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2:08 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

Report: Families Reaching Limit In Paying For College

Originally published on Tue July 23, 2013 1:52 pm

The authors of a just-released report say “we’ve entered into a post-recession reality in how families are paying for college.”

Education lender Sallie May’s annual report on how Americans pay for college shows that the use of college savings plans is at its highest level, even as annual spending has leveled out to $21,178.

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2:08 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

First-Time Home Buyers Still Being Shut Out

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There has already been lots of news on housing this week. Tomorrow, the Federal Reserve will released data on new residential sales.

Yesterday, the National Association of Realtors reported that existing home sales dipped 1.2 percent in June. The good news is that number is 15.2 percent better than where we were June of last year.

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12:41 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

Bald Eagles Bring People Together In Connecticut

A bald eagle adult and chick in a nest in Hamden, Conn. (Michael Lejeune/WNPR)

Originally published on Tue July 23, 2013 2:08 pm

After World War II, the population of American bald eagles was devastated by DDT — a pesticide that was put into heavy use to control mosquitoes and other insects.

After DDT was banned in 1972, bald eagles rebounded from 417 breeding pairs in 1963 to more than 11,000 today in the lower 48 states.

Eagles were taken off the federal endangered species list in 2007, but they’re still considered “a species of concern” in many states. And in Connecticut, their status is “threatened,” so sightings there are not all that common.

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12:41 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

Baseball Fans Wonder Who Will Be Suspended Next

Milwaukee Brewers' Ryan Braun in the dugout during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds Wednesday, July 10, 2013, in Milwaukee. (Morry Gash/AP)

Originally published on Tue July 23, 2013 2:08 pm

Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun is out of the game. Braun has accepted a season ending 65-game suspension for “violations” of baseball’s drug program.

He’ll sit out the rest of the season without pay, losing about $3.4 million. He’ll be able to come back next year and the $117 million he’s still owed through 2020 won’t be affected.

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NPR Story
12:41 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

Women Not Just On The Sidelines In Summer Film

Actress Lili Taylor is one of the stars in "The Conjuring." (Warner Bros. Pictures)

Originally published on Tue July 23, 2013 2:08 pm

The Conjuring” rules at the box office. The haunted house thriller pulled in more than $41 million in its opening weekend.

Boston Globe film critic Ty Burr finds the movie intriguing.

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12:41 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

Off The Campaign Bus, Seeing Iowa By Bicycle

NPR's Don Gonyea talks on the phone with Here & Now's Robin Young. (NPR)

Originally published on Tue July 23, 2013 2:08 pm

The Des Moines Register’s Annual Bike Ride Across Iowa (RAGBRAI) kicked off this weekend.

This year, NPR’s national political correspondent Don Gonyea is riding in the pack. Here & Now catches up with him as he heads east toward Des Moines.

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12:40 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

Pete Cashmore On Mashable's Success And The Next Big Thing

Pete Cashmore is founder and CEO of Mashable.

When he was a 19-year-old living in rural Scotland, Pete Cashmore kept a personal blog about technology.

A few years later, Cashmore’s blog grew into Mashable, an online media company that focuses on innovation and technology. Mashable now has offices and reporters based in New York and San Francisco.

The next devices that will change consumption will be smaller and smaller.
–Pete Cashmore

Secret to success

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NPR Story
2:13 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

Story By ‘Catch-22’ Author Published For First Time

Author Joseph Heller in his publisher's office in New York City on October 9, 1974. (Jerry Mosey/AP)

Sometime between the late 1940s and early 1950s — before he wrote “Catch-22” — author Joseph Heller wrote a short story called “Almost Like Christmas.”

The story of racism and violence in a small town has most likely never been published, but it will now see the light of day.

“Almost Like Christmas” is being published by The Strand Magazine. Strand’s managing editor Andrew Gulli discovered the work at a library at Brandeis University.

The short story does not feature the humor that came to be Heller’s hallmark.

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NPR Story
2:13 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

Online Buffett Class: A Lesson In Charitable Giving

Sibblings Warren Buffett and Doris Buffett. (Sunshine Lady Foundation Inc.)

Originally published on Mon July 22, 2013 5:40 pm

Thanks to her younger brother, Warren Buffett, Doris Buffett has a lot of money to give away.

Now, her foundation, Learning by Giving, is partnering with Northeastern University to offer an online course on effective charitable giving.

Giving With Purpose” is a MOOC — a massive open online course — free and open to everyone.

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2:13 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

What Can Obama Do About The Economy?

Originally published on Mon July 22, 2013 5:40 pm

This Wednesday, almost five years after the financial crisis that stirred the 2009 recession, President Barack Obama will begin a campaign-style journey across the Midwest to focus on the economy.

With Congress deadlocked in partisan strife, what can the president actually do to restart this conversation?

We ask Heidi Moore, is the U.S. finance editor for The Guardian.

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