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5:04 am
Wed June 17, 2015

To Escape Poachers, Rhinos Are Airlifted To Safer Areas

Originally published on Wed June 17, 2015 7:15 am

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Music News
5:04 am
Wed June 17, 2015

Neil Young Tells Trump To Quit 'Rockin' In The Free World'

Originally published on Wed June 17, 2015 8:30 am

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5:04 am
Wed June 17, 2015

A Vision For Teacher Training At MIT: West Point Meets Bell Labs

Originally published on Wed June 17, 2015 9:12 am

For decades, Arthur Levine, the former president of Teachers College, Columbia University, has tried to imagine a new kind of institution for training teachers. He envisions a combination West Point and Bell Labs, where researchers could study alongside future educators, learning what works and what's effective in the classroom. That idea is now set to become a reality.

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5:04 am
Wed June 17, 2015

Scammers Turn To Caller ID 'Spoofing' To Pose As Police

Originally published on Wed June 17, 2015 7:19 am

Most people know to hang up on con artists supposedly calling from the power company or the IRS, demanding money. The problem is, there's little the police can do — even when the scammers go so far as to impersonate the police themselves.

The fake police scam, or "spoofing," has been making the rounds for the last year or so.

Commander Joseph Chacon of the Austin Police Department's intelligence division says they saw a wave of these calls this spring from people claiming to be Austin police.

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U.S.
5:04 am
Wed June 17, 2015

Concern Grows Over Unregulated Pesticide Use Among Marijuana Growers

Using chemicals to control bugs or mold is common among commercial cannabis growers. But with no federal oversight, experts are concerned growers may be using dangerous pesticides.
Ted S. Warren AP

Originally published on Wed June 17, 2015 7:19 am

The marijuana industry has a pesticide problem. Many commercial cannabis growers use chemicals to control bugs and mold. But the plant's legal status is unresolved.

The grow room at Medical MJ Supply in Fort Collins, Colo., has all the trappings of a modern marijuana cultivation facility: glowing yellow lights, plastic irrigation tubes, and rows of knee-high cannabis plants.

"We're seeing a crop that's probably in it third or fourth week," says Nick Dice, the owner.

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Shots - Health News
5:03 am
Wed June 17, 2015

Documents Reveal Secret Legal Battle Over Medicare Overbilling

Originally published on Wed June 17, 2015 9:33 am

Federal officials have spent years locked in a secret legal battle with UnitedHealth Group, the nation's biggest Medicare Advantage insurer, after a government audit detected widespread overbilling at one of the company's health plans, newly released records show.

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1:00 am
Wed June 17, 2015

Marketplace Morning Report for Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Airing on Wednesday, June 17, 2015: FedEx, which reports its latest earnings Wednesday, is trying to assure investors it can continue to grow despite a tepid demand in its largest segment, Express shipping. One solution has been new markets — including the proposed purchase of a European shipper. Next: Ahead of Fitbit’s IPO later this week — for which it just boosted its target size — we evaluate whether the wearable sector is one poised for long-term growth. 

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1:00 am
Wed June 17, 2015

Fitbit's many steps about to pay off in IPO

The 'Flex', an 'electronic coach', by Fitbit is presented at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, on February 24, 2014. 
Tim Fitzsimons

Fitbit’s initial public offering is scheduled for Thursday. Projected share prices value the fitness tracker company at roughly $4 billion.

But the newest entrant to the wearable technology market, the Apple Watch, has investors wondering about the future growth potential for competitors.

Dan Ledger, a principal at Endeavour Partners, says Fitbit isn’t trying to be the everything computer for your wrist.

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1:00 am
Wed June 17, 2015

Fedex reports on last quarter and plans ahead

FedEx is trying to assure investors despite tepid demand in its Express shipping.
Gigi Douban

FedEx reports fourth quarter results Wednesday morning. It’s enjoyed a stellar year, and the company hopes to keep the streak going. 

While international shipping has not been great for FedEx, Richard Armstrong, chairman of supply chain consultants Armstrong & Associates, says FedEx has a plan. 

“UPS and FedEx frankly have a duopoly in the US market,” he says. “They’re probably going to build the same kind of thing in the European market.” 

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1:00 am
Wed June 17, 2015

Marketplace Tech for Wednesday, June 17, 2015

A Power Department worker performs maintenance on electrical cables.
Marketplace

Airing on Wednesday, June 17, 2015: On today's show, we'll talk to Marketplace Sustainability Desk reporter Scott Tong about updating the power grid and mining it for information about how we use energy. It's part of our series on infrastructure — the pipes, roads, and power lines that make our lives possible, and our economy strong — called The Weak Link. Problem is, nobody wants to pay when infrastructure gets old and broken.

 

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