4:05pm

Mon July 28, 2014
All Tech Considered

It's Boom Times For Pop-Up Shops As Mobile Shopping Clicks

Originally published on Tue July 29, 2014 12:33 pm

Customers can get a tactile experience trying on glasses at Warby Parker's shop in New York City.
Elise Hu NPR

Fast-rising mobile technology is making buying stuff with a tap of an app easier than ever, and shifting the way we shop. What were once permanent, brick-and-mortar stores, where shoppers look at items in a physical space, are now often pop-ups first — shops that last for a limited time only.

Pop-up shops are temporary retail spaces that spring up in unused premises. Leases can last as short as a single day, when brands use the spaces for a promotional event instead of testing out a market.

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3:40pm

Mon July 28, 2014
Goats and Soda

Taliban In Pakistan Derail World Polio Eradication

Originally published on Tue July 29, 2014 9:40 am

A health worker gives a child the polio vaccine in Bannu, Pakistan, June 25. More than a quarter-million children in Taliban-controlled areas are likely to miss their immunizations.
A. Majeed AFP/Getty Images

Last January Salma Jaffar was shot while she was going door to door in Karachi, giving children drops of the polio vaccine.

"Even when they took out the pistol, I couldn't understand why he was taking out the gun," Jaffar says of the two men who pulled up on a motorcycle and started shooting at the vaccination team.

"But when he opened fire, that is when I thought it was the end of the life," she says. "My first thought was that I won't be able to see my children again."

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3:31pm

Mon July 28, 2014
NPR Ed

Teacher Tenure Lawsuits Spread From California To New York

Originally published on Mon July 28, 2014 6:40 pm

Campbell Brown of the Partnership for Educational Justice, with plaintiffs in their New York teacher tenure lawsuit.
Gwynne Hogan WNYC

Why are so many low-income and minority kids getting second-class educations in the U.S.?

That question is at the center of the heated debate about teacher tenure. In New York today, a group of parents and advocates, led by former CNN and NBC anchor Campbell Brown, filed a suit challenging state laws that govern when teachers can be given tenure and how they can be fired once they have it.

As WNYC reported, Brown announced the suit on the steps of City Hall:

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3:27pm

Mon July 28, 2014
Law

In Colo., An Effort To Ease Court Confusion Over Same-Sex Marriage

Originally published on Mon July 28, 2014 6:40 pm

The Colorado attorney general has asked the state's Supreme Court to stop same-sex marriages. As Colorado Public Radio's Megan Verlee reports, he's trying to have the matter both ways — dropping his opposition to lawsuits against the state's gay marriage ban, while still pushing the courts to continue enforcing it.

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3:25pm

Mon July 28, 2014
Politics

After 5 Weeks Of Haggling, Congress Inks Bipartisan VA Bill

Originally published on Mon July 28, 2014 6:40 pm

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3:23pm

Mon July 28, 2014
Commentary

Sometimes You Feel Like A Nut; Sometimes You Just Drive One

Originally published on Tue July 29, 2014 12:24 pm

The Planters Nutmobile, seen here taking a starring turn at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, is hitting the road for a yearlong trip across the U.S.
Peter Roan Flickr

Three recent college graduates are getting paid to take a road trip. The one catch? They have to drive a giant peanut while they do it.

The giant Nutmobile is part of a brand campaign by Planters, the snack food company, which has hired the grads as brand ambassadors to drive it around the country. After all, it takes teamwork to maneuver a 27-foot-long, yellow peanut in shopping mall parking lots. But if you think handling the vehicle sounds tough, there's more.

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3:16pm

Mon July 28, 2014
The Two-Way

House Votes To End Full-Fare Rule For Airline Tickets

Originally published on Mon July 28, 2014 4:25 pm

A family checks in for an American Airlines flight at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport
Scott Olson Getty Images

The House voted Monday to allow airlines to advertise lower prices for their routes.

The Transparent Airfares Act, which was approved with minimal debate, would overturn a 2012 rule that requires airlines to post the full price of tickets, including taxes and fees.

Shoppers are smart enough to figure out the price of an airline ticket without federal regulation, said Oregon Democrat Peter DeFazio, a bill co-sponsor.

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3:13pm

Mon July 28, 2014
Europe

International Court Rules Against Russia In $50 Billion Decision

Originally published on Mon July 28, 2014 6:40 pm

Russia says it will appeal an unfavorable decision by a court in The Hague. The Permanent Court of Arbitration awarded $50 billion to shareholders of the defunct Yukos oil company. Russia seized the company in 2003 and put owner Mikhail Khodorkovsky in jail on tax and fraud charges.

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3:11pm

Mon July 28, 2014
Education

Teacher Tenure Fight Spills Into N.Y., Where A New Lawsuit Brews

Originally published on Mon July 28, 2014 6:40 pm

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3:11pm

Mon July 28, 2014
Business

A Deal Between 'Dollar' Stores Raises The Stakes Against Wal-Mart

Originally published on Tue July 29, 2014 6:27 am

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