Over the past few weeks, law enforcement officials have been urging the app and its owner, Google, to disable a feature that allows users to report when they've spotted a police officer, in real time, for all other Waze users to see.

Sergio Kopelev, a reserve sheriff in Orange County, Calif., is one of the law enforcement officials behind the push to remove Waze's police tracker. He says he first discovered the feature through his family.

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4:42pm

Mon January 26, 2015
The Two-Way

An Asteroid Is Passing Very Close To Earth Today. Here's How To See It

Originally published on Mon January 26, 2015 5:46 pm

Asteroid 2004 BL86 will be visible in parts of the sky tonight. Visibility is expected to peak around 9 p.m. ET, as shown in this NASA graphic.
Sky & Telescope

By the time you read this post, asteroid 2004 BL86 will already have come as close to us as it's going to get as it flies by Earth. At about 11:19 a.m. ET today, it was nearly 745,000 miles away from our planet. That's only about three times the distance from the Earth to the moon.

But don't worry, you may still be able to catch a glimpse of the huge hunk of rock tonight.

When and how can I see the asteroid?

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3:00pm

Sun January 25, 2015
The Two-Way

Obama Proposes New Protections For Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

Originally published on Mon January 26, 2015 8:03 am

A polar bear walks in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.The Obama administration is proposing new protections in the region that would ban mining and drilling.
Subhankar Banerjee AP

The Obama administration is proposing new protections for large portions of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR). The U.S. Department of Interior says it's the first time it's recommended additional protections and that their new recommendations have the potential to be one of the largest conservation measures "since Congress passed the visionary Wilderness Act over 50 years ago."

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