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At 50 Years Old, The Challenge To Keep Up With Moore's Law

NPR | April 20, 2015

Gordon Moore's observation on the exponential improvement in hardware has pushed computers to be faster, smaller and cheaper. But there may be a point where tech advancements outpace the theory.

5 Years After BP Oil Spill, Effects Linger And Recovery Is Slow

NPR | April 20, 2015

The 2010 explosion at the Deepwater Horizon rig set off an environmental and economic catastrophe. Towns and ecosystems along the Gulf Coast are still struggling to rebound from the spill's impact.

Japan, U.S. 'Close' To Major Deal

NPR | April 20, 2015

A 12-country trade agreement hinges on negotiations between Japan and the United States.

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Miss Piggy Has One. Marilyn Monroe Has One. Why Can't Selena Have One?

NPR | April 20, 2015 8 a.m.

Thirty thousand Selena fans are begging M·A·C Cosmetics to do a Selena-inspired line. But the backstory here is way bigger than makeup.

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O'Malley: America's Economy Needs 'Sensible Rebalancing,' Not 'Pitchforks'

NPR | April 20, 2015 7:09 a.m.

Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, who will decide on a presidential run soon, is for a higher minimum wage and wants to increase Social Security benefits even though some would pay higher taxes.

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Hillary Clinton Supports Amendment To Get Hidden Money Out Of Politics

NPR | April 17, 2015 9:27 p.m.

Clinton called campaign finance reform one of the "four big fights" of her campaign. But does this idea of a constitutional amendment to restrict or eliminate big money stand a chance?

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Oregon Doctors Try To Reduce Number Of C-Section Births

OPB | April 17, 2015 4 p.m. | Portland

The group that helped dramatically reduce the number of early elective births in Oregon, is now turning its attention to C-sections.

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Why A Blockbuster Of A Trade Deal With Asia Matters

NPR | April 17, 2015 2:51 p.m.

Congress is giving President Obama new powers to help seal the deal on an ambitious Asia-Pacific free trade agreement, a move which angers many Democrats and unions.

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Activist Group Files Ballot Measure For $15 Minimum Wage

AP | April 17, 2015 12:17 p.m. | Salem, Oregon

A Portland-based activist group has filed paperwork for a ballot measure boosting the statewide minimum wage to $15.

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When Rates Turn Negative, Banks Pay Customers To Borrow

NPR | April 17, 2015 11:13 a.m.

European interest rates are being pushed so low — to less than zero — that some banks are paying borrowers to take loans. Such low rates are aimed at boosting Europe's economy, but there are risks.

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Governor Delivers First State Of The State Address In Portland

AP | April 17, 2015 8:51 a.m. | Portland

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown delivered her first State of the State address at the Portland City Club on Friday. 

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Bloomberg Terminals Go Dark For Hours, Sending Ripples Through Markets

NPR | April 17, 2015 8:03 a.m.

The financial "screens" went dark for several hours during trading in London and Asia causing, among other disruptions, a delay in a British government debt issue.

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When The World Bank Does More Harm Than Good

NPR | April 17, 2015 5:17 a.m.

Large projects funded by the bank have left millions of poor people worse off, an investigation found. The bank says the vast majority of its projects don't fall into this category.